ION CLUB ANSE LA RAIE
The Best of Surfing Elements
Location : Anse La Raie, Mauritius
Season : All year
!!! COV-19 CHANGED OPENING DATES !!! Due to worldwide COVID-19 crisis our center Mauritius is still closed! We will update you as soon as opening dates can be confirmed.
Opening hours : Daily 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Something a bit different on Mauritius? With our new ION CLUB Center at Anse La Raie in the north of the island, this something different is absolutely possible. The new center is located next to the Paradise Cove Hotel. Guests staying in the Paradise Cove Hotel will be directly on the spot, and those staying at the Zilwa Attitude Hotel can be taken by our shuttle to the ION CLUB Center (5 min drive).
With almost 300 days of wind per year, what other destination can compete with Mauritius? It would be quite a shame, however, to spend all your time only windsurfing or kitesurfing. After all, the cultural influences in Mauritius are just as diverse as its population, and you should definitely take time to explore the delightful countryside and fascinating culture.
For night owls, worth a trip to Grand Bay, where you can enjoy the Mauritian Groove evening in bars and discos. The somewhat different Surfing Holidays in Mauritius - we look forward to welcoming you!
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“Hi there ! My name is Ugo , I am an instructor at ION CLUB Anse la Raie in Mauritius. I have been teaching kitesurf since 6 years now and I am lucky to be travelling for it since 16 years in a lot of different countries all around the world. Since I arrived here, I keep telling myself that this place is the best one I’ve ever been to teach kitesurf ! We have shallow water in all the teaching area, no waves in the bay, and water temperature around 28°C all year !
This spot provides perfect conditions to improve freestyle and wakestyle skills thanks to the flat water, but we also got a wave spot on the reef only 1km away from the beach. There is a lot of downwind to do from the multiples Islands around, and cruising around here in foil is magical: the water is beautiful, the lagoon is huge and the landscape is amazing ! Kitesurfing is one of the best way to have fun and enjoy life while keeping a low impact on environment, in places like this, it seems really important to take care about nature, considering all the beauty around. Lets try to keep it like this !
Dear kitesurf friends, our team will be very pleased to welcome you in ION CLUB Anse la Raie !”
Best spots in MAURITIUS
ANSE LA RAIE
Almost around the entire north-east of Mauritius runs a reefbelt, which is up to almost 2.5 kilometers off the coast. This creates a vast lagoon that is indeed not shallow, but it creates a huge and safe flat water play area. In addition the
constant wind is blowing at an ideal angle almost always side shore from the left to the coast. Since the beach sections are rather small and rarely in the north of the island, we train the Kitesurfers from either the 300-meter-wide , mostly knee-deep and sandy bay of Anse la Raie or from a boat in the lagoon. Kitesurfers, who borrow or store material, also start from the bay of Anse la Raie. For takeoff and landing aid we have staff present in the bay. A highlight for ION CLUB guests who can kitesurf already will be the regularly organized Downwinder with support boat. These are offered on windless days with our SUP boards.
A dream spot: a white sandy beach, a turquoise lagoon and shallow water. The whole lagoon is surrounded by a reef, which is 600 meters off the beach. Depending on the tide, the water might be so shallow at low tide that sometimes neither the reef nor the lagoon can be surfed. Within the lagoon there is enough space for speed racing or practicing gybes and water starts.
Outside you can find two wave spots: “Little Reef” with modest waves and “Manawa” for experienced windsurfers, who can participate in one of the regular surfing excursions to this spot. The famous “One Eye” is only suitable for experts. Windsurfing tuition takes place directly in front of the center in an area which is shared by experienced kitesurfers and windsurfers. The courses for kitesurfing beginners are held in a protected and in parts waist-deep lagoon. We recommend wearing shoes in the lagoon.
ST REGIS / PRESTIGE
St Regis is also located in Le Morne. There you will be kitesurfing in luxury with your own private boat with skipper and Kitesurf Guide!
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
The best wind directions for this spot is East, North East and South east.
During our subtropical Winter (April till November,) which is the windiest season the wind blows an average between 15 and 20 knots.
The best waves are in Le Morne in the south part of the island. We have 2 waves on the reef in Anse la Raie but it is more messy and we do not provide security boat on the waves.
HOW TO GET THERE ?
The transfer from the airport to Anse la Raie in the north of Mauritius takes around 1 ¼ hours - depending on time of day and the level of traffic around the capital Port Louis. You leave the airport on the mainroad M2 in direction to Port Luis for about 25 km. In order to go around Port Louis where traffic can sometimes be slowed down, leave the M2 on the B6 in direction of Moka, then follow the signs for Terre rouge/Verdun/Trianon link Rd for about 30km, before going back on the M2 in direction of the A5 in Pamplemousses. Follow the A5 in direction of the B13 in Rivière du Rempart for 8 km. Once you are back on the coast, cross the small bridge over the river and the ION CLUB Anse la raie will be on your right, next to the entrance of the Paradise Cove Hotel.
