We woke up very excited on Sunday morning as our first kite-surf lesson ever was awaiting for us!!
We had so much fun, but honestly it’s also kind of difficult! To prepare the material it takes quite some time & then we spent 3 hours in the water & I still couldn’t manage to move the sail properly.
Hubby was a bit better than me. I wanna try again, we already booked a lesson back in France, but I still think I’ll love more surfing. I mean you just have to grab your board, jump in the water & ride the waves and that’s all. No long set-ups, no plenty of ropes that mix up…
In the afternoon, we went back to the south of the island to the beautiful Tamarin beach, which is the beach for surfing.
But, there were no place open to rent a board :/
The wave in Tamarin is a reef wave quite far away. Can you see it? 😉
Let’s zoom in !
…so to be honest it was not so bad that we didn’t have a board, as it seemed quite scary to me to surf there.
Plus, we later talked with a French friend living there who’s really into surfing & he told us that the locals are really jealous of their wave and are not very welcoming.
Not very welcoming is quite en euphemism actually, as every time he goes surfing, they tend to physically assault him. Literally. It’s not the first time I heard something like that, it’s so stupid and contrary to the surfing way of life, which is caring & loving. And being in harmony with the ocean. And the other surfers.
He told us he could give us the number of a local guy & we could go surfing with him to avoid problems, but honestly it seemed too ludicrous that we declined.
Otherwise, Tamarin really is one of the most beautiful beaches we saw on the island, still wild & relaxed, with impressive mountains framing it.
Here you won’t find luxury hotels & umbrellas & sunbeds, just local people simply enjoying the beach.
You won’t even find a bar, just so you know. Which we didn’t when we planned to have lunch by the beach 😉
Luckily, Indian food tracks are never too far away in Mauritius, so we ended up eating Indian food on the beach & relax.
We came back to our hotel just in time for sunset & a last romantic dinner together 🙂
Yes because the morning after, just after breakfast, I’ve lost my hubby to his workshop.
As we were staying in a big resort offering plenty of activities – and as we never stay in this kind of place as we’re usually roadtripping around – I’ve decided to remain at the hotel to try out… well, basically everything!
I started with the bottom glass boat. Something I’ve never done before as I thought it was useless, after all I love swimming & snorkeling.
But I really was amazed by how well you can observe the fishes. I also saw a yellow & black moray eel!
I completed the bottom glass boat tour with some snorkeling however! 😉
Just look at the wonderful fishes & corals.
I could have swam there like for ever.
Back on the shore, I sailed away again almost immediately! Literally, as I previously booked a sailing dinghy session, which is something I really love & don’t get to do as often as I would like. I also saw a turtle to add some more magic to it!
Then I tried for the first time water ski which I turned out to be very good at. & really liked it cant’ wait to try it again!
Followed by some wake-board.
What? I told you I was up to try everything! 😉
Anyway, I was much less good at wake-board than at water ski & I also hurt my back.
So maybe it was the good time for a break 😉
I met the other girls who were also in Mauritius accompanying their boyfriends who came for the workshop, for a sunny lunch by the pool!
In the afternoon I participated in the sunset bike tour organized by the hotel, which was surprisingly really interesting!
The guide was super funny & explained us many things about life on the island & the island itself.
He took us to Balacalva beach first, where he showed us the different mountains in the background,
we crossed a couple of little towns, where he pointed to different plants and flowers.
Although in one of this little town, I was outraged to see those two skinny dogs, attached by chains in an abandoned courtyard.
I already noticed the number of stray dogs in Mauritius, they’re everywhere, as they’re not sterilized. & they’re so mistreated!
They’re starving & people don’t give them any consideration. There are no sidewalks, so they constantly risk to be hit by cars. & the government has a special police who’s in charge to kill stray dogs. With no anesthesia, no need to say.
On Bénitiers island there were so many stray dogs too. I tried to feed them, but they were so scared of humans that even give them food it’s a challenge : as soon as a human hand come too close, they run away, the tail between their legs, although they’re starving. It was such a heartbreaking seeing.
Of course the guide didn’t want to help me to free the 2 attached dogs & there were many local people in the streets so I got scared.
But I couldn’t stop thinking of them. So back at the hotel, I found this association that helps stray dogs in Mauritius, I sent them the picture of the 2 little dogs & the location.
& I hope we could adopt a little dog from Mauritius after the summer.
Also, there’s a petition to make the government stop to savagely kill stray dogs, if you want, you can sign it here.
After this sad incident, we arrived to our final destination, the beautiful beach of Trou aux Biches.
It was an incredible place: a rocky beach boarded by a small wood of pines.
The waves were crushing on the rocks,
the tide had created small pools,
& the sun was disappearing into the ocean.
It was kinda magical.
But as all good things it came to an end & too soon it was time to cycle back to the hotel.
I spent some time at the hotel SPA, in the hope to help my back, still aching from the previous wake-board sessions.
The spa was nestled in the tropical garden & it was so relaxing. My camera decided to stop working just there, but to give you an idea…
Also I found the flowers decoration super nice. I would replicate it at home if i’d only have a terrace or a garden…
Time to meet the girls again for supper.
We went to Grand Baie on the north of the island, which apparently is the place where all the restaurants & bars & shops for expats are.
& indeed the atmosphere is well different from the other towns in the island.
We sat on the terrace of a lovely restaurant, La Sauterelle,
& enjoy cocktails & nibbles,
followed by Sacré Chien, a yummy, local fish,
chatting & laughing.
Not the most traditional Mauritian meal, but a pretty lovely one with some pretty ladies. 🙂