Questions and Answers

Benefits of Surf School Morocco

Email us at contact@surfstarmorocco.com or fill in the booking enquiry form if you have any questions about your Surfing Holidays or about Morocco. We are happy to help and on email 7 days a week!

What do I basically need to know about coming Surfing in Morocco?

MONEY: You cannot bring Moroccan Dirham/MAD into the country our out of the country and most places here do not accept traveller’s cheques (including us). You will need to get your holiday money either from the Cash Machine/ATM at the airport or change currency when in Morocco (we are happy to help you change currency also).

RELIGION: Morocco is a Muslim country so when you are walking through the towns it is respectful to cover up shoulders and knees. On the beach though, it’s perfectly fine to be in your bikini/board shorts but no topless sunbathing please ladies.

TAP WATER IS A NONO: Don’t drink the tap water. We advise everyone not the drink the tap water as it can make you ill so still to bottled water please.

ITS HOT: Morocco is really hot so make sure you avoid sunstroke by wearing a hat, sun cream and drinking bottled water.

IT’S NOT LIBYA: Unlike the problems in Libya, Morocco is a very peaceful country so you can relax on your surfing holiday! The local area is tourist friendly without being too touristy! It still has a unique untouched charm, yet many people speak english, french, berbere and arabic.

SURF FOR ALL LEVELS: You may have seen big waves in Morocco in surf movies like Sipping Jetstreams but Morocco also offers beginner beach spots so there is a great range of Surf Spots for all levels. Depending on the swell our Surf Guides will take you to the most suitable spots in the area.

YOUR ADDRESS NEEDED ON ARRIVAL TO MOROCCO: Riad Imourane, Tamraght, Souss-Massa-Draa, Agadir, Morocco. (imourane is the name of the local area which also means Romance!)

SURF STAR: We really take care of our guests so if there is anything you need, you will have someone around all the time! Check out our Trip Advisor Reviews to see guest feedback. We are a real moroccan Registered Company to trust with a patient caring staff to make your holiday really enjoyable.

Benefits of Surf School Morocco

ALL ABOUT SURF STAR MOROCCO:

Why the name Surf Star Morocco?

The Star is from the flag of Morocco – We love surfing and we love Morocco! We also are passionate about yoga, meeting new people, Moroccan adventures, beach parties, hanging out and chilling with good people. More than just a surf holiday, at Surf Star Morocco, you will experience Moroccan culture, mixing with local people and seeing the ‘real Morocco’ with a bunch of friendly experienced local and european guests and staff!

Where is Surf Star Morocco located? What are the local amenities?

Our surf camp and surf school are located in Tamraght 5 mins walk from Taghazout beach in Agadir, South Morocco. Just 2-4hours from European locations, we are:

30 seconds walk – 3 local shops (snacks/drinks/fruit&veg)
1min walk – local cafes and restaurants
5mins walk – taghazout beach break
5/10min walk – surf spots: taghazout beach crocodiles, devils rock, spiders and banana point.
15min walk – k17 surf spot on taghazout beach
2min walk – local hammam/massage/salon/beauty parlour
2min drive – Banana village where you’ll find local tourist friendly shops, restaurants and a Wednesday souk market.
30mins drive – Agadir city where you’ll find nightlife, shops, restaurants, bars, a large souk and a port. It’s easy to get the bus/taxi there too!
40min drive – Paradise valley, the stunningly beautiful Berbere Mountains, natural swimming pools, cliff jumps and natural beauty. Paradise!
40mins – Agadir Airport
2/3hour coach journey – Marrakech/Airport a buzzing market and tourist location.
2/3hour drive/coach – Essoaria a beautiful blue and white fishing town.

Where are the team from?

The surf star crew are a mix of European and local Moroccan friends, all with a passion for surfing quality waves, gorgeous weather, the beautiful Moroccan Berbere culture and sharing their passions with others. All of us love meeting great new friends all the time! We look forward to welcoming you to Morocco. With a mixture of charaters, a high level of experience in Surf Teaching, Morocco as a Surf Location, and Moroccan culture, we offer a unique personal edge. Above all, we want you to have the experience of a lifetime!

What is the weather like in Morocco?

Incredible sunny weather, clear blue skies and great sun tans is the norm in Morocco. Please use sunscreen, sit under umbrellas sometimes and wear hats to stay safe in the sun. Even in wintertime the weather here will give you a suntan but between November and February there is a small chance of rain. It’s normally sunny with crystal clear waters and 300 days of sunshine a year.
In the heat of summer temperatures can reach up to 40degrees. Sometimes we wear wetsuits just to keep the sun off! Good tip: bring zinc as they don’t sell it here!

Is Surf Star a good place to come for a someone travelling on their own?

Yes! Many of our guests are independent travellers and make friends instantaneously! We offer a single room supplement if you prefer a single room and there’s always people around to hang out and have fun with!

PRACTICAL TRAVEL INFO AND DIRECTIONS TO THE SURF CAMP MOROCCO:

How do I get to Surf Star Morocco?

