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Surf and Chill Holiday in Sri Lanka

All difficulty levels
Maximum 5 participants
Breakfast & dinner included
Airport transfer available

This listing has one of the 10 most popular offers available in in Sri Lanka

Get ready for your trip of a lifetime! You will find this package perfect if you want to enjoy surfing while enjoying your free time and exploring amazing Arugam Bay. Discover all the fun and exciting things to do in and around the East Coast of Sri Lanka.

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Highlights

  • 4 days of activities
  • 1 surf lesson per day
  • Free use of surf equipment
  • Ayurveda massage and surf video analysis
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Beach transportation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 5 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$ 172 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • ATM / banking
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Free parking
  • Laptop rental
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

Arugam Bay Surf Camp is composed of a total of 10 rooms. The rooms are comfortable and all have a private balcony or terrace, making it the perfect place to chill after your surf classes. The rooms are decorated in the most simple way to make it feel like your own Sri Lankan home. All the rooms are equipped with mosquito nets, ceiling fans, and hair dryers. AC is available in certain rooms.

Garden

Looking for a cozy and fun space on your doorstep? This is what they can offer you here at Arugam Bay Surf Camp. They are so lucky to be situated just next to the biggest surf spots on the East Coast and to have the space to kick back and relax in the center of Arugam Bay town. Giving you the best of both worlds.

Program

The camp includes one surf lesson per day (except the day of arrival and departure).

Surfing

The surf programs are comprehensive in that they not only include plenty of time in the surf but also video analysis and feedback and surf theory classes, delivered by Arugam Bay Surf Camp's team over the stay. Each surfing session is progressive and goal-oriented for each of the participants, and at the end of the surf session, your coach will discuss with you how you progressed in learning that new skill taught on the beach.

Arugam Bay Surf Camp is careful not to mix ability levels. Therefore, there will be a maximum of five-to-one student-to-instructor ratio at all times. This will also mean that you will never have to wait for others to keep up, or feel left behind looking at the good surfers.

First surf lesson

Some people are extremely confident in the waves, while other people are intimidated by just being in the ocean environment, but everyone, without exception, enjoys their first-day surfing. The location of your first surf lesson is the Weligama beach break. Arugam Bay Surf Camp is blessed to have one of the finest beginner surfing beaches in south Sri Lanka. The water is warm, perfect sandy bottom, shallow water, and no dangerous sea life or rip current making this the ideal starting point for your surfing vacation.

First element of your first surf lesson will be on the beach warming up, introducing you to the surf break and your beginner board. The trainers will move on to teach you laying on the board at the correct position, paddling on the board, and pop-up (the jump), or, if this is not available for you, another relevant method of getting up such as a four-step method.

Now you are ready to enter the water and enjoy the surf, but not before you learn the necessary safety techniques. Your first day of surfing will finish with a summary of the skills that will be covered during the upcoming days, as well as what they will lead to and that is where the fun starts. For most of you, within five days you can aim to go out and start catching waves all on your own.

Video analysis and surf theory

In addition to plenty of time in the water, all of the guests will also receive theory lessons as well. Depending on which package you book, you also have the option to get your surfing videos free or at an additional charge from the photographer.

Levels

Level 1.1: Total beginner

You have never tried surfing, but able to swim. At this stage, the focus is on teaching you the fundamentals of surfing which include a dry session on the beach focusing on:

  • Introduction to the surfboard and equipment
  • Correct position on the board
  • Paddling technique
  • How to protect yourself, board, and others in the water
  • Surf etiquette
  • Passing the white water
  • Correct pop-up
  • Correct stance

Level 1.2: Tried surfing before

Beginner who has tried surfing a couple of times before. This is a challenging stage for both - you and the coaches - because in some surf schools you had before, the techniques used differ from the ones that Arugam Bay Surf Camp uses. Therefore, they stick with the ISA method of teaching. At this stage, you focus on:

  • Reviewing the basics with you and comparing it with the methods you learned before (level 1.1)
  • Working on your stance for more balance and improving on your pop-up and paddling technique
  • Teaching you the basic stages of a wave and the shape of a wave at a particular beach
  • Talk about positioning in the lineup to catch unbroken waves
  • How to do the angle take off and get into an unbroken wave to the left or right
  • Learning how to slow down or accelerate according to the section of the wave
  • Correct stance

Level 1.3: Advanced beginner

You have surfed more than a couple of days by now and understand the wave and board mechanics and you feel comfortable in the water most of the time. You have more control over catching the waves and your stance, but only able to go straight. At this stage, you focus on:

  • Reviewing the basics of levels 1.1 and 1.2
  • Working on wave reading and positioning in the line-up
  • Improving on the angle take-off and stance
  • Learning the basics of trimming on a wave

Level 2.1: Beginner intermediate surfer

At this stage, you have pretty good control over your paddling, can go out the back and catch unbroken waves, and go left or right. You also understand about the waves, surfing, and ocean conditions. The focus on you at this stage is:

  • Generating speed on the wave
  • Improving the wave reading ability
  • Duck-diving
  • Improving the stance for more mobility
  • Bottom turn and top turn fundamentals

Level 2.2: Advanced intermediate surfer

At this stage, you have very good control over your board and can make turns to change the direction. You are also riding a shortboard or a minimal surfboard. You will focus on:

  • Surfing and speeding down the line on different types of waves
  • Correct positioning to catch different types of waves
  • Learning to cutback
  • Technical analysis of your top turn and bottom turn
  • Small floaters to pass the sections
  • Duck dive improvement

Note

If you are not sure what level you are, have no fear! The instructors will assess your level once you arrive and allocate you to the correct group.

