Arugam Bay & East Coast

Stardust Beach Hotel - Arugam Bay

Stardust Beach Hotel - Arugam Bay

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Surf Skill

Beginner - Intermediate

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per week

Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

With Beach Cabanas, Family Cabanas and Luxury Rooms the Stardust Beach Hotel can accomodate everyone. Set on the waterfront you will have direct access to the surf, snorkelling, scuba diving, and sun bathing.
Mambo Surf Camp - Arugam Bay

Mambo Surf Camp - Arugam Bay

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Surf Skill

Learning - Advanced

Star Rating

Budget Surf Trip

Price Range

Season

May, June, July, August, September, October

Between May and October, the best surf in Sri Lanka is found in Arugam Baynear the town of Pottuvil, on the southern tip of the east coast – about 300 kms from the capital Colombo. Mambo Surf Tours will take you to the best surf breaks in the area
Bay Vista Hotel - Arugam Bay

Bay Vista Hotel - Arugam Bay

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Surf Skill

Learning - Advanced

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

April, May, June, July, August, September

Set in Arugam Bay and within walking distance of the popular surf spots is the Bay Vista Hotel. Here you will be able to set your eyes over the Indian Ocean, relax in the chill out area or in your comfortable room with modern amenities. The surf breaks are just outside of your hotel, or a short tuk-tuk ride away.

Kottukal Beach House - Arugam Bay

Kottukal Beach House - Arugam Bay

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Surf Skill

Intermediate - Advanced

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

The Sri Lankan East Coast is marked by stretches of beautiful beaches on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

Kottukal Beach House is in the hotspot surfing destination of Pottuvil. Stay in a boutique villa with luxurious and modern comforts and head out to the beautiful surf everyday.

Region Information

Sri Lanka is a land of great natural beauty. Full-on picture postcard scenes abound. Sri Lanka lays South East of Cape Comorin (India), separated from it by the 53 kilometre wide Palk Strait. Marco Polo once described the island as, “the best island of its size in the world” – which is hard to argue with, really.

The island itself is shaped like a teardrop falling from the southern end of India. It stretches over 433 kilometres from north to south, and is only 244 kilometres at its widest point.

With a brokered truce in place with the Tamils and rebuilding post the 2004 tsunami now well advanced you can expect a generally relaxed vibe in Lanka nowadays. The relaxed atmosphere obviously goes hand in hand with the white sand, palm – fringed – tropical beaches and interesting variety of smallish, though consistently fun waves.

You are guaranteed interaction with an abundance of exotic wildlife, friendly locals that often speak English, quality, inexpensive and healthy food, cheap alcohol and a fair variety of accommodation options.

The whole deal at Aragum Bay is often compared to Kuta in the early 80’s, before the major developments went in. Obviously nearly 3 decades of civil war and the tsunami put a hold on most potential economic development plans and severely limited tourist numbers, though in recent years numbers and development are on the rise.

The surf is refreshingly uncrowded outside of the main break at Aragum Bay. July, August and September are regarded as the most crowded months, when relatively large numbers of Europeans and Israeli surfers hit town.

There is a seemingly endless supply of sheltered sand-bottom point-breaks. The wave quality varies, dependant on sand build-up from point to point. The potential for quality, fun-sized small to occasionally medium-sized waves is blatantly obvious the minute you start searching.

Sri Lanka East Coast Favourites

Aragum Bay is a fun reef/sand combo that really is quite rippable. It is at its best at 3-4ft, but can be surfed up to 6-8ft if conditions are right, but beyond 4-6ft it tends to section. It can get quite crowded, and only occasionally serves up a hollow section here and there – mostly on the semi wedgy take off peak. The best thing about A-Bay is its consistency. It is renowned for having some sort of rideable wave on most days in the season.

Pottuvil Point is definitely hollower, though it is fickle. It is more sheltered, so only breaks when A-Bay is almost maxing out.  The sucky take off section is barely a few metres in front of a series of dangerous phallic shaped boulders, followed by one or more distinct bowl sections before the main Spectators rock. Beyond “Spectators” it reels down the point for another 50 to 100 metres of playful manoeuvring into the beach. Then you can jog back around the Point and do it all again.

Okanda, which lies a little over an hour south by road, is another fun, walled up performance wave with quite a hollow little inside section. There is also a brief opportunity to get covered on the take off- if you can be bothered paddling over onto the trailing edge of the whale- shaped rock shelf. Okanda picks up just as much swell as A-Bay even though it is more sheltered from the predominant south/southeast trade winds that tend to kick in like clockwork around mid morning every day.

Peanut Farm is another great sand point set up. Again, depending on the sand banks, there is potential for long, fun, and at times hollow waves.

Where to Stay

A great place to stay in ABay is the Stardust - very reasonably priced. Perfect for surfers, couples and families. Lots of wildlife to see, national parks not far away - very underdeveloped.

There is a large lagoon on one side, where wild elephants congregate for an evening 'shower'. On the other, the gardens in front of the restaurant open directly on to the broad sweep of Arugam Bay and the Indian Ocean.

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Sri Lanka is the highest latitude, reliable surf vacation destination in the Indian Ocean. The same swells that turn Indonesia on, deliver the goods to Sri Lanka, although obviously the higher latitude causes considerable swell decay.

The most consistent SW swell season May to September is accompanied by side/onshore SW winds. You can surf mornings and most of the “Favouri

Arugam Bay on the south east side of Sri Lanka and also on the list of top 10 spots to surf in the world.

The best time of year for this surfing area is May to November when the predominant morning off-shore winds bring good swells and right-hand point breaks dominate the bay.

Three of the point breaks, The Point, Pottuvil Point and 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.

Hikkaduwa & SouthWest Coast

Hikkaduwa & SouthWest Coast