Sitting above the eastern edge of South Africa, slightly off the swell path but close enough to benefit from the procession of swells marching up and across the Indian Ocean. Dominant winds around Madagascar blow from the north-east and from the south-west over Madagascar where bays and reefs bend around to the offshore position. Sea temperatures rarely vary only changing between 24 and 25Â°C/75 to 77Â°F. Both these countries offer the possibility of excellent, relatively unexplored waves and the odd serious shark encounter. Mozambique is the slightly wilder of the two, but South African surfers have been making regular pilgrimages to the area since the 1970s. Hot, humid and with a distinct wet and dry season these countries are waiting for surfing to explode.
From luxury yachts to fishing boats, boat trips often include great food, private cabins or shared rooms and are a good, fast way to get to the best hard to reach spots.