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Your guide to windsurfing Mauritius

Your guide to windsurfing Mauritius
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One of the world’s best windsurfing holiday destinations, Mauritius offers that perfect blend of gorgeous beaches, crystal clear water, reliable wind and luxurious resort hotels. Here you can learn to windsurf in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean or hone your skills on some of the most epic waves on the planet. With direct flights to Mauritius from London and a variety of other European airports as well as fantastic special offers from hotels in the windy season, a holiday at this island paradise is also easier and more affordable than you might think.

Here is our guide to your next windsurfing holiday in Mauritius:

Le Morne, Mauritius – The Spot

At Le Morne in the south of the island, you will discover a fantastic protected lagoon surrounded by a reef some 600 metres off the shoreline. This flat water paradise offers a shallow area with a great centre on site and is the perfect place to learn to windsurf. For intermediates, there is also enough space in the lagoon for speed blasting or practising your gybes and tacks. In Le Morne, you will find Mauritius’ best wave spots – “Little Reef” is great for those still learning the ropes while “Manawa” and “One Eye” are only for experienced sailors. 

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Anse La Raie, Mauritius – The Spot

The spot at Anse La Raie in the north of the island offers a quieter alternative to Le Morne. Due to the outer reef belt in this section on Mauritius, the lagoon here stretches for over 2.5km. Although not as shallow as the lagoon in the south, this area is protected by the reef creating a huge flat water playground for windsurfers. The wind blows here from a side shore direction making it incredibly safe, however, entry can be a bit tricky so this spot is not recommended for those just learning to windsurf. There is also a great variety of amenities in this area with shopping markets, bars and restaurants all located within easy reach.

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Le Morne – Where to Stay

Our favourite resort in Le Morne has to be the St Regis Mauritius. This fabulous hotel offers an unmatched level of luxury and is located right on the spot so your family can watch the action from the accommodation. With five varied restaurants on site, an award-winning spa, a whole host of inclusive activities and a fantastic kids club, there truly is something for everyone at the resort. For a truly out of this world getaway the St Regis Villas offer multiple rooms and their own private pools – the perfect escape for friends and families.

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If you are visiting the area on honeymoon or for a romantic getaway you also have to spend a few nights at Chamarel Boutique Lodge. Surrounded by the natural beauty of a tropical rainforest, this hidden retreat offers fantastic views in a secluded setting.

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Anse La Raie – Where to Stay

The Lux Grand Gaube has just been reopened after extensive renovations and is a great spot for families travelling to the north of the island. This multi-sport resort offers incredible health and wellness facilities and is situated in a beautiful calm cove surrounded by lush gardens.

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Rivalling Lux Grand Gaube in terms of luxury is the Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa. Perfect for a family getaway or honeymoon, it offers a huge array of facilities in a quieter spot on the north-west coast, although driving to the windsurf beach is a requirement. For those looking for a quieter, boutique property, 20 Degrees South offers a warm cosy atmosphere with just 36 rooms and suites.

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When to go

Mauritius is a great destination for much of the year with the wind blowing consistently from April through to October. The winter months in the southern hemisphere (UK summer) bring the most wind with strengths of 4-6beufort, especially in Le Morne while Anse La Raie enjoys wind all the way through to December. Between January and March, there can be heavy rainfall due to the monsoon season. As the windy season is actually in the winter you can look forward to reduced rates at most of the hotels while still enjoying warm temperate days and a fantastic climate for your holiday.

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Things to do in Mauritius

When you are not out windsurfing the island of Mauritius offers plenty to do. The centres we work with also rent out SUP and surfboards so you can discover a different side to the Mauritian coastline while most of the hotels offer a fantastic variety of inclusive activities such as kayaking, pedal boating, snorkelling, glass bottom boat trips and more… The island also has a number of rich cultural sites and beautiful inland hikes while the botanical garden at Pamplemousse is where you can see giant water lilies and tortoises. Payable activities that are also well worth doing include scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, champagne sunset cruises and golf at one of the island’s myriad of courses.

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