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8 Days Kite Surfing Holiday in Portugal

  • Tiny Whale Surf Lodge, Quinta de Mesquita, Estrada do Paul, Sargacal, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

Overview

Kite Surfing Holiday in the Algarve

  • All the equipment needed
  • 10 hours kite surfing lesson
  • Kite surf instruction with a certified kite surf instructor
  • A unique step by step program proven to get you up and riding as early as possible
  • Transport to one of the best kite surf spots to learn in Europe
  • 7 days delicious breakfast and healthy lunch
  • 6 nights accommodation

The kite surfing holidays at Tiny Whale Surf and Kite Lodge are designed for new or beginner kite surfers, ready to develop their kite surfing knowledge and skills. Kite surfing is one of the fastest growing and most exciting watersports. Kite surfing, or kiteboarding as it is also known, combines elements from surfing, wakeboarding and snowboarding with the flying skills of traction kites and paragliding into one extreme and highly addictive sport. Lessons take place in one of the best beginner spots in Europe, the Alvor Lagoon.

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Tiny Whale Surf and Kite Lodge offers one of the widest ranges of accommodation in Portugal for surf, kite surf and activity holidays, all available in one place. From the luxury holidays at the beachfront studios and apartments, the fantastic value camping facilities, to the legendary friendly vibe and flexibility of our surf accommodation at our surf camp, we really do have all the options covered. Resting in the laid back traditional Portuguese fishing village of Luz, the Tiny Whale Surf and Kite Lodge accommodation is perfect for holiday makers who want to keep their options open. On the one hand Luz is the ideal place to sit and unwind over a beer watching the sunset into the sea at one of the many beach bars or ocean fronted terraces. And on the other hand, we're only a stones throw from the bustling vibrant town of Lagos with its lively bars, marina and tourist attractions. We think we have the perfect mix of both worlds, with a taxi ride to all the nightlife, bars, clubs, and party atmosphere that Lagos has to offer. Both feature all the amenities you'd expect close at hand like supermarkets, medical facilities, spa's, and a wide range of shops, restaurants, bars and cafe's for every budget.

What to expect

  • New equipment from the market leader north kiteboarding - For our students we use only the best and safest material!
  • Luxury 1/2 instructor student ratio - Forget waiting around with 4-6 other students until its your turn to be on the kite.
  • Qualified and experienced instructors - VDWS or IKO certified, first aid, rescue life guard and years of tuition experience award our instructors.
  • An overview of Waterstart theory.
  • Getting to grips with landing and launching.
  • Bodydrags and first practice of getting up and riding.
  • Knowledge of kitesurfing etiquette.
  • Understanding what is edging and riding upwind.
  • Jan

    Jan is one of the best instructors at Tiny Whale. He has over 10 years of teaching experience and he will guide the intermediate class during this retreat.

Bursting with sunshine and known for its laid back lifestyle, the Western Algarve is the perfect holiday destination to unwind and recharge with some deserved rest and recuperation. Whether you achieve this by exploring the fantastic culture and unspoiled countryside, chilling out and catching some waves at some of Europe's most stunning beaches, or want to find adventure taking part in the endless outdoor activities on offer, the choice is yours.

Nearby places

  • Wakepark Salinas - 10 minutes
Activities
  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor swimming pool nearby
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Shopping
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming nearby
  • Swimming pool
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Bar nearby
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach
  • Caf nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Night club nearby
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant nearby
  • River nearby
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Beauty salon nearby
  • Board rental
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental nearby
  • Child care
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Hair salon nearby
  • Internet access
  • In-room dining
  • Laundry
  • Library nearby
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Daily delicious breakfast and a healthy lunch is included in the price.

