Kitesurfing Spots in PH Other Than Boracay
Kiteboarding or kitesurfing is a wind-powered water sport that uses a kite and a board to drive across water. It is in some ways like a cousin to surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding. In kitesurfing, you hold on to a control bar attached to a flying parachute-type kite as you ride and jump in the waves or just drift across flat water.
Boracay is said to be the first kitesurfing spot in the country. It is now known internationally as a prime destination for kitesurfing and other water sports. But if you want to steer clear of the crowd or just discover other beautiful Philippine beaches with a kite and a board, check out these other amazing places for kitesurfing, many of which are easily accessible from Manila!
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
A half-day drive or a two-hour flight (via Laoag) from Manila, Pagudpud is not only known as simply a beach getaway in Northern Luzon. It’s also home to Kingfisher, a beach resort that offers a wide array of beach activities, including kitesurfing. With good winds and great waves, Pagudpud is ideal for advanced kitesurfers who are looking for a good challenge.
Kitesurfing season in Ilocos Norte starts in October.
Bagasbas Beach, Daet (Camarines Norte)
A pro kitesurfer in Bagasbas! /IMAGE Bagasbas Kitesurfing Facebook page
Bagasbas Beach is only an 8-hour drive or an hour flight from Manila. Located in Daet, Camarines Norte, south of Manila, Bagasbas is ideal for beginners because the waves are usually small and you can also find flat waters in some areas.
It is ideal to go to Bagasbas between November and March.
Amazing kitesurfing stunt in Cuyo! /IMAGE Cuyo Watersports Association Facebook page
Cuyo is a small isolated island in Palawan, which you can reach via ferry from Puerto Princesa or Iloilo. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced kitesurfer, you can enjoy both good waves and flat waters in Cuyo’s beaches like Capusan or Victoria beach.
You can best enjoy kitesurfing in Cuyo starting December.
Pamilacan & Panglao, Bohol
Bohol is just starting to develop itself as one of the best kitesurfing spots in the region. In the neighboring islands of Panglao and Pamilacan, which are both less than an hour away from Tagbilaran airport in Bohol, beginner to intermediate kitesurfers can enjoy plenty of space to practice.
It is ideal to go to Panglao or Pamilacan starting November.
Siargao, Surigao del Norte
This kitesurfer sure is enjoying her time! /IMAGE Surigao Islands Facebook page
Since Siargao is dubbed the surfing capital of the Philippines, it is no doubt a perfect spot for kitesurfing as well! Winds in Siargao are usually moderate, which also makes it a good condition for new learners.
With connecting flights from Manila to Cebu to Siargao, it is ideal to go to this island starting November.
Written by Rizelle “Rei” Leaño
Sources: Kiteboarding Philippines, Diveprice
Images/videos from Kingfisher Facebook page, Bagasbas Kitesurfing Facebook page, Cuyo Watersports Association Facebook page, Bohol Kitesurfing Center Facebook page, Surigao Islands Facebook page