Capusan Beach: Rising destination for kiteboarding in Cuyo

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It's a wide beach that terminates into a sandbar at the end
It’s a wide beach that terminates into a sandbar at the end

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Capusan Beach in Cuyo is fast rising to be a kiteboarder’s haven in this small island. Just opposite the municipality’s wharf, it has a wide sandy beach that tapers into a sandbar. The water is pristine and during the Amihan, northwest monsoon (October-March), it’s quite windy.

It has been eight long years since I first visited the island of Cuyo when I did a coffee table book project on Philippine heritage churches. I got fascinated with the island and vowed to come back and explore more, especially Agutaya.

I remember bathing in this strip of sand way back. I had the beach all to myself while the other side was a flock of birds by the sand. It was shallow, pristine and one of the memorable experiences I had while traveling here.

When I did arrive last Friday noon for a brief stopover from Puerto Princesa to Iloilo (leaves 5 PM on the same day), I was surprised to see that there are many foreigners already doing kiteboarding there, although not as many as in Boracay. The wind is strong, ideal for this sport, and the beach is just a few minutes walk from the wharf.

With its remote location, ideal kiteboarding grounds and cheap, Cuyo is fast rising to be the next kiteboarding destination in the country. With it, the windsurfers may follow too and probably, in a years time, or more, there will be lots of shops offering this sport, newer and probably more expensive accommodation. Development is not far behind.

Wow! Just wow!
Wow! Just wow!
Kiteboarders that were on the same Puerto Princesa - Cuyo boat as I was
Kiteboarders that were on the same Puerto Princesa – Cuyo boat as I was
Beach structure, tables and benches
Beach structure, tables and benches
Abandoned shell of a boat at the beachline
Abandoned shell of a boat at the beachline
A lady with her kite
A lady with her kite
Well, unfortunately for beach goers, Capusan Beach is now dominated by foreign kiteboarders.
Well, unfortunately for beach goers, Capusan Beach is now dominated by foreign kiteboarders.
Kiteboarding instructions for this two
Kiteboarding instructions for this two
A kiteboarder at the right side of the sandbar
A kiteboarder at the right side of the sandbar

Capusan Beach
Tenga-Tenga, Poblacion
Cuyo, Palawan

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4 thoughts on “Capusan Beach: Rising destination for kiteboarding in Cuyo

  1. Thanks for featuring our hometown. I just hope development does not make it into a Boracay in the future. These foreigners only stay during the “amihan” months, and those are the times that locals shun the beach. It’s seasonal….and I would prefer it that way. Hope that the tourists do not just appreciate the physical beauty of the islands but its culture and heritage as well. Hope to see you around Cuyo someday.

  2. I do hope that local government officials should set in place regulations that will temper development with sustainability

  3. Cuyo main problem is some hostile locals. One in particular named Jing. He wanted to cut my head of with a machete and then in Barangay Court I have heard that if I don’t forgive him, they will tell the Pulis it was my fault!!! And I have him making his threats on video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDCNpMxRROQ Thats just despicable!

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