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8 Days Party, Yoga, and Surf Camp in Sri Lanka

Bay Beach Hotel Road, Weligama, Matara, Sri Lanka

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 Sri Lanka

Skip the boring retreats and come have fun Elsewhere. Surfing is their life and passion and they would be happy to share it with you. The team provides professional guiding for intermediate to advanced surfers and also teach beginner levels 1 and 2 with international and local instructors. If you want a social atmosphere with lots of surf, great food, yoga, and party options, you will love Elsewhere. They are famous for organizing yacht parties, beer pong nights, and Tiki bar nights. Here you will also enjoy surf yoga classes on the beautiful rooftop every evening to help you restore your muscles, stretch, and get you prepared for the next surf session.

Highlights

  • 1 yoga class
  • 4 surf theory lessons
  • 5 surf lessons or surf guiding
  • 1 group video analysis session
  • Board rental and transfers to the beach of the day
  • Free use of beginner surfboards outside of lesson times
  • Breakfast, dinner, and after surf smoothies
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$71 per person)
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance
  • Outdoor shower

Elsewhere Surf Camps HQ is an open plan Sri Lankan style house which consists of a nine-bed dorm and three, deluxe double twin rooms with air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. There is a large communal kitchen area, a movie theatre and a luscious garden with plenty of space to hang out.

Elsewhere Surf Camps also have a separate house just five minutes walk from Elsewhere HQ which provides private, tranquil, ensuite accommodation. Be part of the hustle and bustle of camp life as little or as often as you like by staying in their newly built White House.

Dorm

The dorm can occupy a maximum of 15 persons. It has 3 single beds and 6 double beds good for sharing.

Deluxe double

The deluxe double twin room can occupy a maximum of 4 persons. In each room there are 2 double beds and each bed can have 2 persons sharing. They also have a private ensuite bathroom.

White house

Six private double, ensuite, air conditioned rooms with private balconies and a shared roof terrace.

Program

Combine all ingredients with good vibes, a chilled out atmosphere, and great people. Surf hard, dance like no one is watching, and relax in the sun at a comfortable 28° C every day.

Itinerary

Sunday

Arrive in Colombo and make your way to Elsewhere Surf Camps. Situated in South Sri Lanka, the camp can be reached using a safe and comfortable van transfer or your own public transport adventure. Check in is from 2 p.m., after which, you will be welcomed with a camp tour to finally show you the way to your room. In here, you may freshen up, have a nap, and head to the local Jungle Beach for a cocktail or a surf and sunset. Head back to camp for welcome dinner and drinks where you will meet your new family.

Monday

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast of both Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily. This will be your day one of your surfing career, slap on the sunscreen, take your theory lesson at the theatre (theory is every day and can be before or after the surf session), jump in a tuk-tuk, and head to the surf spot for either a lesson or guided surf (for the more advanced people.) The afternoon is yours for the taking.

You may explore Weligama, shop, relax at the beach, or grab a board and jump in for a free surf. Elsewhere will have recommended optional adventures for you to do in the afternoons if you don’t feel like surfing again.

At the end of the day head back to camp, enjoy your free yoga session at sunset, and end the day with some well-deserved beers as the Elsewhere team hosts you at one of their favorite restaurants for a buffet feast.

Tuesday - Surf lessons number two - Improvement day

Smile for the videographer in the water as he captures photos and videos of you. Then there will be an optional adventure to Galle, the historic city protected from the 2004 tsunami by the fort walls. Enjoy delicious local foods for lunch by visiting one of the many famous restaurants.

Afterward, hit an optional evening surf yoga sessions to stretch out those sore muscles. Dine at the team's favorite Tiki bar, which is just a five minute walk from headquarters. Here you will enjoy the best tuna in Sri Lanka. Finally, head home stuffed, watch a movie or get your party shoes on. The Elsewhere team runs beer pong nights on Tuesdays if people are up for it.

Wednesday

By day three, you’ll have the strength to surf harder. Your pop up and paddling will have come a long way since Monday so get out there and surf your brains out. The Elsewhere team will also provide you with a video analysis session to improve your technique and fix any errors.

Chill in the afternoon with some beach games, table tennis, or a handful of optional activities including yoga. Jump in the van as the Elsewhere team takes you out for wood fired pizzas (other dietary options available). You will meet up with other surf camps and teach them how to party properly. Thursday surf lessons are in the afternoon to allow people to let loose if they choose.

Thursday

Sleep in, or if you didn't party last night choose whale watching or a national park safari for an additional cost. You can also go for a free surf or do a sunrise yoga session. The day is yours to do as you please. Hangover surf lessons start at 2 p.m. followed by some hair of the dog cocktails for sunset. Tonight is a free night to do as you please. The Elsewhere team will recommend restaurants for you to try and you can use your VIP cards to get discounts on their favorite places. They will also show movies and order pizza to the movie lounge at camp for the really hung-over people.

Friday

Last day for your included group surf sessions, however, you can always book more sessions over the weekend if you haven’t had enough. On Friday afternoons, the team usually ends up at a beach somewhere drinking some cocktails. You are free to do as you please, go shopping, do another adventure, play some games.

Once a month, the Elsewhere team does amazing yacht parties on Friday afternoons (high season only). Then, they have a barbecue night at the camp and exchange banter over the week’s shenanigans. Tonight is the famous Tiki bar party night just a five-minute walk from the surf camp.

The Tiki Bar was created by the Elsewhere owner in partnership with a local family and all the Elsewhere guests receive Happy Hour prices until 11 p.m. and 12 p.m. on other week nights. Dance the night away to local and international DJs from the famous cliff top.

