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.
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.
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.