Surfers at Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka


Sitting just 320 km east of Colombo is Arugam Bay of Sri Lanka. The laid-back surfing town will teach you how to catch a wave for yourself. If you’re looking to unwind, eat seafood and enjoy a mellow party scene, Arugam Bay is the place to be.

Learn to Surf

Safa Surf School

Along the little surging village of Arugam Bay, Safa Surf School sits ready and waiting to transport you out to the waves for a personal lesson in surfing. With Safa you receive:

  • One surf lesson, morning or evening
  • ISA-certified Instructor
  • All Surf Equipment Needed
  • Transport to and from surf spots by tuk-tuk

They also have packages for those staying just a day or a whole week:

  • One Surf Lesson + Transport with Instructor: $46 AUD
  • Two Surf Lessons + Transport with Instructor: $87 AUD
  • One Lesson per Day for One Week + Transport with Instructor: $279 AUD

You can also rent a surfboard for your own use for very low prices.

Amigo Surf School

The Amigo Surf School is a good place for beginner to advanced surfers to take on the waves with an instructor or with the Amigo Surf Camp, camp on the beach and fall asleep to the waves.

For those looking for personal instruction:

  • 1 person, 1 hour + lesson with Instructor + Rash Guards + Surf Board: $22 AUD
  • Group of 3 people, 1 hour 10 min + Lesson with 2 Instructors + Rash Guards + Surf Boards: $67 AUD

For those looking for just a guide to take them to the best areas:

  • 1 person, 1 hour: $22 AUD
  • 3 people, 1 hour: $57 AUD
  • 4 people, 1 hour: $68 AUD

You can also rent all varieties and sizes of boards for $9-$13 AUD per day.

Those looking for a more natural experience, enjoy the Amigo Surf Camp:

  • Maximum of 5 people
  • Camp at the beach, under the stars
  • Price without Surfing Lesson: $57 AUD

Aloha Guesthouse & Surf School

The Aloha Surf shop is perfect for those who have no interest or need in an instructed lesson. You can rent out beginner, short and long boards. The surf shop also carries wax, leashes and fins to meet your needs during your surfing experience.


For the best surf, head to Arugam Bay around July as the best weather happens between April and October. Even during the off season, you can enjoy some of the waves and make new friends in the laid-back town.

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Indi Samarajiva