BEST KITESURFING SPOT IN MAURITIUS

Mauritius is a beautiful island nation off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean.  The nation is comprised of  Rodrigues and Mauritius island as well as the outer islands, which are all part of the Mascarene Islands.

From beaches to safaris, here are the absolute best Kitesurfing Spots in Mauritius.

© Mauritius Experiences Magazine. Photography by Timo Voss

Best Wind

April – November

Type

Wave, Flat water, Lagoon

Skill Level

Beginner friendly, All skill levels

Best For

Foil, Wave, Freestyle, Freeride

Riding One Eye - Le Morne, Mauritius
Riding One Eye, Le Morne – photo David Varekamp // surfkitephoto.com

Kitesurfing season in Mauritius starts in April and easily goes all the way until the very end of November. This is the Mauritian winter with reliably strong and consistent South-east trade winds blowing at about 15-25 knots. The best time to come if you’re planning kitesurfing holidays in Mauritius. But where in Mauritius? Read on, here is the most complete guide on the best kitesurfing spots this island has on offer.

During the hottest months, December till about March, the strong winds drop off, leaving just a lighter, but still pretty consistent breeze coming from South-East. This breeze is noticeable pretty much all year round, mainly down South.
The north parts of the island are more wind proof, protected by the mountains and so the winds tend to break and are usually not as strong as in the south parts.

This is why the South of Mauritius offers the perfect kitesurfing conditions whole year through and the best kitespots on the Island, suitable pretty much for any skill level.

South coast

There’s a pretty good selection of “playgrounds” in the South from wide and shallow, flat lagoons and slightly wavy spots to some epic world class waves just a few hundred meters of the shore.

1. Le Morne

Without the doubt the most famous and cherished out of all Mauritius kitespots is Le Morne. This beautiful flat water lagoon offers a great spot for the beginners taking kitesurfing lessons, but also freestyle and freeriders.

2. One Eye

This is the real treat for the wave riders and one of the most respected wave kitesurfing spots on the island. It could be a real challenge even for the pro kiters due to the fast viciously punchy left handers.

One Eye is a legendary bone-crunching wave rolling just outside the reef protecting the its lagoon. It is one of the world’s fastest & cleanest waves that can deliver the biggest wipeouts ever. On good days, the wave breaks and forms a perfect tube that goes for hundreds of meters along the reef. One Eye can give you the best ride of your life, but don’t you dare to under estimate it.

There’s a rumour going around about a windsurfer who got his lower leg double fractured. The story says that he was thrown out of One Eye’s lip onto the flats. He just could’t stand the punch and hard landing and his leg just buckled under the massive pressure. The broken bone went through the deck into the core of his board. With such horror story in mind, you do need to pay a lot of respect even just looking at the way from far away.

While One Eye is definitely the most respected beasts in Le Morne, not many riders realise that the real danger is actually somewhere else. If you look at some of the drone shots in the photo gallery below, you’ll realise that the entire lagoon flows towards one massive exit.
The waves push the water over the shallow reef to the huge channel. If you happen to get in to trouble at this point, there’s no other chance than getting rescued. Self rescue or swimming against the current with the outgoing tide is just not an option. The rescue boat services are available for emergencies in Le Morne, so if you are about to do some shredding, it would be wise to book it for your session.

3. Manawa

This reef break is just about a couple hundred meters behind the Le Morne lagoon. A kitespot very well known for its waves of up to 3 metres high, specially in the autumn months. The best time to ride Manawa would be during the high tide.

There is not really a significant wet/dry season in Mauritius, but generally the south and south-east of the island gets more rainfall, because the mountains accumulate more clouds and humidity.
Air temperatures are pretty consistent throughout the year. It’s HOT. The hottest months are pretty much November – April. This is where the temperatures raise to 30+ °C. From May till about October, it gets a little cooler, but in general the air temperature won’t go down under 25°C during the day. Night temperatures can drop, so it’s good to have a jumper handy for the chilly nights out.

4. Bel Ombre

Moving East, the road will take you to Bel Ombre and further East Pointe d’Esny.

