All inclusive 8 days / 7 nights: US$2,250 ppn
Embark on a week-long quest for waves and flat water spots in crystal-clear, warm seas, many that are only accessible by boat, creating your own dynamic adventure through the pristine Caribbean oceans. You'll anchor at idyllic spots around remote tropical islands with the thrill of launching directly off the boat. Your kite spot will extend to the horizon, shared with only the handful of riders also onboard. A change of scenery everyday, this is the the freshest of experiences you could hope to have.
You will be welcomed onboard by Captain Yann and hostess Karinne. Yann is Portuguese and French and is a vastly experienced sailor who has traveled the world extensively, he is also a kitesurfing instructor, avid fisherman, certified diver and loves to cook. Karinne is from southern California and, over the last 15 years, has fulfilled many hospitality roles working and travelling abroad. Her amazing smile and engaging personality will welcome you aboard and she is also a massage therapist, yoga instructor, creator of gourmet cuisine and passionate surfer. Yann and Karinne will take you to kite in the magical surroundings of The Grenadines and the Tobago Cays. Choose from a round trip starting and ending on Union island, or go a little further, from Granada to Union and take in the gorgeous islands of Bequia and Mustique, too. The boat's solar panels, wind generator and water allow you to stay for extended periods in remote locations. Surf reefs before the breeze picks up and kite flat waters that most other kiters still don't know exist. You'll be hitting spots like Mayreau with its incredible flat waters, but many others as The Tobago Cays is an aquatic wonderland of uninhabited islands and crystal clear water surrounded by a horse shoe shaped reef. Known as the jewel of the Caribbean, your senses will be on overload.
The charter fee includes the services of the Captain and Hostess, meals, standard ships bar, fuel, charter insurance, cruising permits and use of all onboard equipment: Blade kites and twin-tips, SUPs, funboard, clear bottom kayak, snorkel gear, floating lounge chairs and noodles.
WIND, WEATHER AND WATER
December to June, in terms of wind strength, the average in the Caribbean tends to be 15 to 20 knots, rarely blowing more than 25 knots, so it's perfect. The Caribbean is warm year-round and you will forget that wetsuits even exist. There is no need to bring anything other than board shorts, a bathing suit, rashguards and a couple of shirts and flip-flops when you go on land. Reef shoes are recommended to protect your feet from coral, rocks and sea urchins.
You'll be staying onboard the boat, which is like a mini floating five star hotel. How often do you get the chance to do that in dream locations such as these? Take along your chargers for your phones and iPods, remember your diver certification, credit cards and cash are accepted on the islands and take your favourite DVDs and music to play on the boat. Baraka provide all your towels, linens and basic toiletries.
Spear fishing, snorkeling, diving, surfing, lounging about on the boat drinking beers with the captain and excursions to the islands to visit colourful markets, beach bars or rum shops. Golf enthusiasts can even organise a stop on Canouan island which has a championship course to sink a few breathtaking holes.
Eastern Caribbean Dollars (XCD): £1 = 4.4XCD / €1 = 3.7XCD / $1 = 2.7XCD. Credit cards and US dollars are accepted on the islands.
FOOD AND DRINK
Up to six water lovers live onboard the boat at any time and Yann and Karinne deliver a delicious and varied menu, from cooked breakfasts to grilled paninis and salads for lunch, through to freshly caught grilled fish or a choice of meats cooked on the BBQ. You won't go hungry and will eat incredibly well. Occasionally you may stop off at a party town, other times you'll be moored up with nothing but the water surrounding you.
There are several low cost options to fly into Union from the US, Canada and Europe, usually with a stopover in either Barbados or St. Lucia. Direct flights to Grenada are available through many major airlines from the US, Canada and Europe. Check www.caribbeancharter.net for a full run down on flights.
Lake Como | Italy
Just an hour from Milan and home of the Italian Freestyle Champion, Stefano Martinelli, you can be sure you’ll pack in the riding time on Lake Como. Mix your kitesurfing trip with beautiful food, historical site visits and there’s also a cable park filled with kickers and sliders just a ten minute bike ride from the spot of Colico.
Baraka Charters | The Caribbean
Embark on a week-long quest for waves and flat water spots in crystal-clear, warm seas, many that are only accessible by boat, creating your own dynamic adventure through the pristine Caribbean oceans. You’ll anchor at idyllic spots around remote tropical islands with the thrill of launching directly off the boat. Your kite spot will extend to the horizon, shared with only the handful of riders also onboard. A change of scenery everyday, this is the the freshest of experiences you could hope to have.
Cocos Keeling Islands | Australia
Warm, flat aqua-blue waters that you’ll find here are like the kiting conditions you see in your dreams. Perfect for beginner and advanced riders wanting 15 – 20 knot winds morning, noon and night. There’s no wonder that The Cocos Islands are growing in reputation for blissful kiteboarding and if you’re lucky you can kite with the turtles, reef sharks and manta rays.
Kalpitiya | Sri Lanka
Experience phenomenal kite safari opportunities or stay right at your boutique hotel situated right on the flat water lagoon, with the option of riding on the sea. You can even watch the conditions from the pool!
Ulcinj | Montenegro
A new kiting hotspot on mainland Europe is being developed in Montenegro, former Yugoslavia. Ulcinj (pronounced: ‘Ooltseenie’), the southernmost town in Montenegro features a 14 kilometre long sandy beach and super steady side-onshore thermal winds that blow every day in the summer!
Keros | Limnos | Greece
Keros is a super safe sandy kitesurfing bay with a variety of conditions, suitable for all. The whole set up is within a protected ecosystem where you can spot wildlife such as rabbits, flamingos and rare species of flora.
The Algarve | Portugal
Glassy morning wakeboarding or surfing sessions are the perfect way to kick the early hours off, then it’s over to an afternoon of regular 25 knot wind speeds for some kiting action, changing spots a few times a week.
Sotavento | Fuerteventura
A year-round kiting holiday-makers’ favourite, Sotavento has a huge wide-open tropical beach land where you can ride the warm, shallow lagoon or hop over to the bright blue ocean for more bump ‘n’ jump action. Check out the stats – it blows here!