Our Wayfarers guide to Top Surf Holiday Destinations for 2020
Mentawai Islands, Sumatra
A far-flung archipelago that split from Sumatra half a millennia ago, the Mentawai Islands has that off the beaten track appeal that beckons intrepid travellers and families seeking sublime once in a lifetime experience. Expect tangled jungles brimming with black and yellow monkeys, big swell seasons between November and March, and playful waves outside of the main surf season. Resorts are scattered across some of the 70 plus islands that make up the Mentawai Islands chain. The Mentawais has forever been a firm favourite for boys surf trips but is are fast becoming a top surf holiday destination for families looking for a slice of rustic luxury with a keen focus on wellness surf, yoga and healthy homegrown cuisine.
Family-friendly fun seamlessly blended with an exceptional surf program makes Aloita Resort one of our faves. Exclusive well-dressed cottages bring boutique appeal, and speedboat surf safaris provide access to 70 percent of the island’s finest rides. Families will find their magic at Aloita with wild treks, local encounters, and a small fun wave right on the doorstep.
Philippines, Siargao Island
Shrug off the same old places in favour of something extraordinary and head to the untapped paradise of Siargao Island. A teardrop in the Indian Ocean, Siargao is a land of lagoons, world-class waves, and unbridled adventure. This is your chance to ride the famous Cloud 9 – quite possibly one of the most talked-about waves in the world. Beyond the breaks, families will find lashings of culture-rich activities, green lagoons for splashing, and ancient mangroves.
A heavenly home in paradise, Nay Palad is quickly becoming an iconic escape and one of our most beloved top surf holiday destinations. Stashed between the mangroves and bleached white sands – it’s a well-orchestrated whirlwind of treehouse spa treatments, bright and blissful villas, and a true commitment to sustainable style. The children’s village is a highlight ensuring Little Wayfarers are welcome to run wild.
Who can resist the promise of early morning chilled surfs followed by hikes through the tea plantations and scenic train rides? There are a million reasons why Sri Lanka’s tourist economy is about to go boom and its emerging scene with luxury surf resorts is sure to put it on the map. Sri Lanka has soft fun waves suitable for all, making it one of the most accessible surf destinations no matter what level. Elephant adventures, whale watching, and lashings of history all prove to be perfect cherries on top.
Cape Weligama is the holy grail of stylish stays in sweet Sri Lanka. Sitting pretty on a cliff overlooking a string of fantastic breaks, you instantly have that blend of epic surf adventures meets laid-back luxury. Direct access to waves, a private butler at your beck and call, turtle encounters, and plenty of kid-friendly activity in place including dedicated pool means that the whole family feel satiated from dawn until dusk.
Still the reigning champ when it comes to the finest barefoot luxury, our love affair with the Maldives is still going strong earning it a spot on our list of top surf holiday destinations. The atolls continually serve up a buffet of beautiful waves, the water is always warm, the stilted villas are nothing short of soul-stirring, and everything is centred around ocean rich stays. While the Maldives earned its accolades as a honeymoon destination, families still fit into the equation with many luxury surf resorts offering beachside bungalows and kid-friendly clubs.
We are smitten by the Niyama Private Island Resort and know it will become a firm favourite with couples and families. The beautifully playful resort delivers direct access to the Vodi surf break, which is free to surf for guests, meaning you can step outside and get salty without needing a paid surf pass. In-between sessions there’s The Drift Spa, Explorers Club for Little Wayfarers, and even an underwater bar.
South Pacific perfection awaits on the favoured isle of Fiji. For those travellers and families who are looking for easy access from Australia, family-friendly surf resorts that don’t compromise on chic vibes, not to mention a huge emphasis on sustainable surfing – then Fiji is your paradise found. Expect rich Kava bowl culture, an abundance of beautiful nature, and consistent winter swells with low crowd factors.
The Matanivusi Resort walks the walk when it comes to sustainable surf resort stays. The whole resort was created with the blessing of the local elders and pays homage to its culture in terms of design and beautiful execution. Munch from the sustainable gardens, sleep in stunning timbered bures and surf some of Fiji’s best breaks. Families with older children will find this an awesome place for tapping into that final fling of freedom with activities including waterfall plunges, shark diving, and cultural exchanges.
So there you have it, our Top Surf Holiday Destinations for 2020!
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