Kitesurfing in Mui Ne has become a popular activity amongst locals and visitors in recent years thanks to its tropical monsoon climate and rock-free waters. In January 2011, Mui Ne hosted the second season of the Kite Tour Asia Competition, where participants from Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and Europe took part in a four-day event of freestyling, hang-time and course-racing.
As a result, the 15-kilometre beach is lined with kitesurfing schools offering equipment rental and lessons that suit just about any level. Mui Ne Beach is also great for other water sports such as swimming, kayaking, and surfing. While it’s relatively sunny all year long, the best time to enjoy visit Mui Ne is from November to March, when skies are clear with strong winds, resulting in optimum temperatures and wave conditions.
Mui Ne’s wind conditions is widely regarded as one of the best in Southeast Asia, offering an average of 227 days per year of thermal winds over 12 knots. The most ideal time for kitesurfing is during the dry season (November until March) as temperatures in Mui Ne fall between 18°C and 30°C with gusts up to 40 knots. If you’re looking to learn how to kitesurf, make your way to the main beach of Mui Ne in the morning as winds are gentle enough for beginners while those with experience typically frequent the beach (and surrounding islets) later in the day.
Mui Ne Kitesurfing Schools
While kitesurfing schools are available at just about any corner, finding one that’s budget-appropriate and reputable can be rather tricky. One of the most popular kitesurfing schools is Jibes Suoc Noi, where you can opt for the one-hour kitesurfing lesson (inclusive of gear insurance) for USD60. The school is also fitted with a retail outlet, restaurant and bar where travellers can mingle with local kite surfers.
Surfpoint Vietnam is founded by a couple with 10 years of experience, offering kitesurfing courses for beginners in English and German at USD200 upwards. Meanwhile, experienced riders looking to hone their skills can opt for hourly-based lessons for USD50.
Popular Spots in Mui Ne for Kitesurfing
While the main beach has the safest conditions for those who are still new to kitesurfing, Mui Ne has several spots that are ideal for kitesurfing, each catering to various levels of expertise.
True to its name, The Cemetery should only be attempted by advanced kite surfers as it has the largest swells and strongest cross-onshore winds in Mui Ne. Located at Hon Rom (five kilometres northeast of Mui Ne), riders are advised to make their way further up the bay to avoid kitesurfing amongst the rocks.
Suoi Nuoc Bay, situated approximately 10 kilometres north of Mui Ne, is suitable for beginner and intermediate levels as its onshore wind averages between 15 and 20 knots during the dry season. It’s also relatively unspoiled compared to Mui Ne Beach, but visitors can find several mid-range resorts and local restaurants along the beach strip.
Located at the northern end of Suoi Nuoc, Turtle Island is an uninhabited islet that’s about 200 metres away from the mainland. With winds blowing both cross-shore and onshore, water conditions can get choppy but there’s a flat water area that’s sheltered by the land which makes for great kitesurfing excursions for all levels of riding.