8 Days Surf Camp Weligama, Sri Lanka

  • Bay Beach Hotel Road, Weligama, Matara, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Surf Camp

Surfer owned and run, Elsewhere boasts an international team in their mid twenties and mid thirties from Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Germany, France and Russia. Whether it’s surfing, partying or yoga that floats your boat, Elsewhere have got you covered. A unique blend of locals and travellers will ensure unforgettable memories of your time Elsewhere!

Highlights

  • Free 1 yoga session
  • Professional instructors
  • 5 days surf lessons or guiding (3 hrs each)
  • Free use of beginner surfboards and skateboards
  • Tuk tuk transfer from Elsewhere to the beach
  • 7 freshly made breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Basecamp consists of a nine bed dorm and three deluxe double twin rooms with air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. Elsewhere have hotel partners a stone's throw from basecamp which can accommodate a maximum of 70 people which make it the largest group booking available in Sri Lanka. They also have a more private accommodation available in the 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.

Twin room

  • The twin room can occupy a maximum of 4 persons. In each room has 2 double beds and each bed can have 2 persons sharing the bed.

Combine all ingredients with good vibes, a chilled out atmosphere, and great people. Surf hard, dance like no one is watching, and cook in the sun at a comfortable 30° C for approximately one or two weeks.

Itinerary

Sunday

Arrive in Colombo and make your way Elsewhere. Situated in South Sri Lanka, the camp can be reached using a quick van transfer or your own public transport adventure. Check in from 14h00, meet the team and make yourself a home. BBQ dinner will be served 19h30 where you will get to meet the whole crew.

Monday

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast of both Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily. Slap on the sunscreen, jump in a tuk-tuk and head to the surf for either a lesson or guiding. The afternoon is yours for the taking; explore Weligama, shop, relax at the beach or grab a board and jump in for a free surf. Head back to camp and end the day with some well deserved beers and BBQ.

Tuesday

Enjoy day two in the water, then head to Galle, the historic city protected from the tsunami by the fort walls. Enjoy delicious local foods for lunch by visiting one of the many famous restaurants. Dine at Akila’s Kitchen for the best curry in Sri Lanka, head home, watch a movie or get your party shoes on. Private lessons are available on this day.

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. Chill in the afternoon with some beach games, table tennis or a handful of optional activities. Tiki bar welcomes us for dinner where you can fill your boots after an awesome day in the water.

Thursday

Today your instructor will do an analysis session with you. What are your strengths and weaknesses, how can you improve, what do you need to work on? Make your own dinner plans tonight, there are plenty of local spots we can recommend.

Friday

Take in your final lesson/guiding session, crack open a beer and head to Mirissa; a stunning location with beautiful beaches and bars.

Saturday

Saturday is yours for the taking. You will be left to freely do things your way. Practice yoga, free surf, chill, explore.

Sunday

Check out by 11h00. Make sure you’ve got everyone on Facebook and leave dreaming of your time Elsewhere.

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.

The food can be described as Sri Lankan cuisine with a western twist. A week at Elsewhere includes all your breakfasts and five dinners, giving you time to also experience some amazing local restaurants. Elsewhere Surf Camps has vegan and vegetarian options available and the food is made with western hygiene standards to ensure you do not ruin your holiday by getting sick.

When you wake up, there will be a smoothie in the fridge with your name on it. Choose from a selection of delicious food smoothies designed to give you the early morning energy needed to surf, yoga, train, or whatever you feel like doing. Smoothies give you necessary energy without being hard on your digestion or making you feel sluggish. When you get back from your morning activities, you will be ready for your main breakfast.

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. From curries and pasta or grilled seafood, Elsewhere Surfcamps boasts some of the best tasting food in Sri Lanka. They are a partnership with Tiki bar and restaurant. As VIP’s, you have your own table and meals pre-arranged every night. Choose from beer, juice, soda, a milk shake, or desert to be included with your Elsewhere dinner.

