Surfing and snorkeling in Weligama

Surf into the sunset, surrounded by green palms and a beautiful beach. Drive a scooter to a hidden beach, take a mask and snorkle on to discover the biggest aquarium in the world with colorful fish and coral reefs. Weligama is a place that is touristy enough to rent surfboards at the beach, but where its still more locals than tourists.

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Surfing

Weligama has places to surf for both beginners and the ones that are a bit more experienced. If you’re a beginner, go to the beach in Weligama where you can rent surfboards and get lessons if you want that. If you’re a bit more experienced you can try to surf with the coral reef some km away called Gurubebila. The waves are bigger and its fewer people there.

The sun is very strong, so try to surf early in the morning and late in the evening. If you live near a rooster, you will probably wake up around 6-7 o’clock anyway, so then you have a nice chance to surf before breakfast!

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Snorkeling

The first day I was snorkeling here, I was totally amazed and I didn’t wanted to go back to the beach. I was out snorkeling for so long time that I got sunburned on my back, even with sunscreen 50.  It’s was a whole new world that I wanted to see more of.

The place I was snorkeling was with a beach close to the “Devil’s Island” that you see in the background. It was just us and 2 other people at the beach. Its a bit away from Weligama, on the way to Galle, but you can reach it by tuktuk or scoother in around 15 min.

There is a rumor that says it’s a tunnel under the island, where you can swim. Unfortunately, it  was to much waves the days I was there to find this tunnel. The best way to swim out to the island is to swim to the stones in water in front of the island, then go over to the left side and swim closer to the island.

Where to sleep

The best place to sleep depends on where you want to surf. If you are a beginner, try to find a place near the beach in Weligama.
Have you surfed much before, I will recommend to stay near Gurubebila. Its a lot of homestays there, where you are paying for a room in their house, so just walk in the neighborhood and look for signs “Room for rent” and ask the locals. They are very kind and helpful. Not everybody speak english, but there is always at least one in the family that will understand you. If not, use google translate.

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Safety & behaviour

Even in the taxi from the airport before I reached Weligama, I got a proposal. It’s probably because of my white skin and blue eyes, but Ive heard from many others that the boys in Sri Lanka can be a bit to much some times to. I was travelling on my own, but they were never doing anything else to me than talking and starring. Most of the people are in general nice and helpful.

Walk along the beach and be fascinated by how they fish in Sri Lanka
Walk along the beach and be fascinated by how they fish in Sri Lanka
Bargain

But the tuk tuk-drivers and salesmen always wants to get as much money as they can from you, so you always have to bargain. Ask the locals what they normally pay, and always try to get the same price. If you dont get the price that you want, ask someone else. The locals normally pay between 50 and 100 Sri Lankan rupies per kilometer with tuktuk.

English speaking

When the locals didn’t understand what I was saying in english, I just used Google translate on my phone to translate it to their language. Worked well every time!

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