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Walking on Water: Exploring the Hidden Ilot Fourneau in Mauritius

Updated: May 22, 2023

Do you want to experience something surreal and unique while in Mauritius? Then, walking from the shore to the desolate Ilot Fourneau during low tide is a must-try. With the stunning view of Le Morne Brabant, this walk is perfect for nature lovers and adventurers. Let's explore this hidden gem and discover what it has to offer.

Getting Started

The starting point of the walk is near the public pier in Le Morne Village. The route is a loop, covering a distance of 1.6 miles round trip, and takes about 1-1.5 hours to complete. The trail starts a few hundred feet west of the main dock in Le Morne and is visible on the map. Before starting the walk, it is essential to check the tidal information provided by the Mauritius Meteorological Services. It is advisable to start an hour before low tide and avoid starting after low tide.

Walking on Water

Once you have reached the starting point, head straight out from the shore, and keep your eyes open for the white sandy trail leading towards the western end of the island. Walking on water might be a surreal experience, but it is important to watch your step, especially as the water will become slightly deeper as you near the island, and the trail will become faint. To avoid damaging the coral and urchins, it is recommended to stay on the sandy trail and wear shoes.

Island Exploration

The walk is not very difficult, and it is easy to walk around the island in either direction. Take your time and keep an eye out for the fascinating marine life that surrounds the island. The highest point is 10ft, and the lowest point is 0ft. Keep in mind that there is virtually no shade along the way, but there is a small sandy section on the beach where you can lay out or drink a beer. You can also make it there with your belongings dry as the water, at average low tide, does not go above a meter.

Heading Back

After exploring the island, head back along the same route. The feeling of walking across the lagoon with views of Le Morne Brabant is surreal – a really unique experience that you'll remember for a lifetime. However, keep in mind that it could be slightly unnerving for some people, so take your time, and watch your step.

In Conclusion

Walking from the shore to the Ilot Fourneau during low tide is an exciting adventure that nature lovers and adventurers will surely enjoy. The trail is easy to follow, and the walk is not very difficult, but it is important to watch your step and stay on the sandy trail to avoid damaging the coral and urchins. With the fascinating marine life and stunning views, this hidden gem is worth exploring. So, put on your shoes, grab your water bottle, and embark on this unique adventure.

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