Kitesurfing Lanka Frequently Asked Questions
Table of content :
- GETTING TO KITESURFING LANKA
- KITE LESSONS, KITE REPAIR & RENTAL
- THE KITE SPOT, KITE CONDITIONS & KITE TRIPS
- PAYMENT, DEPOSIT, CANCELATION
- EXPLORING SRI LANKA AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
- VACCINATION & EMERGENCIES
- POWER & INTERNET
- BAR, RESTAURANT, NIGHTLIFE
How do I reach Kitesurfing Lanka?
We will happily arrange your airport pick up or drop off. Please email us your flight number and arrival time to firstname.lastname@example.org and our taxi driver will be waiting for you at the airport. Price is Euro 80 per van one way and this is definitely the easiest and most comfortable way of getting here. Maximum 4 per van with kitesurfing gear and other baggage.
Can I get to Kitesurfing Lanka by public transport?
Public transport can be daunting when travelling with kite gear & big bags. If coming by public transport, please allow plenty of time & be prepared to squeeze or stand. Public buses run frequently, usually whenever full. There is also a train to Puttalam from Colombo and Negombo. You can get a bus either to Kalpitiya or Puttalam and switch busses or take a tuk-tuk from there. If arriving by bus, you can get off either in Kalpitiya town (the end of the line) or at Kurinchanpitiya (a few kilometers before). From either place, you’ll then need a tuk-tuk to our beach.
What if I want to reach you from elsewhere in Sri Lanka, not the airport?
We will happily arrange a driver to pick you up from elsewhere too. Please email us at email@example.com or call Ruwantha +94767572916 to discuss the details. If you’re committed to public transport we’d suggest the train to Puttalam over the bus, from there the same directions as above apply.
Do you offer kite lessons?
Off course, we are a kite school after all! At Kitesurfing Lanka we offer private and group lessons for beginners and advanced riders alike. All our instructors are International Kiteboarding Organisation (IKO) certified. You can book your lessons in advance (preferred) or we can arrange that on the spot (depends on availability). For more details and prices on kite lessons click here.
How long are the lessons?
One kite day is about 5 hours of kitesurfing with 3 hours class in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. You can book as many hours and as many days as you wish or choose between our packages. For more details and prices on kite lessons click here.
I’m an independent rider but would like to learn XYZ trick. Can you help me?
Sure! Our advanced coaching is designed to help you master that new trick or technique in a safe and productive manner, not smash yourself and your gear to death with little to no reward. Wherever you are on your kitesurfing journey, we can help you get those first jumps right as well as take your unhooked tricks to the next level. You will discuss your needs and wants directly with our advanced coach.
I’m travelling and don’t have my gear with me but would like to kitesurf for a few days. Can you help?
Sure, we all know how hard it can be to travel with your gear so don’t worry, we’ve got your back! There are gear rental options at the kite spot and you can choose from a vast range of sizes and models. We also have surf and foil boards available, please let us know in advance if you wish to rent the later to ensure availability. For gear rental packages and prices please navigate to the bottom of this page.
Oh no, my kite has a tear! Is there someone who can fix it?
Of course! We have an on-site kite shop and kite repairs.
When is the best time to come to Kitesurfing Lanka?
In the Sumer Season (May to October) we get wind all day with averages of 18-20 knots. You can choose between the flat water lagoon and waves in the ocean. Weather is warm and a wetsuit isn’t necessary.
In the Winter Season (mid-December to mid-March) the wind picks up in the afternoon and ranges between 15 to 20 knots. We kitesurf in the lagoon just in front of the resort where the water is butter flat! Winter is also whale and dolphin watching season or you can go diving and snorkelling in the mornings. Although it’s winter, the average outside temperature is 26°C and you can kitesurf with a shortie or without a wetsuit.
The low wind months (October, November, April) are still very much worth a visit. The beach and the sea in front of the resort are stunning. We offer yoga retreats, dolphin & whale watching trips, diving, snorkelling and on-site cross-fit and Bootcamp studio and spa.
I want butter flat water, is Kitesurfing Lanka the right destination for me?
Oh yes, we are! In the winter season you’ll get to enjoy the perfect conditions right in front of your bungalow! In the summer season we kitesurf in the flat water lagoon just a 2min drive from the camp (transport included in price) and organise weekly kite trips to Vella Island where the conditions are absolutely insane.
I’m into wave riding, should I look elsewhere?
