Morocco Surf Camp
Surfing on the edge of the Sahara.
Where: Taghazoute, Southern Morocco, North Africa.
When: All year, though the best season is October to June (European winter).
How: Fly to Agadir or Marrakech with numerous budget airlines.
High season: 21 Sept - 31 May 49€/night all inc, 24€ basic: all meals and bed without surf equipment and lessons
Low Season: 1 June - 20 Sept- 39€/night all inc, 24€ basic: all meals and bed without surf equipment and lessons
City and Surf tour: 250€ - please email [email protected] with the dates you would like
Sleep: In the Moroccan Surf Palace, five floors of pleasure.
Inclusions: Basic: Bed in dorm room, 3 meals a day;
All-inclusive: All basic inclusions + surf lessons and equipment hire, local guides;
City and Surf: Airport pickup, roundtrip transfer Marrakech-Taghazoute, one night in Marrakech hostel, 2 nights in the surf palace in Taghazoute, meals in Taghazoute, surf equipment, surf lessons, full-time guide
Optional: Camel rides, quad bikes, traditional bath house, jet ski rides, ski trips, desert safari.
Stoke Passport Holders:
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Eligible for 3 nights all-inclusive package
Perfect surf and year 'round sun.
24€ a day (minimum 2 days)
All year long
Including: Bed, all meals, trip to bathhouse
49€ a day (minimum 2 days)
All year long
Including: accommodation, all meals, surf equipment hire, lessons, surf guiding, parties.
City And Surf Tour
for only for only 250 €
Email us at [email protected] with your preferred dates
Available all year round for a minimum of 6 pax – please email [email protected]
What you get: Accommodation (including one night in Marrakech), airport transfers, round trip transfer Marrakech - Surf House, all meals, all surf lessons, equipment hire, parties.
What Is It?
What's not to like? Year 'round sun, world class waves, a local chef whipping up your every meal, sunrises over the Sahara and sunsets over the Atlantic, panoramic ocean views from our roof top terrace, after surf beers, wacky tobaccy in your shisha pipe.
And that's just the half of it!
Our packages are for everyone, from the seasoned surfer to those who simply want to wet their toes and sun their bellies. Our instructors specialise in teaching absolute beginners how to find their feet, and in taking those who want to step it up a bit to the multitude of world class waves dotted around this peninsular (you can see three of them from our terrace).
The basic 50 euro a surf day package is for accomodation and throw onto that some meals (have you ever TASTED Moroccan food? Soooo good!). This is perfect for those with their own boards, the independent souls amongst us. If you also wish a surf lesson each day and some board hire for 10€ more, however you like it we can tailor a package for you. Alls you need to do is get your flight down there (and we even help you sort that!)
City and Surf Tour.
(Trips run Thursday/Friday until Sunday/Monday but if want us to be flexible you know that we can)
The best of all worlds. Fly into Marrakech and be met at the airport by our legendary guide, spend a night in this famous North African city in a hotel by the main square, the world famous Djemaa el Fna, shop until you drop and then shop some more, bath yourself in a traditional bath house (we'd love to say that nudity is optional, but sometimes it just ain't. When in Marrakech...) and eat dinner surrounded by snake charmers.
The next day we set off along the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains to the coast. This short drive takes us through some truly breathtaking landscapes where the 30 degree desert heat is complimented by the high snow-capped mountains to the south. One of the world's greatest short drives. Upon our arrival in Taghazoute, surf city Morocco, we'll go for a surf. Then we'll lay in the sun. Then we'll go home and smoke some shisha and drink some beers and socialise like chimps until we decide it's time to either a) go to bed, b) start a beach party, or c) head into rocking Agadir for a night on the tiles. In any case we'll be having one whale of a time.
Once we wake up we wash the cobwebs away with coffee and massive breakfast before hitting the waves again. Then we pack it all and head to Marrakech, so we can get our flights back to the real world, loaded with souvenirs, sun tans and an addiction to surfing that will last forever.
On the edge of the Sahara.
Whilst you can see Morocco from the cities of Southern Spain, once you're on the ground you'll realise that you couldn't be further away... In a wonderful way!
This is North Africa baby! This is a place of camels and forts and snake charmers. Where date palms grow out of sandy deserts, and kids run up to your car snotty-faced asking for sweet, sweet candy.
Our surf palace is located in the south of Morocco, in the village of Taghazoute, near the resort city of Agadir. An area so lovely the King of Morocco has his beach palace down there. Here the High Atlas Mountains complete their run down to the North Atlantic Ocean, where goats reside in trees and where fishermen make their nightly drift out to the horizon on seaworthy car tyre inner tubes.
Taghazoute is a stereotypical North African fishing village, with a series of narrow lanes winding either side of the one road, Highway 1, which runs through it's middle and provides the village's central focal point. Along this road there are a handful of shops, a market place and mosque and a few hotels. You can walk through Taghazoute along Highway 1 from end to end in about 5 minutes, which is taking into account stopping to pat cats and high five locals.
The Stoke Travel Surf Palace is located just off Highway 1. Whilst from the outside it looks identical to the houses surrounding it, tall and narrow and salmon in colour, once inside you will realise that it is very, very different. The palace is populated with sun worshipers and surf rats from every corner of the globe, and they can be found lounging in one of the four indoor common areas, or slothing about on the roof top terrace. There is a combination of shared and private accommodation, though most nights you'll pass out on the terrace with the ever-clear North African night sky twinkling away above you...
