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or visitors who want more than to while their days away on the beach, Mauritius boasts a huge diversity of adventure activities for all fi tness and ability levels, which can be easily arranged through the resorts, or by visiting the main tourist hubs on the island.

Picturesque volcanic peaks and wilderness areas including the Black River Gorges National Park and La Vallée de Ferney offer fantastic opportunities for hiking and experiencing some of the island’s unique fl ora and fauna. Horse riding is becoming increasingly popular, and there are exciting rides available along the beach at Riambel, through the Mont Choisy Sugar Estate, and up to the summit of Le Morne Brabant. For those preferring to explore on wheels, sugar plantations turned eco- adventure parks Domaine de L’Etoile in the east and Heritage Resorts’ Frédérica Nature Reserve on the Domaine de bel Ombre are home to exciting quad biking and mountain biking trails.

Rock climbers can explore the cliffs of the rugged south-west coast, while visitors

wanting a soaring bird’s eye view of the island can fl y over the treetops on the zipline at Casela Nature & Leisure Park, which is also home to two new canyoning circuits. More extreme adrenalin-junkies can take a tandem skydive from 4,500 metres with SkyDive Austral at Riviere du Rempart, 20 minutes from Grand Baie.

The warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the island’s coral reef also provide a playground for adventure lovers. Larger resorts offer free water sports equipment, including stand-up paddle boards, windsurf boards and kayaks, with many of the main tourist centres offering jet ski rental and parasailing. Unique to Mauritius, Seakarting gives

intrepid riders the chance to drive their own speedboat from Black River

to explore the breathtaking coastline from Flic en Flac to Le Morne. Surfers should also head to the south of the island to catch the best breaks, while kitesurfers will prefer the calmer waters of Kite Lagoon on the western side of Le Morne peninsula.

There’s plenty of opportunity to spend a day on the water, with yachts and catamarans available to rent for sailing and fi shing expeditions, while

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SURF THE LAGOON Try the increasingly popular kite surfing at Indian Resort, Le Morne

HEAR THE ROAR Walk with lions (and go canyoning and ziplining) at the Casela Nature & Leisure Park

PEAK VIEWING Take in the view from the island’s highest point at Black River Peak

Mauritius boasts a

huge diversity of adventure activities for all levels of fi tness and ability

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