Where Is Surf Maroc?
Surf Maroc is located in the Agadir region of southern Morocco. Taghazout is a unique gem on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Conveniently located 40 min from Agadir international airport it’s a short hop ( 2-4 hrs) from most central European cities. It’s the closest place for any European surfer to get year round warm water, perfect waves and a unique cultural experience.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Morocco is served by direct flights from the UK and other major European airports, with flight times to Agadir between 2-4 hours. Guests travelling from the US can connect either in Casablanca or at a European airport as there are no direct flights to Agadir. From Agadir airport it’s a 45 minute drive south east along the coast road. Road transfers from Marrakech can be easily arranged and the new motorway has dramatically cut the journey times down to 2 -3 hours and cost approx £80 for 4 people. Surf Maroc do not provide these transfers but can book one for you payments for the transfer are made directly to your driver.
Skyscanner - great site to see who fly where internationally. Flights leave the UK from London Stansted (STN) London Luton ( LTN) London (LGW), Manchester (MAN), Bristol (BRS). France is well conected with Paris ,Toulouse Bordeaux, Marsialle and Lyon all having direct flights to Agadir. Condor and Air Berlin serve central Europe.
DO I NEED A VISA?
EU passport holders not require a visa to enter Morocco for tourist purposes. You passport must be valid for the durtation of your stay. If you hold a passport from outside the European Union we strongly recommend that you check with your nearest Moroccan Embassy.
CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?
Children of all ages are welcome but we do not have specialised child care facilities
CAN I HIRE ONE OF SURF MAROC'S LOCATIONS EXCLUSIVELY?
Absolutely! Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, group trip or if you would like to run your own weeks here with us. We can tailor make a package for you. We facilitate holidays for companies such as Big Friday, WaveHunters USA, Animal Surf Academy, AppleYoga, Yoga Haven, The Saunton Hotdoggers, Access Trips, Liquid Yoga Surf, Rob Barbers Body Board School, Surf Southwest. We provide all the accommodation, surfing, logistical, catering and concierge services allowing them to hang out and enjoy the sun, surf and culture with their guests.
CAN I SPEND CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR AT SURF MAROC?
Absolutely! Spend Christmas or New Year on the beach in the sun and surf some great waves. Each year we throw a Christmas party and a New Year’s party at one of the venues with all our guests invited.
HOW ABOUT CASH? WHAT IS THE CURRENCY? WHERE CAN I GET IT?
The Moroccan currency is the Dirham. Exchange rates at last time of checking were around 13.5 dh to the £1, 11 dh to the € and 7.6dh to the $. Dirhams can only be obtained within Morocco. There are exchange facilities and ATMs in the airport. There are also plenty of ATMs in Agadir. There are no ATM’s in Taghazout, the nearest is Aouria, a five minute drive from Taghazout. This machine and many other ATMs in Morocco do not accept Maestro and can be unreliable, if you have a VISA card we recommend you bring it.
*Please note: traveller's cheques are not a good idea for Morocco. They cannot be exchanged at the airport or in Taghazout and there are only a few places in Agadir that will change them.
CAN I USE MY PHONE? IS THERE INTERNET?
Nearly all networks work in Morocco. Contact your network for call charges. Coverage is good. There are an abundance of public phones (coin and cards) in Taghazout. International call charges are relatively cheap. There is free wi.fi available at the L'Auberge, Taghazout Villa and Villa Mandala. There are also broadband internet cafés in Tagahzout.
IS THE STANDARD OF THE SERVICES THE SAME AT EACH LOCATION?
At all of our locations the services are run at the same high standard with the same friendly hospitable staff, new vehicles and state of the art surfing equipment.
WHAT IS THE SURF AND THE WEATHER LIKE? WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
Morocco is an all year round destination for great surf and great weather. Surf Maroc is open all year. The summer months (April - October) see small to medium swells with surf mostly on the beaches and reefs on the more exposed north west coast. This is a great time for anyone looking for fun, uncrowded warm water surf. There are some bigger days during this time for those looking for something more challenging.
During the winter months the waves, that have made Morocco famous, come to life. There is a huge variety of surf in this area of Morocco. There are not many places like it in the world. The region has something for everyone, from ideal beginner waves to challenging reef ledges. Intermediates and those new to the sport should not be put off or worried. Due to the nature of the coastline there is almost always somewhere sheltered and manageable, and those looking for something challenging won’t be disappointed. Morocco is blessed with well over 300 days of sunshine a year. Between the months November to February there is a small chance of rain, although statistically it is unlikely.
What BOARDS SHOULD I BRING, DO YOU RENT EQUIPMENT?
