Surfing in Arugam Bay
The world-famous surf spot in Arugam Bay
Arugam Bay is one of THE spots for surfing in Sri Lanka. The famous wave at Main Point is internationally known and due to that, Arugam Bay once was rated as one of the Top 10 surfing destinations in the world. Therefore, it’s not a surprise that Arugam Bay is the only international surf competition venue in Sri Lanka.
Why surfing in Arugam Bay
There are different reasons why people enjoy the surf in Arugam Bay. We actually love the variety and flexibility. It’s not just one spot to surf, there are around 10 spots that are easily available within a 30 minutes tuk-tuk ride. Therefore, even a longer surfing holiday can’t get boring (if it ever can 😉 ), as you just might go to a different spot every now and then to spice it up a little.
The area has a lot to offer for all different levels. We have hosted all kinds of surfers: Pros who just go to Main Point every day for weeks, being able to compete with the strong lineup. You have to know what you are doing surfing Main Point. The reef is not fun, in contrast to the ride: It can be long and big, barrels included.
Intermediates mostly enjoy the option to see different beaches. Every spot is unique, with its natural surroundings, its wave, break, and the infrastructure. Find out more about the different surf spots here. Intermediates often travel all over Sri Lanka and spent 5-7 days before they continue with their round trip.
Beginners have fun making their first experiences in the water. Though, especially in the peak months, it can get crowded at the favorite beginner spots. It’s rare that we host people who just come to Arugam Bay for learning how to surf. Nevertheless, it’s a good option, too. Most beginners try surfing as one part of their Sri Lanka holiday experience.
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Arugam Bay’s overall package
One reason why Arugam Bay has become more popular, especially over the last couple of years, is its overall package. There is surf, yoga, nature, a good choice of accommodations in different price categories, and, in the peak months, also vivid nightlife with bars, restaurants and good food. At the same time, it’s the only spot at the East Coast of Sri Lanka which is touristically developed while known for its surf.
We are often asked about the best time for surfing in Arugam Bay. The simple answer is from April to October.
The summer and surfing season starts in April. The touristic peak months are July and August. In that time, it’s also the busiest in the water. The season fades out in October. From October onwards, there might be more rain, as it used to be the monsoon season. Though, for the last years, the weather has been quite unpredictable with rainy days in August and 2 weeks of no rain in November. Therefore, in our opinion, you can visit Arugam Bay all year long.
Are you traveling with a focus on surfing, though, our recommendation is the months from April to June and the end of August until the end of October. The conditions are good and you normally don’t have to face a hundred people at Main Point. In 2019, we even had fun surf days in November at some selected spots like Whiskey Point and Pottuvil Point.
Prepare yourself for big crowds at all spots during the peak months of July and August. If you don’t mind busy lineups but seek out for parties and nightlife, too, July and August are your months to go.