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When is the best time to surf in Unawatuna

Best time to go

The best time to surf in Unawatuna is from November to March, with higher waves and perfect conditions.

Unawatuna is known for its point break off the coast of Galle, and its conflicting wind and swell patterns. Although the most consistent swells are found from April to October, so are frequent SW onshores. It’s still possible to surf in the morning, but expect rain, dirty water, and strong winds during this time. For better surf conditions, it’s therefore recommended to visit the South West coast from November to March, when waves are typically 0,5-2 meters (2-6 ft) high, and the water is clean.

Best time to go

The best time to surf in Unawatuna is from November to March, with higher waves and perfect conditions.

Unawatuna is known for its point break off the coast of Galle, and its conflicting wind and swell patterns. Although the most consistent swells are found from April to October, so are frequent SW onshores. It’s still possible to surf in the morning, but expect rain, dirty water, and strong winds during this time. For better surf conditions, it’s therefore recommended to visit the South West coast from November to March, when waves are typically 0,5-2 meters (2-6 ft) high, and the water is clean.

What kind of food & nightlife is Unawatuna known for?

Going out in Unawatuna

Food

Unawatuna has a great variety of international restaurants and local street cards and shacks. Known for its roti and curries, expect dishes with lots of rice, fish, coconuts and delicious flatbreads. Also, try the local Pol Sambola and string hoppers.

Nightlife

Unawatuna’s nightlife is located closely to the beach. With some clubs and bars in town, the most well-known place by surfers is the Koha Surf Cafe & Lounge. Founded by good surfer Rasik, this backpackers hangout on the beach is the best starting point for your night with cocktails and burgers.

Unawatuna at a glance
Unawatuna bay has a shallow sand break and there’s a left hand reef break for more advanced surfers.
Best Time to Surf
Best time to surf in Unawatuna, and the rest of the west coast, is from November to March with high waves and perfect conditions
Gentle waves
Unawatuna waves rarely get over 1-1,5 meters (4ft.). It’s best to use a fat board or a longboard in this region
Airport Arrival
Book a flight to Colombo and get to Galle (close to Unawatuna) by taxi or shuttle bus
Whales and Dolphins
While catching the surf, roam the ocean in search for whales and dolphins
Yoga & Surf
There are many yoga studios in the area when you want to combine surf with yoga
No ATM
There’s no ATM in Unawatuna, so make sure to bring plenty of cash. You’ll find one on the way to Galle
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