Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions. If you would like to know anything else, just send us an e-mail.
Why Surf Spirit? What is the difference compared to other camps and retreats?
For us at Surf Spirit it was, and still is, an affair of the heart to create a place where everyone can dive into an easy lifestyle filled with passion and joy for a whole week. Our retreat offers space for a maximum of 18 people. This way we can arrange everything very personal and create moments together that we will never forget and feel pure life, for which we have too often too little time in our everyday life.
We believe that the combination of Surf & Yoga is incredibly beneficial for your body, mind and soul. We are one of very few retreats that focusses on both party equally and offers a package that contains everything you’ll need in your week with us. Win both fields, we are very ambitious and make big efforts to get you, no matter on which level you arrive, closer to your goal. We will do everything we can to offer you amazing experiences in the water, on the mat or at night sitting on the bonfire.
Our all-inclusive Retreat Weeks run Sunday to Sunday this way we can maintain a high level of quality and at the same time really meet like-minded people, share unforgettable moments together and, in many cases, make friendships that will last.
Every week is unique and special and we cant wait for you to become part of our little hidden jungle paradise.
Whats the best time to travel to Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka is one of the most popular destinations for travellers around the world. Because of the tropical climate, the sea- and air temperature ranges between 27 - 31ºC throughout the year. This makes Sri Lanka the most closest, tropical and surfable destination to Europe, especially during Winter. Our Surf Spirit Retreat is located at the south-west coast of Sri Lanka. We are open all year round for a reason. Over here the main season is between Sep - May though.
Winter Season: Sep - May
This is the Sri Lanka’n dream. The main season offers great waves in warm water. Constant offshore winds are creating ideal surf conditions for all levels. In general the weather is a bit more predictable which means summer vibes in winter time. Of course we are in a tropical area so it can get rainy every now and then, which keeps our jungle nice and juicy. Sri Lanka’s south coast is the ideal place to escape the cold and enjoy a tropical Surf & Yoga holiday.
Summer Season: May - August
Also the so called low season in Sri Lanka is attracting more and more guests. Though the chances of rain (mostly mornings or evenings) and storms are higher, the are getting waves constantly. We are located in a tropical environment which means there is rain every now and then before the sun is coming out again. The climate is warm all the time anyway.
Our main surf spot is located in a bay which protects the waves of most of the wind angles. If you are a surf beginner or intermediate you can catch a lot of waves in these months. Another positive aspect is having no crowds in the water during this time of the year. If you would like to work on your take off, surf your first green waves or get into turning your board, you can definitely improve in this time of the year as well. During this time of the year we expect the retreat to be a bit more quiet with smaller groups in general, which can be quite pleasant.
If you are a really experienced Surfer, we recommend to surf on the east coast of Sri Lanka for the time between May and August. Over there you will find some powerful right hand point breaks. Due to a lot of competition in the water, we highly recommend to bring some skills to be successful catching waves over there.
Are there any health risks and which immunisations do I need?
There are no special health risks in Sri Lanka. The south of the island is considered as malaria-free. Though, very rarely there are cases of Dengue-Fever. This is why we recommend to bring a mosquito repellant. Of course, all of our rooms have mosquito nets around the beds.
The Tropical Institut recommends to get the common immunisations which are Rabies, Diphteria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus.
Do I need a Visa to travel to Sri Lanka?
You have to get a VISA to enter Sri Lanka. If you are staying on Sri Lanka for less than 1 month, you can apply for a tourist visa online (Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) via Sri Lanka’s official site. Your passport needs to have two free pages and must be valid for 6 months after your trip. If you are staying longer, it is best to apply for a 3-month visa from the Sri Lankan embassy in your home country. If you would forget to apply, no worries, you can get a 30-day VISA on arrival as well at the airport.
Can I arrive on another day but Sunday to start my Retreat?
Well, you can only book the retreats in the weekly rhythm as this is how we can maintain our high quality standards and make sure all processes are running smoothly. Though, if your flight details do not match our Check In or Check Out times, surely you can arrive later or leave earlier. Unfortunately, we are unable to give any discount for the activities you miss due to arriving late or departing early, but it is possible for you to arrive or leave any day in the week, let us know and we’ll arrange a transfer for that day.
Can I stay shorter or longer than one week?
You can absolutely stay longer than one week. As our retreats are bookable in a weekly rhythm from Sunday - Sunday, you can basically stay however long you like. If you have do depart early due to flight schedules etc. we can not give any discount for the activities you miss but are happy to arrange a transfer for any day you like.
Can I amend my package individually e.g. no surf or yoga lessons?
Unfortunately not. We offer an All Inclusive Package that already includes everything you need during your one week retreat. We are convinced that the package offers the ideal mix for your very special week. However, we understand that everyone has different opinions and preferences on his/her choice of activities. This is why it is absolutely fine not to attend every class we offer. You are welcome to do whatever you feel like doing the most at each moment of each day.
Meaning, we offer one package which can not be amended and can only be booked as it is. This package offers everything you need during your weekly retreat. Please see all services included here.
Can I join the surf and/or yoga lessons without staying in the Retreat?
