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Arugam Bay

Sri Lanka
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Ranked #84 of 385 attractions in Sri Lanka
Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water
Activities: Surfing
Traveler Description: Arugam Bay is situated in the east of Sri Lanka right north of Yala Ntl. Park. It is known for its great waves in July. Pottuvil, the town there... more »
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Perth, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

One of the best beaches in the East coast of Sri Lanka. The beaches stretch for miles. The waves are a dream for surfers. This laid back stretch of the coast is very popular among the surfing fraternity. The people living in the area are friendly and in my opinion some of the most honest people I have come across.... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

i went during off season and could only be more than happy since it was quiet and i have all the chance to mix around with the locals and spend more time with them chatting through the day. Beach was rough and surfing/swimming was not really recommended. No sun light during the day as it was monsoon season. BUT I... More

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Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

Pros: Beautiful place! The moon rises over the ocean are amazing. Lagoon safari tour was full of interesting wildlife. Beach Hut is a great place to stay for economy travels. Cons: being a lone female traveller in off season made me a little conspicuous and I couldn't really get away from tuk tuk drivers out to make a living trying... More

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Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

It has a beautiful beach. During the off season a dead city by 1900. The number of lodging places around will give an idea of how it would be like during the season. Early morning with the sunrise hundreds of fishing boats leave the coast. Amazing to see.

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Colombo
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212 reviews 212 reviews
119 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

During the low season (November to April), fewer tourists visit and the glistening green landscapes lure the off season traveler. Even if you’re not a surfer, there is plenty to do. The village is packed with beachfront quirky guesthouses and restaurants. Its an easy going eclectic place. The sea is rough and churns out a lot of sand. A walk... More

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Habarana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

One of the best beaches in Sri Lanka for all the beach lovers around the world. Perfect waves for surfing, perfect beaches for swimming, nice bars, beach party's, perfect view of sun rise and sun set, and the people are also very friendly and helpful and No beach boys (yet). What else a beach lover needs?, I think its perfect... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

ABay is totally over. The point cannot handle its own popularity. Crowds,israelies(they cant surf for ..................) and learn to surfers. Nice place Arugam will always have a special place in my heart from over the years not a world class wave by any stretch of the imagination but it use to be fun. NO MORE! crazily overcrowded surf and expensive... More

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Copacabana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

I really enjoyed Arugam Bay compared to the rest of Sri Lanka, mainly for its layed back vibe and good choice of restaurants (although expensive!) I liked the beach it was beautiful for swimming and learning to surf. I found food and accommodation to be quite expensive and not great quality, but I didn't let it spoil my time there.... More

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Sydney, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

I have visited Arugam Bay on numerous occasions and surprisingly, the visits were not to do the "surfing" thing. Instead, the visits were to meet Johnson. Johnson is one of the world's real gentlemen. To me he symbolises all that is good about honesty and integrity. Johnson is the manager of the very relaxed "Aloha Cabanas". Reasonably priced, "Aloha Cabanas"... More

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Montpellier, France
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We are french student and we stayed 10 days in this lovely place wich is sante house.this is his first season and it is almost always full because the people who have a stay there dont want to leave. There are two very nice and simple bungalows(fan,private bathroom,double bed) and very clean and new!there is one more room next to... More

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