Surf Trips Sri Lanka

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Cape Weligama

Sri Lanka is a surfing paradise without heavy waves

Ahhh, Sri Lanka has us hooked! The teardrop-shaped island off the coast of India has everything a surfer’s heart desires and much more! Perfectly shaped pointbreaks, secret bays & beaches and an endless supply of reef setups ranging from Hikkaduwa on the country’s southwestern coast all the way across to Arugam Bay on the west, makes up for one epic playground ready to be explored. Sri Lanka is one of those rare gems that has something for everyone - from empty mellow sliders to hollow but perfect caves, you ’ll definitely find what you are looking for. Coupled with plenty of culture, epic food and one hell of a scenery, Sri Lanka is just as dreamy as the Mentawais or the Maldives but without the heavy waves.

Can you surf here during COVID-19?

Disclaimer: We're trying our very best to keep up with the latest global travel restrictions. Our updates summarise changes reported by various sources, but with the ever-changing nature of the situation, please take this information as a guide only.

No restrictions
Residents of the following countries can enter without or just limited restrictions:
  • Currently there is no data about countries in this group.
Some restrictions
Residents of the following countries can enter, but with specific protocols:
  • Germany

    Entry Restrictions in Sri Lanka

    Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

    - This does not apply to:

    - Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate in English, showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before departure; and who do not arrive from Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, or Zimbabwe; and have a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival is negative;

    - Passengers with a positive COVID-19 NAAT test taken at least 28 days and at most 90 days before departure; and

    Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe, must have an authorization obtained by sending emails to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: entry.permission@mfa.gov.lk and to the Ministry of Health: dghs@health.gov.lk

    • Passengers arriving via "Sri Lanka Tourism". These passengers must have an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

    • Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure.

    • A completed "Health Declaration Form" must be presented upon arrival.

    Updated on October 19th, 2021

    Germany - Sri Lanka Trip Specific Restrictions

    • Vaccinated passengers do not need to quarantine.
    • Unvaccinated passengers can still have a great time under the protection of the Tourism Bio Bubble for a duration of 13 nights/14 days.
    • Unvaccinated passengers returning from Sri Lanka will need to quarantine for 10 days upon entering Germany.
    • Fully vaccinated passengers do not need to quarantine.
  • United Kingdom

    Entry Restrictions in Sri Lanka

    Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

    - This does not apply to:

    - Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate in English, showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before departure; and who do not arrive from Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, or Zimbabwe; and have a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival is negative;

    - Passengers with a positive COVID-19 NAAT test taken at least 28 days and at most 90 days before departure; and

    Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe, must have an authorization obtained by sending emails to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: entry.permission@mfa.gov.lk and to the Ministry of Health: dghs@health.gov.lk

    • Passengers arriving via "Sri Lanka Tourism". These passengers must have an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

    • Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure.

    • A completed "Health Declaration Form" must be presented upon arrival.

    Updated on October 19th, 2021

    UK - Sri Lanka Trip Specific Restrictions

    Vaccinated passengers do not need to quarantine.

    Unvaccinated passengers can still have a great time under the protection of the Tourism Bio Bubble for a duration of 13 nights/14 days.

  • United States

    Entry Restrictions in Sri Lanka

    Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

    - This does not apply to:

    - Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate in English, showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before departure; and who do not arrive from Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, or Zimbabwe; and have a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival is negative;

    - Passengers with a positive COVID-19 NAAT test taken at least 28 days and at most 90 days before departure; and

    Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe, must have an authorization obtained by sending emails to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: entry.permission@mfa.gov.lk and to the Ministry of Health: dghs@health.gov.lk

    • Passengers arriving via "Sri Lanka Tourism". These passengers must have an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

    • Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure.

    • A completed "Health Declaration Form" must be presented upon arrival.

    Updated on October 19th, 2021

    USA - Sri Lanka Trip Specific Restrictions

    • Vaccinated passengers do not need to quarantine.
    • Unvaccinated passengers can still have a great time under the protection of the Tourism Bio Bubble for a duration of 13 nights/14 days.
    • Unvaccinated passengers returning home will have to quarantine at home for 10 days.
    • Vaccinated passengers do not need to quarantine.
No travel allowed from these countries
Residents of the following countries are currently not allowed to enter:
  • Australia

    Entry Restrictions in Sri Lanka

    Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

    - This does not apply to:

    - Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate in English, showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before departure; and who do not arrive from Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, or Zimbabwe; and have a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival is negative;

    - Passengers with a positive COVID-19 NAAT test taken at least 28 days and at most 90 days before departure; and

    Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe, must have an authorization obtained by sending emails to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: entry.permission@mfa.gov.lk and to the Ministry of Health: dghs@health.gov.lk

    • Passengers arriving via "Sri Lanka Tourism". These passengers must have an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

    • Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure.

    • A completed "Health Declaration Form" must be presented upon arrival.

