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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

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.

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!