5 Best Sri Lanka Surf and Yoga Retreats

The south of Sri Lanka is a perfect tourism destination, especially if you like surfing and yoga.  Sri Lanka surf and yoga retreats are a great option, especially if you enjoy all-inclusive, no-worries travel.  With many different surf and yoga retreat options, it can be hard to decide which retreat to book.  Here is our guide comparing the 5 best Sri Lanka surf and yoga retreats!

Weligama Surf Yoga Retreat:

best sri lanka surf and yoga retreatsOffering all-inclusive week-long surf and yoga retreats based in Weligama, these retreats are held at an amazing colonial villa in the jungle near the town.  Included are four surf lessons, eight yoga practices, breathwork meditation sessions, two daily meals with private chefs, a cooking class, and charity give-back days.  They also take you on a safari through Udawalawe National Park which is packed full of wild elephants and other beautiful creatures.  A great value for seeing a lot without needing to plan anything.  We also like how everyone starts and finishes the experience together, allowing you to make deep, lasting friendships.

Website: weligamasurfyogaretreat.com

8-day package price: $1,500 USD

Our review with pictures!

Surf & Yoga Mirissa:

best sri lanka surf and yoga retreatsWeeklong packages include six surf sessions, six yoga classes, one massage, and daily breakfast.  A bonus is the friendly local owners and delicious Ahimsa Vegan Cafe (extra cost but worth it) located on the property. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, quietly nestled away from the main road.  Other packages and longer stays are available on their website.  Less all-inclusive but better for more independent travelers.

Weeklong package price: $555 USD

Wesbsite: www.surfnyogamirissa.com

Our detailed review with pictures!

Soul & Surf:

best sri lanka surf and yoga retreats
Photo Credit: The Australian

For a more luxury option, enjoy Soul & Surf’s new and modern rooms and beautiful swimming pool.  Included in a one-week stay are three meals per day, seven yoga sessions, ten surf outings, two meditation sessions, a guided SUP adventure and more.  Great if you want to spend your time relaxing in one place; the downside is that it’s a little off the main drag.  Oh, and the swimming pool is a nice bonus.

Weeklong price: ~ $1,500 USD for a shared room – $2,500 for a luxury private room.  Check their website for options and availability.  Prices lower in off season (May-November).

Website: www.soulandsurf.com

Sunshine Stories:

best sri lanka surf and yoga retreatsMade for the more serious surfer crowd, Sunshine Stories retreats include many different types of training to take your surf to another level.  Included in their packages are seven breakfasts, five lunches and dinners, ten yoga sessions, five surf lessons, a variety of surf classes and video feedback, a temple visit, and your own surf video.

Weeklong package price: $899 USD for a shared room in their villa.

Website: sunshinestories.com

Camp Poe:

best sri lanka surf and yoga retreats
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Located in Ahangama, Camp Poe is a boutique oasis which offers luxury safari tents or bungalows for accommodation.  They also have a swimming pool and honestly some of the best yoga teachers on the island.  Their packages include seven breakfasts, five dinners, five surf lessons, surf theory, five yoga classes, and included tea and unlimited water.

Weeklong package price: from $699 USD for private tent.  Cheaper shared tents also available.  More action-packed deals are also available with twice the surfing, more yoga, and included photo & videos.  Check their website for other price options.

Website: camppoe.com

All of the best Sri Lanka surf and yoga retreats include transport to the surf spots and surfboard rentals.   Check their website for more exact itineraries and lists of optional add-ons.  Keep in mind that the weather is best in the south of Sri Lanka between November and April, and prices are higher during this season.  If you are looking for the best budget Sri Lanka surf and yoga retreats, consider coming in the off season to save and enjoy less crowds.

Also, don’t forget about our all-inclusive Sri Lanka surf and yoga retreat this September with Bigger Life Adventures!

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The Doctor’s House in Madiha, Sri Lanka

The Doctor’s House in Madiha is a funky and fun hostel, bar, and restaurant on the shores of south Sri Lanka. The rooms retain the original aesthetics of the crumbling colonial architecture, creating a fascinating look into the past, while maintaining a comfortable space to kick it for a few days (or a week).

Doctor's house mediha

Dorms at The Doctor's House
Dorms at The Doctor’s House

The dorm rooms are located in the quiet back of the property.  They have some cool antique furniture with new comfortable beds.  Our favorite part was the showers, which are open air with gardens inside and utilize spaghetti strainers to create waterfall style shower heads.

The bar features a variety of tasty cocktails and smoothies, and the restaurant utilizes a clay wood burning oven. They push out the best pizzas on the south coast and other western-style dishes, but with a Sri Lankan flair.

