Based at the Mon Loisir Sugar Estate adjacent to the Riviere du Rempart in the splendidly beautiful north-eastern region of Mauritius is a life-altering attraction called Island Wings. The operational facilities of Island Wings are located at the Skydive Austral Mauritius, that is a tandem parachute skydiving company where a private airstrip is allocated for them on Mon Loisir. Island Wings is owned and operated by Bruno and Gaetan.
About the Owners
Bruno is passionate about aviation and mechanics and has a lot of experience about microlight flying. Quite interestingly, he is one of the first persons in Mauritius to fly a microlight plane. With more than 2000 hours of flying time, he is an expert in piloting many amphibious microlights planes.
Gaetan along with being an aviation fan is also one of Skydive Austral Mauritius’ founders. It was his dream to fly a small aircraft over Mauritius and he has successfully accomplished it by having an experience of microlight flying for over three years now.
About the Microlight Planes
Island Wings offers its services with the help of two of the most popular 3-axle microlight models in the world. All the planes run on Rotax 912 engines, are equipped with VHF radios and aircraft emergency parachutes to ensure more safety. Here are the four microlight planes you’ll find at Island Wings.
Savannah S: It is one of the world’s most sold microlight planes, with over 2000 units all over the globe. Generally, it is used for purposes like flight training and other flying operations, most commonly being used for aerial photography, thanks to its large flight spectrum both at high and low speeds.
Skyranger: It is reputed as one of the first 3-axle microlight plane to be operated in Mauritius by Bruno. Another interesting fact about the Skyranger is that it has been a world champion for many times. Primarily, it is used for training purposes.
Ekolot Junior: This Poland-based aircraft is built with vinester resin and carbon fibre. It’s a very modern aircraft with a sleek design and is ideally suited for sightseeing. It only flies out of Lox Grand Gaube.
X-Air: The Island Wings have this amphibian seaplane for the past 10 years and it has been a real success. It is the most preferable aircraft for water and has ventured over 2800 flying hours in the last 10 years. The aircraft is manufactured in Randkar, France. It flies out both from the airfield and the Lux Grand Gaube.
Island Wings offer two types of tours - Runway tours and Seaplane tours. Let’s have an elaborate overview about them:
Cardinal: After taking off from the runaway at Mon Loisir Estate, the plane heads towards the Haute Rive – Roches Noires Lagoon and takes you to Ile D’Ambre island and returns to Mon Loisir, flying over the sugarcane fields of Piton.
Duration: 20 minutes
Price: INR 3500
Cateau Vert: The plane takes off from Mon Loisir Estate and heads towards La Baie de Belle Mare, flying over the lagoons of Poste Lafayette and Roches Noires and takes you to Ile D’Ambre island and returns to Mon Loisir, flying over the sugarcane fields of Piton.
Duration: 30 minutes
Price: INR 4500
Kestrel: The plane takes off from Mon Loisir Estate and heads towards Belle Mare flying over the lagoons of Poste Lafayette and Roches Noires and takes you to Ile D’Ambre island, Grand Baie and all the way to the Balaclava Turtle Bay on the north-western coast of Mauritius and returns to Mon Loisir flying over Pamplemousses and Piton
Duration: 1 hour
Price: INR 8000
Paille En Queue: Depending upon the air traffic regulations and meteorological conditions, you can fulfil your wish with the advice of the operators.
Duration: Your Personal Choice
Albatross: The plane takes off from the turquoise blue sea-base located in front of the Lux Grand Gaube, flying over both the land and sea of the north-eastern coast.
Duration: 25 or 30 minutes
Price: INR 5500 for 25 minutes and INR 6500 for 30 minutes
Corbijeau: The plane takes off from the turquoise blue sea-base located in front of Lux Grand Gaube, flying over both the land and sea and lets you discover some of the breathtaking lagoons of the island heading through Roches Noires and all the way to Ile aux Cerfs.
Duration: 1 hour
Price: INR 10500
It’s always an amazing feeling to enjoy the mesmerizing views paradise island of Mauritius from the skies and Island Wings is at your service to fulfil your wish perfectly. So what are you waiting for? Fly on!
Head towards the north-eastern part of Mauritius and follow signs leading to Skydive Road in Belle Vue Maurel near Riviere du Rempart.
For the airfield, visit the Mon Loisir Sugar Estate.
For seaplanes, go to Lux Grand Gaube hotel near Grand Baie.