8 Days Surf Camp Sri Lanka

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

Overview

Sri Lanka Surf Camp

Elsewhere is owned and run by surfers in their middle 20’s and middle 30’s from all around the world including Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Germany, France, and Russia. Whether it is yoga, surfing, or partying, Elsewhere Surfcamps has got you covered. They have the best team on their little island with a mix of locals and travelers so your holiday will be an unforgettable memory in your life.

Highlights

  • Daily surf lessons
  • Professional instructors
  • Private lessons for intermediate breaks
  • Free use of beginner surfboards and skateboards
  • Transfer from Elsewhere to the beach
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 8.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Base camp consists of a 10 person dorm room, three deluxe rooms with air conditioning and en-suites, and one private room with shared bathroom. Base camp is open all year round. In times of overflow, Elsewhere Surf Camps has hotel partners in the same street and can accommodate up to a maximum of 70 people which make it the largest group booking available in Sri Lanka. Shower towel is provided.

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 transfer to Elsewhere Surf Camp in South Sri Lanka via own adventure or quick van transfer. Check in and meet the team and other guests. Enjoy seafood beach barbecue and Sri Lankan style cocktails then train from Colombo to Weligama.

Monday

Beginning your day and enjoy your breakfast buffet, a combination of Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily. You will have surf lesson or professional surf guiding. After that, you may explore Weligama and shop or relax at the beach or free surf. In the evening, you can come to Tiki Cliff bar and restaurant and have your dinner with Sri Lankan omelets.

Tuesday

After joining surf lesson or professional surf guiding, you will have time to experience Galle, the historic city protected from the tsunami by the fort walls or the smorgasbord of shops and museums. At lunch, you can visit one of the famous restaurants and enjoy delicious local foods. You will eat your dinner at the camp and relax to a classic movie or get your party on. Private lessons are available on this day.

Wednesday

During this day, you can surf harder and take lessons or a guiding with a strong body. At your free time, you may explore and play beach games or choose other optional activities. Having your dinner at Tiki with a Reggae party night. Tiki Cliff is getting rave reviews around Sri Lanka and is quickly becoming the best bar on the Island. Tiki Cliff was started by one of the owners of Elsewhere Surf Camps and is stumbling distance from your bed.

Thursday

You will have time to tweak those surf skills, explore and play beach games, or choose other optional activities. Surf instructors analysis and reports about your results. After that, you will have a beach party.

Friday

You will learn your last lesson on this day and followed by exploring Mirissa, a tourist hot spot because of its beautiful beaches and bars. A party like 'It is Friday' will be organized at Tiki Cliff Top Party.

Saturday

This is a chill day or free surf or surf max and optional activities. You can join a party at the Hikkaduwa beach clubs. Practice beach yoga.

Sunday

You will check out at 12:00 and attend to optional activities if you want.

Sri Lanka is a small island with a highway and train line running very close to the ocean. For this reason, most hotels and resorts sit right on the highway and the vibe is often ruined by constant traffic noise and the hustle and bustle of commuters and every day hawkers trying to sell you goods or services. True to the name Elsewhere Surf Camps, they are away from all chaos in one of the very few exclusive areas on the beach side of the highway.

The area is quiet and unknown to many tourists which will give you an authentic Sri Lankan experience. Surrounded by a friendly local community and an abundance of wildlife such as monkeys, peacocks, monitor lizards, and squirrels, it is like having a jungle safari right in your back garden. Not only that but all customers are VIPs at a bar or restaurant within stumbling distance that is getting rave reviews and is now considered the best place to party in Sri Lanka.

Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Tennis court
  • Volleyball court
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Night club nearby
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Customized lessons to cater for beginner and intermediate
  • Free use of beginner surfboards and skateboards.
  • Private and two-person lessons for intermediate breaks
  • 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.

Verified BookSurfCamps.com reviews

  • Review by a traveler

    "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 Gold Coast, 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 Barcelona, 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.

    "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.

    "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 Stuttgart, Germany

    "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 County Dublin, Ireland

    "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 Surfcamps offers surfing for all surfing levels, with lessons for beginners and guiding for intermediate to advanced surf, yoga, physical training, massage, and many other activities.

Speaks English

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8 days / 7 nights

Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • May 1 - September 30

 

High season
  • November 1 - March 31

 

Mid season
  • April and October

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