These spots should be on your travel radar this year
If you have anything more than a passing interest in kitesurfing – and the fact you’re reading this blog post means you probably do – then you most likely already know about some of the world’s key kitesurfing hotspots.
Places like Tarifa, Maui, Fuerteventura and Cabarete are well known to kiters, but the world is a big place and there’s a lot of kite spots out there!
The team at Planet Kitesurf Holidays have detailed six kite destinations you should consider visiting in 2019. Some of them you’ll have no doubt heard of, and some of them you probably haven’t. Read on..
A land of stunning beauty, incredible food and fascinating history, Vietnam is also blessed with an extremely long coastline. The combination of reliable strong winds and beautiful tropical beaches have led to a boom in kitesurfing in recent years. The main resort is Mui Ne, located to the east of Ho Chi Minh City. These are some of the best kiting conditions in Asia, with consistent cross-onshore winds and low rainfall. The resort has only existed for around 10 years, which explains why this is still one of the best kept secrets in kitesurfing, but the secret is very much out so get in before the crowds arrive!
One of the best wave spots in the world and with superb value for money, northern Peru’s Pacasmayo is another lesser-visited gem. This spot is home to one of the longest kiteable waves in the world with left-handers that last for up to a kilometre! It doesn’t carry too much power so it’s relatively easy to kite – ideal for building confidence. The only drawback is the travel. It’s a bit of a mission to get there, so Planet recommend booking the longest stay you can (which isn’t so bad).
Located just 40 minutes north of the airport in Fortaleza, making it very accessible, Cumbuco in Brazil was once a quiet fishing village until a few adventurous kiters realised its potential. These days, the town is buzzing with kiters and friendly locals who have embraced the kiting culture. It’s also one of the windiest places on the planet. Which means that word is getting around quickly.
Cape Town is South Africa’s best-known kitesurfing destination but travel a couple of hours from the city and you’ll come to Langebaan. This charming little seaside town has 95% wind reliability during season and a huge flat water lagoon, making it one of the very best winter kiting destinations anywhere in the world. And, with easy overnight direct flights from the UK, it’s ideal for a winter break.
Better known as a luxury island getaway for romantic breaks, around the paradise islands of the Maldives you’ll find plenty of windy lagoons with reliable prevailing winds. And with warm water all year round, you can kitesurf in the off season for a more affordable trip too.
One of Planet’s best kept secrets is the spot at Masirah Island in the Arabian Ocean. As Oman’s largest island, Masirah offers the perfect combination of breathtaking beaches, an expansive stretch of flat water and reliable winds during the summer months. The season kicks off in May/June and lasts through until September and you can look forward to 20 to 45 knots of wind daily. Masirah Island is reached by way of a six-hour drive from Muscat through the mountain passes and desert wilderness, followed by a 45 minute ferry over to the island. This serious travel effort may be daunting for some but Masirah Island is definitely worth it.