Sri Lanka’s Unawatuna is nothing short of a paradise beach. The beautiful beaches, palm trees, and gorgeous waters offer many awesome water sports, from SUP to snorkeling and surfing. While catching the surf, roam the ocean in search of whales and dolphins. There are many yoga studios in the area when you want to combine surf with yoga.
Unawatuna's bay has a shallow sand break and there’s a left-hand reef break for more advanced surfers. The waves rarely get over 1-1,5 meters (4ft.). It’s best to use a flat board or a longboard in this region.
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.
Unawatuna’s nightlife is located close 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 hang out on the beach is the best starting point for your night with cocktails and burgers. 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.
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