Mauritius has long been known for its pristine beaches, luxurious resorts and turquoise blue waters. Frequented by seekers of peace, this paradisiacal island is perfect for a few days of serenity, away from the maddening crowds. But not many know that the island also has ample avenues for adventure for those who go seeking it. The presence of clear waters as well as beautiful landscapes makes it a fertile place for activities that necessitate them.
Here are top five adventure activities you can undertake in Mauritius for a little change of pace:
Skydiving is one of the most thrilling experiences in life for most people. Add to it the vistas of the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean and an island in the distance, and you have memories that’ll cheer you up for years to come. The 10,000 feet dive in Mauritius gives you a free fall of 40 seconds. After the parachute opens, you have five to fly like a bird over the gorgeous island. Skydive Austral Mauritius is the only company that arranges skydiving in Mauritius. The winter months from May to September are not the ideal months for skydiving in Mauritius.
The north and east coasts of Mauritius are known are kite-surfers delight. Kite-surfing enthusiasts gather on these coasts to battle the waves with an artful manoeuvring of their boards. Their swift movements from atop the ocean to the wind fill the heart with the thrill of an adventure. There are various schools all along the coasts of Mauritius to choose from for learning the art. Kite-Globing is one of the most renowned of these.
Swimming with Dolphins
You can meet and greet the Spinner and bottlenose dolphins on the west coast of Mauritius, given that you are ready to wake up at dawn. It is believed the dawn is the time when the dolphins are the friendliest, which is why most boat operators arrange for a rendezvous with them in the wee hours of the morning. If you also want to swim with them and not just see them, you are expected to be gentle and cautious.
Zip Lining over the Ocean
Imagine being pushed from a rock and going flying across the beautiful valley, facing the views of the Indian Ocean without land beneath your feet, and cool wind in your hair – Exhilarating, right? If you are feeling adventurous, and want to go all the way, try zip-lining at Rodrigues, the longest in the Indian Ocean. If it’s your first time, or you would prefer to go light, you may choose to zip-line at the Casela Nature Park.
Snorkelling at Blue Bay
The Blue Bay in Mauritius is a protected reserve where fishing is not allowed. This means that the life underwater, with its stunning coral beds and marine animals, is abundant here. The deeper you go into the ocean, you are more likely to find aquarium-like spots where colourful fishes comes together to create a beautiful undersea spectacle. Just 15 minutes away from the airport, snorkelling at Blue Bay is one of the most recommended activities. If you could swim from the nearest public beach or hire a glass bottom boat to drop you at the best spots. If snorkelling looks like too much activity, you may just choose to view the diverse marine life from your glass-bottom boat.