Surf Maroc Yoga Retreats
Pristine villa offering all-inclusive surf and yoga retreats in a beach front location with swimming pool and an ocean view yoga studio
About the operator
Surf Maroc - Morocco's best surfing holidays
After 9 years running Morocco's best surfing holidays we have unprecedented knowledge about this coastline and all that Morocco has to offer. Surf Maroc was started by Ben and Ollie in 2003, with an old Ford Transit, 5 boards and a few wetsuits. We now have over 40 staff in 3 locations helping run the best surfing holidays anywhere. Everyone who works at Surf Maroc is dedicated and passionate about providing the best possible surfing holidays. From your booking to your transfer to your surfing to your accommodation and every bit in between there is a friendly, professional, experienced member of the team making sure you have a good time.
As well as the amazing waves, delicious food, beautiful weather and all the other elements that help us create the perfect holiday, there's a something about Surf Maroc that'll make you love it and want to come back as soon as you leave. It's the easiest place you'll ever find to come on your own, as a couple or with friends and be guaranteed to meet great people and have fun, every time. We're obsessed with surfing but its the people that work with us and the people who stay with us that create the special atmosphere that makes Surf Maroc what it is.
Morocco’s leading surf holidays
Surf Maroc is Morocco’s leading surf company. We provide unique, unrivalled surfing holidays, incredible service and great value at stunning beachside locations in one of the world’s greatest surfing destinations.
Surf Maroc offers one of the widest ranges of accommodation for surfers available in one place. From the luxury surfing holidays at Villa Mandala, the legendary surf camp at Taghazout Villa, the great value and atmosphere at the Auberge or our range of beachside apartments we have something to suit every surfer and non surfers too. And it’s all on the beach in front of Morocco’s world class surf.
Our services have been created with the sole aim of offering the perfect surfing holiday. Our surf camps, surf school, Yoga Surf Retreats, surf equipment hire centre, restaurant, surf car hire and much more are run by a fun, sociable, passionate team dedicated to giving you an unforgettable surfing experience.
Take a look through our services and locations and choose the perfect surf trip for you.
Our commitment to local surfing has grown to include the sponsorship of four promising young surfers who have struggled to find the necessary equipment to excell. Yassin Bellqber, Brahim Habib Allh, Yassine Akhchach and Tawfik Papas all on the grom squad program which provides them with custom boards from JP, hardware from FCS and Gorilla Grip, wetsuits and Surf Maroc clothing as well as travel money and entrance fees for competitions in Morocco.
All of the team are surfing at a new level and are standouts amongst the local and international surfers at all the spots.
Surf Maroc are actively involved in a number of community projects aimed at improving standards educationally, environmentally and to progress surfing in the local area. These are the most recent events.
Royal Surf Club
Surf Maroc started a partnership with the Club Royal de Surf Solidaire when we became neighbours with the club at our new venue, Villa Mandala on Banana beach. As main sponsor of the club we have helped them clean the beaches between km 11 and km 14 collecting up to 8 truckloads of rubbish on each occasion. The Surf club provides the best opportunity for children and teenagers from Banana village and the surrounding area to learn to surf and participate in other sports. They also run the most effective beach cleaning operation in the area.
After providing vehicles for transporting the club to the national competition in Rabat we were stoked when they returned with a gold medal.
Surf Maroc have been supporting the Aftas association for the last 2 years, helping to provide the school with books, surf equipment and organize their prize giving day. Aftas is a voluntary organisation responsible for a number of projects and activities which has developing education and protecting the environment as their main goals.
Surf Maroc in association with Surf Berbere were responsible for cleaning Taghazout beach during the winter months. It was a good start and the beach has been cleaner than it has been for years but we have a long way to go before we reach any truly sustainable solutions.
Association De Peche
Beach clean & surf competition- Surf Maroc sponsored a local kids’ surf competition in Taghazout in January. The day was a mix of food and fun and with a big beach clean-up. A massive turn out of over 200 made it a day to remember.
Surf Maroc are proud to be one of the first business in the area to begin recycling. From May 2010 we have began recycling plastic, glass and paper at all our locations.
Villa Mandala is walking distance to the restaurants, shops, banks and market of Banana village and most importantly walking distance to some of the most consistent surf spots on Morocco’s surfing coastline.
Banana beach is a wild and open Atlantic beach which changes with the swells and seasons. Recent storms have swept away the sand on the beach in front of Mandala. The north end of the beach is sandy and has a great cafe with sun loungers which serves beer wine and fresh fish.
