Summer monsoon Khareef: why kite surfing is so special in Oman

You may have heard of the crazy wind conditions on Masirah Island? Responsible for this is the “Khareef” – the Asian southwest monsoon, which provides a lot of wind in the middle of Oman and even rain in the south of the country.

The summer monsoon makes Masirah Island one of the best kite spots in the world for water sports enthusiasts thanks to the strong and very constant wind that blows day and night. Also, the summer monsoon has the great advantage that the associated climate, in contrast to the northern part of the country, is very moderate with temperatures between 25 and 38 degrees.

Kiteboarding Oman Khareef

When does the summer monsoon Khareef blow?

Oman is touched by the Khareef in summer. The effects can be felt from May to September, on Masirah Island and in the south of the country the summer monsoon ensures a lot of wind.

How strong is the wind during the summer monsoon in Oman?

The summer monsoon peaks between June and September. This can be experienced on Masirah Island when the wind speeds are constantly (!) up to 40 knots during this time. In the months of May and September, the wind speed is around 25 to 30 knots.

Which VDWS level should I have to kite in the summer monsoon?

The main season of the summer monsoon is, of course, a festival for the advanced kiters – after all, you can even practice jumps with real airtime. Thanks to our certified and experienced kite instructors, we also enable beginners to learn to kite in a relaxed manner with the necessary safety measures or to improve their skills.

When should I come to Masirah Island to fully enjoy the monsoon?

For those who want to enjoy the full force of the summer monsoon, should go to Masirah Island between mid-June and August. If you are satisfied with 25 to 30 knots of wind, you should plan your kite trip from mid-May to September. We are happy to answer any further questions you may have regarding your vacation planning!

Khareef in Salalah and the Dhofar region

If you want to experience Oman not only while kiting, you should visit the Dhofar region in the south of the country as the summer monsoon ensures that nature blooms every year, which is in stark contrast to the desert areas of Oman.

Because of the Khareef, even agriculture is possible around Salalah in the south of the country  and if you like really fresh fruit and smoothies, you’ll get your money’s worth here! Bananas, papapayas, coconuts are served fresh from the tree. A real taste experience, especially for those who usually only get their fruits in the supermarket.

Would you like to kite the summer monsoon? Just get in touch with us, we will be happy to help you plan your vacation, kite courses or provide rental equipment!

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