KITESURFING HOLIDAYS - MAURITIUS
You'll be forgiven for thinking you're dreaming in Mauritius with its turquoise lagoons and white sandy beaches. For kitesurfers, add steady side-on trade winds and uncrowded, easy-to-ride spots as well as seriously advanced wave spots, and the deal is sealed on perfection.
You will be hard pushed to find an island with such versatile conditions. Southeast trade winds kick in from May to October, making the north, east and south coasts a playground filled with the most incredible conditions a kiteboarder could wish for. The east offers a great variety of spots, most of which are found from Trou d’Eau Douce to Poste Lafayette. Downwinders will see you link up the string of lagoons lying along the coast. Palmar-Belle Mare is the most welcoming spot on the east coast for all levels with a safe, crystal clear lagoon and steady winds blowing across a long, sandy beach with no currents, tidal effects or crowds. Winds work from N to SE and a rescue boat patrols every windy day 10am to 5pm April – December. You'll find waves outside the reef along the east coast and a must-ride is L'Ile Aux Cerfs, an island lying six kilometres off Trou d’Eau Douce Bay. Sort yourself a boat with Kitesurf Mauritius and you'll be ripping kilometre after kilometre of crystal clear lagoons, generally without another kitesurfer in sight.
Le Morne, located on the southeast corner offers something for all levels, with trade winds from the left and acres of flat water inside the protective reef 600 yards offshore. The main calling card of this spot for the experienced is One Eye, a cross-offshore wave lying downwind of the launching beach. It's strictly experts only though as the rescue boat can rarely get out to it. You may have seen the KSP World Tour event from here the last two years going off!
CAPTION – Ninja Bichler at One Eye, Le Morne | PHOTO – Club Mistral
WIND WATER AND WEATHER
SE trade winds blow April - November at 15 - 25 knots, maxing in July and August when direction can vary slightly from east to south. Trade winds vanish December to March. Learning is good throughout the season as the lagoons stay flat but wave riders should be looking at July/August when biggest swells hit the reefs. Learners should look to visit April to November.
Air temps 20°C – 22°C / 68 - 72°F in the heart of the austral winter (July, August). 30 – 35°C / 86 - 95°F in the heart of summer (January, February). Nights drop by 5°C. Bring some warmer clothing for evenings in the windy winter. Water temps sit at 20°C / 68°F in July (winter) and 28°C / 82°F in January.
Rent a car if you want to hit a few spots. Mauritius measures 45km by 65km, so nowhere is out of reach. Taxis aren't expensive, but barter the price first!
Currency: Mauritian Rupee (MUR): £1 = MUR50 / 1€ = MUR40 / $1 = MUR30. Foreign exchanges, banks and ATMs available. Euros are accepted but check the rate.
All types and plenty of accommodation from budget to five star hotels. Windy season on Mauritius is low season for general tourism, so prices are at their lowest! Some hotels are right on the spot, like La Palmeraie hotel and in Le Morne. You will also find some stunning self catering houses.
FOOD AND DRINK
Belle Mare village is 1km from the spot at Belle Mare - Palmar, 5km from Trou d’Eau Douce, and 15km from the town of Flacq. There's a small supermarket in Belle Mare, many in Trou d’Eau Douce. Flacq has bigger ones and some markets. Take-aways and restaurants aplenty in Belle Mare or Trou d’eau Douce, offering Creole, Indian, Chinese, European and of course fantastic seafood. Similarly, you'll find all you need close to Le Morne.
SHOPS & SCHOOLS
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The tropical scenery and the mix of Hindu, Creole, Muslim and Chinese cultures make this a fascinating place to visit, especially on the east coast which remains the most authentic. For the active there's everything from SUP to sky diving.
Plaisance (MRU) is the only airport and is located in Mahebourg in the southeast, one hour from Palmar-Belle Mare or Le Morne. Most hotels have shuttles, taxis are available or you can pick up your own wheels from the airport.