Added to the Unesco World Heritage list in 2008, Le Morne Brabant is the star of many postcards, as it slopes through the sky and then plunges back into the blue. Few tourists, however, realise that the view from the top is even more spectacular. As you ascend the crag you'll pass through an indigenous forest that's the only place on the island where you'll find Mauritius' national flower, the boucle d'oreille ('earring'). When you reach 500m, you'll be treated to unobstructed vistas of the colourful reefs to the west and south. The trail increases in difficulty the higher up you go – those with limited mobility can still take in the views from a midway point (around 260m).

Although you can climb without a guide, the going is difficult in places and we strongly recommend the experienced guides at Yanature.