Arugam Bay Surfari

1 week Sri Lanka Catered

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If you want to experience the best of Sri Lanka, this Arugam Bay Surfari is the perfect mini tropical trip for you.

On this peaceful yet packed surf and yoga adventure we spend a week on the East Coast in Arugam Bay, right on the beach, soaking up everything the region has to offer. 

What to Expect

A balance of surf lessons, yoga classes, adventurous excursions, wildlife tours, all fueled by amazing food. The hospitality is as warm as the water and the waves are perfect for all levels of surfer.

Beginner surfers will be coached by our local team from Safa Surf Camp, the best surf school in the area at the more user friendly waves, under the guidance of Trip Leader Max Hepworth-Povey. Intermediate surfers will be coached by our level 2 coach and Trip Leader David Solomon at Arugam Bay Main Point.

There will be the option to surf a variety of reef and beach breaks, at least once a day, often as early as 5am as the sunrises. You will also receive surf theory and video classes.  

What's Included

  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure days*
  • Welcome dinner
  • 7 nights accomodation at SAFA Surf Camp
  • Two Ticket to Ride Trip Leaders for the duration
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • 5 mornings of surf coaching
  • 2 x video analysis sessions
  • 1 x surf theory class
  • All surfing equipment
  • 5 yoga classes
  • Yala East National Park Tour
  • Potuvil lagoon Tour
  • Traditional Cookery Class


SAFA Surf Camp  is a locally owned surf camp in the eastern Sri Lankan coastal town of Arugam Bay. Known for its great waves and chilled surfer vibe, it is the perfect place to learn to surf and our team at SAFA (Surfing Access For All) are the best one to teach you.

You will be staying in an ensuite beach cabana with a hammock on your porch, it is a seriously chilled place to be. With no noise or light pollution at the camp, the only sounds you will hear are the waves crashing against the beach and the laughter of our guests as they unwind after a day at sea.The vibes are mellow in Arugam Bay, music accompanies the sunset but parties are rare and relaxation is the priority.

Yoga Your trip leader Max is a qualified and enthusiastic yogi, who will either host or attend your daily yoga class with you.

Yala East National Park Is the quieter Eastern entrance to the popular park, also know as Kumana National Park. It is one of the most important bird nesting and breeding grounds in the country, but also home to countless elephants, crocodiles, wild boar, and other exotic wildlife. Last time we even saw a sloth bear and a leopard!

Potuvil Lagoon Tour This is a bespoke tour that we have created with our local guides as it is a beautiful way to end the week, floating along the lagoon as eagles float overhead. We will stop at a secluded beach for a local tea and head back as the sunsets.

Cookery Class: This is a new addition to the itinerary for 2018, simply because the food is such a highlight of the trip and it is great to be able to take the knowledge home with you. One afternoon we will cook a delicious curry with a local family and of course enjoy the fruits of our labour afterwards. Warning, grating coconut is a lot harder than you think!

Nightlife: The evenings are chilled in Arugam Bay. Refreshingly alcohol isn't the focal point of the night, but there are a handful of quaint beach bars offering cocktails and cold beers which are nice as the sun goes down. We eat out as a group every night, where a curry will set you back as little as £1, yet a stone baked pizza and a large beer may be £10.

*Arrival transfer leaves Colombo airport at midday on 6th October, departure transfer can be flexible



Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.

  • Welcome to Sri Lanka 1 Day

    Upon arrival you will be greeted at the airport by your Trip Leader and driven to Arugam Bay. We aim to leave at midday, so please bare this in mind. The journey is long, but beautiful and you will have the opportunity to get to know your trip leaders. A delicious local lunch on the road is included and we will arrive in time for dinner Sri Lanka style. 

  • Surf coaching, yoga and exploration 5 Days

    During the week you will receive tuition in small groups, with quality tailored coaching from your Ticket to Ride trip leaders and local instructors from Safa Surf Camp. You will check out different waves whilst exploring this magical coast. The daily surf lesson is early before breakfast, a free-surf afterward is then an option, a leisurely late morning explore or sunbathe (hide) is pleasant before lunch, then a nap or dip in the sea may happen, followed by yoga, a surf or cooling dip, drinks, dinner, sleep, repeat. We may do evening yin yoga classes and excursions are planned for the afternoon, but this gives you an idea of a day in the life. Please get in touch with the team if you have any questions.

  • Departure Day 1 Day

    On your final evening we will go to one of our favourite local restaurants for a true authentic taste of Sri Lanka, but get an early enough night to enjoy one last sunrise surf! Feeling refreshed, flexible and ripping on a surfboard, you will then either travel back to the airport, or down the coast if you are joining the coast to coast tour.

