Learn to Surf in Morocco

Perfect waves, delicious food, incredible sunsets – it's all in a days work in the surfing mecca of Taghazout Bay

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Learn to Surf in Morocco

Perfect waves, delicious food, incredible sunsets – it's all in a days work in the surfing mecca of Taghazout Bay

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Morocco

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

Feb—May, Sep—Dec

GROUP SIZE

Up to 8 people

MEETING POINT

Al Massira Airport, Agadir

ACCOMMODATION

Classic

Apartment

OVERALL RATING

4.8

Based on 53 reviews
DIFFICULTY

Moderate

Ideal for both complete beginner and novice surfers. The only requirement is that you can swim and tread water.

Relax near the laid-back fishing village of Taghazout on Morocco’s lovely west coast - a legendary spot for European surfers

Learn all the techniques needed to paddle, pop up, ride, turn and read the beach for impending waves, rips and currents

Surf in the morning, catch waves all afternoon and then watch the sun sink into the ocean from your terrace

Day 1

Head for the coast

Meet your host in the city of Agadir and drive to your base, a traditional Moroccan riad, near the town of Taghazout on the gorgeous west coast. Settle in, grab some dinner and hang out in the courtyard of your tranquil oasis.

Day 2 and 3

Learn to surf

Surfing

4-6hrs

Learn how to surf or polish your technique alongside professional instructors and then practice all morning in sparkling blue water backed by vivid red hills. Fuelled by groundswells in the north Atlantic these waves travel thousands of miles to produce the conditions that Taghazout and the surrounding area is famous for – from sandy-bottomed beginners’ waves, to long, glassy point breaks.

After a picnic lunch on the beach (and maybe a nap in the shade) paddle back out for some more surf. Then as the sun gets lower in the sky head back to your riad to shower off the salt. Stretch out your muscles with an optional sunset yoga session, and then have dinner either at your riad or at one of the many excellent restaurants in town.

Day 4

Last chance for waves

Linger over breakfast, enjoy that awesome view one last time and then head back to the beach. Spend the day carving some glassy waves and admiring the postcard-perfect Moroccan landscape, before catching your flight home.

Included

Guides

Experienced, English speaking surf instructors

Accommodation

3 nights in Taghazout Bay

Meals

Filling breakfasts and delicious lunches

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

Everything you need to ride the waves

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Apartment · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 and 3

Apartment · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfasts are traditional Moroccan pancakes, served with jam and butter, accompanied by freshly baked French baguettes, eggs, coffee and tea. Packed lunches include sandwiches or salads, soda, biscuits and fruit.

In the evenings, you will dine at local restaurants in town serving inexpensive and delicious Moroccan and international food (including some great couscous and tagines).

Vegetarian and vegan diets can be accommodated, just make a request when booking.

What is the accommodation like?

Taghazout Bay

You'll stay at the host's riad in Tamraght, Taghazout Bay. The location is peaceful and the riad has a private courtyard, palm trees, a small pool and free WiFi. All rooms are decorated in traditional Moroccan style and have en-suite bathrooms.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts & Ends

Agadir Airport or Agadir Bus Station

Anytime

Transfers

You will be collected from the airport or from the bus station any time you arrive or depart - these do not have to be the same days the trip starts and ends.

If departing on the final day of the trip, please book your flight or bus in the afternoon or evening if you wish to make the most of your last morning surfing.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Agadir from major airports across the Uk and Europe.

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What's included?

  • Everything you need to ride the waves

What do I need to bring?

  • Beach bag
  • Beach shoes or sandals
  • Swimming costume
  • Somewhat modest clothing for around town
  • Beach towel
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
  • Alcohol from the airport Duty Free (if you want a drink)

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Additional Day Surfing (Equipment + Instructor)

Payable Before Departure

Additional Day Surfing (Equipment + Instructor)

Additional Night Double/Twin Room Bed & Breakfast

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night Double/Twin Room Bed & Breakfast

Additional Night Single Room Bed & Breakfast

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night Single Room Bed & Breakfast

Additional Night Single Sex Twin-Shared Room Bed & Brekfast

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night Single Sex Twin-Shared Room Bed & Brekfast

Per Person

- Jonny(January 2023)

An incredible trip! Great for couples, solo travellers and friends alike. Courtney and the team at Mint Surf were amazing hosts, well organised and really generous. Our surf instructor Blake was awesome, with an infectious & palpable passion for surfing!

