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Often regarded as one of the best kept surf secrets in Sri Lanka (sorry for blowing your cover, Mirissa!), this town has great waves and a low-key vibe. A mixture of locals, committed surfers and some travellers, Mirissa Beach is where you can forget about the busy world around you and simply swing in a hammock. And, of course, hit the surf. Like Hikkaduwa, the best time to catch a wave here is October to April, and its mellow reef breaks over deep water provide a perfect introduction to beginner surfers who want to up their game after mastering the basics. The beach is also a delight to be on if you’re looking for a bit more quiet, and the water is some of the clearest you’ll find in the country.

 Mirissa Beach is where you can forget about the busy world around you and simply swing in a hammock. And, of course, hit the surf.

Town: Mirissa, the town is a heavenly mix of old school surfers, travelling tourists and chilled out locals


Where: Located a couple of kilometres east of Weligama in the Matara District.


The Area: Often regarded as one of Sri Lanka’s best secrets, Mirissa is one of the best places to forget about the trappings of the modern world as you gently rock in your hammock in the afternoon breezes. The area is also famous for its whale watching, where you can spot migrating blue, sperm, bryde and fin whales as well as dolphins


Beach: Quiet stretch of beach that boasts some of the most turquoise and crystal clear waters you can get, that are framed by green palms and lush grasses. 


Type: Mellow right hand reef break that is the perfect introduction to reef breaks as it peels slowly and breaks over deep water


Best Time: October to April


Weather: Lows of 23ºC and daytime highs of 31ºC. Sea temperature hovers around 28ºC.

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Mirissa Reef

IntermediateAt the very western end of Mirissa Beach is a reef break. Sandwiched between a big sea boulder and the headland, it’s pretty shallow and can be dangerous, mainly because of the overload of urchins that cling to the rocks below. Just be careful where you put your feet and paddle out and you will actually discover one of the mellower Sri Lankan reef breaks. It’s not a long ride and can get crumbly. We’d leave it to the intermediates anyhow, mainly on account of the shallow rocks.
Mirissa Beach
BeginnerMirissa Beach is actually way more protected than many of the other sands on the south coast of Sri Lanka. The waves rarely clock up more than 5ft in the dry season months. That means they’re never going to compete with the likes of SK Town for sand-bottomed sets, but they are okay if you’re a TOTAL beginner. A few rental stalls are on the sands, but be wary of which one you pick – scams aren’t unheard of!
Mirissa Harbour
Intermediate / AdvancedIt’s faster and hollower at the harbour end of Mirissa Beach. Rarely surfed but olds up to a nice 6-8 ft but won’t offer tubes. More likely it’s a crumbly, fat wave with scope to rip. Rides can be decently long across the main bay, going from the temple end to the coconut groves.
Mirissa surfing
Mirissa surfing
Mirissa surfing
Mirissa surfing
mirissa surfing


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