Surfing in Mauritius
Surfing in Mauritius is best between November to April, when you get reliable and regular surf. Surfing in Mauritius has been part of local life for decades, and been a draw for visitors for nearly 60 years.
With plenty of local surfers, and plus a number of tourists combined it does mean that these sites can be crowded. Mauritius is a great surf destination if everything comes together. You need a relaxed approach. You might get some great waves, but there is also the chance of getting chased out the water by the locals. You might get howling trades for the whole time, you might score perfect waves in the south, or you might end up chilling by a resort pool, chilling with a beer, which isn’t that bad at all. However If everything doesn’t fall in to place for you, it is a wonderful holiday island, where there is more than enough options for a wonderful holiday, with out surfing.
The climate is warm here, the water is tepid, so all you need are boardies and a rash vest. You are also going to need some sun cream. Shallow coral reefs are a feature of all the surf spots in Mauritius, and at several of these, such as Tamarin outer reef, where the reef passes off the Le Morne area, and if you fall in the wrong area, the reef is waiting.
Tamarin Bay is widely regarded as a world class place for surfing. It is certainly a place for more experienced surfers. Here you will get a punchy wave with a barrel from the take-off area, it can reach 100 metres in the right condition There is also a local surf school for children or first timers who are keen to learn surfing in Mauritius.
Le Morne is home to some of the best swells and is generally more hospitable for new surfers than Tamarin Bay. Little Reef, a nice rolling and not so powerful wave in beach area is ideal for beginners. The area of Le Morne has fewer rocks and less prominent reefs, should you fall. At Le Morne, an exposed reef break boasts consistent surf with groundswells that are more frequent than wind swells. Known as “One Eye”, here the wave is a good left, quick and hollow and breaking into the deep water of the pass.
Manawa is further out and can be reached by boat. This is another exposed reef break similar to One Eye. You are treated to consistently large waves and strong south easterly winds.
Rivière des Galets offers you surfing that is generally very rewarding and more dependable than at Tamarin Bay. Rivière des Galets is a small village east of Le Morne. It’s a where you can surf, but you can also relax and watch some of the competitions held here throughout the year, featuring the world’s top surfers.