Le Morne Brabant is a peninsula at the South West tip of Mauritius. Its know for its gorgeous lagoon and of course the Le Morne Mountain. On our recent trip to the beautiful island we got to experience swimming with wild dolphins and snorkelling at Le Morne. It is so extremely gorgeous I just had to share it with you! Next time I need to hike up that glorious mountain!
History of Le Morne
Le Morne might be extremely beautiful but it has a pretty sad history. Our wonderful transfer guide from Mautourco explained to us what happened here in the 19th century.
Before slavery was abolished in Mauritius, runaway slaves fled to this area. They would use the mountain as a lookout point from which to spot the military. Sometimes they would leap to their death off the mountain rather than to be caught again. It was originally named Mount Triest by Cutch explorers which meant “sadness” Later it was renamed by the French but still carries a similar meaning.
If you didn’t know Le Morne is also the area in Mauritius with the famous “underwater waterfall” Unfortunately we had left our drone in our transfer car so we couldnt capture it. ‘
Swimming with the Dolphins
We set out from Black River with a boat tour company early in the morning to go swim with wild dolphins. I was a bit scared as we went out quite far into the ocean past the lagoon. The swells were big and the water was deep but we only went out two at a time. A guide would hold your hand while snorkelling and looking for the dolphins. It was actually such a great experience because we obviously weren’t allowed to interact with the dolphins at all. We could only observe and we could only spend a limited time in the water.
Our boat also only had two other couples and two children so it wasn’t packed and we all got a personal experience. It was pretty amazing to hear the dolphins under the water and see them gliding underneath you!
Snorkelling at Le Morne
The crew took us to the Le Morne lagoon where we spent about 30 minutes snorkelling in its crystal clear waters. I could have really spent the entire day there! There were plenty of little fish but the view of the mountain is what got me! What an absolutely breathtaking place to swim around!
Next time I will definitely check out one of the resorts in Le Morne so I can spend all day in the wonderful lagoon.