Kitesurfing Vacations in Philippines overview
If you’re after the ultimate tropical kitesurfing vacation experience, then kitesurfing Philippines is around as good as it gets… There are a massive number of islands (over 7000) which equates to an awful lot of beaches and a lot of options for kitesurfing. Kitesurfing Philippines can also be as adventurous as you like; you could spend months here catching lifts with fisherman and hopping around the islands for the real ‘travelling’ experience, or you can stick to the best known spots for kitesurfing Philippines where the scene is well established and the experience is made nice and easy for you…
In terms of the setup, the islands can be divided in to three broad geographic regions. So there is Luzon to the north, Visayas at the centre and Mindanao to the south. The island of Palawan has become more famous in recent years, particularly with the arrival of the Kite Park League who have showcased the conditions on offer. The most popular place for kitesurfing though is undoubtedly Boracay island, where the scene has been established for a while.
Here are the main options for kitesurfing vacations in Boracay.
1) The Reef Outside the reef there is locally created wind swell, from 2-4 meters on strong wind days (over 20 knots) and 1-2 meters the rest of the time. The swell is in 5 meter deep water and doesn’t break until the reef making for excellent open water riding. Cross onshore creates a less than perfect reef break, however the two gaps in the reef provide a bit more shape.
2) Bulabog Beach Bulabog bay is a three kilometer long white sand beach with a fringing reef on the outside which is perfect for kitesurfing Philippines.
3) Union Bay – Panay Island Slightly more crossshore than Bulabog. Sandy bottom, reef outside, very few kiters. Water tends to be slightly flatter but shallower.
4) Carabao Island More cross shore, a wider beach, and a shorter distance to the reef (400m). There are facilities by the beach, as well as local cafes and bars.
5) Seco Island Seco offers something for everyone from the basic upwind riders to aspiring pros. An L shaped sandbar with reef provides a perfectly flat offshore lagoon and crystal clear water. The L shape offers a sandbar to jump for the brave of heart, from 20 meters wide tapering to a point. It also offers a sideshore area inside or outside the lagoon. Seco is only accessible by boat.
If you had to pick one kitesurfing spot…
For the perfect experience of kitesurfing Philippines it would have to be Bulabog Beach. For six months a year it gets the prevailing NE trade winds – cross onshore wind predominantly from the left side. Low tide produces glassy flat water for the first few hours of kitesurfing Philippines. Mid tides prove perfect for learning, with a shallow sandy bottom and large area to play in. High tide allows some swell into the lagoon offering 4-6 foot deep water, kickers, and perfect conditions for playing in the breaking waves along the reef.
Philippines kitesurfing conditions + what to take
With 27+ degree water all year, only boardies or a bikini are necessary. But you’ll need to pack your sun cream for kitesurfing Philippines! The best time of year is November through to April. This is the most reliable season for wind and is also the driest time of year. It is worth setting the alarm clock as the wind is generally strongest in the morning so you can get a solid session in before lunch, then a lot of days you can expect a lighter afternoon session as well. For kites, you’re unlikely to need anything smaller than a 7m, and for those afternoon or evening sessions it would be a good plan to have a big kite in the bag.