Consistent wind, turquoise blue waters, friendly locals and plenty of authentic experiences, are just a few of the many reasons the Philippines should be on your kitesurfing holiday bucket list.
There are two windy seasons in the Philippines. One called Amihan (northeastern monsoon), which runs from around November to March. There is another windy season called Hagabat (southwestern monsoon) which makes an appearance between the months of May to October. However, the former is known to be more unpredictable and inconsistent, therefore I would recommend traveling between the months of November to March.
1) Bislig Beach, Mindoro.
Our first kitesurfing stop set remarkably high standards for the rest of the trip. The quaint Bislig Beach is situated 1 hour 30 minutes away from the St Jose Terminal in Mindoro. This is an easily accessible slice of paradise, located a mere 30-minute plane ride from the hub of Manila. We stayed with the team at Amansinaya Resort who arranged for a taxi to come to pick us up. This is pretty much the only accommodation option if you want to kitesurf Bislig Beach.
On arrival we experienced a wee bit of sensory overload – beautiful bungalows lined the property, rows of palm trees neatly surrounded the beach front and of course, there was wind; lots of wind. A 10-second walk to the beach in the morning will determine the urgency of your need to hastily arise from slumber to kite, or return back to bed. The beach is protected by a small reef which flattens out the windblown ocean. Due to Amansinaya Resort only having limited spaces, you’ll never find the kite beach overcrowded.
We managed to get on the water 8 out of the 9 days we stayed there – pretty good statistics considering we visited in November (the start of the season). We found our quiver size ideal, one 9m and one 12m . In the midst of the season, you may want to consider something slightly smaller, dependent on your weight of course.
I can’t recommend this place enough, the raw beauty of Mindoro conveys an extremely pure vibe to it – definitelysomething you
2) Aslom Island
Located just a short boat ride away from Bislig beach, Aslom is a must if you’re visiting Amansinaya Resort .
After a 15-minute boat ride, marginally questioning whether I’d need to get out and swim, due to the suspiciously unstable nature of the narrow boat – my fears were adverted and we arrived dry.
A small sand spit extends out one side of the island to offer butter flat water. We kited the day away, taking turns to rest on the sand bar – this way there was flat water for all. Local kids were joyed with our presence and we even halted the work of nearby fishermen.
The kitesurfing here is pretty sensational, but the experience in its self sure contributed to the high levels of stoke after kiting this spot.
3) Sugicay Island
Another spot we experienced thanks to the help of Amansinaya Resort. A short downwinder from this picturesque island led us back to the main kite beach at Bislig Beach. This secluded island is enveloped by crystal clear water and is home to a sleepy village.
This wouldn’t be a post about kitesurfing Philippines without the mention of the infamous Boracay. The island is well renowned for being a kitesurfing mecca. To be perfectly honest I didn’t have high expectations, due to horror stories of 300+ kiters in the bay. However, I was left pleasantly surprised; the kite beach wasn’t overcrowded, relatively clean and the wind was consistent.
With an array of dining options you won’t find yourself going hungry. The Island is well known for the nightlife too, so if this is your cup of tea certainly pay a visit. We stayed at Mad Monkey Hostel which is close to the kite beach and certainly lives up to it’s social reputation.
Caticlan is a quick transit point for many on their way to Boracay, the ferry is located seaside in
We stayed at Blue Orange Kite Villas right on the lagoon’s edge, one that’ll make you drool. Not quite the butter-flat of
The contrast between the two is remarkable, in Caticlan
What an island! Although the wind here is pretty fickle you can definitely keep yourself occupied with some world-class surfing if the wind doesn’t pull through. I wouldn’t recommend going here if you’re solely looking to kite, in saying this it was one of my favourite islands on my trip.
Getting to Siargao can be tricky but is well worth the effort. It is easily accesible from cebu (arond 30 minsute flight) other wise you are looking at rather lengthy ferry journyes.
It is important to note the rainy season is different in Siargao . Between the months of December to March is the supposed “rainy season”. We visited in December which definitely wasn’t rainy at all. I have heard stories of people getting stuck here due to poor weather, but I wouldn’t let this effect your decision too much.
Gatorade blue water fills the epic lagoon, while waves break around the outer edge. This sensational flatwater spot would be a dream when the wind works. Unfortunately, there was only one possible kitesurfing day out of the week we stayed there. A few kite schools line the beachfront making renting of gear feasible.
Other Kite Spots in the Philippines
There is an oasis of untouched islands in the Philippines, many I’m sure are kiteable. Unless you’re spending a year here it’s impossible to make it to all these spots, but I’ve compiled a list of pretty rad looking kite spots I will be back to check out someday.
This place is relatively out of the way, but check out the huge sandspit and you’ll instantly be seduced. Have a look at this site which has a range of accommodation options.
This place received glowing reviews from multiple kiters on our trip. Definitely one to look into if you enjoy wave kiting. In saying this there is flat water kiting before the edge of the reef – everyone wins! The travel of this place did put me off, it sits at the northern most point of the Philippines. Google maps says an 11 hour drive, but would recommend doubling this with traffic and limited transport options!
I did visit El Nido but didn’t manage to go kiting here. The wind didn’t really seem worth it. There are some pretty amazing looking spots here though, about 1-2hours away from the tourist hub of the West side beaches.
Travelling and kitesurfing the Philippines was a pretty surreal experience. The diversity between the mecca of islands felt like we were travelling through different countries, not the same, yet Philipino culture still managed to intertwine itself across the 7000 plus islands. I will be back Philippines!