With its year-round surf and rich culture, Morocco is the perfect place to hit the waves. A North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco features many great surfing spots, from Tamraght to Taghazout to Agadir.
Morocco not only offers fantastic surf, but is steeped in history, and it’s the perfect location if you’re looking for things to do both in and out of the water. It also has many great surf camps, and today we’ll be taking you through the top 10 surf camps in Morocco, as well as how you can prepare for your trip.
1. AdventureKeys, Taghazout
Taghazout is one of the most famous surf spots in Morocco, with popular breaks such as Anchor Point, Banana Beach, and Devil’s Rock. Adventure Keys is just 30 minutes by car or bus from the city of Agadir where you’ll also find the nearest airport.
This is one of the most affordable surf hostels in Taghazout, offering over 60 beds, a large Panoramic entertainment terrace, and the only Aerial Yoga Rooftop in the area, offering great views of Taghazout Bay.
Surf camps are available for different levels and budgets, with itineraries including 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.
2. Ananas Kitesurfing, Essaouira
If you’ve got a bit more of a budget, you might want to check out Ananas. They offer both kitesurfing and surfing packages, which will include not only your accommodation and 10 hours of surfing lessons, but also a daily breakfast and camel riding at sunset!
Essaouira, which is a port city and resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, promises strong winds and optimal surf conditions. Ananas’ packages are tailored to different levels of experience, and surf sessions can be taken in the form of group lessons or private coaching.
3. The Surf Hotel Morocco, Tamraght
Nestled between Aourir and Taghazout is Tamraght, which is a peaceful village located just 14 km from the city of Agadir. The Surf Hotel is the perfect place to hit the surf at Aourir, Tamraght, and Taghazout, or do an Imsouane Surf trip to discover the epic waves of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also just 400 meters from surf spots such as Crocs and Devil’s Rock.
At the Surf Hotel you’ll find not only surf coaching and surf guiding, but yoga and massage, as well as great food and hospitality.
Surf lessons take place in small groups and are led by accredited coaches who can offer local insight and surf experience to share with you their knowledge of the local beaches and surf spots, stretching from Agadir through Aourir, Tamraght, Taghazout, and all the way to Imsouane.
4. Travel Surf Morocco, Imsouane
Imsouane is located 90 km north of Agadir and is a small fishing village surrounded by breathtaking views and nature. At Travel Surf Morocco you can choose from both seven and 13-day trips which are both accompanied by authentic, home-cooked food and gold-standard Moroccan hospitality.
Lessons are led by experienced surfing coaches and are catered to beginner to advanced levels. You’ll also get your board and wetsuit rental included in the price. Within walking distance of popular spots such as the Bay – a magic right-hander which breaks over 800 meters long – The Reef, and The Cathedral, here you’ll find waves for surfers of all abilities.
5. Amayour Surf, Taghazout
Run by down-to-earth couple Mhand and Shiraz, Amayour has been running since October 2015 and is a boutique surf and yoga hostel situated in the heart of Morocco’s surfing capital, Taghazout.
They offer a range of different packages for different budgets, with their “full moon” packaging featuring morning yoga sessions on the rooftop, surf lessons by ISA accredited instructors, beach lunch on surf lesson days, daily Moroccon style banquette, free surfboard usage for practicing, and a free cooking class where you can learn to cook traditional Moroccan tagine.
This is a great option if you’re looking for more than just surfing, and want to fully absorb yourself in Moroccon food and culture.
6. Swell Surf Morocco, Tamraught
Swell Surf is an extremely relaxed surf camp with access to the best surf spots on the Moroccon shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
Here you’ll find five different surf camps which vary in length and include activities such as yoga and kite surfing as well as surfing. Surf sessions are carried out in Arabic, French, or English daily, and all levels of surfing experience are catered to.
Accommodation and daily breakfast and lunch are included in the price, and in your free time, you can explore Agadir market, Kasbah, or even venture further afield to Marrakech, Essaouira, or Elzira for additional costs, which the team are happy to help organize.
7. Easy Surf Maroc, Tanghazout
Easy Surf Maroc is a surf and yoga villa overlooking the Taghazout Bay area. As well as being close to great surf spots such as Banana Point, KM11 and 12, Surf Maroc features a top floor yoga shala with a sea view, ping-pong table, lounging area, and traditional Berber style decor with wood art in each room.
Situated in the famous surfer town of Taghazout and a 15-minute drive away from Agadir, Easy Surf Maroc boasts a great location and is equipped with all the amenities you’ll need.
