Hikkaduwa sits on the south coast of Sri Lanka; a surfer’s paradise since the hippies of the 60’s discovered the place. Today, while the place may be contending with other beach resorts in the area, Hikkaduwa remains one of the islands best surf destinations for novices and pros. Read on for an insight into Hikka’s surfing allures.
Qualified Instructors with Expert Knowledge
Hikkaduwa is home to a marvellous range of surf schools so that the novice in you can grow in confidence. Enthusiastic, men and women are ready to patiently instruct you, no matter how clumsy, on the art of balancing on that board. There is a beginners beach there in case you want to test your skills. Costs are around Rs 2000 for a 1.5hr lesson (subject to change), do bargain and try to get the price down, which can be shared if two people are taking lessons, Off-season rates are tipped to be lower. There are also some of the best surf and yoga retreats and all inclusive retreats in Sri Lanka if you want to get the whole package.
Once you have mastered the art of balancing on a board and riding a wave, you’ll probably be hooked and want to surf from dawn to dusk. Home to some of the best beach villas in Sri Lanka Hikka is the kind of place you wake up with the intention of walking down to the nearest beach. Board rentals are around Rs 800 per day, perfect for practising. Mind you those waves while being a huge thrill are also quite tough on the muscles, leaving you feeling sore the first few days, but hey, that means you are well on your way to achieving that six-pack and feeling your best. Besides, a good day of surfing will leave you with a voracious appetite, perfect for digging into those local roti, seafood and pasta dishes.
A place for the pros too, Hikkaduwa apart from the beginner beach is home to some of the island’s best surf spots. Do check out Benny’s, North Jetty, Beach Break and Main Reef. So if you’re looking to try surfing or ready for an immersive experience choose from anything between one off lesson and luxury retreats in Sri Lanka.