Resort Guide: Le Morne, Mauritius, Mauritius

Travel

 

Getting there

 

This is going to a tricky one now. I flew with Virgin who were amazing, 2 boards, surfboard sails all for free and a great service.

Unfortunately they have stopped flying to the resort. British Airways is a no no

because they do not take kit. Lufthansa cost a fortune to take kit. So if you want to take your own kit, the only company with a reasonable policy is Air Mauritius. If you are hiring kit then go with the package that gets you the best deal. Bear in mind though Club Mistral will not (rightly so!!) let you take hire kit onto Manawa or One Eye.

 

Car Hire

 

The usual companys AVIS and EUROCAR operate from the airport and the hotels. Car hire though is extremely expensive. For the smallest car you are looking at 300 Euros for ten days - ouch!! (But worth it, if that makes sense.)

 

Driving

 

Driving in Mauritius is easy enough, just be laid back about it and watch the comedy unfold in front of you. They drive on the left mostly, just like in the UK and the signs are in English. The coast road is just that and it is really hard not to get distracted by all the perfect waves breaking on the reefs!. There is not much traffic in the south at all. Watch out for the buses, they go really slow or sometimes just stop in the middle of the road. All in all we had no problem. Petrol is similar to European prices.

How the wind works

 

The Trade Winds blow from the South East and blow all year round, meaning it is very possible to have 52 weeks of the year with wind. However if the wind goes ESE then it will be a bit offshore in the south and can mean little or no wind. During the Mauritian summer, (Nov-April) the wind is more patchy, a cyclonic system bringing cloud and some rain can prevent the trades. In their winter (May-Oct) the anti cyclone system works with the trades and it can get up to 40knots. However if you go on windfinder or windguru, as long as it as got a SE in the wind direction you are going to have a good time

 

How the current works

 

At all times the current will exit the lagoon through the channel, and then wash round the back of the reefs and beyond. If the swell is from the South East then the waves break predictably on all reefs and the current is less (still not something to be blaise about). With a big South West swell and and out going tide the current could be as much as 15 knots and bye bye Mauritius. Get caught in the wrong place on a reef and your kit is not going to see much of the next day.

 

How the waves work

 

Like usual, SE swell breaks cleanly along all reefs. Manawa tending to take most of it before reaching little reef. One Eye still hollow, but a bit more predictable and

cleaner. In a SW swell little reef can get up to mast and a half. One Eye closes out a lot, and the swell in the channel turns into good waves - but with serious current. Manawa again will be big and chunky. The Swells run deep in from the Indian Ocean.

 

The windsurfing

 

There are many places to windsurf all around Mauritius, however this article is going to feature on the main place, Le Morne. Le Morne hosts several windsurfing spots, the Lagoon, One Eye, Manawa, Little Reef, and the Flat Water Kite strip around the corner.

 

Safety

 

Be sensible and look out for each other is the key here. If you are an experienced wavesailor and have sailed reefs and heavy breaks before then you will know what to expect. Make sure all your kit is not perishing, especially the ropes. Mine kept snapping out back, lucky for me I was a boy scout and remembered the old reef knot! The main problem is in a SW swell. So if you are not too hot on water starting, then don't go too near the reefs! Club Mistral are excellent and will always look out for you and come and rescue you, even if you are not hiring from them. There is a 20 Euro charge for a rescue, but please don't moan - the other option is Australia - and it is a long old drift.