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'.