  • Climb mountains such as Adams Peak or explore rainforest and waterfall country
  • Enjoy massage and spa treatments
  • Experience national park, boat safaris, or Booze cruises
  • Explore some of the many temples of Sri Lanka and Galle historical city
  • Have some sets of volleyball, frisbee, cricket, or beach tennis with friends
  • Join fishing and look for fresh fishes
  • Practice yoga sunrise and sunset sessions
  • Take amazing guided snorkelling and scuba tours to see an abundance of reefs and shipwrecks
  • Try skateboarding on a small hill on the way to Elsewhere
  • Visit snake conservatory and turtle hatchery
  • Visit tea and cinnamon plantations where tea and cinnamon come from

Massage and spa treatments are available at additional costs.

  • 1 video analysis session per week at Elsewhere Surf Camps
  • 5 dinners
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Air conditioning
  • Access to the expert knowledge and surfing spot guide
  • Access to the guides on Sri Lanka including places to see, things to do, restaurants, bars, and shopping
  • Board rental
  • Coffee, tea, and bananas
  • Flitered water
  • Free use of beginner surfboards and skateboards
  • Lockable storage
  • Private and two-person lessons for intermediate breaks
  • Surf lessons level 1,2 & 3 (customized to individual expertise)
  • Surf guiding for more experienced surfers
  • Transfer from Elsewhere Surfcamps to beginner or intermediate beach
  • VIP treatment and prices at the very own Tiki Cliff restaurant and nightclub
  • Watching live sporting events like the surfing or the latest movies on cinema lounge
  • Airfare to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Daily lunch
  • Massages and body treatments
  • Optional activities
  • Transfer to and from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Up to four people, Elsewhere Surf Camps will pick you up direct from the airport via freeway. If you are up for the challenge then there are buses and trains, get ready to haggle and make sure your flight is not landing when the public transport is not running.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookSurfCamps.com reviews

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    Review by Elena Kaltenbach from Sri Lanka

    2017-Aug-18 06:58:50

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    Review by Victor Paju from Sweden

    2017-Jul-21 13:46:32

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    Review by Laura Duffy from Australia

    2017-Jun-26 09:42:07

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    Review by Izabella Göncz from United Arab Emirates

    2017-May-17 09:49:57

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    Review by Sarah Standring from New Zealand

    2017-May-15 05:38:07

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    Review by David Moznar from United States

    2017-May-02 20:03:13

  • Review by a traveler
    6 out of 10

    "The atmosphere on the camp was amazing, the regulars and the new guys merged easily into a big family, doing a lot of stuff together. The people were amazing and there was a lot of effort put into making us new guys fit in and join the conversations. I can easily understand why some people at the camp came in for a week but have stayed for months. I loved the dinners we cooked together at the camp, but the Tiki dinners were every time nearly the same. The premises were cool, the beach is nice and the town is only few minutes tuk tuk ride away. The Saturday boat party was amazing, I absolutely recommend doing that. I wish there was a bit more communication and organization regarding the possible adventures around the area (safaris, snake farms, whale watching etc), few of us were interested in joining such activities but were completely clueless of how to join. The surf coaches were very competent and easily explained how to bring the learnings from theory to practice, but sincerely I felt that when in water, the instructors concentrated largely on the "students" who learned easily, and ignored the ones who just couldn't get it right. Also, we surfed all week long in one spot, where the conditions favored us only on the first few days, leaving us few more days where the waves were non-existent. On the last day even the coach gave up, and waited for us on the beach since sitting on the board waiting for waves got too boring. I really hoped for more strategical choosing of surf spots, and more equally divided attention during the lessons."

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Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler

    "Cheers to the guys at Elsewhere for being legends and making sure we were well looked after. There was always a wave close by to wet the gills, whether it be high performance wave or a party wave session on the camp long-boards. We look forward to visiting in the future for some epic table tennis battles."

