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Fun Sri Lanka Surf Camp

All difficulty levels
Breakfast & dinner included
Airport transfer available

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

Welcome to Surf Camp Arugam Bay experience! Arugam Bay Surf Camp is a fun filled surf camp in the heart of Arugam Bay. This surf camp only takes place for 8 days. Joining this surf camp, you will get surf lessons, and all surf equipment required to make your surf camp enjoyable. Also, you will have a chance to taste the best smoothie bowls in town. Come over and enjoy the good vibes and the fun spirit of the surf team!

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Highlights

  • 1 surf lesson per day (6 in total)
  • Video analysis
  • All surf equipment during lesson hours
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • One of the top surfing destinations
  • Daily breakfast and dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$ 171 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

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

Surf and Yoga camp in Arugam Bay 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.

The garden

Looking for a cozy and fun space on your doorstep? This is what they can offer you here at Surf and Yoga in Sri Lanka. 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.

For those of you that are looking for a cooler vibe, listening to the wind blowing through the palm trees and the golden sunshine warming your skin makes it the perfect place for practicing yoga / meditation. Meet your new family here and spread the good vibes in the camp, lounge in the shade on the hammocks, or enjoy a fresh drink from their camp kitchen.

Program

This surf camp is for the ones who want to enjoy surfing while enjoying free time and exploring amazing Arugam Bay. The instructor to student ration for surfing lessons in this surf camp sticks to an upper limit of 1:3 instructors to students ratio.

Also, it's important to note that this surf camp does not mix ability levels. Therefore, you will feel more comfortable with your instructions. It is not a must to be able to swim to learn surfing, but it will be an advantage to feel confident in the water and maximize your progress and enjoyment.

Location and surf check

Sri Lanka’s East coast is a wave paradise with more than 13 surf spots within easy reach from the camp, most of the breaks are located within 10 minutes.

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’ll have ideal conditions whatever level of surfer you are.

Your 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 will take place at one of the many finest beginner surfing beaches in East Sri Lanka. The water is warm, perfect sandy bottoms, shallow waters, and no dangerous sea life or rip current makes this the ideal start 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. Their 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 4-step method.

Now you’re 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 which will be covered during the upcoming week, as well as what they will lead on to and that’s 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!

Typical surf session

Your instructor brings you to the surf spot which brings the best conditions. After an effective warm up, your surf coach will show you teach you and help you to improve your techniques. Have the time of your life!

After 2 hours (driving included), the surf session is over. You collect your board and the equipment and leave the beach together with your group to go back to the Surf and Yoga Camp.

The lesson time is usually fixed the night before, making it easier for the planning. The timing depends on the best surf conditions for your level.

Instructors

Priyal Kiramage

Anupa

Sandun

Lalaka

Location

Fancy taking a step into the wild, whilst keeping your comfort? When visiting Surf and Yoga, 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 5-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, their 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.

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.

Surf and Yoga Sri Lanka 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.

Waves

The reason to run their surf camp in East Sri Lanka is because of the consistency of the surf as well as its favorable weather and winds. It rarely gets big and it rarely gets flat.

There is always soft, friendly white water on the inside for building confidence on specific board skills and typically smooth, unbroken waves each morning, perfect for more experienced guests and level 2-3 surfers wishing to challenge themselves.

Distances

  • Beach - 5 minutes walk

Features

Activities

  • Surfing
  • Swimming

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Laptop rental
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Mosquito net
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

During your stay at camp, you will be able to enjoy your daily breakfast and dinner with them. 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.

They have delicious breakfast and dinner menus that have vegan and vegetarian options. Ceylon tea and coffee and fresh juice are complementary.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Organic
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)

After 7:30, surfing guests can visit the following attractions in the area (not included in the price). You can make day trips from Arugam Bay to see tes plantations, waterfalls, old ruins, Panama sand dunes, temples, and see wildlife in Kumana.

Lahugala National Park

Located about 16 kilometers inland to the west of Potuvil is the 1554 hectare Lahugala Kitulana National Park. The Pottuvil-Monaragala trunk road runs through the south-eastern sector of the park. It is 2 kilometers off the main Monaragala - Pottuvil road some 5 kilometers from Potuvil.

The park lies between larger wildlife reserves of Gal Oya National Park to the north and Ruhuna Yala National Park to the south.

The Lahugala park is part of the protected 'Elephant Corridor' for the elephant population to move freely across the south-eastern part of the island initiated by the Government as a part of its nature and wildlife conservation project.

