Le Morne, Mauritius

Le Morne is a magnificant spot on the South West tip of the island, the beach is some 4km long and the lagoon is huge. Dominating the whole scene, is Le Morne Brabant, a huge rock with sheer faces of rock rising straight from white glistening beaches that surround its foot. The cliffs are said to be unscalable, but in the early 19th century, escaped slaves managed to hide on top. The story has it that the slaves, ignorant of the fact that slavery had been abolished, panicked when they saw a troop of soldiers making their way up the cliffs one day. Believing they were to be recaptured, the slaves flung themselves from the cliff tops. Hence the name Le Morne (Mournful One).

The spot offers flat water and small waves on the inside and two reef breaks, Manawa and One Eye, either side of the channel that feeds the lagoon.