314 km. from Colombo, a most beautiful bay with good surfing. The East coast offers infinite possibilities for all kinds of water sports and underwater photography. The many ship-wrecks of the coast are a tempting challenge to the diver.
Arugam Bay is a fishing village 2 1/2 km south of the small town of Pottuvil at the remote south end of the east coast. It has probably the best surf in Sri Lanka off a low promontory a little further south, and had developed into a low-budget travelers center. There's a wide, sweeping beach in front of the village itself, good for swimming, and south of the surf promontory a long, deserted beach leading down to 'Crocodile Rock', from where wild elephants can quite often be seen.
Distance from Colombo: 314 kms
Useful facts to know:
The surfing season in Arugam Bay starts in April and ends in October.
Average water temperature: 28 degrees
Average air temperature: 32 degrees
Surfspots in Arugam Bay
(text by Stardust hotel: www.arugambay.com)
Arugam Point: This is the main break at Arugam Bay. The point is a long right-hand point/reef break that breaks at the headland in front of Arugam Bay. It is also the best swell magnet of all the points and you can almost always guarantee that the The Point will be a couple of feet bigger than any of the other breaks. It breaks from anything between 2 and 6 feet but tends to max out after 6 foot. Due to its location it is also attracts the biggest crowd but seems to be handle it as it often sections in a few spots. On a good day it provides a clean wall that will barrel in the sections and give you a 400-meter ride right through to the inside. When you ride all the way through the best option is to paddle a few yards to the beach and walk back out to the entry point (booties are advisable as the reef starts from ankle depth). There is also café run by some of the locals that provides a grant vantage point to watch the action from and take in stock up on energy for the next session.
Pottuvil Point: Pottuvil Point is every
surfers dream tropical wave. A long deserted sandy beach doted with some
huge boulders at the waters edge, make this wave a favorite with some of
the season veterans. Less crowded because of the ˝ hour tuk tuk ride north
from Arugam Bay, Pottuvil point provides 800 meter rides from the outside
section right through to the beach on the inside. The unique thing about
this wave is that for most of it you can be working a four foot face and
be only a few meters from the beach as the wave grinds down the sandy
point. The outside section sucks up and throw's out as the swell raps into
the point giving a 30 meter wall to work with before it fades as it hits
deeper water for about 10 seconds. The wave then tends to double up as it
hits a shallow sand bottom section that will have you hanging in there for
all you worth just to try and make the next 40 to 80 meter section.
Failure can leave you standing in knee deep water with a mouth full of
sand if you manage not to get slammed into one of the boulder's
Accommodation in Arugam Bay:
visit www.arugambay.com for more info and bookings.
Mid Bay Hotel
a family run guest house with restaurant and cabanas in a spacious flower garden. Located in the middle of the bay. Bookings can be made through Imco@Surfcity.
The beach in Arugam Bay