Abdullah's Royal Surf Club for local children sponsored by Surf Maroc is at the south end. The beautiful sandy beaches of Devil's Rock and Croco's with their cafes and restaurants are a short walk north of Banana Beach.
When approaching Villa Mandala don't be put off as you drive through the site of the local market and the chaos it leaves behind, and don't panic as you bump over the dry river bed and wonder if you have come to the right place. The area immediately surrounding Villa Mandala is not a tropical paradise but the sea views are beautiful and great beaches are in walking distance. It is a distinctly North African beachside location that is susceptible to the constant natural and man made changes that rapidly occur in the developing world. Its part of the experience and its what makes Villa Mandala a true gem hidden off the beaten track and Banana Village's best kept secret!
The surf around Villa Mandala is consistent and suits all levels of surfer from beginners to advanced. Taghazout is 5 minutes north, Agadir is 15 minutes south and a transport service is available all the time.
- Language: Arabic, Berber, French, English (limited to city center & tourist areas.)
- Currency: Dirham only available in Morocco
- Climate: Arid, semi tropical
- Visa: 30 day tourist visa issued upon entry. South African passport holder need to apply before entry.
- Passport: Must be valid for 6 months
- Electricity: Ac220 V with two-pin round plugs
- Located in Aourir ( Banana Village ) 15 minuted north of Agadir.
- 30 minutes from Agadir international airport
- 2.5 hours road transfer from Marrakech
Where is Surf Maroc?
Surf Maroc is located in the Agadir region of southern Morocco. Taghazout is a unique gem on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Conveniently located 40 min from Agadir international airport it’s a short hop ( 2-4 hrs) from most central European cities. It’s the closest place for any European surfer to get year round warm water, perfect waves and a unique cultural experience.
How do I get there?
Morocco is served by direct flights from the UK and other major European airports, with flight times to Agadir between 2-4 hours. Guests travelling from the US can connect either in Casablanca or at a European airport as there are no direct flights to Agadir. From Agadir airport it’s a 45 minute drive south east along the coast road. Road transfers from Marrakech can be easily arranged and take 4 - 5 hours and cost approx £80 for 4 people. Please contact us if you would like us to arrange a transfer or would like a quote
- Air Ninja - great site to see who fly where internationally. Flights leave the UK from London Stansted (STN) London (LGW), Manchester (MAN), Bristol (BRS),
- For Agadir:
Easyjet / Ryanair / Thomsonfly / Flythomascook / Firstchoice / MyTravel / Royal Air Maroc scheduled flights
- For Marrakech:
Ryanair / Skyscanner / Easyjet / Thomsonfly / Atlas-blue / Royal Air Maroc
Do I need a Visa?
EU passport holders with a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date do not require a visa to enter Morocco for tourist purposes. If you hold a passport from outside the European Union we strongly recommend that you check with your nearest Moroccan Embassy
Can I bring my children?
Children of all ages are welcome but we do not have specialised child care facilities.
How about cash? What is the currency? Where can I get it?
The Moroccan currency is the Dirham. Exchange rates at last time of checking were around 12.5 dh to the £1, 11 dh to the € and 7.6dh to the $. Dirhams can only be obtained within Morocco. There are exchange facilities and ATMs in the airport. There are also plenty of ATMs in Agadir. There are no ATM’s in Taghazout, the nearest is Aouria, a five minute drive from Taghazout. This machine and many other ATMs in Morocco do not accept Maestro and can be unreliable, if you have a VISA card we recommend you bring it.
Please note: traveller's cheques are not a good idea for Morocco. They cannot be exchanged at the airport or in Taghazout and there are only a few places in Agadir that will change them.
Can I use my phone? Is there Internet?
Nearly all European networks work in Morocco. Contact your network for call charges. Coverage is good. There are an abundance of public phones (coin and cards) in Taghazout. International call charges are relatively cheap. There is free wi.fi available at the L'Auberge, Taghazout Villa and Villa Mandala. There are also broadband internet cafés in Tagahzout.
Is the standard of the services the same at each location?
Absolutely! At all of our locations the services are run at the same high standard with the same friendly hospitable staff, new vehicles and state of the art surfing equipment.
What is the surf and the weather like? What is the best time to visit?
Morocco is an all year round destination for great surf and great weather. Surf Maroc is open all year. The summer months (April - October) see small to medium swells with surf mostly on the beaches and reefs on the more exposed north west coast. This is a great time for anyone looking for fun, uncrowded warm water surf. There are some bigger days during this time for those looking for something more challenging.
