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“Mauritius has a variety of adventure activities. Away from the water, the mountains and deep gorges offer endless opportunities


for hiking and trekking” Zoe Betchley, Destination Manager, Hayes & Jarvis


non-sailors can join a cruise to explore the coastal islets, often with lunch on the beach included in the price. More magical still, take a boat trip from Tamarin Bay to swim with wild bottle nose and spinner dolphins, or join a whale- watching tour from Black River to see humpback whales (July to November) and sperm whales (year round).


No trip to Mauritius is complete without taking a glimpse into the staggering underwater world that surrounds the island. Considered one of the world’s premier dive destinations, there’s a huge selection of different sites to enthral both beginners and experienced divers alike. Strong ocean currents and winds render the south and parts of the east coast unsuitable for diving, so most activity focuses on the west in the summer months, when the warm Indian Ocean waters attract an abundance of marine life.


TOP ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES


Quad biking in Domaine de L’Etoile (cieletnature.com); Skydiving near Grand Baie (skydivemauritius.com); Ziplining at Casela Nature & Leisure Park (caselayemen. mu); Kitesurfing at Le Morne (lemornekiteschool. com); Mountain biking with Yemaya Adventures


The fringing reef which lies a few hundred metres from the shore provides a calm, safe training spot for novices, while numerous shipwrecks and vast caverns like The Cathedral offer an unforgettable adventure for the initiated, and a healthy variety of coral and wealth of exotic species including parrot fi sh, angelfi sh, trumpet and clownfi sh make the reef an Aladdin’s Cave for snorkellers, too. Don’t swim or dive? No problem at all – Mauritius offers Blue Safari Submarine rides, plus a rare opportunity to take an Undersea Walk on the ocean bed, among the corals and fi sh of the north’s crystal clear, shallow lagoon. Sea walkers wear a special helmet connected to breathing apparatus, which means that they don’t even have to remove their glasses to participate.


BOOK IT NOW Planet Travel – 01273 921 001 Spend seven nights in a Deluxe Ocean


(yemayaadventures.com); Swimming with wild dolphins in Tamarin Bay (dolswim.com); Climbing Le Morne Brabant (trekkingilemaurice.com); Seakarting at Black River (fun-adventure.mu; Whale watching on the West Coast (dolswim.com); Undersea walking in Grand Baie (solarunderseawalk.com)


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View Room at The St. Regis Mauritius resort from £1,822 pp, including a free upgrade to full board, return fl ights and transfers. Kite surf hire is £55 for two hours and a two-hour private lesson is £153. planettravelholidays.com Beachcomber Tours – 01483 445 685 Honeymooners can enjoy seven nights in a Junior Suite at Beachcomber Hotels’ Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa on a DB&B basis, including return fl ights and private transfers, from £1,745 pp. beachcombertours.co.uk Travel2 – 0800 022 4182


Families can stay seven nights at the 5* Outrigger Mauritius Resort & Spa in a Deluxe Family Sea View Room from £4,729, including full board and return fl ights. travel2.com


Western & Oriental – 020 7666 1234 Enjoy seven nights’ half board at Long Beach for £1,745 per adult and £699 per child, sharing a Standard Sea View Room. Price includes return fl ights and private transfers.westernoriental.com Destinology – 01204 823951


With seven nights’ half board in a Garden Suite at Angsana Balaclava, this package price of £1,799 pp also includes return fl ights, private transfers and a 10% discount. destinology.co.uk


Take a boat trip


from Tamarin Bay to swim with wild bottle nose and spinner dolphins


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