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Family surf holiday in Morocco

Hone your surfing skills, or start from scratch on a week long family surf holiday on Morocco's Atlantic Coast. Superb boutique accommodation options and plenty to explore locally means this is the perfect location even for non surfers in the family.

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Excellent surf conditions for beginners in the summer & more experienced surfers in winter
  • Experienced local team of surf instructors
  • Year-round sunshine
  • Choice of Boutique accommodation
  • Spa, beach, pool & local sites to explore for non-surfers

The small fishing village of Sidi Kaouki offers a great year round break with options for beginners and experienced riders alike. In winter there is a good beach break (2-5 metres) whilst in summer the surf is smaller but still surfable (1-3m). Transport is included, so if the break isn’t working on Sidi Kaouki then we’ll head along the Coast to another spot that is.

The classes are run by Azhar and his team. Azhar has over 10 years’ experience of teaching surfing and is a qualified instructor. Each learner will discuss their individual objectives from the week, so you will have your own personal plan. The teaching does not focus purely on the practical, however you will also have be taught how to understand and respect the ocean - getting to grips with tides, winds and currents and how to choose the right wave to ride.

There is plenty more to Morocco than the surf. Just 20 minutes’ drive from Sidi Kaouki lies Essaouira, a laid-back historic city offering a relaxing medina with none of the stresses of the chaotic imperial cities. A bustling fishing port, this windy city is something of an artist's hub, with a thriving music and art scene. Sidi Kaouki itself is a small relaxed beach town with a handful of cafes and a bar (great spot for catching the sunset). We recommend staying in Rebali Riads, which has 5 beautiful villas set in a walled garden with swimming pool, spa and tennis courts. Alternatively, there are some wonderfully atmospheric budget options if you need to keep the cost down.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN MOROCCO AND TRANSFER TO SIDI KAOUKI
Accommodation: Rebali Riads
Meals Included: N/A
Transport: Private transfer Essaouira Airport to Sidi Kaouki (15-20 minutes)
Day Notes: You will be picked up after breakfast and transferred to Sidi Kaouki, a small village south of Essaouira. The afternoon is yours at leisure.

DAY 2: SIDI KAOUKI - SURF LESSON
Accommodation: Rebali Riads
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Notes: This morning you will have your first surf lesson. After a safety briefing and warm up, your teacher will assess your skills and will plan your week's sessions accordingly.

DAY 3: SIDI KAOUKI - SURF LESSON
Accommodation: Rebali Riads
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 4: SIDI KAOUKI - SURF LESSON
Accommodation: Rebali Riads
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 5: SIDI KAOUKI - FREE DAY
Accommodation: Rebali Riads
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Notes: Today is a day off from surfing. You might want to go to nearby Essaouira, a laid-back city offering a relaxing medina with none of the stresses of the chaotic imperial cities. A bustling fishing port, this windy city is something of an artist's hub, with a thriving music and art scene. The large bay attracts wind and kite surfers and the vast sandy beach is a popular promenading spot. Because of the wind, this is not somewhere that you come to sunbathe and soak up the rays, but somewhere to breathe in the ocean air, eat freshly caught fish and enjoy the relaxed vibe.

DAY 6: SIDI KAOUKI - SURF LESSON
Accommodation: Rebali Riads
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 7: SIDI KAOUKI - SURF LESSON
Accommodation: Rebali Riads
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 8: TRANSFER TO AIRPORT
Accommodation: N/A
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: Private transfer Sidi Kaouki to Essaouira Airport (15-20 minutes)

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Rebali Riads

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Boutique Villas
- Swimming pool & tennis
- Walk to beach
- Great for families

Le Kaouki

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Very atmospheric
- Budget beach option
- Candle-lit / no electricity
- Shared bathrooms

Windy Kaouki

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Comfortable apartments
- Nice sheltered pool
- Walk to beach
- Good value

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Large Gardens
- Solar Powered
- 10 Minute Walk from Beach

Details

Getting there

The airport in Essaouira is serviced by twice weekly flights from Luton with Easyjet (flights on Monday and Fridays).

Alternatively there is a broader choice of flights to Marrakech, which is a 3 hour transfer by private car.

Flying from the UK... Marrakech has an international airport (RAK) which is serviced by several airlines flying direct from the UK.

From the South East:
Gatwick: Easy Jet, British Airways and Thomson
Heathrow: Bmi
Luton: Ryanair
Stansted: Ryanair

From the North:
Manchester: Easy jet and Thomson both have several departures a week.

Price includes

Price is based on a family of four sharing a two bedroom villa at Rebali Riads with surf lessons (on four days) for four people and transfers from Essaouira Airport to Sidi Kaouki.

Lead in flight price of £200pp is based on the cheapest fares usually available for school holiday periods. Expect fares to be around £300 per person if booking within a couple of months of departure.

When is best?

Morocco's Atlantic Coast can be enjoyed all year round. The winter months tend to be sunny, but cooler with occasional wet weather. July & August are windy, but warm, with surf better suited to beginners than professionals.

Is it for me?

In order to take part in the surf lessons you will need to be a good swimmer and confident in the water. We would recommend a minimum age of around 6 years old, but of course it will depend very much on the child in question.