Exclusions

In addition to breakfast and lunch, there is a talented in-house chef, who cooks delicious two course dinners and a luxury barbeque, 5 nights a week. Separately priced. Dinner and barbeques are not included in the price. If you wish, you can opt for a food pack which costs 55 EUR for 4 evening meals or 15 EUR per person, for a 2 course dinner with local wines and our 20 EUR luxury BBQ.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Bom Dia trip
  • Booze cruise
  • Buggies
  • Climbing
  • Coasteering
  • Diving
  • Dolphin safari
  • Early bird kids care
  • Fishing
  • Flyboarding
  • Grotto tours
  • Horse riding
  • Inflatables
  • Jet skiing
  • Justin West Surf coaching
  • Kayaking
  • Kids surf lessons
  • Mountain biking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Paintballing
  • Quad bike
  • Sailing
  • Sky diving
  • Surf lessons
  • Vagabundo
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water skiing
  • West coast adventures
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting
  • 7 days delicious breakfast
  • 10 hours kite surfing lesson
  • A healthy lunch is included in surf lessons and guiding
  • A unique step by step program proven to get you up and riding as early as possible
  • Accommodation of your choice
  • All the equipment needed
  • Huge discounts on new kite surf equipment
  • Kite surf instruction with a certified kite surf instructor
  • Tiny Whale Surf and Kite Lodge team on hand 24/7
  • Transport to one of the best kite surf spots to learn in Europe
  • Use of all surf camp facilities
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookSurfCamps.com reviews

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    Review by Natalia Rabel from Germany

    Perfect Week of Standup paddling

    CONS Cons: I'm glad I took the private room, next time i would might also take the private bathroom.

    PROS Pros: Great instructor, good food, nice place and met so many likeminded people!

    7.5 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    7.5 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-May-14 09:23:54

Testimonials

  • Review by Elise Van Veen

    "Good vibes, relax atmosphere, good food, happy people, and amazing yoga!"

    Tiny Whale Surf and Kite Lodge Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Rebecca Cottington

    "The lodge is beautiful and the instructors are both awesome and encouraging. Every day you get to go to beautiful beaches and of course, the yoga teacher, Miri, takes you through yoga poses in an orange grove. Best week, I just want to still be there."

    Tiny Whale Surf and Kite Lodge Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Sarah Abela

    "It is a beautiful lodge with loads of hangout areas, creating a home feel atmosphere in the heart of nature, whether you are in a room or a Tipi. The staff is excellent and whether you are a solo traveler or not, you will feel at home. Food is great too, and they have catered for my vegan lifestyle, providing meals with the fresh produce of Portugal. The surfing instructors are very professional and they truly love teaching it. It was my first experience with surfing and I have learned so much that I am tempted to give up everything and embrace this awesome lifestyle after this experience! Last but not least, I highly recommend taking a morning or afternoon yoga class every day as it is so good for your body and soul. Namaste! Well done for the Jah Shaka Team."

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  • Review by a surfer

    "I spent a week in September 2016 surfing with Jah Shaka at their Tiny Whale lodge. The whole trip was great from start to finish, the staff were friendly, the surf was great, the food was top, and the instructing was attentive. No complaints. I was slightly apprehensive prior to going as this was a first time traveling solo if there's anyone in a similar position there's nothing to worry about. There are many solo travelers there and the staff are very welcoming."

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  • Review by a traveler from Cape Town

    "The place we stayed is called Tiny Whale not Jah Shaka as advertised, not sure why. Overall it is a lovely backpackers and surf camp. I did not like the fact that is 15-minute out of town, but it was nice coming home to a peaceful garden setting and big pool. We stayed in the tipis, very cool, comfortable beds and cool in evening. Shared outside bathroom not that great, most of the time dirty. We had the delicious barbecue on Friday nights. I think if the cool surfer staff working at the lodge worked a bit more and looked better after the place. it would def be a 5-star. Owners, on the other hand, is great and were super nice hosts. Thanks, Neil and Marta, all the best!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Singapore

    "I borrowed a stand-up paddleboard from this shop for ten days in July. I had emailed them prior to my trip and Richard was very accommodating about my request. The price of the rental was even discounted. When I got to the shop, the crew were very helpful and friendly. Since I had rented a paddleboard from them, I was able to explore the coastlines and coves of Praia do Porto de Mos, Praia do Camilo, and Ponta da Piedade on my own over several days, first thing in the morning, before the kayaking tours descended on these places. Thank you very much, Jah Shaka for enabling my SUP adventures!"