Instructors

Priyal Kiramage

Anupa

Sandun

Lalaka

Location

Fancy taking a step into the wild, whilst keeping your comfort? When visiting the surf camp, you can enjoy the beauty of the wildlife, just a drive away from the eastern coast of Arugam Bay. The camp is situated just a five-minute walk away from one of the many beaches in Arugam Bay where you can catch the waves, do some swimming, relax, and sip some fresh coconut.

If you are looking to disconnect and re-center yourself, the sunset yoga classes should hit the spot. The great vibes flowing through the camp, the short distances to the best eastern surf points, and the most beautiful landscapes make Arugam Bay the place to be in Sri Lanka.

The area - Arugam Bay

Originally known as “Arugam Kudah”, the town itself is a historic settlement of the ancient Batticaloa Territory. A small fishing town in East Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay very quickly grew into the main surf point of the east and now thrives thanks to a lot of surfer tourists. Arugam Bay Surf Camp is located in the bay of Arugam Bay, a quiet corner of busy Arugam Bay beach. Surrounded by palm trees and fine sand it forms a stunning crescent beach, making it the perfect getaway for everyone.

Besides the stunning beaches, you will be able to see plenty of Sri Lanka’s landscapes in just a short travel from the camp. You can also observe the rich wildlife they have in Arugam Bay, such as elephants, buffalo, peacocks, etc. One of the best areas for exploring is a short drive away.

Location and surf check

Sri Lanka’s southwest coast is a wave garden with more than 15+ surf spots within easy reach from the camp, with most of the breaks located within 10 minutes. They have a comprehensive list of surf spots listed here. Every morning they will do a surf check online and with their local surfing friends and decide which beaches to head to. This will depend on factors such as the ability level of each group, and the swell conditions. This means that the chances are high that you will have ideal conditions whatever level of surfer you are.

Food

During your stay at camp, you will be able to enjoy your daily breakfast and dinner with Arugam Bay Surf Camp included in the price. They know how important good food is for the soul. If you fancy cooking yourself there is also a shared open kitchen that you can use throughout your day. You can buy groceries from the stores nearby the camp and why not learn some new Sri Lankan cooking skills?

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Kumana National Park

Visit Kumana National Park to see Sri Lanka’s amazing wildlife including majestic leopards and elephants. This is an all-inclusive tour. The trip duration is around eight hours long.

Lagoon safari

What about going on a two-hour lagoon safari? This is one of the most popular things to do in Arugam Bay. The beautiful untouched lagoons, of Kottukal or Urani, are some of the most scenic views. Many wild animals live here including crocodiles, elephants can be spotted, and other wildlife.

Yala or Udawalawa safari

Visit Yala or Udawalawa National Park to see Sri Lanka’s amazing wildlife including majestic leopards and elephants. This is an all-inclusive tour. The trip duration is eight hours.

Yoga

Yoga at Arugam Bay Surf Camp will be done on the lawn in the shade of palm trees, or you will have sunset yoga on the rooftop. Full moon yoga, evening classes, standup paddleboard (SUP) yoga, and private sessions are available upon request. All yoga props including mats, blocks, and belts are provided so you can flow through your class. Come and practice a gentle and intense flow of yoga with Arugam Bay Surf Camp every day at 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the rooftop overlooking the jungle.

Spa treatments

Ayurveda massage

The Ayurvedic practice of abhyanga or oil massage, touts physical benefits like released muscle tension, lymphatic drainage, and more nourished skin from head to toe.

What's included

  • 4 surf coaching or guiding sessions
  • Ayurveda massage
  • Video analysis
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Board and wetsuit during lessons
  • Transfers to and from the beach
  • Surfboard insurance

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunches
  • Extra activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

Local buses from Colombo Main Bus Terminal will depart regularly every hour. The price is 400 - 600 LKR. It will take 10 to 12 hours, depending on how many stops. There will be one or two shifts. Direct bus, no 98, departs twice a day from Colombo to Pottuvil at 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and the journey will be around eight to nine hours. The price is 400 - 600 LKR.

Direct private air-conditioner bus from Colombo departs daily from Maradana Zahira College car park (opposite Maradana Train Station) at 8:00 p.m. and arrives at Pottuvil Bus Station around 3.45 a.m. The price is 1500 LKR, and if you have extra luggage they will charge you 500 extra. A tuk-tuk from the bus station to Stardust will be around 300 LKR. Getting from Badulla or Ella to Arugam Bay:

  • By private van from Badulla, four to five hours. The price will be around 95 USD.
  • By private van from Ella, three to four hours. The price will be around 80 USD.
  • By bus to Pottuvil, six hours (sometimes one shift) and thereafter 10 minutes tuk tuk drive to A-Bay.

Arrival by shuttle

The easiest way to get to Arugam Bay from Colombo is by car or van. The journey lasts about eight hours depending on the traffic and the time of day you are traveling. Arugam Bay can arrange a pick-up in Colombo for:

  • Six-seater van from Colombo City (142 USD)
  • Six-seater van from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) (158 USD)
  • 15-seater van from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) (189 USD)

This surf camp can also arrange transport (pick-up or drop-off) to and from other destinations. Please inquire about Arugam Bay Surf Camp for more details and costs.

Arrival by train

Train from Colombo Central Railway Station to Ella (nine hours) or Badulla 10 to 11 hours.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$ 172 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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