FAQ

Accommodation & Reservations

I need to change/cancel my reservation, how do I do this?

Please send us an email if you’d like to change anything about your booking, we will always try to help you out. We would like to remind you, you agreed with the following terms with your booking.

  • Deposits are non refundable
  • Cancellations made more than 30 days before arrival are free. (deposit can be used for a reservation in the future)
  • Cancellations within 29 days prior to arrival incur a 100% fee of the first night in addition to the deposit.
  • Cancellations/amendment made less than 7 days prior arrival incur a 100% fee of the reservation.  
  • No refunds on early departure.

Is breakfast included in the price?

Yes! Breakfast is served every day at 9.30. Because most of us will be joining the Yoga at 8, we will have a well deserved breakfast after the Yoga. In case you like the breakfast before of after this time, because you’ve made other plans in the morning, you can always request breakfast at another time.

What time is check in/check out?

Check in is from 1pm.

Check out is before 11 am.

Early check-in and late check out is based upon availability and cannot be confirmed until check-in time.

I would like to stay an addition night to the package deal is this possible?

Yes, please send an email to basecampsrilanka@gmail.com and we will check availability for you and send you a suitable quotation for a customized package.

My travelcompanion prefers not to join the yoga, is this a problem?

No problem at all. If your travel companion wants to try a few classes we recommend to just book the normal package for double occupancy. If for some reason your travel companion cannot or doesn’t want to join any of the yoga please send us an email and we can create a customized package for you

Can we use the showers/bathrooms when we are earlier than the check in time or after we have checked out?

On the day of your check in/check out you are free to use our facilities.

Do you have air conditioning?

Every room has a big ceiling fan and the option to have a extra standing fan.

Our rooms with shared bathroom do not have AC, only fans.

Our rooms with private bathrooms have the option for AC

Can I have an extra bed/mattress in the room?

No, unfortunately due to our room sizes it is not possible to add an extra person, bed or mattress to the room.

If you don’t like to share a bed, we recommend booking a twin room.

Which payment methods are accepted?

We accept payment by cash (LKR, USD or EURO) only.

Yoga

What type of Yoga do you offer and what time?

Every day at 8 in the morning we offer Vinyasa

Every afternoon at 4 we offer Yin yoga

As a guest these yoga are included in your stay.

In case you are not staying at Basecamp, please sign up before (via instagram) to secure your spot

Its 1500 lkr for a 90 minute class

Can I drop in for Yoga when i'm not a guest at Basecamp?

Guests and non-guests are more than welcome to join our Yoga. Every day at 8am we offer a Vinyasa class and every afternoon at 4pm a Yin yoga class. It takes 90 minutes and costs 1500 lkr. Would you like to stay for a surprise breakfast after the Yoga class? It’s only 500 lkr extra.

I would like to organise my own retreat at Basecamp, is this possible?

Yes, this is a possibility. Please send us an inquiry at basecampsrilanka@gmail.com with the dates and we can send you a quotation.

Surf

Do you offer surf lessons?

We don’t give surf lessons ourselves since there are plenty of local surf schools with great, qualified teachers in Weligama so we recommend to take surf lessons there. No need to book in advance.

 

If you are a more advanced surfer we can offer guided surfs. Then you’ll be taken out to all the different spots, suited for the conditions and your preference. Please contact us with your surf experience and what you would like to achieve when you’re at Basecamp.

When is the best months for surfing here

If you are a beginner, it doesn’t matter which time of the year you come to Basecamp. However, there is a difference between the seasons. In high season (november – april) you can surf at about 10 – 12 different surf spots: from Weligama beach, which is perfect for beginners, to Rams which is a reefbreak for advanced surfers.

In low season (may – oct) the surfbreak at Taprobane Island works, which is a few minutes walking distance from us. It’s also still possible to surf at the main beach and at Fisho’s, the break right in front of Basecamp. It’s far less busy around this time a year which is great for practicing.

When you are more advanced it is very fun to come during low season. Less crowded in the lineup and enough waves, usually the swell is a bit bigger too. During high season there is more variety for the advanced surfers. In high season there will be about 10 – 12 sport working within 30 minutes tuk tuk drive from Basecamp.

Fisho’s, a beginner to intermediate reef break right in front of Basecamp, works most of the year too! So, in our opinion there is no off-season for surfing!

Other

What is the best way to get to Basecamp from the airport.

Bus: If you decide to take the bus, you can take the highway bus to Matara or Galle. The highway bus only goes a few times a day, you can check the schedule online but is not always reliable. From Matara or Galle to Basecamp you can take a local bus or tuk tuk. This will take around 4 hours in total. If there is no highway bus at the airport you can take the bus to Colombo first and try to get on the highway bus from there. These busses go every hour. It will take you an hour longer than the first option. The last bus option is to take a local (express) bus all the way but since that takes about 6 hours we don’t recommend to do so.

 

Train: You have to take a bus/tuk tuk/taxi to Colombo Fort first. The train goes 4 or 5 times a day so please check the schedule before online (check it at the government website, that’s reliable www.railway.gov.lk). From Weligama train station you can take a tuk tuk to Basecamp. If your bus and train are connecting it will take around 4,5 hours.

Taxi: In case you don’t feel like traveling by public transport. We advise to use the apps Pick me or Uber in and around Colombo and to get from the airport to Colombo you will find many transport companies in the arrival hall. A drop off will cost between 12000 and 13000 lkr.

How is the weather throughout the season

Year round it is around 30 degrees and very sunny. However, the forecast always says otherwise, and will probably say it’s raining 364 days out of 365, but that’s never accurate.  Make sure to bring enough sunscreen and beachwear.

There’s also a few misconceptions attached to the monsoon season. Monsoon season is from April until October. It does not mean bad weather with rain, onshore winds and un-surfable waves. As a matter of fact, one can surf and travel all year round in the South.

The most chance of heavy rain showers is in May, beginning of June and November when the monsoon changes. Otherwise, there will be a few random rain showers during the day helping you cool down in the hot tropical climate.

It is always difficult to predict the weather on a tropical island but this is the closest we get, and we can recommend travelling to the South Coast all year round.

What is there to do around?

Weligama is a small surfers village at the South Coast of Sri Lanka. It has a perfect centered location between Matara and Galle. We can recommend you the best places around and organize your trips.

  • Explore beaches nearby
  • Weligama beach (5 minutes)
  • Mirissa (10 minutes)
  • Coconuts (5 minutes)
  • Unawatuna (30 minutes)
  • Madiha (20 minutes)
  • Secret beach (15 minutes)
  • Kabalana (20 minutes)
  • Snorkeling in Polhena
  • Trip to Galle
  • Go for a Spa day
  • Safari at Udawalawe or Yala National Parc
  • Stiltfishing
  • Cookingclass
  • Tea Factory