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Easy Surf Trips vs. Escape the Crowds: Choosing your Perfect Surf Trip!

Planning a surf trip is an exciting endeavor. When it comes to surf destinations, two options emerge, Easy Surf Trips or Escaping the Crowds.

In this article, we look at some of the advantages of hassle-free surf trips for those wanting the easiest trip possible! For those willing to go the extra mile, we have included the key advantages of searching for uncrowded areas!

Easy Surf Trips: Embrace the Joy of Effortless Surf Adventures

Not every surf trip needs to be an adrenaline-fueled adventure or a quest to conquer challenging waves. Sometimes, the appeal lies in the simplicity and enjoyment of an easy surf trip. Whether you’re a beginner surfer, looking for a relaxed vacation with family and friends, or simply seeking hassle-free wave-catching, easy surf trips offer an ideal blend of convenience, comfort, and consistent surf conditions. Let’s delve into the world of easy surf trips and discover why they are the perfect choice for those seeking a laid-back surfing experience.

Easy surf trips focus on convenience, comfort, and consistent wave conditions. They are ideal for beginners, intermediate surfers, or those seeking a more relaxed and hassle-free experience. Examples include places like Bali, Portugal, the Maldives and Morocco.
Here are some key features of an Easy Surf Trip!

Beginner-Friendly Waves: 

Easy surf trips typically offer mellow, forgiving waves that are perfect for beginners to learn and progress their skills. These destinations boast surf breaks with long, gentle rides and minimal risk of hazards, allowing novice surfers to gain confidence and enjoy their time in the water.

COMO Uma Canggu is a beautiful beachfront resort centrally located on the black-sand beaches of Canggu, one of the coolest areas in Bali. Just a stone’s throw away from Echo Beach, COMO Uma Canggu has access to some great quality waves. Beginners and improvers are well served at the nearby Batu Bolong Beach, just 5 minutes walk from the resort. Here you will find the best longboard waves in Bali! For more advanced surfers, Echo Beach with its perfect barrels and rippable waves is also a short walk away! This is a very easy surf trip to do with friends, a partner or family!

Accessible Locations:

Easy surf trips often take you to popular surf destinations with well-developed infrastructure and amenities. These locations are easily accessible, with a range of accommodation options, restaurants, and surf schools or camps catering to all skill levels. 

Morocco is an all-year outstanding surf holiday destination and its coastline, famous for its huge variety of surf, has something for everyone. If Morocco is your preferred option we recommend staying at Amouage, an oceanfront Boutique Hotel overlooking Anchor Point, in Taghazout. Amouage is located 40 min drive North of Agadir international airport (AGA) along a picturesque coastal road. Agadir Al Massira Airport is a short flight (2-4 hrs) from most central European cities.

In the Maldives, Hudhuranfushi Surf Resort, located in the North Male Atoll, is only a 20-minute boat ride from the international airport. The resort is situated on its own island boasting white sand beaches and Lohis breaking along the house reef! The wave is exclusive to the resort, limiting the number of surfers onsite to 45, meaning that the crowd levels are low and there are always enough waves to go around! 

Consistent Wave Quality:

These destinations have a reputation for consistent wave quality, ensuring you’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch waves throughout your trip. The waves may not be as challenging or powerful as in more remote or advanced spots, but they provide a reliable and enjoyable surfing experience for all levels.

Ericeira’s coastline is dotted with plenty of world-class waves (consistent all year round!) which made the town gain the recognition of the first World Surfing Reserve in Europe! We recommend staying at Aethos Ericeira. This secluded property is located above the ocean, surrounded by nature, watching over the Atlantic. Ericeira is famous for some of the best waves in the world with more than 10 recognized spots packed into under 10 miles of coastline. You will find numerous classic reef setups, rocky headlands and small river-mouth bays that shape the swells into world-class waves such as Coxos and Ribeira D’Ilhas.

Family-Friendly Atmosphere:

Easy surf trips often attract families and travelers seeking a laid-back beach vacation. They offer a relaxed atmosphere, family-friendly accommodations, and additional activities beyond surfing to keep everyone entertained. It’s an excellent option for those looking to combine quality surf time with other family-oriented experiences.

