Coast to Coast Sri Lanka Surf Adventure


3 weeks Sri Lanka Catered

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  • 05 Oct - 26 Oct 2019
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Overview

Travel from the East to the West Coast of Sri Lanka - surf, yoga, explore, eat, repeat.

This Sri Lankan adventure will see you surfing a variety of beach, reef and point breaks with quality tailored surf coaching, complimented by yoga as the sun sets; the perfect way to stretch sore surfing muscles and chill out.  

Expect to explore the best of this magical country on an epic coastal surf road trip.

October or March?

These are both brilliant times to visit Sri Lanka, and your on the shoulder of the peak seasons making the flights cheaper and the line-up quieter! What's the difference between the tours? Very little actually, we simply change the order of the slightly so that you're surfing in the best location for the time of year - Spring is West to East, and Autumn is East to West.

Please note, if you're booking onto the October trip, you will need to arrive in Colombo by 12pm midday - see FAQs for more travel advice.

  • October Tour: 1 Week Arugam Bay, 2 Weeks Ahangama
  • March Tour: 2 Weeks Ahangama, 1 Week Arugam Bay
  • March 2 Week Tour: 1 Week Ahangama, 1 Week Arugam Bay

What to Expect

Whatever your surfing ability, you'll soon progress with daily tropical surf coaching and free surfing, developing excellent core strength and flexibility with five yoga sessions a week, as well as discovering more about the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. 

All of our surf instructors hold internationally recognised qualifications and are there to ensure overall progression, as well as your safety in the water.

This trip will see you hone more than just your surfing skills as you'll visit elephants, leopards and other wildlife in their natural environment at Yala East National Park. You'll be left awestruck on a paddle tour of the lagoons and surf Arugam Bay - the world famous point break.

If you're seeking an economical tropical surf trip and looking to max out on experiences while doing so, then Sri Lanka is your destination and this trip the winning formula. 

What's Included

  • Return airport transfers (Colombo - *see transfer times in FAQs)
  • Accommodation in twin/double/triple rooms for 21 nights (14 nights if on 2 week tour)
  • Breakfast and 5 Dinners in Ahangama
  • Breakfast and 5 Lunches in Arugam Bay
  • Daily surf coaching (min. 2 hrs per day)
  • Surf equipment hire for duration
  • Video analysis
  • Surf-specific yoga classes (ave 5 per week)
  • Private transfer from Arugam Bay to Ahangama in an air conditioned minibus
  • Yala East National Park tour
  • Pottuvil Lagoon tour
  • Traditional cookery class

Fancy adding on an extra week touring the Hill Country? Get in touch for more information

Accommodation

We have comfortable quad, triple, twin and double rooms available, please speak to your trip advisor for more information.

Also included

Yoga Our Sri Lankan Surf Camps include five yoga sessions per week, led by experienced yoga instructors. Yoga is the perfect way to stretch out and unwind after a surf, while the flexibility and core strength developed through yoga is also hugely beneficial to your overall surfing performance.

Video Analysis This is a tried and tested technique that helps you to improve your surfing. We take lots of photos throughout your trip to help you improve as well and make for inspiring memory joggers when you're back home.

Yala National park We will spend a morning at Yala East National park where you'll get the chance to see elephants, leopards and a whole host of wildlife in their natural environment.

Pottuvil Lagoon Tour: Led by our local guides, we paddle on traditional crafted catamarans from the main land to a secluded beach inhabited by local fisherman. A peaceful tour where we regularly see elephants, eagles, water buffalo, crocodiles and more.

Nightlife A couple of nights a week, you'll head out with the crew for an evening out in Mirissa, Galle or Hikkaduwa.

3
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TimeLine

Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.

  • Welcome to Sri Lanka 1 Day

    6th October 2018 - Upon arrival you will be greeted at the airport by your Trip Leader and driven to the Surf Camp in Arugam Bay (8 hour drive through the hill country). Here you will be introduced to the team and given time to settle in before we tuck in to dinner and drinks 'Sri Lanka style'. You will need to arrive in Colombo in time for the airport transfer at midday (if your flight is delayed, don't worry, we won't leave without you!)

