Surf & Activities 2017-06-12T11:11:01+00:00

Surfing the south coast

Hiriketiya Bay is unique in shape and topography making surf available approximately ten months of the year. During peak holiday seasons from Dec-Feb smaller swells from the west create a perfect beginners beach break wave and the occasional ride on the left point break. During shoulder season Aug-Dec the waves are at their best after a slight drop in midyear swell size creating a clean beach and left point break. During the middle of the year (when the crowds are away) larger southerly swells create some fun yet challenging waves right across the bay.

Surf Points Near Hiriketiya

Approx 10km East of Salt lays Right Point. (It has a real name but we can’t tell you just yet) This is a nice clean right hander off a point similar to Hiriketiya. It captures swell most of the year and is an intermediate wave.

Approx 7km west of Hiriketiya near the boat harbor. This is a beginner wave on some days and has an intermediate wave on others. It is more exposed than some of the other breaks so it can be wind swept during some parts of the year.

Approx 5km away. A hidden spot only known to a few long term south coasters. This is an intermediate to advanced wave that really tests you on its day. If you come to Hiriketiya in swell season and the conditions are right you will catch some bombs.

Arguably (according to some local Aussies) the meanest right hander on the south coast. Only fires every so often but when it does it’s big and hollow and unforgiving. Advanced, for sure!

A little further west (17km) but well worth it on a beautiful morning tuk tuk ride. This is a well-known south coast spot with a couple of beach breaks. You can generally catch a wave there most part of the year. Beginner to intermediate waves.

Attractions Nearby

Wewurkannala Vihara

Distance 3km. Wewurukannala Vihara is one of the most amazing Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The temple is dominated by the image of a seated Buddha. At 160 feethigh, it is the tallest statue in Sri Lanka, dating back to the time of King Rajadhi (1782-1798).

Whale Watching – Mirissa

Distance 33km. Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in the Matara District of the Southern Province. Mirissa’s beach is a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island’s main whale and dolphin watching locations. Mirissa is the largest fishing port on the south coast and is known for its tuna, mullet, snapper and butterfish.

Dondra Lighthouse

Distance 15km. Dondra Head is the most southerly point of Sri Lanka. With its 160 feet high lighthouse, it is the tallest in southern Asia. The lighthouse is located in a beautiful tropical garden and is the site of unforgettable sunsets.

Galle Fort

Distance 66km. The World Heritage listed Old Dutch fort of Galle covers a total of 36 hectares & its winding streets & laneways are layered with an ancient & rich history. In Galle you will still find Dutch pillow lace, fine ebony carvings & gem polishing.

Uda Walawe National Park

Distance 80km. Comprising approximately 30 000 hectares of marshes, forests & grasslands elephants sightings here are guaranteed. There’s also an abundance of birdlife, deer, crocodiles, & if you’re lucky – even leopards. Nearby is the elephant rehabilitation center, where you can watch the baby Ellie’s feed & shower – gorgeous! Book a car at reception it’s the most convenient way there.

Surfing the south coast

Hiriketiya Bay is unique in shape and topography making surf available approximately ten months of the year. During peak holiday seasons from Dec-Feb smaller swells from the west create a perfect beginners beach break wave and the occasional ride on the left point break. During shoulder season Aug-Dec the waves are at their best after a slight drop in midyear swell size creating a clean beach and left point break. During the middle of the year (when the crowds are away) larger southerly swells create some fun yet challenging waves right across the bay.

Surf Points Near Hiriketiya

Approx 5km away. A hidden spot only known to a few long term south coasters. This is an intermediate to advanced wave that really tests you on its day. If you come to Hiriketiya in swell season and the conditions are right you will catch some bombs.

Approx 7km west of Hiriketiya near the boat harbor. This is a beginner wave on some days and has an intermediate wave on others. It is more exposed than some of the other breaks so it can be wind swept during some parts of the year.

Approx 5km away. A hidden spot only known to a few long term south coasters. This is an intermediate to advanced wave that really tests you on its day. If you come to Hiriketiya in swell season and the conditions are right you will catch some bombs.

Arguably (according to some local Aussies) the meanest right hander on the south coast. Only fires every so often but when it does it’s big and hollow and unforgiving. Advanced, for sure!

A little further west (17km) but well worth it on a beautiful morning tuk tuk ride. This is a well-known south coast spot with a couple of beach breaks. You can generally catch a wave there most part of the year. Beginner to intermediate waves.

