Watamu Beach is located at 120 km/74 mi in the north of Mombasa and 28 km/17 mi in the south of Malindi, the nearest big town. The shoreline of this area consists of white sandy beach and offshore corals forming three bays, namely Watamu bay, Turtle bay and Blue Lagoon. The bay is protected by a coral reef almost 0.5 km/546.81 yd off the shore.
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Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing in Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, South Central China
Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong. As it is mainly mountainous, covered with indigenous forest, it is home of the largest nature park in the area and attracts nature enthusiasts, offering a wide variety of activities. One of the most known beaches on the island for kite surfing is Cheung Sha Beach.
The beach is located on the south coast of Lantau Island and stretches about 1.2 mi/2 km from west to east, making it one of the longest beaches in Hong Kong. The spot is considered to be ideal for kite and wind surfing, while the best wind direction is when coming from North. The climate in the area is humid subtropical and is influenced by the monsoons, providing hot, humid summers with frequent thunderstorms and typhoons, while the temperature exceeds 30 °C/86 °F during the day. Winters are cool and mild with an average temperature of 19 °C/66 °F.
As the beach is very wide and sandy, there are many spots where you can safely launch your kite. The best season to visit is from October to April, when the Venturi winds come down from the mountains and offer ideal offshore wind conditions for speed and freeride kite surfing. Suitable for all skill levels, Cheung Sha Beach is perfect for beginners and those who wish to brush up their skills.
There is a school located on the beach, where you can arrange lessons and rent gear. The beach is empty during weekends. However it gets ultra crowded on Sundays. Kitesurfers should be careful of other water crafts and rocks. If you choose to kite on Cheung Sha Beach during winter, be very well prepared in regards of gear, because the water can get very cold.
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