Make Your Surfing Easy
Known as Ceylon until 1972, Sri Lanka means “resplendent land” in Sanskrit. Discover a land of smiles, kindness, natural beauty, delectable cuisine and exotic wildlife. Escape the masses to a small stretch of secluded coastline where un-discovered, tropical surf breaks and golden beaches abound.
The Southern Hemisphere swell season of March-October is when we typically see the most consistent waves, however, it’s rare that the waves are ever big enough so that an intermediate surfer couldn’t have a great time. November-March usually sees smaller swells, light winds and sunny skies making it a magical time to surf from here. The beauty of surfing with the Tropicsurf from Anantara Peace Haven Resort is it's always inviting.
Sri Lankan Surfing Safari
Anantara Peace Haven Resort is only a short distance from all of our favourite spots, making this a perfect location for a good old-fashioned road trip adventure. Traditional rice paddy fields glisten under the morning sun as you drive past; the local orange-robed monks will give you a wave as they meander up the winding stairs to their temple; perhaps a herd of cattle might slow proceedings, but the huge grin of the local children guiding them will make you cherish the delay. Winding through the greenery of lesser used roads, we’ll end up at the real treasure, the waves.
Surf Up an Appetite
There aren’t many activities that build an appetite like surfing, and when the location you’re in is famous for flavoursome, fresh food, it’s a perfect combination. One of our favourite culinary adventures is a morning visit to the local produce market with one of the resort's experienced Chefs; here you will pick out the freshest ingredients that you will learn to cook traditionally, right after your afternoon surf! The Spice Spoons experience is a must for any couple or family.
One of the wonders of Sri Lanka is the sensory overload you experience every day. Some of our surf spots are nestled in secret bays, at the doorstep of local fishing villages, surrounded by lush vegetation and framed by golden sand. Surfing with Tropicsurf from Anantara Tangalle isn’t just about the waves, it’s a fully immersive cultural and nature-filled experience.
Indian Ocean Energy
Surfing in Sri Lanka is a relatively new sport, and with only a fledging local surfing population, the vibe is always that of a friendly, shared experience. Perhaps it’s the Sri Lankan culture, but there never seems to be an atmosphere of competitiveness. The Indian Ocean is highly respected in Sri Lanka as it provides so much for the local people, and they see the waves as a gift. Experiencing this first-hand is what makes surfing in Sri Lanka so special.
Waves at Anantara Tangalle
Within 15 minutes of Anantara Tangalle Resort you could be choosing between an easy right pointbreak, a rippable left pointbreak, hollow, peaky beachbreaks, heart pumping drops at a big wave spot and sand-bottom beginner beaches. During season, waves here are consistent and normally uncrowded. This is paradise for beginners and intermediate surfers seeking solitude. The area rarely gets surfed simply because it’s difficult to locate and few people know about it.
Spot the Turtles
At one of our favourite spots, we’re often sharing the waves with a bunch of locals - turtles. It’s not unusual to spot 9 turtles bobbing around, having their breakfast, as you feast on the waves. The wave? A fun right-hander that can offer up punchy sections, but is also mellow enough so that you can enjoy riding any style of board. It’s no wonder our Guides love this little bay.
Spice of Life
Variety. This is what surfing in Sri Lanka offers on a daily basis. The winding coastline leads to all sorts of bays, providing a different daily canvas for your surfing. With access to Tropicsurf’s Firewire quiver you have the opportunity to put a high performance shortboard to the test, and try to push those turns more vertical, or take it easy and learn how to get to the nose on one of our beautiful TimbreTek longboards.
Our resident Tropicsurf Guides are experts in reading local weather maps, forecasting and being knowledgeable of the reef and sand set ups in the area. This translates to you being at the best spot at the right time. Early mornings often have lighter winds and offer you the chance to get the best waves as the Sri Lankan sun warms up the surrounding air. Head back to the resort with a well-earned appetite ready for a big breakfast, a nap, and maybe, an afternoon massage.
Secret Sri Lankan Gems
The Sri Lankan surf scene is famous for the pointbreaks of the East Coast and the beach breaks of the South West corner of the country. At Tropicsurf, we’re happy that the Anantara Tangalle Resort is positioned - off the beaten track - on the southern coastline. When the southern hemisphere sends marching lines up through the Indian Ocean, there are some incredible spots that break unridden with both power and perfection.
