Mauritius East Coast Kite Spot Guide

When kitesurfers think of Mauritius as a kitesurfing destination, their attention is usually focused on Le Morne, which has gained worldwide recognition as a hot wave riding spot thanks largely to the KSP World Pro Kite Surfing Tour. However, what few kiters realise is that there are also great spots (mainly for lagoon riding) along the East coast of Mauritius as well.

Kitesurfing Poste Lafayette Mauritius

Since the winds come from the East coast of Mauritius, there are no accelerating factors on this side of the Island. This results in less “kiteable” days throughout the year along the East coast when compared to Le Morne or the North. However, during winter (from June to November,) the East coast definitely deserves your attention… for its beauty, colours, flat water conditions, and especially for its huge lagoons often with no one in the ocean, other than a few fishermen. No crowds, no buzz. Epic!

The main spots along the East coast of Mauritius are…

Pointe D’Esny

A beautiful setting with relatively flat water and on shore wind. Riding along the beach is fun, and most kitesurfers spend days along the bright-white beach, much to the dismay of the holiday makers and swimmers… ;-)

Mauritius Pointe D'Esny Villa Alizée

Not recommended without properly organised security, but worth mentioning, it is possible to ride 20 kilometres downwind to Trou d’Eau Douce and Ile aux Cerfs, all within the lagoon.

Trou d’Eau Douce

Trou d’Eau Douce is known for its Ile-aux-Cerfs resort, which makes a great kitesurfing spot when conditions are perfect (wind direction S.S.E).

However the whole beach-front of Trou d’Eau Douce is ‘kiteable’ throughout winter (June to November). The lagoon is extra wide, most of it shallow and flat (riders must be careful at low tides). Launching is fine almost anywhere along the beach, especially nearer to the reefs (the East side), where there is plenty of space.

Trou d’Eau Douce also has a gem… bearing the great name of ‘Joyride’. It’s too far from the beach to be accessible from there though. Kitesurfers need to use the shuttle boats to Ile-aux-Cerfs, then walk to its east-facing beach or to its neighbour ‘Ilot Mangenie’ and launch from there. This still leaves a long upwind ride to reach Joyride, comprising of several square kilometres of shallow and very flat water along the barrier reef. It is of course ideal for jumps and speed rides, often with strong, stable and potent winds in winter.

Mauritius Poste Lafayette

Palmar

Palmar is another great spot on the East coast of Mauritius which is not well-known, and over-shadowed by Le Morne, from which it differs drastically. Palmar is a stretch of relatively narrow lagoon, not very deep, offering several square kilometres of flat water with a generally stable wind. This spot is ideal for jumping sessions.

Its 45-degree on-shore wind also makes it safe and attractive to beginners, and there’s a kitesurfing school based in Palmar from April to November, the winter period in the southern hemisphere. Palmar is probably not suitable outside this period.

Poste Lafayette

Poste Lafayette is great for many reasons:

Mauritius East Coast Poste Lafayette

Beginners

  • It’s good for beginners as there is plenty of beach space for launching.
  • Owing to the curved shape of the shore, the launching spot is already 20 to 30 meters away from the shore.
  • The wind being generally onshore, this spot is safe and does not require boat rescues.
  • Relatively shallow a few metres from the shore, although it is not advisable to stand there without shoes.
  • No currents or particular hazards.

Intermediate Riders

It is good for intermediate riders as it is far from crowded (just a few kiters on weekends), and for those who are not yet good at staying upwind, as they can safely land at any point on the beach to walk upwind again.

Advanced Riders

Good for advanced riders, since there are two flat water zones that are good for jumping and some wave spots to carefully explore by following the locals.

Excellent regular wind conditions, especially in winter.

About Mauritius

The island of Mauritius can be compared to a gifted child; small in size, but lots happening under the hood. Its population illustrates this; 1.3 million inhabitants on just 720 sq miles… with an apparent booming economy and a relatively active presence on the international political and economical scene.

Mauritius Aerial View

This nation’s contrasts and contradictions can’t be missed though. The streets are busy with a mix of old choking buses and brand new top-of-the-range luxury cars. Rich businessmen and industrialists next to the very poor. Fair road network, terrible internet connection. The list goes on…

For the kitesurfer or the average visitor, these contrasts are what make this place so enjoyable, special and “sentimentally” tying. Many tourists come back year after year.

Kitesurfing Holidays

Owing to these specificities, it is possible to spend “comfortably simple” vacations in Mauritius. There are daily flights to and from Dubai, the regional hub, and also from Paris and London.

There are also several flights a week from some of Europe’s main cities such as Frankfurt, Rome and Moscow, and from South Africa, India, Malaysia and Australia. Flights can be very expensive in high season, (October to April), and more reasonably fared the rest of the year.