With such a large range and choice of waves you may want to bring a whole quiver of boards. To generalise, the majority of waves are right hand point breaks from soft, slow, rolling spots to heavy, fast barrelling spots. Bring equipment to suit your ability and what you want to surf. If you don't want to go big, your everyday board will suffice, there's nearly always somewhere sheltered. If you do want to charge the big stuff, bring something suitable as mid-winter waves can get up to 15ft.
Surf Maroc have teamed up with board and fin innovators SurfTech and FCS to give Surf Maroc guests exclusive access to the Tuflite Travel program and FCS test drive. We have stocked our beach front base in Taghazout with over 40 of SurfTech’s latest models from their extensive range. As well as that, FCS have supplied their cutting edge fins system, it’s a perfect opportunity to experiment with new shapes and fins or use the identical boards you have at home without the hassle and burden of transporting them.
We also have a fully kited out surf school with every shape and size of board to get you standing up and surfing.
Click here to find the full listing of Tuflite range Click here to find out more about SurfTech Click here to find out more about FCS.
WHAT AMENETIES ARE THERE IN TAGHAZOUT?
There are an abundance of restaurants and cafes in Taghazout, including our own Auberge restaurant on the sea front. The are plenty of grocery shops selling fruit, vegetable and other essentials. There is a well stocked pharmacy and four surf shops (see below). There are also lots of internet cafes with ADSL connection. Alcohol can be bought in Agadir not Taghazout.
ARE THERE SURF SHOPS IN TAGHAZOUT, WHAT CAN I BUY THERE?
There are surf shops in Taghazout. They now stock a fair bit of hardware: leashes, wax, deckgrip etc. The surf board and clothing selection is also growing. Most of the shops offer board repairs, they are often great value and of good quality.
WHAT ABOUT CLOTHING, WHAT WILL I NEED?
Morocco is a liberal Muslim country, and men and women are welcome to wear shorts and t-shirts. Swimming costumes and bikinis are normal on the beach but it is advisable to cover up your arms and legs a bit when walking around town. Shorts, tees and flip flops are the norm. Trousers and jumpers are sometimes needed particularly in mid winter when the evenings can be chilly so warm clothes are a good idea during that period.
WHAT FOOD CAN I EXPECT?
Our food is fantastic! The food served in all our venues is amazing. Our chefs will prepare a mixture of Moroccan and international dishes each week. For stays at L'Auberge, Taghazout Villa and Villa Mandala breakfast is included in every service option. All packages, apart from B&B, include a packed lunch. Please see the table above for what is included in each service option? Stays in apartments are self catering.
DO YOU SUPPLY TOWELS?
Bath towels but not beach towels. Please bring your own beach towels.
WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOLIC DRINKS?
Alcoholic drinks can be legally served and sold throughout the country. Morocco even produces its own range of wines and beers. Taghazout is a dry town, meaning no one as a licence to sell alcohol. In Agadir and locally Aourir they do. It is legally and easy to obtain alcohol and we can arrange taxis for all guests who wish to buy alcohol from Agadir.
DO YOU CATER FOR SPECIAL DIETS?
We understand that some people have special requirements. Let us know in advance, and we’ll do our best to make sure we have exactly what you need. All guests should be aware that not all ‘specialized food alternatives’ are available.
WHAT ABOUT THE EVENINGS?
It’s really up to you. You can dine on one of the terraces overlooking the surf and enjoy a drink under the stars, get comfy in the salon and watch a film, go and have a mint tea in the village and checkout the scene in this bustling little fishing village or we can arrange taxis for those who fancy checking out Agadir’s night life!
WHAT VOLTAGE AND PLUGS DO YOU USE?
Morocco is on 220 volts with two-pin round plugs.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS
You can arrive at any time. It is not always possible to have your room ready before 2pm. If you do want to arrive early and your room isn’t immediately available, start enjoying yourself anyway – we’ll take care of your bags and get you started on whatever service you have chosen. Check out is officially 12pm, but if you would like a later check out, let us know and we’ll do our best. Please be aware that if you supply the wrong arrival or departure details and we send a transfer this will count as your transfer.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO DRIVE IN MOROCCO?
(Independent Surfer and Apartment stays) We provide airport transfers to and from the airport. From then on you have a hire car at your disposal for the rest of your stay. Please ensure you have the original of a valid EU driving license which must have been held for at least one year. The law insists that you always carry your driving license and car hire documents with you when driving in Morocco. Seat belts must be worn at all times and you must not use your mobile phone whilst driving (a fining offense). Police and Gendarmerie checkpoints are based every few kilometers along the routes. Minor infringements will result in your having to make an on-the-spot payment. In Morocco, as in Europe driving is on the right. The main roads around Taghazout are good. In addition, when driving in Morocco, we advise you to drive slowly and carefully as the roads are generally narrower and may sometimes have bumps and potholes, especially after periods of rain. We do ask that you take particular care when driving, bearing in mind the conditions of your hire car rental agreement. Please bring roof straps if you have them.
