With consistent swells, tropical waters, and a friendly and bustling culture, the west coast of Sri Lanka has long been a paradise escape for surfers.
There are waves right around the west coast, with Hikkadua, Ahangama, Midigama and Weligama all well set-up with quality accommodation providers, surf schools, cafés and restaurants. It is a perfect spot for everyone from beginners to advanced surfers, and is particularly well suited to intermediates and families with groms.
Expect to get up at dawn to catch the glassy waves, then shelter from the midday sun before an evening glass-off sesh. You probably won’t get empty lines, unless you go exploring, but you will have fun. Rent your own tuk-tuk but the roads are very busy so we wouldn’t recommend mopeds.
When to go: October to March
Language: Sinhalese and Tamil are the two official languages of Sri Lanka. Pretty much everyone speaks English too.
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
Rubber: None – bikinis and rashies.
Watch out for: The roads are insane, buses race each other to be the first to passenger stops so be careful anywhere near them.
After dark: There are numerous great restaurants and cafés plus the street food is really good quality. The seafood is great and try the rotis – they’re great and cheap.
Surf Sistas, Anghama