Resort at Anantara Tangalle
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort boasts the most unique location of any hotel in this beautiful corner of the island. Set amidst a 42 acre coconut plantation and golden crescent shores with glorious Indian Ocean views, the resort offers a naturally exclusive hideaway for exotic beach life in a tranquil world of your own, as well as living out dreams of adventure with easy access to iconic cultural sites, spectacular national parks and whale watching destinations.
At Anantara Peace Haven Resort, there is a well-cultivated balance between 5-Star luxury, cultural design, natural influence and modern touches. It is a truly unique resort in Sri Lanka. Located in a vibrant beachside setting, the naturally inspired architecture of Verala is the perfect spot to enjoy a lunch with Sri Lankan flair. Furthermore, the sound of the Indian Ocean washing against the rocks is the perfect soundtrack to your evening meal at Italian restaurant, Il Mare.
Rooms at Anantara Tangalle
The natural tropical beauty of towering coconut palms, a golden crescent beach and Indian Ocean waves offer idyllic surrounds and spectacular views for 152 rooms and pool villas. Inspired by ancient Sri Lankan design, the resort’s luxury accommodation offers couple’s romance and ample space for families and friends, making this the perfect choice amongst hotels in Sri Lanka. Relax on the cosy daybed or enjoy drinks and meals at the dining table of your private balcony or terrace.
Anantara Signature Luxury
Anantara Peace Haven Resort offers the contemporary comforts and style of any signature Anantara property, however, the Sri Lankan influence is what gives these beautiful spaces their true attraction. Traditional Sri Lankan artworks, sculptures and furniture give a wonderful flavour and allows for a peaceful retreat after a morning’s surf session. Reading a book on the spacious daybed, listening to the sounds of the Indian Ocean and native birds, isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon.
Private Villa Sanctuary
If you’re after a more romantic, tranquil retreat from the usual hustle and bustle of life at home, the elegantly positioned and designed villas offer the sanctuary that you’re looking for. Enjoy the luxury of a round-the-clock villa host service, your own private pool and the space for secluded romantic dining. Wake up with the ocean in front of you, and maximise your experience with a private Tropicsurf excursion to the best waves of the day.
Whether you choose a garden setting with the beach just a few footsteps beyond the manicured grass, or a room from the top with expansive views of the Indian Ocean and swaying coconut palms, your senses will be awakened by the colours and peaceful sounds of your surroundings. Watch the local fisherman sail past in their traditional wooden boats with the morning’s catch or the peacocks strolling along the grass showing off their majestic colours.
Sri Lanka has a long heritage of wellness, and the resort's Ayurvedic and holistic practises are the perfect way to detox and rejuvenate yourself. Resident Yogis can take you through gentle, but liberating, sequences of stretches that will loosen up surf-tight shoulders. The serene Spa combines ancient rituals with modern knowledge to offer a transcendently luxurious experience.
Practice holistic exercises on the shore as you watch the sunrise and discover the local area by bicycle or tuk-tuk. Relax in paradise at the tropical pool, a refreshing cocktail in hand. Indulge in sensual spa pampering, including specialist Ayurvedic and re exology treatments.The leisure facilities include a children’s and teens’ club, enabling parents to balance family time with precious hours alone.
Sri Lanka has a palpable sense of family values and support. Generations of Sri Lankans live happily, and are intimately connected with each other. This beautiful primary value inspires traveling families at Anantara Tangalle to re-connect through play, fun and incredible experiences. Learn new skills and flavours through a Spice Spoons cooking class, a cultural tour, or of course, take the whole family on the exciting journey of learning to surf.
Our resident Tropicsurf Guides are thrilled to be able to offer one of the safest environments to learn to surf. Just a short drive from the Anantara Peace Haven Resort, lies miles of golden sand, palm trees and slow, rolling white water waves. Breaking over soft sand, and in shallow water, this is the perfect arena to have a blast as a family and progress your skills with our safety and fun-focused Tropicsurf Guides.
A trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a trip to one of it’s incredibly diverse and stunning National Parks. The closest parks, Udawalewe and Yala National Park, boast an incredible array of wildlife, elephants, water buffalo, crocodiles, jaguars, wild deer and peacocks. To be this close to some of natures most impressive creatures is truly an awe-inspiring experience.
