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Kitesurfing on Boracay in Philippines

Time for water sports at the Philippine's natural jewel!

Best time: November–April

Kitesurfing on Boracay
Kitesurfing on Boracay
Kitesurfing on Boracay

Being just a small island in the Philippines, Boracay still keeps its crown as the main tourist attraction. This place has already received numerous awards due to its rich variety of active entertainment. In particular, the island was honored as number one for Condé Nast Traveler’s list of top 10 destinations to visit in 2016.

The reason for such a popularity is quite evident. Starting from November to April, there is the “Amihan” season in Boracay characterized by cooler temperatures, little or no rainfall, and what's the most important—northeast wind that makes for perfect kitesurfing and windsurfing. Bulabog Beach located in the east is absolutely the favourite, as it's always windy. Another famous spot on Boracay is the White Beach on the western coastline—the water there seems to be impeccable these days. In fact, wherever you go on the island, you will definitely find some pleasant things to do there.

Being the most popular resort for water sports, Boracay is not the only one. If you are looking for a less crowded place, try Pagudpud Peninsula, the rural northern area of the Philippines; Bagasbas Beach, a lovely fishing town popular with surfers; or some spots at Coron and other Calamianes Islands. However, seasons may differ a bit at various islands due to wind change, so mind to check the weather forecast.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Boracay for kitesurfing?

From November to April, which is referred to as the “Amihan” season, is the optimum time to visit Boracay for kitesurfing. During this season, kitesurfing and windsurfing are favored for its ideal conditions, thanks to the northeast wind. Besides, the rainfall is limited, the temperature is cooler, and the water is very transparent. Bulabog Beach, where the wind is always steady, is the most famous location among others for kitesurfing. Show more

Where is the best spot for kitesurfing in Boracay?

Bulabog Beach is the preferred kitesurfing venue in Boracay due to the constant and strong winds. With kiteboarding schools available in the area, the location is ideal for both beginners and experienced kiteboarders. Additionally, White Beach, which also has clear waters and dark sand, is another popular spot for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Show more

What are some other popular water sports in Boracay?

Boracay has a diverse range of water sports that tourists can engage in such as diving, parasailing, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkelling, and windsurfing. Stand-up paddleboarding, commonly known as SUP, originated in Hawaii, and it involves standing on the paddleboard and using a paddle to navigate the waters. Diving and snorkeling allow tourists to explore the marine life and coral reefs. Parasailing is an exhilarating activity that involves being towed behind a boat with a parachute attached to you. Show more

What is the 'Amihan' season in Boracay?

The 'Amihan' season runs from November to April and is characterized by strong northeastern winds, reduced rainfall, and cooler weather. The season is popular among kitesurfers and windsurfers worldwide due to the favorable water sports conditions. The western coastline has glass-like waters and clear visibility, which provides an ideal spot for sunbathing, while the eastern side of Boracay is a paradise for adrenaline junkies looking for kitesurfing and windsurfing activities. Show more

Besides Boracay, what are some other locations in the Philippines for water sports?

Apart from Boracay, the Philippines has other destinations where water sports enthusiasts can have a blast. Palawan offers breathtaking views of the coastline, making it a popular spot for snorkeling and diving. Siargao is a well-known surfing destination, while Camarines Norte's Bagasbas Beach offers good waves for surfing and windsurfing. Additionally, Pagudpud in the country’s north is an excellent location for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing, while Coron and other Calamianes Islands are excellent spots for snorkeling and diving amid shipwrecks, and even for those seeking reef shark encounters. Show more

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