Is located on the south east corner of the island and is known as the hub of the Sri Lankan Surfing community. It is on the list of the top 10 surf points in the world, with the entire village set up to handle surfing tourists offering a wide range of accommodation and eating options. Unlike many surfing destinations, which cater for only the hard core surfer and their desire to spend many hours a day catching waves over sharp shallow reefs, Arugam Bay and all of the Sri Lankan surfing destinations are the perfect place to take your partner & the family. While they enjoy swimming in the protected turquoise waters of the bay, you can slip out to the point to surf perfect uncrowded waves for the morning. Once surfing is over there are many options for wildlife enthusiasts too in the immediate area. Every year between April and October storms from below South Africa whip the ocean into a frenzy and send large, consistent swells up the length of the Indian Ocean and into the coastline of Sri Lanka. The storms are usually located thousands of kilometres away, so that by the time the rollers reach Sri Lanka, they are perfectly groomed ground swells that wrap their way around the southern and eastern sides of the island. During the surf season it is not unusual to encounter at least one solid ground swell every single week and with the prevailing wind coming from the west, most of the south and eastern beaches are protected from the wind offering hundreds of uncrowded – sometimes even undiscovered – locations to surf. Breaks range from gentle beach breaks, reef breaks and sandy bottomed point breaks, catering for every type of surfer from the complete novice, up to the experienced professional. The main surf spots are Arugam Bay Point, just 30 minutes north at Pottuvil Point. The famous Whiskey Point is just down the road and provides some intermediate waves and a strong breeze perfect for flying your kite. To the south of Arugam Bay is a beach called the Peanut Farm with intermediate waves and a few small cottages. 30 to 40 minutes further south by tuk tuk are a couple more great surfing spots called Crocodile Rock and Elephant Rock.
A – Bay played host for the second consecutive year, to the “Sri Lankan Pro Surf 2011″ – one of the world’s top – rated surfing events. 96 top world surfers from 19 countries spanning Argentina, Peru, USA across the globe to New Zealand, competed in the Pro surfing contest held in association with Australasia’s association of Surfing Professionals (ASP). Among many other competitions is the Red Bull “Ride my Wave” annual event for the local market.
If you would like more details about these special interest holidays please contact us for more precise information so that we can offer you the best possible options to suit your needs. We can provide comfortable aircon transport with an experienced English-speaking driver and a variety of attractive accommodation options ranging in price from Resort beach hotels to guest houses.
Sri Lanka has so much to offer and many wonderful experiences, so why not also tour all or part of the island after your “special interest” focus?