1. Buy a lilo and spend an inordinate amount of time lounging on it
I guarantee this will be the best thing you will buy all summer. My particular lilo was bought for $8 at the supermarket and provided me with infinite joy (and sunburn). Bonus points if you master the art of eating/drinking whilst lounging on the lilo. It helps if you have things that won’t be ruined after a dip in the sea; I highly recommend fresh pineapples which go down well with a bit of salt.
2. Stand under a waterfall
Being positioned on the tropical island of Mauritius certainly made this item on the list easy to tick off. From squat turbulent falls to soaring wisps of tumbling water, Mauritius has plenty of beautiful waterfalls for one to stand under. The one pictured is called Rochester Falls and is situated down a small dirt track on the South-West of the island. Standing under it was akin to standing under a small freight train being both painful and loud. Although the reality didn’t quite match up with expectations, there is something gloriously summery about cooling off under a waterfall.
3. Go on a road trip
4. Have an adrenaline rush and do something new
5. Stuff your body full of colourful, fresh produce
6. Lie in a hammock
When you are done lounging on your lilo, drag yourself up to a hammock, throw on some music and summer bliss is yours for the taking. This particular hammock was located at La Pirogue Hotel on the East Coast of Mauritius. It was a pretty good spot to relax in between dives.
7. Spend time on a boat
If I can give you just one piece of advice it would be to hold on tightly to friends who own boats. They are the very best kind of friends. Just below friends with airplanes, and just above friends with motorbikes. Although I spent most of my days working on a dive boat, when an old friend invited me out on his boat for a leisurely lunch I quickly jumped at the chance. The day was spent anchored in the shallows of a small island with beers, colourful reef fish, and crystal clear waters. Oh and sunburn. Damn you pale skin.