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  • Review by Anja V. from Australia

    "Where do I even start? Marc and Mark were our hosts during our week at elsewhere, and they were beyond incredible! Being our first surf spot in Sri Lanka, we were a bit nervous and didn't really know where to find the waves, but the boys took care of that, showed us some amazing remote surf spots. Surfing perfect waves with no one around, what more can you ask for? Well, apparently that was just one of the great things about elsewhere. The food was to die for and sitting at home writing about it, makes me crave it. I would come back just for the dahl! Location! Elsewhere is located just out of Weligama, so you don't get the hustle of the town, which is so nice, and you still have little shops right next to the camp! We walked into town most days to get coconuts and it took us 10 minutes! Marc and Mark have a great local team, everyone they work with are such beautiful people, and they made our stay unforgettable. I cant recommend this place enough! Going to Sri Lanka without going here should be a crime! Thanks for the good times guys, I'll be back soon!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Spain

    "Amazing spots for surfing, great staff. Good food included. take some surf lessons, it will be worth it! Fun time in shared areas, meet new people. Safe place. Breakfast is amazing, homemade food (breakfast and dinner included) Also, interesting parties at Tiki's place. Perfect to surf (beginners to advanced), to meet people, and to meet the culture in Sri Lanka."

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  • Review by Geir L.

    "We had a delightful 10 days visit in Elsewhere Surf Camps just before the season was about to kick-in. It's really a very nice time to visit a developing Weligama since its not to hot and not to busy but still lots of thongs to do and enough people around so you don't get bored. The staff is relaxed, helpful, and friendly, so use their knowledge and advise and you'll do just great, whatever your interest are. We lived in a single room but the bunk-beds in the dorm is awesome, well planned and hand built, by the best dorms I have seen around the globe! The surf camp is a few minutes away from Weligama (surf for all levels) in a tuk tuk or you can visit the secluded Jungle Beach a few minutes walk away (surf for the experienced one). Short trips around Weligama you have the more busy and more touristic Melissa beach, the old fortress in Galle, good local restaurants, the worlds second biggest blow hole in Hummanaya, tea plantations, snake farms, whale watching and much more! Book now!"

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  • Review by Mathijs A.
    10 out of 10

    "For sure, this is the best place to stay at Sri Lanka! Only a walking distance to the beach! Amazing people, amazing food, everything about elsewhere is just amazing! I would highly recommend staying there. See you guys elsewhere"

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  • Review by Felix R.
    10 out of 10

    "This place is bombs! Coolest crew with the best surf instructors and a massive range of surfboards in the shed. A surf camp that embodies the freedom and feel of pure surf travel and cultural rural Sri Lanka life. They provided everything from day activities, surf lessons, to amazing food and pumping parties at their own tiki cliff top bar! In my opinion, it's the best way to spend your time in Sri Lanka! Big ups to the boys Marc and Mark for hard work put in to make everyone feel at home!! Cheers."

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  • Review by Lisa W. from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I've spent one week at Elsewhere and even though I have been to a couple of surf camps before I had one of the best weeks of my life. The guys are simply legends, the food is amazing, the instructors are super professional, and the accommodation is cool. I enjoyed every single minute of my stay as we have been entertained 24 hours and seven days but had also plenty of time to just relax and chill. I will definitely come back, thanks again and see you soon, Elsewhere!"

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  • Review by Michelle D. from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "I had an amazing stay at Elsewhere! Perfect location, nice rooms, great bar and restaurant, delicious food and excellent staff. Our surf coach, Mark, was fantastic. I am a beginner and I couldn't believe how quickly I improved! The yoga classes were fantastic and such a great way to start the day. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my stay here. My only regret is that we couldn't stay longer!"

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Matara, Sri Lanka

Elsewhere Surf Camps offers retreats with surfing for all surfing levels, yoga, physical training, massage, and many other activities.

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8 days / 7 nights

Availability

This vacation is available all year round, except in May and June, with arrival on Sunday from September to April. 

 

Low season
  • July 1 - September 30

 

Mid season
  • October 1 to 31

 

High season
  • November 1 - April 30

 

 

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