Off course not! Visit us in summer and you’ll love Donkey spot just up the beach from Kitesurfing Lanka (transport included in price) or you can play with the waves at the ocean side of the lagoon. We also have an Epic offshore wave called ‘Salli’. On days when the swell and direction is right, the waves break on the outer reef. You can simply launch from the beach and kite to the wave, once you are done, you have an option to kite downwind to the kite lagoon or tack upwind and end at Kitesurfing Lanka again. It’s not to be done alone, however.
I get bored of the same spot quickly, what now?
There’s no such thing as boredom at Kitesurfing Lanka! The small islets, reef and sandbanks on the North of the peninsula present the perfect opportunity for downwinders and other kite trips. We organise several kite trips for you to choose from and you can kite at a different location each day of the week! Trips are organised weekly or upon demand.
Are there any cool downwinders for me?
Oh yes, yes, yes! Most of the kite trips we organise include a downwinder along sandbanks and islets with boat assistance. During the summer months we also organise the king of the downwinders; a two-day adventure from Kitesurfing Lanka to our sister resort Vayu with overnight camping at the national park. Heck yeah!
Do you require a deposit to confirm the booking?
A XX% deposit of the total amount is required to confirm your booking (minimum 50€).
What is your cancelation policy?
- 30 days or beyond before the trip — the deposit is fully reimbursed
- 29 to 22 days before the trip — 75% of the deposit is reimbursed
- 21 to 15 days before the trip — 50% of the deposit is reimbursed
- 14 to 8 days before the trip — 25% of the deposit is reimbursed
- 7 days or less before the trip — the deposit will not be reimbursed
For genuine reasons, we are always accommodating and have at times refunded fully.
What’s included in the price?
- Accommodation of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner, all buffet style
- Purified water, coffee, tea available 24h
- Uninterrupted power in the camp (yes, power cuts are real in Kalpitiya),
- Use of Kayaks, Bicycles and SUP,
- Transport to the kite spot,
- Boat rescue service in two locations,
- Gear storage.
- Freebies and participating to the activities and games we host every night
What about the bar bill?
For the sake of simplicity, we’ll create a bar tab for you which will be added to your final bill.
What payment methods do you accept?
Please note we do not accept credit cards at our property. We prefer cash payment and accept any hard currency– Euro, USD etc or local currency. Bank transfer and Pay Pal payments can be arranged with fees on your expense.
What else can I do at Kitesurfing Lanka other than kiteboarding?
- Free rental of Kayaks, Bicycles and SUPs,
- Daily yoga classes,
- Cross-fit & beach gym,
- Sustainability workshops,
- Excursions & safaris
- Dolphin & Whale watching tours
- Diving & Snorkeling
I’d like to see some of Sri Lanka as well, can you help me arrange that?
Off course, excursions to national parks, cultural landmarks and other interest points can be booked at the reception. We offer half-day, full-day and two—day trips to nearby points of interest. If you’d like us to organise a longer trip please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or discuss directly at reception.
Can I leave my kite gear with you for a bit while I explore the rest of Sri Lanka?
Sure, you can leave your gear in our storage room. Our camp is guarded and is generally very safe, however this is at your own risk.
Do I need any vaccines before visiting Sri Lanka?
There are no mandatory vaccinations required. Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers aged 9 months or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Is there a risk of malaria or yellow fever?
There is no risk of yellow fever in Sri Lanka. Malaria not present either.
What happens if I get injured or sick?
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance before arrival.
I’ve heard power cuts are common in Sri Lanka?
And you’ve heard right, that’s why we have a generator to ensure unlimited power supply to our camp.
Do you have WiFi?
Yes, there’s free WiFi in the camp, however not all rooms have good coverage and there is no WiFi on the kite spot.
I can’t live without connection, I need a SIM card! What network provider do you suggest?
Dialog has really good 4G coverage and very affordable rates.
What’s for dinner?
All our meals are buffet style and the food is delicious! Our chef prepares a mix of traditional Sri Lankan food and European cousine. Every Friday night we have a big BBQ. There is an egg station each morning for breakfast.
I have special dietary requirements, can you still feed me?
Please let us know in advance what your requirements are we’ll do our best to accommodate that.
I can’t brain without coffee, do you have my back?
We sure do! Purified water, instant coffee and tea are available at no extra cost 24/7. If you swear by espresso coffee, our bar is open all day so you’ll definitely get your shot.
What happens at the bar?
Our bar is at the heart of the resort and guests love to hang out here. You can choose between a selection of soft and alcoholic drinks, fresh fruit juices, smoothies, tea and espresso coffee (hard to come by in Sri Lanka!).