No vaccinations are required for visitors to Morocco and anti-malarial precautions are not necessary. We have first aid equipment along with staff trained in administering first aid. In case of an emergency, there are hospitals and clinics in Agadir. Medical charges will apply according to the treatment received so make sure you have travel insurance before you arrive. There is a well stocked pharmacy in Taghazout which is open everyday.
can i drink the water
Tap water should not be drunk. We do have in all our our venues* a water filter fountain where you can drink and fill up bottles of water. We also sell bottles of mineral water.
* Not Killers Bay
Agadir Airport transfer are free?
Yes! We provide free Agadir group transfer for surf package stays over 4 nights. We collect groups of up to 8 in each vehicle. On occasion it maybe necessary to wait for a flights landing at similar times ( up to 30 mins ).
Are surf lesson and equipment included ?
No, surf coaching is not included in the surf camp package. If you would like surf coaching please see our Surf Coaching package for more info. Equipment is not included as some guests like to bring their own so we have made it an optional extra.
what sort of waves will is surf ?
Please see our levels section and also our spot guide on the Surf page.
can i go surfing later / can i do a half day?
We will always try to adapt to what you would like to do. If your group is surfing nearby your guide will come to pick you up. If they are more than 5 mins drive away it might be more difficult for the guide to leave the group for safety reasons. We will organise a car and driver in this situation if possible but it cannot always be guaranteed.
can we go on a excursion in place of our guiding package ?
If the surf is bad or all of your group want to go on a local excursion your guide can take you to Agadir or Paradise valley. Please note even if only one person in your group wants to surf our priority is to the surfers. In this case we can arrange excursion but costs will apply. Please see the excursion section on the About page.
what's the surf going to be like?
Please see the season guide and the surf forecast section on the Surf Page.
whats the water temperature?
Please see the season guide down there in the bottom right!
can I change my surf level group?
Absolutely. If you feel you need to move up or down a group/level just let your host know the night before and we can get you into the appropriate group the next day.
how long are lessons?
coaching sessions are 2 hours long
when can i take my lessons?
Lessons are given in groups ( unless individual lessons have been pre booked ) and the start time is at the discretion of coach. He or she will base this decision on conditions daily but it is normally from 9:30am.
How many people will be in my group ?
We are very sensitive about the amount of people we take to a spot . there are a maximum of eight people in a vehicle. on very rare occasion we have to combine groups due to the split levels. We are legally allowed to teach at a ratio of 12 students to 1 coach but our operational average ( 95% of the time ) is 6 to 1.
what kind of board will i use (beginners)?
Those new to surfing will use soft top boards, essentially these surfboards are designed with safey in mind. They function in much the same way as a normal surfboard and are what everyone on the team choose when the waves are small (small is good when your starting out!)
can i do my lesson this afternoon?
If in a group session the start time will depend on the conditions on the day - this sometimes can’t be gauged until the coach reaches the beach. If you decide not to leave with the group in the morning we cannot guarantee you can be picked up later or that you will be able to have your lesson.
coaching pack - is the board and wetsuit included only for the days i have lessons?
If you are on the surf coaching package your board and wetsuit is included for all of your stay.
Can i get a credit/ refund for unused lessons?
We can only refund you for lessons not taken for medical reasons.
Are individual coaching sessions available?
Yes they are they are 450 dhs / £34 pp for 2 hours and need to be pre booked.
Girls Surf Maroc
Is it all girls all the time?
All of your coaching and surfing will be with the girls on the all girls week. The accommodation (not the bedrooms), yoga and dining are mixed with other guests boys and girls.
WHAT ABOUT CLOTHING, WHAT WILL I NEED?
Morocco is a liberal Muslim country, and men and women are welcome to wear shorts and t-shirts. Swimming costumes and bikinis are normal on the beach but it is advisable to cover up your arms and legs a bit when walking around town. Shorts, tees and flip flops are the norm. Trousers and jumpers are sometimes needed in the evenings all year round. In winter (Dec-Feb) evenings can be chilly so some warm clothes are a good idea during that period.
Yoga Surf Retreats
Can we stay for less than a week ?
We prefer to create a great group vibe by everyone doing a full week together. It disrupts the flow if people are coming and going at different times.
Do we need to have any surfing / yoga experience ?
