Why choose us?

We’re Dakhla’s only IKO Affiliated mobile kiteschool meaning we can give you the best of both worlds; safe and secure learning in empty out of the way places. With all our instructors being IKO certified we offer a tried and tested method of instructing and progressing fast. We also have both male and female instructors who speak fluent English (Jo’s British originally), French and Moroccan – a pretty unique combination for Dakhla!  And as we’re an IKO affiliated centre we can certify your course at the end of your stay and for free!!  Plus we’re the original mobile kiteschool here in Dakhla, we’ve ironed out the creases and bring you the best service, all with a smile, mint tea and the best chocolate brownie this side of the Sahara!

Wind
  • Dakhla has on average over 300+ kiteable days a year.
  • The best period for wind is generally end of April to end of October with June, July and August being the strongest months.
  • However, we can still kitesurf in the “off” season with the nice afternoon sea/thermic wind. The winter season is just slightly lighter winds instead of the summer madness.
  • With the wind ranging from the NE to NW direction the majority of kitespots are a friendly side shore breeze – giving you the perfect kite conditions.
  • NO WIND – occasionally we have a moment… during the summer months with no wind days we recommend taking a boat excursion, hitting the spa or having a lazy day at your accommodation. During the winter these are the perfect opportunity to try your hand at surfing… with gentle Atlantic surf breaks on our door step there’s no reason not to hit the water.
Wave Riding
  • The season generally runs from October – May
  • Wave trips are for advanced riders, you need to be able to land at least basic jumps, ride toeside, bodydrag upwind and know how to self-rescue (although we will refresh this last point with you before heading out into the ocean). For safety we only offer wave trips when the wind is side to side-on shore.  We can also offer trips to ride at Lassaga which is an offshore spot but comes equipped with rescue boat service for an additional €14 per person, payable before heading out to kite.
Fitness / Health
  • Worried you might not be on your finest form? Don’t be.  Our lesson structure is fully flexible and time is on your side. 
  • We do ask that anyone taking part in water sports with us are competent swimmers and are in general good health though!
  • We do recommend that you purchase health insurance for the duration of your holiday – Dakhla unfortunately does not have a state of the art hospital and medical facilities… you’ll be wanting to make sure you’re covered! Sports Cover Direct is a well-known company if you’re looking for a recommendation.
  • We’ve broken free from the rigid blocks of lessons and start/stop when you are ready – easy.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen. We’re only 60km north of the Tropic of Cancer… the sun is fierce.  We recommend you bring a zinc-based block for your face as not only will it protect you but it doesn’t wash off as easily as conventional creams.
Younger dudes
  • Worried you might not be on your finest form? Don’t be.  Our lesson structure is fully flexible and time is on your side. 
  • We do ask that anyone taking part in water sports with us are competent swimmers and are in general good health though!
  • We do recommend that you purchase health insurance for the duration of your holiday – Dakhla unfortunately does not have a state of the art hospital and medical facilities… you’ll be wanting to make sure you’re covered!Sports Cover Direct is a well-known company if you’re looking for a recommendation.
  • We’ve broken free from the rigid blocks of lessons and start/stop when you are ready – easy.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen. We’re only 60km north of the Tropic of Cancer… the sun is fierce.  We recommend you bring a zinc-based block for your face as not only will it protect you but it doesn’t wash off as easily as conventional creams.
How we operate?
  • Contact us directly or fill out our online form. Try to give us as much information as possible so we can get back to you and fill in the gaps/answer your questions.  For example, tell us when you’d like to come, for how many people and what your levels are.
  • We’ll confirm availability.
  • Book your accommodation – if you liked what we had to suggest then make a reservation! If you didn’t find what you are looking for just tell us and we can help with other suggestions. And if you’d prefer to stay in a kite camp and kite with us that’s no problem too – please just notify the camp on booking with them that you will be collected by us for trips.
  • We collect our clients each day from their accommodation (we’ll drop off at the end of the day too) with our 4x4s to take them to the best spot of the day depending on the wind and tide. If it’s the first day we start off in our sports centre in town to get all the necessary equipment fitted.  From there on when we arrive to collect you the cars with what you need for the day will already be loaded – no waiting around and super easy!
  • We take snacks, home-made cake (just check out our reviews and you’ll know it’s a winner) and Moroccan mint tea for break time/après kite.
  • Lessons start and stop around how clients are doing. If you feel tired/frustrated then we take a break, want to carry on then that’s fine by us too.  We’re flexible and offer a much more relaxed approach than the kite camp hourly blocks.  This means that clients progress at their own pace and get as much as possible out of their time…. After all its your holiday so why don’t you decide.
How to pay?
  • We accept credit cards (but not Amex sorry), Revolut payments, cash (euro or dirham) and bank transfers.
  • We exchange currencies at the online rate.
  • Full payment must be made before departure.
  • All our prices are in € to make our tariffs easier to understand.
Why Dakhla?

Live your passion for sun, sand and sea on the edge of the Sahara Desert in one of the best locations in the world for kitesurfing.  Here in Dakhla with stable year-round winds you can make faster progression than just about anywhere else.  It’s the perfect place to learn and advance your level.  Located at the end of a 40km long peninsular the city has the best of both worlds with the Atlantic surf breaks for wave riding on one side and a vast 40 km long flat-water lagoon on the other.  The lagoon offers uncrowded spots with flat, shallow water and wide sandy beaches – a perfect playground.