*A note on the terrace: Because it deserves it. This terrace is amazing and is definitely the focal point of the house. This is where we eat, drink tea, share stories, chug beers and smoke hookah. This is the place where you can play a game of chess or kiss a beautiful stranger. We BBQ up here, we surf the net, we sloth around and we dry our wetsuits. From this terrace you can check the surf at three of Morocco's best breaks, from this terrace the sunset will burn so bright and beautiful your eyes will bleed, from this terrace the sounds of a Moroccan fishing village will drift up and mingle with chatter from all around the world. This is the terrace.
How To Get Here?
Come fly to us...
This is really the only practical way to get here. Because it's on another continent fool! (Unless you live in Africa, thereby making us the fool) Anyway, to get here grab a flight to either Agadir, which is the airport nearest the surf palace, or to Marrakech, which is also close-ish and usually cheaper, and with more frequent flights.
The airlines we usually fly with are Ryanair, Easyjet and Royal Air Maroc. Like with most of these trips the earlier you book the cheaper it will be. So book now homegirl!
If you are flying to Agadir we can preorder a taxi for you if you choose it when booking and send us your flight details. They don't cost the earth, especially when you are traveling in a group (and we'll let you know if anyone else on your flight is coming to the palace so y'all can share).
If you land in Marrakech you can either prearrange a taxi to take you to the Surf Palace, or make your own way here on the public bus (see details below). In any case we'll go through all of this with you personally when you book.
Once you land you might need to take the bus.
CTM and Supratours run frequent buses from Marrakech to Agadir. The trip takes about three and a half hours and costs a measly ten euros. When you land grab a cab, a petite taxi, and head to the terminal. (They leave from different terminals, choose one and tell your cab driver, they both go often).
There's no need to book a ticket in advance, and even if you needed to you couldn't. This is North Africa dudes. Just go with the Berber flow.
Once in Agadir take a taxi to Taghazoute, the surfing village. It's really small, so just get dropped bang in the centre of the main road. And once in Taghazoute, look for the Cafe La Paix and Maroc 'n Roll surf shop and ask for Stoke Travel, or Adventure Keys (our name in Moroccan). It's too easy.
If you're coming from Essaouira, you can get a bus directly to Taghazoute.
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Is Morocco Safe?
Yes. The most dangerous thing in Morocco is coming across an angry goat after you've had too many cans of Stork beer, or underestimating the strength of the wacky tobaccy in your hubbly bubbly pipe.
What if I've never surfed a day in my life?
Stress less. That's why we have our tanned, toned and dedicated surf instructors who will help you ride the white horses to shredding the green room by the end.
Aren't there Muslims in Morocco?
Yes. Many. Nearly everyone. And they are lovely, except when they have to go to the mosque at 5am and the loud speakers act as the town's alarm clock.
Do you have short boards I can ride to show off my sweet cut back skills?
We have short boards and long learning boards for all levels. Start with a mal and upgrade or switch it up for the rolling waves.
I heard alcohol was illegal in Morocco, is that true?
Ha, hahaha, oh god, you guys are cracking me up! Do you think we'd be down there if that was true? Oh my oh my, too funny!
What's the weather going to be like?
We're on the edge of the Sahara so it's going to be hot and sunny during the day and a little chilly at night. It never rains, except when it rains, which is exceptional.
So what should we bring?
Yourself, something to swim in, something to party in, something warm for the night times, something pleasant for the fuzzy tingle times. Bring sunscreen and condoms, because they're hard to get here, and bring a bottle of spirits as they cost a bit down here. Bring a camera so you can get shots of goats in trees.
Wait. What? Goats in trees?
Yeah, in Morocco the goats hang out in the trees. It's pretty sweet.
And food, what's up with the food?
Breakfast is cereals and bread with cheese, jam and chocolate spread, coffee and tea and juice, usually. Though like all wonderful things in this universe it can change. Lunch is a sandwich made with love and served on the beach. And by sandwich we're talking long, strong and full of cumin. And other delicious ingredients. And some fruit. Mmm mmm. Dinner varies between a fair few Moroccan faves, like tagine, or cous cous (so good they named it twice) or little fish fried to delightfulness, or massive BBQs with a little of everything, and it is always served with plenty of salad and bread and it's always so sweet.
But Stoke, I'm an attention seeker and I don't eat meat!
Don't worry there little one, there are plenty of vegetarian friendly options down here in Morocco. Get on it!
A day at the Morocco Surf Palace.
This is a guide itinerary with everything in the all inclusive package. Times are a guide only. Morocco is very chilled out, so things tend to happen when they happen and no one worries too much what time of day it is.
8-10am - breakfast
10am - head to the beach for 2 hours of surf lessons followed by free surf (time varies depending on conditions and tides)
2pm - lunch on the beach or at the surfhouse
3pm - 5 hours of free time*
8pm - dinner at the house
9pm - free time**
* Optional free time activities (cost of these not included in price): camel rides, horse rides, jet ski rides, trip to the soukh market in Agadir, exploring the town, swimming, sun baking, hiking, cliff jumping, trip to Paradise Valley, visit the hammam (bathhouse), drinking Moroccan beer, and much more.
** Night time activities include: party nights in Agadir, movie nights, dinners in our favourite restaurants in town, beach BBQ and bonfires, watching the sunset from a surfboard, playing cards on the terrace.
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