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Beginner Surf Camp Sri Lanka

Beginner difficulty
Maximum 10 participants
Breakfast & dinner included
Airport transfer available

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Welcome to an Arugam Bay surf camp experience! Arugam Bay surf camp is a fun filled surf camp in the heart of Arugam Bay and by joining this surf camp, you will get surf lessons, massage, and all surf equipment required to make your surf camp enjoyable. Also, you will have a chance to taste the best smoothie bowls in town. Come over and enjoy the good vibes and the fun spirit of the surf team!

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Mohamed Salman Ismail & 5 More…
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  • 1 yoga class
  • Transportation to and from surf spots
  • 4 two-hour surf lessons including all surf equipment
  • Experienced surf instructors with ISA certificates
  • Free surf photographs of you
  • 1 complimentary massage
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 3 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$ 158 per person)
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • ATM / banking
  • Baby sitting
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Cell phone rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laptop rental
  • Laundry
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Valet

During this surf camp, you will be staying at Arugam Bay Star Rest Beach Hotel. Feel free to fully utilize the amenities and facilities provided by the hotel such as their laptop rental, board rental, car rental, free parking for hotel guests, laundry services, and tour assistance. There are also ATMs nearby and currency exchange services for your convenience.

Bask in the Sri Lanka sun from your hotel terrace and enjoy the local delicacies from the restaurants around the area. You can also request for their special menu if you are feeling adventurous to try new things.

For the single room, you will have your own hammock, mosquito net, standing or ceiling fan, single and twin beds, and private terrace. Single and double rooms also have air conditioner ,en-suite bathrooms, free toiletries, free Wi-Fi, a desk wardrobe or closet, outdoor shower, a patio, and room cleaning and laundry service.


Please do not expect your room to have a hot water.


Your experienced surf instructor will be there to guide you through two hours of surf lessons per day. Do not worry if you do not have a surfboard as you can rent all the surf equipment provided at the camp. You can also enjoy daily drives to local surf spots, the locations vary depending on the day's wave conditions. Lastly, enjoy a complimentary massage for your sore muscles after a long day of surf lessons and catching waves.


Mohamed Jeleel

Salman Sal

Ismail Ansa

Faina Moha

Ishak Mohi

Julia Turcato

Dorota Quzila

Ss Sulfi


The camp is based in Arugam Bay and has an array of quality surf spots for all levels. Starting from sunrise, you have perfect, glassy conditions for surfing with the wind picking up between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., ideal for kite and wind surfers. Arugam Bay also has famous surf points, which hosted various international competitions. The best season for surfing runs from March to October.

Here are some of the non-secret surf spots to check out for:

  • Arugam Bay point - the best for beginners
  • Crocodile Rock - dependent on the swell's mood
  • Elephant Rock - amazing location and good waves
  • Light house - remote and romantic with a small sand break
  • Main point - the best for advanced surfers with right, reef breaks, long and fast waves
  • Okanda - the highest waves and big swells only
  • Peanut Farm - a must for all levels as it offers high-quality waves
  • Pottuvil point - the longest one and opens late into the season
  • Whiskey point - great for beginners with fun waves and sunrise sessions


  • Arugam Bay beach - 1 minute
  • Village center - 10 minutes


During your holiday, you will be served breakfast daily. Arugam Bay surf camp offers a range of breakfast options, as well as coffee, home-made desserts, and healthy smoothie bowls. If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate your concerns to Starrest Arugambay when making a reservation.

The resort's café also serves fresh breakfast lunch from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They offer an array of snacks and beverages at any time for guests at additional costs. The café is pleased to open early morning in time for the surfers, yogis, and travelers who would like a hot drink and snack box to take away. Special barbecue seafood nights are available upon request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
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)

After 6:30 p.m., surfing guests can visit the following attractions in the area with additional cost. You can make day trips from Arugam Bay to see the plantations, waterfalls, old ruins, Panama sand dunes, temples, and see the wildlife in Kumana.

Visit Lahugala National Park

Located about 16 kilometers inland to the west of Potuvil is the 1554 hectare Lahugala Kitulana National Park. The Pottuvil-Monaragala trunk road runs through the south-eastern sector of the park. It is two kilometers off the main Monaragala - Pottuvil road, approximately five kilometers from Potuvil.

