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For watersports in south Sri Lanka you are spoilt for choice. 1,340 km of coastline, the sea never falling below 27 degrees. The country is a mecca for water based activities. In the South West of Sri Lanka the monsoon season is May to August so depending if you are after waves, wind or visibility there are different activities that have a weather advantage all year round.

Surfing

The official peak surf season in the south-west, around Welligama, is from the end of October to early April. Winds are offshore making clean waves, swells are consistently good and rain is at a minimum. The season then shifts up the south east coast towards Arugum Bay from April. Waves cater for all surfing abilities. You can rent long and fish boards both locally – handy as it is unlikely they will let you on your plane with you long-board. Outside the official surfing season you still get some fantastic days in the water or you can jump in on the kite boarding season when the consistent winds trump the consistent swells.

Stand-up Paddle Surfing (SUP)

Stand up surfing on a paddle board is ever becoming more popular in Sri Lanka. It’s been revived by Hawaiian big surf chaps Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama and is great for improving balance and core strength. SUP is fast to learn and like long-boarding gives you a much better chance of catching a ride. You also have a much better vantage point watching the sets roll in so make sure you don’t drop in on someone else’s wave.

Kite Boarding

The kite boarding / kite surfing season in the south west is between May to the end September when the winds are consistent and swell is on the east coast.  Just think free air and eco-friendly. The wind is a consistent 18-20 knots, so kite boarding paradise really.  Good beach destination in  south Sri Lanka is Ahangama-Kabalana (The Rock surf break) and Mirissa bay. One thing about kite boarding is to ensure you learn with IKO certified instructors, it can be pretty unforgiving if it goes wrong.

Scuba-Diving & Snorkeling

Scuba-diving, free diving and snorkeling in the south west coast is generally best from November to mid-April. The region around Weligama has a number of protected dive sites and many places to swim out and snorkel. Cristal clear waters and shallow depths ensure that the vivid colours of the coral and abundant tropical fish are at their brightest.  Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna are also superb protected coral reefs, with the PADI dive center infrastructure you would expect from busy tourist centres.

Whale & Dolphin Watching

Take a boat trip in south Sri Lanka between September to April and you have a very good chance of hanging out with some of the largest known marine mammals. Cetacean watching is a fairly magical and awe inspiring experience. The International Whaling Commission established the Indian Ocean as Sanctuary in 1979 and has set guidelines for hanging out with these intelligent sea beings. Make sure your boat guide adheres to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society code of conduct.  Expect to see blue whales, sperm whales and spinner dolphins. Mirissa or Dondra are popular launch sites.

Just let us know what you would like to do and we can fix it.


Mirissa Beach, Reef Break

Beaches-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka MirissaMirissa Surf Point. Beautiful crescent shaped, sandy beach surrounded bar hotels and bars. Right hand, peeling reef break, short fast rides. Intermediate-advanced. Reef entry point.

Weligama Harbour, Fisherman' Reef

Weligama-Fisherman's-ReefWeligama, Fisherman's Reef. Fairly unknown, peeling right break that holds between 3 and 5ft, works well in a big swell. 800m paddle out from a beach entry point, shallow reef.

Rathgama, Overkanda Surf Point

Rathgama-Surf-PointRathgama, Overkanda Surf Point. Uncrowded, low power, left reef break between Hikkadua and Galle. Can be 5ft, 150m ride on a good day.

Meddawatta Beach Break, SK Town

Beaches-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka SK TownMeddawatta Beach, SK Town is a long beach break and caters for all level of surfers. From this one time secret sand break, with peeling left and rights holding up to 4ft. Sand beach entry and no reef or rocks.

Coconut Point, Gurubebila

Anil-Benjo-CoconutsCoconut Point, Gurubebila reef break, clean and uncrowded, holds up to 6ft, medium fast powerful wave for rides up to 500m. Reef entry point. Opposite the 3 coconut palms and Lions Rest Hotel. Newly opened for 15-16

Talalla Beach, Tangalle

Beaches-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka TallaleTalalla Beach. Beautiful, sheltered crescent 2km wide cove, a kite boarders dream. Small local break and restaurant round the corner. Low power fun.

