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One of the best surfing locations and a good place for a holiday

This destination is one of the most popular surfing locations and will be home for many travelers... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Amila Dananjaya D
Kandy, Sri Lanka
So glad we came

We wasn't going to come due to the travel and our timing but we managed and was so glad we did... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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“off season” (15 reviews)
“sri lanka” (46 reviews)
“nice beach” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Beach Road, Arugam Bay 32500, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed yesterday

This destination is one of the most popular surfing locations and will be home for many travelers during the peak surfing season May - October. The beach and hotels seems deserted during surfing off-season but it will be the perfect time for a relaxing holiday...More

Thank Amila Dananjaya D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We wasn't going to come due to the travel and our timing but we managed and was so glad we did. After lots of trekking and city bussle it's a lush place to enjoy the beach and sea! Good waves managed to surf; lots of...More

Thank jessshaw1221
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I read the negative reviews first prior to visiting Arugam Bay and felt I shouls address these points first. If you rent a board do it via your hotel....I would recommend the Spice Trail. This way you avoid any shady damage coning! If you are...More

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arugam Bay is very relaxed and a little paradies on this earth. But please for everybody that will come: show respect to the culture and be polite to the friendly people that gives you holiday. It depends on the saison but when I was there...More

1  Thank maikevytopil
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Alot of shops and restaurants, surfing vibes everywhere and amazing fresh seafood everywhere, whats not to like ?

Thank Adiel G
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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Arugam Bay is absolutely beautiful! We loved surfing Peanut Farm every day, the water and waves were clean and reasonable size. All of our Tuk tuk drivers were happy and friendly . Our favourite was Raseed. A great place for couples, family and single travellers....More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Great surfing town, even for learners, like me. Beautiful beaches, nice centre strip, full of restaurants and a few great bars (limited due to local laws). Very hospitable locals and friendly travellers.

Thank Harold L
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Few spots for surfers which quickly get overcrowded. Beach is dirty n not ideal for swimming. Hotels r dirty, lack basic facilities n hygiene n r way over-priced.

Thank khalidsiddiquecz
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

We had a great time in Arugambay. Getting there is a bit of long drive but fully worth it. It's completely off the beaten track n a real surfing spot. Accommodation is much much cheaper than other beach spots in the island. Definitely worth going...More

Thank Thariq A
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

This beach is beautiful and the city is well developed (and consequently overpriced relative to the rest of Sri Lanka). But what makes this place a world class surfing spot also makes it a mediocre place to simply swim for us less cool non surfers.

Thank martyetmoi
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Becca G
15 May 2017|
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Response from Pasalaka T | Reviewed this property |
U can visit lagoonroughly 2000slk rupes for boat ride in lagoon, also safari can be aranged around 4500 per person. Or just explore the town by hiring a bicycle or scooty(need international licience). 1 temple nearby.
Sharon C
29 July 2016|
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Response from 835chuckieh | Reviewed this property |
No this is not a good place for children, especially if they are girls. If they are girls they will be stared at and harassed by locals and generally for kids there is very little to do there since there are very few good... More