The park lies between larger wildlife reserves of Gal Oya National Park to the north and Ruhuna Yala National Park to the south. The Lahugala Park is part of the protected 'Elephant Corridor' for the elephant population to move freely across the south-eastern part of the island initiated by the Government as a part of its nature and wildlife conservation project.

Visit Magul Maha Viharaya

Located in the north to the edge of the park is the Magula Maha Viharaya, an ancient temple built by King Devanmpiyathissa in the second century BC which also attracts tourists. This temple has a historic Vihara and is said to be the location where the King married Princess Vihara Maha Devi. The foundations of the “Magul Maduwa” where the wedding ceremony took place can still be seen in the Vihara premises.

The entire Vihara complex had covered an extent of around 10000 acres where ruins of a palace, moonstone, monastery, bo-maluwa, stupas, and ponds are found scattered all over. The moonstone here is said to be unique in the country as this is the only location where elephants are carved with their mahouts in the moonstone.

Visit Muhudu Maha Viharaya

Alongside the Arugambay in Pottuvil is an inconspicuous but ancient temple called Muhudu Maha Viharaya. Many archaeologists believe that this spot, also known as the Samudra Maha Vihara, in fact, marks the place at which Princess Devi set foot in the Ruhuna Kingdom. According to a stone inscription that was found in the vicinity of the shrine, this place had also been called Ruhunu Maha Viharaya in the past.

The temple site which has of late been encroached upon by villagers has been reduced to a small shrine with three granite statues. The central statue is of the Buddha with two more sculptures believed to be those of royalty facing it. Believed to have been built in the 5th century AD during the reign of King Dhathusena, many believe the royal figures depicted in worshiping position are in fact those of King Kavantissa and his Queen Vihara Maha Devi.

Visit Okanda

Okanda Hill top has by long tradition been cited as one of the places where a divine katir from Lord Skanda struck. Veddas preserved the sanctity of the place with a simple shrine of stick and ola leaves. According to another myth, the third ray from Vakura Hill reached here and came to rest on this hilltop, making it a favorite site for Murukan worship.

There is yet a third myth according to which, Valli and Murukan arrived in separate stone boats which still rest on the beach to reside on top of the Ukantai Malai. The temple is located along the eastern shores of the country, along which the pilgrims walk to Katirkamam. In places like Panama and Kumana, which are close to Ukantai, Tamils, and Sinhalese lived in harmony even down to the present day.

Visit Panama

Panama village and region still preserves traces of an agrarian tradition that is many thousands of years old, composed of highly skilled and knowledgeable farmers. The region is also home to an extraordinary genetic diversity, particularly renewable forest products from perennial species and from plants of known medicinal value. Many Panama villagers still maintain the cultural knowledge associated with this region.

What's included

  • 1 free yoga class
  • 1 free massage
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 4 x 2-hour surf lessons
  • Daily delicious breakfasts and dinner
  • Daily king coconut
  • Free surf photographs of you
  • Free surf videos of you
  • Free laundry
  • Free Wi-Fi Unlimited
  • Half-day Panama village and temple tour
  • Sunset picnic at Crocodile Rock
  • Professional team of instructors with ISA certificates
  • Surf equipment provided
  • Transport to and from surf sports
  • Free surf camp t-shirts of you

What's not included

  • Air tickets
  • Airport transfer
  • Insurance
  • Lunch
  • Nature tours
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to this airport is available. The private taxi fee is 158 USD per way from the airport to the resort.

Arrival by shuttle

Star Rest Beach Hotel can arrange a pick-up in Colombo for:

  • Six-seater van from Colombo City, 165 USD
  • Six-seater van from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), 180 USD
  • Fifteen-seater van from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), 360 USD

This surf camp can also arrange transport (pick-up / drop off) to and from other destinations. Contact Star Rest Beach Hotel for more details and costs.

Arrival by train

Train from Colombo Central Railway Station to Ella is for nine hours, and Badulla for ten to eleven hours.

Arrival by taxi

You can book a taxi from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). The ride will take 412 kilometers.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$ 158 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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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