The Galapagos Islands are well-known around the world for many reasons, most notably the wildlife. However, they have been little explored by windsurfers despite being blessed by Pacific swell and trade winds. It’s these top conditions that make Galapagos windsurfing holidays so special.
It’s even hard to pin down the windiest spots on the islands, largely because only a few people have been able to surf the best reefs. As the archipelago is composed of a vast group of islands and reef rocks, there is so much to explore that the best may be yet to come.
What this means is that you can find huge waves which remain free from other windsurfers. With only a few local fisherman in the know about the location of the biggest swells. Galapagos windsurfing holidays offer the chance to have a real windsurfing adventure and who knows, the next unknown reef might even be named after you.
Even if you’re not the Christopher Columbus-type and exploration isn’t your thing, you can just stick to the already existing spots. Tongo Reef (San Cristobal) has powerful and excellent quality waves. Santa Cruz is best known for Tortuga Bay, although this astonishing beach is only accessible by sea or by walking for 25-minutes along a coastal path. It can also be tricky to get out from the bay to take the wind but it’s well worth the effort.
Isabela Island offers some of the best conditions for windsurfers, and deserves a special mention in any guide to Galapagos windsurfing. The three-kilometre long white sandy beach is situated at Puerto Villamil. There are plenty of rocky reefs and a spot called El Faro, almost at the end of the beach, with gentle waves and a sandy bottom.
The wind direction is on-shore from June to December. The best month to sail is generally March when the water is warmer, the skies sunny and wind a steady 17-20 knots. The wind here blows in perfect side-shore direction.
For beginners, there is a shallow water beach with a sandy bottom where you can even see some of the incredible endemic species, such as penguins, sea lions, turtles, rays and medium-small black tip sharks – all while you are sailing. Isabela is the only Island to have an established windsurfing Centre, where you can rent windsurfing and SUP gear. You can find out more by visiting www.galapagoswindsurfing.com.
Galapagos windsurfing holidays give you the opportunity to enjoy unforgettable sailing, surrounded by stunning natural environments and landscapes complete with mangroves and volcanoes. There’s also some of nature’s most unique animals for company – including sea lions, penguins and turtles. That’s what makes the Galapagos Islands such a unique destination for windsurfers.