The wide lagoon and the shallow flat water of Le Morne are ideal for beginners and advanced riders, fans of kitesurfing in Mauritius. Plus, you'll have the protection of the reef. Want some waves? No problem! They are only 600 metres away. Some of the best in the world are here at Le Morne. The famous Manawa and One Eye waves are not for the shy. You will enjoy free riding and wake up style according to your heart. Also, lots of tailwind slides in the southeast winds. The Morne Brabant is busy during the winter with kitesurfers from all over the world. You will have a good atmosphere and also time to rest: there is no kite surfing for one to two hours at low tide.
The kitesurfing season in Mauritius starts in April and continues easily until the end of November. It is the Mauritian winter with strong and constant south-easterly trade winds blowing at around 15-25 knots. This is the best time to come if you are planning a kiteboarding holiday in Mauritius. During the warmer months, from December to about March, the strong winds drop off, leaving just a lighter but still fairly constant breeze coming from the south-east. This breeze is noticeable almost all year round, mainly from the south. The northern parts of the island are more resistant to the wind, protected by the mountains, so the winds tend to break and are generally not as strong as in the southern parts. This is why the south of Mauritius offers perfect kitesurfing conditions all year round and the best kitesurfing spots on the island, suitable for just about all skill levels.
There is a fairly good selection of "playgrounds" in the south, from wide, shallow flat lagoons and gently undulating spots to world-class epic waves just a few hundred metres from the shore. Without a doubt, Le Morne is the most famous and most popular of all Mauritian kitespots. This beautiful flat water lagoon offers an ideal spot for beginners taking kitesurfing lessons, but also for freestyle and freeriders.
Heading east, the road will take you to Bel Ombre and further on to the Pointe d'Esny Est. Bel Ombre is a peaceful lagoon that offers a lot of space and small waves that are pleasant to ride. The area just along the shoreline can get a little windy, so be careful when launching, but as soon as you get a little further from the shore the wind becomes quite stable.
Pointe d'Esny- also known as Paradise Beach. The locals know that this is one of the most beautiful white sand beaches and the best preserved coral reef lagoon on the island. The beach at Pointe d'Esny is undoubtedly a well hidden gem and certainly ranks high in our top ten of the best secret kitespots.
The worst part is that the beach is effectively closed off by a few luxurious private properties, so unless you are staying in one of the resorts, the only way to access this secret beach is by water or on foot. You can either take a long walk on the beach from Blue Bay, which is worthwhile anyway, or your other option would be to take that small path about 150 metres long which is just off the main coastal road.
This tiny path is just between two private houses and if you can find it, it will lead you to Paradise Beach. So, if you like geo-caching, there you are, go find the treasure!
If you find yourself here on a windless day, be sure to check out the charming nearby village of Mahébourg for an authentic historic Mauritian experience.
With the good south-east wind and perfect conditions, Trou d'Eau Douce is just a great pleasure. In fact, the entire waterfront is perfectly kitable from April to November and the lagoon is pleasant and wide with more space than necessary, mainly shallow crystal clear water. When the tides are too low, rocks and corals can overflow, so be careful of that. The waterfront is wide enough to cast just about anywhere, especially further east, closer to the reef. The real Joyride kitespot is far too far away to be accessible from the Freshwater Hole side of the beach. The best way to get there is to take a shuttle to Ile-aux-Cerfs, the small island only a mile or two from the coats. Then take a walk to the south-east most beach and start from here. It will be an impressive upwind ride before finally reaching "Joyride", but the kitespot is well worth it. You will be rewarded with the real treat. Hundreds of square metres of shallow, perfectly flat lagoon along the reef barrier, you will own it for the day. Great for speed riding, tricks and freestyle.
Palmar is just a few kilometres from Trou d'Eau Douce. Kitespot better known by the locals. All travellers mainly hang around Le Morne and not many people venture out to try something different, so Le Morne always has the opportunity to bask in glory. Palmar is a few kilometres of an impressive lagoon with not too deep water and a fairly stable 45 degree onshore wind. There is a Palmar beach right on the lagoon, so launching should not be a problem anywhere. Spot is a very good choice for beginners.
Belle Mare - If you get bored in Palmar, change scene and take a downwind a few miles north to Belle Mare. Same configuration.
Poste Lafayette - This kitespot is again more known by locals, but ideal for many reasons. There is a large and wide beach, so if you are taking kitesurfing lessons, this is a good place with lots of space for launching and practice. The wind is quite stable here, usually on land, with no currents or other greater dangers, which makes this kitespot quite safe for beginners. The beach forms a small bay, so even if you are not too confident riding upwind, you can easily land at any time and ride upwind. This kitespot has a few places where the water surface is nice and flat, good for a few rides and if you watch and follow the locals, you might even discover the hidden wavy place.
There are also 3 kitesurf spots all in the north of the island. Loved by the locals, but quite difficult for foreigners. While Cap Malheureux offers a pleasant scenery to look at and a beautiful turquoise lagoon with perfectly smooth flat water, it is rather recommended only for experienced people. The wind is obviously less constant here than it is to the south, but the lagoon is perfectly passable in most wind conditions. So what are the disadvantages of this kitespot? The lagoon can be too shallow and rocky at low tide. There isn't much space for launching and the bay accommodates a lot of boats, so there are a lot of dangers on the way out of the box. Anse la Raie and Butte à l'Herbe are located a few kilometres east of Cap Malhereux. Both being part of the same lagoon, they offer much better conditions, but beginners, especially those taking kitesurfing lessons, should always stay under the supervision of their instructors. Just like at Cap Malheureux, these two kitespots should be avoided by beginners at low tide as the lagoon becomes too shallow and the rocks come out of the water. Apart from that, it is a peaceful place and not very crowded.
Around December, the wind could be at the rendezvous. If the wind is blowing from the north or north-west, you can discover the two kitesurfing spots on the west side of the island called Flic-en-Flac and La Preneuse. If the wind conditions are good, these are impressive starting points to take a downwind to Le Morne. There are few kitesurfing schools in the area offering downwinders and to accompany you with a safety boat. So if you are not confident enough on your own, you should check these options. If the wind conditions are good and you are confident, do so, it will be a great experience.