Tawila is Closed – News & Updates
A bit of history on Tawila, one of the best kitesurfing spot in the Red Sea and in the world in general. Tawila was closed since April 2022 and nobody was allowed to kite there. Many speculations/ideas/theories have emerged during these months as to why this is happening – all we know is that the one time we tried to kite there during one of our Kite Safari we were refused entry in the island. We noticed a new wooden construction on the spot, and we assumed someone is building a new Kite school or a Beach Resort of some kind. But the works are on hold (as far as I know), and there has been no communications of what is really happening there.
Tawila will reopen anytime soon?
At the end of 2022, a competition called Kite Mania was held in Tawila, in partnership with the Tawila 5 star hotel that is finally built upwind of Tawila Big lagoon (a place normally called Small Tawila). So Tawila was technically open for kiting, at least for that weekend. Keep in mind that at the moment, being a guest of the hotel doesn’t allow you to kite in Tawila. Nobody tried to to go Tawila after Kite Mania, apart from a very popular Sail Boat named Zatara that texted me in January: we had a long chat and they confirmed that Tawila was closed and they were unable to reach the beach with their tender to set up and kite. They were technically able to launch and land from the boat, but they didn’t have a great time as they felt unwelcomed.
LATEST UPDATE – Tawila is at the moment open for kiting! We will head there in May 2023, it will cost an extra 30€ per kiter for the day use of the spot. I’m not happy with that, but I will test the spot this month and update you guys. Alex, from our team, went to check it and confirmed me that the spot is good but not as great as it used to be. A big wind shade, caused by the building in Tawila, ruined the spot for advanced riders. Intermediates that don’t want or can’t kite as close to the beach, won’t have a problem and enjoy the beauty of this spot.
The hotel Tawila is at the moment open only upon requests and not available on any online platforms: This will probably change soon, but at the moment if you want to spend over 400€ for a night in Small Tawila, send me a message and I will put you in touch with the right persons for a booking. I know it’s a strange way of booking an hotel, but the hotel is at the moment in soft opening, so there is no other options.
Again, I need to test it and see with my eyes what is the situation here.. I am in Hurghada personally and at sea most weeks: feel free to whatsapp me at +201009410388 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to have a direct live update.
I love kitesurfing, travelling, and making short walks with my dog. I organize kite cruises in Egypt since 2014, you may find me in some windy beach pretty much all year round when I’m not on the boat, may it be Egypt, Cape Verde, Mauritius or Greece. I drink red wine and play (badly) the guitar.
Hope to see you on board one of these days!