Kite2Unite Kite Cruise Trip Report

We arrived in St. Martin one day prior to the kite cruise. The wind looked great and immediately after checking in at our hotel, we went kiting.

Orient Bay is a beautiful kite spot with lots of sea turtles in the water. I was on my Cabrinha Switchblade 10m. Paul used his 13m Velocity kite. We told the rest of the group that we would meet at 4pm at the kite school so that we can all get to know each other before boarding the catamaran. At the end of our kiting session, I saw some guys on the water and thought that might be some of our group and then they were waving and shouting over to me “Ceci kite?”. This is just awesome! Being recognized and meeting each other for the first time on the water. I love kitesurfing! We then all talked at the beach and decided to have dinner together. Paul and I suggested Le Piment. For us the best restaurant in Orient Bay. We had an excellent dinner. Everybody enjoyed the food and we already knew that this is going to be an epic trip with a fun group.

The next day, half of the group went to the supermarket for the big grocery shopping for the trip while the others brought all our luggage and kite equipment to the catamaran. We had four carts full of food and beverages. It took us forever to do the shopping but it was worth it. We decided to split the costs which ended up being about 150$ per person. For 7 days that’s really not too bad.

The closest way to get to the catamaran was through the nude beach. So that’s where we were waiting for the dinghy to come over to pick us up. Once the catamaran was loaded and everyone was on board, we left for St. Barths. We changed the original itinerary and went to St Barths first because the wind forecast for the first day wasn’t very good. The sea was a bit rough and the 3+ hour crossing was a little challenging. But once we arrived at Île Fourchue we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset.

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Some had a beer. Others were going for a dip in the ocean 😀

 

We then had an excellent first dinner on the catamaran made by Diego (Thank you!).

 

 

 

Day 1 started out with some early morning snorkeling, then a nice little hike on Île Fourchue and some Standup Paddling.

The journey then continued on to Gustavia – the main town and capital of the island of Saint Barthélemy. Great for shopping 😉

We also went snorkeling right where we anchored and saw manta sting rays and sea turtles.

For the night we went to another bay – Colombier Bay – where we kicked off the evening with some yummy Campari drinks made by (of course!) Diego!

The next day we continued on to Anguilla. We were all eager to go kiting but we had to stop at another spot first to clear immigration.

Finally, we arrived at the kite spot at Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla.

 

We had a great afternoon kiting session and everyone was happy.

From Rendezvous Bay we continued on to Prickly Pear, probably the most difficult spot for kiting but very beautiful.

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And they have a nice little restaurant with very fresh sea food.

Good times 😉
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It is not allowed to anchor at Prickly Pear at night. So we went back to Anguilla and anchored at Meads Bay. Our view for the night was the 73m long super yacht YALLA. The yacht has space for up to 12 guests in six luxurious cabins, including the Owner Suite and Vip cabins and a crew of 22 members. The owner Naguib Sawiris is a Egyptian billionaire.

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The following day was probably everyone’s favorite – the deserted Sandy Island. Freestyle heaven and freaking beautiful.

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At the end of the day we did a 18km downwinder from Sandy Island back to Meads Bay (Long Bay Village).

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We packed up our kites and decided to go back to Rendezvous Bay for the night. Some of the group still had the energy for another kiting session at Rendezvous Bay before sunset.

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The next morning was our last kiting session of the trip. Of course everyone was on the water. We then headed back to St. Martin where the next group was already waiting to take over the catamaran from us.

It was a Saturday and we decided to all have dinner again at Le Piment.

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What a great trip with great people who became our dear friends! Thank you everyone for joining us! We hope to see you again soon!

Here is the video of our kite cruise:

 

 

We arrived in St. Martin one day prior to the kite cruise. The wind looked great and immediately after checking in at our hotel, we went kiting.

Orient Bay is a beautiful kite spot with lots of sea turtles in the water. I was on my Cabrinha Switchblade 10m. Paul used his 13m Velocity kite. We told the rest of the group that we would meet at 4pm at the kite school so that we can all get to know each other before boarding the catamaran. At the end of our kiting session, I saw some guys on the water and thought that might be some of our group and then they were waving and shouting over to me “Ceci kite?”. This is just awesome! Being recognized and meeting each other for the first time on the water. I love kitesurfing! We then all talked at the beach and decided to have dinner together. Paul and I suggested Le Piment. For us the best restaurant in Orient Bay. We had an excellent dinner. Everybody enjoyed the food and we already knew that this is going to be an epic trip with a fun group.

The next day, half of the group went to the supermarket for the big grocery shopping for the trip while the others brought all our luggage and kite equipment to the catamaran. We had four carts full of food and beverages. It took us forever to do the shopping but it was worth it. We decided to split the costs which ended up being about 150$ per person. For 7 days that’s really not too bad.

The closest way to get to the catamaran was through the nude beach. So that’s where we were waiting for the dinghy to come over to pick us up. Once the catamaran was loaded and everyone was on board, we left for St. Barths. We changed the original itinerary and went to St Barths first because the wind forecast for the first day wasn’t very good. The sea was a bit rough and the 3+ hour crossing was a little challenging. But once we arrived at Île Fourchue we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset.

IMG_6549

 

Some had a beer. Others were going for a dip in the ocean 😀

 

We then had an excellent first dinner on the catamaran made by Diego (Thank you!).

 

 

 

Day 1 started out with some early morning snorkeling, then a nice little hike on Île Fourchue and some Standup Paddling.

The journey then continued on to Gustavia – the main town and capital of the island of Saint Barthélemy. Great for shopping 😉

We also went snorkeling right where we anchored and saw manta sting rays and sea turtles.

For the night we went to another bay – Colombier Bay – where we kicked off the evening with some yummy Campari drinks made by (of course!) Diego!

The next day we continued on to Anguilla. We were all eager to go kiting but we had to stop at another spot first to clear immigration.

Finally, we arrived at the kite spot at Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla.

 

We had a great afternoon kiting session and everyone was happy.

From Rendezvous Bay we continued on to Prickly Pear, probably the most difficult spot for kiting but very beautiful.

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2015-04-22 05.57.02 pm

 

And they have a nice little restaurant with very fresh sea food.

Good times 😉
DSC_6370

 

It is not allowed to anchor at Prickly Pear at night. So we went back to Anguilla and anchored at Meads Bay. Our view for the night was the 73m long super yacht YALLA. The yacht has space for up to 12 guests in six luxurious cabins, including the Owner Suite and Vip cabins and a crew of 22 members. The owner Naguib Sawiris is a Egyptian billionaire.

DSC_6833

 

The following day was probably everyone’s favorite – the deserted Sandy Island. Freestyle heaven and freaking beautiful.

DSC_6859

 

At the end of the day we did a 18km downwinder from Sandy Island back to Meads Bay (Long Bay Village).

2015-04-22 05.51.27 pm

 

We packed up our kites and decided to go back to Rendezvous Bay for the night. Some of the group still had the energy for another kiting session at Rendezvous Bay before sunset.

IMG_7050

 

The next morning was our last kiting session of the trip. Of course everyone was on the water. We then headed back to St. Martin where the next group was already waiting to take over the catamaran from us.

It was a Saturday and we decided to all have dinner again at Le Piment.

IMG_7252

What a great trip with great people who became our dear friends! Thank you everyone for joining us! We hope to see you again soon!

Here is the video of our kite cruise:

 

 

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  1. Marcos

    Excelente relato y compaginacion de fotos del viaje Silke¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ Excelente viaje ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡…………..listo para el PROXIMO

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