When and where to kitesurf in Mauritius
Confirmed riders can ride in Mauritius pretty easily but we strongly recommend taking advice with as many local riders as possible before choosing your launching spots as many places have their peculiarities that can become hazards to the uninformed riders.
Best periods for kitesurfing
Kitesurfing in Mauritius is possible almost all year round but chances of enjoying good kitesurfing conditions during a 10-day stay are greatly increased during the austral winter months of June to November where the cycle is generally 4 days of good wind, 2 days average and 1 day without.
The North (North-East) is "rideable" almost all year round. Although a bit gusty and too "off shore" in winter, the lagoon of Anse La Raie / Calodyne offers wonderful conditions between November and January and in April / May, several days a week.
The East & South-East coasts count some excellent spots mainly during winter; the wind being "side / on shore" it is far less gusty along the East coast than elsewhere and will suit riders of all levels.
About Kite sizes
Based on the all-rounder Kites, we would say that the average 80 Kg lagoon rider would need:
From June to October: 7 to 9 metres at Le Morne, 10 to 12 mètres on the East coast and 9 to 12 metres in the North.
November / Beginning December: 7 to 9 metres at Le Morne, 12 mètres on the East coast and 9 to 12 metres in the North.
January, April, May: 7 to 10 metres at Le Morne, 12 mètres on the East coast and 12 metres in the North.
Choosing a region
The pure wave riders will stick to Le Morne... Of Course! For free riders, Le Morne remains a sure bet between June and November as the acceleration from the landscape gives almost a guarantee of wind, at least as from 11.00 am. Le Morne is also a wide lagoon to enjoy but is a fairly busy place to launch and drop or to ride where everyone else is. Le Morne is windless between February and May.
Cap-MalheureuxLevel: For Intermediary to Expert Riders.
Suitable Wind Directions: North West to East.
The Pros: The spot at Cap Malheureux offers a very smooth sea surface but is again for those of intermediary to confirmed levels due to the difficulty of getting started and the speedboats. Good for kiting under nearly all wind directions but not suitable for Windsurfing due to shallowness.
The Cons: Not really public and not accessible.
Anse-la-RaieLevel: For Beginners to Expert Riders.
Suitable Wind Directions: North to East.
The Pros: "Works" almost all year round, as from 12 knots announced. The flat shallow surface suits those learning tricks and even beginners as long as they are assisted.
The Cons: The rocks and trees are constant hazards. One must keep awareness alive and remain far off the shore after a quick launch.
The East coast
Poste-LafayetteThe better spot is Poste Lafayette's public beach; the one that faces the South-East.
Level: For Beginners to Expert Riders.
Suitable Wind Directions: East to South West.
The Pros: Plenty of space on the beach and in the lagoon.
The Cons: To be avoided on Sundays.
Belle-MareLevel: For Beginners to Expert Riders.
Suitable Wind Directions: East to South, South-East.
The Pros: Beautiful lagoon, Plenty of Space.
The Cons: To be avoided during weekends.
PalmarLevel: For Beginners to Expert Riders.
Suitable Wind Directions: East to South.
The Pros: Very Flat surface and no boat traffic as the lagoon "closes" upwind.
The Cons: To be avoided during weekends .
Trou-d'Eau-DouceLevel: For Beginners to Expert Riders.
Suitable Wind Directions: East to South.
The Pros: Large very flat surface windward of the islets; the spot's name is "Joyride."
The Cons: Lagoon of highly variable depth and wind conditions, especially near the islets. It is advisable to carefully explore the lagoon before riding afar. The "Joyride" spot is reachable only from "Ilot Mangenie" islet.
Pointe d'EsnyLevel: For Beginners to Expert Riders.
Suitable Wind Directions: South-east to East.
The Pros: Excellent and beautiful lagoon to ride. Several downwind destinations such as Ilot Flamand and Ile aux Cerfs several kilometres downwind...
The Cons: With the increasing amount of riders, and the potential danger they represent, the property owners are getting somehow unfriendly to kitesurfers.
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Hi Bernard, Starting my 10 day trip to Mauritius Oct 5th, staying in Trou d'eau Douce and Le Morne. I am average skilled rider with 125kg ;-) What kite sizes would you recommend? 6, 8, 10, 12, 16 and 18 available. Boards 139.
You are lucky; Windguru is announcing a 20 - 24 wind on the East coast for next week during 2-3 days. So, for Trou-d'Eau-Douce for these days a 10m² will be OK. After this anti-cyclone, no kiting at all. In Le Morne it's always the same. If there is wind it would be for your 8m².
Enjoy your stay.
I have a question - can we expect any wind around anahita over NY? Is it possible to kite around the four seasons resort?
In December/Jan it is very unlikely to have wind, unless there is a storm system in the region. It's been a while I have not been there but I don't thing it is a great spot. However, there is the nicest flat-water spot near the reefs not far from it. It requires a boat to take you somewhere to launch.
Hi BERNARD I am staying in shangri la hotel in trou deau douce bay on the east coast in March do you think it would be worth bringing a kite and board as it doesn't look like there will be much wind at this time of year thanks.
Thank you for writing. You are (unfortunately) right. On the East coast you are unlikely to get enough wind for a ride. There are more chances in the North due to acceleration by the coastal landscape.
Hope I have helped.
Have a nice stay
Thanks very much for your help I'm on the east coast with work so i might have a trip to the north side if its blowing.Thanks again all the bloggs have been helpful.