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Kitesurfing in Boracay, Philippines: The Ultimate Guide

Kitesurfing is one of the most popular activities to do on the tropical island of Boracay in the Philippines.

Beautiful Boracay draws many travellers from across the world who are keen to learn how to kitesurf, as well as advance riders looking to progress their skills.

Near-perfect conditions, as well as plenty of kitesurfing schools for those who are learning for the first-time makes Boracay an ideal place to pick up the sport.

Kitesurfing, (or kiteboarding – they are often interchanged) can be difficult to initially master, but once you’ve got the basics, it offers exhilarating freedom as you skim the waves and learn to ride with the wind.

So on my second visit to Boracay, I saved up my pennies and decided to embark on a fast-track course. And yes – I was up and riding by day two and it was just as exhilarating as I had hoped!

That’s not to say it wasn’t hard.. So for anyone else thinking about learning to kitesurf in Boracay, I’ve put together the ultimate guide below!

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Watching the kitesurfers in Boracay

Why learn to kitesurf in Boracay?

Crystal clear and warm turquoise waters, year-round warmth and reliable winds, has helped Boracay emerge as one of the best destinations in the world for the sport. There are many kitesurfing schools to pick from, with several offering accommodation packages too. Boracay is also a very popular destination in itself, so ideal for those who want alternative activities to do too!

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Kitesurfers in Boracay

When is the best time to go to Boracay to kitesurf?

There is a very distinct season for kitesurfing in Boracay and also for visiting this region of the Philippines in general.

The best time to visit Boracay for optimal kitesurfing conditions is from November until April when the wind is consistent and the weather considerably more predictable.

However, visiting over holiday times such as Christmas, New Year and Easter swells the crowds – and the prices.

How do I get to Boracay?

Most international flights come into Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Some airlines such as Emirates also fly into Cebu. From both cities, you can catch flights down to either Kalibo or Caticlan.

Kalibo has long been served by budget airlines such as Cebu Pacific and Air Asia but more flights are being scheduled to Caticlan. If possible, fly to Caticlan as it’s just 15 minutes by boat to Boracay. Kalibo has a lot more flight options but the transfer to Boracay can take as long as three hours in bad traffic.

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Watching the kitesurfers in Boracay

Where should I stay in Boracay?

There are two main options in Boracay if you’re learning to kitesurf.

The main kitesurfing beach is Bulabog Beach, which is not the main Boracay White Beach. However, the two beaches are less than a 10 minute walk away, you simply walk through the famous D Mall and through a signed pathway.

Along Bulabog Beach, there are several accommodation options, many of which offer a package with your kitesurfing lessons. However, it’s worth noting that few tourists would stay on Bulabog Beach if they are not kitesurfing.

The alternative to Bulabog is to stay elsewhere on the island, of which a number of beaches are within easy walking distance.

Boracay’s famous White Beach has hundreds of hotel options, for every kind of budget. We stayed at Diniwid Beach at the incredible Spider House (see my review here – however I believe it might have closed down).

Other options include one of Boracay’s gorgeous boutique hotels, of which I’ve popped some suggestions below:

How do I pick a kitesurfing school in Boracay?

There are more than 10 kitesurfing schools dotted along Bulabog Beach.

You can wait to arrange your kitesurfing lessons once you’re in Boracay, which was no hassle at all, or you could arrange beforehand with GetYourGuide:

We arranged our lessons at a kitesurfing school called Habagat Kitesurfing Centre, which I would highly recommend. Habagat also have their own accommodation at Aissatou Resort, just behind the beach, as well as absolutely delicious food in their cafe!

All their instructors are IKO certified and their equipment is of the highest quality. Oh, and there’s the most gorgeous husky!

Gorgeous husky at Habagat Kite School, Boracay
Gorgeous husky at Habagat Kite School
Habagat Kite School, Boracay
Friendly husky! Habagat Kite School, Boracay
Habagat Kite School, Boracay
The view from Habagat Kite School, Boracay
Habagat Kite School, Boracay
The cafe at Habagat Kite School, Boracay

How much does a kitesurfing course cost in Boracay?

There are a number of different level courses on offer at each kitesurfing school in Boracay.

The instructors tend to make an assessment based upon your experience in other water sports.

At Habagat Kitesurfing Centre, each lesson costs 7000 PHP per person, which is around £100. These lessons are 3 hours if you’re solo, or 4 hours if you’re 2 persons or more. Most people need three lessons to get up and riding, but they will progress you as fast as you’re able to and feel comfortable with. This does mean that a course (3 lessons over 3 days, for example) costs around 21000 PHP, which is around £300.

The kitesurfing course prices are inclusive of all the equipment.

What do the kitesurfing lessons involve?

Lesson 1:

As eager as you might be to get out on the water, you have to learn to fly a kite first. I didn’t pick this up half as quickly as I was hoping, which I found very frustrating.

The first step in your kitesurfing course is actually to watch a theory video to learn about the crucial wind window. You cannot learn to kitesurf if you don’t understand the wind window.

