fbKima Surf Sri Lanka — Thermal
Accommodation
Private & shared rooms
Duration
2+ nights
Nearest major airport
Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport (CMB)

Sri Lanka waves at its best!

"Our camp is located within a Sri Lankan colonial house and surrounded by lush vegetation and literally a couple of minutes’ walk from the beach breaks and surf in Weligama. Ride our best waves and explore some of the wonders of this beautiful country."

The surf

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Sri Lanka is a year-round surfing destination. From October to April, we have dry and sunny weather conditions on the south coast. Offshore winds and perfect surf conditions create head-high glassy waves for beginners to advanced surfers.

Our off-season is from May to September when our monsoon (rainy) season starts. However, we still have good temperatures and conditions for surfing.

The lodge

Our camp is located within a charming Sri Lankan colonial homestead. A wide collection of room types are available, ranging from cozy double or twin bedrooms to stylish bunk rooms (two of the dorm rooms even have their private pools!). Each room has a shared bathroom and is complete with AC.

Our desire is for you to have the best time exploring this beautiful country while surfing in Sri Lanka. Return from a big day of catching waves and relax in our lounge areas, complete with bean bags, sun lounges, and big comfy sofas. Enjoy breakfast seven days a week and dinner five nights a week during your stay with us.

Meals are unique, designed, and prepared by our in-house chef. All guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi as well as free-flow coffee and tea.

Surf guiding

The price for the Kima Surf Sri Lanka package includes surf guiding. We surf twice a day, every day of the week, and offer these daily sessions with our Kima Surf guides for all levels of surfing. We create small groups for our surf sessions, divided by surfing skill level and take our guests to the right surf spots depending on the daily currents, tides, and wind conditions. If you are a total surfing beginner, we highly recommend you book our 5-day Learn-To-Surf package, the ideal surf course in Sri Lanka.

Transport

The surf camp guides and guests go on daily explorations to surf spots nearby or further away as appropriate with skill, weather, and tides. We will take you to beaches and surf spots with the best breaks along the southern coastal area. We move around using Tuk Tuks, guided by the weather and the abilities of our guests, to get the most out of surfing in Sri Lanka.

Food + drink

Our Kima surf camp restaurant is open seven days a week from 7 am until 10 pm. We serve a set breakfast, as well as an à la carte menu from 12 pm to 9 pm as well. Our internationally trained chef uses the freshest ingredients and offers a variety of cuisine options. The hotel grounds are home to over 140 different fruit trees. We incorporate their fruit into our menu selection as well.

Breakfast is served from 7 am until 12 pm with a wide variety of choices to choose from each morning. Our breakfast includes a juice, starter, and main course and incorporates international and local cuisine options, all of which are included in the camp price.

Join Kima guests for our group dinners served between 6 pm to 9 pm Monday through Friday. Each evening the dinner menu will feature a unique cuisine experience. We will hold a camp-wide BBQ on Friday evenings where we will grill out in our camp restaurant!

Rice and curry is the staple dish for the Sri Lankans and can be found all around the island. A healthy and filling meal (such as curry and small side dish) will cost around 3 Euros in a local shop. A sunset Lion beer on the beach will likely be the most expensive item you will find on a local shop menu. Local fruit salads and simple curries can usually be found on even the most remote beaches. Our camp restaurant also serves a wide selection of Sri Lankan food.

Around Weligama, you will find a few fancier restaurants with high-quality food options that cater to Western taste buds.

Exploring Sri Lanka

One hour away from the camp, you will find Galle, the Dutch fort town that is a must-see when visiting Sri Lanka! The town is known for its beautiful lighthouse and massive rampart walls. Galle makes for an excellent day trip from Weligama.

We also recommend taking a day trip to explore Yalla National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s most amazing landscapes off the beaten track. You will be picked up early in the morning and head off to the best national park in Sri Lanka for a big adventure!

