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3 Best Surf Spots In Sri Lanka

We rounded up 3 of the best surf spots in Sri Lanka. So whether you’re a professional or a beginner, here’s all the info for visiting.

1. Arugam Bay

With its world class waves, Arugam Bay is definitely where the professionals head to.

The area is recognised worldwide as one of the best surf spots in Sri Lanka. There are many surfing competitions held at Arugam Bay, which is probably why it’s so well known.

Also, with Arugam Bay being situated on the east side of the island, when the south west coast has monsoon you are still able to enjoy some great surfing here.

Once just frequented by dedicated surfers, with waves to suit all levels, this bay now attracts a variety of surfers as well as sun worshippers.

So don’t worry if you’re an absolute beginner or an advanced surfer, there is a wave for everyone. In addition, the vibe is super laid-back and friendly at Arugam Bay.

Peanut Farm Beach is a cool spot only a 25 minute tuk tuk drive away from the centre of Arugam Bay.

The beach there is stunning too. We spent the whole day at Peanut Farm Beach in some very hot weather enjoying the company of some puppies that were on the beach.

We rented a board and gave the surfing a go too but it was a lot harder than we thought! Especially as the waves were a little too high for beginners.

Whiskey Point is also another spot around 15 minutes from Arugam Bay.

We personally didn’t visit as we chose to go to Peanut Farm Beach instead but the beach is supposed to be just as beautiful. 

At Whisky Point there are apparently some excellent waves for beginner to intermediate surfers. So if you are looking for classes there will be lots on offer here.

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Arugram Bay certainly comes top of the best surf spots in Sri Lanka
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At the main beach in Arugam Bay

2. Weligama Beach

Just 15 minutes up the road from Mirissa is Weligama Beach, and this place comes in second on the best surf spots in Sri Lanka itinerary.

This beautiful beach stretches over an impressive 3km, so there is definitely plenty of room for everyone.

It’s also known as having the best surf on the south coast for beginners as well as lots of excellent surf schools.

So for surfing novices, this is the place to get stuck in and master the waves. The main company we noticed everyone to be using was Freedom Surf School.

They offer both beginner and intermediate lessons for roughly £10 per hour, and you can book a Weligama 1-Hour Beginner Learn to Surf Lesson in advance.

So if you’re a keen to learn, this will be one of the best surf spots in Sri Lanka for you.

There are a few quirky food spots around the area as well, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Weligama Beach at sunset – This beach is one of the best surf spots in Sri Lanka for beginners (as well as pros)

3. Hiriketiya Beach

Hiriketiya Beach is located on the southern coast of the island, just next door to Dikwella Beach. 

It’s a small stretch of beach with golden sand and fringed by endless palm trees, making it a real tropical paradise. It also goes by the name of Hiriketiya Bay.

We jumped on the local bus from Mirissa to Dikwella as it’s super, super cheap and it took around an hour to get Hiriketiya Beach.

Many people head to this smaller beach for a quieter scene and the people along with the vibe did seem a lot more chilled here.

However, Hiriketiya Beach is quickly becoming a popular spot as word gets out that there is a variety of surf and something to suit a range of surfers.

This truly is a jungle paradise with some huge waves that every keen surfer dreams about. Undoubtedly one of our favourite beaches in Sri Lanka.

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Hiriketiya Beach is most recently becoming heard of as one of the best surf spots in Sri Lanka

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