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Watersports in Fuerteventura

With it being an island and all, Fuerteventura comes with all the water-sporting opportunities you might expect. But maybe what you didn't anticipate are the excellent wind conditions Fuerteventura boasts, making it a top holiday destination for surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers alike.


Add to this some seriously great diving conditions and enough diving schools to turn even the most basic novice into a pro, and you've got yourself a watersport haven.


If you're looking to explore all the watersporting opportunities Fuerteventura has to offer, check out our list of what you might find on this little Canary Island.


Wind-based sports

Fuerteventura is known especially for its blustery conditions – some translate Fuerteventura to mean 'strong winds' – which make it a particularly incredible destination for wind-based sports.

The island is so popular for windsurfing that it's actually where the Professional Windsurfers Association hosts their windsurfing speed and slalom events in the summertime.

You'll be hard pressed not to find a school for all types of surfing dotted around the island, though the wide, exposed beaches in Corralejo make this resort particularly popular.

Surfing

Surfing is especially popular along the northern and western coasts of Fuerteventura where winds blow almost constantly onto the beaches. But all around the island there are a number of surf schools to help you get on your feet.

Windsurfing

Windsurfing is just as popular as surfing on this island. Essentially, it's just surfing with a sail attached. So you'll still have the board beneath you, but will also have something to hang onto to help keep your balance and steer.

Kitesurfing

Kitesurfers take harnessing wind power to whole new heights – high-flying heights, that is. You'll see these parachute-like kites attached to boarders who soar high up in the air around the coasts of Fuerteventura, and dip down to skim over the waves.

Diving


Diving is another popular pastime in Fuerteventura, almost rivalling the popularity of surfing. Diving schools are just as frequently found as surf schools, so you should have no problem finding a spot that can get you suited up in scuba or snorkel gear.

Year-round warm water temperatures and good visibility make diving consistently comfortable here.Whatever your diving experience, you'll find a course and diving location suitable to your level.

Particularly notable dive sites can be found in the north and south of Fuerteventura around Corralejo and Jandia, though the whole island is treated to underwater landscapes like caves, walls, shelves and everything in between.

Below the surface, you can expect to see manta rays, dolphins, eels, barracudas and even loggerhead turtles, especially when they come to nest.

Sailing


Sailing isn't as popular as windsurfing or kitesurfing might be on Fuerteventura, but that's not because the conditions aren't ideal – far from it. There just aren't as many places to park your boat. But should you want to take to the high seas, there are a number of ways to do so.

You can join a sailing course and learn how to man a boat yourself, or even just rent a yacht or catamaran for the afternoon. There are also fishing trips you can join with local experts that'll help you wrangle up your very own catch of the day.

Lobos Island

Lobos Island is a tiny islet north of Fuerteventura. It's easily reachable via ferry, and with its calm, crystal clear waters, it's a haven for snorkelling.

There aren't many facilities here beyond a small visitors centre and restaurant, so you'll need to bring your own snorkelling gear, otherwise you can book a special trip with a touring group on the main island that will take you to Lobos and help you get suited up.

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