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KIMA SURF

what's waiting for you at our surf camps in Bali & Sri Lanka

Surf alongside new friends! Discover the world's best waves with Kima surf camps in Bali and Sri Lanka. We offer surf lessons for beginners, surf guiding for real experts and a wide variety of activities around our beautiful locations in Bali and Sri Lanka. We turn your surf vacations into an unforgettable experiences!

Surf camps by Kima are designed with practicality, authenticity and comfort in mind to create the perfect atmosphere for your surf getaway. All our surf camps are within walking distance to the beach with world-famous surf breaks only a few steps away.

Discover the best surf spots in Sri Lanka and on the island of Bali. Join up to two of our guided surfaris in accordance with your surfing skills every day, receive professional coaching and become a better surfer.

We offer a wide range of yoga classes that are included in the room price to calm your mind and relax your body after a surfing session.

Kima surf resorts in Bali & Sri Lanka feature everything you need for an unforgettable surf vacations from the classic dorm to luxurious villas and suites, some with multiple pools, ocean view, fully equipped and functional gyms, beach volleyball courts, 15 m natural climbing walls, HIIT and martial arts workouts, yoga shalas, 5 m deep diving pools and counter-current system, spa and ayurvedic massage rooms, spacious co-working spaces with high-speed internet, and amazing fresh healthy organic food. Our surf camp restaurants are famous for their wide variety of vegan and vegetarian options.

Surf camps in Bali & Sri Lanka

Choose between paradisiacal surf camps in prime locations and surf the best waves in Canggu, Weligama, Seminyak, Hiriketiya, Padang Padang & Uluwatu with us.

surfguiding

SURF GUIDING IS ALREADY INCLUDED IN ALL KIMA SURF CAMPS IN BALI & SRI LANKA

We will take you to the most beautiful spots in Sri Lanka and Bali, twice a day, seven days a week! We organize up to 16 trips every day for all surf levels to various surf spots all around Bali & Sri Lanka.

You can join minimum two guided sessions per day and maximize your surfing experience. Small groups of max. six Surfers are divided into different skill levels and visit surf spots taking current tide, swell and wind conditions into account.
Our professional, certified surf guides will accompany you in the water and share everything you need to know about the spots you will be surfing.
If you are a total beginner, don't worry, there is an option just for you. Book our five-day Learn-to-Surf package to learn all the basic necessary abilities for (future) Kima surf vacations.
Some surf sessions are filmed and then analyzed. This can take place up to six times a week. Join the theory lessons that are offered six times a week. Both filmed sessions and theory options are included in your package.

yoga for free

Join a wide range of yoga classes to calm your mind and relax your body after a surfing session, available at all our surf camps. Best of all, they are also included into your surf vacation package. Yoga classes are a great way to improve your breathing technique, flexibility, strength, and balance, which are crucial for surfing as well! Alternately we offer Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga, which will be available for you six days a week. And if you are interested in something more particular, our teachers are always happy to guide you through a 90-minute private session tailored to your physical demands.

food + drinks

Our restaurants offer you a large selection of delicious fresh healthy and organic food, local and international dishes from 7 am to 11 pm every day. All of them are made using only the freshest ingredients and are created by our chefs who gained broad experience working with cuisines from all over the world. You of course will have a big choice of vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian options during your surf vacations.

breakfast included

Our delicious three courses breakfast options are available from 7 am to 12 noon in the restaurant. Free tea and coffee are available every day until 6 pm. Kick off your day with fresh juices and fruit salads along with pancakes as starters. Other options include muesli, and bagels and if you have a sweet tooth add some Nutella! To start your day with a healthy and refreshing option instead, choose one of our delicious frozen bowls. For a savoury option, have a protein powerhouse breakfast of eggs done how you like. The best way to start your day pre or post-surf session. This is all included in your booking.

indonesian food

The cost of living in Bali is fairly low. A healthy and filling meal (e.g. fish with a side dish) costs around 3 €. The obligatory evening beer on the beach is likely to be the most expensive thing on the healthy Indonesian food menu. Fruit salad or Nasi/Mie Goreng (fried rice/noodles) can be found even on the most remote beaches. Our restaurant in the Canggu surf camp also offers a variety of Indonesian dishes.

sri lankan food

The cost of living in Sri Lanka is fairly low. A healthy and filling meal (e.g. fish with a side dish) costs around 3 €. The obligatory evening beer on the beach is likely to be the most expensive thing on the Sri Lankan food menu. Fruit salad or rice & curries can be found even on the most remote beaches. Our restaurants in the Weligama surf camp and beachside offer a variety of Sri Lankan dishes.

international food

In Canggu there are plenty of good restaurants with high-quality food that cater to western tastes. You'll find all sorts of food: German, Persian, Italian, Japanese, Greek and Brazilian, plus international fast food chains.

testimonials

Sarah - Boston

Super impressive. It's like an interior designer and a surf specialist teamed up and realized their dream. I couldn't find another surf school where you got as much instruction as this – two surf sessions a day and daily yoga. Food is amazing and plentiful. Already planning our next Kima adventure!