No! Our experienced & talented yoga teachers & surfing instructors are very capable of teaching all levels. Complete beginners are very welcome. We instruct precisely & innovatively on all the basics & always offer advanced options so everyone may progress during their stay.
What style of yoga do you teach?
We draw together our years of study, diverse influences and myriad trainings to create inspired Vinyasa flow classes. On a Yoga Surf Retreat the mornings are dynamic flow, themed with aspects of the yoga philosophy, chakra system and/or anatomy and physiology. The evenings are restorative, yin based meditative practices to unwind after a day in the surf. Open yoga classes at Taghazout Villa are a mix of all of the above, adapting to group energy and levels.
Is it compulsory to come to all classes?
Not at all, we encourage everyone to do as much or as little as they like, to create 'their own' perfect holiday.
I'm a beginner at yoga. Is this retreat suitable for me?
Yes, absolutely! Our experienced and extensively trained teachers create classes for all levels. We set solid foundations at the start of the week for complete beginners and there's always plenty of options and modifications to enable beginners and seasoned practitioners to deepen and develop their practice. Inspiration for everyone is guaranteed!
Is the surfing suitable for beginners?
Yoga clothes, beach clothes, beach towel, sun cream (as it's more expensive here), something warm for the evenings & early mornings (almost any time of year, just in case, especially between Nov - March), an adaptor for 2 prong European plugs sockets, a good book for the beach (?!), something to cover shoulders/legs for markets/towns ladies, like a shawl in summer (not essential but easier to respect local culture). Mostly bring ‘an open heart
What is the food like?
Our fantastic Moroccan chefs, Hassan and Chouaib, inspired by Moroccan and international cuisine, prepare exceptional gourmet vegetarian food all day every day (with 1 fish option mid-week if requested). Feedback continues to be faultless, with 6 stars on numerous occasions!
A typical day: A bountiful breakfast after morning yoga with fresh smoothies, eggs, fruits, fresh bread..., a delicious picnic lunch on the beach (homemade falafels, hearty salads...), home baked afternoon treats after surfing and a gourmet evening feast after evening yoga (lentil shepherd's pie, heaps of beautifully prepared and varied veggie dishes, beetroot patties, egg plant parmesana, tagines, guilt free chocolate hazlenut and avocado tart and homemade ice cream..!).
The food is exceptionally good...
what should i bring with me?
Yoga clothes, beach clothes, beach towel, sun cream (buy it at the airport if you don't have room, as it's more expensive here), something warm for the evenings & early morning (almost any time of year, just in case, especially between Nov - March)
do i need my own yoga mat?
The beautiful yoga shala is fully equipped with: yoga mats, yogi toes, blocks, straps,bolsters, blankets, lavender eye pillows and even sand bags!
are there any other activities on offer during the week?
Yes, we can arrange any of the following for you while you’re here:
Camel riding, horse riding, quad biking, massage and hammam and other spa treats. Also there’s day excursions to: Essaouira (2.5hrs north), Taroudant (1.5hrs east), Paradise Valley (25 mins inland), Agadir town+souq (20 mins south).
i'm thinking of coming alone. are many of your guests solo travellers?
Yes, lots of guests on our Yoga Surf Retreats are solo travellers. We’ve created a truly friendly, relaxed vibe at Villa Mandala. It’s very welcoming and easy for solo travellers to feel completely at home straight away!
my partner and i are different surfing levels. is this a problem?
Yes, no problem. We always have at least 2 surf instructors on our Yoga Surf Retreats. So we can split the groups as necessary according to differing levels and we’ll always go to the best spot for your level. If your boyfriend wanted to miss some morning yoga classes to join a more advanced group from our other venues, we can arrange this too.
Are there any extras that I’ll need to pay for that’s not included?
The only extras you need to pay for are:
- A meal out on Thursday night (chef’s night off). We do a great BBQ at our newest location Amouage that’s 150dh/£12 for ‘eat as much as you like’. Agadir restaurants would be more than this. Local restaurants a bit less.
- If you choose to go on extra excursions, taxis to Agadir cost 100dh (£8)
- Paradise Valley trip (approx. 150dh pp, (£12)
- A day trip to Essaouira, costs 800dh per taxi, or less in minibus (depending on numbers)
- Day trip to Taroudant costs 600dh per taxi, or less in a minibus (depending on numbers)
- A load of laundry costs 60dh (£5)
- A 1hr massage & hammam is around £45/550dh
- Horse and camel riding (£12/hr, 150dh)
Do I have to pay extra if I come on my own?
There is a supplementary charge for a single use depending on the location you're staying at. If you happen to end up on your own by chance, you will not be charged extra.
