We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“No better place for a surfing getaway : Felt at home, learned to surf”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
Secret Spot International Backpackers and Surf Camp
Reviewed May 4, 2014

This was my best choice for a surfing weekend traveling solo I could have made. I stayed in a surfing camps before, but this one was nothing to compare to - it felt really genuine and welcoming. The couple who runs it is really dedicated and made everything possible to make me feel comfortable. Moreover, the owner, Charles, is a surfer and a great surfing teacher - you can tell when you see his 11-old son surfing as a pro. I took 2 half day lessons and starting as a wacky beginner, I can now pick my own waves, stand up and surf them as I like (and I not really a sports talent). It has everything a back packer / surfing enthusiastist looks for, but just dont expect any luxury - it's clean, hip, homey and great value for money. One drawback was that my hut was located close to the main road so at night, I could hear the cars passing by occassionaly.

Room Tip: ask for one not close to the main road
See more room tips
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank ria_fabinsky
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (21)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

14 - 20 of 21 reviews

Reviewed March 28, 2014

We stayed at the Secret Spot International Backpackers and Surf Camp from the 21 - 22 Macrh 2014. The first thing that you notice about this place, is that it is very quiet. Then you notice that it is the perfect place to relax. The staff was friendly, the service was great, and we had a great time. I would recommend this place to travellers that are looking for a different vibe / atmosphere; that would like to get away from the hussle of city life. Easily one of the best backpackers I have been to.

Room Tip: Rooms are generally quiet, and surrounded by trees.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Pshemeck
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 11, 2014

This was the second time I stayed at this place in 1,5 months time and it was awesome! The dormrooms are clean, the cabins are very cosy! There is a pool with an adjacent bar on one side and a braai area and large open kitchen (with roof) on the other side. A little bit further to the back there is a lounge area with a table tennis table. It is close to the beach, there is an ocean view from several places and the whole place looks like a lush tropical garden. Above all, the people are so incredibly friendly and welcoming! They are willing to help you with anything and are enthousiastic to teach anyone how to surf. So a pretty amazing place so stay, very relaxed, I wish I could stay there forever!

  • Stayed: March 2014
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Birdie1988
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 11, 2014

The first time I stayed here was in January 2014. Right from the moment you walk in the owners and staff make you feel at home and provide you with absolutely anything you may need. The place has very homely feel to it and is situated not even 5 minutes from the beach and is also very close to nice restaurants/bars. We had an amazing time here and as such I just had to come back for more! The second time round our stay was even better, we seriously had so much fun! Did surf lessons with Charlie (the owner) in Durban and also went snorkeling in one of the tidal pools in Ballito. I can honestly say that if you stay at the secret spot you'll have an awesome time!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank ElisevanderHeijden
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 26, 2014

I quite like staying in backpackers and have done so all over the world. I enjoy the price, the travelers and the atmosphere which you do not get in a hotel. This place though is quite shocking. I cannot believe that the last lot of reviews are real??? Poorly signposted, ramshackle entrance. The reception looked like a dump site. I asked the owner as there were literally all types of things just dumped on the floor, from clothes, to appliances to garden tools and she apologized and advised they had just taken over. She then wanted me to make payment immediately and I had red flags buzzing around in my head and asked to see the room first. Thank goodness I had not already paid the booking agent as the wooden cabin did not look like the photo on the internet. The door did not even have a handle but a padlock just like a shed??? This place was the worst I have ever seen and cannot believe it is advertised with booking agents ect.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank nataliekwazulunatal
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Charles S, Owner at Secret Spot International Backpackers and Surf Camp, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2014

We would like to respond to the review as we are sorely offended. The guest arrived late at night spent a total of 10 min on our premises and walked out.Her husband loved the place and wanted to stay .We do apologize for the untidy reception which was under revamp into a surf shop to which she was informed and is now complete.For someone to write a review without staying or even entering the accommodation and say that this is the worst she has ever seen is out of order.Come and judge for yourself.Thanks, The owner.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 8, 2013

I couldn't have wished for a better place to stay. The hostel is located right near the sea, surf lessons are offered. Diner and drinks are optional. The super friendly owners are always there to help you out and make you feel right at home.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank serge p
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 26, 2013

That the most friendly welcome i never had. Charlie and Diane are lovely. The place is really nice and perfectly located, 5 minute by car from the bach and the surf spot. The atmospher is warm. I really enjoyed my stay in the secret spot

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank TristanDelh
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Shaka's Rock hotels
0.3 mi away
Chaka's Rock Chalets
Chaka's Rock Chalets
#1 of 1 in Shaka's Rock
103 reviews
0.3 mi away
Lalaria
Lalaria
#1 of 3 in Shaka's Rock
122 reviews
0.2 mi away
Meander Manor
Meander Manor
#1 of 2 in Shaka's Rock
178 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.3 mi away
Comfort House B&B
Comfort House B&B
#2 of 2 in Shaka's Rock
90 reviews
0.2 mi away
Shaka's Seat
Shaka's Seat
#2 of 3 in Shaka's Rock
16 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Secret Spot International Backpackers and Surf Camp? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Secret Spot International Backpackers and Surf Camp

Address: Shaka's Rock Main Rd, Shaka's Rock, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Shaka's Rock
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Shaka's Rock
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Secret Spot International Backpackers and Surf Camp 1.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Travelocity, Orbitz, Hotwire, HostelWorld and Cheap Tickets so you can book your Secret Spot International Backpackers and Surf Camp reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Secret Spot International Backpackers And Surf Camp South Africa

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing