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Mauritius, a great outdoor sports destination to host the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup 2019

This year, Mauritius hosted the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup for the third time. The event was held on the prestigious Heritage Bel Ombre beach from 6 to 15 September 2019 with just the right amount of wind to offer a pleasant experience for kitesurfers from all over the world. The island has the perfect climate and wave conditions for water sports, ranking among the world’s best destinations for outdoor adventures.

Spectacular victories at the GKA

The GKA Kite-Surf World Tour consists of 12 different stages with two main disciplines, Freestyle and Wave Riding. The Mauritian league was sponsored by Heritage Resorts, ENL, Kite Globing and Helios.

In the Freestyle category, Adeuri Corniel from the Dominican Republic won the thrilling men’s final with only 0.01 point ahead of Valentin Rodriguez from Colombia. The third place went to Liam Whaley from Spain. Mikaili Sol from Brazil won the first place in the women’s category, followed by Rita Anaus from Spain and Bruna Kajiya from Brazil.

Airton Cozzolino from Cape Verde finished first in the Wave Riding discipline, followed by James Carew from Australia and Sebastian Ribeiro from Brazil. In the women’s category, Jalou Langeree from the Netherlands claimed the first place ahead of Ninja Ricot from Mauritius, who had also competed brilliantly in seven races. And finally, the third place was awarded to Carla Herrera-Oria from Spain.

All good things must come to an end… the tour’s Mauritian stage ended after nine days of sheer excitement with the traditional closing ceremony at Heritage C Beach Club on Sunday 15 October 2019.

Mauritian Heritage

Mauritius is a dream destination for kitesurfers and water sports enthusiasts. With breathtaking water bodies and impeccable wind conditions, sailing on the blue lagoon is a unique and unparalleled experience. The island is renowned worldwide as a haven for board sports. This is why the most famous kite brands regularly come here to try out their creations and latest collections.

Whether you are a water sports enthusiast or a simple adventure seeker, Mauritius is home to a plethora of activities for everyone.

Heritage Bel Ombre is a splendid 2,500-hectare estate with one of the finest golf courses in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius has a favourable climate for a wide range of sporting activities and competitions, whether for water sports such as big-game fishing or mountain cycling in idyllic settings.

Mark also your agenda for events like the Moka Trail, the Mauritius Adventure Raid Trophy, the Mauritius Marathon, the Indian Ocean Triathlon and countless golf completions… a wonderful cocktail of emotions!

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The magnificient sceneries of the South of Mauritius

Untamed and authentic, the southern coast of Mauritius is a collection of magnificent sceneries that offers a whole world of experiences. This unspoilt coastline is the perfect destination to embrace the island’s natural beauty. Here is a list of places you can stop by to explore this sanctuary.

Le Morne

Rochester falls

Perched amidst sugar cane fields on the outskirts of Souillac village, Rochester Falls is a sight to behold. This stunning waterfall can be easily accessed by walking through sugarcane plantations. Carved flawlessly by Mother Nature, the distinctive shapes of the stones on which water flows are so impressive that one might think they were sculpted by a gem cutter. Enjoy a leisurely swim in this incredible natural swimming pool.


Nestled between Le Morne and Baie du Cap with eye-catching ocean views, Macondé is a must-see for all. According to the famous French travel guide Le Petit Futé, the winding road leading to this breathtaking peninsula is classified among the 10 most striking roads in the world. A stone’s throw away is the picturesque La Prairie beach, a marvel for hikers and beach lovers alike. Unwind and enjoy the beautiful scenery and the calm lagoon. Some fresh fish can also be purchased from the local fishermen.

Blue Bay

With golden sandy beaches lining crystal clear blue water, Blue Bay is renowned as one of the most exotic beaches on the island. Diving enthusiast will be delighted by the wide range of colourful corals and fish featured in the Blue Bay Marine Park. Discover the islet, Île des Deux Cocos, as you explore the bay. This private and isolated islet boasts a luxurious Moroccan-style villa that can be rented. Indulge yourself in a memorable and pleasant holiday with the utmost quality services offered by a dedicated staff. On reservation only.

Gris Gris / La Roche qui Pleure

Gris Gris is the epitome of the wild south. A breach in the reefs allows the waves to come crashing hard on the coast and creates a salty drizzle-like atmosphere. Overlooking the ocean and the stunning cliffs, you get a genuine Mediterranean vibe but without the cold. Further down, you will find a path leading to La Roche qui Pleure (literally translated as “the rock that cries”), a cliff that is constantly hammered by waves and on which the water runoff creates the illusion of tears. Beware: it is strongly recommended not to adventure at sea here… you can, however, go for a peaceful stroll on the beach.

Of course, the South is not limited to these five extraordinary sites, this part of Mauritius has many other surprises that deserve to be explored…

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The Wild and Sporty South

Lush and untouched forests, rolling mountains, sandy beaches and blue lagoons, the south is a sumptuous collection of wild and natural treasures. Whether you are an everyday-sports type of person or a oh-I’m-getting-fat-I-need-to-do-some-sports type of person, this sensational sports hub has got something for everyone, from water sports to land sports and everything in between. In addition to being naturally endowed, this region offers a number of top-notch sporting activities and hosts a series of local and international competitions all which can be enjoyed by the Heritage Villas Valriche owners.

For mountain or trail lovers: Heritage Trail

Want to discover the most pristine parts of the wild south by foot? Then you should definitely not miss the annual Heritage Trail held every year. This year, the trail took place on the 11th of August with over 825 local and international participants. From beginners to experienced trail runners, everyone had a whale of a time jogging through Baie du Cap, Chamarel and Heritage Bel Ombre.

The trail had different race categories: the 10km trail, a breezy run through the countryside, the 21km trail, a more difficult but worthwhile race, and the challenging 55 km race which took the trail runners to the highest summits of Heritage Bel Ombre. Even kids had the opportunity to participate in a fun 3 km jog.

Heritage Trail gives you some time to appreciate Mother Nature and breath in the purest air while exploring the hidden treasures of the south-west coast of Mauritius.

For ocean enthusiasts: GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Mauritius 2019

Another truly unforgettable experience in the south-west of the island took place from the 6th to the 15th of September. The GKA (Global Kitesports Association) Kite-Surf World Cup Mauritius 2019 invited lovers of this sport from Mauritius and abroad to hit the beach in Bel Ombre. Organised by Heritage Resorts in collaboration with the GKA, this annual championship consisted of two main disciplines namely the kite-surf and freestyle.

Discover Mauritius’ breath-taking lagoon and fulfil your passion by pumping and launching your kite on the beach, live out one of the breeziest experiences ever in the wild and sporty south.

For golf lovers: AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

Pioneered in Mauritius by the British Military in the mid-19th century, golf has now become a popular sport in Mauritius. Since 1994, many international golf tournaments have been organised on the island. Golf lovers, get ready! This year, once again, the biggest golfing event in the Indian Ocean will be held for the fifth time.

The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open is the only tri-sanctioned tournament promoted by the Asian, European and Sunshine Tours. This epic event will be held as from the 5th to 8th of December 2019 at Heritage Golf Club and the champion shall win a cash prize of 1 million Euro.

If you are not fan of international competitions, there is still a variety of other outdoor adventures for you to discover in the wild sporty south of Mauritius.