IGA MOTYLSKA explores the Indian Ocean island interior, natural wonders, culture and history
while speed boats bounce between waves.
Water sports are a highlight on any island and Mauritius is no exception. For a different kind of thrill, we try seakarting from Tamarina Bay the following day.
The rubber dingie with an engine and steering wheel reaches speeds of up to 75km/hour. If you go in the early morning you’ll mostly likely spot the resident school of dolphins. You’ll see them glide through the water between the surfers.
This is also a good place to qualify for your scuba diving licence. Sun Divers at La Pirogue Resort and Spa, the oldest diving school on the island, has over 20 dive sites around the coral reef where you’ll float among Moorish Idols, angelfish, clownfish, lionfish, sweetlips, porcupine fish, and puffer fish. Turtles and white tipped sharks are also regularly spotted.
Snorkelling is just as exciting as giant starfish are scattered across the ocean floor.
Back on dry land, we’re enthralled by the colours of Chamarel La Terre Des Couleurs, called the seven-coloured earth. Here we also meet the giant tortoises for which the island is famed. Nearby we climb up to a lookout point for a view of the 95-metre high Chamarel waterfall that pours into the valley below.
Then it’s off to Chamarel Rum Distillery, which is encircled by sugarcane fields. Our attention to the history and tradition of rum distilling in Mauritius is rewarded with a taste of each of their 12 rums and liquers. My favourites were the firey spices rum and the vanilla liquer.
Mauritius surpasses its reputation as merely a honeymoon and beach resort destination with its landscape, cultural diversity, giant tortoises and rum!
ABOVE AND BELOW: Hindus celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi.