WHERE IS SURF MAROC?
Surf Maroc is located in the Agadir region of southern Morocco. Taghazout is a unique gem on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Conveniently located 40 min from Agadir international airport it’s a short hop ( 2-4 hrs) from most central European cities. It’s the closest place for any European surfer to get year round warm water, perfect waves and a unique cultural experience.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Morocco is served by direct flights from the UK and other major European airports, with flight times to Agadir between 2-4 hours. Guests travelling from the US can connect either in Casablanca or at a European airport as there are no direct flights to Agadir. From Agadir airport it’s a 45 minute drive south east along the coast road. Road transfers from Marrakech can be easily arranged and the new motorway has dramatically cut the journey times down to 2 -3 hours and cost approx £80 for 4 people. Please contact us if you would like us to arrange a transfer or would like a quote.
Air Ninja - great site to see who fly where internationally. Flights leave the UK from London Stansted (STN) London (LGW), Manchester (MAN), Bristol (BRS),
DO I NEED A VISA?
EU passport holders with a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date do not require a visa to enter Morocco for tourist purposes. If you hold a passport from outside the European Union we strongly recommend that you check with your nearest Moroccan Embassy.
CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?
Children of all ages are welcome but we do not have specialised child care facilities
CAN I HIRE ONE OF SURF MAROC'S LOCATIONS EXCLUSIVELY?
Absolutely! Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, group trip or if you would like to run your own weeks here with us. We can tailor make a package for you. We facilitate holidays for companies such as Big Friday, WaveHunters USA, Animal Surf Academy, AppleYoga, Yoga Haven, The Saunton Hotdoggers, Access Trips, Liquid Yoga Surf, Rob Barbers Body Board School, Surf Southwest. We provide all the accommodation, surfing, logistical, catering and concierge services allowing them to hang out and enjoy the sun, surf and culture with their guests.
CAN I SPEND CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR AT SURF MAROC?
Absolutely! Spend Christmas or New Year on the beach in the sun and surf some great waves. Each year we throw a Christmas party and a New Year’s party at one of the venues with all our guests invited. New Year is fancy dress. 09'/10 theme is Tropical.
HOW ABOUT CASH? WHAT IS THE CURRENCY? WHERE CAN I GET IT?
The Moroccan currency is the Dirham. Exchange rates at last time of checking were around 12.5 dh to the £1, 11 dh to the € and 7.6dh to the $. Dirhams can only be obtained within Morocco. There are exchange facilities and ATMs in the airport. There are also plenty of ATMs in Agadir. There are no ATM’s in Taghazout, the nearest is Aouria, a five minute drive from Taghazout. This machine and many other ATMs in Morocco do not accept Maestro and can be unreliable, if you have a VISA card we recommend you bring it.
Please note: traveller's cheques are not a good idea for Morocco. They cannot be exchanged at the airport or in Taghazout and there are only a few places in Agadir that will change them.
CAN I USE MY PHONE? IS THERE INTERNET?
Nearly all European networks work in Morocco. Contact your network for call charges. Coverage is good. There are an abundance of public phones (coin and cards) in Taghazout. International call charges are relatively cheap. There is free wi.fi available at the L'Auberge, Taghazout Villa and Villa Mandala. There are also broadband internet cafés in Tagahzout.
IS THE STANDARD OF THE SERVICES THE SAME AT EACH LOCATION?
Absolutely! At all of our locations the services are run at the same high standard with the same friendly hospitable staff, new vehicles and state of the art surfing equipment.
WHAT IS THE SURF AND THE WEATHER LIKE? WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
Morocco is an all year round destination for great surf and great weather. Surf Maroc is open all year. The summer months (April - October) see small to medium swells with surf mostly on the beaches and reefs on the more exposed north west coast. This is a great time for anyone looking for fun, uncrowded warm water surf. There are some bigger days during this time for those looking for something more challenging.
During the winter months the waves, that have made Morocco famous, come to life. There is a huge variety of surf in this area of Morocco. There are not many places like it in the world. The region has something for everyone, from ideal beginner waves to challenging reef ledges. Intermediates and those new to the sport should not be put off or worried. Due to the nature of the coastline there is almost always somewhere sheltered and manageable, and those looking for something challenging won’t be disappointed. Morocco is blessed with well over 300 days of sunshine a year. Between the months November to February there is a small chance of rain, although statistically it is unlikely.