    30th March 2019 - Upon arrival you will be greeted at the airport by your Trip Leader and driven to the Surf Camp in Ahangama which is a cruisy 2.5 hours, depending on the time of your flight you could arrive in time for breakfast!

  • Surf, Yoga and Explore 6 Days

    Improve your surfing day in, day out and reap the physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga. Make the most of your surfing down time by discovering Sri Lanka's flavourful food, welcoming people and timeless ruins.

    If you're on the October 2018 tour, then you spend the first week in Arugam Bay, followed by 2 weeks in Ahangama. 

    If you're on the March 2019 tour, the first 2 weeks will be spent in Ahangama. 

  • Travel to the other coast 13 Days

    Stock up on rotis for the seven hour journey through the most beautiful parts of the country and glimpse incredible jungle scenery! The journey itself is an adventure and without fail we’ve spotted elephants casually doing their thing on the side of the road every time. A week of relaxation and exploration awaits, including two surf lessons, five sunrise yoga sessions and an excursion to Yala National Park and a bicycle tsunami village tour. Arugam Bay is one of the most chilled out places on earth, you’ll settle in just fine...

    If you're on the October tour, then you start your tour with this 1 Week in Arugam Bay

    If you're on the March tour, this week in Arugam occurs in Week 3 after Ahangama.

  • Departure day - 27th October 1 Day

    On your final night we will cook up a big BBQ to celebrate an awesome trip, and hopefully be up early to enjoy one last dawnie surf! Feeling refreshed, flexible and ripping on a surfboard, the team will then take you to the airport for the final farewell.

    If you are on the October tour we will run several airport transfers throughout the day.

    If you are on the March tour we will run one transfer which may mean you have a long wait at the airport.

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FAQs

Got a question about this course? Here's the best place to start. If you don't find your answer here, you can request a callback or get in touch using our contact page.

In Ahangama we have perfect fun green wave beach-breaks for learners. There are also more challenging reef-breaks for our more advanced surfers, often overhead waves with offshore wind until 11am, then light winds in the middle of the day. The weather is glorious, tropical shorelines offer a beautiful backdrop to your surf sessions. This is also the 'shoulder season' to the peak tourist period, so we avoid the busy crowds.

In Arugam Bay the surf is usually smaller in October as it is the start of the season, so expect fewer crowds. The wave still breaks perfectly every day, meaning it's a fantastic introduction to point break reef surfing.

Flights need to be booked into Colombo International airport, which is also known as Bandaranaike and Katunayake airport. There are direct flights with Sri Lankan Airlines from London Heathrow to Colombo airport.

Arrival times do depend on whether you are on the October or March Tour, please speak with your travel advisor. The transfer to Arugam Bay is about 8 hours through the tropical hill country.

The transfer to Ahangama (from Colombo) is around 3 hours, so your flight can depart anytime that day and we will run several transfers throughout the day to accommodate everyone.

Around £100 - £300, but will totally depend on how many sunset cocktails you fancy as alcohol is not included in the price. 

Your breakfast and five dinners per week are included in Ahangama and your breakfast and lunch are included at your week in Arugam Bay - so you don't have to worry too much about budgeting for your food. A meal in Sri Lanka can range from as little as £1 for a simple rice or curry, while a fresh tuna steak and a large Lion beer will set you back about £7.

The majority of surfers on our trips are beginners with minimal surfing experience. Sri Lanka is the perfect place to learn with super fun waves and friendly beach breaks but we can also cater to more advanced surfers. Our Trip Leaders are very experienced surfers and coaches that tailor their coaching to your skill level, so you'll leave Sri Lanka an infinitely better surfer than when you arrived.

None! Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise where wetsuits aren't required. We provide rash vests to offer some protection from the sun - just don’t forget your swim wear and plenty of sun cream! The surf camp also has a range of surfboards which you can try out throughout your stay, hire is included in the price. For more advanced surfers, you may wish to bring your own.

If you on the March Tour then no, if you are on the October tour then yes you do need to arrive by a certain time for your arrival, but no for your your departure:

The transfer to Arugam Bay (Stop 1) is about 8 hours through the tropical hill country. Please arrive into Colombo Airport by 1pm.

