Ahangama: The surfer life at Camp Poe

Welcome to little surfers paradise on the south coast of Sri Lanka: Ahangama (and alright, Midigama and Meligama as well). With left handers and right handers that always seem to work, this might be a tricky spot if you’d actually like to see more of the country. Because you won’t. You’ll get stuck and have the time of your life, and you wouldn’t be the first.

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White sands, crystal clear waters and palm trees all along the south coast of Sri Lanka

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Dreamy sunsets after perfect surf sessions

The south coast of Sri Lanka is covered in surf spots and pretty beaches. While Mirissa and Weligama are the well known ones, Ahangama is more of a hidden treasure. Including nearly empty lineups and less tourists overall. With the city of Galle only thirty minutes away and many little surf towns just a tuk-tuk drive away, this is the perfect little spot to chill, surf and discover the surroundings.

Find your flow at Camp Poe

It seems like new places pop up like mushrooms all along the South coast. Camp Poe in Ahangama is one of them and only opened their doors end of January. It’s a sustainable surf and yoga retreat with luxury tents, charming rooms, amazing food and a swimming pool which I seriously wanna have when I grow up.

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Hi paradise! Hi!
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Sleep like a baby

First thing Till asks me when I get in; “Do you paint? Yes, sort of. Alright then, find a white wall and enjoy!”. This practically sums up the vibe at Camp Poe. Creativity, relaxing, surfing and yoga is what you get. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Both travelers and staff seem to indulge in creativity. Painting the walls with beautiful murals, making gorgeous bamboo tattoos, or jamming and singing the day away. Meanwhile I’m just laying in their pool absorbing this vibe with a big grin on my face.

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Surfing at ‘The Sticks’

The Surfer Life in Ahangama

Everyone wakes up at 6am for morning surf sessions, with the sun rising and the turtles swimming around you. Since no one else is crazy enough to get up at this insane time, the waves are empty and perfect for improving your skills. With a huge range of different surfboards and surf lessons available, Camp Poe covers any level of surfing. So whether you’re already a pro or never ever seen a surfboard in your life, there’s something for everyone.

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Relaxing and eating the day away

Wondering how you should spend the rest of your day after waking up so early? Well, maybe a bit of yoga to keep you flexible, a massage to relax (seriously one of the best I’ve ever had) or take a walk into town. Recharge your battery by doing nothing or discover everything the South coast has in store for you, just make sure you’re back for dinner. Since I’m quite the sucker for food, I cannot not mention the breakfasts and dinners here. Fresh butterfish and red snapper, wraps, salads, and pastas, name it, they make it and you’ll keep going for seconds and thirds.

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Fresh fish all day every day

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So yes, Camp Poe has it all covered. Paradise setting, perfect surf sessions, friendly people, insane sunsets and an amazing vibe. Stay for a day (I bet you won’t be able to), a week or a month… cause this place will have you hooked. Go live the surfer life.



For bookings and information check out their website!

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The stilt fishermen of Ahangama

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Welcome at Camp Poe
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Paradise setting
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Find your tent in the jungle
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T-shirt by North Life
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Who needs technology?
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Happy days
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Party waves

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Stunning sunsets every single day
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Camp Poe and its jungle garden
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Private rooms at Camp Poe
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So this is how we chill
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Secretly taking snaps of the stilt fishermen (because they will ask you insane prices for a picture of them)
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Never going home… please?

Photos by: M. Barends©

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