The isolated island of Cuyo Island is located in a remote part of the Sulu Sea, almost equidistant between Puerto Princesa, Iloilo, and Boracay. Over the last few years it has gathered a reputation for being one the finest kiteboarding spots in the Philippines. It’s tourist infrastructure is still undeveloped, however. Accommodation and entertainment options are extremely limited. As a result, the island still retains a peaceful, authentic, community-centered charm.
Amihan is Cuyo’s dry and windy season, when a strong but steady trade wind blows from the North-East. The Amihan season runs from November to March, with the strongest and most consistent wind typically occurring in December, January and February.
Good waves can be found on Cuyo, although it is the flat water spots around Capusan Beach that tend to draw the pro-kiters back year after year. The main spots for kiteboarding on Cuyo are Capusan Beach in the main town, and Victoria Beach on the opposite side of the island.
Overnight ferries connect Cuyo with Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, and Manila (via Coron). A nine-seat Cessna operated by Air Juan connects Cuyo with Puerto Princesa three times a week and with Boracay two times a week. For more info check here.
There are a number of places to stay in and around Cuyo Town, near to Capusan Beach. All are somewhat basic, but mostly budget friendly. Villa Gange, PSU Hometel and Nikkis are all popular choices. Anino Retreat is a comfortable but more pricey resort on the opposite side of the island, overlooking Victoria Beach kite spot.
Kiteboarders are catered to by Cuyo Watersports Association who provide lessons from Beginner up to IKO Instructor level, equipment hire, and repairs. Their website offers a wealth of detailed information for kiteboarders and other visitors coming to Cuyo so is worth checking out.
There are no ATMs on Cuyo, so visitors are advised to bring cash!
Cellular internet is provided primarily by the SMART network, although the connection is usually poor.
Cuyo is a great spot for beginners and advanced riders alike, and suits kiteboarders looking purely for wind, wind and more wind. It’s less suited, however, to those looking to combine their kiteboarding with any kind of nightlife, entertainment, or comfort.
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