Bel Ombre is a peaceful lagoon that offers plenty of space and enjoyable small waves to ride on. The area just along the shore may have a bit gusty wind, so watch out when launching, but as soon as you get a little further away from the shore, the wind becomes pretty stable.

5. Pointe d’Esny

Pointe d’Esny – also know as Paradise Beach. The locals know this spot as being one of the most beautiful stretch of white sand beach and the best preserved coral reef lagoon on the entire island.
Pointe d’Esny beach is without the doubt a well hidden gem and surely takes a proud spot in our best secret kitespots top ten.

The bummer is that the beach is effectively sealed off by a few luxurious private properties, so unless you happen to be staying in one of the beachfront resorts, the only way to get to this secret beach is either by water or by foot.
You can either take a long beach walk all the way from Blue Bay, which is worth the hassle anyways or your other option would be to take this little, just about 150 metres long pathway that’s just off the main Costal Road.
This tiny pathway sits just in between a couple of the private houses and if you manage to find it, it will lead you to the Paradise beach. So if you enjoy geo-caching, there you’re go, go find the treasure!

If you happen to be here on a non-windy day, make sure to checkout the near by charming village of Mahebourg for an authentic historical Mauritian experience.

The best kitesurfing spots in Mauritius - South // Kiterr.com
The best kitesurfing spots in Mauritius // South credits kiterr.com

East coast

East of the island offers a real natural beauty and some really peaceful spots and some magnificent kitesurfing spots to check out.

6. Trou d’Eau Douce

Trou d’Eau Douce & Joyride – With the good South-East wind and perfect conditions, Trou d’Eau Douce is just an awesome fun. In fact the whole beachfront is perfectly kitable all the way from April to November.
The lagoon is nice and wide with more space than you need, mostly shallow, crystal clear water. When the tides are too low, the rocks and coral may be sticking out, so just watch out for this. The beachfront is wide enough for launching pretty much anywhere, specially further east, closer to the reef.

7. Joyride

The actual ‘Joyride‘ kitespot is way too far to access from Trou d’Eau Douce side of the beach. The best way to get there is to take a shuttle boat to the Ile-aux-Cerfs, the tiny island just a mile or two of the coats. Then take a walk to the most south-east facing beach and launch from here. It’ll be an awesome upwinder before finally reaching ‘Joyride’, but the kitespot is totally worth it. You’ll be awarded with the real treat. Hundreds of square meters of shallow and perfectly flat water lagoon along the reef barrier, you’ll own it for the day. Awesome for speed riding, practising tricks and freestyle.

8. Palmar

Palmar – Palmar is basically just a few kilometres round the cost from Trou d’Eau Douce. Kitespot more known to the locals. All travellers mostly hang around Le Morne and not many people venture out to try something different, so Le Morne always get to bask in the glory.
Palmar is a few kilometres long stretch of an awesome lagoon with water not too deep and pretty stable 45 degree onshore wind. There’s a Palmar beach just on the lagoon, so launching shouldn’t be an issue anywhere. Spot is a pretty good choice for the beginners.

9. Belle Mare

If you get bored in Palmar, change the scene and take a downwinder just a few kilometres up North to Belle Mare. Same kinda setup.

10. Poste Lafayette

Poste Lafayette is again more known to the locals, but great for so many reasons. There is a large and wide beach area, so if you’re taking kitesurfing lessons, this is a good spot with plenty of space for launching and practising. The wind is pretty stable here, generally onshore, no currents or any other bigger hazards, so this makes this kitespot pretty safe for the beginners.
The beach forms a little bay and so even if you’re not too confident going upwind, you can just easily land at any point and walk upwind again. This kitespot has a couple of spots where the water surface is nice n’ flat, good for a few tricks and if you watch and follow the locals, you might even discover the hidden wavy spot.

