On the south coast of the island, only 5km (3mi) south of Galle, Unawatuna is an excellent destination for a family surf vacation. The beach also offers great snorkeling sites, dive schools, and kitesurfing opportunities.
One of the most visited beaches in Sri Lanka, Unawatuna is home to a left-hand reef break that is more suitable for experienced surfers as well as a shallow beach break with a sandy bottom for beginners. The waves here rarely exceed 4ft (1.2m), and a longboard would be the best option here.
This is another hit among wave riders and is in many ways the perfect family surfing destination. The nightlife is not hectic, like it is in Hikkaduwa, but the waves are great. The swell on the beach is not always perfect, but just ask the locals for alternatives. If you’re a beginner, try Unawatuna Beach Break. Bonavista Bay is also a good learner’s wave. There’s also Kabalana Beach Break, with frothy small waves, although the main point has a rip current and there are no lifeguards. If you’re more advanced, there’s Dalawella Reef, and South Beach, just north of Kabalana, with a good longboard wave.
One of the most visited beaches in Sri Lanka, Unawatuna is home to a left-hand reef break that is more suitable for experienced surfers as well as a shallow beach break with a sandy bottom for beginners.
|#||Location||Surf points||Suited for||Notes|
|Beginner||There is a reef break at Unawatuna but we don’t think it really compares to the quality of the reefs in Midigama, which is closer to Ahangama anyhow. The real reason to head up is on big swell days for beginner breaks.|
|Intermediate||The Dalawella Reef isn’t often surfed but still offers some decent rides off the rocky seabed a couple of clicks along from the temple headland in Unawatuna. It’s a left by nature and works on chest to head height. Not an easy paddle because the wave push straight up and into the bay. Also, it’s an urchin party!|
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