The best beach in Sri Lanka is a bold claim, but once you see how beautiful the little bay of Hiriketiya is, you will understand.
This small bay, hidden next to Dikwella beach has only a handful of restaurants and surf-shacks, maintaining the most incredible rugged beauty. If you’re lucky you’ll even see wild sea turtles swimming around as you surf.
Our days were spent waking up early to watch the sunrise and catch the morning waves, followed by chilling on the beach, and then the occasional afternoon surf session or drinks at one of the beachfront bars before watching the incredible sunset.
Hiriketiya has incredible waves that are perfect for surfing at all levels, with a powerful reef break to the left side of the bay, and a comfortable beach break tapering down throughout the rest of the bay, with the far right being the perfect spot for beginners. The board rental is crazy cheap (about £1.50 an hour) and the surf lessons are reasonable too.
There are a few boutique hotels; Salt House and Dot’s Bay, which run regular yoga sessions, both in the most incredible setting. You’ll probably also see monkeys swinging in the trees above you while you’re doing your sun salutation.
Food & Drink
You’ll find a mix of local beachfront restaurants, and a few boutique surf café’s in Hiriketiya.. you can even get amazing wood fired pizza on the beach. We ate mainly at the local beachfront cafe’s as we were on a budget, with a few treat visits to the boutiques.
A real highlight of our trip was the live music & BBQ night at Dot’s Bay – we had the most incredible veggie bbq, watching one of the best live bands we have ever seen (playing everything from Bob Marley to The Doors in their own unique style), in the beautiful outdoor setting, filled with people having a good time.
Where to stay
Hiriketiya Surf Homestay – This might have been our favourite homestay throughout Sri Lanka(and there was tough competition!); the family running the place were lovely, the house and rooms were beautiful, and the breakfasts were to die for. Located on the side of the bay, it’s the perfect place to watch the experienced surfers carve up the big waves.
If you’re on a tighter budget, Blue Beach Paradise is a nice, simple accommodation right on the beach.
If you’re heading to Sri Lanka, make sure you leave some time for Hiriketiya. Almost everyone we met here extended their stay because Hiri is paradise.