Typical wave size and temperatures
|Swell||Air Temp||Sea temp||Wetsuits|
|Sept - Nov||4 - 8 ft||25c - 30c||18c - 21c||shorts/shortie|
|Dec- Feb||4 - 15 ft||18c - 26c||16c - 18||3/2 full suit|
|Mar - May||4 - 6 ft||20c - 30c||18c - 20c||3/2 full - short arm 3/2|
|Jun - Aug||2- 4 ft||25c - 30c||21c +||Shorts/ vest|
Your choice of wetsuit comes down to personal choice and tolerance. The best all rounder is a 3/2mm full suit.
WHAT BOARDS SHOULD I BRING, DO YOU RENT EQUIPMENT?
With such a large range and choice of waves you may want to bring a whole quiver of boards. To generalise, the majority of waves are right hand point breaks from soft, slow, rolling spots to heavy, fast barrelling spots. Bring equipment to suit your ability and what you want to surf. If you don't want to go big, your everyday board will suffice, there's nearly always somewhere sheltered. If you do want to charge the big stuff, bring something suitable as mid-winter waves can get up to 15ft.
Surf Maroc have teamed up with board and fin innovators SurfTech and FCS to give Surf Maroc guests exclusive access to the Tuflite Travel program and FCS test drive. We have stocked our beach front base in Taghazout with over 40 of SurfTech’s latest models from their extensive range. As well as that, FCS have supplied their cutting edge fins system, it’s a perfect opportunity to experiment with new shapes and fins or use the identical boards you have at home without the hassle and burden of transporting them.
We also have a fully kited out surf school with every shape and size of board to get you standing up and surfing.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN MY STAY?
Below is a table to show what is included in each service package.
|Bed & Breakfast||B&B + surf coaching||Surf Camp||Surf Camp + surf coaching||Independent Surfer||Independent Surfer + surf coaching||Yoga Surf Retreats||Roxy Girls|
|Agadir airport Transfers *||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Evening meals||Optional Extra||Optional Extra||Optional Extra||Optional Extra||Optional Extra||Optional Extra||Yes||Yes|
|Chauffeur transport to the surf||No||￡15.50 p/day extra||Yes||Yes||No||￡15.50 p/day extra or use own hire car||Yes||Yes|
|Board||Optional Extra||Yes||Optional Extra||Yes||Optional Extra||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Wetsuit||Optional Extra||Yes||Optional Extra||Yes||Optional Extra||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Surf Lessons||Optional Extra||Yes||Optional Extra||Yes||Optional Extra||Yes||Yes||Yes|
*Transfers are only available for stays of more than 4 nights
*All optional extras can be booked and paid in Morocco
Do you offer all of your services at all the venues?
Below is a table to show which service we offer at which location.
|b&b||surf camp||coaching||independent Surfer||yoga surf retreats||roxy girls surf maroc|
|Killers Bay Aparts||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Tiggers Cove Aparts||Yes||Yes|
WHAT AMENETIES ARE THERE IN TAGHAZOUT?
There are an abundance of restaurants and cafes in Taghazout, including our own Auberge restaurant on the sea front. The are plenty of grocery shops selling fruit, vegetable and other essentials. There is a well stocked pharmacy and four surf shops (see below). There are also lots of internet cafes with ADSL connection. Alcohol can be bought in Agadir not Taghazout.
ARE THERE SURF SHOPS IN TAGHAZOUT, WHAT CAN I BUY THERE?
There are a few surf shops in Taghazout. They now stock a fair bit of hardware: leashes, wax, deckgrip etc. The surf board and clothing selection is also growing. Most of the shops offer board repairs, they are often great value and of good quality.
WHAT ABOUT CLOTHING, WHAT WILL I NEED?
Morocco is a liberal Muslim country, and men and women are welcome to wear shorts and t-shirts. Swimming costumes and bikinis are normal on the beach but it is advisable to cover up your arms and legs a bit when walking around town. Shorts, tees and flip flops are the norm. Trousers and jumpers are sometimes needed particularly in mid winter when the evenings can be chilly so warm clothes are a good idea during that period.
WHAT FOOD CAN I EXPECT?
Our food is fantastic! The food served in all our venues is amazing. Our chefs will prepare a mixture of Moroccan and international dishes each week. For stays at L'Auberge, Taghazout Villa and Villa Mandala breakfast is included in every service option. All packages, apart from B&B, include a packed lunch. Please see the table above for what is included in each service option? Stays in apartments are self catering.
DO YOU SUPPLY TOWELS?
Bath towels but not beach towels are available for stays at Villa Mandala and Killers Bay. At all other venues you will need to bring your own bath and beach towels.
WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOLIC DRINKS?
Although Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol by Muslims, alcoholic drinks can be legally served and sold throughout the country. Morocco even produces its own range of wines and beers. Alcohol is not sold in Taghazout but can be bought in Agadir, we can arrange taxis for all guests who wish to buy alcohol from Agadir.
DO YOU CATER FOR SPECIAL DIETS?
We understand that some people have special requirements. Let us know in advance, and we’ll do our best to make sure we have exactly what you need. All guests should be aware that we are in Africa and not all ‘specialized food alternatives’ are available.
WHAT ABOUT THE EVENINGS?
It’s really up to you. You can dine on one of the terraces overlooking the surf and enjoy a drink under the stars, get comfy in the salon and watch a film, go and have a mint tea in the village and checkout the scene in this bustling little fishing village or we can arrange taxis for those who fancy checking out Agadir’s night life!
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO APART FROM SURF?
Taghazout and the surrounding area offer a whole range of other activities. If you feel like a break from surfing or for those of you who don't surf then horse and camel riding and quad biking are all close by and easily organized. For those who’d like to relax there are miles of empty golden sandy beaches to discover or you can sunbathe and chill out in the privacy of the villa or your apartment. The souq's of Agadir provide the quintessential Moroccan shopping experience. Two day trips to the ancient city of Marrakech can be organized. The beautiful seaside town of Essaouira is only two and half hours north and is a popular one or two day trip. There is a great market (souq) in Agadir which has all the stuff you would expect in Morocco: an abundance of leather goods, woodwork, ceramics, rugs, carpets, jewellery and clothing. Non threatening haggling is part of the fun! There is also a small market in Taghazout’s village square that sells local wares.
WHAT VOLTAGE AND PLUGS DO YOU USE?
Morocco is on 220 volts with two-pin round plugs.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS
You can arrive at any time. It is not always possible to have your room ready before 2pm. If you do want to arrive early and your room isn’t immediately available, start enjoying yourself anyway – we’ll take care of your bags and get you started on whatever service you have chosen. Check out is officially 12pm, but if you would like a later check out, let us know and we’ll do our best.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO DRIVE IN MOROCCO?
(Independent Surfer and Apartment stays) We provide airport transfers to and from the airport. From then on you have a hire car at your disposal for the rest of your stay. Please ensure you have the original of a valid EU driving license which must have been held for at least one year. The law insists that you always carry your driving license and car hire documents with you when driving in Morocco. Seat belts must be worn at all times and you must not use your mobile phone whilst driving (a fining offense). Police and Gendarmerie checkpoints are based every few kilometers along the routes. Minor infringements will result in your having to make an on-the-spot payment. In Morocco, as in Europe driving is on the right. The main roads around Taghazout are good. In addition, when driving in Morocco, we advise you to drive slowly and carefully as the roads are generally narrower and may sometimes have bumps and potholes, especially after periods of rain. We do ask that you take particular care when driving, bearing in mind the conditions of your hire car rental agreement. Please bring roof straps if you have them.
No vaccinations are required for visitors to Morocco and anti-malarial precautions are not necessary. We have first aid equipment along with staff trained in administering first aid. In case of an emergency, there are hospitals and clinics in Agadir. Medical charges will apply according to the treatment received so make sure you have travel insurance before you arrive. There is a well stocked pharmacy in Taghazout which is open everyday.