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Highly Rated and Budget Friendly Surf Holiday Panama

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 12 participants
Breakfast included

If you're just looking for the simple basic surf instruction package, then you’ve found it! This surf holiday is for the surf nomad, the frugal traveler, and for everyone who is looking to meet like minded travelers and share amazing experiences with. This is a backpacker’s vacation delight!


  • Daily surf lessons
  • All surf equipment provided
  • Surf theory and video review session
  • Fresh juice, water, tea, and coffee available
  • Complimentary surf photos and video
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Restaurant
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi

Safari Surf School knows there are travelers who like to chill at cool backpacker type hostels to intermingle with the other world travelers while keeping things on a budget. This is the perfect lodging option for you! Choose from dorm style lodging to private room lodging.


Surf levels

Safari Surf School has broken down surfing levels into three easy to understand categories (there are more levels but for what they are teaching, these are sufficient).

They do ask guests to inform them of their current level in advance, but they also assess all of the guests during their first session to verify what level they are on and how they should proceed instructing them for the rest of their trip.


You will start from the basics and you will be taught how the surfboard works, proper paddling technique, placement on the surfboard and introduce you to the basics of “pop-up” technique, water safety / ocean awareness, the “Turtle Roll”, surf stance (Goofy or Regular foot), white water rides.


Safari Surf School will teach you the terminology like: impact zone, the line up, take of zone, backside, front side and together we’ll paddle out to the outside. You’ll learn to catch open faced waves on your own, “bottom turn” and “trim” on an open faced wave, or “grab your rail” while trimming on open faced wave.


You can read the waves and locate good catch-able waves on your own, can bottom turn and do “S” turns on the open face, can perform “cutbacks.” Now can perform cutbacks and off the lip maneuvers. Can tube ride both front side and back side.


Safari Surf School provides top-level surf equipment with sustainability in mind for its guests to use. They stock one of the highest end brand names around - the infamous Firewire!

Safari Surf School has all sizes and shapes from longboards to short boards, “fishes” and everything in between. All of the boards are waxed with all natural, non-toxic, biodegradable surf wax from Sticky Bumps, and recycled surfboard leashes from WaveTribe are used to keep you in touch with your board!

All guests are provided a lycra rash guard for their surf lessons to keep the sun off, the rash off, and your instructors can keep a good eye on you. Safari's older boards are rotated out of theit selection yearly, donated to the local community, and replaced with new ones. They donate the old boards to local schools and young kids just starting to surf.

Surf instruction

Safari Surf School knows one of your main reasons for visiting is to learn how to surf, or improve your skills. Not only do they teach you how to surf; they also teach you ocean awareness, basic pre-surf stretching exercises and, most importantly, safety.

All of your equipment will be supplied unless you prefer to bring your own. There are two 1.5 hour surf lessons each day, one at approximately 7:30 a.m. and the afternoon lesson will be at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Please note that lesson times may vary depending on wind and tide conditions. Safari Surf School employs a maximum three students to one instructor ratio (with the exception of large yoga retreats and corporate groups).

Safari Surf School not only employs all ISA (International Surfing Association) accredited surf instructors; they are all also RLSS certified lifeguards as well. They also employ state of the art tools and techniques to help expedite your learning curve.

Safari Surf School uses video review two times weekly .This allows them to critique your mechanics when popping up and paddling, and your overall placement on the board. With video shot from the beach, this will allow your instructors to get a detailed view of what you are doing correctly, and what techniques still need some work. All the angles will be covered!


Playa Venao is a locally famous surf spot 34 kilometers southwest of Pedasí. Playa Venao has hands-down the Azuero Peninsula's best surfing, with waves breaking in both directions that are perfect for every skill level. Surfers crawl out of their tents, climb out of their cars, and make their way to the ocean.

The amazing location will have you snuggled right up to the beach, mere footsteps away from the Pacific Ocean. There is nothing like falling to sleep hearing the soothing sounds of crashing waves only to wake up to that very same enticing sound.


  • Panama city - 5 hours



  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Zip lining


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Restaurant


  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi


Breakfast is included daily. There are also many restaurants within walking distance in the community. Fresh juice, water, tea, and coffee are also available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Zip line (70 USD)
  • Tour to Isla Iguana and snorkeling
  • Horseback riding (70 USD)
  • Kayaking (65 USD)
  • Private surf session (75 USD)
  • Massage (65 USD)
  • Deep sea fishing (300 USD)
  • SUP (65 USD)
  • Turtle watching (50 USD)
  • Daily yoga (five sessions)

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation at Safari Surf Hostel (dorm style, including all hotel taxes)
  • 24 / 7 full concierge services
  • Bicycle rental to explore your surroundings
  • Full breakfast daily
  • 6 surf lessons with all equipment provided
  • Free use of equipment in down time
  • Surf theory / video review session
  • Complimentary surf photos and video
  • Optional travel insurance from Travel Guard (free quote)

What's not included

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  • Dinners
  • Aadditional activities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Transfer from and to the airport is not included. Playa Venao, Panama is located five hours by taxi from Panama City or a via a short commuter flight and two-hour taxi drive.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Safari Surf School guests to arrive and depart on any day of the week, all year round. 


Pricing information

 For the Holiday peak season rates (December 20 to January 5), please send an inquiry.

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