Djerba / Smile Beach

Continent
Africa
Country
Tunisia
Next Big City
Djerba
Next Town
Homt Souk
 
Type:
Lagoon
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
School, Shop, Rental, Rescue, Shower, Toilet, Food

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop
Hazards:
Ships
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
High tide, Coming tide, Falling tide

32km² north shore lagoon. The lagoon offers exceptional conditions for beginners as well as advanced kitesurfers since it is shallow with a soft sandy ground and without currents. Beginners will find their first steps very easy in the absence of waves, current and the need to swim. Advanced kiters will find it easy to train and dial-in their favorite tricks in these laboratory conditions. Any kiter may simply walk back to the shore throughout the whole lagoon. Knee to hip deep. Mirror-flat up to 15 knots. Very small chop in 15+ knots. No obstacles apart from a small wooden rowing fisherman boat here and there. A wave spot is just ahead of the lagoon. Fine strip of sand, 200m wide, dividing lagoon from open sea. Approx. 5 min ride across the lagoon.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Tidal
Hazards:
No information
Beach Users:
No information

300m long, 10-50m wide depending on tides and wind direction. Fine sandy beach, cleaned up daily by the center crew. Large cottage for equipment storage and changing rooms right at the water.

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, March, April, November, December
Wind Type:
Thermal, Frontal
Best Direction:
N, NNE, NE, ENE, W, WNW, NW, NNW
Main Direction:
N, NNE, NE

Winds are medium strong, 10-20 knots averaging 14 knots. Summers (July to September) are lighter with N and NE winds (sideonshore), averaging 12-15 knots. Winter brings stronger winds and a decent swell. Some stronger winds, 25-30 knots: November to April and on thermal days in summer.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

Modern taxi run all day and are cheap. Just hail them from the side of the road and they will stop. They carry up to 4 persons with all kite equipment. Max 3 Euro from any hotel to the kite beach. Smile Beach is just outside the capital Houmt Souk, at the beginning of the Zone Touristique.

Extra information

Rules
Zones

No special rules or restrictions. Just introduce yourselves to the center and watch out for the school activity (beginners have priority, as usual, and the training zone is clearly marked). No charge for beach access.

Nightlife

No information