Lazy Left, Midigama Station

Surfing People Lazy Lef Surf South Sri Lanka 2Lazy Left, Midigama. 2min walk from Midigama station. Slow, clean peeling left for intermediate surfers, 500m rides. Works at low tide best. Deep reef,  sand entry. 5 mins in a Tuk Tuk from Gurubebila.

Rajith Surf Point, Ahangama

Ratith-Surf-Point-Anhagama-Sri-Lanka-3-1024x731Just south of the Ahangama fishing poles you can find Rajith Surf Point. Peeling classic A-frame holds up to 5ft with up to 350m rides. Intermediate reef break.

Hiriketiya Bay, Dikwella

Hiriketiya Beach (Horseshoe Bay), Dikwella Surf South Sri Lanka BoxHiriketiya Bay (Horseshoe Bay) is a 200m cove with a surf break that works all year. It is located near Dikwella, half way between Matara and Tangalle. Stay at Wetakeiya House, Dikwella.

Plantation Point, Midigama

Plantation-Surf-Point-MidigPlantation Surf Point, Midigama is easy to get to from Gurubebila village on the left of the beachfront road.

The Rock Surf Point, Kabalana

Kabalana-Red-Bull-Surfing-Competition Surf South Sri LankaKabalana, The Rock Surf Point. Classic A-frame reef break. Good power, left and rights with 300m ride. Sand beach break also. Stay with Sion Surf Camp, Lace Rock.  

Unawatuna Diving, no Surf

Beaches-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka UnawatunaUnawatuna had a surf point before the artificial reef. Now its a base for Divers and late night parties. Great restaurants too.

Dondera, Madiha Surf Point

Sunset-Postcard-Surf-South-Sri LankaDondra - Madiha Point Break. Reef, sand & rock break on the most southern point in Sri Lanka. Strong rips. Whale watching tours.

Ketature Beach, Surf Point

8-Ketature-Beach-Surf-Point-Sri-Lanka-Danagama-Left-1024x731Ketature Beach has a shallow reef break, mainly lefts that hold to 4-5ft. Only works on a big swell with up to 200m rides, not surfable at low tide. Intermediate surf break. Eat or stay KBH Restaurant & Rooms.

Plantation Point, Gurubebila, Weligama

Beaches-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka MidigamaGurubebila a quiet local village between between Midigama Left and Weligama Bay. Lions Rest surf accommodation - sunset beer and cocktails.

Polhena Surf Point, Matara

Surfing-People-Lazy Left-Surf South Sri LankaPolhena Surf Point. Two kilometers from Matara is the fishing village of Polhena. Series of small beaches around fishing village. Fast left and right handers over a reef break can reach up to 5ft if it works. Watching cetaceans.

South Beach Surf Point

South-Beach-Surf-Point-Sri-Lanka-02-1024x576Just north of Kabalana there is an uncrowded beach, near South Beach Hotel. Sandy entry reef break, 300m paddle out with slow lefts and rights that hold to 4ft. A good longboard wave. Beginner to intermediate.

Weligama Beach Break

Weligama-Catamaran-Surf-South Sri LankaWeligama Beach Break, long sand bars producing many  left & rights  at varying tide times. Shallow beach entry, no reef or rocks, safe to learn.  Beach side surf schools & board hire. Best at sunrise.

Ram's Right, Midigama

Surfing-People---Rams-Right Surfing WonderlustRam's Right, Midigama. Intermediate to advanced reef break that holds up to 5ft. Fast 350m ride that sometimes barrels. Shallow reef.

Closenberg, Gallé Surf Break

Galle Surf South Sri LankaGallé Closenberg Surf Point nr Deweta Station. Beach break. Consistent small waves 2ft-4ft on sand, 100m ride. Potential pollution.

Jungle Beach, Walliwala Weligama

Secret-BreaksJungle Beach, Walliwala Weligama. Main left hand break and right that works over 3ft. Both hold to 6ft and have very shallow reef in parts and a 500m paddle out but also 400m rides.

Hikkaduwa, Main Reef

Hikkadua Surf South Sri LankaHikkaduwa busy tourist area in south-west. Reef and beach breaks. North Jetty, Benny's, Main Reef, Beach Break, Rivermouth. Party nightlife. Get some hugs at Hug Inn, you deserve a holiday.