Mauritius is renowned for its tropical beaches. It remains one of the hottest holiday destination in the Indian Ocean offering utmost comfort and relaxation. The pearl of the Indian Ocean is also rapidly developing an outstanding reputation for the many water sports it offers. Mauritius has everything to offer water sports enthusiasts: kayaks, pedal boats, stand up paddle, water-skiing, water bikes and the coral-sea lagoon on the ocean side offers exceptional snorkeling and diving experience. With its calm waters, the lagoon of Mauritius, provide the ideal conditions for amazing water sports adventure. Surfers gather on this island in the Indian Ocean to take advantage of the year-long trade winds which are particularly favourable in winter. The vast white sandy beaches and the challenging reef waves make the island, one of the prime kite surfing destination, in the Indian Ocean.
Diving in Mauritius
Scuba diving is the best way for tourists to partake in the pleasures of watching nature’s amazing beauty. Novices can start at the shallow side of the ocean whereas skillful divers can head straight for the more adventurous dive sites such as cliffs, caverns, reefs, pinnacles and wrecks. Divers will appreciate the stunning beautiful underwater spots in Mauritius. Whether you are a beginner or PADI qualified, you will find many places perfect for scuba diving around the island. For those lovers of wrecks, you can venture yourself near the site of the legendary Le Saint Géran shipwreck immortalized in Bernardin de Saint Pierre’s novel. The clear waters around Mauritius make this a superb dive destination, while the protection afforded by the reef makes the ideal condition for novices. Please note, if you are a diver, please bring with you the necessary diving certification cards and logs books, the minimum age to dive is ten years and for persons over 60 years, a medical certificate is required.
Eager to try a new water sliding sport? You can now experience the joys of stand-up paddle boarding. This discipline is very popular on beaches around the world and can be enjoyed in the turquoise lagoon of Mauritius facing the hotel or villa you are staying at.
Paddle boarding is a complete sport that is an ideal way to build muscles gently and in a fun way, involving standing up, kneeling or sitting on a board and rowing. It is open to boarders of all levels from the age of 10 and can be enjoyed any day and any time.
Test your balance, sliding skills and endurance by riding the longest wave in Mauritius and indulging in this sport, which is attracting growing numbers of fans around the world!
Boating activities in Mauritius
Mauritius is the ideal place to try out or practice big game fishing. Depending on the season, out at sea you can catch marlin, sword fish, sharks, tuna, skipjack and barracuda. You should definitely not miss a catamaran cruise along the Mauritian coast – there’s nothing quite like discovering the islets around the island this way- Ile aux Cerfs, Ile aux Benitiers,…
Sea kayaking in Mauritius
Sea kayaking is a fun sport that you can enjoy while contemplating Mauritius’ nature from the magnificent lagoon bordering the island. Everywhere the mangrove labyrinths, which are essential to the marine ecosystem, will offer surprising tours. You will be able to discover Ambre Island in the North East or the historical Mahébourg bay and Trou d’Eau Douce in the South East with Mangénie islet and the Île aux Cerfs next to it. Sea kayaking is yet another alternative to enjoy the beautiful and refreshing beaches of Mauritius. Here are some beautiful spots where you can enjoy sea kayaking:
This remains the best spot for first-timers. Security measures, paddle signals and paddling techniques are taught at that spot and it offers the possibility to snorkel at the reefs.
From St Antoine towards Ile d’Ambre, an islet off the North East coast of Mauritius, you will definitely enjoy the ride. You can take a pause at Bernache island, where you can re-fuel your body and refresh yourself on the replenishing beaches of Bernache Island. The final stretch is an easy paddle along the mangroves towards Ile d’Ambre.
Paddle in the depths of Tamarin, on the west coast of Mauritius, where you will have the chance of spotting magnificent dolphins. As you propel your kayak up the Rempart River, do not miss admiring the birds busy in their daily chores.
From Pointe d’Esny in the South East of Mauritius, paddle alongside mangroves, towards the neighbouring islands Ile aux Aigrettes, Ilot Chats and Ilot Singes. Do not miss a stopover at Blue-Bay beach where you can snorkel the protected marine park of the island where you will have the chance to spot unique species of the Indian Ocean.
Snorkeling Among Coral Reefs
Coral reefs are among the world’s most spectacular habitats and Mauritius has some of the best of them! Snorkeling is an excellent way to explore this underwater paradise. It is fun, safe and a great way for the whole family to enjoy their time in Mauritius. One spot on the island no one should missed remains the Blue Bay Marine Park, mentioned earlier in the article.
The tranquil, warm and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean provides some of the best waterskiing to be found anywhere in the world. Whether you are a beginner on two skis, a slalom expert or even a barefoot professional, local conditions are perfect and you will definitely enjoy an unforgettable moment.
Kite Surfing & Wind Surfing
In the lagoon at the foot of Le Morne, windsurfers and kite surfers enjoy their own paradise. The waters are calm and flat, and if you enjoy adventure, go beyond the reef and hit the waves!
The major surf beaches in Mauritius are all in the south and west of the island, and just below Flic en Flac on the western coast. Whether your aim is to perform a perfect 360 or simply stand upright on a board, take a look at our selection of some of the best surfing spots in Mauritius – then grab your shorts and head for the waves.
1. Tamarin Bay
Tamarin’s reputation gathered pace after the release of The Forgotten Island of Santosha, a cult 1974 surf documentary which honed in on the bay’s legendary long left hand reef break. If you’re a first timer, visit the surf school or simply pop in for a chat about the latest wave conditions. Back on land, a lack of large scale development means the area retains something of an old-school vibe, making it an especially popular destination for those retro lovers.
2. Le Morne
Sheltered by the protective gaze of Le Morne Brabant mountain, the waters of the Le Morne remains the most popular place to surf in Mauritius. That unparalleled spot offers both flat lagoon conditions for amateurs to find their sea legs, and challenging spots for experienced surfers to test their bravery. One such spot – an exposed reef break known as One Eye – is located directly in front of the St. Regis hotel. Note that, with seriously fast currents, it’s one for the experts only.
Swimming with dolphins
Swimming with dolphins is one of the most popular activities during a stay in Mauritius. Discover the details of an activity that will leave you with unforgettable memories!
How to swim with dolphins in Mauritius?
You can observe two types of dolphins off the South West coast of Mauritius. The Bottlenose dolphin is the most common species of dolphin in the world, and is accompanied by the Long Nosed or Spinner dolphins, which are smaller than the Bottlenose dolphins.
To experience these magical moments while on holiday in Mauritius, you will have to get up very early. Departure time is normally between 7:00 and 8:30. The dolphins move in small groups early in the morning in the lagoon before returning to the high seas in the afternoon to feed. However, you will not regret your early morning excursion because the dolphins put on a great show and the light is particularly beautiful at that time of day. Caro and Dino remains the best operator you will find on the island. They offer top-notch services and assure an unforgettable trip full of magical moments.
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A few more activities you can enjoy on the island are:
- Pedal boats
- Glass-bottom boat trips
Have nice holidays in Mauritius!