After this, and back out on the beach, you practice flying a small kite to perfect the technique before moving onto a 7ft or 9ft kite.

It is essential to be able to do this safely as these kites can be lethal if handled incorrectly.

We learnt how to launch a kite from the beach as well as simple kite maintenance.

Bulabog Beach, Boracay
Bulabog Beach, Boracay

Having hopefully mastered the techniques after a couple of hours, you then progress into the water to work on the power strokes using the kite.

Controlling the kite with the strong wind requires excellent technique and timing, which is probably the trickiest aspect to learn.

Lesson 2:

Having learnt how to safely control the kite, the next step is to learn to body drag. This involves steering the kite in a controlled manner and positioning your body to cut through the water in the desired direction.

You can really pick up speed here, so it can be quite tiring and you do get quite a bit of water in your mouth!

During this stage, you will also learn the crucial skill of how to re-launch the kite (after it crashes into the water) and self rescue.

Lesson 3:

By lesson number 3, hopefully you will be ready to start standing and riding the waves with the kite! Depending on how comfortable you are, your instructor might even let you ride freely and spend extra time out in the water. 

Bulabog Beach, Boracay
Watching the kitesurfers in Boracay

Kitesurfing in Boracay – is there anything else to consider?

The only downside to kitesurfing in Boracay is that there are sea urchins in the water which you must avoid – they will really sting!

All kitesurfing schools provide water shoes and it’s essential you wear them.

The sun is strong in the Philippines and since you’re out on the water for such long periods, it’s essential to slather your face in sunscreen and wear a wet suit top. Your instructor will explain all the other safety procedures while you’re out there and what to do in an emergency.

Also, the water can be quite busy with other, more experienced kitesurfers around you. Do not worry – your instructor will keep you out of harm’s way and the other kitesurfers are skilled enough to avoid you in good time.

Boracay for advanced level kitesurfers

The kitesurfing schools in Boracay all have top quality equipment to rent, or safe storage areas if you’re bringing your own.

Bulabog Beach receives a strong onshore wind and kitesurfers should know that at high tide, the beach is quite small so it can be a little tricky launching the kite.

On the other hand – although the beach is more than a kilometre in length, when it is low tide, it is almost impossible to get out on the water.

However, the water is usually choppy all day and there’s a reef about 100 away from the beach which creates some extra waves.

How can I check weather conditions for kitesurfing in Boracay?

Windguru has detailed charts which you’ll find useful!

Bulabog Beach, Boracay
Relaxing at Bulabog Beach, Boracay
Sunset kitesurf at Bulabog Beach, Boracay
Sunset kitesurf at Bulabog Beach, Boracay

Kitesurfing in Boracay

I really hope you’ve found my guide helpful if you’re planning on learning to kitesurf in Boracay in the future! If you’re not, I hope you feel inspired to give this awesome sport a go!

As you may have gathered, not only is this dreamy island one of the most beautiful islands in the world, but Boracay is brilliantly geared up for kitesurfing and is often considered one of the best places to learn globally.

If you’ve already been to Boracay kitesurfing, let me know in the comments if you have any more top tips or any feedback! I’d love to hear from you 🙂

You might also find some of my other posts useful, including my 3 week itinerary here and my top tips for travelling in the Philippines here.

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Disclaimer: This visit to Boracay was entirely paid for by myself and there was no involvement from the tourism board or a hotel. This is an independent guide.

Watching the kitesurfers in Boracay
Watching the kitesurfers in Boracay
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36 Comments

  1. Hendrik
    February 27, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    This is really impressive, I never experienced kitesurfing on my own so far but I really would like to!
    Your photos are really amazing, the one with the whole sky full of the kite sails look really crazy.
    I am just wondering – could it be a problem to have that many kitesurfers next to each other – do they disturb each other or is it no problem at all?
    Congrats that you learned it that fast, impressive 🙂

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Ah thank you!! It was such a beautiful beach, I know! Hmmm on the whole, no it’s not an issue as the more advanced kitesurfers are very capable of navigating around the beginners – but as a learner, I did find it a little overwhelming at times!

  2. Leiha
    February 27, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I’ve never heard of Boracay, thank you for putting it on my radar, the beaches look beautiful.

    I have bad knees. How is the impact on your knees? It looks like so much fun but I have bad knees.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:20 am

      You’re welcome! And not really as the water acts as a pretty good cushion! I found the strain more on my core haha!

  3. Jim
    February 28, 2017 / 3:02 am

    Oh my goodness this place looks beautiful! I don’t know that kitesurfing would be my “thing”, but I’d love hanging out on the beaches and enjoying the weather! Your photos are great.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Definitely! Plenty of people enjoying watching the kitesurfers from the beach! Very chilled atmosphere!

  4. Stephanie Fox
    February 28, 2017 / 9:43 am

    The Phillipines is literally my dream destination, it looks absolutely gorgeous especially those turquoise waters! Kitesurfing sounds like a great activity to try, who wouldnt enjoy it in such beautiful surroundings!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Ahhh you gotta go! It really is pretty special! I hope you make it soon!