The best kitesurfing spots in Mauritius - North // Kiterr.com
The best kitesurfing spots in Mauritius // North credits Kiterr.com

North coast

11. Anse la Raie

12. Cap Malheureux

13. Butte a l’Herbe

Going up North along the cost will take you to Anse la Raie, Cap Malheureux, Butte a l’Herbe

These are the 3 kitesurfing spots on the very top of the island. Liked by the locals, but pretty hard to ride for the guests. While Cap Malheureux offers an eye pleasing scenery and beautiful turquoise lagoon with perfectly smooth flat water, it is rather recommended only to experienced riders.
The wind is obviously less consistent here than down South, but the lagoon is perfectly kitable in most wind conditions. So what are the cons of this kitespot?
The lagoon may just be too shallow and rocky during low tides. There is not much space for launching and the bay hosts quite a few boats, so there are plenty of hazards in the way already out of the box.

Ansa la Raie and Butte a l’Herbe are located just a few miles East from Cap Malhereux. Both a part of the same lagoon, they offer much better conditions, but beginners, specially those taking kitesurfing lessons, should still stay under a heavy watch of their instructors. Just like at Cap Malheureux, both of these kitespots should be avoided by the beginners during low tides as the lagoon becomes too shallow and the rocks are sticking out of the water. Other than that, it’s a peaceful, uncrowded spot.

14. Bain Boeuf

15. Trou Aux Biches

Travelling further around the North coast will bring us down to Bain Boeuf and Trou Aux Biches.

Majority of the kitespots located in the north part of the Island rely on winds coming from the North-West or South-West. This doesn’t happen very often unfortunately. The kitespots in the upper part of the island are perfectly ridable with ok wind conditions, but they’re not massively popular in general. Both Bain Boeuf and Trou Aux Biches are not an exception.

Trou Aux Biches is quite a tough kitespot and not recommended to the beginners. The Mont Choisy lagoon area is the hotspot for the jet skis and speed boats and together with the swimmers, this could pose quite a few hazards.

Bain Boeuf – just like Trou Aux Biches, this spot is only good on a good day with North-West or South-West wind. If you get lucky, you could catch some pretty good waves coming in and out of the reefs. The shore is a bit rocky, so are some parts of the lagoon and the water could be quite shallow, so just make sure you drag your self far enough from the shore. Other than that, it is a beautiful lagoon definitely worth checking out. If you get there on a non windy day, book your-self a SUP or a fishing trip. This area is a beautiful part of the island.

West coast

16. Flic-en-Flac

17. La Preneuse

Around December, the wind could be playing up. If the wind is blowing North or North-West, you could check out the two kitesurfing spots on West side of the island called Flic-en-Flac and La Preneuse.
If the wind conditions are right, these are awesome starting points to take a downwinder to Le Morne. There are few kiteschools in the area offering the downwinders and to accompany you with a safety boat. So if you’re not confident enough on your own, you should check out these options. If the wind conditions happen to be right and you’re confident, do it, it’ll be an awesome experience.

As for riding in these waters, experience level is necessary and both spots are not exactly beginner friendly. Both kitespots belong to the Tamarin area and are not protected by the coral reef. If you go to far to the sea, you may end up in a pretty strong current that rules these waters.
Both Flic-en-Flac and La Preneuse are public beaches in this area that attract both tourists and locals. Lots of swimmers, kiters, windsurfers and boats share the same space. Place gets crowded and could become a risky spot for all.

So there you have it, the most complete guide to the best kitesurfing spots in Mauritius.

© Mauritius Experiences Magazine. Photography by KiteAtNorth

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  • Best Wind
  • Type
  • Skill Level
  • Best For
  • South coast
  • 1. Le Morne
  • 2. One Eye
  • 3. Manawa
  • 4. Bel Ombre
  • 5. Pointe d’Esny
  • East coast
  • 6. Trou d’Eau Douce
  • 7. Joyride
  • 8. Palmar
  • 9. Belle Mare
  • 10. Poste Lafayette
  • North coast
  • 11. Anse la Raie
  • 12. Cap Malheureux
  • 13. Butte a l’Herbe
  • 14. Bain Boeuf
  • 15. Trou Aux Biches
  • West coast
  • 16. Flic-en-Flac
  • 17. La Preneuse
  • KITEATNORTH
  • Credits