ION CLUB LE MORNE
The Best of Surfing Elements
Location : Le Morne, Mauritius
Season : All year round
!!! COV-19 CHANGED OPENING DATES !!! Due to worldwide COVID-19 crisis our center Mauritius is still closed! We will updated you as soon as opening dates can be confirmed.
Opening hours: Daily 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Mauritius rose out of the sea from volcanic eruptions 8 million years ago. The fiery mountains slowly extinguished, leaving behind craters, craggy peaks and a tropical paradise. God must already have been a surfer, as the lava floor sank a little, allowing a coral reef to grow and almost completely encircle the island. The resulting lagoon is wonderfully smooth with a maximum depth of 4 metres. The reef itself is dependable, keeping huge fish and other beasties away.
This divine topography has been used to its fullest extent by ION CLUB, and we have been able to provide our guests with perfect conditions in this all round location for windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP and waveriding. The starting point is the lagoon, a secure flat water play area for everybody, whether kitesurfers who prefer to romp downwind or the freestyle and freeride windsurfers who speed upwind. Further out, the reef at Little Reef or Manawa will fulfill any special advanced wishes.
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A WORD FROM THE MANAGER
“”Mauritius is heaven for watersports enthusiasts. As a kitesurfer, surfer or windsurfer this is definitely a place you should tick on your bucket list.
There is no other spot in the world that is so diverse, combining all the conditions that you may dream of in just one spot. The spot is formed by a peninsula slightly of the main coastline, right on the foot of the majestic Le Morne Brabant Mountain. Beginners can learn in a knee to waist deep standing area with flat water and onshore wind, which is also the perfect place to train freestyle tricks and just 200 m the conditions shift to sideshore with more chop , offering ideal bump and jump conditions. Waves are breaking on the reef about 400m from the shore and there everything you want to imagine from entry to expert level. Whether you are a windsurfer or kitesurfer, I guarantee you will absolutely love this place.””
DISCOVER the best spots in MAURITIUS
The kitesurfing and windsurfing area Le Morne is one of the best and most versatile, if not the most versatile area of the world.Here you will find on smallest space all possible kitesurf and windsurf conditions: from the shallow water lagoon, to the Small Reef along the Platin Rouge until after Manawa and Chameau, or the famous wave spot “One-Eye” provides the location in the southwest of Mauritius a perfect Spot with perfect conditions for all skilllevels
The ION CLUB Prestige boat will take you where the conditions are the best for you, and where there are no others, or only a few people around.
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.
June, July, August, September, October, November
The wind usually blows from east or southeast (sideshore from the left) and reaches a strength of 3-5 beaufort on average during summer in the southern hemisphere and about 4-6 beaufort during winter. In winter (April to October), the trade wind shows its best side. Between December and April there can be heavy rainfall.
The wave in front of the center breaks very nicely in big swell, especially during high tide, but isn't dangerous, as inside the lagoon, waves and currents are rather harmless. It is suitable for beginners, but there are some corals underground and the spot works only in bigger swells. Safety from the Beach with boat always ready.
"SMALL REEF" is about 400 meters from the beach, which implies either a strong paddling to go there and come back, or rather the use of one of the boats at our disposal, especially for beginners and classes overall. Safety will be guaranteed with Walkie Talkies and boat on the spot itself, close to the students.
ONE-EYE …. THE WORLD FAMOUS ONE
Right in front of hotel RIU, One Eye is a really fast and tubby left, reserved exclusively to experts. It breaks on a really shallow coral reef with a lot of sea urchins, and sometimes serious current. Works best at high tide and with light off shore south-east to northeast winds.
One eye is a symbol on the island, a wave respected by all hot local surfers, so if you want to surf there, you better be both good and tough at the peak. Great place for our guests to take pictures of the pros facing the walls of water of One eye! We don´t offer rental to One-Eye!
About 2 km out in front of the RIU Hotel Resort, Manawa is another spot for more advanced and experts surfers. By small swells elsewhere, this spot still picks up a lot more and offers even bigger waves. A very nice left breaking on a coral reef, but not as fast and tubby as One-eye, Manawa has a serious reputation too, and often requires a boat due to the strong currents you have to face to reach the wave itself.
