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Learn to Surf in Morocco

A long weekend of perfect waves, delicious food, incredible sunsets – it's all in a day's work in the surfing mecca of Taghazout Bay

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Learn to Surf in Morocco

A long weekend of perfect waves, delicious food, incredible sunsets – it's all in a day's work in the surfing mecca of Taghazout Bay

DURATION
3 nights
LOCATION
Morocco
ANNUAL LEAVE
2 days off work
SEASON
Sep—Jun
GROUP SIZE
Up to 14 people
MEETING POINT
Al Massira Airport, Agadir
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Guesthouse

OVERALL RATING

4.9

Based on 74 reviews
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

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

Relax near the laid-back fishing village of Taghazout on Morocco’s 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

Looking for a longer trip? See our Moroccan Surf Adventure for more time on the water

Day 1

Head for the coast

Meet your host in the city of Agadir and drive to your base, a traditional Moroccan riad. You'll stay in the village of Tamraght, which is in Taghazout Bay, 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

Photo: Charlie McCulloch

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

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 and 3

Guesthouse · 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 either dine at your riad or 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 town of Tamraght is a less touristy alternative to Taghazout town, which can be reached by a 15 minute taxi ride or a 45 minutes walk along the beach. The riad is made for relaxing, with a roof terrace, private courtyard with 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.

Please note that mobile boarding passes are not accepted at Agadir airport. You will need to present a printed boarding pass on departure.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

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)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

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 B&B

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night Double/Twin Room B&B

Additional Night Single Gender Twin-Shared Room B&B

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night Single Gender Twin-Shared Room B&B

Per Person

Additional Night Single Room B&B

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night Single Room B&B

Daniel P.
What a trip! We were

What a trip! We were really looked after by Courtney who organized taxi's and meals out for us. Plus the food and accommodation was really good. The surf was un and we had a great coach in Emre who found the best surf for us each day. Highly recommend

Rosie P.
Fantasic trip!

What a great little adventure! Couldn't fault a thing. Big thanks to Courtney for hosting and making us feel so welcome. Highly recommend the yoga, both sunrise and sunset - such a great way to stretch out the muscles, pre and post surf. Accommodation was lovely, great views from the roof top and lots of places to chill in the evening. The food was delicious and plentiful. And I can't forget to mention all the adorable dogs and cats that roamed about the riad! The surf lessons were brilliant, so much fun - big thanks to our instructor Emre! We were luckily enough to have a beach all to ourselves, the sea was warm and clear and weather was a perfect temperature, lots of warm sunshine. I also recommend paying a visit to the local souk, such lovely handmade items and souvenirs. Anyone thinking of doing this trip, I highly recommend it! Will definitely be returning!

Katherine S.
Fantastic trip for beginners and experts

This was a great four days. Food was brilliant, fantastic venue and top class surfing instruction. Definitely coming back.

Elise S.
Fun way to learn to surf!

This was such a great trip! The 3 days of surfing was perfect for beginners - we learned a lot and even managed to stand up a couple of times :) The community feel of the riad, the delicious food, and the beautiful sunsets were perfect. Highly recommend trying this out!

Kirsty

Thank you so much for the amazing memories! Everything was perfect! As a solo traveller, I couldn’t have asked for a better time! Amazing host, food and company! I’ll be back!!

Michael

Highly recommend this trip. Excellent and fun instruction and hosting. Food including lunches was excellent and accommodation had all you need. Scenery and surf was second to none and everyone progressed and really enjoyed themselves.

Tony

The trip was brilliant from start to finish. Courtney made is feel welcome from the outset a d nothing was too much hassle. The surfing instructors made it fun, relaxed and the best experience I could have imagined. Highly recommended the trip.

Sarah

This was a fantastic trip. I found the surfing very difficult but the instructors were excellent, patient and very friendly. It was a lot of fun to learn! The yoga was great and the food provided by the riad was very tasty. Morocco was a friendly country and somewhere that I'd like to explore more in future.

Adil

The trip was amazing. The host, the instructor, the instructor's assistant, the hotel/accommodation staff - all absolutely awesome people and welcome with open hearts. The surf spots were suitably chosen based on the wave and our ability, the kit was good, the lunches and the breakfast were great.

L

Really recommend this trip if you’re looking to learn how to surf. Great location and the instructors also gave advice about surfing back home, what boards to rent, wetsuit hire… Courtney and her team were awesome, super friendly and helpful. The instructors even brought a camera to the beach so we could all get pictures of us surfing. The accommodation is a short walk away from the beach and had a bunch of shops and restaurants near it so you can do your own thing if you want to in the evenings. If you’re thinking about booking this adventure then go for it!

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

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 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. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

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 most suitable for beginner surfers who want to learn some basic surf skills and 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 70% 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 and practise at your leisure for the rest of the day and your hosts will monitor from the beach.

Taghazout Bay is primarily a surfing destination, however, there are still plenty of other things to do. You can hike in Paradise Valley, 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.

Ramadan will take place from 10th March to 8th April 2024. The national holiday of Eid ul-Fitr will follow for 2-3 days. Ramadan is an Islamic festival where the religious do not eat or drink during daylight hours. While this is a really interesting time to travel, especially to witness celebrations where the fast is broken in the evenings, you can expect some business hours will be shortened, alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and some restaurants will be closed during this festival period. Activities for local people tend to be limited during the day and the nights are very active in cities with lots of different foods being sold and consumed. Ramadan will not affect the inclusions on your trip although you should be aware that if you'd like to drink alcohol, your host recommends that you bring duty free with you.

There will be one instructor to every eight surfers on your trip.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

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 always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

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

TRIP DEPARTURE DATES

March 2024

Saturday • 16th March 2024

to Tuesday • 19th March 2024
10 Booked • 4 Spots left
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Saturday • 30th March 2024

to Tuesday • 2nd April 2024
6 Booked • 8 Spots left
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Saturday • 27th April 2024

to Tuesday • 30th April 2024
5 Booked • 9 Spots left
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Saturday • 11th May 2024

to Tuesday • 14th May 2024
4 Booked • 10 Spots left
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Saturday • 25th May 2024

to Tuesday • 28th May 2024
2 Booked • 12 Spots left
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Saturday • 22nd June 2024

to Tuesday • 25th June 2024
14 Spots left
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Saturday • 14th September 2024

to Tuesday • 17th September 2024
1 Booked • 13 Spots left
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Saturday • 28th September 2024

to Tuesday • 1st October 2024
2 Booked • 12 Spots left
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Saturday • 12th October 2024

to Tuesday • 15th October 2024
14 Spots left
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Saturday • 9th November 2024

to Tuesday • 12th November 2024
3 Booked • 11 Spots left
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Saturday • 7th December 2024

to Tuesday • 10th December 2024
3 Booked • 11 Spots left
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