Mui Né Beach

Viet Nam


The most popular venue is the western part of Mui Né Beach where a beach-break builds with the wind through the day, the best waves are downwind of the oldest centre and scene hang-out 'Jibes’. Beginners and flat-water aficionados are better off further east in smaller waves and shorebreak. From Jibes a 10km downwinder rides the waves west to the town of Phan Thiet. Freestylers will find a perfect venue by the Harbour Wall on the edge of town – the breakwaters keep the surface dead-flat, but also retain some filthy water. The downwinder’s destination is by Novotel, just a few metres from the main road and taxi home. About an hour south-west of Mui Né on rough gravel tracks, the small town of Khê Gà sits on a sandy peninsula surrounded by huge rocks. The country’s largest lighthouse is an unmistakable landmark off a headland that keeps the waters flat close inshore, while waves can build further out. East of Mui Né the landscape alternates between green coastal strip and fields of breathtaking white or red sand-dunes. Conditions are more challenging here as most of the beaches are open to the NE windswell, like at Graveyard on the south-eastern point of the densely populated Mui Né peninsula. The cross-onshore wind builds waves up to 3m, driving a strong current between the small beach and an island offshore. It’s a similar story further north at the hotels Malibu and Pandanus. The dunes inland make the wind particularly reliable, and a wide beach in front of Red Canyon’s glowing rocks allow a safe kite launch. The shoreline diminishes again and the wind gets gustier at Hon Rom Beach, but at least the waves are relatively clean. The best launch is downwind of the restaurants. In the as yet undeveloped bay of Suôi Nuôc, waves can even build to mast-high on winter afternoons. In summer it’s the opposite as cross-off winds blow the sea flat for freeride over kaleidoscopic waters. As the coast-road turns inland 8km north, a small turtle-shaped island surfaces offshore. Cross-shore winds suit Turtle Island to both jumping and waveriding. The increasingly sparse earth is baked deep red around Ap Thien Ai, also called 'The Cemetery’ after the graveyard further inland. The wind’s cross-shore, if a bit gusty, and small spits of land almost sort the waves into mini point-breaks. Following the road inland eventually leads to Lotussee, a deep blue body of water amidst huge white dunes. Sounds nice, but the seaweed, gusty wind and all kinds of animals in the water are quite a test of courage. Take a bigger board for the fresh water. Before the track reaches the dunes, a right turn back towards the coast is the quickest way to Bac Binh. It’s a kilometre walk to the beach, so don’t expect anyone else there. You’ll need a knowledgeable, Vietnamese speaking guide to discover much of Vietnam’s coastline beyond Mui Né. It’s worth visiting places like the Nha Trang area 200km north and Phú Qúy island 90km off the coast. Only 6km x 3km, its exposed location makes it very windy at either of two spots: Lagoon in the north gets very shallow at low tide but offers flat water or waves outside, as well as somewhere to stay overnight. Skatepark down south also offers turquoise waters and reasonably clean waves on the shallows just offshore.
Kite and Windsurfing Guide
Der am meisten befahrene Strand ist der Westteil des Mui Né Beach. Im Tagesverlauf wächst mit dem Wind auch der Beachbreak, am besten werden die…
The most popular venue is the western part of Mui Né Beach where a beach-break builds with the wind through the day, the best waves are downwind of…