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For many guests, an added attraction of a stay at Wakatobi is the ability to blend world-class diving with water sports, beach time, fine dining and simple relaxation in one of the world’s must beautiful settings. Now, there’s yet another activity that resort guests can enjoy during surface intervals. When seasonal trade winds arrive, Wakatobi becomes an aquatic playground for kite boarders. This sport blends the poetry of flight with the exhilaration of surfing, as riders harness the wind to skim the waves.
Turns out Wakatobi is an ideal location for kiting, as it offers a wide range of conditions for riders of all experience levels. The shallow, sheltered waters near the resort beach are ideal for beginners as they are able to master the basics in a safe and controlled environment, with Wakatobi kite instructors nearby to assist. The expansive lagoon to the east of the resort provides a wide cruising area where advancing riders can perfect their skills inside the shelter of the reef. Then, as confidence and skills build, they can venture into deeper water to play in the waves, or cruise to nearby islands. In the summer of 2015, Wakatobi staged their inaugural Kite Week, which has now become an event that will continue to attract expert riders from around the world.
“It’s a wave riders dream,” says professional kiter Tom Court, who attended the inaugural event.
The addition of kite boarding to the resort’s roster of water sports gives divers and snorkelers a chance to try one of the world’s most exciting new sports while still racking up some premium-quality bottom time.
Wakatobi Dive Resort is known for its pristine reefs, diverse marine life, magnificent natural setting and exclusive, personalized services. Between the regular daily boat dives, the resort’s dive taxi services and unlimited access to a world renowned House Reef, divers can stay submerged from dawn to well after dusk. But as captivating as the underwater scene can be, it’s also not the only reason to visit the resort.
But you don’t have to be an experienced rider to enjoy kite boarding at Wakatobi. Kiting instruction is available at various times throughout the year, and kiting is possible on any day when there’s even a mild breeze. With the help of an instructor, most people can master the basics in an hour or two, and can become competent sailors within a week. In time, Wakatobi may become as famous a destination for kite boarding as it is for divers. Meanwhile, the addition of kite boarding to the resort’s roster of water sports gives divers and snorkelers a chance to try one of the world’s most exciting new sports while still racking up some premium-quality bottom time.
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