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Kiteboarding lessons
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Recommended by 98% of travellers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 12-75
Duration: 4 days
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, French, Spanish
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  • includes equipment, certified instructor and your IKO kiteboarder certification.


Start:
  • Ocean Dream Resort, Ocean Dream Plaza, Cabarete 57000, Dominican Republic
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 182664P1

    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 182664P1

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    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • Laurel Eastman Kiteboarding (LEK)
      369
      Caribbean
      Joined in May 2010
    • charleyj767
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great operation and team
      I signed up for the intro package 1 month in advance. Unfortunately no wind. They returned my deposit immediately. Nice customer service.
      Written March 22, 2024
    • valeriashirvani
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend!
      I took kitesurfing lessons at this school - very productive and good results, advanced a lot! In addition, the school has great accomodations and very responsive, friendly personnel. Thank you!
      Written February 1, 2024
    • birdouzr
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent
      Very well run, very knowledgeable instructors. With a lots patient believe me. I can’t wait to back and finish the last step. Surfing the kite on the water. See you in 4 months👍
      Written December 3, 2021
    • Storyteller446206
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      First time kite lessons
      Laurel's team is fantastic. This school has an excellent system for teaching beginners, and though the wind was generally light this time of year, the instructors had us body surfing and starting to stand up in 10 hours. Instructor Alex was excellent at making technical corrections after observing mistakes; very concise, very methodical, great english and communication. Laurel goes above and beyond to get to know her students and make them feel at home. Bojana was amazing at organizing the trip, lodging, and all travel details prior to the trip. She also had excellent recommendations for food and other activities. All the staff is friendly and makes sure you are having fun while learning. Though I have not kite surfed prior to this trip, I do partake in other water sports, and the location was excellent. I highly recommend LEK to anybody looking for a great vacation and a solid start in Kite surfing.
      Written November 28, 2021
    • grantspayne
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Quality Learning Experience
      My instructor was able to give me great advise to improve my kiting. The whole shop was friendly and helpful too!
      Written January 15, 2020
    • beme20171220
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      KITE trip
      Nice place, just unlucky that the wind was not present... Maybe the equipment need to be some update: as I am freezing in any water after 15 min, I was surprise that there was no neoprene suit to borrow for the lesson. I was surprise too that no woman teacher were present... But all in all a great place and the personal is very friendly and helpful
      Written January 9, 2020
    • Patrick A
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience with the LEK team
      Very well done, the team took very good care of us. Very professionally managed and the instructors are amazing. Available in french and english. I would do it again with the LEK team :)
      Written January 8, 2020
    • samwalsh2019
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant team - safety first
      Love you guys and thanks again for always thinking of the beginner! You are a great honest shop and I love my Cab experiences ( now 3 times). Brilliant instructors, top notch gear and great ‘home team’. See you all soon Sam
      Written December 11, 2019
    • weslangham
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      sending with Raul
      LEK was great. Raul was extremely helpful, great at speaking English, and had me riding SAFELY in no time. Great location, fair pricing system, awesome staff, great equipment. Couldn't recommend higher.
      Written November 22, 2019
    • caleb335
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beginner
      I thought the teachers were very good. Location was great and the beach was very clean. I wish the wind had been more consistent. That's just weather though.
      Written November 20, 2019
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    5.0
    5.0 of 5 bubbles345 reviews
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    Windy
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Family
    We visited Cabarete in July 2023. We wanted our nine year old to start kiteboarding and were fortunate to have Raul as our instructor. Raul was very professional, kind and patient, and as a kite instructor myself, I appreciated the way he communicated with my son, slowly building his confidence and skills in the water. We found the team at the school communicative, friendly and professional. LEK has access to a wide open yet protected beach stretch and an on-site shop for kiting essentials. You will find nearby restaurants and it is only a few minutes walk from Cabarete center. So yes we are happy to recommend LEK and we will be back. Thanks.
    Written July 19, 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the community. We were delighted to read about your positive experience with LEK and your instructor, Raul. It brings us immense joy to know that Raul made such a positive impact on your nine-year-old's kiteboarding journey. We take pride in our team's professionalism, kindness, and patience, and it's heartening to see that their efforts are recognized and appreciated. As a fellow kite instructor, your praise for Raul's communication style and his ability to build your son's confidence and skills is truly commendable. Moreover, we are pleased to learn that you found our team communicative, friendly, and professional during your time at the school. Our mission is to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all our visitors, and your feedback reassures us that we are on the right track. We hope you return in the future. Until then!
    Written July 22, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Noof
    Traverse City, MI2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    1st time in Cabarete. LEK was in the perfect location in the bay. I walked up wind to wingfoil due to the shore break. However I kitefoiled, rode strapless surf, and twin tipped right in front of the Lesson Center. Great gear available (I'm partial to Ozone:) to rent. I got a locker for the week which was super convienent. I also bumped into kiter Jason, who I ran across two years prior in SPI. I went the last 9 days of January and was able to ride (at least foil) every day. I rode in nothing but boardshorts and a rash guard. The weather was fabulous for late January. I will say the shore break and chop in the bay is confused and challengine, however once past the reef the swell was really sweet. I do wonder if the water in the bay is always that messy.

    Next time I am going to check out some points farther north near Buen Hombre.

    They use Ozone kites and boards in their school and rental fleet. It was great traveling light and knowing I would be using gear like my own. I kited and wingfoiled everyday ( on their gear) switdhing back and forth from foil to surf to tt.

