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Surfing - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Surfing is one of the most popular beach activities, and there are opportunities to learn for all ages. It takes patience and practice, but learning with a group is one of the best ways to make sure you achieve the ultimate dream of riding the waves. It's easy to find lessons for all different experience levels and soon you're out on the beach enjoying learning a new skill. Let Stride find the perfect surfing group trip for you!

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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Surfing Experiences and Attractions

Top Surfing Experiences

Watching the waves crash to shore as the sun sets behind the horizon in a sunset surf lesson


Taking in the sights of Sydney and Byron Bay


Perfecting your pop-up in the Pacific Ocean


Zipping through Costa Rica’s jungle canopy on a zip line before heading out to the water


Find your zen in a post-surfing yoga session

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Surfing Trip Reviews

37 Surfing Tour Reviews - Summary 92% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 33
Great 1
Average 0
Disappointing 0
Terrible 3
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Top notch service!

5.0
WB Surf Camp Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Top notch instruction and safety!! Would never go any place else!!

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Operator WB Surf Camp

Awesome!

5.0
Mojosurf Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Awesome team and the tours are absolutely amazing. Sunny, rainy or cloudy....the atmosphere is always positive and you will definitely be able to make the most out of your surfing adventure with Mojosurf!
6/5 stars

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Operator Mojosurf

Everything was awesome!

5.0
Surf Camp Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Awesome camp, awesome crew, awesome people!

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Operator Surf Camp

Trip of a lifetime!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Trip of a Lifetime is the only way to describe Access Trips' Mexico mountain bike and surfing trip. The biking is challenging and takes you through the real Mexico. You will ride past cowboys on horseback herding cattle and stop in a number of tiny villages. There you are able to try homemade ice cream or a treat hot out of an earthen oven. If you are really lucky, you may sample some local moonshine called "ricia" that is as smooth as any tequila. The terrain is spectacular. The accommodations in Moscato are in an adobe and plank and timber hacienda; truly beautiful. Just as you are getting saddle sore, it is off to Sayulita where you can soak up the sun, sand, surf and cervezas. The surfing is at a picture postcard beach with surfing for every level and Sayulita has more varieties of fish tacos than you could try in two weeks. This was a great trip; best I've ever taken and I am a repeat customer.

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Operator Access Trips

A fun learning experience.

4.0
Mojosurf Company Reviews
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Had a really good time at the surfcamp! 3 days was way to short so hope to come back soon. DJ thanks for your help during the lessons. Learned a lot.

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Operator Mojosurf

MOJO your a bad egg!

1.0
Mojosurf Company Reviews
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

6 Day island hopper was a complete waste of cash. Itinerary was a load of crap, not as advertised. Floated around on a board at JIMBARAN in 1 ft slop for day one when I was supposed to be getting 'assessed'. Day two surfing Lombok according to the itinerary, was actually another day floating around in Jimbaran (not even really a surf beach). Absolute beginners mixed with intermediates and mostly taken to surf shitty non surf breaks apart from 2 days in Lombok, which was pretty gnarly at Outside Grupuk on the first day but no words of advice or coaching given as the guide sat on the shoulder with a girl on her soft top the whole time and occasionally pushing the other one into waves. Conclusion… if your any other than a brand new surfer looking to learn from scratch avoid this place….And avoid it anyway coz the itinerary is lies. Day 4 promised surf and diving…I did dive but only because I skipped another useless surf session and booked and paid for it myself. Never again.

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Operator Mojosurf

Surfing Tours and Travel Guide

Surfing Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Surfing is one of the most popular beach activities, and there are opportunities to learn for all ages. It takes patience and practice, but learning with a group is one of the best ways to make sure you achieve the ultimate dream of riding the waves. It's easy to find lessons for all different experience levels and soon you're out on the beach enjoying learning a new skill. Let Stride find the perfect surfing group trip for you!

About Surfing Vacations:

Surfing can be a wonderful way to get back in touch with nature and escape the daily grind.  There are many destinations in the world that offer wonderful surf---for varying levels of ability and varying price points. The best pointer is to do some research as to what the conditions are likely to be like in your chosen destination at the time of year you’re planning to go, as waves can vary dramatically at different times of year with summer not necessarily being the best season for surf.

How Much Surfing Would You Like To Do On Your Tour?

Some trips offer the opportunity to try your hand at surfing for one lesson or one day. This can be a great chance to see if surfing is something you’d like to do more of, or for those who aren’t sure if they want to commit to a full week or more of surf camp. Just don’t expect to be surfing a barrel in a day! 

For those ready to learn or develop their skills, week - long, or longer holidays provide plenty of time to get used to the waves and work on your pop-up in the white water or start honing some green waves.  

Surf Camps

Whether you’re a first timer or have tried your hand a few times before, Surf Camps can be a great way to practice popping up on the waves.

One of the great advantages of surf camps is that it’s a relaxed way to learn to surf with little investment required by you. Boards and wetsuits are all provided, with no need to buy your own. Surf camps are often located right on the beach with walk-in access to waves, although some may be located a short drive or walk away from the beach. 

Surf camps vary in vibes with some being extremely chilled and laid back (think yoga classes and massages by the beach too) while others have more of a party vibe. Have a look into what feels right for your trip.  

Standards of accommodation can range widely too. Some camps are literally camps in that accommodation is provided in either basic or luxury tents. Other surf camps provide higher end accommodation in fixed buildings, apartments, or lodge-style accommodation. 

Board basis varies from trip to trip, from fully inclusive 3 meals a day to self catered trips. Some camps (usually the higher end ones that focus more on yoga as well) offer a vegetarian, vegan or healthy-eating focused menu. 

Exploring the Local Area

Some camps will take you to the same spot each day, while others will take you to different beaches depending on conditions. Surfing can be a great way to get to know the coastline of your destination from (literally) a different angle.  

Many camps also include a ‘day-off’ or ‘non-surfing-day’ where excursions may be organized to nearby towns, cities or to do non-surfing activities such as horse riding on the beach. Check your trip itinerary or with your tour operator for details.  

Where to Go On Your Surfing Tour

Depending on your personal point of view, surfing is arguably most enjoyable in tropical destinations with warm water, where a full wetsuit is not required. Some destinations are extremely popular with many surf schools lining the beach. This can create great vibes but can lead to competition for space in the water. 

If you want a quieter surfing experience have a look for camps or vacations that are in spots with fewer surf schools on the same stretch of beach. When in the water always be courteous to other surfers, even if they do not extend the same to you. 

A Word About Learning to Surf

Rome was not built in a day, and (from this writer’s personal experience) neither were professional surfers. Surfing is an amazing activity that can take time and patience to master - but investing in a week can be a great first step. Go with the flow, stay in the moment, don’t look down and feel the adrenaline rush as you catch your first wave! 

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