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7 Days All Levels Surf Camp in Portugal

All-Level Portugal Surf Camp

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Instruction in English

Want to progress your surfing or simply learn? Need a relaxing surf holiday in Algarve, Portugal? Jah Shaka Surf provides the ultimate Portugal surf holiday experience with four separate levels of coaching depending on your individual ability. When your day's over, relax at the lodge over a beer at the bar, dig into a barbecue, and meet some of the other people that have made surfing their new passion.


  • 5 full days of surfing
  • All surf equipment needed
  • 10 surf lessons with professional surf coach
  • Daily delicious breakfast and healthy packed lunch for five days
  • Transport to the best beaches
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Fully insured surf school

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Tiny Whale Surf Lodge

Teaming up with Tiny Whale Surf Lodge in the Algarve, just a stone's throw from Lagos, has given Jah Shaka Surf a fantastic opportunity to offer much more than just a normal surf camp. The venue hosts not only surfers, but a wide selection of people from all over the world that share a common passion for getting active outside and trying something new. You never know who you're going to meet and which new passion you might fall in love with.

They are set in the beautiful countryside offering a tranquil escape in nature. The best bit? They are still just five minutes' drive away from Lagos, voted as the world's best holiday destination in 2014. With fantastic restaurants and a great range of bars and lively nightlife, staying at Tiny Whales Surf Lodge truly gives you the best of both worlds!

The lodge has a beautiful pool and garden, vast orange groves, in-house bar, plenty of hammocks and communal spaces, free Wi-Fi, and a beautiful garden yoga studio. The Tiny Whale Lodge is ideal for couples, families, groups of friends, and solo travelers looking for a little more space, but wanting to enjoy the type of social atmosphere of a surf camp venue with better quality service and accommodation.

Jah Shaka Surf also offers other accommodation options with prices varying depending on which month you choose to book. Fully run and managed by the Jah Shaka team, you’ll enjoy the great social atmosphere they are famous for and have a choice of private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, private rooms with shared bathrooms, single snug room, and double snug room providing something for every budget. If you are interested in these room options, please feel free to send Jah Shaka Surf an inquiry.

Luxury bell tents

A truly unique accommodation option at the Tiny Whale Lodge, the luxury bell tents are the most popular place to stay. Tucked away in their secluded orange orchard in the Portuguese countryside, it's the perfect place for couples, friends, and families looking for something different.

Each bell tent is fully furnished with comfortable full sized mattresses, homemade wooden beds, mood lighting, hand woven local rugs from Sagres, and are hooked up to mains electric. Each teepee can be set up as a double, twin, and can sleep up to a total of four people.

You'll have full access for the Tiny Whale Lodge, including the indoor and outdoor bathrooms with hot showers and all the facilities you would expect. Enjoy their huge garden, pool, bar, fire pit, games room, free Wi-Fi, delicious daily breakfasts, and some fantastic advice from the staff on what's on offer in and around the area. The rustic historical town of Lagos and the surrounding beaches are still only a short five minute drive away.

Nearby places

  • Lagos - 5 minutes


Beginner (level 1)

Never surfed before? No problem! Jah Shaka Surf's highly experienced team of Instructors will give you the confidence and training to take your first steps and have you up and riding in no time. They have developed their surf lessons based around the ASI and ISA training centers to ensure you get the most out of your week in the water. With two coastlines to explore, they will nearly always find fun sized waves that are perfect for beginners, ensuring your first experience in the water is a great one.

Beginner and intermediate (level 2)

If you've been on a couple of surf holidays before and have grips with the basics and want to progress, their level 2 surf lessons are great for giving you the advice and coaching you need to get out of the white water and into your first green waves. They also focus on making you a more complete surfer now that you're wanting to go 'out back', teaching the essential rules every surfer needs to know about surf etiquette, safety and rips, and the right equipment for you.

Intermediate and green wave riders (level 3)

If you're already catching small green waves, feel relatively confident in the water, but still aren't sure how to choose the best and safest spot to surf - want to understand wave forecasting, want to improve your wave count, pop up, and learn your first turns - the perfect course for you is Jah Shaka Surf's intensive intermediate surf course; green wave riders. Weeks run every April and October or November, have a high focus on video coaching, and course mates will be of a similar surfing ability to yourself.

Intermediate and advanced (level 4)

This course is designed for surfers that have a good pop up, the beginnings of good turns, and maybe a cut back here or there. This course teaches better duck diving technique, body position, speed, control, and a variety of other techniques once again backed up with a heavy focus on video coaching. The advanced surf coaching weeks run in April and October or November.

Waves and beaches

The surf lessons are located among some of Europe's most beautiful and cleanest beaches and being in the Algarve, having two coastlines so close together to choose from, sets them apart from any other surfing destination in Europe. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, Jah Shaka Surf offers access to some of the best and most consistent waves in Portugal virtually all year round.

This area is known for always having a wave to surf somewhere due to the vast selection of beaches. Jah Shaka Surf can't always guarantee perfect surf, but 365 days a year they're so sure they'll find something to surf while you're there that they offer your full money back for the day if they have not managed to get you surfing at least once. When other European destinations go flat, this area of Portugal always has waves!