Packages include accommodation, full board, airport transfers, surf lessons, and surf equipment as well as excursions and yoga lessons, and they also offer shuttle services to Taghazout and Aourir so you can discover the area.
8. Blue Waves Surf House, Tamraght
Tamraght is close to eight surf spots and the Blue Waves Surf House is just a few minutes walk to breaks such as Banana Beach, Spider, and Devil’s Rock. Here you can enjoy the region’s microclimate which includes an average of 330 days of sunshine per year, as well as a consistent surf that offers waves for surfers of all abilities.
Surf lessons, guiding, and equipment is all included, and you can choose from double rooms with twin beds or with a double bed, modular rooms, and the new concept of a shared room in their special “Waveland” rooms. At Beach Waves, you’ll also find a terrace area with a great sea view, living room, kitchen, and a thriving local surf culture.
9. SaltSkin Surfcamp, Taghazout
Offering all-inclusive packages and professional surf coaching and guiding for all levels, SaltSkin Surf camp offers a range of packages to choose from, and a beautiful ocean view rooftop where guests can gather, socialize and watch the sunset around a BBQ dinner.
Each day the house offers a new menu which is designed with fresh products such as freshly-caught fish and local vegetables, so you get to enjoy homemade Moroccon and Berber cuisine that’s made with passion and love. Offering both private rooms, double rooms, and shared apartments, SaltSkin caters to a range of parties and travellers.
10. The Lunar Surf House, Taghazout
The Lunar Surf House is one of the closest in town to surf spots Devil’s Rock and Croco, and offers a little slice of paradise to travelers on a budget, offering both dorm rooms or private rooms with private balconies.
You’ll also find a spacious roof terrace to chill out on, yoga classes, sweeping coastal views, free wifi, a foosball table, and book swap to keep you entertained when you’re not surfing.
Included in your stay is the Lunar’s famous and extremely satisfying loaded breakfast spread and you’ll also find gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options available, as well as authentic Moroccan dinners made every night by the Lunar’s local cooks, which is also the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow surfers.
How to Prepare for Surf Camp in Morocco
You should plan to spend around $45 per day on your vacation in Morocco, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.
Meal Price Range
Meal prices will vary, but the average cost of food in Morocco is MAD114 per day, with the average meal costing around MAD 46 per person.
Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner, and meals in sit-down restaurants in Morocco are often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Most of the above surf camps include the cost of renting wetsuits and surfboards.
Prepaid SIM Cards
Maroc Telecom is the leading network provider in Morocco and Prepaid SIM cards (Jawal 4G) cost MAD 40 ($4) and come with 5 GB data which is valid for 30 days. This is generally enough for most tourists.
Taxis are significantly more than public transport. transportation between cities and towns in Morocco usually costs around MAD107, though prices vary depending on the length of the route, the type of transportation used, and the date.
Gasoline (Unleaded) MAD 8.50/ Liter, Diesel MAD 7.50/Liter
Types of Risks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Morocco due to COVID-19, which indicates a low level of COVID-19 in the country. Your ability to travel in and out of Morocco will of course depend on the rules at your time of travel.
According to the Morocco Travel Advisory on the U.S. government website, terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Morocco, and while the risk of an attack happening is low, it’s still something to be aware of, particularly in busy tourist areas.
How to Prepare
Not required for stays under 90 days
Language and currency
The Moroccan dirham (MAD) is the currency in Morocco. Arabic is the country’s official language, with Moroccan Arabic (known as Darija) being the spoken native vernacular.
Checking Surf Forecast
Check the surf forecast for Morocco on surf-forecast.com
Anything Else You Should Know
When purchasing tickets for travel, ensure you buy these at an official window in the bus station, which can be found in most major cities in Morocco.
Avoid giving your money to anybody outside of the bus station, as touts linger around the buses and carry luggage, purchase tickets, or assist foreigners for tips. They’re mainly harmless, but can be a little aggressive in some cases.
When to Travel
It’s best to visit this country during the shoulder season, as this way you’ll avoid the busy crowds and spend less money, plus Morocco boasts year-round surf and sunshine.
Despite its rise in popularity, Morocco remains a budget travel destination, so hotels and hostels are competitively priced, keeping prices low. Food is also very affordable and street food allows you to sample traditional Moroccon food for a fraction of the cost of restaurants.
Getting the Most Out of Your Trip
Morocco is a vastly diverse country and it can be tempting to want to see everything, but this is impossible unless you have an infinite amount of time. You’re better off focusing on one area of the country and getting to know it well, rather than spending a short amount of time in lots of different places.