    Updated on October 19th, 2021

    Australia - Sri Lanka Trip Specific Restrictions

    People living in Australia are currently not able to travel overseas, unless granted an exemption. We'll keep you up-to-date as best as we can with the latest information and changes.

For more information please check our COVID-19 info page or visit the official website
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Be Aware

Although surf travels have become increasingly popular in recent years, some parts of Sri Lanka are still relatively new to tourism and standards vary depending on where you go or where you stay. Sri Lanka and all its magic still require an open mind and some flexibility as the country’s tourism sector is slowly (but steady) catching up to the standards of Bali, the Maldives or other, more established, surf destinations. Good news is; You don’t have to worry about all that! Our experts have hand picked the highest quality and best value surf camps and resorts, so all you have to do is enjoy everything this amazing country has to offer'.

Have you ever dreamed of exploring the teardrop shape island paradise and all its waves? Sri Lanka is well and truly a one of a kind surf destination with waves all year round and two distinct surf seasons.

From May until November, the points around Arugam Bay turn into eye candy with long rippable walls hugging the points on sheer infinite supplies. But the real standout is the country's South West Coast from November until April. Break after break, wave after wave decorate the long winding Matara Road, only waiting for the takers.

Want to know more about the South Sri Lankan surf dream and what kind of waves await you there? Check out our video.

What our customers say

There was this informal message to LUEX "I am 50 years old, healthy and want to become a surfer (preferably in Sri Lanka)" based on which Martin strongly recommended me the Green House in Weligama. He did not disappoint me, thanks Martin Jenner."

Patrik
(The Green Rooms)

"Great location! Everyone that works there are very friendly. Food is the best around Weligama. And the most important, the surf classes were great! Definitely recommend this place!"

Kaue
(The Green Rooms)

"Stella Beach Villa was heaven. Rasika, Gayan and their team are amazing! The views and the beach were perfect. The food was delicious. I did not want to give this place a good review because I want to keep the place to myself! Best beach vacation in Asia!"

Lindsay
(Stella Beach Villa)

"This place did wonders for my surfing. There are tons of breaks al down the shoreline, so experts beginners and intermediate surfers can find the perfect waves for them. Very affordable area with tons of local culture to be experienced."

Sean
(Elswhere Surf Camp)

Five Reasons For The Perfect Sri Lankan Surf Vacation

01

Teardrop paradise in the Indian Ocean

The little tear-drop shaped Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka delivers everything you might expect from a tropical gem. An exotic land of tea, coconuts, jungle, spices, ancient temples and elephants with a blend of different ethnicities and leftover- signs of the British colonial days makes up for a cultural experience nowhere else to be found. With its predominantly Buddhist culture, Sri Lanka offers a laid back surf holiday destination with a surf menu made up of a choice of coral/rock reefs, points and beach breaks.

02

Sri Lanka offers great surf all year around

Sri Lanka has two designated surf seasons resulting in quality waves all year around depending on which area you visit. From November to March the country’s southwest is your go-to spot if you want to score in the wave department. The likes of Hikkaduwa, Midigrama all the way over to the bay of Hiriketiya turn on their wave machines and consistently pump out fun, head-high, not too soft, not too heavy - but just right little peelers for everyone to enjoy. May to September is the time you want to head over to Arugam Bay to get a piece of the famous, world-class sand bottom point that put Sri Lanka on the surf maps ages ago. Although crowded at times, the wave is truly spectacular and offers rides up to my-legs-are-falling-off lengths.

03

Sri Lanka is a perfect beginner destination to catch your first waves

Forget about Bali and head to Sri Lanka for your first ride on a surfboard. Welligama on the country’s southern coast is the perfect place to catch your first little waves offering a safe and easily accessible beach break with multiple peaks for you to get your groove on. Generally, the waves in Sri Lanka are more mellow than in Indonesia or the Philippines which makes it the perfect destination to try your luck on some of the most perfect reefbreaks you’ve ever seen.

04

Sri Lanka is boardshorts & Bikini territory only

You probably guessed it. Sri Lanka is the dream of every surfer who wants to leave the heavy rubber at home. With casual 27 degrees Celsius (80.5 Fahrenheit) average air temperature, Sri Lanka is the place where you comfortably pack light for. Boardies, bikinis, a couple of shirts, shorts, and dresses is all you need to have the time of your life in the tropics. Go easy on the clothes but make sure you’ll pack enough sunscreen and that extra block of wax just to be safe.

05

Sri Lanka is the perfect place for the explorer

While surfing in Sri Lanka is so much fun, the country has so much more to offer than just crystal clear little kegs and rippable walls for days. Sri Lanka features some of the most impressive, and most beautiful sceneries in the whole world. Get adventurous and hop on a train from Colombo to Ella through the luscious, green hills of the Sri Lanka hinterland or go full on ‘safari-mode’ on your lay day and explore the gorgeous national parks and its wildlife.

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