In the far North of Luzon lies Pagudpud Peninsula, on the north coast of which is Kingfisher Beach. The owner has done an awesome job during the last couple of years to turn his recently empty lot into a full-on Kiteboarding place. He offers accommodation, food & drink, and transfers. The kite surf shop there offers lessons and gear rentals, also tours to other kite surf spots in the area as well as trips to non-watersport related sites. There are several different types of accommodation to choose from, for different budgets. Check the Kingfisher Website.
The nearest airport is Laoag. The ride from the airport takes about two hours, and there are busses going that way as well.
One thing we can’t stress enough about this place is the wind: It’s on. Kinda always. During Amihan season, people ride small to tiny kites most of the time. The season starts earlier up there, with some years already in October and going well into April. Even in the off season, kite surfers get wind on some days for the bigger kites, so this might be one of the few places in the Philippines where the Habagat (the SW-Monsoon) is also considered Kiteboarding season. The wind direction is side-on when the Amihan is Northerly; when it’s easterly, it is slightly offshore, making it a bit sketchy near the shore as it can get gusty. The first couple of hundred meters from the beach are covered by reef, which is exposed during low tide, making it a bit more effort to get in the water. The waves break about 250 to 280 meters from the shore. They do make the spot special. Sizes range from small to double overhead high. Don’t imagine the perfect peeling wave; it ranges from close out to breaking in sections. Nonetheless, this is an excellent playground for experienced riders. Beginners and intermediate riders can practice in the shallow area close to the beach. However, the spot can be intimidating for newbies and there are better places to learn in the Philippines. Kingfisher is off the beaten track and an awesome place to relax and enjoy nature. If you want to eat somewhere else, there is Saud Beach around the corner, a 15-20 minute tricycle ride.
The place is good for advanced kiters who are looking for challenging conditions and want to ride waves. Not the first choice for beginners or people travelling in groups of some kiters and some non-kiters, as there isn’t really a whole lot to do there except water sports.
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