Mauritius, RIVIERE DU REMPART 31701
WHAT TO DO AROUND MAURITIUS ?
Black River Gorges National
It is the largest national park in Mauritius. Famous for its waterfalls, vistas and hiking. This is an unique area which is also the location of one of the rarest forests in the world. It harbors about 311 species of native and endemic flowering plants and 9 species of birds, which are found only in Mauritius.
îLE AUX CERFS
The largest lagoon of Mauritius and offers 87 hectares of luxuriant vegetation and preserved, white, sandy beaches. A piece of paradise on Earth.
Cap malheureux church
The Notre Dame Auxiliatrice Church is famous for its lovely red roof, which attracts many curious passers-by and offers a picturesque background for worthy snapshots.
A story of pioneer since 1985
The story of the ION CLUB tells of people who have turned their passion for windsurfing and kitesurfing into a profession. Since its founding in 1985, customer orientation, team spirit, innovation and professionalism have been the top priorities of our corporate philosophy.
The ION CLUB / Club Mistral has gained a lot of experience in the 30 years of its existence and has developed more and more into a company that focuses on communicating with guests and fulfilling their needs and wishes.
With 16 water sports schools worldwide, we are one of the leading companies in this field. ION CLUB has a network of international partners in different countries. We strive to be international and multicultural and express this through the selection of our employees, who currently come from 24 different countries.
Frequently asked questions ?
Is it possible to pay in Euro?
Yes it is possible to pay in euro, in roupies, even in dollars. It's also possible to pay with your credit card or in cash.
Do you give lesson with a boat?
No, we don't need any boat for lessons. There is shallow water in all the teaching area. Boats can be available for foil lesson or kite/paddle excursions.
Do you have French speaking instructors?
Yes, all our instructors are fluent in French.
Is it possible to rent kite gear?
Yes we do rent kite gear, but you need to be able to ride upwind and bodydrag upwind. If you don't you will have to take lessons to reach this level. If you are not confident enough to go on your own we also provide supervisions.
Do we need a wetsuit for the lessons ? Do you provide wetsuits ?
A small wetsuit (3-2mm) can be needed during winter season here (from May to september). But outside of this period you can enjoy a water above 27°C and lycra in order to protect you from the sun would be enough.
We do provide wetsuits for the lesson.
Is Anse la Raie a good spot for waves ?
Anse la Raie is mostly a flat water spot but there are also two waves spots at 1km out on the reef. Free riding in the wave can be dangerous and can only be done at your own risk. There is no safety boat on the waves, and if you rent your kite at ION CLUB Anse la Raie, you are not allowed to go in the waves with it.
Is it dangerous to go in the waves ?
Yes, you need a good kiting level. There is no safety boat in the wave area. If you decide to go riding the waves, you will go at your own risks.
Which kite sizes are the most often used ?
7, 9, 11
How strong is the wind in Anse la Raie ?
Mostly around 15-25knts.
What is the best wind orientation ?
East wind is the best for lessons in the bay. South wind is really gusty in the bay but provide perfect orientation for wave riding.
DO I NEED SHOES?
Yes we recommend shoes in the bay. We do provide shoes for the lessons, and we can lend you a pair if you are renting gear with us and didn't bring yours.
WHAT IS THE CLOSEST HOTEL ?
If you stay at Paradise Cove Hotel, you will be directly on the spot.
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF A PREBOOKING?
Better rates and priority on bookings.
DO YOU SELL DRINKS / SNACKS?
Unfortunately not. You will be able to find mobile trucks ormotorbikes selling sandwiches, faratas, dhol puris, fruits, ice creams and drinks. But they have no fix times and sometimes don't show up. To avoid this and long waiting times we suggest you bring along your snacks and drinks.
WHAT'S THE MINIMUM AGE FOR A KID TO LEARN TO KITESURF?
We recommend 12 years but it can vary depending on the size and weight.
WHERE IS THE NEAREST HOSPITAL?
We recommend you to go to a Private Clinic rather than the Public Hospital. The nearest Private Clinic is in Grand Baie, 20 min driving distance (Clinique de Grand Baie).
WHERE IS THE NEAREST SUPERMARKET?
InterMart at Calodyne (5min drive from Anse la Raie) is the nearest supermarket, where you'll find mostly all you need, along with fresh fruits and vegetable from the shop accross the road from Intermart. For a bigger/cheaper food shooping, we advise you to go to Super U Hypermarket in Grand Baie (20 min drive from Anse la Raie).