Attractions Nearby

Wewurkannala Vihara

Distance 3km. Wewurukannala Vihara is one of the most amazing Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The temple is dominated by the image of a seated Buddha. At 160 feethigh, it is the tallest statue in Sri Lanka, dating back to the time of King Rajadhi (1782-1798).

Whale Watching – Mirissa

Distance 33km. Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in the Matara District of the Southern Province. Mirissa’s beach is a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island’s main whale and dolphin watching locations. Mirissa is the largest fishing port on the south coast and is known for its tuna, mullet, snapper and butterfish.

Dondra Lighthouse

Distance 15km. Dondra Head is the most southerly point of Sri Lanka. With its 160 feet high lighthouse, it is the tallest in southern Asia. The lighthouse is located in a beautiful tropical garden and is the site of unforgettable sunsets.

Galle Fort

Distance 66km. The World Heritage listed Old Dutch fort of Galle covers a total of 36 hectares & its winding streets & laneways are layered with an ancient & rich history. In Galle you will still find Dutch pillow lace, fine ebony carvings & gem polishing.

Uda Walawe National Park

Distance 80km. Comprising approximately 30 000 hectares of marshes, forests & grasslands elephants sightings here are guaranteed. There’s also an abundance of birdlife, deer, crocodiles, & if you’re lucky – even leopards. Nearby is the elephant rehabilitation center, where you can watch the baby Ellie’s feed & shower – gorgeous! Book a car at reception it’s the most convenient way there.

Surfing the south coast

Hiriketiya Bay is unique in shape and topography making surf available approximately ten months of the year. During peak holiday seasons from Dec-Feb smaller swells from the west create a perfect beginners beach break wave and the occasional ride on the left point break. During shoulder season Aug-Dec the waves are at their best after a slight drop in midyear swell size creating a clean beach and left point break. During the middle of the year (when the crowds are away) larger southerly swells create some fun yet challenging waves right across the bay.

Surf Points Near Hiriketiya

Approx 5km away. A hidden spot only known to a few long term south coasters. This is an intermediate to advanced wave that really tests you on its day. If you come to Hiriketiya in swell season and the conditions are right you will catch some bombs.

Approx 7km west of Hiriketiya near the boat harbor. This is a beginner wave on some days and has an intermediate wave on others. It is more exposed than some of the other breaks so it can be wind swept during some parts of the year.

Approx 5km away. A hidden spot only known to a few long term south coasters. This is an intermediate to advanced wave that really tests you on its day. If you come to Hiriketiya in swell season and the conditions are right you will catch some bombs.

Arguably (according to some local Aussies) the meanest right hander on the south coast. Only fires every so often but when it does it’s big and hollow and unforgiving. Advanced, for sure!

A little further west (17km) but well worth it on a beautiful morning tuk tuk ride. This is a well-known south coast spot with a couple of beach breaks. You can generally catch a wave there most part of the year. Beginner to intermediate waves.

Attractions Nearby

Wewurkannala Vihara

Distance 3km. Wewurukannala Vihara is one of the most amazing Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The temple is dominated by the image of a seated Buddha. At 160 feethigh, it is the tallest statue in Sri Lanka, dating back to the time of King Rajadhi (1782-1798).

Whale Watching – Mirissa

Distance 33km. Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in the Matara District of the Southern Province. Mirissa’s beach is a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island’s main whale and dolphin watching locations. Mirissa is the largest fishing port on the south coast and is known for its tuna, mullet, snapper and butterfish.

Dondra Lighthouse

Distance 15km. Dondra Head is the most southerly point of Sri Lanka. With its 160 feet high lighthouse, it is the tallest in southern Asia. The lighthouse is located in a beautiful tropical garden and is the site of unforgettable sunsets.

Galle Fort

Distance 66km. The World Heritage listed Old Dutch fort of Galle covers a total of 36 hectares & its winding streets & laneways are layered with an ancient & rich history. In Galle you will still find Dutch pillow lace, fine ebony carvings & gem polishing.

Uda Walawe National Park

Distance 80km. Comprising approximately 30 000 hectares of marshes, forests & grasslands elephants sightings here are guaranteed. There’s also an abundance of birdlife, deer, crocodiles, & if you’re lucky – even leopards. Nearby is the elephant rehabilitation center, where you can watch the baby Ellie’s feed & shower – gorgeous! Book a car at reception it’s the most convenient way there.