Koggala Lake sits on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. There are many tiny islands to explore around Koggala Lake and we can help you to arrange a boat trip around the lagoon.

Location

South Asia/Sri Lanka/Southwest Sri Lanka
Getting there
Fly to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). From there, it is a 2h30min drive.

Kima Surf

Leading trips since 2008
Ari Giorginis
Owner
Ari Giorginis
Ari Giorginis

It was “Pencak Silat”, a type of martial arts, that brought Ari to a training camp in Indonesia in 1989, where he was meant to be preparing for competitions in the homeland of this old Malaysian martial art. However, it wasn’t long before he got hooked on something completely different: surfing and the enchanting mentality of the people here. And thus, the idea of the Bali surfaris was born.

We are organizing surf camps and surfaris since 1995. Of course, lots of things have changed since then, but one thing still remains: surf safaris in Bali are a get-together of like-minded people with one and the same passion – surfing as a lifestyle.

And we all have one commitment: working hard to make the Bali Surf Camp an unforgettable experience for you.

Sustainability

Many years ago, the traditional Bali packaging – a banana leaf – was replaced by a plastic bag. This change was very rapid and many Indonesians, especially the older generation, could unfortunately not really grasp what this meant for the environment. Instead of banana leaves that decompose quickly, we now have plastic bags in the ditches, rivers, and, finally, in the sea, making Bali's environmental protection a key issue.

Even if it seems very simple and superficial, the banana leaf example is typical of the entire development of Bali, which in recent years, has shown an amazing pace in all sectors. Every year the number of hotels, cars, mopeds and tourists increases in Bali, mostly concentrated in the south of the island. This rapid development also causes problems, in particular an immense problem with waste disposal, and as a business enterprise, we see it as our duty to make the greatest possible contribution, at least in terms of environmental protection in Bali.

In our hotels, we started with measurements that are “normal” for western standards, for instance, asking our guests to switch off the lights, ventilator or air conditioning if they are not in the room or to use their towels more often. We have installed a water-saving button for toilet flushing and equipped the entire hotel with energy-saving lamps. In the meantime, the beach clean-up actions that are organized regularly have become very popular in Bali and are carried out by other business enterprises and us.

It is, however, more effective to tackle these problems at the source, and so we have banned one-way plastic packaging from our camp kitchens and restaurants and only use reusable containers for portioning and storing food, and for our takeaway breakfasts – which is quite expensive in Bali. At the reception at Bali Surf Camp, Seminyak and Canggu, guests can borrow a jute bag when they have shopping to do in the supermarket around the corner.

Kima refill bottles

We do not sell any beverages in plastic bottles and offer environmentally friendly water dispensers in all of our camps to use with our reusable stainless-steel, PVC-free Kima refillable bottle. This dramatically reduces the usage of plastic water bottles that are bought in supermarkets by our guests. Use our bottles to refill with fresh drinking water in the camp at any time. The enormous amounts of plastic waste are becoming an increasing problem in Bali. To help to keep Bali as plastic-free as possible, buy a Kima bottle and unlimited drinking water for only € 10. The income from the drink bottles goes mostly to the “R.O.L.E. Foundation”, an environmental and social project in Bali, which Kima supports as the main sponsor. We also work with the renowned and trustworthy waste disposal company “Bali-Recycling”, specializing in recycling and disposing of hazardous waste safely.

Languages: English
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Questions?

What's included?
Accommodations, surf guiding seven days a week, twice a day, surf theory classes six times per week, free wi-fi, surf video analysis six times per week, tuk-tuk shuttles, concierge service from 7 a.m.... read more
What's not included?
Flights, lunch, airport transfers, and travel insurance.
Do I need a visa to get in Sri Lanka?
To fly to Sri Lanka, you need to obtain an electronic tourist visa (costs $35 USD), which is issued independently on the website: https://eta.gov.lk After confirming your booking, we will send you a c... read more
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