Magul Maha Viharaya (ancient site)

Located on the north to the edge of the park is the Magula Maha Viharaya, an ancient temple built by king Devanmpiyathissa in the second century BC which also attracts tourists. This temple has a historic Vihara, is said to be the location the king married princess Vihara Maha Devi. The foundations of the “Magul maduwa” where the wedding ceremony took place can still be seen in the vihara premises.

The entire vihara complex had covered an extent of around 10,000 acres where ruins of a palace, moonstone, monastery, bo-maluwa, stupas, ponds etc. are found scattered all over. The moonstone here is said to be unique in the country as this is the only location where elephants are carved with their mahouts in the moonstone.

Muhudu Maha Viharaya

Alongside the Arugambay in Pottuvil is an inconspicuous but ancient temple called Muhudu Maha Viharaya. Many archaeologists believe that this spot, also known as the Samudra Maha Vihara, in fact, marks the place at which Princess Devi set foot in the Ruhuna Kingdom.

According to a stone inscription that was found in the vicinity of the shrine, this place had also been called Ruhunu Maha Viharaya in the past.

The temple site which has of late been encroached upon by villagers has been reduced to a small shrine with three granite statues. The central statue is of the Buddha with two more sculptures believed to be those of royalty facing it.

Believed to have been built in the 5th century A.D during the reign of King Dhathusena, many believe the royal figures depicted in worshiping position are in fact those of King Kavantissa and his Queen Vihara Maha Devi.

Okada

Okanda Hill top has by long tradition been cited as one of the places where a divine katir from Lord Skanda struck. Veddas preserved the sanctity of the place with a simple shrine of stick and ola leaves.

According to another myth, the third ray from Vakura Hill reached here and came to rest on this hilltop, making it a favorite site for Murukan worship.

There is yet a third myth according to which, Valli and Murukan arrived in separate stone boats (which still rest on the beach) to reside on top of the Ukantai Malai.

The temple is located along the eastern shores of the country, along which the pilgrims walk to Katirkamam. In places like Panama and Kumana, which are close to Ukantai, Tamils and Sinhalese lived in harmony even down to the present day.

Panama

Panama village and region still preserves traces of an agrarian tradition that is many thousands of years old, composed of highly skilled and knowledgeable farmers.

The region is also home to an extraordinary genetic diversity, particularly renewable forest products from perennial species and from plants of known medicinal value. Many Panama villagers still maintain the cultural knowledge associated with this region.

What's included

  • 1 surf lesson per day (6 in total)
  • All surf equipment during lesson hours
  • Video analysis
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Transfer to and from the beach

What's not included

  • Air tickets
  • Airport transfer (can be arranged)
  • Insurance
  • Lunch

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Cinnamon Air (DBA) has regular flights to Batticaloa with a stopover in Sigiriya for 258 USD per person 4 times a week - Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Cinnamon Air (DBA) also provides an air taxi service where you can charter a water plane to land in Arugam Bay Lagoon. The air taxi seats maximum 8 people and the price is 3360 USD one way.

They will happily arrange for a private driver to meet you at the airport if necessary.

Arrival by bus

All direct buses travel through the night, but if you want to travel by day, then there is an option to take the number 98-2 bus to Monaragala (some of these are AC), and then take the number 303-1 bus to Pottuvil or Panama. This journey will take considerably longer as there is much more traffic during the day.

In addition, it is possible to take any number 98 bus as they all route through Monaragala before turning north. In fact, some will take you as far as Siyambalanduwa which is the next town from Monaragala.

From here, there are local buses to Pottuvil and Panama. The last bus from Monaragala to Pottuvil leaves at 17:30.

Local buses from Colombo Main Bus Terminal will depart regularly every hour. The price is 400 - 600 LKR. It will take 10 - 12 hours, depending on how many stops. There will be 1 or 2 shifts.

Direct bus, no 98, departs twice a day from Colombo to Pottuvil at 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. and the journey will be around 8 - 9 hours. Price is 400 - 600 LKR.

Direct private AC bus from Colombo departs daily from Maradana Zahira College car park (opposite Maradana Train Station) at 8 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.

From Badulla or Ella to Arugam Bay:

  • By private van from Badulla, 4 - 5 hours. The price will be around 95 USD
  • By private van from Ella 3 - 4 hours. The price will be around 80 USD
  • By bus to Pottuvil, 6 hours (sometimes 1 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 / van. The journey lasts about 8 hours depending on the traffic and the time of day you are travelling. Arugam Bay can arrange a pick-up in Colombo for:

  • 6-seater van from Colombo City (142 USD)
  • 6-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 / drop off) to and from other destinations. Please inquire Arugam Bay Surf Camp for more details and costs.

Arrival by train

Train from Colombo Central Railway Station to Ella (9 hours) or Badulla 10 - 11 hours.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$ 171 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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