Surf camp, surf resort or surf charter?
Here’s our unbiased opinion on surf resorts, surf camps and surf charters, and why you should choose one over the other for your next trip.
It feels a bit like Christmas waking up at a new surf spot while on a charter in the tropics. You go to bed surfed out and before you know it the froth and anticipation starts all over again.
Finding waves requires little to no effort when you’ve got an expert guide and captain (this is essential), and if you’re parked up somewhere with no camp or resort in sight, there’s a solid chance you’ll be the only ones out.
Ultimately, the novelty factor of cruising around palm-fringed islands with your closest mates is what makes surf charters so special. With this in mind, make sure you’ve got a solid crew. Similar surf skill levels and preferences are important when you’re living in close proximity with little opportunity to do your own thing.
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Part of the world-renowned Mentawai Surf Charters fleet, Moon Palikir is a 100 ft surfing vessel built with your comfort in mind.Explore Trip
The classic Indo surf charter experience, complete with a legendary Aussie skipper, an unbeatable reputation and endless cold beers!Explore Trip
Maavahi is a custom-built 85ft vessel, ready to deliver an unforgettable Maldivian surf trip experience in the remote and idyllic Outer Atolls.Explore Trip
Gaining a reputation as one of the best surf charters in the Mentawais, Switchfoot Surf Charters is the ultimate surf adventure for small groups.Explore Trip
For surfers who just want to surf, sleep, eat and repeat at their own pace, you really can’t go wrong with a surf camp. Authentic, simple, and affordable, surf camps tick all the essential boxes and offer an experience that is filled with adventure, cultural immersion, and most importantly, a lot of surfing.
If what you’re chasing is wave count, be sure to choose a camp with a break out the front, or at least within walking distance. This will make all the difference to your experience and means less waiting around.
For groups of frothers or even if you’re on a solo mission, a surf camp will not disappoint (or break the bank).
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Step back in time and experience the raw beauty of Indonesia’s South Sumatra. Immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere of a traditional Indonesian-style surf camp…Explore Trip
The perfect destination for surfers looking for a secluded stay away from the hustle and bustle of Bali, Lakey Peak Haven has 180-degree ocean views and is a short motorbike ride to the world-class wave, Lakey Peak.Explore Trip
A stay at Samoan Surfaris is for surfers who appreciate simplicity and the pursuit of the ultimate surf experience. If you enjoy the simple things and are looking to escape the crowds, this budget-friendly destination is for you.Explore Trip
A traditional PNG surf camp with a hint of luxury, Vanimo’s lush surrounds and pristine beaches is what keeps surfers coming back season after season.Explore Trip
Similarly to surf camps, resorts offer surfers the flexibility to curate their own routines while also catering for their non-surfing friends and family.
A resort experience is a level up from a camp experience – things like air-conditioned and en-suite rooms, facilities such as an infinity pool or a yoga studio, and gourmet meals that are generally all-inclusive.
Down time while on a surf trip can be underrated, so trust us when we say you’ll be pretty stoked to relax, unwind and indulge in little hints of luxury.
If you’re traveling with non-surfing friends, family or a partner, a resort is most definitely where everyone will want to be.
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Our most-loved surf resort in the Maldives and rated #1 for surfers and non-surfers alike. Surf Lohis Left right out the front, and live it up with an all-inclusive experience.Explore Trip
The best of both worlds, a Mahi Mahi surf trip combines the core surf adventure with a premium resort experience, perfectly positioned on Simeulue Island.Explore Trip
Nestled between a white sandy beach and lush rainforest, the eco-friendly Matanivusi Resort is set in a stunning beachfront location where guests can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Fiji.Explore Trip
Welcome to Macaronis Surf Resort, the ultimate destination for surfers looking to experience the thrill of riding the world’s funnest wave! Macaronis is a world-class…Explore Trip
Welcome to one of the most exclusive destinations in the Mentawai Islands, the beautiful Awera Resort.Explore Trip
This beachfront resort offers three private bungalows overlooking one of the best left-hand surf breaks in the world, Lances Left. For surfers, families and adventure-seekers alike, Kingfisher Resort will feel like your tropical home away from home.Explore Trip
Only a stone’s throw from the white sandy beach of Yoyo’s surf break, Baha Baha Villas is located where the mountains meet the sea at…Explore Trip
Kandui Villas goes beyond the typical resort experience, offering visitors a beautiful cultural immersion. It’s the perfect place to embrace island life and reconnect with…Explore Trip