Our pricing assumes all members of the family will surf. However, we are more than happy to reduce the rate to reflect any non surfers. The beauty of the location and accommodation on offer is that it isn't just a dedicated surfing location, so non surfers can look forward to a relaxing week, with beautiful accommodation and the nearby City of Essaouira to explore.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 611 reviews

(4.94/5)

  • We would very much like to give our feedback regarding our trip to Morocco because it was absolutely fantastic. From start to finish there was nothing to fault, Mustafa our guide in the mountains was great - discrete when necessary but delightfully eloquent and informed about a wide variety of subjects. The food in the mountains was superb ( though the toilet facilities in the gites d'etape left a lot to be desired!!) The guest house Dar Adrar was beautiful with amazing views. The riad in Marrakesh was lovely and such a welcome respite after the hectic souks.....and as for the surfing.....it was fab!!!! Mohammed our instructor was patient and so super cool....a real gem and great with our children.
    All in all it was wonderful and we were all sad to leave. We will definitely consider using Tourdust again and wont hesitate to recommend you to our friends.

    Missingtrevor lane reviewing Two Week Family Trek & Surf Holiday on 20 November 2014

  • An amazing holiday - thank you.

    Trekking was excellent, Mustapha, our guide, was lovely, and food was delicious. Hotel in Imlil was also great. But litter on the mountains was upsetting.

    Marrakesh is incredible. Riad (Dar Vedra) was lovely, although we were a bit unsure whether we could ask for drinks etc. The owner was away and I'm not sure the staff were as attentive as usual - or maybe we'd just been spoilt in the mountains.

    Surfing was fun. We just did two mornings, but this was fine. We visited Essaouira one afternoon and went on a camel ride the other. Really liked the accommodation at Windy Kaouki. But would have been good to know that there was no cashpoint in Sidi Kaouki.

    Brilliant holiday - thanks again.

    MissingRachel Camina reviewing Two Week Family Trek & Surf Holiday on 22 August 2014

  • General Feedback:
    This was the first time in years I could a) afford a holiday, b) take a break from other commitments and c) spend a full week (instead of the odd Saturday afternoon) with my kids. For that reason this holiday HAD to be right. So I was careful to shop around. I spoke to several companies that all had euphoric smiling families on their websites but when I spoke to Tourdust it was immediately apparent that they had both on-the-ground experience and a genuine enthusiasm for the destination.

    Tourdust did what a travel company are supposed to do – added value; I simply gave them the challenge (two hard to please teenagers, one adventurous and active, the other not so) and they put together a perfect package (e.g. a challenging but short 2 day trek, a mule for back up for the girl who has only ever exercised her finger tips). The week seemed like a month. Holidays usually require so much effort on working out what to do next, how to get from A to B, how NOT to be ripped off etc, but on this holiday all of this stress was lifted. Each time we were transferred from one location to the next it involved no more effort than throwing our things into bags and handing them to an obliging driver. All my attention and energy was therefore spent on enjoying the holiday and most of all watching the kids not just enjoy themselves but surprise me by walking (actually running!) up a mountain and not complaining, sleeping in “basic” accommodation (3 walls and not much more) and telling me it was the most enjoyable night of all, making an effort to understand a culture and see their prejudices disappear, build their confidence in a new language and taste new foods – still can’t believe they both ordered and ate a camel burger!

    Thank you Tourdust for delivering the best holiday I’ve ever had and a shared experience with my kids that will be the talking point for many years to come. I only have one outstanding request from Tourdust – where are you taking us next year!


    Special Mentions:
    Rebecca can you please make sure that our gratitude to Yousseff is communicated; I appreciate that his job is far from easy – balancing being informative whilst allowing us privacy, encouraging us to take on the challenge but ensuring our safety and comfort. He did a thoroughly professional job – constantly attentive to our needs and providing us with a wealth of knowledge about the locality that made the trek a much richer experience than it would have been. To my delight my kids were very interested in Morocco’s culture and religion and they quizzed Yousseff extensively. He was very generous in sharing his own perspective despite some of the questions being a little undiplomatic. His pride of Morocco and especially of the local area challenged our western materialistic perception of what is of value and this was the best souvenir we took home with us.

    Also could you make sure to thank the manager (Tino?) of Windy Kaouki for going out of his way to provide an alternative WiFi network connection after the usual one failed. I cannot over state how important this was to me; if I could not have responded to the support call on that Thursday evening I may have lost a major contract I’ve held for 12 years. So please pass on my thanks to him.

    Constructive Criticisms:
    My kids and I came up with a few suggestions that we think would have made the trip more enjoyable:

    1. If the drivers could speak English it would have added to the experience – we were lucky enough to have Yousseff with us on the trip from the Atlas Mountains to Marakech and it would have been nice to have someone speaking English on all journeys to answer all our questions about the surroundings.

    2. I would advise anyone staying in small places like Sidi Kauoki not to eat in any of the small local establishments but to stick with the hotel; my son got very sick from a burger in a sea front Café.

    3. Quad biking would have been great if it had been included

    4. €20 for a 10 minute trip from Beldi Country Club to the airport is extortionate

    Finally Rebecca, thank you for taking on the responsibility of organising my holiday. Your commitment and attention to detail was no less than what I imagine you’d dedicate to your own holiday plans.

    Missingjohn thompson reviewing Morocco Family Adventure: Marrakech, Trek & Surf on 22 August 2014

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