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When is the best time to surf in Arugam Bay

Best time to go

With a strong on and off season due to dry or rainy season, the best time to surf in Arugam Bay is from May to September, during the dry season. Find the best and biggest waves in July, August and September, with a offshore wind in the morning and a flat onshore wind around sunset. Take in mind that outside of the surfing months, most restaurants and hotels are closed.

Best time to go

With a strong on and off season due to dry or rainy season, the best time to surf in Arugam Bay is from May to September, during the dry season. Find the best and biggest waves in July, August and September, with a offshore wind in the morning and a flat onshore wind around sunset. Take in mind that outside of the surfing months, most restaurants and hotels are closed.

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What kind of food & nightlife is Arugam Bay known for?

Going out in Arugam Bay

Food

In Arugam Bay you’ll find most restaurants in the main street of town, where you can point out your fish to be prepared. During the day, you can grab a quick bite, like a banana pancake or veggie roti, on any corner of the street. One of the surfers favorite places to meet is The Beach Hut, serving filling and tasty dishes for just $3-4.

Nightlife

Arugam Bay’s nightlife is well-known in the area for its crazy parties and reggae parties. As alcohol tends to be expensive in Sri Lanka, avoid big expenses by (pre)drinking the local Arrack before or at events - but drink responsible. Visit Whiskey Point of Fridays, Mambo’s on Saturdays, or The Beach Hut at any other nights.

Arugam Bay at a glance
This is what’s up in Arugam Bay: this Sri Lankan surf mecca in the south east is an international surf destination with waves perfect for all levels of surfers!
Best Time to Surf
Best time to surf in Arugam Bay is from May-September, when the opposite South-West coast is in monsoon season
Surf Breaks
Advanced surfers surf the main Arugam break, while intermediate and beginner surfers take a tuk tuk to the surrounding areas
Airport Arrival
Since Colombo Airport is a 7 hr drive away from Arugam Bay, it’s recommended to only consider an Arugam Bay trip if you’ve got more than 7 days on the island
Yalla National Park
Ask your shuttle driver to go through Yalla National Park to see some elephants and possibly some leopards
Board Rental
Arugam Bay offers a wide range of surfboards for all levels
Local Food
Rice and curry are Sri Lanka’s national dish, but Arugam offers many fish BBQ restaurants to pick your catch of the day
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