Kite surfing is one of the best water sports in the world. It is an intense and exciting game that lets you connect with nature by fully aligning your body and senses to the waves and the wind. Mauritius is one of the best kite surfing destinations in the world. With its incredibly reliable wind conditions, perfectly flat water, and world-class waves at the same spot, Mauritius offers kite surfers the ultimate kite surfing playground destination.
Thanks to the protective barrier reefs around the island, it has a large water lagoon that creates the perfect Mauritius kite surf spots. It boasts vast expanses of shallow water and a notable absence of waves, making it an ideal place for beginner kite surf lessons. It also offers wild waters for pro-level kite surfers looking for adrenaline.
Excellent Mauritius Kite Surfing Season
Best time is from June to September
Also known as the Mauritian winter period, this is the primary wind season. During this period, the island experiences consistent trade winds blowing from 18 to 30 knots. Consequently, this is the perfect wind condition for Mauritius kite surfing. The water temperature drops to about 22 degrees on average. Hence, kite surfers are advised to carry their full wet-suit attire during this period.
Mid season – April-May and October-November
During this period, the wind could be more consistent. Therefore, you may have days with shallow wind. The wind blows between 10 and 25 knots during this period. The sea and air temperatures are warm, and you can enjoy other activities such as parasailing, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, or a catamaran cruise during this time.
Best Kite Surfing Spots in Mauritius:
The West/ South West:
Le Morne is an ideal Mauritius kite surfing destination for beginners and experts. This shallow water lagoon offers plenty of space and solid winds for new Mauritius kite surfers to practice or try new tricks. It also provides a beautiful backdrop of green mountains, white sand, and clear turquoise water.
If you want to surf Le Morne, it is busiest during the winter, especially from June to September, when world-class riders are here for their favourite water sports. The low tide is almost impracticable, so you can rest when the wave is soft; if you are a professional who wants strong winds, head on to One Eye or Manawa. The last spots are for only experts.
Located in the South-West of the island, One Eye is one of the most famous Mauritius kite spots. However, due to its fast left wave, it is only recommended for expert kite surfers.
On perfect days, the waves at One Eye are continuous and steep with peaks. While on bad days, or preferably as we call ‘small’ days, the waves terminate on the shallow reefs. As a result, the situation is very tricky because if anything goes wrong, the waves will throw you straight onto the reef.
On medium days, you may feel safe because One Eye looks very busy then. But if you do not know what you are doing, it’s preferable not to venture. You may also have to leave sooner as the waves get bigger.
Here is the thing- if the waves are higher than 7 meters, only go there if you have a safety boat to pick you up. Otherwise, the currents are so strong that you may be unable to return to the Beach. There may also not be anyone to rescue you in such a situation!
There are many other questions that you might have about One Eye, and our professionals at Mauritius Discovery Tours are always ready to answer your questions and help you organize your kite surfing.
Bel Ombre lagoon is known for its choppy water and gusty winds. It is ideal for surfers who want to try kite surfing on a wave for the first time.
Set in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is truly a tropical paradise. Kite surfers who have visited this island can attest that it offers exceptionally high standards and exceptional value for its beautiful beaches, coral reefs, and blue Indian Ocean water.
Located at Le Morne, Manawa is a spot that receives big waves. The Le Morne Brabant mountain increases the wind speed by probably more than 5 knots. The wave breaks into a deep channel. As a result, only professional surfers need to venture. The place is also appropriate for windsurfing. The winds are best from April to October.
You can enjoy kite Mauritius on the east coast, just a few kilometers south of Belle Mare Village on the picturesque Beach Palmer. Here, you will enjoy a beautifully flat, closed turquoise beach with no currents or boat traffic. Belle Mare is a safe kite surfing spot as the water is not very deep and has a 45-degree on-shore wind.
This Beach is best known for its Ile-aux-Cerfs resort, which makes it a perfect kite surfing spot. People can enjoy kite riding here throughout the Mauritian winter period. The Beach is shallower than other beaches, so riders should be cautious, especially during the low tides.