Is this holiday good for couples?
It is a social, communal holiday in the sense that you practice yoga, surf and eat breakfast and dinner together as a group each day. So, it’s great for couples who are keen to socialize and meet other people. There are options to take time out alone too and the villa is spacious enough to find your own quiet corner to relax.
What time should I arrive, ideally?
Check in is from 2.30pm on Saturday, so ideally any time after this.
If your flight gets you here earlier, we offer a sit down lunch around 1pm, surfing in the afternoon and a welcome yoga class from 6-7pm and dinner from 7.30pm.
What is the structure of day 1 and day 7? When should I arrive and leave?
Your room won’t be ready before 2.30pm on day one. If your flight arrives earlier, we provide lunch, surfing in the afternoon, a yoga class from 6-7.30pm & dinner from 8pm.
On your departure day, check out of the bedrooms is 9am. We teach a morning yoga class, usually 7.30-9am (depending on everyone’s flight departures), breakfast from 9am and if you don’t fly until later we’ll take you surfing or arrange massage/hammam trips as you wish. We provide a picnic lunch (sandwich). Day 7 is dependent on your flights but there is no evening yoga and dinner.
What type of car do I get ?
We supply a Dacia Logan or similair mid size saloon car
How much is the excess ?
The excess is 5000dhs ( approx. €500 / £410 )
Can I pick up my car from the airport?
The independant package includes airport transfers.
Can I add a second person to the insurance?
Yes you can add a second driver to the insurance free of charge.
What type of licence do i need to drive in Morocco?
Please ensure you have the original of a valid EU or International driving license which must have been held for at least one year. You must have the photo part of your license with you at all times.
The law insists that you always carry your driving license and car hire documents with you when driving in Morocco.
What is it like driving in Morocco?
In Morocco, as on Continental Europe driving is on the right. The main roads around Taghazout are good. When driving in Morocco, we advise you to drive slowly and carefully as the roads are generally narrower and may sometimes have bumps and potholes, especially after periods of rain. We do ask that you take particular care when driving, bearing in mind the conditions of your hire car rental agreement.
The law insists that you always carry your driving license and car hire documents with you when driving in Morocco. Seat belts must be worn at all times and you must not use your mobile whilst driving (a fining offense). Police and Gendarmerie checkpoints every few kilometers along the roads are standard. Minor infringements will result in your having to make an on the spot payment.
What is the minimum age for hiring a car?
The minimum age is 21.
WHAT IS IN THE APARTMENT?
All bed linen is provided in all standard of apartment. All have TV’s. Killers Bay Bath towels only are available, these are not to be used at the beach. There are no washing machines at any of our apartments or internet.
WHEN CAN I ARRIVE?
You can get to us any time. It is not always possible to have your apartment ready until after 2pm. If you do want to arrive early and your apartment isn’t ready, start enjoying yourself anyway – we’ll take care of your bags and get you started on what ever service you have chosen. Check out of rooms is officially 10pm, but if you would like a late check out, let us know and we’ll do our bes
WHAT AMENITIES ARE THERE IN TAGHAZOUT, KILLERS BAY?
Taghazout has a abundance of restaurants and cafes in Taghazout , includ- ing our own Auberge restaurant on the sea front. The are plenty of grocery shops selling fruit vegetable and other essentials. There is a well stocked pharmacy and four surf shops (see below). There are also lots of internet cafes with ADSL connection. Alcohol can be bought in Agadir. Killers Bay is a five minute drive from Taghazout and twenty minute walk. There are no shops or restaurants at Killers Bay.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO DRIVE IN MOROCCO?
We provide airport transfers to and from Agadir airport. From then on you have a hire car at your disposal for the rest of your stay. Please ensure you have the original of a valid EU driving license which must have been held
for at least one year. The law insists that you always carry your driving license and car hire documents with you when driving in Morocco. Seat belts must be worn at all times and you must not use your mobile whilst driving (a fining offense). Police and Gendarmerie checkpoints every few kilometers along the routes are standard. Minor infringements will result in your having to make an on the spot payment. All our hire cars are insured with a €500 excess. We have limited amount of roof straps in peak season so please bring your own if you have them. Minimum age for hiring a car from us is 21. The nearest petrol station is in Banana Village five minutes south of Taghazout.
In Morocco, as on Continental Europe driving is on the right. The main roads around Taghazout are good. In addition, when driving in Morocco, we advise you to drive slowly and carefully as the roads are generally narrower and may sometimes have bumps and potholes, especially after periods of rain. We do ask that you take particular care when driving, bearing in mind the conditions of your hire car rental agreement. Please bring roof straps if you have them.
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