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7 Days Fantastic Surf Camp and Yoga Holiday in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Surf and Yoga Holiday Sri Lanka

Welcome to 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 treat yourself to a week of surf and yoga in stunning Sri Lanka. Surf will make your vacation a thrilling one and with the perfect complement, yoga, you will be able to develop skills that are crucial when you first start surfing: upper body strength, flexibility, and endurance.

Highlights

  • 6 surf lessons and 3 yoga classes
  • 1 relaxing complimentary massage and a lagoon safari
  • Trip to ancient forest monastery of Kudumbigala and Okanda temple
  • Experienced professional team of instructors with ISA certificates
  • Daily tasty breakfast with coffee and tea
  • Transport to and from the surf sports
  • Use of the surfing equipment
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10

Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport (US$145 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • ATM / banking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Cell phone rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laptop rental
  • Laundry
  • Newspapers
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

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 condition, en-suite bathrooms, free toiletries, free Wi-Fi, a desk wardrobe or closet, outdoor shower, a patio, room cleaning and laundry service.

Starrest Arugambay Sri Lanka Surf Camp Program

Starrest Arugambay aims to keep things a bit different. From their fine surrounding at the guesthouse and the surf points nearby, all their certified surf coaches and guides, and to the equipment that they use, they aim to have the highest regional standard.

Everything on the surf coaching courses is designed to make sure that you get the most out of your surfing during your stay. The surf programs are comprehensive in that they not only include plenty of time in the surf. Each surfing session is progressive and goal oriented for each of the participants and at the end of the surf session, your coach will be discussing with you how you progressed learning that new skill taught.

The team is careful not to mix ability levels. Therefore, there will be a four-to-one student-instructor ratio at all times. This will also mean that you will never have to wait for others to keep up or feel left behind looking at the good surfers.

Day 1

  • Check in at Star Rest Beach Hotel at 11 a.m.
  • Trip to the ancient forest monastery of Kudumbigala and Okanda temple at 1 p.m.
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Morning yoga session
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Evening surf lesson
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Morning yoga session
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Evening surf lesson
  • Dinner

Day 4

  • Morning yoga session
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Evening surf lesson
  • Dinner

Day 5

  • Morning yoga session
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Evening surf lesson
  • Dinner

Day 6

  • Morning breakfast
  • Surf lesson
  • Complimentary free massage
  • Lunch
  • Lagoon safari (boat tour)
  • Dinner

Day 7

  • Breakfast
  • Surfing lesson
  • Check out time at 12:00 p.m.

Included excursions

You have included in the price one trip to ancient forest monastery of Kudumbigala and Okanda temple. There will also be a lagoon (boat) safari during this program.

Instructors

Ismail Ansar
Ismail Ansar is the owner of Sta Rest Beach Hotel Arugambay. He is the lead instructor of this surf camp.
Mohamed Jeleel
Jeleel has been teaching surfing since 2011 at Star Rest Beach Hotel Arugambay.
Julia Turcato
Julia is a nomad traveler from Switzerland, Geneva. She is based in Southeast Asia since 5 years ago. Julia's journey is crazy. She moved a lot since she was a child, Africa, Asia, Europe. She surpassed many blocks and fears. And now she wants to help you, she has some fun tools. You are born to be unique and awesome.

Location

This surf camp will take place in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka. It 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

Nearby places

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

Features

Activities

  • Surfing

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Night club
  • Restaurant
  • River

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Cell phone rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laptop rental
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Valet
  • Wireless internet

Food

During this holiday, you will be served with daily breakfast included in your price package. 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 is a good idea to communicate your concerns to Starrest Arugambay when making a reservation.

The resort's café also serves fresh breakfast lunch from 07:00 a.m. to 04:00 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
  • Drinks

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)

During this holiday, after 06:30 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 RuhunaYala 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 MagulaMahaViharaya, 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 ViharaMaha Devi. The foundations of the “MagulMaduwa” 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 MuhuduMahaViharaya. Many archaeologists believe that this spot, also known as the SamudraMahaVihara, 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 RuhunuMahaViharaya 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 ViharaMaha 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 UkantaiMalai.

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 village

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

  • 6 surf lessons (each hours)
  • 3 yoga sessions
  • Surfing equipment
  • 1 complimentary free massage
  • Experienced professional team of instructors with ISA certificates
  • Transport to and from surf sports
  • One trip to ancient forest monastery of Kudumbigala and Okanda temple
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry service
  • 1 lagoon safari
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airport transfer
  • Insurance
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Nature tours
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to this airport is available at an additional fee.

Arrival by taxi

The private taxi fee is 145 USD per way from the airport to the resort.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport (US$145 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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