The Ultimate Guide to Kitesurfing in Fiji
From flatwater riding to epic surf breaks, Fiji has it all when it comes to kitesurfing. However, planning the logistics of your kiteboarding getaway can be a little tricky with only three resorts offering kitesurfing equipment hire and/or lessons. Nevertheless, this ultimate guide to kitesurfing in Fiji will inform on the best places to kitesurf and when.
If you’re more of a windsurfer, be sure to check out the 7 Best Places to Windsurf in Fiji.
What You Need to Know About Kitesurfing in Fiji
- Kitesurfing equipment is difficult to come by in Fiji. Either bring your own or hire from Vacala Bay Resort, Safari Lodge or Namotu Island Resort – more about those in the rest of the guide
- If you have your own gear, fun kitesurfing spots can be found around Qalito Island (Castaway Island Resort) and Mana Island (Ratu Kini Backpacker & Dive Resort) both in the Mamanuca Islands
- Although kitesurfing can be enjoyed in Fiji all year round, the best months for kitesurfing tend to be from April to December.
Vacala Bay Resort
A luxury private villa on the less-visited island of Taveuni, Vacala Bay Resort is the true hidden gem of kitesurfing in Fiji. Not only is their private kitesurfing area enjoyable for seasoned kiters but beginners can easily get in on the action too. Private lessons are available with the villa’s very own International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) certified instructor who has newbies up and riding in no time. Modern kitesurfing equipment is also available to hire.
Should you have a thirst for more, Vacala offers kiting safaris on their own private yacht taking you to more exciting kitesurfing terrain across Taveuni.
The Mamanuca Islands is one of the most popular outer islands for vacationers in Fiji. But only Namotu Island offers kitesurfing hire. The surf resort offers daily and weekly hires for kites, bars, harnesses and wave kiteboards so you can make the most of the nearby waves, such as Namotu Lefts, Cloudbreak and Mini Pools – all listed in 9 Best Surf Spots in the Mamanuca Islands.
Although the kitesurfing opportunities at Namotu are not beginner-friendly, those looking to improve their skills or embrace a full week of kitesurfing should take a look at the resort’s “Kite Weeks”. They occur several times between June and September and include food, photography, coaching and equipment.
Ask any regular kiter in Fiji and they’ll likely mention Nananu-i-Ra. The island, just off the northern shores of Viti Levu in a place known as the Suncoast, is situated in one of the windiest places in Fiji where wind funnels between Fiji’s two largest islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. On the island is the kitesports-focussed Safari Lodge, not only offering affordable accommodation but gear hire and lessons for kitesurfing.
The lodge has IKO certified instructors on hand to give you a course on kitesurfing, which can have you up and running in about six hours. There are beginner-friendly areas from the shores of the island or jump in one of the support boats for more kitesurfing terrain at the iconic Kite Point.