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Tamarin Bay

Tamarin Bay

West Coast Mauritius, Mauritius

Surf

Tamarin Bay is located on the beautiful island of Mauritius, in the south west of the Indian Ocean, 200 kilometres east of the popular island Réunion. The Tamarin left breaks over the reef that borders the south of the bay. The first surfers arrived there in the sixties but it wasn’t until the beginning of the seventies when Surfer Magazine recorded the images of this wave that could be seen camouflaged in the film ‘The Forgotten Island of Santosha’. These images were spectacular and the search began broadcasting its existence. Despite it being quite an inconsistent wave, these images were filmed with epic conditions and Tamarin Bay rapidly became very popular and one of the first known world class waves. 

The island is very well connected with the best airline companies and although Tamarin Bay may be your main reason for visiting, you mustn’t forget that the island has a lot to offer. It’s useful to learn some French because a basic understanding of the local language will be appreciated. Once you are there, if the conditions in Tamarin Bay aren’t right, there are other very good and more consistent waves nearby that can help to ease the wait whilst this famous wave wakes up. Many surfers have been there but not many have been able to surf the wave at its best. This inconsistency and the attraction of other destinations, which now have improved transport links, has meant that this place has lost the significance it once had amongst surfers.

There was a time when the invasion of surfers searching the perfect wave created a strong sense of localism around Tamarin Bay, these locals were the ‘white Mauritians’. Fortunately the situation isn’t the same and it’s like anywhere, where if you respect the locals and are patient, you won’t have any problems surfing this world class wave. In any case, there are some other very good spots in the south which in the summer months with northeast wind have very good conditions, for example, Souillac. This island is currently a very popular destination for windsurfers and kitesurfers and they occasionally find perfect conditions in Tamarin Bay and therefore have the privilege to say that in Mauritius, they saw and some even surfed the best waves of their lives.

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Conditions

The northwest orientation of the whole coastline around Tamarin Bay is what makes it need a strong southwest swell to work. The best season is during the austral winter, from May to September although it is possible for a swell to appear at any time of the year. With the right size, Tamarin Bay is a punchy wave and with a barrel from the take-off zone, it can reach 100 metres with good conditions. One determinant here is the constant wind and, because of this, the easiest time to find glassy moments and truly consistent waves is from October onwards. It works with all tides from 4 to 12 feet, but like with any coral reef wave, you should pay attention at low tide because it’s quite shallow and generates very wide barrels that only very good surfers are able to control.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Left
  • Wind
    SE
  • Tide
    All
  • Swell
    SW
  • Bottom
    Coral reef
  • Size
    4 to 12 ft
  • Time of year
    From May to September
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