Sri Lanka Surf Holidays
The Weligama area of Sri Lanka provides a fine selection of consistent surf breaks, all within a short stretch of coastline, and set in a rich tropical location. Situated in the south west of Sri Lanka, the island that Marco Polo described as “The finest island in the world,” the area is open to the same long distance south west swells that hit Indonesia.
Weligama is a beautiful large bay, at the centre of which is a fun, consistent beach break, which has no rocks, currents or other hazards. This makes it the perfect location for both beginner and intermediate surfers to share the experience of riding uncrowded tropical waves.
A 5 minute Tuk Tuk ride out of Weligama, along the coast road towards Midigama and Ahangama, are a large selection of reef and point break waves, all of which are easy to access, relatively mellow and very inviting for intermediate surfers wanting to get their first experience of non beach break waves. Due to the higher latitude of Sri Lanka to Indonesia, some slight swell decay occurs, making this the perfect stepping stone to experiencing more challenging waves, like the famous spots of Bali and other neighbouring Indonesian islands, if that is one of your surfing goals.
Our base is a family run hotel situated right on the beach, directly in front of the break at Weligama. The Sri Lankan couple who own the hotel were born and raised in the area, and have been running it for 14 years. Like all of the locals, they are friendly, warm and extremely welcoming. The hotel has a traditional Sri Lankan decor and all rooms are en-suite with showers, mosquito nets and a patio area overlooking the break.
When you’re not surfing, enjoy eating in the restaurant, located directly on the beach in the hotel’s gardens, serving both traditional and western cuisine. There is also an elevated seating area, where you can watch others ride the waves below you while you enjoy your meal. Your holiday cost includes a healthy breakfast and buffet-style evening meal every day.
Single, double and triple rooms are available and there is no problem if you are travelling alone and want to reduce costs, as we can team you up with one or two others (of the same sex) to share with.
If surfing and sunbathing on the golden sands in front of the hotel isn’t enough, there are plenty of other activities on offer. Explore the fishing village of Weligama, watching local fishermen land and sell their daily catch. There are Buddhist Temples nearby, as well as numerous national parks, home to elephants, leopards and a vast array of magnificent birds.
A short ride around the headland out of Weligama, you will find the beautiful village of Marissa, where you can take a whale watching tour or go diving with a PADI accredited school. Take a train half an hour up the coast to the city of Galle, Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting city, home to a 36 hectare world heritage Dutch built fort. There are also museums, fantastic architecture, shops and restaurants. The south west of Sri Lanka really does have it all!
Outbound: Depart London Heathrow: Sat 12.35. Arrive Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sun 08.05 -12 hours flying time with Qatar Airways via Doha.
Transfer by minibus to Weligama (approx. 3 hours), check in at beachfront accommodation and enjoy a first taste of tropical waves. 13 nights half board accommodation on the beach.
Inbound: Depart Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sat 09.05 Arrive London Heathrow Sat 17.30
Flight cost as at Dec 2012: £620 return (no charge for surfboard carriage if within maximum allowance of 20kgs)
See below for more details on our flights.
Half Board beachfront accommodation on Weligama Beach. Airport transfers to and from Colombo and daily surf coaching with our qualified instructors.
3-Share room: £595 per person
2-Share room: £645 per person
Single room:. £795 per person
Please note all the above options are subject to availability. We are happy to team you up with others (of the same sex) to share rooms and keep the costs down.
Surfboards can be hired locally for approx. $10 daily (approx. £6). To book please contact Surf South West by phone or e-mail. We require a completed surf holiday booking form and a deposit of £50 with the full balance due 8 weeks prior to departure.
Flights: Our recommended flight is with Qatar Airways. Costs fluctuate so check for up to date costs but expect to pay between £590 and £650 including taxes for return flights. For more information on flights please contact us. To book these flights you can use our approved agent Robinson Travel, tel: 01237 476798 or you can book online at www.qatarairways.com
An alternative option is to fly with Emirates. They have similar outbound timings but on the return trip you may have to spend more time at Colombo airport.
You are free to shop around for flights but please be aware that if you arrive at different times on different flights there may be additional costs incurred with transfers to accommodation.
Surf South West do not book flights, however we can assist you in obtaining good prices from Robinson Travel, a retail agent for an ATOL holder. We will negotiate the provisional arrangements for your flights that are appropriate to your itinerary and then put you in touch direct with Robinson Travel for you to pay and book your flights. In return Robinson Travel will confirm your flight times and invoice you separately. Please note that we do not take payment for flights ourselves, however by ensuring that you are booking with a retail agent for an ATOL holder you can be assured that your flights are financially protected under an ATOL licence. Robinson Travel can be telephoned on 01237 476 798 or e-mail: email@example.com
For your financial protection, Surf South West complies with the European Package Travel Directive by holding all monies in an independently administered trust account until the completion of your holiday. The trust account is administered by Stevens and Willey Certified Accountants, 9 Boutport Street, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1TZ