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5 Day All Levels Yoga Holiday, Surf Camp, and Exploring Tours in Arugam Bay, Eastern Province

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Surf and Yoga Holiday Sri Lanka

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Breakfast included
Airport transfer available

Join Lankan Tour Hub at Excellent Surf School in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka during this yoga and surf camp program. There, surfers of any level will be able to refresh themselves and have access to beautiful warm water. Arugam Bay has been considered a little slice of paradise by some, and the same can be said about the villa, waves, and surroundings.

Meet the instructors

Ranga & Lesitha
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Highlights

  • 5 basic yoga classes
  • Free use of surf boards
  • Unlimited surf theory lessons
  • 6 surf lessons and surf tours (all levels)
  • Arugam Bay lagoon boat tour
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Elephant safari trail
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Sinhalese, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$150 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (US$100 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Conference room
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

During this holiday, you have the option of staying in a private room in the villa or 3 / 4 star hotels in Arugam Bay, depending on your budget or needs.

Hostels

  • 20 dorm beds in 2 hostels AC and non-AC
  • 20 private rooms AC and non-AC

Villas

  • 10 luxury private rooms in villas

Included facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbecue 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

Program

Day 1: Arugam Bay Beach - basic sunset yoga class

Your check in time is at 12 p.m. at the hotel. Once you've checked in, you will have a basic sunset yoga class in the evening (for almost one and a half hours) and it will be start at around 5:30 p.m. The class will end at around 7 p.m. and you will be back at the hotel at around 7:30 p.m.

Day 2: Arugam Bay Beach - Peanut Farm / Elephant Rock - 1 yoga class - 2 basic surf lessons

You will begin your day by enjoying a breakfast buffet, a combination of Sri Lankan and western foods (changing daily). After the breakfast, your morning yoga class will start at 7:30 a.m. You will have a surfing lesson or professional surf guiding at Excellent Surf School on the beach for almost two hours. You can collect your basic surfboard and start your practice with the surf teacher.

You will have buffet for lunch. In the spare time, you may relax on the beach, go snorkeling, or you are free to practice surfing with the surf teacher in the afternoon. On this day, two surf lessons are included. You can go watch the evening sunset locations on the beach. You can watch the evening sunset from the top of the rock. In the evening, you will enjoy barbecue grilled dinner or Sri Lankan food and take a rest.

Day 3: Whiskey Point / Baby Point - 1 yoga class - 2 basic surf lessons - Kudumbigala Monastery - Lahugala National Park Elephant Safari

You will begin your day by enjoying a breakfast buffet, a combination of Sri Lankan and western foods (changing daily). After the breakfast, your morning yoga class will start at 7:30 a.m. You will have a surfing lesson or professional surf guiding at Excellent Surf School on the beach for almost four hours. You can collect your basic surfboard and start your practice with the surf teacher.

You will have buffet for lunch. In the spare time, you may relax on the beach, go snorkeling, or you are free to practice surfing with the surf teacher in the evening. You will start climbing to visit Kudumbigala Monastery and Lahugala National Park Elephant Safari at around 3 p.m. You can watch the evening sunset from the top of the rock. In the evening, you will enjoy barbecue grilled dinner or Sri Lankan food and take a rest.

Day 4: Crocodile Rock - 1 yoga - 1 surf lessons - boat safari

You will begin your day by enjoying a breakfast buffet, a combination of Sri Lankan and western foods (changing daily). After the breakfast, your morning yoga class will start at 7:30 a.m. You will have a surfing lesson or professional surf guiding at Excellent Surf School on the beach for almost four hours. You can collect your basic surfboard and start your practice with the surf teacher.

After the morning surf lesson, there will be spare time, you may relax on the beach, go snorkeling, or you are free to practice surfing yourself. In the evening at around 4 p.m., you will be heading to do the lagoon safari by boat. This excursion will be 3 hours. Once you return to the hotel, you will enjoy barbecue grilled dinner or Sri Lankan food and take a rest.

Day 5: Arugam Bay - Elephant Rock - 1 yoga class - 1 surf lessons

You will begin your day by enjoying a breakfast buffet, a combination of Sri Lankan and western foods (changing daily). After the breakfast, your morning yoga class will start at 7:30 a.m. You will have a surfing lesson or professional surf guiding at Excellent Surf School on the beach for almost two hours. You can collect your basic surfboard and start your practice with the surf teacher.

