On the East coats of Mauritius, 1km south from Belle Mare village lays the picturesque beach, Belle Mare - Palmar. World renowned for being and incredibly beautiful beach, with a multitude of watersports, it is recognised by water lovers from around the world. Being a ‘must visit’ kitesurf, windsurf, SUP, and surf destination. Not only for the predictable wind and wave conditions, but also for the outstanding beauty you experience when gliding over the crystal clear waters of Mauritius.
What makes our East coast resort really special is the multitude of activities to participate in throughout your SUP holiday, ensuring you will never experience ‘boredom’ on your SUP holiday. It is also the easiest kite beach in Mauritius, with flat, uncrowded water, closed turquiose lagoon, no currents and no boat traffic. There are also plenty of excursions and ‘downwinders’ to keep you entertained throughout. Our centre on the East Coast is really passionate SUP, they have a list of downwinders and excursions which they regularly run. Each one is planned, and is listed by difficulty and length.
Unlike many places in the world, SUP has not yet taken over the East Coast of Mauritius, so you can be assured of peace on the water by having the spots to yourself, and not have to fight other paddle boarders for waves. Having said this, it’s only a matter of time, so make the most of it NOW!
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The excursions available on a SUP holiday on the East Coast range from discovery trips (5), to half day trips (3), and full day trips which include mouth-watering BBQ’s at the end of it all. The full day trips visit places like Ile aux Cerfs, Trou d'Eau Douce, and St Géran.
Our center can take you to little known surf spots, where in terms of SUP especially you will have the waves to yourself. The spot is ideal for beginners and intermediates. You can choose other spots to visit, and for a modest fee the center can take the boards for you.
The Mauritian austral winter months are known for producing reliable wind, and are the perfect time to learn to kitesurf. July and August are the only months in the year that we don't reccommend going to Mauritius if you are looking to surf, as the wind is so strong you just can't escape it. However sheltered spots even in the months can always be found, and downwinders can be organised.
The surfing on the East Coast takes place 2 hours before high tide, to ensure the water is deep in the lagoon, which means you don't have to be up at the crack on dawn every day.
Therefore the summer is the perfect time to combine a kitesurf and SUP holiday, where you are guaranteed to spend maximum time on the water, and have something for every member of the family to learn and progress in, however a SUP holidays is perfect for all times of the year.
There is also an abundance of other really cool things to do, such a undersea walking which is pretty self explanatory, yet it should be mentioned that although it is similar to diving, being underwater breathing and all that, it’s a lot less technical and no lessons are required.
There are many world class golf courses in Mauritius on hand, one in particular is located very conveniently a short paddle board away from our center on a small island.
For the kids and adults alike there is a water park in Belle Mare, always a fun way to spend the day! Deep sea fishing is another day activity that is very popular in Mauritius. With species including Blue or Black Marvin, yellow tuna, the Bonitos, the ‘Emperor’, the Prelerin, the Becure, and Barracuda. Mauritius is actually well renowned for its deep sea fishing, with the country having won various prizes.
Hiking, canyoning, climbing, tennis, horse riding, and mountain biking and trekking are also activities available around the East Coast of Mauritius.
There are only two season in Mauritius, Summer and Winter. The warmest months are December, January, and February, with July being the coldest of the year. Summer being in November and lasts until April, when Winter takes over and stays until October.
The weather is lovely and warm throughout the year, especially in their winter months, which is the dry season, in turn most of the rain occurs in the summer.
On the coastal areas of Mauritius the summer brings temperatures between 25 degrees and 35 degrees. Winter ranges from a comfortable 20 degrees to 28 degrees
The sheer amount of flat water is ideal if kids want to join in with the short SUP holiday excursions, or they may prefer to stay back at the hotel with their new found friends at the kids clubs which our hotels offer. Though someof the hotels we work with run amazing kids clubs, you can forget playing with plastic toys, we're talking pizza making, gardening equipped with all the gear, club rooms in the styles of a pirate ship, and huge apple computers. Definitely somewhere the kids will love!!
There are shallow sea areas safe for kids, and the hotels also have pools.The East coast is a really friendly and children welcoming place.
The nightlife in Belle Mare - Palmar is quite limited to dining out, or relaxing in. Trou d'Eaue Douce a few miles up the coast is livelier where you can find an array of bars and generally more people out for the night. On the other hand, the island is not massive (300km coastline), and if you hire a car you can go to wherever you like for the evenings. Speak to people whilst you are there to get the very best, up to date, local recommendations for buzzing bars, superb restaurants, and lively clubs.