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Family Surf Trip: How to Plan the Perfect Trip

Planning the perfect family surf trip is an exciting opportunity to create lasting memories. Imagine the joy of surfing as a family!

Organizing the ideal family surf holiday requires careful consideration to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and unforgettable family experience. In this article, we’ll take you through the essential steps to learn how to plan a perfect family surf trip. With the right planning, your trip will cater to the needs and skill levels of your entire family!

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Find Family Surf Trip Destinations

Choosing the right surf destination is key to a successful family surf trip. Look for family-friendly surf destinations that offer a variety of surf breaks suitable for different skill levels. From gentle rollers for beginners to more challenging waves for intermediate and advanced surfers. Consider places known for their family-friendly atmosphere, focus on safety and amenities and services for non-surfers alike. Some popular family surf destinations include the Maldives, Morocco, Central America and Europe!

Assess Your Family’s Skill Levels

To plan the perfect family surf trip it’s very important to take into account the surfing abilities of each family member. Are they beginners, intermediates, or advanced surfers? Look for destinations that can accommodate everyone’s skill level, offering surf breaks that provide opportunities for learning and progression. Enroll your family in surf lessons or surf guiding tailored to their skill levels.

If some family members are less experienced surfers, lessons are a great way to build confidence. This improves technique and fosters a supportive learning environment. Surf instructors who specialize in teaching families can provide guidance and ensure everyone feels confident and comfortable in the water

family surf trip Dad coming back from the surf with his family

Choose Family-Friendly Accommodations

A key factor is to select accommodations that cater to the needs of your family. Look for beachfront resorts, villas, or surf camps that offer family-friendly amenities such as spacious rooms, swimming pools, kids’ clubs, and easy beach access. Proximity to surf spots and surf schools is an added convenience. If you are planning to go to the Maldives, Niyama Private Islands and Anantara Dhigu are two amazing options for families!

Niyama offers one of the best Kids’ Clubs in the country and possibly in the world. Your kids will love the full schedule of activities and fun, leaving you time to relax and get some waves.

Anantara Dighu is another amazing family-friendly resort in the South Male Atolls in the Maldives. The resort boasts an expert surf team, providing both lessons and tailored surf guiding to the best waves, and a fully equipped water sports centre. With a strong focus on entertaining their younger travelers, the resort offers an exciting range of indoor & outdoor activities.

If you rather stay in Europe, Martinhal Sagres 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

family surf trip having lessons on the beach

Plan Activities Beyond Surfing

A family surf trip is an incredible opportunity to ride waves together, but it’s also a chance to explore and embrace the unique destinations that accompany these stunning coastlines. While surfing will undoubtedly be the main highlight of your adventure, there are plenty of activities to enjoy beyond the waves and we recommend planning additional activities to keep the whole family entertained. This ensures a well-rounded experience and allows for breaks from the water while still enjoying quality family time.

Surf destinations are often blessed with natural beauty and diverse ecosystems. Take advantage of this by exploring the surrounding nature through activities such as horse riding, wildlife spotting, or nature walks. Seek out national parks, nature reserves, or guided tours to witness breathtaking landscapes, spot exotic wildlife, and learn about the local flora and fauna. Rancho Santana in Nicaragua boasts 2,700 acres of rolling hills, five unique beaches, a variety of dining options, and a myriad of activities from adventure sports to spa treatments to entertain the whole family!

If your chosen destination is Morocco, don’t miss Paradis Plage located in the small village of Imi Ouaddar. The resort welcomes its guests throughout the year on this peaceful 5 km beach, at the foot of the mountains, far from the bustle of the tourists of Agadir and the surfers of Taghazout. A vast array of activities are available on land and sea: from surf, Jetski, wake-board or fly- board to yoga, fitness, karting and golf. Experience some local culture and scenery with one of the organized excursions, such as Paradise Valley, Quad biking, horse or camel riding, Agadir Souk (market) and much more. The Surf House is the hub of all the surf and watersports activity and it is located right on the beach.

family surf trip playing on a swing together

Pack Family-Friendly Surf Gear

We recommend packing the necessary surf gear for the whole family. Include appropriate wetsuits or rash guards, sunscreen and don’t forget beach essentials such as towels, hats, and reusable water bottles. You can pack your own surfboards but these can also be rented at the surf schools where they will recommend the most suitable for each family member’s skill level. If you are planning on going to a Tropical destination don’t miss this helpful article HERE!

Prioritize Safety During Your Trip

Safety should always be a top priority during a family surf trip. Familiarize yourself with local beach conditions, including currents, tides, and potential hazards. Observe and adhere to any surf warnings or flags. Encourage open communication about safety in the sea and the importance of looking out for one another!

family surf trip child high fiving instructor

Create Memories For a Lifetime

Remember that the perfect family surf trip is about enjoying quality time together, embracing the beauty of nature, and celebrating each family member’s achievements in the water. Be flexible with schedules and expectations, allowing for spontaneous beach picnics, sandcastle-building contests, and laughter-filled evenings. Embrace the joy of surfing as a family, create memories that will be remembered for years to come and cherish the journey as much as the destination.

