2017 Surf Holiday Dates
Sat 18th November to Sat 2nd December - PLACES AVAILABLE
Join us on a surf holiday to Sri Lanka with fantastic waves for beginners and intermediates, beachfront hotel on an idyllic stretch of coast and expert instruction every day. The ultimate tropical surf trip.
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.
Here is a short film from our 2014 trip:
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 to Colombo, Sri Lanka - approx 12 hours flying time.
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 to London
See below for more details on the flights.
Beachfront accommodation on Weligama Beach including breakfast and evening meal. Airport transfers to and from Colombo and daily surf coaching with our qualified instructors.
3-Share room: £745 per person
2-Share room: £795 per person
Single room:. £975 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.
Our recommended flights are with Sri Lankan Airlines direct from London Heathrow. Costs fluctuate so check for up-to-date costs but is approx. £550 return (no charge for surfboard carriage up to 32kgs with no dimension limitations.)
Sri Lankan Airlines from London Heathrow to Colombo, Sri Lanka:
Saturday: LHR - CMB Flight no. UL506: dep.12.35 arr.0430 hours next day.
Sri Lanka Airlines from Colombo, Sri Lanka to London Heathrow:
Saturday: CMB - LHR Flight no. UL503: dep.12.50 arr.1910 hours.
Flights are also available with Qatar and Emirates but please note that transfers may be at additional cost as arrival and departure times vary from the recommended Sri Lankan Airlines flight.
Sample itineraries with Qatar and Emirates:
Qatar Airways from London Heathrow via Doha:
Saturday: LHR - DOH Flight no. QR004: dep.14.15 arr.0005
Sunday: DOH - CMB Flight no. QR664: dep.02.10 arr.09.20
Qatar Airways from Colombo via Doha:
Saturday: CMB - DOH Flight no. QR665: dep.1050 arr.1325
Saturday: DOH - LHR Flight no. QR015: dep.1550 arr.2025
Emirates from London Gatwick via Dubai:
Saturday: LGW - DXB Flight no. EK016 dep.1335 arr.0040
Sunday: DXB - CMB Flight no. EK650 dep.0235 arr.0825
Emirates from Colombo via Dubai:
Saturday: CMB - DXB Flight no. EK651 dep.0955 arr.1300
Saturday: DXB - LGW Flight no. EK009 dep.1435 arr.1825
Emirates and Qatar have a stated policy of not carrying sporting goods (including surfboards) with total dimensions exceeding 300cm (118 inches). This is height + width + depth. A well packed longboard would be close to or over this limit but in the 6 years we have been travelling with both airlines we have never had any issues at check-in and our customers have taken boards well exceeding these dimensions.
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.
‘Guys were amazing, they were putting 100% of their time and energy into helping us with anything, arranging all the trips for us and their coaching was excellent, they spent some quality time with every single person individually. Well done guys!!’ Monika
‘The coach (Will) was great; I feel that my surfing skills have definitely improved over the two weeks.’ Selina
‘I had a very good time with lots of personal progression.’ Richard
‘As ever John and Will were exceptional. A lovely balance of professional coaching and friendly banter when needed! The coaching was second to none.’ Hannah
‘Will and John were excellent. My surfing improved more in 2 weeks than it has in years. The video feedback is invaluable. Will and John provide excellent coaching, but in such a relaxed way that you never feel under pressure. An incredible 2 weeks.’ Steve
‘John and Will were excellent and really put the effort in to bring the groups on. Video feedback, pics, and accuracy of coaching comments can’t be bettered.’ John
‘Top drawer. My surfing improved beyond all recognition.’ Andy
‘Instruction was great, staff at hotel was great, wave quality was great for improvers, and 29 degree water is hard to beat.’ John
Here's a look at a typical day on our Sri Lanka surf holiday:
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