While most Indian Ocean destinations offer water sports, Mauritius leads the way in the range of ways you can sail, paddle and surf along the water. For most sports there’s a specific area of the coast allocated to your chosen activity, so you can test out new skills in safety. Larger hotels have their own equipment and there are a number of well-reputed independent companies which are good for more niche activities.
You’ll find snorkelling available across the island, with most hotels providing complimentary equipment. Boat trips also run from many of the jetties, taking you to some of the better snorkelling spots and hopping between the tiny islands that run along the north and east coasts. The gentle winds create an ideal environment for windsurfing and Hobie Cat sailing.
The circle of reef that protects the island creates calm lagoons that are ideal for paddle boarding and kayaking, especially along the east coast. If you’re new to sea kayaking, you can take a guided tour along the coastline, stopping to snorkel or explore deserted coves along the way.
If you head toward Le Morne on the southwest coast, you’ll find the sea more exposed, making it an ideal surfing spot. For experienced surfers, it’s also possible to take a boat out to one of the exposed reef breaks. Visit between June and early September and you’ll see professional surfers attracted by the large swells.
This period is also the best time for kitesurfing, although it’s possible to try it year-round. Often considered one of the best destinations in the world for kitesurfing, you can learn on the north, east or south coasts. You’ll need to dedicate a few days to learning the basics before you can really zip across the water, but there are plenty of experienced instructors and courses available.