The Doctor's House Bar
The Doctor’s House Bar

The Doctor’s House also contains a newly-opened surf shop, The Box, selling boards, surf gear, and zinc sunscreen.  You can find them on Instagram at @_thebox_

The best day to check out The Doctor’s House is for their bi-weekly Saturday market. Many vendors set up in the courtyard and the beers flow along with the music from several live artists.

The Doctor's House Saturday Market in Mediha
The Doctor’s House Saturday Market
Mediha Beach Sri lanka from the sky
Madiha Beach, Sri Lanka from the sky

The Doctor’s House in Madiha, south Sri Lanka, was one of the straight up coolest places we have ever crashed.  Everything is so artfully created, so perfectly unperfect.  Actually, its really hard to explain how cool it is, so just go there!

Services Included:

Storage lockers

Wifi

Transport booking

Restaurant on-site

Bar on site

Ayurvedic spa on site

Surf shop on site

Free water refill

Websitethedoctorshouse.lk

Email: goodtimes@thedoctorshouse.lk

Dorm Prices: $14 USD (Book on their website as they sell out fast)

Address:

87 PUJITHA NEVASA, BEACH ROAD
MADIHA, MATARA 81000
SRI LANKA

tDH is located about 500 meters from 156km mark on the Galle-Matara road.  Follow the signs for Madiha Beach or take a tuk tuk from the highway.

 

 

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Surfing El Salvador – Waves Too Big For Us!

Surfing El Salvador - Waves Too Big For Us!

From San Salvador, Bus 102 makes frequent trips to La Libertad, the center of surfers’ paradise in El Salvador.  West of La Libertad is La Costa del Balsamo, a string of small beaches, lots of them sporting world-class surf breaks.  We wanted to catch a few waves in El Zonte which was listed as better for beginners, but unfortunately the waves were huge and only a few very talented guys were out in the water.  Surfing El Salvador seemed like it wasn’t going to happen this round.

Surfing El Salvador - Waves Too Big For Us!

Even though we didn’t surf, we spent a couple nice days enjoying the chill life in a beach town that contains only a couple hostels and a few small restaurants.  We took a walk along the road to find a high point for some pictures.  El Salvador has some amazing flowering trees that pop up in our pictures sometimes.

Surfing El Salvador - Waves Too Big For Us!

We cannot wait to come back to these places once we have a little more experience riding the waves.  The people we saw out there were getting so much speed on some amazing rides.  WE WILL RETURN!!!

Surfing El Salvador - Waves Too Big For Us!

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Everybody’s Gone Surfing/A New Obsession

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, is a the most happening beach town in the country thanks to it’s awesome surf breaks.  We stopped there for two nights.  With Steve, who had never surfed, in tow, we couldn’t resist the temptation to rent a board for the day and and try it out.

Since Zach and I took our first surf lesson in Máncora, Perú, we decided renting one board for all of us to share and taking a taxi to the nearest beach would be all we needed to do.  From San Juan del Sur, it was $10 and 20 minutes to Playa Remanso, a great spot for both beginners and experienced surfers.  Considering how physically taxing surfing is, sharing one board and taking turns for about five hours was perfect!

Zach trying to surf.

Guess what?  Surfing is HARD!!!  It was especially hard at this beach because the waves were breaking very close to shore.  It was difficult fighting the waves to get out there, trying to keep hold of the board and not getting knocked back too far!  Then because the waves broke so close, you had no time to get yourself standing before your ride was over!  It was a challenge.  Although Zach and I both stood up and rode a wave last time we surfed, neither of us had as much success this time.  Near my last run, I finally stood up, got stable, and then my wave died a second later!  Bummer!  However, Steve managed to do better than both of us, standing up and riding a couple times!

Everybody trying to catch some waves.

There were some great surfers out there, impressing us with their moves.  Although I struggled a lot and have the bruises to prove it, I think that I am even more hooked on surfing than I was after my first try!  It’s just so challenging yet tantalizing trying to catch that awesome ride!  Even though I didn’t really stand up, I had some great rides on my stomach and knees, still really fun!  Plus, surfing is an AMAZING workout.  Even now, two days later, the three of us are still sore in the shoulders arms, abs, and legs!  It works ALL your muscles!  Honestly, I really, really want to move to a beach where I can learn how to surf decently.  It would be so much fun, and I would be so buff!!  What a great sport!

After a fun, tiring day of surfing, we were rewarded with one of San Juan del Sur’s famous sunsets.  It was amazing watching colors paint the clouds as the sun sank below the Pacific horizon.  We just had to sigh, “¡Ahhh, que perfecto!”

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