The transfer from Ahangama (Stop 2) back to Colombo airport on departure is under 3 hours, so your flight can depart anytime that day and we will run about 4 transfers throughout the day to accommodate everyone.

Everyone traveling to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka. Visit www.eta.gov.lkfor more information.

Before you leave for Sri Lanka, please go and see either your local GP or travel surgery and explain where you are going, so that you can be vaccinated accordingly. It is important to do this is good time and we would suggest sorting this 3 or 4 weeks before you leave. For more information, please check out the following websites:

Fit for Travel - www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and The World Health Organisation – www.who.int.

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for Sri Lanka. However, the following vaccinations are recommended: Typhoid (monovalent), Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies. The health risks in Sri Lanka are different to those encountered in Europe and North America. Watch out for bowel diseases such as diarrhoea and amoebic dysentery, vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, and a variety of fungal infections. Sri Lanka’s physicians are very experienced in dealing with locally occurring diseases.

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

testimonials


Fun waves and the friendliest people - simply the best surf trip ever.

Will Jessup

This was one of the best vacations of my life! Surfed a lot, met amazing people and there was a great atmosphere at the surf camp. Beautiful beach right in front of you and the surf camp is situated in a very authentic and local area. Max, Angie and Lee were amazing, ready to meet everybody's needs and create a friendly, chilled out and sparkling vibe.

Elena De Besi

I had a great time in beautiful Sri Lanka, surfing in clear blue warm water and making new friends, shame it was all over too quickly!

Pat Porter

Sri Lanka is beautiful with blue green sea, unspoilt beaches and perfect waves. Two weeks of paradise with amazing people, eating fantastic food and drinking arrack. Partying from sunset to sunrise...The surfing was pretty sick too. Thank you!

Siobahn Hill

Sri Lanka - friendly and beautiful with the funnest waves! Great place to explore and build up confidence in the water

Mari O'Connor

My TTRide trip to Sri Lanka was just insane! The country is absolutely incredible, all of the people I met were super fun and friendly and my surfing ability has come on so much. I can't wait for my next TTRide adventure!

Ellen Rudge

Fantastic trip and a great atmosphere throughout the entire time. I’ve met so many great people on this trip, with whom I hope to stay in touch and reconnect in the future. I was lucky enough to be put in a single room, which was a bonus and made a huge difference to the overall experience. Great vibes at Sion Surf camp, amazing time and great staff there; their BBQs are legendary by now. Everything was well organised before the trip and during the entire stay, and Max and Josh made sure everything went smooth, were very responsive to anything we have raised with them, or whenever we have asked any questions and also well connected with our group. It was quite intense first two weeks, packed with yoga, surf, and more surf, but in a good sense. I loved that we could see our videos and photos from each day trip and see our progress and receive feedback. I have never had that before in any of my surf trips (even organised ones) and it really makes a huge difference to improve, if you can see yourself and get a feedback on your surfing. Also Olly and Rodger our local surf instructors were very nice and wanted to ensure we had fun and catching waves, even when the swell was small. I can say the same about Fasal from Arugambay, who gave us very useful tips before each session. It was definitely one of my best surf trips, I somehow magically managed to progress to much shorter board, I thought it would take me another two years to ride! It was a great holiday, one of the best.

Irena Miroforidu

Sri Lanka, a stunning country to learn to surf in! Perfect for beginners, and intermediates, and made all the more special by a great coaching team of Josh David and Max! Don’t think about it! DO IT!!

Lisa

The best way to sum up TTR trips is 'good vibes'. From the surf instructors, yoga, camp staff and the weird and wonderful people you meet on the trip, the good vibes are always flowing. Couldn't recommend a TTR trip more if you want to improve your surf, practice yoga, explore a stunning new country and drink local beers with awesome like-minded people along the way.

Ellen

Loved the trip, first surfing experience abroad to remember. Can't speak highly enough of Josh as an instructor and general organiser of daily activities as well as David and the Sion instructors. Will definitely be back to sri lanka

Elin

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