Frequently asked questions about your vacation at drivethru surf camp in Madiha, Sri Lanka.
Before starting the trip
What is the weather like in Sri Lanka?
What is the cost of living in Sri Lanka?
The costs for food and public transport are quite low for Western European conditions. A few examples: Local food costs the equivalent of about 2.00 euros. A 1-hour bus or train ride costs about 1.00 euro. In fancier restaurants meals cost from around 10.00 to 20.00 euros.
What are the health risks in Sri Lanka?
Do not worry, a trip to Sri Lanka poses no special risks, or even threats. Since it is a tropical country, there are a few things that you should consider when making travel arrangements and when you are on the road: Health in Sri Lanka
Concerning the vaccinations, the same recommendations apply to Sri Lanka as for any other tropical countries: Recommendations of the Tropical Institute
For adequate sun protection in the water, we recommend in any case you bring, a long-sleeved Lycra and a sunscreen with SPF 50. Zinc paste for the face and lips will help you survive the day in the water unharmed, a mosquito spray will get you safely through the night. A small first aid kit that includes, for example, disinfectant spray, ear drops and waterproof Band-Aids, can never hurt either. To protect your ears while surfing, we additionally recommend you pack a pair of ear plugs. Brands such as EQ Seals, Doc’s Proplug, SurfEars or Tecfen Medical offer an ideal and affordable product for everyone’s needs.
Finally, we would recommend that you get travel insurance. That way you’ll be protected for an emergency. Should an emergency occur, the Asiri Hospital Matara is located nearby: Asiri Hospital Matara
Do I need any specific vaccinations to travel to Sri Lanka?
Yes. The Institute of Tropical Medicine recommends tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A and rabies. More information can be found on tropeninstitut.de
Are there any specific arrival days?
No, however, no surf lessons take place Saturday and Sunday.
Can/should I bring my own surfboard?
If you’d like, you are more than welcome to! Basically, we have a wide selection of surfboards. From Short to Long and more. However, most airlines to Sri Lanka allow you to take your surfboard with you at no additional cost if the total weight is not exceeded.
What else should I pack?
Bread, cheese, sausages and chocolate for the team! On the other hand, you can leave one of your long pants at home (or all of them). Otherwise, bug spray and plenty of sun protection in the form of a cap, long-sleeved Lycra, leggings and sunscreen should not be missed.
Entry and arrival
Do I need a visa to enter the country?
Tourists need a visa to travel to Sri Lanka. You can apply for one online at www.eta.gov.lk or be charged upon arrival at the airport. We recommend the online version. More information can be found here: Information of the Foreign Ministry to Sri Lanka.
What do I have to consider when transferring from the airport to the camp?
Arrivals and departures are possible every day. The nearest international airport is Colombo (CMB), where we will pick you up. Look out for the friendly person with the sign “drivethru Surfcamp”.
Please let us know your arrival time and flight number at least one week before your vacation starts, so that we can organize your pickup in time. And please also indicate how many boards you are bringing and how long they are. Thank you!
How do I find my transfer driver at the airport?
He finds you! And if not, he will be waiting IN the arrival area and has a sign in hand with your name on it.
I would like to book a transfer for the arrival, but decide on departure on the spot, is that possible?
Yes, this is not a problem. You can book your transfer up to two days before departure at the camp.
I am already in Sri Lanka before my stay with drivethru and want to travel on my own - how do I find you?
We are located in the village “Madiha”, 10 Tuk Tuk-mintues away from Matara. There you can ask about “Alex Place” or directly about “drivethru”. Many people in the village know us and will point you in the right direction. Otherwise you can find us on Google Maps under “drivethru Surfcamps”.
Prices and Services
What is included in the booking package at drivethru?
I do not want to stay with you, but participate in the surf course, is that possible?
Can I book an extension week with drivethru on short notice?
Yes, as long as we have the free space that is not a problem.
Do I need to bring bedding, a sleeping bag or towels?
No, bed linen and towels are available here. Please bring your own beach towel though.
Is there internet at the surf camp?
Yes, but: You can get online in our villa, but the connection can sometimes be “sketchy”. For example, if too many people are online at the same time, the weather is bad, etc.
If you want to make sure you have internet available, you can buy a card for your smartphone with data volume at the airport (just before the exit).
Organization in and around the camp
Can I do anything outside of the surf camp?
Sure, of course! Other than surfing, the island also offers a lot of activities and attractions. Should you be too sore, or the ocean and the swell are taking a day off, there is a lot to see:
Galle Fort (Old Town)
Tea plantation, turtle and snake farm
Beautiful beaches, souvenirs and nightlife in Mirissa, Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa, et al.
National Parks Yala & Udawalawe
How can I pay for my drinks or yoga classes at camp?
You’re welcome to pay us with euros, dollars or rupees (for example, if you have leftover rupees at the end of your holiday, since you cannot leave the country with rupees).
Is there an ATM nearby?
Yes, about a 10-minute Tuk Tuk drive away.
Surfing and Coaching
What is the staff-student ratio in the course groups?
Our goal is 1: 6, which may vary slightly in one way or the other.
I am a novice surfer, is that a problem?
No not at all, you can expect perfect beginner conditions. Just that you know, we are not pushing you into the waves 😊
I am not sure about my surfing level?
No problem, we can help you find out when you get here. Beforehand you can always read our description first.
Can I change the group during the week if necessary?
Yes, this is part of our training concept. There are no fixed group constellations.
When does the surf course take place?
Monday to Friday, 1x daily, the course times can vary.
Do you have more questions?