Spots: Le Morne Lagoon, Inner Reef, Manawa, Chameaux, One Eye, Kite Lagoon, La Prairie, Baie du Cap, Riambel / Pomponnette, Blue Bay Reef, Point d’Esny, Belle Mare Lagoon, Belle Mare Reef, Ile aux Bénitiers, Les Salines, Petite Rivière Noire, Cap Malheureux, Anse de la Raie.
Season: April | May | June | July | August | September | October
The epic conditions, incredible surroundings and amazing hotels have put Mauritius on just about every kiteboarder’s bucket-list.
The corner of the island Le Morne is a wave kiters dream. Trade winds blow from the left over a reef that lies half a km off the beach, with flat water on the inside. Passed that protective barrier there are a few reefs that create ideal waves for kiters: ‘Small reef’ is a fun, easy wave close to the beach. ‘Manawa’, 1 km inside, works best at high tide and is bigger and better shaped. The notorious ‘One Eye’ lies to the right, and is only for experienced kiters.
At the same lagoon but 15 minutes drive up wind from Le Morne is Belle Ombre with some high standard hotel and less kite crowd.
At Mauritius’ east coast you can kite as well, especially around Belle Mare. The winds are cross-onshore and less strong than in Le Morne.
Anse Le Raie is 45 minutes further towards the north with a large protected sea-lagoon. The waves passed the reef are generally smaller as in Le Morne. Ask the locals or the kite club for advice how to get passed the reef.
WIND & CLIMATE
Best winds are from April till November when it blows average between 15 and 25 knots. July, August and September are the windiest months. There’s less wind and chances of rain between December untill March. The biggest swells role in between July, August and September when it can get epic for wave riding.
Mauritius has pleasant temperatures of 20 C – 25 C in their winter (july, August) and up to 30 – 35 C during their summer (January – February). The water doesn t go below 20 C in winter and is around 28 C in summer.
OFF THE WATER
The hotels in Le Morne are quiete luxurious but you can find some affordable all-inclusive hotels. If you are more on a budget head to nearby village La Gaulette which has plenty of self catering rental options.
Most fancy hotels have restaurants. You can find local food in the villages like La Gaulette or Belle Mare. Renting a car is easy but not a must since there are many buses and fairly cheap taxis around.
Tired of kiting, but still with energy, there’s good SUP and surf conditions. You can also go skydiving, or go hiking up the Le Morne Brabant mountains. Other attractions are swimming with dolphins, visit waterfalls, to name a few.