It’s Sri Lanka’s answer to Bondi Beach and the tourist capital of the country, but what should you really be doing with your short stay in ABay? We’ve put together this things to do in Arugam Bay Sri Lanka list to help you out. From surfing to beach chilling we’ve got you covered!
Things To Do In Arugam Bay Sri Lanka
Arugam Bay Surfing
With pros flocking from Australia and Bali to hit the waves on the East coast of Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay is the most popular place to surf in the country and surfing is one of the top things to do in Arugam Bay.
So whether you’re a beginner or an international veteran, this is the place to get out on a board and ride with the big boys.
There are plenty of places to hire boards from in town. We paid 500 rupees for a half day which gave us 4 hours of Arugam Bay surfing.
Kumana National Park Safari
Also know as Yala East, many tourists choose to take a jeep safari from Arugam Bay to Kumana National Park.
There are full day packages starting from 10,000 rupees per vehicle. Many people around A-Bay were raving about the tours although we decided to wait and check out Udawalawe National Park Safari.
Chill At Arugam Bay Beach
Arugam Bay Beach is a major chill spot where everything moves in slow motion.
The majority of people there will be on a short holiday rather than travelling, so hit the beaches and relax! Grab a coconut, get your suncream on and take this time to enjoy the Arugam Bay beach life.
Tuk Tuk To Peanut Farm
There are plenty of other bays and beaches within driving distance of the main strip so strap your board to the roof and head out exploring.
Peanut Farm was our favourite spot of them all. It’s a much nicer beach to chill on and a quieter spot to learn to surf. Not only that but they have an awesome beach shack that serves up fresh food/smoothies and it’s home to bunch of super cute puppies.
Shop Till You Drop
As far as tourist places go, Arugam Bay has some pretty cool shops. It’s home to some authentic local brands and local bikini tailors. So if you’re looking to get a dress made or replace your bikinis this is your place!
Be sure to check out Maya for some awesome unique treats or gifts before you head out.
Hang Out At Hideaway Arugam Bay
So we’re not big party animals but we heard good reviews about Whiskey Point. Our friends vouched that Friday night is a party not to missed!
If you just fancy a chilled one though Hideaway Arugam Bay is an awesome place to kick back. The loungers and happy hour between 6-8pm make it super easy. Make sure to add Hideaway to your list of things to do in Arugam Bay Sri Lanka.
Arugam Bay Restaurants
Roti Shop – For a cheap, pleasant and fulfilling meal we cannot recommend this little family run restaurant enough! We spent most mornings or lunch times hanging out with their 2 young boys who will be happy to help serve you or play football.
Tandoori Hut – For something a little fancier and more of a restaurant vibe, Tandoori Hut does the best curries in the East.
Luxury – Jetwing Surf – The top hotel in Arugam Bay! Jetwing has a great reputation around Sri Lanka making their Arugam Bay accommodation a stand out in the area.
Mid-Budget – Babar Point – Just a short drive from the main street, Babar Point has become a tourist favourite for location and friendliness.
Backpacker – Long Hostel – Run by an old german man this hostel has a great atmosphere and a simple yet effective layout!
You can also check out the prices of other places to stay in Arugam Bay Sri Lanka here.
More Sri Lanka
For more things to do in Sri Lanka and which route to take, make sure to check out our break down – The Best Of Sri Lanka – A Route & Trip Guide
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