A Natural Experience
The natural world has always been an integral and respected part of Sri Lankan culture and is seen as an important part of Buddhist Sri Lankan life. Visiting one of the many beautiful nearby temples and can be a profound experience for the whole family. Nearby to Anantara Tangalle, Mulkirigala temple is built up through a series of high rocks and hills. This is a scared place where a family can receive a blessing from the monks and experience a culture very different from that of the Western world. The view from the top, after climbing many stairs, is well worth the sweat.
Stunning Sri Lankan Sights
Inspiration is everywhere in Sri Lanka; the lush landscapes, expansive views, crazy wildlife and mind-blowing food. Find family inspiration amongst the nesting and hatching of five species of turtles at nearby Rekawa Beach; be blown away by the world's second largest blowhole at Hummanaya, or be awe-inspired by the world's largest creature on a Blue Whale watching trip (a Tropicsurf Guide’s favourite). Lifelong memories are guaranteed, remember to bring your camera.
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
Goyambokka Estate, Tangalle 82200, Sri Lanka
Magical experience - Tropicsurf amazing & resort an oasis
I was taken to nearby locations for beginners surfing that barely had anyone else in the water. Steve is a great teacher due to his surfing experience, his passion for the ocean and its energy, and his excellent interpersonal skills. His Sri Lankan assistant was very helpful and did an excellent job taking videos of my surfing, which Steve later sent me for keeps.serina2000 - TripAdvisor
Gorgeous resort, exceptional service
My husband is a more experienced surfer and I am a beginner, but Steve was a patient and encouraging coach for us both, taking us to the appropriate local surf breaks and ensuring we both took our surfing to the next level! Our Tropicsurf expeditions combined with the luxury and personal attention from our villa host Tharanga and the other friendly and helpful staff at the resort resulted in an exceptional overall experience.nedinburgh123 - TripAdvisor
The most amazing honeymoon
We also went surfing with Steve - he's great & made us feel very safe on the big waves. If you do decide to go surfing in Sri Lanka, please consider going with Steve at TropicSurf. The water can be quite dangerous so it's important to be with an expert who knows where is safe to surf.Caroline E - TripAdvisor
Incredible people. Amazing spirit. Excellence all around!
I also took a surf lesson during my stay through onsite 3rd party Tropicsurf and it was a blast and well worth the very reasonable price. Harrison was my instructor and once again he was the best of the best. His teaching was clear, direct and suited just for my skill level. You can tell that he really loves what he does for it comes out in his teaching.Stephen K - TripAdvisor
Amazing stay, exceptional staff, beautiful resort
TropicSurf also has a presence at the resort, and Martin who leads it is also exceptional. Both my kids took surfing lessons and it was an amazing experience for our familyTheTravelingInvestor - TripAdvisor
We have just returned from a family holiday in Sri Lanka and wanted to express our appreciation of Steve Taylor. There were five of us; my son and I being the surfers and my wife and two daughters being absolute beginners. Steve did a tremendous job of getting waves for the boys and getting the girls on their feet. The weather was changeable and conditions didn't help him. The girls have some wonderful photos and film of their first surfing expedition and he was especially attentive with our nine year old who was a little apprehensive to start with but left stoked! (as we all did). I also want to mention Steve's right hand man, Cham who also did and great job, both in and out of the water. Can't wait to go back.John, via email
I am writing to let you know that my trip with Steve was fantastic. I will definitely come back very soon. Thanks again.Nico, via email
I would like to commend you for the quality of your instructors.
My 11year old son and I were in the Maldives before and in Sri Lanka now. On this trip we were very impressed with Aaron because of the effort that he put into making sure that we caught lots of waves, improved our technique and had fun. He was supportive and encouraging when we missed the wave or fell off and explained what happened so we could develop more awareness and improve. I have surfed before without help or guidance and didn’t realise what a difference it makes to have a good teacher. Even my son whom has surfed with various instructors improved more than ever. Chamuth was looking out for him, giving little tips and making sure he was safe as well. It was such a pleasure to see my son’s little head disappear down the line as he caught one long wave after the other. Thank you for finding the best people. We are already planning our next surf trip to Australia through your team, to make sure we have another amazing surf experience!Leila and Leo, via email.