After this day's morning surf, all the lessons are finished and hopefully, you will catch your own waves at your own surf spot. Check out is by 11 a.m. Grab some photos in Excellent Surf School to show off to your friends. Make sure you’ve got everyone on Facebook and say goodbye to your surf camp family. They miss you already.

Surfing course

Beginners surfing lessons

  • Preparations on the beach including safety introduction
  • Surfing supported by an instructor
  • Time for break/s if needed
  • Short wrap-up

Level 1 surfing lesson

Level 1 surfing lesson is designed for the complete beginner and for those who have tried surfing a few times but have not been able to catch a wave by themselves. You will learn surfing with the right techniques accompanied with friendly and experienced surfing instructors of The Surfer Arugam Bay. One instructor will guide a maximum of 2 persons. For first-timers, this shorter beginner's class is recommended, as surfing is a physically demanding sport and can be quite tiring!

Level 2 surfing lesson

Level 2 surfing lesson is designed for the surfers who can catch a wave in the white water but want to continue to progress their surfing and learn safety tips, tricks, how to go to the lineup, how to catch a green wave properly, and turn so they can improve from a beginner surfing level to an intermediate one.

Intermediate surf lessons

An innovative and unique coaching system for intermediate and advanced surf lessons is thought of as one of the best island-wide. Booking with Sri Lankan Tour Hub is a process where they get to know who you are, where you are in your surfing, and what you want from the course. That attention to your needs and the ability to really expand your surfing is what makes them so special. They have coached right up to top international competitors and have over 10 years of surf coaching experience at the intermediate and advanced levels of surfing.

Developing your surfing technique

Board selection and design service is unlike any other surf camp or school. Imagine having just the right board being chosen by your own coach? A board that will really help you have more fun and advance in your surfing.

If you are just moving onto unbroken waves and your first good turns, or if you’re more advanced and you're already trying to perfect maneuvers, then their coaching will be perfect for you.

They explain techniques clearly and always give you the correct and positive feedback that’s needed. They know they can make a huge difference to your surfing and women’s intermediate and advanced surfing is progressing all the time and their coaching and coaches reflect that too.

What you’ll learn.

You will cover at this level:

  • Perfecting take off / pop up
  • Acceleration techniques
  • Core balance in maneuvers
  • Top to bottom turns
  • Paddle out techniques duck dive
  • Paddling technique
  • Cutbacks, off the lips, floaters
  • Wave formation
  • The history of surfing
  • Surfboard design
  • The rules of surfing
  • Tides and how they work
  • Fitness for surfing
  • Types of surf spots
  • Surf prediction

Advanced surf lessons

The advanced surf lessons are focused on helping surfers to have more fun by gaining more control and better flow and consistency to your riding in more challenging waves.

What will you learn in advanced surf lessons?

  • This course will help you improve your bottom turn and to learn top turns or cutbacks, how to duck dive, and how to take control of your speed. Progress from passively gliding down the wave to actively surfing it.
  • Learn how to generate speed, choose the right maneuvers to stay in the power pocket of the wave, and how to improve your paddling technique so you use less energy.
  • The instructors can also help with advanced takeoff techniques to minimize wipeouts, and help you acquire better wave-reading to avoid close-outs and get a better position in the line-up.

How do advanced surf lessons work?

  • The instructors will do a short assessment that will help to determine your surfing level, so they can tailor the right training programs with specific exercises for you.
  • Depending on your abilities and goals, they will help you focus on the right exercises and on choosing the right equipment. They’ll ensure you don’t limit your development through poor equipment choices, such as having too small a board or the wrong fin set-up, etc.
  • All surf instructors are skilled and professional, certified by the International Surfing Association (ISA).
  • Sri Lankan Tour Hub keeps the groups small, always working to a maximum of eight students per instructor, in keeping with the recommendation of the ISA.

Included excursions

Arugam Bay surf tours

  • Main Point Surf Spot
  • Elephant Rock Surf Spot
  • Whiskey Point Surf Spot
  • Peanut Farm Surf Spot
  • Crocodile Rock Surf Spot
  • Baby Point Surf Spot
  • Okanda Point Surf Spot

Tours

  • Kudumbigala Monastery tour
  • Lahugala National Park elephant safari
  • Arugam Bay lagoon boat tour

Instructors

Ranga Shrimal

Lesitha Prabath

Location

This surf camp will take place at "Excellent Surf School" in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka. The camp is located on the beach and that will give you easy access to the surfing spots. It is also less crowded, giving you a hassle-free time to learn surfing properly or enjoy the waves to the fullest. As well as sunrise surf, the sunset surf is the most awesome experience to do.