Martinhal Sagres in the unspoiled Western Algarve, in Portugal, is the best family resort in Europe. Everything about Martinhal Sagres is designed with families in mind. Stylish and design-orientated, Martinhal Sagres offers families a luxury beach holiday experience with high-class family-friendly accommodations, restaurants, bars, kids and leisure services that put families first. The resort offers a great variety of activities. From bike tours to dolphins-watching boat trips, hot air balloons, horse-riding and jeep safaris, there is something on offer for all tastes!

Escaping the Crowds: Discovering Untouched Waves and Adventurous Surfing

If you’re an intrepid and experienced surfer seeking a truly remarkable and adventurous surfing experience, escaping the crowds is the ultimate pursuit. While popular surf spots offer their own allure, there’s something uniquely special about finding those hidden gems that remain untouched by the masses. Let’s dive into the world of escaping the crowds and exploring the exhilarating possibilities that await those willing to seek out remote and uncrowded surf breaks.

The Road Less Traveled: 

Escaping the crowds is about venturing off the beaten path and discovering surf spots that few have explored. These remote locations may require some effort and determination to reach, but the rewards are immeasurable. Consider destinations like the remote island of Sumba in Indonesia, the Northern Aposentillo in Nicaragua, the secluded Pelican Point peninsula in Namibia, or the lesser-known and the most uncrowded breaks in the Maldives, in Baa Atoll. These untapped havens offer a sense of discovery and an opportunity to connect with nature on a deeper level. 

The Aposentillo in Nicaragua is a hidden gem for surfers seeking pristine waves and a laid-back atmosphere. With a mix of point breaks and beach breaks (including The Boom, celebrated as one of Nicaragua’s finest waves), the area provides surfers with diverse options for all tastes. with no crowds around! The surf culture in Aposentillo is also characterized by a friendly and welcoming community. Locals and fellow surfers often share the lineup with smiles and camaraderie, creating a positive and inclusive atmosphere. This sense of community adds to the overall charm of surfing in Aposentillo. Immersed in natural splendour, Amaru Nicaragua is AWAVE Travel’s favourite option in the region and its expert surf guides will make sure you score the best waves!

Pristine and Natural Surroundings:

One of the most remarkable aspects of escaping the crowds is the chance to immerse yourself in untouched natural beauty. Picture pristine white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush green landscapes surrounding you as you paddle out. These destinations often offer breathtaking sunsets, dramatic cliffs and landscapes, and an abundance of marine life. It’s an opportunity to experience the raw and unspoiled beauty of the ocean and its surroundings.

Have you ever been in a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve where coral and local species flourish? If not your destination is Soneva Fushi, in the Baa Atoll, one of the most beautifully designed eco-resorts in the Maldives, a real luxury desert island hideaway. The resort has access to some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. Baa Atoll is known for having the least crowded and most unexplored surf in the Maldives. 

Uncrowded Lineups:

One of the primary motivations for escaping the crowds is the chance to enjoy uncrowded surf and uninterrupted waves. Unlike popular surf spots that can become overcrowded and competitive, these remote breaks provide a sense of serenity and solitude. You’ll have the freedom to be more selective, catch more waves, and truly savor the essence of surfing without the hustle and bustle of a crowded lineup.

If you want to experience an uncrowded lineup you should go to NIHI Sumba, a very special resort standing well apart from the crowd and sitting beautifully in the rugged natural landscape. Having been voted the “World’s Best Hotel” for 2 years running, NIHI Sumba offers an unforgettable luxury surfing experience that is unmatched by any other resort in Indonesia. The resort is blessed with exclusive access to ‘Occy’s Left’. To keep the crowds low and the lineup clear for NIHIs guests, there is a limit of 10 surfers in the resort at any time. This guarantees you as many waves as you can handle!

Challenging and World-Class Waves:

Escaping the crowds often leads to encountering challenging and world-class waves. These breaks can be more powerful, hollow, and fast, demanding a higher level of skill and experience. They offer a chance to test your limits, hone your technique, and experience the thrill of riding waves that have been relatively untouched. Whether it’s barreling reef breaks or powerful beach breaks, these waves present a thrilling and rewarding challenge for experienced surfers.

