At 556 metres, the peak of Morne Brabant in the south-west of Mauritius is the island’s most popular landmark. If you take on the 3.5-kilometre walk up to the cross at its peak, you are sure to be rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime view. The ocean sparkles in more tints of blue than you can ever imagine, light turquoise near the sandbanks, and becoming darker in the distance. Take part in a guided hike nearby or simply explore the mountain on your own. As you set out along the path, you can enjoy the shade of the trees in the forest, but there is less and less shade the higher you go. Be sure to pack a hat, sunscreen, and sufficient water to drink.