Use a Reputable Kite Cruise Operator
Although 2 kiteboarding charters may seem the same on the surface it is also important to consider the type of company that you are dealing with and their structure.
Caribbean Kite Cruise is the most established and within the industry there are only a handful of other operators that are genuine kite cruise specialists. These are official companies that offer kitesurf charters on well equipped, purpose designed catamarans for kiteboard enthusiasts. All have their dedicated website, experienced crew and kite cruise insurance.
Most yacht charter agencies have been offering Caribbean cruises for many years with great success. They have anywhere from 10 to 100 boats each and specialise in both bareboat and skippered charter for general holidaymakers. Having noticed the recent influx of kitesurfers some of the charter agencies have started advertising as kite cruise operators.
In the Caribbean there are many privately owned boats which try to cover some of their running costs by selling charters. As many sailors have recently taken up kiting some of these private owners now offer their services for kiteboarding cruises.
There are some Captains out there who have lots of experience in both kiting and sailing but do not own their own boat. In this case they rent catamarans from the charter agencies and organize their own trips.
Finally, one worth a mention is a small agency that specializes in regrouping most of the above types of kite cruise provider on one database. This helps the kite cruise holidaymaker to compare different offers available.