During the winter months the waves, that have made Morocco famous, come to life. There is a huge variety of surf in this area of Morocco. There are not many places like it in the whole. The region has something for everyone, from ideal beginner waves to challenging reef ledges. Intermediates and those new to the sport should not be put off or worried. Due to the nature of the coastline there is almost always somewhere sheltered and manageable, and those looking for something challenging won’t be disappointed. Morocco is blessed with well over 300 days of sunshine a year. Between the months November to February there is a small chance of rain, although statistically it is unlikely.
Typical wave size and temperatures
Swell / Air Temp / Sea temp / Wetsuits
- Sept - Nov: 4 - 8 ft / 25c - 30c / 18c - 21c / shorts/shortie
- Dec- Feb: 4 - 15 ft / 18c - 26c / 16c - 18 / 3/2 full suit
- Mar - May: 4 - 6 ft / 20c - 30c / 18c - 20c / 3/2 full - short arm 3/2
- Jun - Aug: 2- 4 ft / 25c - 30c / 21c + / Shorts/ vest
Your choice of wetsuit comes down to personal choice and tolerance. The best all rounder is a 3/2mm full suit.
What boards should i bring? Can I rent equipment?
With such a large range and choice of waves you may want to bring a whole quiver of boards. To generalise, the majority of waves are right hand point breaks from soft, slow, rolling spots to heavy, fast barrelling spots. Bring equipment to suit your ability and what you want to surf. If you don't want to go big, your everyday board will suffice, there's nearly always somewhere sheltered. If you do want to charge the big stuff, bring something suitable as mid-winter waves can get up to 15ft.
Surf Maroc have teamed up with board and fin innovators SurfTech and FCS to give Surf Maroc guests exclusive access to the Tuflite Travel program and FCS test drive. We have stocked our beach front base in Taghazout with over 40 of SurfTech’s latest models from their extensive range. As well as that, FCS have supplied their cutting edge fins system, it’s a perfect opportunity to experiment with new shapes and fins or use the identical boards you have at home without the hassle and burden of transporting them.
We also have a fully kited out surf school with every shape and size of board to get you standing up and surfing.
What ameneties are there in Taghazout?
There are an abundance of restaurants and cafes in Taghazout, including our own Auberge restaurant on the sea front. The are plenty of grocery shops selling fruit, vegetable and other essentials. There is a well stocked pharmacy and four surf shops (see below). There are also lots of internet cafes with ADSL connection. Alcohol can be bought in Agadir not Taghazout.
Are there surf shops in taghazout? What can I buy there?
There are a few surf shops in Taghazout. They now stock a fair bit of hardware: leashes, wax, deckgrip etc. The surf board and clothing selection is also growing. Most of the shops offer board repairs, they are often great value and of good quality
What about clothing? What will I need?
Morocco is a liberal Muslim country, and men and women are welcome to wear shorts and t-shirts. Swimming costumes and bikinis are normal on the beach but it is advisable to cover up your arms and legs a bit when walking around town. Shorts, tees and flip flops are the norm. Trousers and jumpers are sometimes needed particularly in mid winter when the evenings can be chilly so warm clothes are a good idea during that period.
What food can I expect?
Our food is fantastic! The food served in all our venues is amazing. Our chefs will prepare a mixture of Moroccan and international dishes each week. For stays at L'Auberge, Taghazout Villa and Villa Mandala breakfast is included in every service option. All packages, apart from B&B, include a packed lunch. Please see the table above for what is included in each service option? Stays in apartments are self catering.
Do you supply towels?
Bath towels but not beach towels are available for stays at Villa Mandala and Killers Bay. At all other venues you will need to bring your own bath and beach towels.
What about alcoholic drinks?
Although Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol by Muslims, alcoholic drinks can be legally served and sold throughout the country. Morocco even produces its own range of wines and beers. Alcohol is not sold in Taghazout but can be bought in Agadir, we can arrange taxis for all guests who wish to buy alcohol from Agadir.
Do you cater for special diets?
We understand that some people have special requirements. Let us know in advance, and we’ll do our best to make sure we have exactly what you need. All guests should be aware that we are in Africa and not all ‘specialized food alternatives’ are available.
What about the evenings?
It’s really up to you. You can dine on one of the terraces overlooking the surf and enjoy a drink under the stars, get comfy in the salon and watch a film, go and have a mint tea in the village and checkout the scene in this bustling little fishing village or we can arrange taxis for those who fancy checking out Agadir’s night life!
What else is there to do besides surfing?
