Crystal clear warm waters, together with a perfect climate and
beautiful beaches, make Fuerteventura the ideal water sporting
Thousands of water sports enthusiasts descend on the Island each
year to sample some of the perfect conditions
is the main sport on the Island and it's available for anyone
to try. Many places around the world claim to be world-famous
or world-class Windsurfing Destinations, however Fuerteventura
is truly one of the World's elite windsurf locations with World
Championship events being held here annually at Sotavento in the
south of the island. Windsurfing is the most popular Sport on
the island and there is a large community of resident Windsurfers
and Surfers. Thousands of windsurfing enthusiasts come to Fuerteventura
each year to take advantage of the warm clear waters and strong
Atlantic Trade Winds of the Summer months that provide the best
Conditions for Slalom and Speed while the Winter months provide
the best waves. Fuerteventura offers conditions ranging from the
notorious, expert-only Shooting Gallery near Corralejo to gentle
areas such as Costa Calma that are perfect for the beginner. Tuition
at every level from Beginner to Advanced, as well as equipment
hire is available from the many Windsurf Schools located at Flag
Beach (south of Corralejo), Sotavento near Costa Calma and at
the Main Resorts.
Kitesurfing or Fly Surfing – whatever you
choose to call it is currently the fastest growing water sport
in the world. As with Windsurfing, the most important factor in
a good Kiteboarding location is the wind and Fuerteventura provides
this in plentiful quantities with international competitions regularly
held here. The consistent North-easterly Tradewinds of the summer
months provide the best Kiteboarding conditions when they combine
with local thermals to produce winds of up to 8 or 9 Bft. Winter
provides more waves, but wind conditions are less reliable. The
many surf centres on the island provide courses for every level
from the absolute beginner upwards, with the Island providing
a variety of conditions from beginner-friendly shallow lagoons
to expert-only open water with strong offshore winds. Also popular
is beach windsurfing on Playa De Sotavento Beach.
This is where the World Cup events are held, the strong offshore
wind make the area outside the lagoon an experts-only zone. The
area inside the sand bar is perfect for beginners.
El Cortillo –
Gusty conditions with large waves and dangerous currents make
this another experts-only zone.
Scuba diving & snorkeling.
Fuerteventura is a diver’s paradise with its crystal clear
waters and consistent temperatures. The water temperatures range
between 18°C and 23°C and excellent visibility of up to
50 meters, making the perfect conditions for all kinds of marine
life. The island is a very popular place for Scuba Diving with
a multitude of PADI Diving centres that offer courses at every
level as well as Guides and equipment hire. Species such as Barracuda,
Moray Eels, Octopus, Grouper, Angelshark and Parrot Fish are common
and can be encountered at most popular dive sites. Salinas del
Carmen to the east has a clifflined coast, with some magical underwater
scenery here. Renowned Dive Centre - Abyss Divers list their five
top dive sites on Fuerteventura as El Jablito, Oasis, Anchor Reef,
Miguel's Rock and Las Salinas. The Deep Blue Diving Centre in
Caleta de Fuste has won a few awards as well. The dive sites are
mostly around Caleta de Fuste, and include the Castillo Riff and
the Salinas Riff. Abyss Divers lay on 4 wheel drives to remote
dives sites and offer a choice of diving courses to suit all groups,
experienced or beginners. A day spent taking part on a taster
course makes for a very exciting day out.
Isla de Lobos
The Dive Sites around this small island are famous for their Volcanic
Cornices and excellent visibility. Shoals of friendly Guelly Jacks,
Two-banded Bream and Barracuda abound as well as the possibility
to see Eagle and Spotted Rays and even the occasional Hammerhead
Shark. The island and its waters have been a nature reserve since
The waters around this resort offer many Dive Spots consisting
of mixed Sand and Rock floor. The local fish are well-accustomed
to Divers and large Groupers of up to 1.5 meters can be hand fed.
Other possibilities in this area are Dolphins, Turtles, Pilot
Whales and even Whale Sharks.
There are several Dive Sites around Jandia as this area has been
used by Scuba Divers for quite some time. Colonies of Garden Eels,
Groups of Striped Bream and Moray Eels are just some of the species
that can be encountered here amongst the Volcanic Cornices, Sand
and the strange Sandstone Wall.
Fuerteventura is a very popular Surf Destination with waves suitable
for all levels of expertise. Water temperatures are warm enough
all year round, so a Summer Wetsuit should be fine although some
people surf in just their shorts. Autumn and winter provide the
best and most consistent conditions for surfing with the arrival
of the Atlantic Swells, although good surfing can be had all year
round. Most of the best breaks are located along the north track.
Some of these Waves can be dangerous such as the aptly named 'Suicides'
and plenty of local Surfers carry scars from their experiences.
Other Surf-spots of note on the Island are Caleta de fuste and
Playa de la Pared. The multitude of Surf Bars in Corralejo and
El Cotillo are a good place to seek advice from some of the more
experienced surfers. Corky's Bar in Corralejo post a Surf Report
every morning with wind conditions and advice on the best places
to surf on any given day. Since many of these locations are only
accessible by dirt-track, hiring a 4x4 is recommended. If you
cannot hire a 4x4, most of the Surf Schools offer Surf Safaris
that bring you to the best locations and can offer equipment hire
if needed. These Surf Schools can cater to your needs whether
you are new to Surfing or are looking to improve your skill.