Mauritius in July
As most of July’s events are of a sporting nature, participants will be pleased to learn that heat and humidity are at their lowest at this time of year. In fact, for those who enjoy slightly cooler temperatures of around 25 - 27 degrees – often accompanied by moderate sea breezes – the middle of the southern hemisphere winter is considered the ideal time to visit.
29 June - 4 July: LUX* Mauritius SurfSki Week
As part of the World Surf Ski series, the 7th edition of the Mauritius Ocean Classic will take place from 29 June to 4 July 2015. The kayaking race, which forms part of the Ocean Paddler World Surf Ski Series, is a must for all paddlers having already established itself as one of the best downwind courses in the World Series.
18 July: Eid-Ul-Fitr
Celebrated by Mauritian Muslims, Eid-Ul-Fitr marks the end of the fasting period of Ramadan. Eid is one of the island’s national holidays, and local Muslim families celebrate by exchanging gifts and preparing a feast for the extended family. Men visit the mosque for prayer, and cultural shows and events often take place over the following days.
19 July: Mauritius Marathon
The LUX* Mauritius Marathon celebrates its 6th edition with a new course, which will take the runners along the island’s stunning coastal road, departing from Saint Felix. The marathon is fast becoming the Indian Ocean’s most important in terms of international participation, and in addition to the 26.2 mile race, there will also be a half-marathon and 10k run on the same day. Runners can expect to experience a very scenic route with several challenges in the form of uphill stretches, but tired muscles will find relief in a cooling dip in the ocean post-race.
26 July: Dodo Trail
An altogether different kind of run takes place the following weekend. On 26 July, the 5th edition of the Dodo Trail welcomes trail runners to the island, for a number of different mountain races through the highest and most magnificent peaks of Mauritius. The Xtreme Dodo trail is a 50km race for the most experienced participants. Ti Dodo is half the length at 25km though both races are extremely technical with major climbs and descents. The 10km Mini Dodo Trail is aimed at passionate hikers and runners from 7 to 70 years old, and the 5km Dodo Fun Run is aimed at children aged 5 - 12.
26 July - 4th August: Kiteival
The kitesurfing festival known as Kiteival also kicks off on the 26th July. The various stages of the event are detailed on the festival’s website, and participants will be guided to these by a team of local riders. A selection of invited professionals will also be taking part, with opportunities for less experienced riders to surf alongside them on some of the island’s most beautiful lagoons. At the end of the ten-day event a huge party, prize giving and closing ceremony will see out the festival in style.