Morocco is a surprise surf location; the country’s west coast is responsible for giving it prestige and moulding the country into a surf vacation spot.
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With the sandy North African landscape not looming far from the shore, Morocco offers bags of culture and history to add to your surfing trip. So whether your interests lie in culture or getting out on the waves, there is a selection of surfing schools available to choose from. Below we’ve selected the top ten based on guest reviews, location, activities and value for money.
From $210/ per person
Surf vacations are available for all experience levels at Adventure Keys’ surf camps, where camps are designed with various budgets and itineraries. From Taghazout, guests will surf Morocco’s Atlantic coast with the help of a local, qualified instructor. Packed into the Adventure Keys’ surf camp are daily surf lessons, yoga classes and excursions, as well as daily breakfast lunch and dinner that feature traditional local dishes, all inclusive in the price. Accommodation is also taken care of, guests can opt to share a dorm or have their own private single or double room in the school’s surf house. The house is equipped with a kitchen for surfers to prepare any extra meals or snacks throughout the day. Surfboard and wetsuit rental is also offered at no additional charge.
FROM: $560/per person
Ananas Kitesurfing School makes the most of Essaouira’s weather: the promise of strong winds and ideal surf conditions mean it’s a great surf location. On offer are five surf vacations tailored to different levels of experience and duration. The area’s laid-back, hippy vibe provides the setting in which guests will experience both kite and wave surfing. Surf sessions take the form of group lessons or one to one private coaching, depending on your experience level, by a qualified instructor. Accommodation at a local hotel is offered, with a private single, double and triple rooms available. Other perks include the traditional experience of a camel or horse ride, daily breakfasts, barbecues and a relaxing massage.
From $393 per person
With seven surf camps offered at the Surf Hotel surfers will easily find an option that caters to their budget, itinerary and experience level in popular surf spot of Tamraght. The surf school also offers a yoga and surfing combined package or a guided surf camp where a local expert accompanies surfers and advises on the best locations. Each of the options offers surf sessions in both French and English with highly qualified and experienced instructors. Accommodation over the duration of your surf vacation is at the camp’s own hotel, where shared dorm or private rooms are available. Hospitality is one of their best qualities; the team provide daily organic breakfasts, beach-side lunches and dinners with on their rooftop terrace. For guests arriving or departing straight from Agadir airport, pick-up and drop-off are also provided.
From $408/ per person
Guests to Swell Surf will surf Morocco’s Atlantic coast from the small fishing village of Tamraght. The surf camps at Swell Surf are a variety of five different options, which vary in length and included activities; with both yoga and kite surfing on offer with guests sure to improve their skills and techniques under the guidance of ISA qualified instructors. Surf sessions with support for Arabic, French and English speakers are offered daily, with those with no surf experience as well as surf experts being catered to. Outside of surfing, surfers can expect to visit Agadir market and Kasbah and spend a half-day trip exploring paradise valley. Accommodation for the duration of the trip is offered at a shared villa and daily breakfast and lunch are included. If guests fancy venturing further afield, then team are also happy to arrange trips to Marrakesh, Essaouira, or Elzira for additional costs.
From $574 per person
Travel Surf Morocco is found in Imsouane, a small village between the busier spots of Essaouira and Agadir of South Morocco. Surfing camps for both seven and thirteen-day trips are offered year round, accompanied by authentic Moroccan hospitality and home-cooked food. You’ll stay in a shared house in either a private or shared room, and enjoy daily meals that are included in the price. Experienced surfing coaches lead the daily surfing or SUP sessions, which are catered to beginner to advanced levels. Board and wetsuit rental is also included in the price.
From $439/ per person
A boutique surf and yoga hostel in the heart of Morocco’s surfing capital Taghazout, Amayour Surf invites guests to its six or eight-day surfing camps. If you’re here solely for the waves then embrace the lessons taken by life-long surf lovers and experts in the proclaim mecca of Morocco’s surf scene. If you’re also keen to get more from your surfing vacation than waves the team organise a trip to Paradise Valley as well as a traditional marketplace, or souk. The hostel is nestled on the Atlantic coast, where a shared dorm accommodates the guest for the entirety of their stay. All meals are included in the price of the surfing camp; some nights feature home-cooked meals whilst special nights feature a traditional BBQ. Included in the rate are transfers to Agadir-Al Massira International Airport or from the local bus station, as well as transport during your stay to non-surfing spots and board and wetsuit rental.
From $468/ per person
Choose to surf Morocco and revitalise with yoga at the same time during one of Marco Surf Camp’s Surf Yoga experiences. This surf vacation and yoga retreat invites guests to enjoy natural, nourish, relax and reconnect. Depending on your travel plans, you can enjoy surfing camps from six to fifteen days where you’ll enjoy daily surfing lessons, dynamic morning yoga sessions, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner and excursions to beaches and the souk. Both surf and yoga equipment is also included in the surfing camp’s rate. A private villa houses guests during their stay, where shared or private rooms are available.
From $443/ per person
Combine your creativity and passion for surfing at Shine Smile’s surfing camp in Tamraght. In an area packed with surfing schools, it benefits to be different; and that’s what Shine Smile do best. This surf vacation and painting holiday offers guests great surfing spots accompanied by packs of culture. In the vibrant surroundings, guests will enjoy a Berber style t-shirt crafting class and art classes as well as surf sessions, which are suited to beginner level surfers. Excursions will take you to Paradise Valley, Little Sahara, and surf village Taghazout. Accommodation is included in the rates and guests will stay in a shared house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also included in the rate and offers the guests the opportunity to enjoy delicious Moroccan flavours.
From $295/ per person
Surfers choose to surf Morocco’s coastal area of Taghazout as it is home to beaches that offer the possibility of surfing all year round. All inclusive surf vacations at Surf Taghazout feature trips of five and eight days, with one of the surf school’s itineraries made up of a combination of yoga and surfing. Surf sessions are hosted by experienced surf coaches, with these daily lessons and everyday equipment rental included in the trip. The friendly team also provide transport to the best coastal surfing spots in the area. All meals are included in the surf camps but these are flexible so surfers can opt to exclude these from their trip for a cheaper price. The surf school provides accommodation at its shared house in the middle of the village, guests will be surrounded by shops, restaurants, and cafés with stunning views from the house’s roof terrace and a shared common room where surfers relax and socialise.
From $393/ per person
A traditional Berber family home welcomes surfers looking for an authentic Moroccan experience with surfing at its heart. The seven surf camps that are offered at the surf school vary in duration with special camps specifically for women or with a yoga focus. Local cooking and language classes are designed to immerse guests in the culture during their surf vacation. Daily meals are included in the surf camp, as well as hire of surfboards and wetsuits. Surfing sessions for beginner and intermediate surfers take place in one of many beautiful surfing spots in Tamraght, with locations decided depending on your experience level. During this surf camp, there are many opportunities to socialise with other surfers and locals during the camp’s organised activities, which range from barbecues and bonfires to surf movie nights.