Sri Lanka

Mellow waves and stress-free family holidays in tropical paradise


in boutique beach pads where you can yo-yo between surf and style


sandy beach breaks and mellow reef breaks


coconuts, curries, noodles and seafood


snorkel with turtles, visit snake farms and go on safari

Southeast Asia
11h flight from London
(Southern Province)
beginner & Intermediate


Sri Lanka offers the glorious combo of mellow, warm waves, stylish seafront accommodation and an easy, safe destination for families who want a taste of surfing in an exotic location. When you’re not cooling off in the sea, snorkelling with turtles and trimming along perfect little peelers, you can encounter elephants, hop aboard a whale-watching trip and kick-back with a coconut or cocktail by the beach.


  • Sandy beaches and expert surf schools
  • Mellow, warm waves
  • Stylish seafront guesthouses
  • Travelling by tuk-tuk
  • Family friendly culture
  • Snorkelling with turtles and whale watching
  • Snake farms and elephant safaris
  • Fresh coconuts and finger-licking street food
From its paradise beach breaks to mellow reef breaks, Sri Lanka is a family surfing mecca. Play in the white water and get to grips with the basics on sandy beaches, or ride the peeling waves of the many reef breaks. Warm water and accessible waves entice all ages and abilities to enjoy the ocean, and it’s the ideal destination to take your surfing to the next level if it’s your first experience of surfing reef breaks. When you book a holiday with Family Surf Co. we’ll send you a personalised family surfing guide to Sri Lanka.
Once you’ve shaken the sand from between your toes, culturally Sri Lanka’s got the edge, too. From temples and tea factories to snake farms and safaris, there is something to entice every family member to get under the skin of tropical island life. Snorkel with turtles, spot spinner dolphins and blue whales, encounter elephants, monkeys and snakes, climb ancient rocks and visit tea plantations. When you book your family surf holiday we’ll give you a guide to our favourite things to do with the kids in Sri Lanka.
Wait for the whistle of the bread man selling freshly baked treats from a tuk-tuk, rehydrate with fresh coconuts sold beside the surf, fill up on rotis (flat breads) stuffed with eggs, fish or even chocolate for lunch, and dine on fresh fish and zingy street food as the sun goes down. Kids will love the noodles and less spicy rice dishes, so you don’t even have to worry about seeking out western food for fussy eaters – just ask the vendors to go easy on the chilli sauce. When you book a holiday with Family Surf Co. we’ll send you a personalised family eating out guide to Sri Lanka. Link to some of our favourite family restaurants in Sri Lanka.
You can fly direct to Sri Lanka (Colombo) from London Heathrow with Sri Lankan Airlines (www.srilankan.com). Flight time is 10.5–11.5 hours. Other airlines offer flights with a stop in either the Middle East or India. On arrival in Colombo it’s about 2.5 hours transfer to Ahangama, and you can pre-arrange an air-conditioned taxi to greet you. Book a surfing holiday with Family Surf Co. and we can help you organise flights, car hire and transfers to your destination.

Family Surfing Holidays in Sri Lanka


seastar-icon Casual
surfer-icon Beginner to expert
family-friendly-icon Best for 5+
family-activities-iconSnorkelling, yoga

Tropical retreat beside the beach

Make yourself at home in a peaceful oasis overlooking Coconuts reef break. Surf from dusk ‘til dawn, stretch out with yoga on the deck, chill out in the hammocks, take a dip in the pool and tuck into Sri Lankan cuisine…
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seastar-icon Casual
surfer-icon Beginner to intermediate
family-friendly-icon Best for 5+

A contemporary self-catering retreat tucked in the jungle

Make yourself at home in a luxury family apartment, hidden footsteps from a paradise horseshoe bay. Ride the mellow beach break and point break, tuck into Sri Lankan cuisine and Buddha Bowls with your toes in the sand, then relax and rejuvenate in a chic apartment with a swimming pool and self-catering facilities.
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SALT HOUSE – Hiriketiya

seastar-icon Stylish
surfer-icon Beginner to intermediate
family-friendly-icon Best for 4+
family-activities-iconSnorkelling, diving, yoga and fishing

Boutique rooms and beach apartments 

Make yourself at home in a little oasis surrounded by coconut palms, just a few sandy footsteps from the beach. The rooms are chic and minimalist, with beautiful outdoor spaces and alfresco bathrooms where you can shower with the jungle as a backdrop.
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seastar-icon Stylish
surfer-icon Beginner to advanced
family-friendly-icon Tots to teens
family-activities-iconWildlife and cultural tours

Contemporary beach hotel in surfy Hikkaduwa

Unwind with the sand between your toes and the Indian Ocean on your doorstep. Eat, sleep and play to the echo of the waves, hit the surf or splash in the pool, and relax on a quieter part of the beach yet within easy walking distance to the main break of Hikkaduwa.
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Guest Reviews

Sri Lanka was a wonderful family surf destination with our 2 year-old. There’s a mix of beginner and intermediate waves within a small stretch of stunning coastline, and the water was so warm and clear that we could hardly keep Arthur out of it. In this beautiful country, nothing is too much trouble – especially when it comes to kids.

Julia Bale

Sri Lanka has a great range of family-friendly waves as well as a few more challenging breaks. It’s easy to travel around, with friendly, genuine people and amazing culture, cuisine and nature. It was the perfect destination to give my teenage boy the freedom to surf alone when I was surfed out, whilst also safe enough to leave my 12 year-old watching on the shore if he didn’t want to paddle out.

Elaine Uff


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