Spot guide: Dakhla, Morocco. Insane flat water possibilities backed up with quality wave spot
Dakhla in the south of Morocco is a favourite spot for kiters of all abilities looking for a cheap, short haul destination that can provide slamming 7m conditions, proper butter flat speed strips, acres of space and waves nearby.
Outstanding area: Mid tide speed tracks that pop up behind sheltering sand bars just upwind of the Dakhla Attitude resort
Wind: Kicks in April time and honks till November at the very least. Strong North winds, take a 7m – 10m
Time to go: See above, although keep an eye on Windguru since winter can throw up a good week or so
Communications: French, Arabic, English. Good mobile signal with data, internet in the surf camps is reliable and free
Dangers: Nothing to worry about
Don’t forget: Twin tip and a wave board, duty free bottles of booze at the UK airport will save you a packet on expensive rough beers at the resort
Cost: El Cheapo. Return flights for about £350, check Dakhla Attitude for latest prices but it’s all inclusive and the food is the best I’ve had on a trip
Brits, Euros and others have been coming to Dakhla for a few years now, and on a good day you’ll see as many kites up here as you would in Caberete. What makes Dakhla so good is that there is an almost unlimited amount of space and possibilities for exploration in the huge lagoon. The wind blows north – south down through the lagoon, which also runs north – south so it’s very easy to spread out.
Tides are quite important here; on a spring low, it’s a long walk to the channel and on a high, the whole place fills up and literally laps at the flap of your tent! Neaps leave you with a sort of longish walk to the water. Beware the bloody annoying shells of dead animals that stand spike upwards ready to dig into your foot.
There is a wave spot about half an hour to an hour away by truck at Oum Labouir. This is definitely a low tide spot since at high tide the wave is just too fat and the shore break is an absolute monster. There’s not much to worry about here other than the obvious rocks on the upwind wall of the point. You can surf here too, but the get out off the rocks along the super sharp lava rocks is very tricky unless you are wearing reef boots.
I did enjoy Dakhla, but I wouldn’t rush back. A few things knocked it down for me: the water stinks of sulphur which makes showering unpleasant, the wave spot is not world class and gets busy, there are no trees. Otherwise though with a good forecast, you would be set for a banging week here that will tire you out and leave you full stoked. The Dakhla Attitude camp is a good place to hang out and meet other kiters and is very comfortable, the tents are a nice change and the nearby desert is great to explore early in the morning.