The most easily accessible surf spots are found mainly along the
south west coast where surfing conditions are best during the
months of May to October.
The legendary and most accessible surfing spots
are the Tamarin bay
point; both along the South-West
coast and to a lesser extent the Rivière
in the South. Of course, there are
several other places where waves are occasionally
(on the North-West coast,) are OK, mainly in the
summer months, when depressions bring in swells
from the South-West. Other spots are difficult to
reach without a boat.
This is a legendary surfing
but not a myth. Tamarin bay was well known in the
late 60's among the hippy surfers, namely
Australians for its
ideal wave. At that time, it was such a great spot that
the surfers tried not to advertise it and keep it for
themselves and gave it the name code of "Santosha".
Since then with the natural movement of sandbanks Tamarin
is no longer an all year round spot but remains the favourite
spot for the Mauritian surfers as when conditions are
right, Tamarin bay offers the most clean right foots and
left foots (Cap Dal and Blackstone) with possibilities
of pipeline riding. Even beginners can have a treat surfing
the shore breaks of the bay. Surfing at Cap Dal
occurs along the reefs, which are rather close to the
shore (150 meters.) Only experienced surfers should venture
on this spot during low tides.
This place is magic, if not mystic, especially on "Big
Days" when the whole village is on a buzz, when
all have one thing in mind: surfing. On those days,
Tamarin is like back to the "Flower Power"
times that left several prints in Tamarin.
Le Morne also offers lefts and rights as One Eye
and La Prairie
spots are on
each side of a pass. Le Morne spots may not often offer
the ideal waves like in Tamarin but has the great advantage
of being moderate to big almost all year round; at least
during 2 to 3 hours of the day.
Conditions at Le Morne
are often extreme
as there is always a strong draught and strong sea current
dragging out of the lagoon. Both spots are along coral
reefs that are over 500 meters away from the shore. We
would recommend occasional surfers not to venture alone
and not to surf away from others, as it is merely impossible
for someone to watch a particular surfer from the beach.
The white-short question
Rumour mills carry-on about that question to the point
that we were doubtful about what to write as we received
several comments from local surfers. Being Mauritians,
we believe we are in the right place to tell the plain
By definition the white shorts are locals and to the question asked whether there are any in Mauritius, the answer is Yes! There is a handful of them in their late forties. They most often surf on one-eye Le Morne and at Tamarin Bay. A few of them are kitesurfers as well but they are not the only hostile kitesurfers in Le Morne.
To our point of view, the real white shorts are not the only ones creating troubles. Although we sometimes disappointingly experienced occasions where good friends do not respect the priorities once the foam is up their nose, such attitudes are not comparable with those of the white shorts.
Funny enough, in Le Morne, most hostilities are created either by expats or just tourists coming regularly and because they are in groups, can afford to set the rules. There are sometimes cases where the locals are the victims; this can partly explain the generally unfriendly atmosphere and the "show-off" attitudes around Le Morne beach and wave spots.
Conclusions to this sad chapter.
Visitors should keep in mind that the white shorts and other idiots do not receive the support of the hundreds of Mauritians.
The atmosphere is far more friendly in other regions of Mauritius, enjoyed mainly by Mauritians and expats who just enjoy the sport and the company of peers. Kitesurfers can enjoy huge lagoons on their own every day of the week and even on weekends. For surfers it is not as easy as spots are not very regular and often not easily accessible.
The shark question
That question is exactly the same as for white shorts.
Yes there are sharks in Mauritius like everywhere else;
and No, they are not an issue.
The varieties of sharks we have in Mauritius
are not the killer types. Near the coast there are the
grey reef sharks and the ones we call "sand sharks".
They can reach approx 2 m long if looked for but most
of them measure around 1,50 m. Further out there are the
hammer-heads, Makos and very rarely a white tip.
The regions of Tamarin and Le Morne contain a bit more
sharks than elsewhere, especially outside the passes and
channels but funny enough, the very few reported incidents
(say 3 in the past decade) did not all occur in these
places and to our knowledge no one lost an arm or leg
and no deadly attacks have ever occurred.
Have a nice ride!
Phone: +230 5421 1070
Royal Road, Haute Rive
Rivière du Rempart, Mauritius
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