    Definately check LEK out.
    Written February 25, 2023
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this detailed review and sharing your experience with the communitie. We are delighted to know that you met up with Jason, he is still with us by the way:) Its funny how you can run into people in different kite spots around the world. Your description of the bay is spot on, it can be a challenge in the winter months, then as we move into the summer season the waves are less messy. We do hope you come back to visit us again. Until next time.
    Written March 4, 2023
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    Lindsay P
    Revelstoke, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022
    I can't say enough about the staff at LEK! All of the instructors and management team are an incredible bunch. So helpful, so friendly, and very knowledgeable.

    I have been kiting in Cabarete for a few years, and can't imagine NOT spending my days kiting on the beach right in front of LEK :) There is such a fun vibe at the school, and it's a great place to meet other kiters from all over the world.

    A close friend took lessons this year and she was up riding after 3 lessons. Kudos to Raul for being a fantastic instructor!

    (.... & Laurel is JUST THE BEST)
    Written August 20, 2022
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review and thank you for your kind words. Raul is really a fantastic instructor with so many years of experience in teaching, he will be thrilled when he sees this review. So i thank you again for choosing us and on behalf of myself and all my team we do hope you come back to and enjoy our wonderful spot in paradise. Until then! Laurel
    Written August 27, 2022
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    KGG
    McLean, VA7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    I came back for another week of lessons after my first week last summer. It was great to have the same instructor, who remembered me and my progress! I also made a ton of progress and am within a couple of sessions of sailing upwind and being independent. I also managed my first transition. The entire team is amazing -- from the front desk, to the equipment room, to the instructors. I highly recommend LEK and I expect to be back this summer.
    Written February 26, 2023
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    Thank you so much for writing this detailed review. Its always great for us to have our guest return and continue on with their kiteboarding journey. Sounds like you really did progress on this visit and we are looking forward to your third visit in the summer. We have a saying here, that you arrive as a guest and leave as part of the LEK family. Until then!
    Written March 4, 2023
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    Michael J
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    My 14 year old son was eager to learn to kite. Maxine and the LEK office did a great job setting us up with a series of lessons that worked with our schedule. Raul has a great attitude that got my son up on a board quickly and safely. My son had never kited before and Raul taught him the basics in just a few hours - he obviously loves teaching kids. My son can't wait to go back and learn more. LEK provided a great experience with very fair pricing!
    Written February 25, 2020
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this detailed review! I love hearing about the younger generation enjoying the sport as much as we do. You're correct, Raul is very passionate about teaching and loves it when he can inspire all his students. On behalf of myself and the team thank you for choosing LEK and we hope you return to our Cabarete paradise very soon. Until next time, good kiting, and enjoy! Laurel
    Written March 7, 2020
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    steveA7404UL
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023
    Thanks for making my trip to Cabarete epic. The staff helped me get riding and answered all my questions even though I had been out of the sport for over 10 years. They hooked me up with the latest in safety and performance which was far superior to what I had brought with me.
    Written August 23, 2023
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    Steve, Thanks so much for taking the time to write this review. So happy to hear we made your trip to Cabarete epic, this means a great deal to all of us here at LEK. We do hope you continue on your kiteboarding journey now you have got back into the sport. Until next time!
    Written August 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    JCLivesToo
    Tall Timbers, MD1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023
    The whole team at Laurel Eastman Kiteboarding is fantastic. Oliver was my instructor and he was excellent. His style of building up the basics helped my skills progress safely. I am a big guy 6'1" and 250 lbs and the team had no problem fitting me for gear that worked well. After kiteboarding, it was also really fun and engaging to hang out and talk to others about the sport. The LEK team and vibe really makes you feel like part of the kiteboarding community.
    Written July 8, 2023
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and recommending us to the community. It means a great deal to us. Oliver will be thrilled when l show him your review. On behalf us all at LEK we do hope you return to our Cabarete paradise. Until next time, good kiting, and enjoy!
    Written July 9, 2023
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    Dirk de Bruyn
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    On the spur of the moment my son (22yrs) decided that he wanted to try kite-surfing. When we asked around almost everyone recommended LEK.

    We went do to beach office and found them friendly, flexible to our needs, and booking the lessons was extremely easy.

    We only had a short stay so my son was only able to take two lessons, and he was extremely happy to have got up during the second lesson.

    In summary the service was excellent, friendly and efficient and I would have no hesitation in recommending LEK.
    Written August 23, 2023
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are all delighted to hear that everyone you had spoken to had recommended us to you, it means a great deal. Fantastic that your son got up on his second lesson, we do hope that he continues on his kiteboarding journey and it was a pleasure to be part of his introduction to kiteboarding. We hope you return in the future. Until then!
    Written August 26, 2023
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    joshpete123
    Manhattan, New York, United States11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2019
    I have been riding in Cabarete every year for the last 8 years. While local kite surfing schools come and go LEK has always been the anchor with great instructors and well trained staff to support and accommodate you along the way. These guys are organized, have a great spot on the beach, they will set you up and get you riding!
    Written June 2, 2020
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! It means a great deal to all of us. On behalf of myself and the team we hope you return to our Cabarete paradise. We hope you will continue to visit for many more years to come. Until next time, good kiting, and enjoy! xx Laurel
    Written April 15, 2021
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    671businesstraveler
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023
    My instructor Leo was awesome. The first day when the wind was light he was able to get me flying and work on skills until the wind picked up. The cost of the lessons were extremely reasonable and the staff was friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend this school.
    Written March 2, 2023
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    Thank you so much for writing this review and your sharing your experience. Leo will be delighted to read your review. We hope you continue on your kiteboarding journey and you come back to visit us again in the near future. Until then!
    Written March 4, 2023
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