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Your breakfast, lunch and welcome dinner is included so you don't have to worry too much about budgeting for your food. A meal in Sri Lanka can range from as little as £1 for a simple curry, while a fresh tuna steak and a large beer will set you back about £5.

The majority of surfers on our trips are beginners with minimal surfing experience. Sri Lanka is the perfect place to learn with super fun waves and friendly beach breaks but we can also cater to more advanced surfers. Our Trip Leaders are very experienced surfers and coaches that tailor their coaching to your skill level, so you'll leave Sri Lanka an infinitely better surfer than when you arrived.

None! Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise where wetsuits aren't required. We provide rash vests to offer some protection from the sun - just don’t forget your swim wear and plenty of sun cream! 

Yes, please arrive into Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport by midday on October 6th. There will be one airport transfer leaving on October 13th, depending on the time of the earliest departure. We send out more specific trip information and arrival instructions once you have secured your place, but essentially your Trip Leaders will be at the airport to greet you with a smile at arrivals :)

Everyone traveling to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka. Visit more information.

Before you leave for Sri Lanka, please go and see either your local GP or travel surgery and explain where you are going, so that you can be vaccinated accordingly. It is important to do this is good time and we would suggest sorting this 3 or 4 weeks before you leave. For more information, please check out the following websites:

Fit for Travel - and The World Health Organisation –

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for Sri Lanka. However, the following vaccinations are recommended: Typhoid (monovalent), Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies. The health risks in Sri Lanka are different to those encountered in Europe and North America. Watch out for bowel diseases such as diarrhoea and amoebic dysentery, vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, and a variety of fungal infections. Sri Lanka’s physicians are very experienced in dealing with locally occurring diseases.

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Fun waves and the friendliest people - simply the best surf trip ever.

Will Jessup

This was one of the best vacations of my life! Surfed a lot, met amazing people and there was a great atmosphere at the surf camp. Beautiful beach right in front of you and the surf camp is situated in a very authentic and local area. Max, Angie and Lee were amazing, ready to meet everybody's needs and create a friendly, chilled out and sparkling vibe.

Elena De Besi

I had a great time in beautiful Sri Lanka, surfing in clear blue warm water and making new friends, shame it was all over too quickly!

Pat Porter

Sri Lanka is beautiful with blue green sea, unspoilt beaches and perfect waves. Two weeks of paradise with amazing people, eating fantastic food and drinking arrack. Partying from sunset to sunrise...The surfing was pretty sick too. Thank you!

Siobahn Hill

Sri Lanka - friendly and beautiful with the funnest waves! Great place to explore and build up confidence in the water

Mari O'Connor

My TTRide trip to Sri Lanka was just insane! The country is absolutely incredible, all of the people I met were super fun and friendly and my surfing ability has come on so much. I can't wait for my next TTRide adventure!

Ellen Rudge

Fantastic trip and a great atmosphere throughout the entire time. I’ve met so many great people on this trip, with whom I hope to stay in touch and reconnect in the future. I was lucky enough to be put in a single room, which was a bonus and made a huge difference to the overall experience. Great vibes at Sion Surf camp, amazing time and great staff there; their BBQs are legendary by now. Everything was well organised before the trip and during the entire stay, and Max and Josh made sure everything went smooth, were very responsive to anything we have raised with them, or whenever we have asked any questions and also well connected with our group. It was quite intense first two weeks, packed with yoga, surf, and more surf, but in a good sense. I loved that we could see our videos and photos from each day trip and see our progress and receive feedback. I have never had that before in any of my surf trips (even organised ones) and it really makes a huge difference to improve, if you can see yourself and get a feedback on your surfing. Also Olly and Rodger our local surf instructors were very nice and wanted to ensure we had fun and catching waves, even when the swell was small. I can say the same about Fasal from Arugambay, who gave us very useful tips before each session. It was definitely one of my best surf trips, I somehow magically managed to progress to much shorter board, I thought it would take me another two years to ride! It was a great holiday, one of the best.

Irena Miroforidu

Sri Lanka, a stunning country to learn to surf in! Perfect for beginners, and intermediates, and made all the more special by a great coaching team of Josh David and Max! Don’t think about it! DO IT!!


The best way to sum up TTR trips is 'good vibes'. From the surf instructors, yoga, camp staff and the weird and wonderful people you meet on the trip, the good vibes are always flowing. Couldn't recommend a TTR trip more if you want to improve your surf, practice yoga, explore a stunning new country and drink local beers with awesome like-minded people along the way.


Loved the trip, first surfing experience abroad to remember. Can't speak highly enough of Josh as an instructor and general organiser of daily activities as well as David and the Sion instructors. Will definitely be back to sri lanka


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