FAQ Sri Lanka

Frequently asked questions about your vacation in the drivethru Surfcamp in Sri Lanka

Prior to Travel

How is the weather in Sri Lanka?

Hot! More information on the weather in Sri Lanka can be found here. Information about the surf season can be found here.

How high are the costs 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 kind of health risks are there 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 vaccinations for the trip 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 specific days of arrival?

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?

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 regarding the transfer from the airport to the Surfcamp?

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”.

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'd like to book a transfer for my arrival but want to decide what to do for my departure when I’m there. Is that possible?

Yes, this is not a problem. You can book your transfer up to two days before departure at the camp.

I will be traveling in Sri Lanka first before my stay at drivethru and will be travelling to the camp on my own terms - how can I find you?

We are located in the village “Madiha” and in “Polhena”, 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?

Plenty! From really good food to spot transfers and video analysis. Read more about it here.

I DON’T want to stay at the camp, but want to take part in your surf courses, is that possible?

No, that is not possible.

Can I extend my stay at drivethru by a week on short notice?

Yes, as long as we have the free space that is not a problem.

Do I need to bring bed linens, sleeping bags or towels?

No, bed linen and towels are available here. Please bring your own beach towel though.

Does the Surfcamp supply Internet?

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 go on excursions outside the surfcamp?

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)
  • Matara (Temple)
  • Tea plantation, turtle and snake farm
  • Beautiful beaches, souvenirs and nightlife in Mirissa, Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa, et al.
  • National Parks Yala & Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja Rainforest
  • Whale watching
  • Cooking class

How I can pay for my drinks or yoga classes at the 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 surfing beginner, is that bad?

No not at all, you can expect perfect beginner conditions.

I would like to work on my 540 ° -Backflip-floater re-entry, can I do that with you?

Yes, Waschdl can’t wait!

I am not sure what surf level I am at?

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 if need be during the week?

Yes, this is part of our training concept. There are no fixed group constellations.

When do the surf lessons take place?

Monday to Friday, 1x daily, the course times can vary.

If you have further questions, we will be happy to answer them for you.