Noa - Switzerland

I've been to many surf camps in my life before, but I have never experienced the level of professionality, kindness and dedication as I have in Kima. Everyone at Kima will try their absolute best to make you enjoy your trip to the fullest! It is 100% worth it and will definitely be one of the best experiences in your life!

Jesse - UK

If you're a beginner or an expert, look no further than Kima. I extended my stay by another two weeks as I did not want to leave. The coaches are very knowledgeable and really love what they do. As a solo traveler, I made friends for life within a matter of days, Kima attracts the best people. I cannot recommend this place enough!!

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BOOKING

HOW DO I CONFIRM AND COMPLETE MY RESERVATION?

As soon as you’ve filled in the online registration form on our website, your place at Kima Surf is reserved. Payment arrangements are made through the confirmation email of your booking and, of course, more information will be given to you upon your arrival at the surf camp. This reservation is binding. Canceling will result in a cancellation fee (see General Terms & Conditions).

GETTING THERE

HOW CAN I GET A CHEAP FLIGHT TO BALI?

Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from Europe/America to Bali; you will need to have at least one stopover. Cheap flights can be found at Skyscanner, Traveloka, Checkfelix or Opodo.

HOW CAN I GET A CHEAP FLIGHT TO SRI LANKA?

There are several locations throughout Europe that offer non-stop flights to Sri Lanka. Cheap flights can be found at Skyscanner or Aviasales.

WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY TO IN BALI?

Your destination will be I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (DPS), Bali. It is the island’s only international airport.

WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY TO IN SRI LANKA?

Your destination will be Bandaranaike International Airport (In Colombo). It is the island’s main international airport.

CAN I BRING MY OWN SURFBOARD?

Some airlines transport surfboards free of charge provided your total checked baggage weight is under the usual allowance (20 to 23 kg). Please check with your airline beforehand as it seems to be handled quite arbitrarily (make sure they know it is a ‘real’ surfboard to avoid mix-ups with wind surfboards).

WILL I BE MET AT THE AIRPORT IN BALI?

Airport transfers (airport pick-up and drop-off) are included for a minimum five-night-stay at Kima Canggu surf camp. A small fee is charged for pick-up if you stay less than five nights. To make sure everything goes smoothly, let us know your exact flight details by email (date and time of arrival, airline and flight number) and your WhatsApp number at least 48 hours before you set off.
Once you arrive at the airport in Bali, please login to the airport’s free Wi-Fi and you will receive a text from our driver with his name, photo and information about the meeting point at the airport.

WILL I BE MET AT THE AIRPORT IN SRI LANKA?

Airport transfers (airport pick-up and drop-off) are offered at a fee of 70 Euros each way for Kima surf camp Weligama and 80 Euros for Kima surf camp Hiriketiya. If you book this service, to make sure everything goes smoothly, let us know your exact flight details by email (date and time of arrival, airline and flight number) and your WhatsApp number at least 48 hours before you set off.
Once you arrive at the airport in Colombo, please login to the airport’s free Wi-Fi and you will receive a text from our driver with his name, photo and information about the meeting point at the airport. The drive from the international airport to the surf camp in Weligama is around 2.5 hours and around 3.5 hours to the surf camp in Hiriketiya.

VISAS

HOW DO I GET A VISA TO BALI?

Please refer to our latest updates on visa regulations for traveling to Indonesia. At the moment visa-on-arrival is available for 23 countries. Please visit www.welcomebacktobali.com for more details.

HOW DO I GET A VISA TO SRI LANKA?

For almost all European and North American nationals, currently the 30-day visa costs around 35$, and we recommend you get this before you arrive to Sri Lanka. Once you land in Sri Lanka tourists are permitted to stay for 30 days with this visa. If you wish to stay in Sri Lanka longer than 30 days, you can apply for an extension for up to 90 days from the date you arrived in the country. To apply for your visa please find details here: https://eta.org.lk

FINANCES

WHAT’S THE CURRENCY IN BALI?

The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). The fluctuating exchange rate is approximately 15.000 Rupiah for € 1.

WHAT’S THE CURRENCY IN SRI LANKA?

The local currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR). The fluctuating exchange rate is approximately 198 Rupees for € 1.

HOW AND WHERE CAN I CHANGE MONEY IN BALI?

Lots of money exchangers will try and bait you with good exchange rates. To avoid any rip-offs, you should only change your cash at official P.T. Moneychangers. Make sure that you get your money changed into large notes (50,000 or 100,000). This is what legitimate money changers will do. Exchanging money is also possible at the reception of Kima Canggu surf camp Bali on Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.

