"Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius" wrote Mark Twain a good 100 years ago. The famous writer was not wrong. Bizarre mountain peaks, magnificent palm-fringed beaches, colourful coral reefs, shimmering azure lagoons, and wind the whole year! What more could windsurfers and kitesurfers wish for?!
With almost 300 days of wind per year, what other destination can compete with Mauritius? It would be almost a shame, however, to spend all one's time on Mauritius windsurfing or kitesurfing. After all, the cultural influences in Mauritius are just as diverse as the composition of its population and you should definitely also take time to explore the delightful countryside and fascinating culture.
Our insider tips:
Market in Quatre Borne,Island sightseeing tour, Black River National Park, Snorkelling and diving, Boat trip: swimming with the dolphins and picknick, Trekking on the Mountain "Brabant le Morne"
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Le Morne, at the foot of Mauritius' famous landmark, the impressive le Morne Brabant Mountain, in the southern part
of the island, offers everything kitesurfers could wish for.
The spot is excellently suited to all kitesurfing skills. The
main reasons include the constant southeast trade winds,
which especially in the summer month blow all day. These
winds that travelled 4000 miles over the sea are therefore
very constant and clear.
THE LEARNER LAGOON: We teach kitesurfing lessons for beginners level, intermediate kitesurfers such as advanced kiteboarders. For beginners we use the large lagoon with its fantastic, knee-deep flat water, on the windward side of the centre. It is adjacent to the beach of the Indian Resort Hotel. This is the safest spot for both, learning to kitesurf and for improving one's kite- surf skills. Inside the lagoon and especially in front of the station, small coral clumps, shells and marine animals can be found in the water, so we recommend everybody to wear shoes.
ADVANCED SPOT: The kitesurfing spot for advanced kitesurfers is situated directly in front of our Kitesurf centre at the Indian Resort, where the wind blows constantly sideshore from the left. Here you can blast away across the lagoon on shallow water protected from waves by the outer reef, located about 600 m offshore. The reef is relatively smooth and is about 1 m below the surface, allowing you to ride down the 1-2 m waves without risk. If conditions are right, the kitesurf spot is also suitable for wave riding novices making their first attempts at surfing down wave.
Mauritius can be a challenging windsurfing spot. For the kids we have a big lagoon with shallow water. In the morning there are light winds which are perfect for the kids lesson.
The wind usually blows from east or southeast (sideshore from the left) and reaches a strength of 3-5 beaufort on average during summer in the southern hemisphere and about 4-6 beaufort during winter. In winter (April to October), the trade wind shows its best side. Between December and April there can be heavy rainfall.
Other than the board sports offered, diving can be arranged, trekking is available and sampling the local Creole/French cuisine is a must. There are also some really good Chinese restaurants on the island (as quite a large proportion of the population are Chinese).
Many of the evening activities revolve around sipping on a well deserved "sundowner" before indulging in some of the great local food cooked on an open barbeque underneath the stars. Needles to say, Mauritius is not a destination for those seeking a lively club scene! Prices on the island are not the cheapest, but the quality more than makes up for this.