Palawan Island | The Philippines

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Blue Palawan

When to go

Peak season: October – March

Avg. Air temp: 26°C / 79°F

Avg. Water temp: 26°C / 79°F

 

Useful contacts

Blue Kiteboarding Palawan Philippines

www.bluekiteboarding.com

info@bluekiteboarding.com

+639 08 502 6195

 

Blue Palawan Philippines

www.bluepalawan.com

reservations@bluepalawan.com

+639 209 591 111

Kitesurfing Philippines, Palawan Island

“Palawan is about to explode as a top kiteboarding destination. Good, cheap living combined with steady winds, waves, flat water and the kite park at Blue Palawan make this an all-round killer kite spot!”

Sam Medysky / Best pro rider and Kite Park League competitor

 

The Lure

Hidden Beach on Palawan Island is a mecca for flat water kitesurfing. A large mangrove sanctuary is protected by a reef a kilometre from shore that provides waist-deep water on a high-tide, making it ideal for beginners. However, for shredders, there are also three Jibstruction features for wakestyle riders as used in this year’s Kite Park League event.

 

Blue Palawan

PHOTO: Toby Bromwich

 

Watch the 2017 Solaire Blue Palawan Open full event edit here

The Setup

There’s plenty of space to explore for freeriding if you’re not into riding sliders and the beachside facilities are top notch. A kite school has trained beach boys who will help you rig, launch and land your kite.

If you’re an advanced rider rent a boat and explore the nearby pristine white beaches where you’ll be the only kiters in sight and enjoying steady winds that are ideal for learning new tricks and improving your skills.

Wind, weather & water

The northern hemisphere winter is the best time to head to Palawan when it delivers reliable winds between October and early March. The wind blows onshore and side-onshore from the northeast, ranging between 15 and 20 knots most frequently, but can push up to 25 to 30 knots at times. Bring your bigger kites and you can expect to be out quite regularly.

The weather is very warm in the Philippines but a shortie or a rashie can be a good idea if you’re going to be on the water for a long time when a colder breeze comes through. There’s also a lot of sea grass in the water which some people might find irritating, so girls may opt to follow the new rage: long leggings. The climate is tropical and humid but the winter months can sometimes bring cold fronts from the South China Sea, so pack some light layers. Air and water temperatures during the kitesurfing season average around 26°C / 79°F.

Accommodation

Blue Palawan is the closest accommodation to the kite spot at Hidden Beach, near the town of Puerto Princesa. You can find low cost accommodation in guesthouses from 500 pesos / $10 a night and there are boutique resorts that charge anything from $80 to $120 a night with breakfast and an airport transfer usually included. There’s also rental properties for self-catering options and you’ll find provisions at one of the two nearby supermarkets and fresh produce at the markets.

 

Accommodation setup at the Blue Palawan Beach Club / PHOTOS: Blue Palawan

 

Shops & Schools

BLUE KITEBOARDING are based at Hidden Beach and teach all levels from November to March with lessons available out of season on windy days. Their max teaching ratio is 3:1 and they use, hire out and sell Liquid Force gear.

Languages spoken by staff: English, French and Russian.

www.bluekiteboarding.com / info@bluekiteboarding.com / +639 08 502 6195

For more information on rates and packages available click here

No Wind

If it’s not blowing during your stay then there’s everything from ATV adventures, zip-lining, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing and surfing. You can also explore the local markets, meet people from local tribes and check out the historic buildings around town. Head north to Puerto Princesa for incredible waterfalls, firefly tours after dark and an underground river. Boat trips around Honda Bay are another great day out.

Get around

Renting a car is expensive and not necessary unless you want to do a full tour of the island. Tuktuks are cheap and readily available.

 

Currency

Philippine Peso - PHP

Credit cards are accepted everywhere and it’s worth changing your money at the airport into smaller 500 and 1,000 peso bills.

 

Food & drink

Restaurants are affordable, serving traditional Filipino cuisine as well as international dishes. Balinsayaw and Ka Lui restaurants are not to be missed. Service isn’t usually included with a bill so tip your servers. Finally, it’s not recommended to drink the tap water, so buy bottled.

 

Airport

Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS) is 15 minutes from Hidden Beach and Blue Palawan offer airport transfers. You’ll usually fly in from Manila and there are around a dozen flights a day. Air Asia is the best airline if you’re travelling with gear.

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