HOW TO GET TO LE MORNE ?
From the airport
From the airport you take the coastal road westwards towards Souillac and Chemin Grenier. The drive goes along the southcoast through Souillac, bel Ombre and Baie du Cap towards le Morne. After the village of Le Morne and after passing the mountain of Le Morne you turn left. You pass the hotels Paradise, Dinarobin and The St. Regis Mauritius Resort. If you want to go to ION CLUB Prestige you have to go to The St. Regis Mauritius Resort.
Le Morne, Mauritius
WHAT TO DO AROUND MAURITIUS ?
THE 7 WATERFALLS
The Black River Gorges national park offers a wide choice of guided walks that are suitable for all levels of fitness and experience
7 COLOURED EARTH
The Seven Coloured Earths are a geological formation and prominent tourist attraction found in the Chamarel plain of the Rivière Noire District in south-western Mauritius
Have a unique experience of swimming activity with dolphins in their natural surroundings!
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 ?
Do I need a wetsuit?
You can ride with shorts and Lycra from November till April for the rest of the year we suggest a Shorty
What are the most common used kite sizes?
How strong is the Wind?
The wind blows an average between 15 to 25 knots
Why does Windguru show less wind strength in the forecast than its in reality?
If wind direction shows South east on Windguru you can add 8-10 knots on the forecast but this rule only works if cloud coverage isn’t to high.
What's the best wind and swell direction?
The ideal swell and wind direction is SOUTH EAST. With waves from South West conditions can get really rough and channel mostly closing with very strong currents.
Which wind direction works best in Le Morne?
The ideal is South east. Conditions also work with south wind, but wave spots are then less accessible, with east wind conditions tend to get very gusty.
What is the opening hours of the club?
We open at 9 am and close at 5 pm. the sailing time stops at 4:30, which is strict in the winter months (march- nov:) because it gets dark very quickly and by law we are obliged to close minimum 1.5 hours before sunset. In the summer months we keep the closing time more flexible depending on conditions.
Do I have to stop sailing on low tide?
There are a couple of days in the month with very low tides especially around full and new moon. On these days we have to restrict the sailing times. Sometimes we can start sailing only 2 hours after low tide. We will inform you accordingly on site.
Where can I find the tide chart for Mauritius?
Please go to metservice.intnet.mu
What’s the best weather forecast?
We suggest to use Windguru and windy.com
What about no wind days when I have already prepayed a rental voucher?
During no wind days you are able to use Stand up Paddle boards or join a surfing supervision. Lessons however remain payable.
Do I need shoes?
Yes we recommend shoes
Do you offer windsurfing storage?
Unfortunately due to lack of space we don't offer storage for windsurfing
What is the closest hotel ?
If you stay in RIU Hotel you will be directly on the spot
Can I transfer my rental voucher to lesson voucher?
Depending on the occupancy we are flexible to change the voucher, but be aware that waiting times might occur as we give priority to the prebooked lessons.
What is the advantage of a prebooking?
Better rate and priority on schedule
Do you sell drinks / snacks?
Unfortunately not. you will be able to find mobile trucks selling sandwiches, fried noodles, fried rice, fruits and drinks. 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.
Can my partner stay at the club while I windsurf or kitesurf?
Of course, we welcome all family members to hang out around the club. We provide a very nice chill out area at the Kitesurfing club.
Can I buy a day pass of the hotel?
Guests with services at the ION CLUB have the advantage to get a reduction of 50% for a day pass at RIU Hotel, which includes unlimited food and drinks for a day, kids free of charge and Miniclub for kids as from age of 4 years.
What's the minimum age for a kid to learn to kitesurf?
We recommend 10 years but depending on the size and weight. Windsurfing is possible much younger as from 6 years.
Where is the nearest hospital?
The nearest public hospital is in Black River (20 min drive). It is a very small facility. We recommend to go to the private clinic in Flic en Flac/ Private Clinc Darné in Floréal or Welkin Private Hospital in Moka. They are all between 45 mns to 1 hr drive away.
Where is the nearest Supermarket?
La Gaulette - 10 min drive from Le Morne