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  • Review by Patrick from Gorey, Ireland

    "I spent a week glamping with Jah Shaka Surf Lodge in Lux Portugal and I was impressed with the friendliness and quality of their offering. The accommodations were excellent and the food was nothing short of delicious, Thai food was probably the best I have ever tasted. Yoga was run in-house, Wi-Fi, and pool. The staff and instructors were delightful and could not be more helpful. If you want to surf or just chill, I could not recommend them more."

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  • Review by Nicki

    "I have never met a group of instructors so utterly enthused to be out in Portugal living and sharing their dream. We did not stay at the lodge, but the surf teaching was superb. I would definitely recommend this place."

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  • Review by Steph

    "I used the equipment from this store in town and they were very friendly and helpful. I rented a paddle board for 20 EUR and a bike for 15 EUR. Good prices for making the most of your stay to explore and have your own adventures. They also offer many tour and adventure, as well as a surf camp, which I am sure would also be fully worth it!"

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  • Review by a traveler from London, United Kingdom

    "I just got back from a week and it was an absolute thumper of a week. I booked a shared room but ended up getting a double room to myself. The green wave rider instructors were Jan and Henry. Both of them are absolute gents and excellent teachers. From a surfing perspective, I learned a lot over the course of the week and my skills definitely improve. By the end of the week, I was consistently riding down the line of the wave, something that I have been struggling with for ages (years actually). The week really puts the fun back into surfing and I am already planning my next surf trip. The food at the lodge was extremely tasty and there was plenty of it. It was well worth eating there in the evenings too. On top of all this, there was plenty of time to cut loose and bust out some serious shapes, whether at the lodge or on the streets of Lagos. Not a week I will forget soon, the Friday night was epic! My expectations were more than exceeded. Big up to dangerous Dave, Jacob the bar wizard, and everyone else at the lodge."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "This company was very helpful when trying to book a kayaking trip. Unfortunately, the sea was too rough to kayak and we were reassured that the trip was canceled (despite other companies prepared to take customers out to sea). The trip was re-scheduled, but we were unable to go a second time due to the weather. We were given a full refund. All the staff we spoke to were friendly and attentive. This place is highly recommended."

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  • Review by Tejal from Gaithersburg, Maryland

    "This place was great! The staff was super helpful and friendly and they had everything we needed. They kept our stuff for us in a back room, while we went stand up paddle-boarding and showed us a nice route to take. They were very easy going and made it easy to rent. Prices are very reasonable, as well!"

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  • Review by Phil Barbury

    "Tiny Whale lodge was an awesome place to stay, the food and staff are great. It was the first surf holiday. I got some good coaching, and I will definitely be back."

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  • Review by Mark from Cape Canaveral, Florida

    "I had a shared room and surf lessons for a quick weekend trip. From the first and second time entering the place, I felt like home with family and friends around. Surf conditions were not the best when I was there, but the weather was great and the instructors are very good. It was an amazing weekend trip!"

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  • Review by Joshna from Z├╝rich, Switzerland

    "I had the chance to stay at Jah Shaka once again and this time, I took my friend with me. She was very satisfied and we both had a great time. Even though the weather was not perfect, they did the best out of it! Good food, great wine, and definitely, the best hosts. A very special thank you to the whole staff for arranging everything so perfect. It is a great place to be!"

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  • Review by Josh Herron from Cornwall, U.K.

    " It was an amazing place and amazing company. The surf was good too."