HOW AND WHERE CAN I CHANGE MONEY IN SRI LANKA?

In Sri Lanka lots of money exchangers will try and bait you with good exchange rates. To avoid any rip-offs, you should change your cash at the official money changers.

CAN I PAY FOR MY SURF CAMP ON THE SPOT?

We require you to pay a full amount one week before your arrival at the camp. If payment is not made in full, we do not guarantee your bed at the camp. Credit card payment is currently not possible on location.

CAN I GET MONEY FROM AN ATM?

There are lots of ATMs around our surf camps in Bali and Sri Lanka where you can withdraw local currency with your credit card or bank card (Mastercard, Visa, Maestro, Cirrus). Make sure you know the pin number of your card(s). The maximum amount per transaction varies depending on the ATM, but the absolute maximum per transaction is about 200 Euros. Several transactions can be done one after another. It is best to use ATMs inside banks with security guards to avoid scams.

SURF CAMP

HOW FAR IS THE SURF CAMP FROM THE BEACH?

Our surf camps are located close to the beach. It is just 700 meters from our Canggu surf camp in Bali to the beach as well as from our Seminyak surf camp in Bali to the beach. Our Weligama surf camp in Sri Lanka is only 300 meters and our Hiriketiya surf camp in Sri Lanka is just 500 meters from the beach.

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY VALUABLES?

Every room in our surf camps in Bali has an electronic safety box where you can keep your cash, flight tickets, and other small valuable things. Larger valuables (laptop, photo equipment etc.) can be deposited at our front office. In our surf camps in Sri Lanka every room has a locker where you can keep your valuables (laptop, photo equipment etc.). The surf camp is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

WILL I NEED A PLUG ADAPTOR?

All sockets are European standard with 220V output. You may bring your adapter if your devices have other plugs.

WILL I NEED A MOSQUITO NET?

Mosquito nets are available at the Kima surf camps, you can simply ask at reception and our team will be happy to assist you with your request.

ARE THERE TOWELS IN THE SURF CAMP?

Kima surf camps provide towels. These should not be taken to the beach, so please pack your favorite beach towel for all surf vacations.

IS THERE BED LINEN IN THE SURF CAMP?

Bed linen is provided and changed regularly (with night temperatures of around 26 °C you won’t need a sleeping bag).

IS THERE INTERNET IN THE SURF CAMP?

Free Wi-Fi is provided in all our surf camps.

DRIVING CARS IN BALI

CAN I DRIVE MYSELF IN BALI?

During the day our cars are used for guided surf tours. In case you need them, remember to check the availability and please ask our camp manager on location beforehand. We require you to have an international driver’s license, third-party damage insurance and a minimum of three persons per car. There is no charge for using the camp vehicles, but we kindly ask you to refuel before returning to the camp.

ARE THE CARS IN BALI INSURED BY KIMA?

In the case of an accident when a guest is driving, the driver and all passengers must share the costs for any possible damages.

SURFING AND WEATHER

WHAT KINDS OF SURFBOARDS ARE THERE AT KIMA SURF?

We have all kinds of different sizes and surfboard shapes for every level. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, intermediate, advanced or pro surfer, we have the right board for you! Our surfboards are made of high-quality epoxy or polyester resin and for beginners we have the best soft-tops available in the market by FLOWT and OCEAN&EARTH. This means the best possible performance on the water. However, boards can be easily damaged if they’re not handled properly, in this case repairs cost must be paid by the user. For a small fee you can insure your rented board to cover all the damages. In the possible event that you lose the board or parts of it, you will still have to take over the costs despite the insurance.

DO I NEED A WETSUIT?

The average water temperature is about 27 to 30 °C; leave your wetsuit at home.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SURF LESSONS & SURF GUIDING?

Surf lessons are professional lessons done by a certified surf school. Kima recommends surf lessons to beginners who have never surfed before in order to get a basic knowledge about the waves and first training with soft-top surfboards in order to reduce the risk of injuries and cuts. We offer a five-day (six lessons) Learn-to-Surf package for all our beginners. Those lessons need to be booked separately and are not included in our room / surf guiding packages. Surf guiding means that our professional surf guides will take you to surf spots that match your ability, give you a detailed spot introduction and are in the water with you to support you in catching as many waves as possible. Our surf guides will provide you with feedback and give you advice on how to improve your surfing skills. A beginner who is booked into a three-day Learn-to-Surf program can already join the afternoon surf guided sessions of Kima Surf on the second day as the surf school lessons are provided in the morning.

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK THE SURF SCHOOL?