Pelican Point Lodge is an extraordinary African destination, nestled in the remote and captivating landscape of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and known for its world-class waves and stunning coastlines. Surrounded by untouched Atlantic Ocean beaches with their world-renowned waves on one side and the serene Walvis Bay Lagoon on the other, the hotel aims to provide its guests with a one-of-a-kind experience. The world-famous Skeleton Bay has gained international recognition as one of the best waves in the world by professional surfers. With the potential for 2km of picture-perfect draining barrels in ankle-deep water, this wave is heavy, fast and possibly the best and longest barrel you will ever witness.

Deciding between an Easy Surf Trip and Escaping the Crowds ultimately depends on your surfing ability, personal preferences, and the experience you seek. Are you looking for a relaxed family vacation with consistent waves, or do you crave an adventurous and challenging surfing experience? The answer will determine the most suitable destination. Escape the Crowds surf trips often require more planning, research, potentially longer travel times, and a higher budget.  Whilst easy surf trips tend to offer more affordable options and require less planning.

Remember, the beauty of surfing lies in the joy of riding waves and immersing yourself in stunning coastal environments. Please respect the environment, local communities, and marine life. It is crucial to adopt an ethos of responsible travel and leave no trace. By preserving these pristine destinations, we ensure their beauty and authenticity for future generations of surfers to come.

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Tatsiana Radchanka 04/21/2024

Amazing surf camp. Felt at home there. Super nice, kind, helpful staff. Any of my requests has been satisfied. Highly recommended!

Charles Viellevoye 03/27/2024

Very professional team. Giulia is always on and have an accurate answer to all my questions. The boat trip was incredibly well organised. Nothing was missing.

Emily Bullen 04/03/2024

Professional and Top Notch! From the moment we started planning our trip AWAVE was responsive and professional. We had a lot of back and forth picking the perfect location and resort and James and Giulia were patient and helpful. The resort we stayed at, AYADA in the Maldives, was beautiful and relaxing- great for families and couples! It was perfect for us- we have 1 surfer in the family, he was able to enjoy the waves and we also were able to enjoy the reef and snorkel as a family. Our kids loved the kids club and the private pool on the beach villas was amazing. The alcohol is expensive if you don’t do full board but that is to be expected. Wonderful vacation and amazing travel agency! Definitely recommend!!

Cobus and Jackie Van Aswegen 10/19/23

awesome last minute trip which was well communicated, friendly crew and great surf guide! waves were not the best but we realised at the time of booking that it was end of season. crew could not be more friendly and willing to help all the time - chef prepared a wide variety of food and never any complaints on that front - thanks!!!... we will be back for more!

Steve 10/07/23

I've used Awave twice ... so far. This is the second time I've used Awave for a trip to the maldives. Stayed in 2 different resorts this time. They've always been incredibly prompt at replying and handled everything for us, making sure the 2 Resorts were in touch to get us transfered half way through our trip. At one of the resorts I even bumped into Giulia and Delia who were out there surfing at the time. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll use awave again if I'm booking a surf trip

Donald Ayres 11/06/23

Indonesia Surf Trip/ Java/Bali/Sumba - James Colston was my representative from AWAVE - I’m an older solo surfer and James was attentive, respectful, extremely responsive from the initial planning stages all the way through the booking. And he was so patient with all my crazy questions along the way. I couldn’t have been more pleased with James’s level of service. Thank you James

Alex Daish 12/28/23

Giulia was an amazing person to book with. I was overwhelmed with choices initially, but AWAVE knew their stuff and helped me with my options and even suggested delaying my trip so I could go to a certain hotel which ended up being the best decision I made all year.

Mickey 01/24/24

Giulia and James were always on line to answer any question or to give an advice. The Ayada resort is perfect both for families or for couples. We did not have waves as the season goes from April to September, but there are plenty options to have fun and good times. Highly recommended both Awave and Ayada.

James 01/30/24

The AWAVE team are knowledgable and helpful. Giulia is a very helpful and patient person to deal with, and do not worry, you can trust her. I had to delay my trip to Morocco due to unforeseen circumstances and Giulia was very understanding. I have just returned from having a fantastic week at Amouage in Taghazout. Thanks AWAVE!

Omar AlJammaz 03/07/23

Great travel options, great customer support, simplifying planing process.
Looking forward for my next trip.