Top 5 Water Sports to Try in Mauritius
November 08 2019
November 08 2019
The moment someone utters the word “Mauritius” it’s hard not to think of images of tropical jungles and pristine powder-white beaches lined by gorgeous azure lagoons; for many, this island nation is the personification of paradise. Popular among families looking to spend some special moments with their loved ones, romantic lovers in search of a tranquil hideaway and sun-seeking adventurers in need of a thrilling getaway, this magical destination offers experiences for every type of traveller.
Because of the wondrous multi-cultural landscape and fascinating past of the country, there are things that can be experienced in Mauritius, that can’t be enjoyed anywhere else on earth: from a phenomenal and unique food scene to volcanic natural wonders and historical sites, this amazing destination is equal parts beautiful and enchanting.
One of the biggest attractions of this Indian Ocean gem, however, is undoubtedly the temperate lagoons - home to a wealth of amazing marine life - and the beaches they border. And with sun-filled days practically year-round, you are afforded more than enough opportunity to make the most of these natural assets.
Interested in spending as much time in the water as possible? Then here are the top five water sports to try in Mauritius:
With breathtaking tropical lagoons and awe-inspiring reef ecosystems, it’s probably little surprise that scuba diving is one of the top water sports in Mauritius. There are several famous dive sites around the island, which means that whatever your level of diving expertise, and whenever you decide to visit Mauritius, there’s bound to be a fantastic site for you to embrace the mesmerising undersea world. Everything from vibrant schools of fish to intricate corals, manta rays, turtles, dolphins and more can be experienced while underwater in Mauritius - diving here is often a hugely rewarding experience. Explore coral gardens, shipwrecks and underwater caves; whichever sites you decide to visit, one thing is for sure, the diving in Mauritius is as exciting as it is varied.
If you don’t have your dive certification, don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out entirely. You can grab some snorkelling gear and snorkel the amazing lagoons for a “taste” of the underwater wonderland or even take a diving course (or upskill) at one of the diving centres on the island, such as La Pirogue’s state-of-the-art diving centre, Sundivers. At Sundivers, you will find a range of PADI courses as well as CMAS and underwater photography courses. After all, you’re going to be on holiday in a destination known for its amazing sea life - we think it’s a great opportunity to check ‘learn to dive’ off your bucket list if you haven’t already.
Another wildly popular water sport in Mauritius is kitesurfing, drawing in everyone from the sport’s pros to absolute beginners due to excellent kitesurfing conditions and huge events, like the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour, putting the destination on the map. In fact, Le Morne beach has been internationally recognised as one of the best places in the world to go kitesurfing.
If you would like to indulge in this thrilling water sport, then a good time to head to Mauritius is during the southern hemisphere’s winter (the temperatures during winter don’t go much below 20ºC). During these months (around May to September), the southeast trade winds tend to be optimal for exceptional kitesurfing experiences. No matter what level you are at with your kitesurfing, Mauritius has the perfect kitesurfing spot for you.
Mauritius is fabled for its reef-protected lagoons which provide a wonderful space for swimming, snorkelling and indulging in an array of other water sports. But just passed the reef lies prime surfing real estate, where surfers can relish incredible swells in (mostly) shark-free waters - unlike Reunion, which is now infamous for its shark population, the ones found in Mauritius are typically reef sharks.
The most popular surfing spots tend to be along the south and west coast of the island and, again, the best time to surf in Mauritius - when the conditions are generally the best - is during the winter months.
Going on an underwater sea walk
If you are not a diver and if snorkelling just doesn’t satiate your desire to explore Mauritius’ exciting underwater world, then the undersea walk might just be the perfect activity for you. This unique activity allows you to discover corals, reefs and vibrant tropical fish up-close and in their natural habitat without needing any certifications. For this activity, you simply put on one of the helmets provided to you, which allows you to breathe and see normally, and walk on the ocean floor 3-4m underwater for 15 to 25 minutes, taking in the incredible aquatic world as you go.
Expert guides and lifeguards are on hand to ensure the activity is safe at all times, and you will be given a safety briefing before you enter the water. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the best part is you don’t even need to know how to swim to make the most of it.
Another wonderful, thrilling and novel sea-based activity is parasailing. This fabulous and hugely popular sport gives you a thrilling bird’s-eye view of the magnificent lagoons and lush surrounds as you are lifted into the air.
Before it begins, participants are briefed on safety precautions and then taken via boat to a launch pad where they are connected to a safety harness and parasail. As the boat accelerates, the parasial lifts into the air for 5 to 15 minutes of bliss.
If the boat is powerful enough, you can probably partake in the activity with a partner and you will have the option of taking a quick dip in the ocean before the activity ends (while still attached to the harness). One of the best places to enjoy this activity is at the Leisure Island portion of Ile aux Cerfs. This is a stunning water sport not to be missed.
In this article we have just touched on the incredible water sports in Mauritius, but really, guests are spoilt for choice here. From water skiing, windsurfing and SUP to kayaking, sailing, glass-bottom boat trips and more, the list of water sports in Mauritius is practically endless.
Eager to indulge in the amazing plethora of water sports in Mauritius? Then head to one of the incredible four- and five-star Sun Resorts. At each of the resorts, there are a number of complimentary non-motorised water sports on offer as well as motorised water sports and diving activities that incur a small fee. At Sun Resorts, your dream holiday can transform into a reality.