For absolute beginners we recommend our five-days Learn-to-Surf package. This way you save a lot of time and avoid making mistakes that are difficult to straighten out later on. Along with the surf school course, you can surf a second time later in the day with our surf guides (depending on surf conditions). If you can handle a take-off and manage to surf to the beach standing upright ahead of the whitewash, you do not need to attend surf school and your best bet is our surf guiding where you’ll learn with lots of practice. Our surf guides will help you and give you lots of tips so you can take your surfing to the next level.

DO I NEED MY OWN EQUIPMENT AT THE SURF SCHOOL?

The Learn-to-Surf package at the surf school includes all you need for surf lesson: soft-top learning boards, Lycra, towels and drinking water. For the surf guiding sessions in our camps, you need to rent a board in advance or directly from the camp.

WHEN DOES THE SURF SCHOOL START?

You can start the Learn-to-Surf course any day from Monday to Sunday.

WHEN DOES THE GUIDING PROGRAM START?

The latest registration time for the morning and afternoon session is at 8 pm on the day before. Please be aware that you need to sign up in our session planner first. Nothing will stop you heading to various surfing spots once you get your equipment and do a briefing.

ARE THE WAVES SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS?

The endless surf spots in Bali and Sri Lanka have the right waves for all levels. If the swell is too big at the beach, our surf guides always know other spots with nice little breaks for our beginners.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN BALI?

May to October is the dry season in Bali with air temperatures around 30 °C and two to three days of rain a month. November to April is the humid season and it rains more often, but mostly in the morning or evening, at sunrise or sunset. In between the sun always shines and everything’s budding and blooming. The rain normally lasts no longer than half an hour, but it pours down quite heavily. It can rain during the daytime sometimes, as the weather anywhere is always a bit of a gamble. Sometimes it won’t rain the whole week and then later it rains a few days in a row.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN SRI LANKA?

Sri Lanka is genuinely a year-round hub for surf vacations! The high season falls between December to mid-April with temperatures staying fairly consistent all year round. Between October to February the west and south coasts get most of the sun, while during the months of May to August the weather is drier and sunnier on the east coast.

WHAT’S THE TEMPERATURE LIKE IN BALI?

All year round, the temperature in Bali is always around 30 °C. At night, during the European summer months, it can cool down to as low as 24 °C.

WHAT’S THE TEMPERATURE LIKE IN SRI LANKA?

The average temperature in Sri Lanka is 27 °C. The warmest average high temperature is 31 °C in February, March, April & May. The coolest average low temperature is 22 °C in January & February.

LIFESTYLE

WHAT KIND OF FOOD IS THERE IN BALI?

There is endless variety. From tasty Indonesian street food stalls and mini restaurants to Italian, Mexican, fondue, steak houses or cute little cafés. In and around Canggu you can try different cuisine every day.

WHAT KIND OF FOOD IS THERE IN SRI LANKA?

There is a nice variety of food in Sri Lanka. From pizza to fresh seafood and most plentiful Sri Lankan rice and curry!

WHAT KIND OF CLOTHES SHOULD I TAKE WITH ME?

As a rule of thumb, you can go around in a bikini or board shorts and flip-flops during the day. In the evening when you go out to eat, T-shirt, shirt and long trousers are a good idea as they also help against the mosquitos.

ILLNESS, VACCINATIONS AND INSURANCE

WHAT VACCINATIONS DO I NEED?

You need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter Indonesia or Sri Lanka. Please refer to our site with the latest travel regulations update. We recommend a tetanus boost (one jab in your rear end), hepatitis A (two to three jabs, starting six weeks before your trip), typhoid (oral vaccination, three weeks before) and, if you want to be on the safe side, malaria prophylaxis and rabies vaccination. Bali is classified as malaria-free. However, there are some isolated cases of infection now and again. Bear in mind that malaria prophylaxis has side effects on both organs and mind. If you act wisely (repellents, protective/covering clothing), you can keep the risk to a minimum. If you want to travel further, you should find out the situation of your preferred islands.

WHAT’S MEDICAL CARE LIKE IN BALI AND SRI LANKA?

All kinds of antiseptic creams, lotions, band-aids, etc. can be found very cheaply at local pharmacies. Medical care in the tourist regions is good and mostly up to western standards (hygiene, disinfection, educational standards of the medics, etc.).

WHAT INSURANCE SHOULD I TAKE OUT?

Please be aware that starting on 01-01-2022, COVID-19 insurance is mandatory for international travelers arriving in Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Please refer to our latest travel regulations update. We strongly recommend that everyone coming to Kima Surf should have travel health insurance. Apart from treatment expenses and drugs on location, this also covers return transport by an emergency service. This insurance costs about € 20. A must for everyone and mostly valid for a whole year. As well as travel health insurance, you can also take out casualty insurance (hospital daily benefits or even a pension in a worst-case scenario) and travel and baggage insurance. For Australian guests, please check www.indosurf.com.au.

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