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Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Omar AlJammaz 03/07/23

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

Nina Ross 03/08/23

Awesome holiday to Hudhuranfushi. Giulia was very helpful and quick to respond and overall we were very impressed with Awave Travel.
Lohi's is a private, on site, awesome left hander that just kept giving. Also had options of 2 daily surf boat trips that went to other local breaks such as Sultans, Ninja's, Cokes, Jails. The surf team are amazing and we scored great waves the whole time we were there.
Stayed in a Sunset family beach villa which was perfect for a family of 4, then upgraded for the last 3 nights to Ocean Villas, both great for different reasons!
Island staff are so helpful and welcoming, and there's a good variety of food options available. Lots of other things to do such as paddleboarding, jet ski-ing, spa treatments, yoga and amazing snorkelling - with sharks, turtles and rays! We also hired bikes to get around and do morning surf checks!
An amazing trip, thank you Awave and Hudhuranfushi!

Seb Speck 25/06/23

We had an amazing time on the Mentawai islands booked through Awave Travel.
Giulia was very helpful and available at all times during the booking process. And we had the best time on the Mentawais on the Maki Boat. The staff were amazing. Raul the surf guide was very helpful, friendly and coached us on the waves. Kaique the photographer produced top quality pictures and videos from the water, boat and drone.
Overall very happy and would highly recommend it.

Tom Ward 18/06/23

We charted Seafarer for a 10 day trip in the Maldives. We booked with AWAVE about 12 months before. James was super helpful, really responsive and just easy to deal with. We even made a very last minute change to go to the central atolls which he arranged pretty much straight away. The trip itself was unreal, great surf, amazing wildlife and scenery. If you’re thinking about a surf charter, do it and book through these guys!

Natasha Gronski 06/08/23

Awave Travel is the best surf travel agency I have ever booked! They are very professional and responsive to my inquiries and are able to match me with a surf trip appropriate to my interests and skill level. They have an outstanding relationship and reputation with the resorts that they work with, which makes a difference in the consumer experience. Above all, the Awave staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the areas they recommend, as they have actually surfed the spots and stayed at the resorts. For anyone who wants a hassle-free, no worries, relaxing and fun surf adventure, Awave Travel is the way to go!

David 05/29/23

8 of us stayed at Hudhuranfushi for my 50th birthday celebration. The resort and services were amazing. James and the team at AWAVE stayed in contact from the beginning to end to ensure we had everything we needed. Great experience. Definitely looking forward to booking our next trip with AWAVE in the near future.

Alexandra Franz 05/31/23

We spent amazing days in Morocco in Amouage. Was an amazing stay and the full surf package offered by AWAVE was great.
All the people were very nice and coaches were amazing. Booking was very smooth, answered all my questions and they took care of everything.
I took the coaching package and had a great time and learning. The teacher was great, very patient and explained everything very nice and calm. Felt safe all the time and had a lot of fun as well.
My boyfriend had the guiding package and he also had a great time. He was always taken to the spots that fitted his level and enjoyed the full when conditions were nice.

Alex Reuter 05/22/23

We stayed at Ayada in Maldives and I can't be more complimentary of AWAVE! Awesome and patient advise over whatsapp on which resort to go to with extremely details local knowledge on surf conditions, wave spots, resort quality, which atolls to go to, etc. I followed their recommendation and it was spot on. Easy booking on short notice before the trip, can't thank James enough!

Stewart Cropp 05/19/23

Our remarkable trip was 12 months in the was awkward to organize because there was so many people coming and going over our two week chartered cruise.
I can’t speak highly enough of AWAVE and more to the point ,the wonderful Giulia Manfrini. She is so caring and sweet and far above and beyond any travel consultant that I have ever worked with
Thankyou Giulia for all your prompt answers to my gazillion questions
You are “Simply the best”.
Now onto the Carpe Diem
The trip of a lifetime was had by all 20 of us
The Captain and crew worked tirelessly to pander to our every whim
They would not allow us to lift a finger
Our Barmen Shawn and Cook ( still can’t pronounce his name ) were superb, the food was first class and varied and the alcohol flowed like a river
Our Surf guide “Seppe” found waves for us every day except for two while we travelled deep into the central Attols
We were greatful for the rest
We snorkeled with the sharks and visited uninhabited Islands spent an afternoon being spoiled at a high class resort .
All in all an Awsome trip

Diane 05/11/23

James helped us organize our trip in April for my partner and I in the Mentawai.
First, lets discuss the service : James was super clear and reactive. We received a list of resorts with different price ranges and he provided all the elements for us to decide based on our needs and budget. We felt very supported for the organization and we even received so advices few days before leaving for packing.
I was a bit afraid as i'm not a good surfer so i reach out many times to understand how I could still try and learn and James always replied very quick and with all the info i need.
Then when we arrive : it was super well organized, everything went smooth and we fell in love with the place and people. We can tell they really worked on their resort selection and travel organization and we trust our next adventure will be as qualitative.
Already recommended their service ;).