I´ll be on Mauritius mid/end June - can´t wait really
Will be on surfboard only.... hopefully swell will stay small enough
Any experiences and/or recommendations with regards to dangerous sealife (stonefish & Co)? Or mosquitos (Dengue & Chikungunya)? Best repellents against mosquitos?
Any particular recommendations for wave spots other than Le Morne, maybe with non-offshore winds and less-than-very-dangerous reefbreaks?
Hope to meet someone down there!
Chiming in just to share an obvious warning on a crazingly bad situation I stumbled while in Le Morne and while trying to earn a Darwin Award.
I was acting stupid and basically trying to learn wave on one of the spots...I really wanted to give it a go and was like "if I don't try it here i never do it". not only did I continuously wipe out ruining others Waves, but most importantly, after two hours I was exhausted and was heading back to the beach. I smartly decided to "cut" through shallow water above the reef...guess what, my surfboard leash, while dragging underwater, got stuck in a coral...and I crashed face down. No big issue right? Just relaunch and ride away...but it wasn't my day (and I did my best to hurt myself to be honest...). So I find myself stretched in Superman position with kite inverted in the water pulling heavily right in the power zone, and leg blocked by the leash. Didn't want to release the leash and lose he board, so I hit the QR planning to simply untangle the leash from the coral and body drag away. Obviously while doing all of this I am basically turning into a bloody mess from scratches all over the body (no big issue, but it kinds of make you smile to realize you are in the Indian Ocean acting as a bloody fish bait...but I took it with a smile thinking "today God gave you a lesson, learn from it. Just get back on shore and have a beer").
So I release, the pull stops and...I carefully get on my feet to untangle and drag away. And guess what? Bang...I feel something pinching through my foot. Now that did hurt...I knew it could be two things, either a sea urchin or a stonefish. So I enter in true emergency mode, untangle, re-attach the QR and drag away. All this lasted something like 15mins, at that point I had signaled a guy riding nearby to ask for help and a small boat arrived to rescue).
So here I am on the boat on the 10 min ride back to the beach...and the question on urchin/stonefish get answered as the feet starts hurting like crazy. 30 mins later I was on a taxi riding to a hospital, at that point the foot was like a basketball, and the pain was like stupidly freaking crazy. It was almost funny as I didn't really think a 90kg guy could die from a stonefish (it happens but with kids or allergic reaction), but I was like "give me a freaking antivenom". At the second hospital I went, it was almost an hour and a half after the fact they did have the antivenom and from there it went downhill...I ended up in a super nice hospital in one of the major cities, staid there 24 hours, and spent the next week with my basketball sized foot on a wheelchair.
So to cut it short my lesson was:
- yes the stonefish exist
- no it's not a real danger, because you need to be a complete, hopeless idiot to end up where I ended up.
- want to learn waves? Take lessons.
- that Mauritian hospital was the best hospital I've ever seen...
The place is beautiful, enjoy!