Mauritius is a beautiful sub-tropical island in the Indian Ocean that is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs. The blue water, protected lagoons, and South Easterly tradewinds provide ideal conditions for every level of kitesurfer and windsurfer.
The forests and hills of the island are also ideal for a great range of outdoor activities to keep the adventurous occupied. Those that are looking for a more leisurely time in Mauritius can relax in the many luxurious hotels, as well as eat, drink and shop in the island’s towns.
There are two seasons. The warmer season is between November and March, where the average daytime temperatures are between 26 and 31 degrees, and the average water temperature 26 degrees. The cooler season between April and October has average daytime temperatures between 20 and 26 degrees, with a water temperature between 23 and 26 degrees. It is this cooler season when the consistent South Easterly tradewinds blow at an average of 15 to 25 knots from midday. Between January and March, there can be heavy rainfall due to the monsoon season
Although the luxury hotels can be expensive, the cost of living for a visitor is on a par with western economies.
Mauritius is a multi-ethnic society, drawn from Indian, African, Chinese, and European (mostly French) origin. The diversity of the food reflects these cultural influences, as do the various festivals that run throughout the year.
- Cultural festivals throughout the year.
- Varied cuisine
- Natural Beauty
- Trekking and nature walks
- Night Life focused in Grand Baie
- Nightlife fairly quiet within the resorts
- Game Fishing
- Catamaran Cruises
- Swimming with dolphins
- Spas within many of the resorts
- Many luxury beachside resorts
- Golf courses, some within the resorts.
- Duty free shopping
Sailing Locations in Mauritius
Located in the South Weast, Le morne is quite possibly one of the most visually stunning windsurfing and kitesurfing locations in the world. The sailing at Le Morne takes place in a huge lagoon that is protected from the ocean by a barrier reef, with the wind blowing from cross shore to onshore depending on your sailing location.
The calm morning winds provide good learning conditions in shallow flat water, followed by flat and windy water conditions for Intermediates to advanced sailors that want to blast about or practice freestyle, and entry level waves for those new to wave sailing. Le Morne also provides more advanced waves, leading right up to some of the finest wave sailing conditions in the world for the most advanced sailors. More information about Le Morne>>
Ansie La Raie
The spot at Ansie La Raie in the north of the island offers a quieter alternative to Le Morne with less windsurfers and kiters on the water .There is an outer reef 2.5km from the launch spot that protects the lagoon from the ocean swell and chop.The lagoon is deeper than the lagoon of Le Morne. The wind blows here from a side shore direction making it incredibly safe,. Ansie La Raia also has a greater variety of amenities than Le Morne, with shopping markets, bars and restaurants all located within easy reach.
The mornings provide flat water conditions for beginners, before the winds kick in midday for intermediate to advanced windsurfers and kiters, looking for flat to choppy water rather than waves. More info about Anse La Raie>>
Best Wind and Kitesurfing Season
As Mauritius is located in the southern hemisphere, the summer and winter months are opposite to seasons in Europe, Asia and N. America. The average day temperature is between 20°C to 26°C. On the coast, the temperatures are higher by about 3 to 5 degrees. The northern and the western parts of the island are usually warmer and drier than the eastern and the southern regions, but windy and humid enough to make the climate not very tropical. The windy season consists of South East tradewinds that blow from May to November, with the sea temperature ranging from 23-25° C.
Windsurfing & Kitesurfing Spots
- Point Le Morne on the site of the RIU Hotel Resorts is a popular launching area for windsurfers and kiters and is where ION Club has its Kite & windsurfing centres located. Directly off the beach is the big lagoon, which is protected by the reef about 600m away from the beach. The beach shelves gently and is sandy. The Read more...
- One Eye is the end of the wave and is considered to be one of the best left hand point breaks in the world. The wave can be fast, and breaks onto a shallow reef. It ends in a narrow strong current pass that will suck out any passing object or persons. It should be reserved for the very best Read more...
- Little Reef (Small Reef) is the closest reef to the launch area at the Main Beach. Here can be found 2 to 6 foot waves where the wind tries to blow you back into the sheltered flat water of the lagoon. This is an excellent location for those inexperienced in the waves that want to advance their wavesailing skills. This Read more...
- Manawa is located at the most exposed point of Mauritius right on the south west tip of the land mass. It therefore receives the biggest swell, and because the wave breaks into a deep channel, the face of the wave is less steep, and the wave tends to crumble rather than throw you forward. It is an easy wave to Read more...
- Anse La Raie Kitesurfing The kitesurfing launch area is located in the 300m wide sandy bay shallow lagoon of Anse La Raia. There is an ION Club kitesurf centre located there which provides tuition as well as rental of equipment. The bay is mostly sandy and knee deep, with a cross-onshore wind from the right, making it very safe, and Read more...
Getting to Mauritius
The gateway to Mauritius is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, located in the South East corner of the Island.
It is about an hour's drive from the capital Port Louis.
Air Mauritius operates over 30 weekly flights to and from all the European major cities including 15 combined flights with Air France to and from Paris.
It also operates direct flights from Australia and Singapore.
British Airways operates flights from London.
Emirates Airlines operates flights from Dubai, and Condor from Munich and Frankfurt in Germany.
Mauritius Activities & Culture
In addition to some of the best windsurfing & kitesurfing on the planet, there is no shortage of other things to do in Mauritius.
Mauritius is renowned for its vibrant sea life including turtles, dolphins & whales so scuba diving & and snorkelling are amongst some of the must-do activities.
The island has many natural wonders and these can be viewed by self-drive or there are plenty of taxi companies around who offer day-tours to landmarks and local cultural points of interest.
There are a variety of boat tours on offer from power boats to sailing boats & catamarans and whale & dolphin watching are favourites and for those who like to get in the water there are various tours that allow you to swim with the dolphins.