Mer d Emeraude kite spot in

Africa kitesurf spot in Madagascar

Kitesurfing in the beautiful clear seas of Madagascar's Emerald Sea, AKA Mer d'Emeraude, is a fantastic excursion option. The Emerald Sea, near Diego Suarez in the far north of the island, is a hidden kitesurf spot with tons of space, perfect flat water on the inside of the lagoon and waves on the outside. 

The Emerald Sea lagoon, separated from Diego-Suarez Bay by the Babaomby Peninsula, is an incredible kiteboarding playground. With a length of 12 kilometers, it offers a vast kitesurfing area with different options for different riders. If you are at a good enough level it’s well worth organising a downwinder here to see the lagoon while passing through fishermen's villages and surfing some perfect waves on the reef.

Off Season

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Dec

Early Season

  1. Mar
  2. Apr

Peak Season

  1. May
  2. Jun
  3. Jul
  4. Aug
  5. Sep
  6. Oct

Late Season

  1. Nov

Kitesurfing wind conditions in Mer d'Emeraude

Because the launching and riding conditions are a bit challenging, the Emerald Sea lagoon is better suited to riders with some experience, but there are schools here if you want to learn and a vast area to do so. 

The wind in the main season ranges from 20 to 40 knots, so it can get strong here, maybe pack a small kite! The trade wind kicks through between April and November, but June-September generally offers the most consistent wind conditions. Depending on what you’re after you can ride waves or freestyle here, so it offers a nice mixture.

Around the kite spot Mer d'Emeraude

Madagascar is not a well developed kite hotspot, so don’t expect bars and nightlife here. Locally you can go snorkelling or fishing, maybe meet some lemurs and hang out with the locals for a bbq on the beach. It’s still very much a wild island with not a lot to do except enjoy the beauty and fierceness of nature, and travelling around is an adventure in and of itself. But it’s an island with a lot to offer if you are willing to put the effort in. There are multiple national parks to visi...

Wind Forecast for Mer d Emeraude

Wind Stats for Mer d Emeraude

Travel facts

  • accommodation

    at the spot

  • camper parking

    Not allowed, but possible

  • car parking

    Far away

  • public transport

    Not existing

  • rental cars

    Not recommended

Kite conditions

  • body wear

    board shorts, short neo

  • downwinder


  • ride type

    freeride, freestyle, hydrofoil, wakestyle, wave

  • skill level

    beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional

  • spot type

    island, lagoon, ocean, reef

  • starting area

    sandy beach

  • water condition

    choppy, flat, medium

  • wind daytime

    all day

At the spot

  • emergency

    A rescue service

  • has restaurant


  • has toilet


  • has shower