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7 Days Surf Lodge and Yoga Retreat in Nicaragua

  • Dale Dagger Surf Lodge, Playa Gigante, Rivas, Nicaragua

Intermediate Surf and Yoga Retreat Nicaragua

Papaya Wellness is now offering an intermediate to advanced surf camp from a beautiful beach front surf lodge in Playa Gigante. This will be an all inclusive yoga and surf retreat to restore balance and lightness to your life and relax while improving your surfing ability with high level coaching. There will be daily yoga practices and surf boat trips to some of the best breaks in the area with video and photography during each session plus fun beach activities. Sumptuous and nourishing vegetarian and seafood fare, a relaxing massage, and real cultural immersion are all waiting for you.


  • 1 surf lesson and excursion
  • Daily yoga and Pilates sessions
  • Daily surf boat session with coaching
  • Daily surf photography and video coaching
  • Fresh fruit smoothie and juice
  • 1 complimentary massage
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 nutritious meals a day
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The Lodge is the longest running surf camp in Nicaragua, about 17 years now, and the original founder has passed on all his wisdom and knowledge of surf in this area to their surf guides. He was the first one to surf these waves and name them, and he still visits the lodge all the time to hang out, talk, and give advice. There are new surf camps starting every day, and you never know what you will get.

The lodge is on the beach with two boats sitting out front at your disposal and a 30 second paddle to them. The camp is a lot of fun, perfectly located five minutes from the two best surf breaks in Nicaragua, comfortably nestled in the middle of our charming fishing village, walking distance to restaurants, bars and shops, and is quite affordable for the amazing experience you receive.


Nicaragua has gained popularity over the last few years for their great waves and its diversity both geographically and culturally. In the 16th century the Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony - today it has a population approaching 6,000,000 and tourism is its second largest industry. Why do people want to visit Nicaragua? Because it has a little of everything ranging from surfers seeking barreling bliss to families on bus tours visiting active volcanoes.

Dale Dagger Surf Lodge

The camp is a lot of fun, perfectly located five minutes from the two best surf breaks in Nicaragua, comfortably nestled in the middle of the charming fishing village, walking distance to restaurants, bars and shops, and is quite affordable for the amazing experience you receive.

  • Pilates
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Board rental
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Papaya Wellness caters meals to your personal preference, but you can always expect fresh, healthy, cuisine, and meals infused with local flavors, in season fruits and vegetables, lots of fresh fish, chicken and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. They can easily accommodate vegans, raw foodies, vegetarians, and gluten free dietary requests.

In between meals, they serve homemade raw chocolate bliss balls, energy bars, fruit plates, fresh juices, and smoothies (with no sugar added). They also like to have fun, and mix it up, offering sunsets on beautiful beach side patios to enjoy delicious cocktails, reminding you that you are in beachside paradise (think pineapple and umbrella garnish).


  • Beer, cocktails, and wine
  • Lunch on excursion days off site

Community out reach

Spend the day in rural Nicaragua giving out rice and beans to needy families and visiting their homes. Get off the beaten path and see the beauty of Nicaragua. This is an excellent option for families who would like to experience some of the Nicaraguan culture while giving back to needy families.

Day trip to San Juan de Sur

Visit the seaside bay of San Juan del Sur. Enjoy shopping and restaurants along the beautiful bay. Fantastic zip lining and adventure at Da Flying Frog.


Spend the day in the Colonial City of Granada. Take a horse drawn carriage ride and tour central Americas oldest colonial city, visit spectacular cathedrals, or enjoy a charming boat ride through the island chain of Las Isletas.

Masaya and Catarina

Enjoy Nicaraguas crafts and markets in the famous craft market of Masaya and have lunch in charming Catarina over looking Laguna de Apoyo.

Trip to Volcan Mombacho

Enjoy zip lining through the coffee plantation of Las Flores and tour of Nicarguas finest working coffee plantation.

  • Massage (30 USD for 30 minutes)
  • Massage (60 USD for 60 minutes)
  • 1 complimentary massage
  • 1 daily surf boat session, with stocked cooler to the best breaks in the area
  • 1 fresh fruit smoothie or juice and unlimited coffee and filtered water
  • 2 daily yoga and Pilates sessions lead by an experienced instructor
  • 3 nutritionally balanced and inspired vegetarian and seafood meals daily
  • 6 nights accommodation in a beachfront lodge
  • Airport shuttle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Optional local surfing sessions in the afternoon at the local beach break
  • Surf photography and video coaching daily
  • Additional spa services (available upon request)
  • Airfare in and out of Nicaragua
  • Lunch on any excursion days off site
  • Beer, cocktails, and wine
  • Tipping for on-site staff and services

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight into Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) in Managua.

Airport entrance tax for visitors to Nicaragua is 12 USD. Land border taxes range from 10 to12 USD depending on crossing and time of day.


  • Review by Erin Gallagher from United States

    "I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed taking classes from you while doing the honeymoon thing in Gigante. Your classes were very inspiring and brought me a lot of joy and relief from my chronic back pain. Your natural exuberance for life and your yoga practice is contagious and I left each day filled with gratitude and an inner calm.Doing the 108 sun salutations on the solstice with you and Carly was amazing, one of my absolute favorite memories of our entire trip. Thank you for providing such a sweet little oasis in the papaya grove; it is a very special place."

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  • Review by Whitney from United States

    "Thank you for such an amazing week! It was awesome and gave me so much more than I ever expected! Your food was fantastic, I feel great. Pretty sure Ill be back in Gigante, it is a magical place!"

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  • Review by Paola from British Colombia

    "I highly recommend Papaya Wellness retreats. Carly and India are excellent hosts who enthusiastically catered to my every whim in designing a retreat schedule of activities, adventure, culture, cuisine, philanthropy and relaxation."

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