The ‘Joyride kite spot is a walking distance from Ile aux Cerfs. You can hop up on a speedboat from Trou D’eau Douce and get to the island in 10 minutes. The wind is against you when you attempt to reach Joyride towards the southeast part of the Beach, but it’s worth the effort. The spot has a flat lagoon that spares hundreds of meters. Most interestingly, you can have the whole of the lagoon for yourself for the day. Feel free to practice your best tricks here, as there will be no traffic to cater!
Poste La Fayette is in the North East of Mauritius. It is very shallow, and a good place for beginners as the waves are small. The wind blows from South East, and June to October is the best time to be here. When in the water, ensure that you pay attention to the reef and corals. Locals very much use the place; if you ask them, you can discover excellent spots.
The famous lagoon of Pointe D’esny is around 14 minutes drive from Sir Sewoosagar Ramgoolam Airport. It harbours one of the most attractive beaches on the island. It faces the primary lagoon of Mauritius and is subject to the South East Trade wind that blows most of the year. Hence, a paradise for watersports fanatics. Here is almost the secret spot for kite surfing compared to the noisy Le Morne beach. If you are an adventurer who loves a tranquil environment, Pointe d’Esny suits your taste. The lagoon is 2m deep and is like a pool for water activity lovers.
This emerald blue beach is an ideal destination for intermediate and experienced kite and wind surfers.
Kite surfing is no exception when talking about the north of Mauritius. You can only move to other island regions to kite surf if you have chosen to stay in the north. While there may be several spots offering this activity, we will concentrate on the main ones, Anse la Raie & Cap Malheureux.
Anse la Raie
Anse la Raie in the north of Mauritius is an unspoiled piece of heaven. The Beach has all the facilities, like the toilet, and is always calm. It is suitable for water sports like kite surfing because it has many open spaces. The Beach is about 3 kilometers long, and the lagoon is knee-deep with warm water almost yearly. When the lagoon is ideal for kite surf beginners, the more experienced surfers can go beyond the reef and enjoy the whole expanse of the blue waters. You get a good view of the northern islands from Anse la Raie beach.
Cap Malheureux, very well known for water activities and kite surf, is no exception on the tip north point of Mauritius. However, if you desire to kite surf at Cap Malheureux, you must be at least at the stage of intermediate kite surfer or higher. Here you can enjoy all the wind directions. Be always on alert, as many fast boats are traveling this region. The reason is very clearly the north island of Coin de Mire and others.
What to do when there is no wind?
No need to say that the wind is the boss when it comes to kite surfing. At times the weather plays against you, but the good thing is that you never need to worry about it when you are in the South West of Mauritius. If you want to be in the air, you can book a great activity instantly: parasailing. There are few service providers for this activity in the region, but you can get one quickly with a Google search.
Another on-the-spot activity you can engage in is hiking Le Morne Brabant mountain. You need to make less preparation. A bottle of water and the right shoes can do the trick. When looking from the top of the mountain, the scenery below is exceptional. You have to do the whole track up to the top in the sun, meaning you still get your part of the Vitamin D build-up!
If you want a calmer day, you may visit Chamarel seven coloured earth and Rhumerie de Chamarel. With a cup of cane juice in front of coloured earth dunes, you can relax and enjoy a peaceful day. No booking is required. Just call up a taxi and pay at the entrance of the park! Always remember to get a view of the waterfall, the beauty of which can capture your eyes for several minutes. If you want to be more adventurous, you can go up to where the water falls from the cascade and enjoy the water splashing down from the top of the waterfall.
Q & A’s
Where is the best hotel to stay at for kitesurfing?
Most kiters prefer to stay at La Gaulette, a small fishing village near Le Morne. There are plenty of guest houses to rent in the village. You can also share a guest house with other kiters and use standard transport for daily travel from La Gaulette to Le Morne Beach and back.
Where are the kitesurf schools?
Most kite surf schools are located in the West and Southwest of Mauritius in the Le Morne/Tamarin/ Bel Ombre region.
The atmosphere at the spots?
The atmosphere varies at the different kite spots. When it is very bustling in Le Morne, you have a quiet sea and Beach at Pte D’esny.
Where to eat in Tamarin, Mauritius?
There are many restaurants in Tamarin. Drive slowly and watch for the different small hotels & pubs. You must take advantage of them as they are mainly located on the main road.