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Arugam Bay

Sri Lanka
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Ranked #160 of 418 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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Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

As I read here there are many people having had trouble renting a board at Hasan surfshop so I decided also to share my experience. Seems to be Hasan's business strategy to charge people extrem high prices for board repair in case of damage to a rented board. I was charged 3000 for a 1 cm scratch and my friend... More

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Colombo
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Hasan Surf House in Arugum Bay charged me 9,000 rupees for damage to a surfboard. When I said that was way too expensive he started threatening me. When I said I would go to the police he threatened me even more ... saying it would cost me much more and that he know how to get money from me because... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

arugam bay is for me the best place of the east coast, surfing, wild elephants, relaxing atmosphere, nice restaurants . About accommodation I can suggest sea flower at the beginning of town, it is new clean and quiet and fair price (most of the accommodations under 5000 l have very simple rooms). For eating blue ocean, small local restaurant, local... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Took us 17yrs of visiting Sri Lanka to get here and it was worth the wait. Great place with some lovely accommodation, shops, bars and restaurants. It is not over developed and so glad we made the 8hr journey to get here.

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Arugam bay seemed to be a popular surfing spot, but it wasn't good for much else. After visiting stunning beaches such as uppuveli and passikudah on the east coast, arriving at arugam bay was so disappointing. It's a small bay full of fishing boats, little space for sunbathing, and sea too wavy for swimming. Arugam bay is NOT a paradise... More

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Lampang, Thailand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Do not fly from Europe or the Americas just to come to Arugam Bay and surf. There are much better and closer places to home. It's honestly just a beach and not that unique or better from any other beaches around the world. There are much prettier and better places to visit in Sri Lanka than here and around the... More

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Ulladulla
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Just spent a few weeks down the east coast of Sri Lanka had some great waves .and was looked after by Hasan from Hasans surf house just as you come into town on the left side. He is very helpful and can not do enough for you. He also stocks surf boards for hire and sale and also does lessons... More

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I've visited Arugam Bay multiple times before and always had an amazing time surfing with friends, relaxing and exploring the local beaches and surf breaks. However, i recently visited Arugam Bay with 2 other friends and we had some issues with taking our boards to local surf spots via tuk tuk. Being three girls we felt safer travelling together in... More

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Perth, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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