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Surf travel holidays

The surfing holiday lowdown.

Try a new spot for your surfing trip

There’s no doubt about it, Australia has some of the best beaches and surfing spots around. But for avid surfers who love to travel and surf, here we've picked out the best of what the rest of the world has to offer.

Hawaii

Hawaii


Surfing holidays were invented in Hawaii, right? Hailed as the birthplace of modern surfing, head to Hawaii for that quintessential surfing holiday. For a legendary surfing spot, head to Oahu where locals and tourists alike come to play. There's no doubt that it's on the bucket list of surfers all over the world.

And for those just starting out, you can't go wrong with Waikiki Beach. Here you'll be able to try your hand with a few surf lessons on a long board - you’ll be up on your feet in no time!

Indonesia

Indonesia


Indonesia is made up of thousands of tropical islands, meaning that there's no end of waves crashing against the stunning coastlines that are just begging to be surfed.

Beginners can grab a surfboard at Kuta beach and practice their skills with calmer rolling waves and soft sands.
Expert surfers should take a look at Pulau Nias, a quieter surf spot perfect for those looking to escape the busy Bali beaches. It’s more remote so taking cash with you is advised.

El Salvador

El Salvador


The coastline of El Salvador lies on the Pacific Ocean on the Gulf of Fonseca. Full of right point blanks, surfing here can create memories to last a lifetime.

Only a short flight from the US, El Salvador has plenty of holiday options for surfers and tourists alike. The La Libertad Region is the go-to for surfing holidays. Here you can organise surfing tours and really make the most of your time away.

New Zealand

New Zealand


A magnet for the adventure traveller, sky-diving and hiking aren’t the only things attracting visitors to the delights of New Zealand. And with 15,000 kilometres of spectacular coastline, it’s really no surprise.

Consider heading south to Waikato for a truly iconic NZ surfing experience or explore Manu Bay; famous for its breaks. Head to the Coramandel, Bay of Plenty and the Eastland for an abundance of surfing, fishing and relaxing spots.

Ireland

Ireland


Ireland might not be the first place that comes to mind for a surfing holiday, but don't be fooled. The Irish waves bring serious international surfers from places all around the world!

Bundoran in Donegal is the surf capital of Ireland. There are surf schools in this area, so beginners are well catered for as well. Mayo has great surfing beaches by day, with a great nightlife when the sun goes down so surfers looking for down-time can enjoy a pint (and warm up) in one of the nearby pubs.

Don’t run out of travel money whilst you’re there

Don’t run out of travel money whilst you’re there

Get your travel money sorted before you leave and it’ll be one less hassle to think about. All you need to do is place your order online with us at Travelex and you’ll be able to pick up your travel money from your nearest store the next day.

If you’d rather not carry cash on you whilst you're riding the waves, why not try out our Travelex Money Card?

Remember: for more isolated islands, keep your options open and take some cash to cover the essentials in case that surf shack on the side of the beach doesn’t accept cards.

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