Between May and October, the best surfing in Sri Lanka is found in Arugam Bay near the town of Pottuvil on the southern tip of the east coast – about 300 kms from the capital Colombo. The morning off-shore winds bring good swells and right-hand point breaks dominate the bay. Three of the point breaks, The Point, Pottuvil Pointand Crocodile Rock, are all within a short 30-min tuk tuk ride from town. You have a bit more choice if you are willing to travel up to 1½ hrs by road or by boat.
Mambo Surf Camp and Tours will take you to:
- Arungam Bay - The Point
- Pottuvil Point
- Crocodile Rock and more!
Your main surf spot at Arugam Bay is The Point – a right-hander that delivers long, 2-6ft-high rides. Pottuvil Pointis bit further up north from Arugam bay, so it does not attract much crowd but does please you with its long rides, sometimes up to 800m. Although the waves would be a feet or two smaller than at The Point, rides can be up to double length. Smallest of the three points is the Crocodile Rock – a beautiful beach with great conditions for beginners and intermediates. When surfing these breaks, make sure you have plenty of water and have a pick-up driver to take you back to your accommodation as these places are pretty secluded. This area also offers excellent conditions for underwater photography, wildlife watching, diving and windsurfing and an adventure traveller will find more than plenty of activities to do.
Mambo’s Arugam Bay hotel is located in the most beautiful and scenic part of Arugam Bay, right on the beach and surrounded by palms and trees on all sides. Rooms are located in the shade of garden with a beautiful ocean view. Restaurant, bar, chill-out zones, park of the hammocks and free sun beds on the beach are situated in the front part of hotel. Mambos hotel is also the best and only place where you can watch colorful Arugam Bay’s sunsets.
The hotel offers rooms in three different categories:
• Beach Guest House
Amenities: bedroom, bathroom, ceiling fan, bed with mosquito net, wardrobe, table, mirror, terrace with table and chairs. Guest House can be for single, double or triple. The price includes breakfast.
• Beach bungalow - ocean view room
Amenities: bedroom, bathroom, air condition, ceiling fan, bed with mosquito net, wardrobe, table, mirror, terrace with table and chairs. Bungalows can be for single, double or triple and bigger bungalows can accommodate up to four people. The price includes breakfast.
• Luxury Beach bungalow - ocean view room
Amenities: entrance hall, bedroom, king size canopy styled bed with mosquito net, bathroom, air condition, ceiling fan, TV, refrigerator, music system, wardrobe, dressing table, terrace with table and chairs. Luxury bungalows can be for single or double. The price includes breakfast.
The hotel consists of:
Restaurant and bar
The restaurant serves European and Sri Lankan cuisine. The bar offers a wide selection of fresh juices, soft drinks, cocktails and spirits. BBQ once a week. Nespresso cappuccino, espresso and latte can also be enjoyed in the bar. Shisha (hookah) pipes with wide range of flavors are also available.
Surf Shop and Surf School “A Frame”
There are surf equipment and outfit, beachwear, shoes, body boards, beach games and more.
In “A Frame” surf school you can rent a surfboard, body board and take surf lessons or to book a surf trip to the other surf break on adjacent beaches.
For more information about the possibilities of surfing in Arugam Bay on the page "Surf Shop and Surf School A Frame».
Entertainment and activities
Hotel facilities include: hookah (shisha) bar, billiards, table tennis, TV, surfboard rental, rent kayaks, board and beach games, the park of the hammocks, professional telescope and more. There is famous Saturday night beach party in Mambo's Arugambay hotel every week.
Other facilities include: the organization of transfers and tours to Sri Lanka.
Address: Main Point Road, Ulla, Pottuvil, Sri Lanka
How to reach:
- Book a taxi through the hotel or through other taxi companies,
- By train from Colombo to the Ella town, then by taxi to Arugam Bay,
- By bus to Monuragala town,
- By air taxi to the Ampara town, then 1.5 hours by taxi to Arugam Bay,
- By helicopter from Colombo to Arugam Bay.
The hotel accepts only cash in local and foreign currencies (USD, EUR).
Surf & Other Activities
- The Point – a right-hander that delivers long 2-6ft long rides. Your main surf spot at Arugam Bay.
- Pottuvil Point is bit further up north from Arugam bay, so it does not attract much crowes would be a feet or two smaller than at The Point, rides can be up to double d but does please you with its long rides, sometimes up to 700m. So although the wavlength.
- Crocodile Rock - Smallest of the three points; a beautiful beach with great conditions for beginners and intermediates.
There are numerous activities to do in Arugam Bay besides surfing. National parks are numerous and if you request, Mambo Surf Tours will take you on a jungle safari tour, night camping or a river safari.
The area is excellent for a young adventure traveler that loves to surf, but there is more than plenty to do for a non-surfer as well. Make sure you take your camera, adventure spirit and discover this wonderful region!
- Prices above are per person prices based on double share, 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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Other Surf Experiences
Located near the "Main Point"on the the beach is Mambo's.Went with some friends of mine for the Saturday night party.It's was fun.Staff was friendly and helpful.The atmosphere was electrifying and some good music too.overall it was a nice experience.
We stayed 5 night in the hotel! The staff is fantastic they bring us the food to our table in the room. The room is 50 meter from baby point you can just get up in the morning and jump to surf. Chill everyday and felt like home. So sad to leave .