  5. Sam | Alternative Travelers
    February 28, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Wow, a very extensive guide for those who want to learn kitesurfing! Very useful. Sounds super fun and the area looks absolutely beautiful!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:22 am

      Thank you! That was my aim 🙂 Glad you enjoyed

  6. Bistra Yakimova
    February 28, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Thank you for this comprehensive guide! It is very nice!
    I wish I learn kitesurfing in the Philippines one day!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:22 am

      You’re welcome 🙂 I hope you get to learn there too some day! x

  7. Nausheen
    February 28, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    I’ve been wanting to go kitesurfing — thanks for the helpful guide and beautiful photos!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:23 am

      You’re welcome 🙂 Hope it is useful for a future trip! x

  8. Reebex @ Recovering Hippie
    February 28, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Aside from my little fear of the ocean, kitesurfing does look pretty amazing. Maybe I need to have a word with myself and man (or woman) up and just give it ago. Great post.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Tehe, don’t worry – this water wasn’t too deep! and the equipment is all pretty buoyant! Definitely give it a go someday! x

  9. Anita
    February 28, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    It just looks cool. I am not sure if I am ready to try, but idea sounds great. I was not in Boracai, so it’s something for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:25 am

      You’re welcome! Hope you do give it a go one day, it’s tiring but worth it! x

  10. Riely
    February 28, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    While I may never want to experience this sport ( I am such an over thinker and therefore afraid to try any extreme sports), Kitesurfing seems very thrilling for adventurers and quite impressive, I can’t imagine controlling the kite in those winds! Great post

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:26 am

      Aw, I mean I can understand! I hope you overcome that 🙂 The kite is easy to control in that it’s very gentle movements but you really have to understand how the wind works! x

  11. Kevins
    March 1, 2017 / 12:45 am

    Great post for me to find. I already kitesurf and can’t get enough of it, I’m headed to the Philippines in February next year and was hoping to do a little kitesurfing. You have just saved me all the hassle of searching information, I have saved this post to look back again. thanks for sharing.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:27 am

      Ah awesome, I’m so glad to hear it!! You’ll have an amazing time – I can’t wait to return as an intermediate now myself! Enjoy your trip! x

  12. Nikaia
    March 1, 2017 / 4:20 am

    Okay, so first off, I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t been to Boracay yet and you’ve been there twice already! Hahaha. Kite surfing looks fun!! But it’s a bit expensive for me, so I might need to save up good for this sport. Though it sure looks like it’s worth trying! 🙂 I enjoyed reading your post, Claire! Looking forward for the next 🙂

    Nikaia | http://www.wheresnika.com

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:28 am

      Tehe, it’s so close for you! I know you’ll go soon 🙂 It was a very expensive activity, I also had to save!! But sadly, it is this expensive anywhere in the world! Thanks for your lovely words! x

  13. Samuel
    March 3, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Great Article! Thank you for your sharing!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:28 am

      You’re welcome! Hope you found it useful! x

  14. Ariane
    March 4, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Oh wow, these pics with all those kytes in the sky!!!! So, how were the muscles after the course? I guess that it’s quite a strenuous sport… I would be afraid to drift to the deep sea … but then again that’s me, I’m really not made for sports that need the sea and the wind 🙂 Kuddos to you for Kytesurfing!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:29 am

      So cool I know! My muscles were a little tired to be honest, but it was more just a general fatigue after all the exercise! Ahh you wouldn’t drift tooo far, but I know what you mean!! 🙂
      Thanks for your comment! x

  15. Madhurima Maiti
    March 4, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    It looks so cool out there. You have captured the kite surfing scenes so beautifully. This place looks amazing!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:30 am

      Thank youuuu! It really was amazing 🙂 x

  16. Emily
    March 5, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Amazing photos – there’s so many kitesurfers out there, I wonder if they ever get tangled up? Kitesurfing sounds really hard and honestly I’m not sure if it would be my thing, but my husband would love to try it. Perhaps I can leave him here for a couple of days and just laze around myself!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:30 am

      Not too often, but I thought the same. The more professional kitesurfers are skilled enough to avoid that! It is quite a hard sport, but I knew I just had to go give it a go! And that sounds like a great plan, lounging around in that sun is lovely too! x

  17. Caroline @ The Travelling Sloth
    March 5, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    I used to live in Australia and kitesurfing was BIG down there, can’t believe I never been! Boracay looks like a wonderful backdrop to learning how to kitesurf. I’ve been meaning to head back to Philippines and check out Boracay, maybe I’ll give it a go when I’m down that way 🙂 Didn’t even realise you could do it there until now!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Really, you lucky thing! I also never did it when I lived in Melbourne but I think the water was just a drop too cold for me!
      Ahhh yes you should look into it on your next trip! Enjoy! x

  18. Maria
    March 6, 2017 / 8:58 am

    The Boracay beaches look great and that is a place that I would love to visit. But I must confess, I’m more of a hammock girl than a kite surfing one!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:32 am

      Haha, me too normally but I just had to give this a go!! I hope you visit someday! x

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