Really good value for money, and not many expenses when we got out to Morocco too.

A great place for surfing, with great waves for beginners, and also for more advanced surfers too.

Would 110% go again!

- Hannah(January 2023)

A brilliant trip with a super friendly host and team, everyone makes sure you can get the best out of the experience regardless of previous experience surfing. Photos don't do the accommodation justice, it's a really lovely place with a great atmosphere. Everything provided to learn to surf but options to bring your own wetsuit and board if you'd like as well. Could not recommend Courtney and her crew enough if you want to learn something new!

- Hannah(December 2022)

I had the most awesome time on this trip, I cannot recommend this highly enough, winter sun and surf with an amazing bunch of like minded chilled out folk. Courtney and co at the Riad couldn’t have done more to make the stay more welcoming. The surf was epic and Taghazout has totally blown my expectations out of the water! I had a swell time!

- Alberto(December 2022)

I loved every single second spent in Morocoo

- John(November 2022)

If you've ever fancied surfing then get on this trip, the Moroccan waves are a treat, and the school is ready to get you standing on the waves, and even if you don't, the experience alone is just amazing. The food, the vibe, the weather, the group, everything comes together to give you a lifetime of memories. This trip is so much fun! Highly recommend you give this a go!

- Chris(November 2022)

Amazing experience provided by fantastic hosts. You won't find better value for money on MBA.

- Craig(November 2022)

Trip was fantastic, such an experience! The hosts were amazing, surf instructors and Yoga instructor were top class professionals.

Group together was brilliant, hassle free, life changing adventure.

- Bradley(November 2022)

MBA surf trip to Morocco was absolutely incredible. The instructors were super helpful and were there to help everyone get to the point of standing as soon as possible! The location was just as amazing and the hosts were delightful to be around, joining us for breakfasts and meals out too which was lovely. I met some amazing people on my trip with many of us wanting to come back and do it all again. The only downfall? I wish I'd booked an evening flight to get an extra mornings worth of surfing in before I left!

- Sam(November 2022)

I highly recommend this surfing trip. From start to finish the hosts were amazing. They created a very welcoming atmosphere and always went the extra mile to make sure everyone was happy. Overall, for anyone looking to learn to surf this is the trip to go on - it's great value for money.

- Sophie(September 2022)

I had a great time on the trip, the surfing was so much fun and I became so much more confident in the sea and on the board! The food and as delicious, accomodation great and everyone so helpful. Thank you :)

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 144kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

This trip is suitable for both complete beginners and novice surfers who want to work on their technique. Your instructor will adjust every lesson to suit your skill level. The only requirement is that you can swim and tread water.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tap water is OK for washing and brushing teeth, but it is not recommended for drinking. Bottled mineral water is cheap and available everywhere. Alternatively you can bring a water purifier and help keep plastic out of the ocean.

There is a huge variety of surf in this area of Morocco all year round - from mellow beginner waves, to challenging reef ledges. Due to the varied nature of the coastline there is almost always somewhere sheltered and manageable, but those looking for a challenge won’t be disappointed either.

Each morning will start with a surf lesson where you’ll learn the proper stance, how to paddle, turn, pop up and keep your speed, as well as surf etiquette, safety and how to read the beach (waves, rips and currents.) After that you’re free to enjoy the waves for the rest of the day.

Taghazout is primarily a surfing destination, however, there are still plenty of other things to do. You can hike in Paradise Valley, go on a camel ride, experience a hammam, practice your yoga, or shop in the souks to name just a few.

With more than 300 days of sunshine, Morocco is a year-round destination and you’re unlikely to encounter rain. The summer months see warm temperatures (air 20 – 30 °C; sea 18 – 21 °C) and small to medium swells. Winter months have cooler but very pleasant temperatures (air 18 – 26 °C; sea 16 – 20 °C) and the biggest waves.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

For current advice about travelling in Morocco, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

You may read reports about a sewage problem in Taghazout online. Recent works in the area have seen the installation of a sewage system for the town, which is fully operational now. This means that surf camps in the area are all reporting a significant drop in stomach illness coming out of COVID. However, we still suggest to follow some basic hygiene rules and remain very careful of sunstroke, because that can equally cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea:

Wash your hands with soap thoroughly before every meal, stay away from random street food or other restaurants without recommendation if you don't know the hygienic conditions, and wear sun protection.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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