Soma Bay / Robinson Club (Sheraton, Kempinski)

Continent
Africa
Country
Egypt
Next Big City
Hurghada
Next Town
Hurghada, Safaga
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Rooms, School, Rental, Rescue, Shower, Toilet, Food, Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Small wave
Hazards:
Swimmers, Ships
Quality:
Crystal clear
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Crystal clear water. Shallow area about 100m long and 300m wide. Few corals, shoes recommended. Flat to choppy water, to the west deeper water with smaller waves. Between Robinson Club and Sheraton very flat water.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Big
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
None

Big sandy beach, soft sand. Lots of space. Kiter should launch all the way to the west since the normal northern wind is very gusty due to buildings upwind. Only experienced riders can launch and land next to the nautic station.

Wind

Best Months:
May, June, July, August, September
Wind Type:
Thermal
Best Direction:
NW
Main Direction:
N, NNE, NE, NW, NNW

Great winds from spring to autumn. Summer has the most windy days. From October to April can be good can be bad. But normally you will have windy days at each trip. Winds can be anything, normally gets stronger before noon and drops in the afternoon. The wind is always stronger than the forecast, but if at least a norther wind with at least 2-3 Bft is forecasted, then you get enough to have fun. The typical northerly is offshore and gusty downwind of the buildings. For cleaner winds go to the west end of the beach. Once out on the water to the west the winds gets smoother and will be sideshore.



How to get there

Transport
Car, Bus
Access
Medium walk

Fly to Hurghada and drive to Soma Bay, about 40 min from the airport. Get to the Robinson Club (German Club, but English is no problem).

Extra information

Rules
Zones

Do not kite or windsurf in the swimmer zones. Kiter should go to the North of the Soma Bay with the free shuttle. Launching and landing a kite is only recommended to experienced kiters close to the nautical station (in front of the Kempinski Hotel). Go further west for cleaner winds. A good rider can kite between the Sheraton and Robinson Club, there is a little gap between the hotels where the wind is pretty steady, but a bit further to the left or right, you will be in the wind shadow or very gusty winds of the hotels.

Nightlife

Small nightlife in the Robinson club.