Taghazout and the surrounding area offer a whole range of other activities. If you feel like a break from surfing or for those of you who don't surf then horse and camel riding and quad biking are all close by and easily organized. For those who’d like to relax there are miles of empty golden sandy beaches to discover or you can sunbathe and chill out in the privacy of the villa or your apartment. The souq's of Agadir provide the quintessential Moroccan shopping experience. Two day trips to the ancient city of Marrakech can be organized. The beautiful seaside town of Essaouira is only two and half hours north and is a popular one or two day trip. There is a great market (souq) in Agadir which has all the stuff you would expect in Morocco: an abundance of leather goods, woodwork, ceramics, rugs, carpets, jewellery and clothing. Non threatening haggling is part of the fun! There is also a small market in Taghazout’s village square that sells local wares.
What voltage and plugs do you use?
Morocco is on 220 volts with two-pin round plugs.
Arrival and departure details
You can arrive at any time. It is not always possible to have your room ready before 2pm. If you do want to arrive early and your room isn’t immediately available, start enjoying yourself anyway – we’ll take care of your bags and get you started on whatever service you have chosen. Check out is officially 12pm, but if you would like a later check out, let us know and we’ll do our best.
What is it like to drive in Morocco?
(Independent Surfer and Apartment stays) We provide airport transfers to and from the airport. From then on you have a hire car at your disposal for the rest of your stay. Please ensure you have the original of a valid EU driving license which must have been held for at least one year. The law insists that you always carry your driving license and car hire documents with you when driving in Morocco. Seat belts must be worn at all times and you must not use your mobile phone whilst driving (a fining offense). Police and Gendarmerie checkpoints are based every few kilometers along the routes. Minor infringements will result in your having to make an on-the-spot payment. In Morocco, as in Europe driving is on the right. The main roads around Taghazout are good. In addition, when driving in Morocco, we advise you to drive slowly and carefully as the roads are generally narrower and may sometimes have bumps and potholes, especially after periods of rain. We do ask that you take particular care when driving, bearing in mind the conditions of your hire car rental agreement. Please bring roof straps if you have them.
No vaccinations are required for visitors to Morocco and anti-malarial precautions are not necessary. We have first aid equipment along with staff trained in administering first aid. In case of an emergency, there are hospitals and clinics in Agadir. Medical charges will apply according to the treatment received so make sure you have travel insurance before you arrive. There is a well stocked pharmacy in Taghazout which is open everyday.
- "Stunning, friendly, relaxed and such lovely staff. Surf and Yoga Paradise."
- If you want to take a surf trip somewhere with world-class surf on your doorstep, but also want to stay somewhere a little bit more relaxing than the typical grungy surf-camp environment - I really can't think of anywhere better than Mandala - and I will definitely be going back
- A true gem. I'll certainly be coming back.
- The waves were many and varied. There are so many options from Tagazhout it's unbelievable, all accessible from the coast road. From slow, gentle waves for beginners to the scarier point breaks for the experts, everyone had fun.
- The surf guides put 110% into driving us to various spots, making sure we scored the best waves
- The ratio to instructors was ideal, and I made a lot of progress, including getting my first green waves!
- The surf coaches who are FULL of energy all the time, they make your stay very easy and very fun.
- All of my surf guides were very good, easy to get along with and always able to give advice from. They drove to all the surf spots and if the waves were no good there, then we would always try and find the best waves for the ability of the group. At no point did I feel rushed and everything was well organised and things were easy to change if need be.
- From the hospitality staff at the villa (who arrange absolutely everything) to the surf coaches who are FULL of energy all the time, they make your stay very easy and very fun.
- The surf package that Surf Maroc run for all their properties is outstandingly good, with food, friendly local surf guide and coaching all included and really well organised
- The staff are friendly & knowledgable, they take you out every day to the surf spots that are working.
- Really friendly and helpful guys and girls who know the area very well. Always smiling and patient with everyone - from total beginner to advanced. Excellent vehicles as well.
- Surf Maroc really looks after you, I've been back twice and will definitely go back and stay again.
- A real asset to arrive somewhere and be told where the surf is best, when the best time to go is , what board to take etc . A great service.
- First of all a big thanks to all the surf maroc staff for working hard to look after everyone.
- The local and foreign staff are all helpful and friendly. They make you feel extremely welcome and comfortable.
- The staff here are a true asset and are the single biggest factor in it's success. From the hospitality staff at the villa (who arrange absolutely everything) to the surf coaches who are FULL of energy all the time, they make your stay very easy and very fun.