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  • Review by Dan from Channel Islands, United Kingdom

    "As a new surfer, I wanted to progress, so I booked last minute to go to Jah Shaka for 7 nights and surf every day there. Rorii and Fabby were great in looking after me from arrival to departure and were really helpful and friendly. The surf lessons were great, all good surf instructors, friendly and fun all the time and your safety are clearly paramount. I had a number of different instructors for the surfing days I spent there as they swap round groups and work rotas daily and can say that I learned different things from all the instructors, didn't have a bad or unfriendly instructor at any time. Special mention to Charlie, George, and Seb, who are superb instructors. Honestly, ignore any bad review on here on this place, you get people who just like to moan in all walks of life. Would recommend Jah Shaka to anyone, superb staff, nice vibe, and great value. I will definitely back."

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  • Review by a traveler from Largos, Portugal

    "The staff and the place itself both ooze relaxed times. Very welcoming and helpful as a place to stay and loads of activities to boot. The location is a bit out of town, so a car is handy, but they do transfers too."

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  • Review by Katrina Turner from United Kingdom

    "What an amazing week I have had at Jah Shaka Surf, just what the doctor ordered! Fab place to stay, very well looked after, and everyone from guests to instructors to hosts made it an experience to remember. I will most definitely be back, no question, most likely with a mate or two in tow! Thanks so much to all guys and gals there."

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  • Review by Katrina from Belfast, United Kingdom

    "I visited Jah Shaka in October. In fact, I am leaving today, which I am frankly gutted about! As I was traveling solo, I was a tad anxious, but from the moment I arrived, I was made to feel extremely welcome and at ease. The hostess gave me a tour, explained how my surfing lessons would be arranged, and introduced me to everyone, including most of the instructors and guests who couldn't have been nicer. There is such a warm and chilled out atmosphere and I have felt extremely comfortable from the start. I had booked into a shared dorm, which was clean with comfortable beds and an en-suite bathroom. The breakfast provided each morning outside was brill, with everything you could want to set you up the for the day. Again, the hosts always made sure we had enough of everything and we are always on hand and more than happy to help with any requests. The pool area and large living room are great for chilling out in and the Wi-Fi is brill. As for the surfing, it was amazing! All of the instructors are fab, making sure you get the most out of the lessons and always there to help and provide tips and advice while you are in the water. Also, just a great bunch of guys who were fun to hang with. I can't believe how far I have come in just 5 days of learning! So basically, if you want a surfing holiday, I would recommend Jah Shaka without hesitation. I have had an amazing time, met really great people, and learned how to surf, what could be better! Thanks to all the guys there and I will most definitely be back as soon as I can for some more good times!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Brighton, United Kingdom

    "I visited Jah Shaka quite recently and had the best time, I could not have asked for a more chilled and smooth holiday, just what you need when you have been working in an office for too long time! The people, surf, and yoga were amazing and the weather just topped it off! I never usually read or leave reviews, but from reading the negative ones I was shocked. The staff and surf instructors could not have been more friendly, they let you play your own music in the vans on the way to the beach, which gets everyone in a great mood for the rest of the day! The staff were always there to ask questions and very helpful, they even did my dirty clothes washing. For surfing you get put into groups of experience, I had never surfed before and by the end of the week, I could just about stand, that was an achievement for me, but I could not have done it without my instructors help. Thanks! Being at Jah Shaka was like being at home, people around all the time. I have met some great people here from all different places. Some were couples, friends, people traveling solo, and the Jah Shaka spirit just brings everyone together! Everything was made clear from emails and photos, it was just what I expected and more. Thanks again for a super fun holiday!"

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  • Review by Christian from Denmark

    "The 10-hour course was a great value and I can say we are both now proper kite surfers. I cannot wait to get home and try it at my local spot!"

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Tiny Whale offers a wide range of surf camps in various accommodation. They operate surfing camps within the beautiful Algarve, Portugal.

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