Le Morne is a terrific place to get active, with Mauritius' best kitesurfing, fab windsurfing, and brilliant hiking.

Hiking

Added to the Unesco World Heritage list in 2008, Le Morne 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.

Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

The combination of Indian Ocean winds (the claim is 300 days of ideal winds a year, a claim we were, sadly, unable to verify), sheltered western waters and a fine backdrop make Le Morne ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing. For the latter, beginners should start at 'Kite Lagoon' off the west coast; the southern winds are much more severe and unpredictable. Expect to pay around €90 for a two-hour group lesson, and roughly €30 per hour or €90 per day for equipment rental

Surfing

The area is home to the ultimate surfing spot in all of Mauritius: One Eye.