Kitesurfing in the Seychelles
Kitesurfing in the Seychelles
The Seychelles is not only famous for its beaches but also for its water sport activities. One of the activities dominating the water sport field now is kitesurfing.
What is kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, is a surface water sport. It is a mix of snowboarding, paragliding, windsurfing, surfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding and gymnastics into one adrenaline-filled activity.
Considered one of the best extreme sports kitesurfing consists utilizes the wind power with a large power kite in order to boost the kiteboard across the water. This sport gathers a vast popularity and is extremely attractive to the new generation.
Why the Seychelles?
As a tropical island, the Seychelles presents the perfect weather conditions for water sport activities, making for an unforgettable experience. Kite surfers have described the island as a wonderland for and enjoy the splendid scenery as the Seychelles has one of the most incredible landscapes for kitesurfing.
When To Kitesurf?
As a tropical island, the Seychelles climate conditions are usually determined by two opposing trade winds. The north-west trade wind blows from October to March, during which the climate is humid and warm with wind speed varying from 15 to 22 kilometres per hour.
From May to September, the south-east trade wind brings a cooler and drier weather. Winds can vary from 19 to 37 kilometres per hour in those periods. Despite rainy periods between December to February, sunshine periods still remain.
Where to kitesurf in Seychelles?
Anse aux Pins is a long bay situated on the South Eastern coast of Mahé and is roughly 10 minutes away from the airport. It has a narrow beach and shallow waters, with an outer coral reef of 500m offshore protecting the bay. It is a popular beach in the Seychelles, but it is not over crowded. The waves are of a reasonable height, approximately 1m to 3m. However, the beach can be smaller at high tides but gets much wider at low tides. You can be sure that parking issues will not arise as there is parking behind the beach.
Located on La Digue Island, is Anse Source d’Argent. It is a relatively small island where everybody walks or rides bicycles to commute. Beach and tides are similar to other spots on the island, that is, outer reef protecting the bay and decent waves. To get to La Digue Island, you can take a domestic flight from Mahé to Praslin. From Praslin you can take a direct boat, "La Belle Séraphina".
Cerf Island is a very small island which is 4km off the north-east coast of Mahé. It is approximately, 5 to 10 minutes from Mahé with the “lagoon taxi”, and provides a beautiful landscape.
Kitesurfing is considered to be a high risk sports so being insured is primordial. Travel insurance companies such as World Nomads do cover kitesurfing. It is accessible to individuals from over 150 countries.
Interesting fact about Kitesurfing in Seychelles
During his honeymoon in Seychelles, Prince William went kitesurfing in the paradise island, enjoying the best conditions for wave sports.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline-packed kitesurfing experience, book your ticket to the Seychelles today!