Main Point - Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay's Main Point is known for its sweeping (400 - 600 meters) right hand point break; the headland is oriented perfectly to receive the South-South-East swell and holds best between 3 - 8 feet. As the wave is situated at the top of this head land, there is no protection from any cross winds during the season. Recommended for intermediate to advanced surfers, this wave can get pretty gnarly on low tide and big swells; keep in mind the reef it rolls over! This is the spot where Sri Lanka's only international surf competition is held. It's only a 5-minute walk from Hideaway.

Baby Point

Baby Point works from July onward and is technically the continuation of the wave from Main Point. As the wave folds around the headland, it runs into the bay, parallel to the beach. Once the beach has fully formed and all rock and reef has been covered up by sand, Baby Point is at its peak; between 2 - 4 feet. A great setup for beginners and long boarders - leisurely waves and sandy bottoms. A 2-minute walk from Hideaway.

Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock can be very technical when it’s working. The right hand wave breaks just off the rocks and often sucks into a barrel. On the outside, however, the wave mellows out as it opens into the bay. Only a deep take off presents any danger; otherwise mostly sandy and cruisy; between 2 - 6 feet.

This spot is another favorite for beginners and surf schools as a result of the sandy bar and the shallow waters from which to assist. More advanced surfers will certainly enjoy the deeper, more technical drop into this wave. Located 10 minutes away by tuk-tuk through farm land and jungle. Scenic; a sunset spot.

Whiskey Point

Waves are guaranteed all season long at Whiskey point because of its unique setup. The sweet spot just to the side of the rocks is an easy place to sit - one doesn't require much effort to get onto a wave when positioned correctly. The right hand wave is not so technical and tends to be fat and slow; between 2 - 6 feet.

Great for learners and a preferred spot for surf lessons. Also, if you are just getting back into the water after awhile and need to regain confidence. 20 minute tuk-tuk ride through farmland and villages.

Peanut Farm

There are two breaks here as a result of two head lands made up of rocks and carefully moulded sand. They can loosely be referred to as Main Point and Baby Point of Peanut Farm - Main Point being a highly technical right-hand wave that requires negotiating a steep, fast take off in front of rocks, often barreling between 3 - 6 feet.

Baby Point is technically the continuation of the earlier wave and is a little mellower at this point. Sandy bottom and a slower wave; between 2 - 4 feet.

If you are lucky enough to surf Peanut Farm on a day that both of these points connect, pack your bags and go home, it won’t get any better than this! All levels. Main Point is set up for more advanced surfers; Baby Point is a popular break for beginners. 15 minute tuk-tuk ride through farmland and jungle; scenic.

Okanda Surf Point

The very last (legal) surf spot on the east coast provides two options. The main (southern) wave is technical and wild as it is exposed entirely. A gradual rock off to the side creates a suction of water from which a steep, fast right hand wave is created. The water stands tall and maintains its strength all the way to the sand, barreling occasionally; between 3 - 6 feet.

The orientation of large rocks to the north provide some protection from direct swell and create a shallow, sandy bay where long, mellow waves form; between 2 - 4 feet. All levels. The main break should be approached with caution. 45-minute tuk-tuk through jungle; scenic.

Distances

  • Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) - 4 hours, 170 kilometers
  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) - 7 hours and 15 minutes, 415 kilometers via Southern Expy/E01

Food

On this dive camp, you will be served daily breakfast included in the price. For the rest of the meals, you can have the best local food experience as well as Western and Sri Lankan foods in the local restaurants.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 surf lessons or surf guiding (1.5 - 2 hours in the water)
  • 5 free yoga session at the ocean view yoga rooftop and on the beach
  • Surf tours for all the surf spots
  • Kudumbigala Monastery tour
  • Arugam Bay lagoon boat tour
  • Lahugala National Park elephant safari
  • 10 tuk-tuk surf tours
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • 5 buffet breakfasts
  • 6 after surf smoothies
  • Free coffee, tea, king coconut every day
  • Free filtered water top-ups
  • Board rental and transfers to the beach of the day
  • Small group sizes (between 1 - 3 students per instructor/guide)
  • Professional local and foreign internationally qualified instructors
  • Free use of beginner surfboards outside of lesson times
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Yoga mat every day

What's not included

  • Airport pickup from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Airport transfers to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Flights to and from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Lunch and dinner for 5 days
  • 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) or Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI).

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$150 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport Airport transfer available: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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 on arrival.
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