Egypt provides a phenomenal playground with consistently windy conditions for 75% of the year. The warm, dry African winds pass through the desert to offer an enjoyable hairdryer type breeze as you cruise over the Red Sea crystal clear. The water is flat, turquoise and great for freestyle. It is a relatively short hop from Europe and is usually available at reasonable prices.
Base yourself from one of the many hotels and use their free transfer bus to the beach or nearby hotels, spas and golf courses.
Food and Drink
The European traveller well thinks out the food in this part of Egypt. Every morning there is a buffet with muesli, cereals, eggs, pancakes, ham, cheese, breads and much more. At lunchtime, there is a simple yet delicious menu from wraps to pizza and salads, and for dinner each evening, the hotels put on a daily themes from Greek, Italian, Oriental, Kitchen, Beach bbq and more. There is a huge amount of time and effort to prepare great food, and it’s a definite highlight of the trip.
Golf, spas, snorkelling, diving or chilling out by the pool. This is a reasonably chilled holiday where kitesurfing is your primary option. Still, there is a tranquil vibe for those no wind days and afternoons where you can quickly take up any of the above activities within the hotel complex.
Good – there is Wi-Fi around the hotels in the main areas and some rooms. However, there is an internet cable for the rooms where the Wi-Fi does not reach so that you can hardwire yourself in.
The Breakers Surf & Dive Lodge is a great and relaxed choice for kitesurfers. Arguably the first choice because the management is kitesurfers themselves. There is a sky bar to enjoy relaxed drinks as the sun sets over the mountains, or you can make the most of the airy yoga studio if you need to ease out any kinks from your long day on the water. Other great hotels such as Robinsons, Sheraton & The Cascades. All the hotels are on a half board basis and built around 2010, so they have great quality rooms with air conditioning, excellent service, refreshing swimming pools and well-kept beaches.
Wind and Weather
The wind blows here from March – to November. June, July and August are the warmest months when you do not need a wetsuit on the water or long sleeves for the evening, but on the months on either side of the summer, you may need a shorty on the water and a hoody for the evenings. The sun here is really strong, so I recommend wearing good sun protection when on the water with regular reapplication. To be safe, it may be worth it to bring long sleeves and a hat to wear both on the water and off! The wind strength varies, with some days blowing around 30+ knots and others around 15-18 knots. A minimum kite requirement is your 12m and 9m, but if you have a 7m, throw that in.
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Been to Soma Bay? What did you think?
Where are the Best Kitesurfing Beaches in Soma Bay?
Soma Bay is tucked in to one corner of the Red Sea. There are 2 beaches running at a right angle to each other. The wind blows off shore from the main beach where launching and landing takes place, but just a short cruise away the beach bends and you have a cross shore effect to walk back upwind or take a breather on the bank if you need it. A beach rescue and storage package is an compulsory and essential purchase (often included in your package price), but this gives you access to the highly efficient beach staff who are there to launch and land your kites whenever you need it.
There is a also a boat rescue service with as many as 3 boats on the water during peak season to ensure that you are spotted in your time of need and therefore benefit from direct assistance should you ever require it. Back at the Kitehouse you have your own private storage locker big enough for all your kitesurfing equipment and there are a selection of compressors to aid your pumping up experience in the warm Egyptian heat. Facilities wise the Kitehouse is like a giant Sauna style set up, air conditioned inside with a restaurant to purchase your drinks / lunch and seating / sunbathing area outside.
There is also a kite shop to purchase a limited range of clothing and wetsuits or a kite school to hire any equipment that you might need or take lessons from if you are a complete beginner. There are warm and clean showers and inside lockers for your valuables. The customers’ experience is The Kitehouse sole focus and you can be sure they will do their very best to offer you an impeccable, safe kitesurfing experience. To do this they have very welcoming front of house staff, 24 hour security and all their instructors are competent, speaking a variety of different languages.
- Wind: Offshore – Cross shore
- Waves: None
- Shorebreak: No
When is the Best Time to go Kitesurfing in Soma Bay?
The windy months to go kitesurfing in Soma Bay are March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
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