Month
Experience
Options

PLANET TRAVEL HOLIDAYS

Planet Travel Holidays have been arranging bespoke luxury adventure holidays since 2000. We arrange fully bonded financially protected holidays and tailor made tours that included flights, transfers, quality accommodation and privately guided tours along with a wide range of sporting activities as required. Although we are a UK based company we can arrange holidays departing from any European or world-wide departure airport.

All of our staff are highly experienced travel professionals and we pride ourselves on offering unrivalled impartial expert advice to ensure our clients get the correct holiday for their budget, travel period and holiday aspirations, as well as accommodating specific family or partner needs. Our carefully selected resorts and luxury hotels are personally checked by at least one member of the team so we are always able to offer unbiased first hand advice.

We are acutely aware that as well as offering an excellent travel booking service we also need to offer exceptional value for money. As we work very closely with a small specific range of the best hotels we are able to negotiate exclusive and highly competitive rates so we will not be beaten on price. To reinforce our commitment to value for money luxury holidays we employ a price match policy with any like for like quotation. 

Learn to Kitesurf Holiday Holidays

If you are thinking about learning to kitesurf there are a lot of very good reasons to do this as part of a learn to kitesurf holiday. You will be in the perfect environment, ideally with warm shallow water and consistent reliable wind, and having lessons every day in these perfect kitesurf conditions will enable fast progression, with the objective to get you to the stage where you can safely practice on your own on your return. How it works The duration of your kitesurf course will depend a bit on the instructor to student ratio, and the conditions. Here at Planet Kitesurf we always recommend a maximum of 2 students per instructor (or private is even better should budget allow), and on this basis the beginner course is normally 3 to 4 days with a 3 hour session each day. If the conditions are easy (for example a shallow flat water lagoon, which is perfect) at the end of the course you should be up on the board and doing short runs, normally followed by some spectacular face plants! After your initial course the instructor will make some recommendation on how to proceed; maybe some more instruction is need, or if you have done well, supervised rental to practice. The sport of kiteboarding has come a long way in the last 10 years with rapid improvement and innovation with regards to the equipment and instruction traning, making kitesurfing a much safer sport than it once was. However, it is imperative that you have expert instruction when learning to kitesurf, NEVER attempt to launch a kite without having the correct instruction. Planet Kitesurf are one of the world’s leading kitesurf travel companies and we take the safety of our clients extremely seriously. We only work with the very best and safest kitesurf schools around the world, personally checked by us to ensure the best standards.  What you will learn The very first thing when learning is to have a go with a small kite, and get the feel for how it turns and feels. The next stage is learning how to set up a regular kite, but with shorter lines, and your instructor will assist you with flying it hooked into your harness. You will be taught how to launch it and land it, and practice this as it's very important to learn to launch and land safely. Once you are feeling comfortable with the kite your instructor will take you 'body dragging' this is where you use the kite but no board and use it to drag you through the water in different directions, and learn how to use your body to go up wind, which is crucial for when you fall off your board, that you can use your body to go up wind to retrieve it. The first few times your instructor may take the kite and you hold on to him, this is so you can see exactly how to do it. If after a few times and when you feel comfortable, you switch roles with the instructor and he holds on to you, and you control the kite. Throughout this process you will also be taught how to re launch your kite from the water. If you feel comfortable after a few runs of you controlling the kite, you can go out on your own and your instructor will assess you and get your body dragging up to spec, as it is really important for retrieving your board. Once you feel confident body dragging your instructor will introduce a board, and first of all teach you how to use it when body dragging, to increase your ability to go up wind to get in to a safe spot to water start on your board. After body dragging with a board, your instructor will show you how to get up on the board, the position you need to have your kite in, and your stance. For your first few runs your instructor will accompany you, this is where shallow water really helps as it means your instructor can be with you every step of the way. It is from this stage that you just need practice, practice and practice, to get yourself water starting every time and staying up on the board for longer and longer. Being able to water start and stay up for a few seconds is where you should hope to be at the end of a 9 hour lesson, and usually in less time with private instruction, but as previously mentioned the time this takes varies due to lots of factors. Once up and riding the next thing to do is learn to go up wind, but before that hours of solo practice needs to be put in, and then it is time to re introduce an instructor for an hour or so to teach you how to use your body and board to kite up wind, which is the stage you need to be at to hire equipment from most centers, unless you have been taking lessons with them, because they will then not have to keep an eye out to ensure you have not drifted too far down wind. It should also be noted that when you are solo practicing, most centers have beach boys who you can hire for a few hours to keep an eye out for you, and take your kite back up wind if you have drifted too far down. Please note that the above lesson plan as a guide only but can vary from school to school.