Bursting with sunshine and known for its laid back lifestyle, the western Algarve is the perfect holiday destination to unwind and recharge with some deserved rest and recuperation. Whether you achieve this by exploring the fantastic culture and un-spoilt countryside, chilling out, and catching some waves at some of Europe's most stunning beaches, or want to find adventure taking part in the endless outdoor activities on offer, the choice is yours.

Well away from the main stream eastern Algarve international tour operators, the west has largely stayed underdeveloped and still retains its natural charm. Traveling just half an hour from either the south or west coast up through the countryside to the Monchique mountain at 1000 meters, the whole area is speckled with small villages and towns with one foot in past.

You can find traditional coffee shops, bakers, fresh produce from local producers, and artisan craftsmen all selling their wares. Don't miss out on the local cuisine of this area either with a cataplana (fresh fish stew), barbecued sardines, and a pastilla de nata for dessert.



  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Sailing
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Wine tasting / tour


  • Beach nearby
  • Café nearby
  • Garden
  • Night club nearby
  • Restaurant nearby


  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental


Daily breakfast and five healthy packed lunches are included in this package. Jah Shaka Surf have a fantastic in-house chef from an experienced background in five star boutique resorts. His evening meals and weekly barbecue are a real highlight for the guests. He can provide four evening meals during your stay.

Things to do (optional)

Bom dia trip

Have a relax day on the sailing boat sunbathing, snorkeling, and exploring the caves and grottos of Ponta da Piedade in Lagos.

Booze cruise

Party with other ship mates from all over the world aboard a private boat and enjoy all the beer and sangria you can drink!


An unforgettable off-road buggies safari through the tracks, trails, hills, and riverbeds of the Algarve. Breathtaking scenery, panoramic views, and wildlife.


The Algarve boast some of the best rock climbing in Europe, from sport climbing, to deep water soloing, bouldering, and adventure.


Explore the coastline of the natural park of Costa Vicentina, find the hidden beaches, and jump from the cliffs.


Dive trips for beginner or experienced divers with a PADI certified diving center and course directors.

Dolphin safari

One of Portugal's best boat trips, dolphin watching is a unique and unforgettable Algarve coastal safari experience.

Drone flight introduction

Thinking of getting a new toy? Learn to fly a professional drone and take pictures and videos of the stunning Algarve coast line.


A great fishing day aboard a fully equipped sport fishing boat, either deep sea fishing, shark fishing, or big game fishing.

Fly boarding

Get up to 30 feet in the air above the water and then dive in like a dolphin.

Grotto tours

Grotto tours is one of best boat trips in Algarve. View the stunning coastline of Lagos and go inside the remarkable grottos.

Horse riding

Ride through the valley, rivers, and hills exploring Portuguese countryside landscape with a great selection of trees in Algarve.


Fun for the whole family to try different inflatables on the Meia Praia beach in Lagos.

Jet skiing

A high adrenaline low physical exertion water sport. A fun and exhilarating way to explore the Algarve's stunning coastline.


Kayak trips exploring some of Portugal's most beautiful coastline.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking in the Algarve with its extinct volcanoes, vast natural parks, and endless dirt roads and single track surrounding Lagos.

Papagio power kite

Learn the basics skills of kiting without getting your feet wet. Power kiting can be practiced by everyone, from young to old!


Paintballing is the ultimate adrenaline rush and super fun to play in a team when you are on holiday in Lagos!

Quad bike

A fabulous activity for on Algarve the off-roads, along the fascinating old villages, plunging valleys, and un-spoilt terrain in the south of Portugal.


Learn to sail on the Atlantic Ocean in Portugal. Get the necessary knowledge of equipment and control of the sailing boat


One of the best places in Europe to try skydiving due to the fantastic landscape and year round warm weather.

Vagabundo tours

Explore the spectacular Algarve south and west coast beaches and feel the thrill of standing at the end of the world.

Wake boarding and water skiing

Experience the amazing thrill of wake boarding or water skiing in the Portuguese sunshine, suitable for individuals, groups, and hen or stag parties.

West coast adventures

One-of-a-kind Algarve wild west coast adventure. Hike, climb, and scramble your way along sea cliffs, through plunging ravines, and inside secret caves.

Wind surfing

No matter what your level, they have a course designed for you at one of the best windsurfing locations in Europe.

Wine tasting

Experience organic wine tasting at Monte da Cateleja - a typical Portuguese farm just outside Lagos.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 10 surf lessons for five days
  • 10% discount at Jah Shaka's surf shop
  • Daily breakfast and five packed lunches
  • Insurance
  • Professional surf coach
  • Transport to the best beaches
  • Use of surf camp facilities
  • Use of surf equipment

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Dinner

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), Seville Airport (SVQ), or Faro Airport (FAO). Transfer from and to Faro Airport (FAO) is available upon request for 46 EUR both ways.

Arrival by bus

Lagos bus station delivers passengers from a variety of operators from all over Portugal. Buses are frequent, well maintained, and are of good value.

Arrival by train

Good value rail links from east and north bring passengers through to Lagos station.

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