The tropical paradise island of Mauritius is located about 2,000 kilometres from the African continent in the Indian Ocean. The island was originally a Dutch, then French, and then a British colony, finally winning independence in 1968.
Visiting Mauritius on holiday is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The island is a hot tourist destination due to its white sand beaches, great climate, and excellent marine life. The steady winds make for plenty of windsurfing plus waves for regular surfing, as well as kite surfing and diving.
Surfing Is World Renowned Here!
The beaches on the south and west of the island are where the deep water and tall waves pound the shoreline. The Le Morne Peninsula is a favourite gathering place for new and experienced surfers. In addition, there is the Riviere de Galets, known for very wild wave action, and Tamarin Bay, which has some of the most massive waves reaching over ten ft. or more.
While not considered a water sport, the beaches on the northern and eastern coasts are perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Here people find a more shallow beach area and far less wind is best.
For Windsurfing and Kitesurfing, Here Is Where To Go!
In many parts of the world, the problem with finding great windsurfing and kitesurfing locations is that the wind isn’t strong enough or consistent. Not with Mauritius; however, in fact, many times, the wind is too strong for beginning and intermediate windsurfers. Not to worry, though; places on the fringes of the high-wind areas will suffice.
If you go to the St. Regis beach near Le Morne Peninsula and find the wind too loud, you can go to the nearby lagoon and head for “One Eye.” You’ll see a little less wind with some of the largest and smoothest waves on the island.
Diving Is Also A Popular Watersport In Mauritius!
Due to the warm waters and many shipwrecks around the island, you can go on plenty of excursions to see the various wrecks. Many are centuries old and have been well preserved for tourists to view. The best way to find an expedition is to contact the local hotels to see which ones are nearby and what skill level the dives require.
Some wrecks are near the surface, while others are much deeper. In addition, plenty of marine wildlife excursions show the wide variety of reef and fish species that can be viewed by snorkeling. You can even reach many snorkeling locations from the shore, but renting a small boat is far more comfortable, primarily if a small group of you can split the costs and enjoy the scenery.
You are now better prepared to enjoy the best watersports in Mauritius. Make sure you take along plenty of sun blocks, sun hats, and other ways to keep from getting burned like the sun will shine nearly every day, with small breaks for an afternoon to break up the heat.