The Philippines and Filipinos are very friendly and their many beaches have always been popular destinations for surfers. A big bonus is that the locals speak English unlike elsewhere in South East Asia.
Wave and surf conditions vary from coast to coast, and the warm, tropical weather meets a laid back lifestyle.
Definitely get away from the dense and cramped towns and escape to the outer islands, which number more than 7,000.
The surf is still active if you know where and when to go.
Monsoon trade winds, locally called “Amihan” and “Habagat”, determine the kitesurfing season.
“Amihan” is the rainy season on the eastern and northern coasts, while “Habagat” is the rainy season in the western and southern parts.
“Amihan” begins in November and runs through April, while “Habagat” blows from May to October.
Of course, expect the exact dates to change by province.
As kitesurfing has only picked up in the past five years, infrastructure for kitesurfers can be difficult to find.
There are, however, a few places with IKO certified instructors, rental equipment, accommodation, and boats for hire to tour the islands.
Here are a few that we recommend for your first kitesurfing experience in the Philippines:
Pagudpud Peninsula Coast | Ilocos North
Rustic and rural at the northern end of the Philippines. The place to get away from the crowds.
Breaking waves and big wave conditions for more experienced kitesurfers and a few seaside resorts.
Try Kingfisher Beach in the north.
Bagasbas Beach | Two-necked
A small fishing village with peaceful landscapes; surf area since the 1980s.
Take part in their annual international kite competitions.
Coron and Calamian Islands | Palawan
To the west of the country’s coast lie breathtaking scenery and seclusion.
Lots of options: open water chop, flat mirror, emerald water with the beautiful backdrop of nature.
To help you navigate and navigate the islands with ease, there is a solar powered kite camp on a private island, set up only for kitesurfers.
Bulabog Beach | Boracay
It is one of the most popular kitesurfing spots in the Philippines.
It offers rental centers, bars, kite schools and a turquoise lagoon that receives the northeast monsoon winds.
Cuyo Islands | Palawan
A total of eight islets can be reached by boat.
Try riding Victoria Beach or the Capusan Beach side wind.
Puerto Princesa | Palawan
When the “Amihan” is in the north, a side breeze of around 12 to 15 knots will cause your kite to fly high from November to March / April.
You may find that traveling to kitesurf in the Philippines is, as they say, as much about the trip as it is about the destination.
Quite chaotic; mainly damaged and not chartered; long waits between wet airports.
But you’ll meet friendly people along the way, learn to smile for no reason, and end your days watching your kites dry on a white sand beach, with an iced San Miguel in hand.
Words from Nyx Martinez | Manager at 250K Kiteboarding Philippines