Seakarting at the Riviere Noire and Chasing the Sunset at Le Morne Brabant

Tripoto
4th Jul 2016
Photo of Seakarting at the Riviere Noire and Chasing the Sunset at Le Morne Brabant 1/1 by Anuj Tikku

Diving deep and coming up had excited me and I was wondering what more in one day can top that up. Anyone who knows me know that I am experiential! My friend, guide and occasional philosopher - the indomitable Kaviraj Dusame looked at me and asked “You look bored. How would you like to try skydiving here?” My eyes lit up and I exclaimed “Why for heaven's sake not and no not, YES! Yes, let’s do it now! Today!”

Photo of Black River, Mauritius by Anuj Tikku

Enquiries were made and discovered that skydiving costs around 14000 Mauritian rupees / $385 with an extra Rs. 4500 / $125 for the video and photos. Money was not an issue. I was craving for this high flying experience and cost - though seriously high was not a bar! But the best-laid plans of mice and men as a poet once said are oft awry. A bombshell of bad news, a damper extraordinaire was delivered and Kaviraj said, “The only catch is your weight has to be below 95 kg.” Never the thinnest among men, I was certain that I did put on some weight and it is time for the litmus test! Kaviraj managed to get a weighing scale from somewhere and I stood on it and to my horror, I was 5 kg over the limit, at a respectable 100 kg. I did not exactly have time to lose those kg and thought that I could have some money on the diving weights, would have sunk like a stone anyway!

So we said goodbye to the idea but not one to stand by idly, a eureka moment struck us and left us amazed while just a wee bit shaken by its brilliance. “Why not seakarting then?” Kavi asked. I was keen on that too and we headed for Riviere Noire - the black river on the western side of the island. I took a quick shower after which the instructor told us how to operate the seakart - perhaps a go-kart for the sea?! It is a speed boat with an automatic start-stop button and a lever for speeding the 'kart'.

Photo of Seakarting at the Riviere Noire and Chasing the Sunset at Le Morne Brabant by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Seakarting at the Riviere Noire and Chasing the Sunset at Le Morne Brabant by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Seakarting at the Riviere Noire and Chasing the Sunset at Le Morne Brabant by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Seakarting at the Riviere Noire and Chasing the Sunset at Le Morne Brabant by Anuj Tikku

Kaviraj sat beside me and we had our life jackets on as we sped all over the sea, zipping and zooming the kart as it ran over choppy waters thudding and, at times, flying in the air. The view of the open sea was breathtaking and awe inspiring. The instructor’s boat was in front as we all followed him with each kart maintaining a distance of 50 m to avoid any collisions. I raced against the team from Singapore and won hands down although it was my first time. I had zipped around water scooters in Boracay in the Philippines before and this looked easy. We stopped in the middle of the sea for a swim and I smoked a cigarette right in the middle of the sea.

Photo of Seakarting at the Riviere Noire and Chasing the Sunset at Le Morne Brabant by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Seakarting at the Riviere Noire and Chasing the Sunset at Le Morne Brabant by Anuj Tikku

Back at the base, we got all the photographs as I and Kaviraj headed for the Sunset Point at Le Morne. The sun looked like a giant orange ball on the shimmering blue sea as I took my camera out and went wild, clicking away at the most beautiful sights my eyes had seen in a long time! Behind me was a giant rainbow and above me, the heavens opened up with rain pouring from the cloud floating by. It was a mesmerising dance of nature and I only had a few minutes to capture it through my lens which I duly did.

Photo of Seakarting at the Riviere Noire and Chasing the Sunset at Le Morne Brabant by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Seakarting at the Riviere Noire and Chasing the Sunset at Le Morne Brabant by Anuj Tikku

The drive back to Coco Villa, my hotel, was thrilling and Kaviraj played all the latest Bollywood songs. “I know we will meet again when this trip is over Anuj, maybe not in Mauritius but somewhere else for sure and it feels to me that our destinies are intertwined.” I looked at him with a smile “Who knows what turn my stay in Mauritius would have taken if I had not met you. The last few days have been adventurous indeed and I thank you for that.” Imagine befriending a cop in Mauritius and having him as your tour guide, this in itself was a wonder.

Originally posted on TikkusTravelthon.in

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