Saturday

Saturday is yours for the taking. Non-party people this is your day to do a safari or go whale watching while the others are asleep or passed out. The team can organize these optional tours for you or you are free do things your way. You can also free surf, snorkel, get a massage, skateboard, play ping pong or darts, chill, watch movies in the theatre or explore. Elsewhere is your oyster, so get out there and make the most of it.

Sunday

Check out is by 11 a.m.. Grab some stickers and some Elsewhere merch to show off to your friends. Make sure you’ve got everyone on Facebook and say good bye to your Elsewhere family. They miss you already.

Location

Simply the best location, on the beach side of the noisy highway in a peaceful small fishing village. We are right in the middle of the best surfing spots Sri Lanka has to Offer and we have 5 breaks within walking distance from camp. Elsewhere is halfway between Weligama and Midigama. 15 mins to Mirissa. 15 mins to The Rock and Kabalana. 5 mins to Coconuts, Weligama, Rams and Plantations. 30 mins to Galle, Matara and SK Town and 45 mins to Hikkaduwa.

Sri Lanka is a small island country in South Asia, situated just southeast of India and northeast of the Maldives. A busy highway and train line run along the coast of the island; these areas are often densely populated with lots of hotels and resorts sitting right on the highway itself. The vibe is often ruined by the constant noise of traffic and the usual hustle and bustle of urban life.

Living true to their name, Elsewhere Surf Camps are away from all the chaos in one of the very few exclusive areas on the beach side of the highway. Unknown to many tourists, this particular area will give you an authentic taste of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by a friendly local community and an abundance of wildlife such as monkeys, peacocks, monitor lizards, and squirrels.

Features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Surfing
  • Table tennis
  • Whale watching

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Honesty bar
  • Lounge
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

Food

They won’t let you go hungry at Elsewhere Surf Camps. The food can be described as Sri Lankan cuisine with a western twist. A week at Elsewhere Surf Camps includes freshly made breakfast, every day and five freshly made dinners, giving you plenty of time to experience some delicious local cooking.

Elsewhere Surf Camps caters for most major dietary requirements and all food is prepared to western hygiene standards to ensure you stay fighting fit throughout your stay.

Wake up, grab a smoothie and tuck into a buffet style breakfast. A mix of sweet and savory to keep it interesting. Fill your boots to fuel your body for the day ahead.

For lunch, you can choose from their restaurant guide or you can just help yourself to the free fruit and coffee that is included in your stay at Elsewhere.

Dinner at Elsewhere Surf Camps is definitely worth waiting for. With several local eateries close by, you’ll either dine at the best local spots or under the palapa at Elsewhere HQ.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
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)

Free surf

The use of Elsewhere Surf Camps beginner boards is included throughout your entire stay.

Explore the local area

Call a tuk-tuk from reception and jump on one of their daily tours. Visit Cinnamon Farm, Tea Plantation or Turtle Hatchery, or spend the afternoon on your own mini adventure.

Spa

Massage and spa treatments can be arranged in the local area for an additional fee.

Yoga

Join in for a morning or evening session (or both) depending on your mood.

National Park Safaris to Yala and Udawalawe

Explore some of the many temples of Sri Lanka

Snorkeling

Scuba diving

Available from November to April.

Hiking

There’s plenty of mountainous rain forest to be explored. Day trips to Adam’s Peak can be arranged.

Skate

Try out the wall ride on the Elsewhere drive.

Beach games

Volleyball, frisbee, cricket, beach tennis etc.

Snake Conservatory

Mirissa Beach

Galle Fort

Boat Safari

Booze Cruise

Available from November to April.

What's included

  • 5 included dinner feasts, including vegetarian and vegan options (2 nights a week feel free to try various other restaurants around town)
  • 7 buffet breakfasts
  • 5 after surf smoothies
  • Free coffee, tea, biscuits, bananas anytime
  • Our newly created Elsewhere VIP card (valid for 1 month) Giving you discounts and special deals with the best restaurants, bars & boutiques around town.
  • Free filtered water top ups
  • 5 surf lessons or surf guiding (1.5 - 2 hours in the water)
  • Board rental and transfers to the beach of the day
  • Small group sizes (between 2 - 5 students per instructor/guide)
  • Professional local and foreign internationally qualified instructors
  • Professional surf photographer joining you with some lessons
  • 4 surf theory lessons (30 mins - 1 hour in the movie theater)
  • 1 group video analysis session (30 minutes - one hour in the movie theater)
  • Free use of beginner surfboards outside of lesson times
  • 1 free yoga session at the ocean view yoga rooftop
  • 1 free photo of you surfing shared to you via social media
  • High Speed Wi-Fi (casual use up to 2 mbits in speed and up to 30 mbits for work needs - on request)
  • Elsewhere VIP Card for your stay (the team partnered with the best restaurants, bars, and shops in the south to get you some discounts and VIP treatment)
  • Free use of skateboards

What's not included

  • Airport transfers to and from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Flights to and from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Lunch
  • Massage and spa treatments
  • Optional activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). If you’re on holiday, arrive comfortably and safely with minimal hassle by booking an Elsewhere Surf Camps airport transfer. Travelling or backpacking? Embark on your own adventure. Use tuk-tuks, buses, and trains to navigate your way south.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$71 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Age limit requirement

Surf Camp is for adults only, 18 years old and above. 

 
Availability

This vacation is available all year round, Sunday to Sunday. 

 

Low season
  • May 1 - October 31

 

High season
  • November 30 - April 30

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