Drifters Beach Hotel - Hikkaduwa


Group - Land Based
Solo Travellers

Intermediate Waves
Family Surf Holidays

Surf Skill

Learning - Intermediate

Star Rating

Budget Surf Trip


January, February, March, April, November, December


Drifters is a small, family-run hotel with a focus on service, the owner is always on hand to help guests and ensure staff maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and service. It is situated on the palm-fringed beachfront at Narigama, the widest and most popular stretch of beach at Hikkaduwa, with good surf breaks (Beach Break, Main Reef) and miles of golden beach at our doorstep.
Quick Facts
      • 2 waves nearby
      • more options a short ride away
      • family-run beach hotel
      • clean, friendly & good service
      • free Wi-Fi internet access
      • good restaurant
Drifters Hotel & Beach Restaurant is situated on the palm-fringed beachfront at Narigama, the widest and most popular stretch of beach at Hikkaduwa, with good surf breaks (Beach Break, Main Reef) and miles of golden beach at our doorstep. The hotel is close to Hikkaduwa’s best-known bars and party spots – but far enough away to guarantee a good, quiet night’s sleep!


Three hours’ drive from Colombo airport, Hikkaduwa is the tourism hub of the south-western Sri Lanka, internationally renowned for its surf and as a centre for diving. With lots of local sights to explore, there’s plenty to see and do ­in and out of the water – or just take it easy and soak up the sun. Close to the historic town of Galle, and the world heritage listed Galle Fort, Hikkaduwa is an ideal base for exploring the south coast.


Drifters is a small, family-run hotel with a focus on service, the owner is always on hand to help guests and ensure staff maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and service. And with their expert knowledge of Sri Lanka, they can show you all the delights of this magical island.


The owner

When you stay at Drifters Hotel & Beach Restaurant you will experience true Sri Lankan hospitality, and for owner Lalith, this means personalised attention. Lalith and the Drifters team work tirelessly so you can relax and have a good time – from dawn trips to the fishing harbour to bring you the best of the day’s catch, to keeping the beer flowing late into the night. Lalith is always on hand to ensure you have everything you need.


With more than 10 years in the tourism industry ­– first as a tour operator and guide, now as hotel and travel company owner – Lalith understands what’s important for a good holiday. His knowledge of Sri Lanka is unsurpassed, and he’s ready to share it with you, whether it is making the most of your stay in Hikkaduwa or planning a trip around the island.


Cool, comfortable, clean... feel right at home in a room with a view. After a hard day spent surfing the waves or just lazing on the beach, an evening dining under the stars or dancing till you drop at a local disco, it’s time to slip between crisp, clean sheets for a rejuvenating night’s sleep – in cool, air-conditioned comfort or caressed by balmy tropical breezes and ceiling fan.

They offer 20 well-appointed rooms, all new or newly refurbished – with either sea views or overlooking the garden and swimming pool. They currently have 15 air-conditioned rooms with hot water and 5 non-air-conditioned rooms with fan and cold water only. They will be going through renovations in the off-season so by the next season, all their rooms will have hot water bathrooms and new furniture and decorations. The rooms can be configured to meet your needs: single, double, twin or family. All rooms are sparklingly clean and serviced daily.

Standard Rooms:

  • Attached bathrooms with shower.
  • Either a balcony or outdoor sitting area.
  • Free Wifi internet access.
  • Air-conditioning.
  • Proximity to the garden and swimming pool.
  • Double, twin or triple occupancy.

Deluxe Seafront Rooms:

  • Full seaview.
  • Attached bathrooms with shower.
  • Either a balcony or outdoor sitting area.
  • Free Wifi internet access.
  • Proximity to the garden and swimming pool.
  • Air-conditioning.
  • Double or triple occupancy.

They offer a choice of 5 breakfast menus, including western and Sri Lankan options.
Drifters’ Beachfront Restaurant serves a range of Western and Sri Lankan cuisine, with seafood a specialty.

Internet Connection

They have free WiFi that should get reception all over the hotel. Occasionally there is problem with service provider, signal may be down or a bit slow (Sri Lanka is stil developing country!), but that is not too often.

Surf & Other Activities


The waves in Hikkaduwa area are usually from 3-6ft, offering both lefts and rights. The swell in this area is pretty consistent during the season (November to April) and offers options for all levels of surfers. The waves are fun & mellow, although sometimes a bit fickle.

The main break called Main Reef offers A-shaped waves and you can ride them both ways. For relaxed surfing, Beach Break offers decent left- and right-handers for beginners, while Benny’s and Inside Reef are more intense and challenging left-handers.

Drifters is opposite the Beach Break and about 300 metres south of the Main Reef Break. Guests can check out the swells of both breaks directly from the beachfront restaurant, so they don't have to leave the hotel to see if the surf is up.

Surfing lessons and hire of surfboards and boogie boards can be arranged at a surf school next door to Drifters. They work with them to provide surfing services, such as board hire and lessons, for guests.

