Surfing Tours

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From the arid shores of Morocco to the chilly swells of wintery South Africa, the globe offers adventurers many exciting surfing tour destinations. Taking a group surfing tour is the best way to do what you love, meet new people and experience a new culture. Practice Spanish in Ecuador or take cooking lessons in Sri Lanka, all while spending long days immersed in waves of your preferred difficulty level.

The surfing tour is perfect for surfers who want guided information on waves and cultural insight on the destination. While many surfers prefer to seek out swells solo or avoid the group tour idea, you know it's a great opportunity to bond and travel with like-minded surfers from around the world. So grab your board (or rent one!) and dive into freezing or tepid waters, either way experiencing the thrill of a lifetime!

Sri Lanka

Around 100 miles south of the Colombo, the capital, Hikkaduwa has some of the best surfing in the world suitable for all levels. In between catching the waves, surfing tours offer spa treatments, diving excursions, and cultural trips. Surfing is best from November to April and on the southeast coast near Arugam Bay after April.

South Africa

With almost 2,000 miles of coastline, South Africa is full of surfing destinations for every level and style, from the renowned Jeffrey’s Bay to Muizenberg, considered the birthplace of South African surfing. Combine your surfing tour in South Africa with a safari or cultural tour of Cape Town and Johannesburg for a meaningful trip. The surf in South Africa is good year round, but more advanced surfers swear by March to September.

Morocco

Most people imagine deserts, camels, and blue-painted towns when they think of Morocco, but this country with over 1,200 miles of coastline is also a premier surfing destination. If you don’t mind cold water temperatures, head to Agadir and Essaouira between December and March for high swells. For warm temperatures and little to no storms, take a surfing tour near Rabat from summer, May through September.

Peru & Ecuador

Northern Peru and Ecuador offer some of the best surfing tours that also give you a taste of indigenous culture. From Mancora, Peru to Mompiche, Ecuador, fill up on ceviche after spending the day in the sun and sand. Surfing is great year round along this coastline, but the warmest water temperatures will be between November and March.

What to Look For in a Surfing Tour

Because there are a number of different surfing tour packages, it’s best to pay close attention to what’s included and how much planning you have to organize on your own. For example, some surfing tours organize accommodation, and other times they only offer daily excursions from a destination over a week or two-week period. Some offer options to camp on the beach instead of staying in a hotel, so find a surfing tour company that provides the type of experience you’re looking for – from rugged to luxury.

If you’re a beginner and need extra instruction, choose a surfing tour that will accommodate your learning needs. Read the fine print of what the tour caters to, whether that’s advanced or novice.

Average Surfing Tour Cost & Length

While the price of surfing tours depends highly on the location, some can be more economical than other sporting tours. South African surfing tours are budget-friendly, starting at $600 a week; luxury surfing tours around the world can jump to up to $3,000 a week. Expect to pay between $600 and $1,500 for a week. Most tours run between one-two weeks.

Packing Tips & Gear Rental

Most surfing trips provide boards for an extra cost, especially for those geared towards beginners. Other gear like wetsuits are also available for rent, but it’s best to bring your own. Make sure to pack weather appropriate clothing for downtime -- not just a bathing suit! For surfing tours that include cultural components, pack destination appropriate clothing. For instance, if you’re surfing in Morocco, women should also bring long pants and long shirts to respect the local culture.

Other Tips

Although surfing is your main activity for your tour, take time to learn about the host culture prior to arriving. For example, learning about Sri Lanka’s civil war or Peru’s indigenous surfing roots will add another element to your trip. Respecting local traditions is a great way to make your surfing tour an opportunity to dive deeper into another way of life. Making local connections will also encourage you to come back for more.

Qualifications & Training

Most surfing tours provide options for all levels and will provide on-site training for those that need it. The important thing is to be honest with the tour provider about your skills. Don’t risk surfing in advanced waters with little experience.

Activity Risks

Like any other physical activity, surfing carries its own set of challenges. Novice swimmers run the risk of drowning, warm waters attract sharks, and rocky coastlines are hotbeds for accidents. However, as long as you listen to the surfing tour guide’s advice and trust that locals know best, you’ll be safe.

Safety Tips

Some surfing tour destinations can be risky, especially if the guides aren’t locals or don’t have proper training on currents and swells. The best way to stay safe is to choose a surfing tour with local guides with in-depth knowledge of the region. Pay close attention to their guidance.

Always wear sunscreen and drink lots of water to combat the hours you’ll spend in the sun -- even on cloudy days, you can still sunburn while surfing. Listen to your body and know when to take a break or call it a day.

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Australia

Welcome to Travel
Welcome to Travel: Melbourne is Australia's most unique, diverse and most of all FUN arrival package. It couldn't be a better...

Costa Rica

Outward Bound Costa Rica
Catch your first wave or hone your surfing skills as you paddle alongside our professional instructors and earn American Safe...

Mexico

Experiencia Puerto Escondido
Experiencia Puerto Escondido is more than just a Spanish or Surf school in Mexico. It's a cultural centre in the middle of th...

Australia

Australian Surf Tours
AST's Surf Development Course are the most complete, in depth and highly structured surf programs on the market. Over a 4 wee...

Australia

Australian Surf Tours
We invite you to join us on a 7 Day Surf Camp in our home town of Thirroul for a week you will always remember to share with...

South Africa

Stoked School of Surf
This surf camp, that is a true weekend escape, will leave you feeling 'stoked' like a local. Go on this surfing journey with...

Australia

Topdeck
Surf's up and it's time to come and catch some waves on this fabulous Australian surfing trip! This 'surfari' begins on the G...

Indonesia

Active Escapes
Bali is the original Active Escapes destination! Join us in Bali for a week of sun, surf, fitness and fun. Bali has so much t...

Australia

Lets Go Surfing
On your boards, ladies! Learn to surf over three consecutive weeks with the same group! The course is taught with a relaxed a...

South Africa

Stoked School of Surf
During this epic 3-day road trip adventure, we explore the Southern Cape, while we surf at two stunning beaches. The camp, wh...

Sri Lanka

PureQuest Adventures
In this itinerary you will have the chance to experience what Sri Lanka is most famous for – the sun, the sand, the sea and t...

Australia

Mojosurf
Livin’ the Dream Made Easy! Join us for 10 days of the ultimate surfer lifestyle! Split your time between Mojosurf Camps Spot...

South Africa

Stoked School of Surf
During this surfing and staying in Cape Town combination, you get a 4 surf lesson package while you stay 7 nights in the tren...

Australia

Epic Ocean Adventures
Experience a unique private Australian beach adventure, 4WD vehicle access only & stunning uncrowded beaches. The thrill of t...

England

Backpacker Tours
This is an amazing and mystical tour encompassing the King Arthur legend or is it history? In 5 days you will Visit Stoneheng...