Getting here

Direct Flights departing :

  • Paris (Transavia)
  • Gran Canaria  (Binter)
  • Marrakesh  (Air Arabia)
  • Agadir  (RAM)
  • Casablanca (Air Arabia & RAM) 

Info :

  • Casablanca is the main hub for flights from London, Schiphol, France.
  • If you are travelling with Royal Air Maroc (RAM) a free board bag weighing up to 23kg is included on your ticket. It is not advertised well and the check-in staff may need a reminder but it’s been well tested by us! 
  • RAM food is quite basic so you might want to pack yourself a snack for the plane.
  • There is no issue with bringing duty free booze in.
  • To find the best deal we recommend skyscanner.com
  • Drones are prohibited… if you do get found with one it will be confiscated until your departure.
  • Dakhla airport (code VIL) is right in the centre of town. Its 5 minutes by transfer to us and around 30 to the majority of kitecamps.
  • Other ways to get to Dakhla are by CTM bus or driving but we’re really, really far from the next big town…. Laayoune = 530km or 6.5 hours straight and Agadir “the south of Morocco” is 1160km or 15 hours no stops. If you don’t feel like a desert wilderness drive we really recommend the plane
Money
  • The local currency is the dirham DH.
  • We don’t advise you to obtain DH before you arrive – Morocco is a closed banking system and any DH exchanged outside of the country are subject to a heavy rate.
  • There are plenty of ATMs down town.
  • Cash is king in Dakhla, only a few higher end restaurants and hotels will have a card machine.
  • Check with your bank before you come – Morocco is in Africa and some bancks (including Paypal) will automatically add extra security.
  • Maximum daily withdrawals are approximately €400 or 4,000DH. Each time you withdraw your bank charges a fixed fee + an exchange rate commission.
  • Euros are easily exchangeable here and might be a cheaper alternative to making multiple cash withdrawals.
Equipment / Clothing
  • AVERAGE KITE SIZES: during the summer months a 75kg/165lb gent would be a 9m kite and a 7m kite for a 60kg/130lb lady.  During the winter this would bump up to a 12m & 9m respectively.  To bring the perfect quiver 1 size up and down on either side would be the optimum.  Don’t worry if you don’t have the space or everything you thing you need…. We can rent that to you no problem!
  • WETSUITS: at the school we offer 4/3mm wetsuits all year round but a 3/2mm in summer also works well. Yes, we know it’s the Sahara but the strength of wind can be quite chilly in the summer and during the winter a colder lagoon can feel “refreshing”.  We also recommend a full wetsuit as really good protection from the sun.  On average the lagoon temperature ranges from 24° in summer to 18° in the winter. For the Atlantic and waveriding/surfing the water is a couple of degrees cooler than the lagoon.
  • Out of the wind shorts and tshirts are fine but you’ll want to bring something to keep you warm. Once the sun goes down Dakhla can feel chilly as the desert doesn’t retain its heat. During the winter you’ll most likely want a jacket for the evenings.  Ladies – Dakhla is still a fairly conservative Muslim community and we’d recommend covering your legs with long skirts or trousers to avoid any unwanted attention.  At the kite spots/beach shorts and bikinis are totally fine.
  • All equipment needed for lessons and rental is included in the price – bring yourself and we provide the rest.
  • In order to ensure your safety (and the wellbeing of our equipment) we only offer the usage of equipment during lesson times or under our direct supervision – sorry you can’t take it away with you.
  • Semi private and group lessons are offered subject to availability – you need another
  • Our equipment is maintained to the highest standard possible – we want you to have the best time without missing out, for that reason we check equipment after every use. We have a wide range of Cabinha equipment from beginners to advanced, twin tips to strapless.
  • In order to be able to rent equipment, you must have attained a minimum of an intermediate level rider, or IKO level 3. You must be able to ride upwind in both directions, know how to launch/land a kite and set it up properly and be able to relaunch a kite from the water.
  • Bring a high SPF sunscreen or zinc based cream
Dakhla for Non Kiters

For non-kiters Dakhla is really the place to disconnect from the world. As a fairly new city without much tourism the sights and attractions of North Morocco haven’t made it this far yet. If you are happy to spa it up, take a hike on the kite beach or read a good book then Dakhla is the place for you. In the evening Dakhla has a few nice restaurants that also serve alcohol as well as plenty of street food bbq stops (we can highly recommend some to you).  Dakhla is less party town and more pass the evening people watching in one of its numerous cafes sipping on Moroccan mint tea.  If you do like a tipple alcohol prices are on the expensive side so we recommend making full use of the duty free from your departing airport!

Miscellaneous
  • Plugs are European
  • The local language is an Arabic based dialect but French is the second language. Some basic English and Spanish is also spoken by some
  • You don’t need any additional vaccinations
  • Using your home mobile data can be expensive but phone sims here are cheap and come with plenty of data if you need to stay connected
  • Dietary requirements are not common here and a bit of a foreign concept.Please let us know in advance so we can do our best to accommodate you
  • Solo ladies – don’t you worry you’re more than welcome and yes, it’s safe here!
  • For Europeans no visa is necessary and you have 90 days as a visitor.
  • Bring warmer clothing for the evenings and during the winter – the wind comes off the Atlantic (not the desert) and keeps us from roasting… but it can get chilly at night!
  • Ramadan – the dates change each year but it’s for 30/31 days. During this time Muslims are not able to eat or drink during day light hours and you will find that there are no coffee shops or restaurants open during the day.  We still operate over this period but we hope you don’t mind if our local instructors may chose not sit with us at lunch time due to hungry stomachs!
  • Night time is when Dakhla comes alive and taking a stroll around down town is a great chance to people watch and maybe try your bartering skills on locally made jewellery, traditional clothing or comfortable slipper style shoes.