Our first trip to A-Bay was amazing! So, as soon as we had the chance, we took a second road trip up the coast. We spent the week running around with salty beach hair and sandy bare feet enjoying every minute!
We did almost everything we loved on our first trip. We lived on Sri Lankan kottu and roti, mini bananas, coconut water and local beer. (I absolutely hated beer before Sri Lanka, I guess travel changes your tastes a little). And, we made sure to eat healthy in between and chill at Hideaway Cafe drinking smoothies, eating muesli, and enjoying happy hour in the evenings.
Two weeks had passed between our first and second visit and it was noticeable that A-Bay was approaching "on-season." The sand banks had changed and the streets and surf were filled with even more people than when we first visited.
On our first trip we stayed near the main break and couldn't get enough of the main point. But this time, although we stayed near the main break again, we managed to go on some eventful adventures to Elephant Rock and Peanut Farm, surf spots only a short tuk tuk ride away.
Early one morning, our tuk tuk driver dropped us off at Elephant Rock and gave us rough directions to the break — walk over the path, then over the big rocks, then past the lagoon. When we got there, Kelly and I figured "why climb the rocks? let's cut through the edge of the lagoon instead." Which we found out on our way back wasn't the best idea — a shocked local yelled out to us "very dangerous, big crocodile in lagoon!" We looked at each other and laughed because the thought had crossed our mind. That would have been good to know before we went on our little trek!!
We risked our lives for nothing; the spot was beautiful, but the water at Elephant Rock was flat. So we moved on to Peanut Farm which didn't disappoint. We walked by Peanut Farm's main break, a little wave crowded with learners, and smiled at the armed guards in the Navy territory security hut as we made our way to a beautiful little surf break. The morning was filled with party waves and smiles. And, when I was tired of attempting to surf with the others, I grabbed my camera and spent the rest of my afternoon as the surf paparazzi.
The sun, the sea, and the surf was great, but the best part about Arugam Bay by far was hanging out all the amazing people I met.
Miss you all! x