Learn to Windsurf Holiday Holidays

Learning to windsurf can be a really frustrating experience as the learning curve is a really big one, especially with no previous wind sport experience. But going on a dedicated learn to windsurf holiday can make the experience quicker, and more fun.   How it works To learn how to windsurf we would recommend taking a course lasting around 10 hours over several days. Each centre differs with the courses they offer, and beginner courses vary from as little as 2 hours which only cover the very basics, and will only just leave you able to practice on your own. Whereas other centers offer 10 hour courses which are perfect for ensuring you are completely independent and having fun. You will also have a lot more structure to your learning by taking a long course as a structured plan will already be written. With this we would also recommend equipment usage hours, which usually come with the course, giving you on average of one hour of practice for every hour of instruction. Learning to windsurf involves being taught both the physical and practical parts of windsurfing. The physical section is learning to be in control of the board and rig (sail), and to understand how to make your windsurf kit respond in the way you want it to. On the theory side you will learn about the wind, conditions, and choosing the right equipment. You will cover how to increase and decrease your power and speed using the correlation between the direction you are sailing in and the direction of the wind. In this section any previous wind sport experience will rapidly speed up your understanding, and awareness of which direction the wind is blowing from. What you will learn Your first lesson would begin with the instructor spending the first 10-20 minutes on land with you. Most centers use an old windsurf board and sail as a simulator, which they use to show you the basics of windsurfing, how to get on the board when in the water, stance, and how to perform a simple turn called a ‘Tack’. After that it’s straight on to the water to practice what you have learnt, with the instructor's guidance. This is one of the best things about learning to windsurf as opposed to other wind orientated sports, your up on the board and having fun within the first 30 minutes. After your first 3 hours you should have gained a really good understanding of windsurfing and the factors that affect it. A few hours of solo practice is now recommended to sharpen you new skills and get you ready for the next step. If you are feeling confident by your next lesson, you can discuss with your instructor about learning to beach start and harness. Beach starting enables you to step on your board and sail away form the shore line, which is crucial for when you begin to sail in areas with shore break (waves which break on the beach). The harness is what helps you to sail in stronger winds. Your instructor will show you how to wear the harness, hook in and out, how to use it safely and the new stance you need to adopt. After more solo practice with your new skills, if you are feeling happy sailing with a harness, and can hook in and out, it’s time to start speeding thing up. Your instructor will start helping you to pick up speed, and begin planing. This stage is often referred to as getting the ‘bug’ because once you have experienced the incredible feeling of planing you just can’t get rid of the desire to windsurf, it happens to the best of us. Planing is what happens when you skim the water because you are going so fast, and a wake occurs behind you. This happens by using a bigger sail and smaller board in stronger winds. It may sound as though this would pull you over, but in actual fact, once planing the rig becomes really light. Once you have begun planing your instructor will introduce you to the foot straps, and teach you to control your new speed. This is now the point where you really need to put in the hours to practice, and remember what you have been taught, and eventually learn to control the sail with your arms and the board with your feet. This varies between people, as some people may get to the planing stage in 9 hours, whereas some people take longer. The plan above is not set within a certain time period, and each centre and it’s instructors differ with their teaching methods slightly, there is not a specific ‘right’ or ‘better’ structure. But you can be sure that we only work with centers that use effective methods of teaching. Learning to windsurf can be done as either private or group lessons. Needless to say private lessons will ensure quicker progression, but group lessons are a great way to have fun and meet new people. It is also a really good way to spend time with people, and can be done from as young as 6 years old, so is something that the whole family can enjoy and participate in! There are many factors which affect the speed of learning, with the biggest one being the chosen destination. We would recommend you a destination with flat water, no shore break, and shallow water. Warm water is also good as you will feel more comfortable, and won’t tire so quickly. The centre is also a big factor, the chosen center needs to offer a course which suites you, and any previous experience. The centre must also stock good quality beginner equipment. We have all learnt at one time or another, and are able to work with you to choose a destination and centre which will fit your requirements. All the destinations that we offer have been visited by at least one Planet consultant, and we are therefore able to recommend you the very best choices.

Learn to Dive Holiday Holidays

A learn to dive holiday is a great way to spend your holiday time, learning in perfect conditions with warm crystal clear waters. A learn to dive holiday is great for both single travelers as well as a family dive holiday as children from 10 to 14 can complete the Junior Open Water Course. Whilst there are a handful of destinations that offer BSAC courses, almost all of our dive holiday resorts offer the PADI Open Water Course recognised the world over, enabling you to progress you diver training, or just enjoy leisure dives, anywhere. If you opt for the full beginner course, taking you from a complete novice, through to qualified recreational diver, this normally takes 4-5 days. On a one week diving holiday this means you can normally fit in the beginner dive course plus 1-2 days recreational diving. The beginner course will involve theory and ‘confined water’ in a pool, or similar, followed by 4 qualifying dives over the next 2 days. It is also possible to opt for a PADI Open Water Referral course that involves completing the pool and theory work at home so you can just do the qualifying dives on holiday. Booking your learn to dive holiday When learning to dive you do not need to worry too much about being in the worlds best dive location, it is more important that you are in a safe and pleasant environment. Of course a first class diving school is also a priority, Planet Dive only work with the very best diving schools in the world to ensure your safety. If you are considering booking a learn to dive holiday we would suggest first calling us and speaking with one of our in-house dive travel specialist. We have been arranging diving holidays for 15 years to the best beginner dive locations in the world and have a wealth of experience. Prior to starting your lean to dive course you will asked to sign off a PADI 'fitness to dive' form. If you think you may have any condition that may be cause for concern you can download a PADI Dive Medical form to be completed by your doctor. This will then ensure that you can start the course.

PLANET TRAVEL NETWORK OF WATER SPORTS SPECIALIST WEBSITES