Poste Lafayette Villas

On the spot, almost anything is possible with a bit of organisation, lots of patience and a pinch of forgiveness. Cars can be rented from International brands or from unofficial car rental companies. Accommodation can be expensive for no apparent reason or of high quality in terms of value for money. It all depends on the period you are travelling in and with whom you book.

The windy season is from June to November, which is great because it corresponds with the low season, except during school holidays. The climate is relatively dry in austral winter, but it is windy and humid enough to make the climate not very tropical. The sea remains relatively warm throughout the year.

To get the most out of Mauritius, it is better to avoid the pre-organised tour packages, stay at a Guest house, small hotel or rent a villa, and rent a car or a local driver / guide. Buy your fish from the fishermen and your food from the local grocery shop. It is best to kitesurf for 2 to 3 hours in the morning while conditions are at their best, and then to go inland in the afternoons, visit villages, take walks and make sand castles with the kids.

Recommended Accommodation

There are of course plenty of hotels along the East coast of Mauritius, and three of them have officially declared themselves as “kitesurf-friendly.” These are: The Tropical Attitude hotel (3-star plus) and the Bougainville hotel, both located in Trou d’Eau Douce, offering free shuttles to Ile-aux-Cerfs, which will get you closer to Joyride, and the Emeraude Beach Attitude hotel, located in Palmar.

Mauritius Poste Lafayette Villas

There is also excellent alternative accommodation such as guest houses, and beach villas which are ideal for groups and families, some of which have beaches suitable for launching.

The website www.bookmauritius-villas.com proposes several great beach villas in Pointe d’Esny, Belle Mare, Poste Lafayette and nearby Roches Noires.

If you have any questions regarding the kitesurfing on the East Coast of Mauritius, please feel free to ask away in the comments below. And if you’ve kited at some of these spots, or you know of any other great spots in this area, we’d love to hear from you in the comments as well.

Written by

Bernard Cayeux

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Comments

  1. Isabel says:

    Any suggestions for travel insurance that actually include kite surfing (personal accident and gear?) We’re going to Mauritius in October and getting specified insurance for kite-surfing is quite a hassle and expensive.

    Thanx

    • Hi Isabel, we don’t have any information on travel insurance for kitesurfing ourselves unfortunately, but we’ll ask Bernard if he has any experience with this, and if he can advise you.

    • Try World Nomads (.com) – they are a travel insurance company, I have used them before when travelling and kitesurfing holidays – although never through a claim.

      Rob

  2. Dear Isabel, I’m afraid that when it comes to kitesurfing and other “extreme” sports, Insurance companies all get skitish. I have checked with local travel insurance companies here but found nothing to write home about, they are just representatives of worldwide travel insurance specialists.
    Sorry for not being able to help
    Enjoy your stay with us anyway- Best Regards, Bernard

  3. Elena Mitova says:

    Hi Bernard,
    I will be in Mauritius in few days and wondered if there is any place where I can rent kitesurf gears. I am a begginer and have started my classes a month ago and wanted to try kitesurfing in Mauritius. May be you can recommend an istructor as well – I prefer to have someone around since I don’t feel that confident by myslef yet.
    Thabks beforehand!
    Best,
    Elena

  4. Hi Elena,

    Thanks for writing. Yes, I know places to rent and / or get assistance. Please let me know in which region you’ll be staying for a better advice.
    Awaiting your post
    With best regards
    Bernard

  5. Elena Mitova says:

    Bernard,
    Thanks for your quick response.
    I will be staying in Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel in Port Louis. I am looking for a kite classes on 1 and 2 November.

    Elena

  6. Elena,
    From P. Louis, you will need to drive 1 hour at least to get to any kite spot. I therefore suggest you go to Le Morne.
    2 schools to recommend Contact Yoann from Yoaneye
    http://www.tropicscope.com/mauritius_holidays/centre_de_kite_yoaneye/contact_us/ OR

    Ninja from Club Mistral http://www.tropicscope.com/mauritius_holidays/club_mistral_skyriders_centres/contact_us/

    If you could just mention to them that their names / addresses were given by me it would help me.

    Enjoy your stay and rides and if you need help, let me know

  7. Hi,

    Are there in the East nice wavespots? Can you tell more about that?

    Regards Lou

  8. Hi Lou,

    Not really. For the Sunday kitesurfer that I am, the waves are good enough on some days (especially in winter, June to October). They are not really on the reefs but just outside; then they end-up all foamy on the reefs where there is enough water during high tide. They are not orderly and the wind comes a bit from the back, so not a real wave spot but enough have me scared sometimes. :-) Security is inexistant as no boats can go outside the lagoon.

