Mau­ri­tius

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This trop­i­cal is­land in the In­dian Ocean is most revered forits stun­ning sandy beaches and un­beat­able view. With only two sea­sons each year, it will be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a cool and dry win­ter when the Mau­ri­tius Marathon rolls around.The south­ern area where the run will be held fea­tures rel­a­tively less busy beaches and snorkelling sites com­pared to the rest of the is­land.

Gris Gris

Afew kilo­me­tres from the vil­lage of Souil­lac in the south lies Gris Gris beach that will please In­sta­gram­mers to no end. En­joy a pic­nic at one ofthe many benches against the pic­turesque set­ting. Fur­ther down the road is the La Roche Qui Pleure or ‘The Weep­ing Rock’ and Le Souf­fler or ‘Blower’, where the con­stant crash­ing waves ‘whis­tle’ to give the im­pres­sion that the cliffs are cry­ing.

Le Morne Moun­tain

To make the most out of your time af­ter race day, book your­self a hik­ing trip up Le Morne Moun­tain at RS1,500 (ap­prox. RM185). Be­sides the breath­tak­ing panorama at the top, this is where you can also get a his­tory les­son on the sym­bolic moun­tain which was once a refuge for run­away slaves.

Rochester Falls

Lo­cated be­tween the towns of St Félix and Soul­liac, this is the widest wa­ter­fall in Mau­ri­tius. The fresh wa­ter from the high­land comes crash­ing down on unique lava rocks from an al­ti­tude of al­most 10 me­tres.The peace­ful area is sur­rounded by sug­ar­cane fields, ba­nana plan­ta­tions and a river bed. Do look out for ‘help­ful’ lo­cals who may take the lib­erty to act as your guide at the falls. A tip of RS200 (ap­prox. RM25) is rec­om­mended if you do take up their ser­vices.

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