Surf Transfers: they can take you to Midigama, Kabalana and Unawatuna for a half-day trip or to Midigama, Kabalana and Mirissa for a full-day trip. Their vehicle is an air-conditioned Toyota HiAce minivan with roof rack and the cost is per vehicle so they can take up to 6 people for the same cost. During the south coast off-season (May-Oct), they offer surfing packages to the east coast (Arugum Bay) - this can include airport pickup, one or two nights in Hikkaduwa (can see Galle, south coast) then Arugum Bay for as many nights as needed, then back to airport. Please ask us about tailored packages.


Fresh, fragrant, flavour-filled... indulge yourself in a foodies’ paradise. Sri Lanka is famous for its food, from sumptuous seafood to spicy curries, all made with the freshest of ingredients. Fancy feasting on a platter heaped with freshly caught seafood or just snacking on a simple jaffle? Drifters Beach Restaurant offers an extensive menu with plenty to tempt the tastebuds, from traditional Sri Lankan dishes, seafood straight off the boat, to western favourites.
And how better to savour such delightful dishes than watching the waves roll in while you eat. The beachfront restaurant offers the best food and best views in town. Or join the crowd to enjoy a movie or the latest sporting events shown in the restaurant on our satellite TV. Step into the restaurant ­straight off the sand – or let them serve you as you relax on the beach on one of the sun beds.
Drifters’ beachfront bar is the ideal place to cool off with an ice-cold beer or enjoy the sunset sipping a tropical fruit cocktail. Meet a friend or make one, or just sit back and watch all the action – in the surf and on the beach.

Other Activities

Other activities available in Hikkaduwa include snorkelling, scuba diving, PADI accredited diving lessons, deep sea fishing, whale watching trips. Drifters offers a range of tailor-made tours, from one-day sightseeing or surfing trips to longer tours incorporating Sri Lanka’s cultural sites and/or adventure activities.
    • Prices above are per person prices, and are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations until paid in full.
    • These are example packages and most packages can be adjusted to cater for your requirements. Please contact us for a tailored package to meet your needs.
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  • Accommodation in a Standard or Deluxe Seafront room.
  • Free Wifi internet access.
  • Air-conditioning.
  • Attached bathrooms with shower.
  • Proximity to the garden and swimming pool.

Extra Costs:

  • Breakfast (Western & Sri Lankan)
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Airport Transfer

Disclaimer - This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with The Perfect Wave Travel Co. The Perfect Wave acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as airlines, land based accommodation and boat charter operators. The Perfect Waves obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. The Perfect Wave has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.

Other Surf Experiences

Nick (January 2016)
I'd highly recommend The Perfect Wave for sorting out all your needs when it comes to a surf trip. Great knowledge, highly responsive communication and excellent follow up made for a great experience.

Garry (April 2014)
Have used perfect wave 3 times and they are always professional. Just got back from Drifters in Sri Lanka. Owner was fantastic and all transfers organised by perfect wave made life much easier. Have travelled to different destinations with perfect wave and have always had seamless travel arrangements in place. Have already booked my 4th trip for next year.

Holly Floor (March 2013)
My experience with Perfect Wave was very good. I think mainly because of Sylvia. From the moment I sent through the enquiry email, Sylvia was always so quick to respond. The process was made very easy because of her.

Hols (January 2013)
We had such an amazing time, the hotels and transfers you organised were wicked as well. Thankyou so much. Sri Lanka is a really special place, so stoked we got to see it before tourism explodes over there. I took a bunch of photos, I'll send a few through to you guys in the next couple of days. Thanks again Sylv, hope you're super well. Hols.

Maria (March 2012)
A great location on Hikkaduwa beach, right outside the main learners surf break. The staff are friendly and efficient, Lalith and his family can help to organise drivers, tours etc. The restaurant is great with good prices, fresh seafood and cold beer. The pool is great, warmer than the sea but clean and good for kids. Rooms are simple, clean, hot/cold water showers, mosquito nets(not needed on our stay). The best rooms are 9 and 10, looking onto the pool and sea(although fan and not AC). The rooms downstairs get hardly any breeze, being much warmer at night. Overall a great place to stay and while away a few days in the sun.

Jacques (November 2012)
Drifters Hotel is a great place to stay, we were staying with friends and had the to upstairs rooms facing the sea. This is really nice, but you spend most of your time on the beach or downstairs porch were you can get drinks. If you do not care for paying extra its awesome. The rooms around the pool is also fine.The staff at Drifters is great, we had no other people with us in the hotel and they were really friendly and helpful. The owner is always around and always willing to help and make suggestions. The manager with the boys are great and was good having them around always making an effort to make sure you happy, comfortable and have a drink :)Nothing better to wake up the morning have a look at the surf, hire a board next door (left or right of Drifters) walk out have a surf and have breakfast on the beach. The main surf spot is a little walk down the beach, but the beach in front of drifters is the best and much bigger, along the other side it is more rocky and lots of beach erosion. The food is nice at Drifters, but it is also nice to have a walk around and try different things all around, it is just so easy, no shirt only boardshorts, out your hotel on the beach and finding the place you feel like having lunch, dinner or just a drink.