Unfortunately not. Only our Retreat Guests can join the services part of the Surf Spirit Package.
Can I also book a single room?
Yes, this is a possibility. Due to the limited number of spots available, this would require the booking of two packages. Alternatively we offer high quality Twin-Rooms with two single beds and a private bathroom. We do not have any Dorms at Surf Spirit.
I am travelling alone but in my requested week there is no Twin-Room available, what can I do?
In this case, please send us an individual inquiry per e-mail. We will try our best to find a solution for you to join your requested week. Alternatively two single women / two single men could share a Double Room upon request. All of our beds are KIng- Size and the rooms are spacious. In case all of our Twin-Rooms are fully booked, this could be an alternative to attend during your requested week. Please e-mail us and we will check all options again for you.
Whats included in my package and whats not?
We offer an All Inclusive Package that already includes everything you need during your one week retreat. There are no additional costs on arrival, unless you book any Extras upon request. We are convinced that the package offers the ideal mix for your very special week. Please see all services included here.
Upon request you can purchase additional drinks and snacks at our Bar. The prices are stated on the menu. Other optional extras are: Additional Massages, your Surf- Photo-Package, Excursions on your session free day, Airport Transfer etc. Of course, these are all options that you can choose or not choose to do. The payment of all additional services will take place at Check Out in Euro or Rupees.
To where shall I fly in?
The international airport on Sri Lanka is COLOMBO (CMB). The cheapest flights are easy to find on Skyscanner.
How do I get to the Retreat?
If you wish, we are happy to arrange an Airport Transfer to the Retreat. The ride takes about 2.5 hours in a spacious car with air condition. It costs 80USD per way and can be shared if there are more passengers travelling. In your booking process we will ask you for some infos e.g. Flight Number and Arrival Time. If you do not have those infos upon booking, you can complete the infos later. Please do not pay the driver, as you will pay with us at Check Out. The Transfer for your way back to the airport can be arranged by our Manager in the Retreat.
Leaving the baggage hall, please check for your driver holding a poster with your name on it. Surely by now, you can sit back and relax.
Can I also travel by train?
Absolutely. If you have a bit more time and are an adventurous kind of person, the train route may be for you. It takes about 3 hours with the train to get to us and it is surely the cheapest way of travelling around. The train leaves Colombo Fort two times a day to Galle (15 min. in Tuk Tuk to us) or Unawatuna (5 min. in Tuk Tuk to us). Departure times can be found online on the site of the Sri Lankan Railways. At the railway station are always tuk tuk drivers waiting for passengers. Please have our address (given in the confirmation e-mail or on Google) ready to show the driver.
When is Check In and Check Out? Due to my flight I arrive earlier / later, what can I do?
Check In is Sundays at 2pm, Check Out the following Sunday 10am. Unfortunately you can not arrive earlier than Sunday, but of course, you can arrive earlier than 2pm e.g. due to your flight arrival time. Waiting for your room to be ready, you can spend the time at the pool, in our chill out area or at the beach. If you wish, we will organise you a Tuk Tuk that can take you to the beach or town. If you do arrive earlier than Sunday in Sri Lanka, we recommend booking a Hotel in Colombo, Galle (historical old town 15 minutes by Tuk Tuk) or in the near surroundings until you can make your way to us on Sunday noon.
What else to bring?
We recommend you to bring the following things: Mosquito repellent, Spray against stitches & itching, Sunscreen or Zink, After-Sun, Beach Towel, Surf/Sportbikini + Shorts & if you wish a Lycra (longsleeved top for surfing). Of course, we provide fresh Bathroom Towels and Bed Sheets.
Which Level suit your Surf- and Yoga Lessons?
Our retreat is suitable for all Surf- and Yoga Levels. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner with no experience at all or consider yourself an Intermediate. All of our coaches are highly qualified and experienced in their profession. In our Yoga Lessons we will meet you at your personal level and make sure not to overstrain or under-challenge you. When it comes to our surf lessons, we will divide you into groups depending on your individual level. This way you can progress with other guests on the same level and we can make sure to challenge and promote you on your personal goals. If you are unsure about your current level in the bookings process when we ask for it, don´t worry we will go through everything again after arrival and of course, you can change groups during the week if that is what you prefer.
In addition to that, we offer a Photo-Surf-Analysis of which both, our beginner and intermediates, benefit a lot in the past.
Please trust us, that we will do anything possible and try very hard to offer the best possible lesson for each and everyone of you, as it is one of our highest goals to meet everyone at his/her state on arrival, step up another level where possible and make sure everyone has an amazing time in and outside the water.
In which language are the lessons taught?
Our coaches are teaching in english and / or german. However, if we have english speaking guests, even if it is just one person, all lessons will be held in english.
Where can I withdraw money?
You can either change money after your arrival at the airport or withdraw money with your credit card at various cash machines, only a few Tuk Tuk minutes from the retreat.
Is the Retreat suitable for Families?
We do accept children from 12 – 18 under parental supervision. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept children under 12 at the retreat, as it is not designed for smaller kids including needed facilities and supervision. As we have limited spots at the retreat we are unable to give any discounts for children.