Fuerteventura has the envious conditions that make this an ideal location for water sports enthusiasts. Year-round sunshine, miles of beautiful coastline and beach areas, crystal clear waters, strong atlantic winds, constant water temperatures and an abundance of sea life means this island is really popular with surfers, windsurfer, kitesurfers and divers. There's something here to suit everyone. If you're a total beginner looking to try out any of these water sports for the first time or simply want to improve your skills, there are number of schools, with experienced instructors, offering their services.
Windsurfing is one of the most popular water sports on Fuerteventura and the varied water conditions and strong, reliable atlantic winds cater to all skill levels and abilities. Sotavento, on the south east coast, between Costa Calma and Morro Jable is a stretch of beach area about 25km long, where each July the P.W.A world windsurfing slalom event is held. Both windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular here and it's a good location for all skill levels. In this region are a number of centres that offer instruction and equipment hire. The Fanatic Center is located at Monica Beach Hotel, close to the centre of Costa Calma. South of Costa Calma at Risco del Paso is the Rene Egli Pro Centre I which has windsurfing and kitesurfing instruction and equipment hire. Rene Egli Pro Centre II is 2 miles south of Pro Centre I which caters for beginner and advanced windsurfers.
Other top windsurfing and kitesurfing spots are located at Corralejo, on the north east coast, and El Cotillo, on the north west coast. Flag Beach Windsurf & Kitesurf Centre, in Corralejo, also offer surfing instruction as well as equipent rental. Windsurfing and kitesurfing at El Cotillo is mainly on the main beach south of the village.
Kitesurfing at Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Sometimes referred to as "the Maui of Europe", Fuerteventura is a paradise for surfers and bodyboarders. With a mixture of reef and beach breaks, there's something to suit all levels. The best surf areas are in the north of the island, between the fishing villages of Corralejo and El Cotillo. This is mostly a dirt road, known as the North track, and a 4 wheel drive is recommended if you want to explore surf spots here. There are a number of surf schools in the north as well. In Corralejo, the Quicksilver surf school and the Island Boarders Surfschool (part of Flag Beach Windsurf & Kitesurf centre) and at El Cotillo you will find the Kahuna surf shop and school.
Scuba diving is another popular sport in Fuerteventura due to the warm water temperatures and excellent visibility. Mixed sand and rock floors, caves, overhangs, reefs and wrecks form the underwater landscape and with its temperate waters and variety of sea life,this a truly special marine environment. Parrot fish,grouper, octopus, moray eels, barracuda are just some of the species that you may see on a dive. Many of the dive centres offer courses and excursions with plenty of dive
areas to choose from. A number of dive sites between Corralejo and Los Lobos as well as El Jablito and Las Salinas, near Caleta de Fuste, are used by Punta Amanay dive centre, based in Corralejo. There are further dive locations to be found in Jandia in the south and near the village of Ajuy on the west coast.
Written by Rona Guiney of Premier Holidays. Premier Holidays offer a wide selection of luxury holiday villas in Fuerteventura including Corralejo, Caleta de Fuste and El Cotillo.