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Le Morne Mauritius

AVERAGE COSTS

Beer: MUR50
Lunch: MUR50
Restaurant Meal: MUR400
Accommodation: From MUR480 – MUR8000 p.p.p.n.

USEFUL CONTACTS

KIRSTY JONES
www.kirstyjones.com
kj@kirstyjones.com

SPORTIF
www.sportif.travel

TRAVEL ACTION
www.travelaction.co.uk

CLUB MISTRAL
www.club-mistral.com

THE LURE

Le Morne really is one of the few places in the world where you can have a full range of conditions for all levels of kiter, just minutes from your luxury hotel. Turquoise lagoons in the north and south, white sandy beaches plus steady side-on trade winds, easy-to-ride spots as well as seriously advanced wave spots; the deal is sealed on perfection.

THE SET-UP

Southeast trade winds kick in from May to October, making the north, east and south coasts a playground filled with the most incredible conditions a kiteboarder could wish for.

Le Morne, located on the southeast corner offers something for all levels, with trade winds from the left and acres of flat water inside the protective reef 600 yards offshore. In bigger swells the waves can break over the reef, otherwise the reef is very safe. 'Small reef', a fun right hand wave lies in front of the Indian Ocean Resort, breaking over a sandy bottom and working best in north winds. 'Manawa' is located a kilometre off the beach in front of the Indian Resort and is for advanced riders. Best at high tide and if there are small swells elsewhere this spot still offers bigger waves. A nice left breaking wave but not as fast and tuby as 'One Eye' - which is the main calling card of the Le Morne spot for the experienced. Right in front of the Hotel Berjaya, it's a cross-offshore wave lying downwind of the launching beach, it's strictly experts only though as the rescue boat can rarely get out to it. The KSP World Tour events went off here for a couple of years.

The east coast offers a great variety of spots, most of which are found from Trou d’Eau Douce to Poste Lafayette. Downwinders can link up the string of lagoons along the coast. Palmar-Belle Mare is the most welcoming spot on the east coast for all levels with a safe, crystal clear lagoon and steady winds blowing across a long, sandy beach with no currents, tidal effects or crowds.

WIND, WEATHER AND WATER

SE trade winds blow April to November at 15 to 25 knots, maxing in July and August when the direction can vary slightly from east to south but, having traveled over 4,000 miles, are very constant. Trade winds vanish December to March and there can be heavy rainfall. Learning is good throughout the season as the lagoons stay flat but wave riders should be looking at July/August when biggest swells hit the reefs, but you'll find waves from May through October. Learners should look to visit April to November, and beware that at very low tides sometimes it's not possible to ride inside the lagoons.

Air temps 20°C – 22°C / 68 - 72°F in the heart of the austral winter (July, August). 30 – 35°C / 86 - 95°F in the heart of summer (January, February). Nights drop by 5°C. Bring some warmer clothing for evenings in the windy winter. Water temps sit at 20°C / 68°F in July (winter) and 28°C / 82°F in January.

ACCOMMODATION

All types of accommodation from budget to five star hotels. Windy season on Mauritius is low season for general tourism, so prices are at their lowest!

SCHOOLS

CLUB MISTRAL centre is in Poine Le Morne in the Indian Resort, embedded in shady palm trees with a perfect view of the spot. Beginner and more experienced courses are held in the protected lagoon in front of the centre. Windsurfing, SUP and bar also provided with several excellent surf spots just off the beach beyond the lagoon.

Languages spoken by instructors: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Creol.
Accredited by IKO:
www.club-mistral.com
company@club-mistral.com
+49 (0) 881 92 54 960

KIRSTY JONES KITESURF EXPERIENCE: Kirsty Jones runs clinics at Le Morne in March / April and in September. Including personal instruction with fitness training, SUP, surfing and yoga with the 3 x World Wave Champion.
www.sportif.travel
info@sportif.travel
+44 (0) 1273 844919

TRAVEL AGENTS

SPORTIF
www.sportif.travel
+44 (0) 1273 844919

TRAVEL ACTION
www.travelaction.co.uk
+44 (0) 844 811 8489

CLUB MISTRAL
www.club-mistral.com
+49 (0) 881 92 54 960

NO WIND

The tropical scenery and the mix of Hindu, Creole, Muslim and Chinese cultures make this a fascinating place to visit, especially on the east coast which remains the most authentic. For the active there's everything from SUP and sky diving to swimming with dolphins and trekking up the Brabant Le Morne mountain.

GET AROUND

Rent a car if you want to hit a few spots. Mauritius measures 45km by 65km, so nowhere is out of reach. Taxis aren't expensive, but barter the price first.

CURRENCY

Mauritian Rupee (MUR): £1 = MUR50 / 1€ = MUR40 / $1 = MUR30. Foreign exchanges, banks and ATMs available. Euros are accepted but check the rate.

FOOD AND DRINK

You'll find all you need close to Le Morne. Most hotels have excellent restaurants and you'll find supermarkets and more bars and restaurants in neighbouring villages.

Belle Mare village is one kilometre from the spot at Belle Mare and other close-by villages such as Trou d’eau Douce have take-aways and restaurants, offering Creole, Indian, Chinese, European and of course fantastic seafood.

AIRPORT

Plaisance (MRU) is the only airport and is located in Mahebourg in the southeast, one hour from Palmar-Belle Mare or Le Morne. Most hotels have shuttles, taxis are available or you can pick up your own wheels from the airport.
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