Mauritius’s southwest coast has the best conditions for kitesurfing year-round. The epicentre of the sport is the Le Morne Peninsula, which with a large, shallow reef-fringed lagoon, consistent onshore winds and access to great waves lends itself to both beginners and seasoned kiters. It’s one of the world’s safest spots to learn and ideal for improvers to perfect new tricks. Kite freestyle and wave enthusiasts come during winter, May to October, when southeasterly trade winds blow a consistent 15–30 knots. For experienced riders, One Eye at Le Morne, 600m from the lagoon, has some of the best wave conditions. Bel Ombre’s lagoon is less busy, if choppier, than Le Morne, with a stable wind around 50m from shore, and both flat water and waves further out. Just offshore from La Gaulette, Île aux Bénitiers, is in the middle of a 10km, knee-deep lagoon with a northeastern wind.

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