    The good point: there is hardly no one riding them or at worst 3 to 4 persons on a Sunday…

    Hope this helps and more questions are welcome

    With best regards

    Bernard

  9. Susanne Enger says:

    Hello!
    I see that you recomend three hotels that are kite friendly. Can you also rent kites there or do you have to go to Le Morne?

    • Dear Susanne,
      Thanks for your question and please accept my apologies for taking so long to react. There are no rentals on the hotel premises but they collaborate with a kiteschool located in Palmar, i.e. at less than 10-minutes drive from the Bougainville or Tropical. They were meant for riders coming with their own equipment.

      The Tropical should in fact be counted out now as it is suffering from erosion of its beach. Both hotels are owned by the Attitude Group. The Bougainville is now closed for renovation, due to re-open on Sept 15 under the name of Friday Attitude where it is likely that they will run an in-house kite-school / centre. I can investigate if your stay is going to be after their opening.

      There are in fact 2 operators in that region from which you can rent kites but like in Le Morne, it for you to kite where they are; not take the kite to some other place.

      Let me know if you need any additional information; I promise i will respond faster this time.

      Bernard

  10. Tess Collins says:

    Hi Bernard,
    Myself and my partner are looking to come out to Mauritius around the dates 25th Dec 2014 until 11th Jan 2015. Where do you recommend to kite surf at that time of year? He has his own kitesurfing gear that he will bring out and is an intermediate level. I am a beginner and would like to try it but it is not a necessity as I am quite happy on the beach! I see from your comments above that the Bougainville Hotel will be reopened by that time under ‘Friday Altitude’ so we could check that out. Also heard that Bel Ombre is good?
    We would like somewhere on a beach that has easy access for kitesurfing for him and beach/pool for me!
    Can you help at all?
    Thanks
    Tess

    • Hi Tess,

      I’m sorry if you have not received my reply to your post ; I did reply to it but can’t see it online.

      Just in case, here is the essential of it.

      Unfortunately, in December / January, there is simply no wind. Unless there is a storm around that can make a day of nice wind, you will get a day or two of thermal-type in the North or on the West coast (La Preneuse) but they never last. In the North it is more likely to have some days with 12 to 15 knots. On the East coast it’s most unlikely. So the Friday Attitude won’t work this time, or only for you on the beach ; it has a nice beach indeed. Bel Ombre is also out of question.

      It is more likely to have wind, in Le Morne, Bel Ombre and the North up to mid or end November. On the East coast it’s rather up to end October. So, if you like the East coast, it is better to come earlier.

      There are other good reasons for avoiding the Dec / Jan period.
      – It is very busy and crowded with everywhere being pretty booked-up.
      – It’s about twice the rates (airfare and accommodation,) as just before, about 50 % higher than during the Oct / Nov school holidays.

      I hope this helps despite the late posting. Let me have your feedback then I’ll try to give you some tips.

      Have a nice day,

      Bernard

  11. pierre cimma says:

    I a comming sept October what size kite must I bring
    Pierre

    • Hi Pierre,

      It depends on where you intend to kite. In Le Morne it’s always between 7 and 9 m2. In Bel Ombre it would be 8 to 10. In the North 9 to 11, in the East, 9 to 12. This is a guideline for free-riding and some waves for a 75 to 85 Kg rider.

      Hope it helps

      Regards

      Bernard

  12. christian says:

    Hi Bernard,
    we are coming to Mauritius in Octobre. Do you have any idea how the conditions for kitesurfing are at Roches Noire/Riviere Du Rampart north of Poste Lafayette. It seems to be a shallow lagoon (google maps) but I did not found any information on the internet.

    Thank you

    christian

  13. Hi Christian,

    The lagoon of Roches Noires is great for kitesurfing; although sometimes a bit irregular when the wind is very Southerly. Deep enough every where except near the beach at low tide (in some places.) The reefs are a bit tricky though.
    You will find some information here on my website
    http://www.bookmauritius-villas.com/kitesurfing-information-mauritius
    Call me when you get there if you need help;

    With best regards

    Bernard

  14. Terry moody says:

    hi Bernard,
    we arrive in mauritius on the 3rd Nov-17th Nov and are staying at the preskil beach resort in the s/e of the island,for the purpose of getting married.but would love to bring the kites.

    1.will the wind still be blowing at this time/and what would be the average speed at this time of year.
    2.could you recomend a school nearby for safety purposes/downwinders etc.

    thankyou for any information you could supply
    thanks Terry

    • Hi Terry, I’m staying at Preskil from the 10th – 17th. I will definitely have my gear with me. See you on the beach

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