KITESURFING HOLIDAYS - MAURITIUS
Le Morne really is one of the few places in the world where you can have a full range of conditions for all levels of kiter, just minutes from your luxury hotel. Turquoise lagoons in the north and south, white sandy beaches plus steady side-on trade winds, easy-toride spots as well as seriously advanced wave spots; the deal is sealed on perfection.
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. 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. In bigger swells the waves can break over the reef, otherwise the reef is very safe. 'Small reef', a fun right hand wave lies in front of the Indian Ocean Resort, breaking over a sandy bottom and working best in north winds. 'Manawa' is located a kilometre off the beach in front of the Indian Resort and is for advanced riders. Best at high tide and if there are small swells elsewhere this spot still offers bigger waves. A nice left breaking wave but not as fast and tuby as 'One Eye' - which is the main calling card of the Le Morne spot for the experienced. Right in front of the Hotel Berjaya, it's a crossoffshore wave lying downwind of the launching beach, it's strictly experts only though as the rescue boat can rarely get out to it. The KSP World Tour events went off here for a couple of years. The east coast offers a great variety of spots, most of which are found from Trou d’Eau Douce to Poste Lafayette. Downwinders can link up the string of lagoons 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.
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
You'll find all you need close to Le Morne. Most hotels have excellent restaurants and you'll find supermarkets and more bars and restaurants in neighbouring villages. Belle Mare village is one kilometre from the spot at Belle Mare and other close-by villages such as Trou d’eau Douce have takeaways and restaurants, offering Creole, Indian, Chinese, European and of course fantastic seafood.
SHOPS & SCHOOLS
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CAPTION – The stuff of dreams, whatever your level | PHOTO – Sportif
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 and sky diving to swimming with dolphins and trekking up the Brabant Le Morne mountain.
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.