You can fly to Agadir airport cheaply and easily from most European airports in 2-4hours. From Agadir we are only a 30/40min drive away and 5 night+ Surf Camp Packages include the Agadir transfer for FREE. If you are flying from the USA/other locations outside of Europe you may need to fly to Casablanca, Marrakech or into a European airport to transfer here.

From Marrakech coach services www.ctm.ma and Supratours can bring to you Agadir coach station in 2/3 hours for just 90dhm! From Agadir coach station you are just 25mins away from your surf star destination (all details follow!).

For step by step guidelines of traveling from London, France and Spain to us in Morocco including ferry, train and coach timetables and fares go to www.seat61.com.

Which Airports can I fly to?

Agadir (30/40mins drive away), Marrakech (4hours journey away) or Casablanca. And here is more info about each airport and how to get to us from there:

From Agadir Airport, how do I get to the Surf Camp?

The closest airport to Surf Star is Agadir. From here it’s just a 40min drive to Surf Star Morocco. Email us with your flight number, arrival time and date and we will pick you up from Agadir Airport with a Surf Star Morocco sign. As Agadir is such a small airport it will be easy to spot. You can always call us if needed.

From Marrakech Airport, how do I get to the Surf Camp?

Marrakech is the second closest airport to Surf Star.

From Marrakech airport get a taxi to the CTM bus station (see www.ctm.ma) and buy a ticket for the next bus to Agadir. If the CTM bus is full (rarely happens) get a taxi to the Supratours bus station and buy a ticket to Agadir from there. The bus takes approx 3/3.5 hours and costs around 100mad. As you can not book online, let is know your time of arrival and bus company and we can pick you up with a Surf Star Morocco sign.

From Casablanca Airport, how do I get to the Surf Camp?

There are 3 possibilities:

1) Get a CTM bus directly to Agadir in around 7.5 hours.
See the CTM bus company: www.ctm.ma from here we can pick you up! Just send us a text or call us before you leave and we will send a confirmation text back. We will the pick you up with a Surf Star Morocco sign as you get off the bus.

2) Get a train to Marrakeck and then a CTM or Supratours bus to Agadir.
Trains in Morocco www.oncf.ma Casablanca to Marrakech

3) Get a flight from Casablanca to Agadir Airport.
Flight company www.royalairmaroc.com Casablanca to Agadir takes about 1 hour

Which airlines fly to Morocco? 
Travelling from Europe try the following airlines:

www.thomson.co.uk
www.ryanair.com
www.easyjet.com
www.ba.com
www.norwegian.com
www.skyscanner.net 
www.royalairmaroc.com
www.iberia.com 
www.transavia.com
www.skyscanner.net
www.bravofly.co.uk

Are Agadir airport/bus station transfers included in packages?

Surf Packages (guiding/lessons each day) for 5/6 night+ stays include a FREE single Agadir airport/ bus station transfer. Surf Packages (guidingfor/lessons each day) for 7night+ stays include FREE return Agadir airport transfers. The price of an Agadir airport transfer is €30 per way or approx €15 to/from Agadir bus station (for connections to Marrakech, Casablanca or Essoaira.

How do I know that my Agadir airport/bus station transfer is booked?

Make sure you send you flight date, arrival time and flight number and airline name to contact@surfstarmorocco.com before you travel to ensure we can arrange your transfer. You will then be sent an email to confirm we have your details and our driver (normally Mohamed) will collect you from the airport with a “SURF STAR MOROCCO” sign. As Agadir airport is VERY small, it will be easy to see. If not just call us on 00212677719312, Happy days!

How do I get to Surf Star travelling by public bus from Agadir city?

Get the 32 or 33 bus heading north towards Taghazout or Tamri costing around 9dirhams. After about 30mins you will come to Tamraght (the village just after Aourir – banana village). As you enter Tamraght on the main road you will go past a big camp site on the left (Atlantica), this is also a bus stop but get off at the next stop just 30seconds further down outside the cafes and a surf repair shop called “shark attack”. From here walk up the street next to “villa azur” and a sign for a pizza shop. Take the second left turn before the small shops and you will see the ” Surf Star Morocco” sign above the surf school/office door. From the bus stop to surf star the walk takes just 1 or 2minutes. Give us a call if you’d prefer us to call you a taxi or meet you at the main road on 00212677719312, Easy!

Travelling by taxi from Agadir bus station, how do I get to Surf Star without a Transfer (Included FREE if you have a 5 night+ Surf Package)?

Get a small red/orange taxi (a local city taxi) ask the driver to taxi you to the centre taxi station. From here get a white taxi, and ask then to take you to Tamraght (the village 5mins before taghazout).

After about 30mins you will come to Tamraght (the village just after Aourir – banana village). As you enter Tamraght on the main road you will go past a big camp site (Atlantica) on the left, then after the surf shop on the left “shark attack” either get off and walk another 1 minute walk or ask the driver to turn right up the street next to “villa azur” and a sign for a pizza shop. Take the second left turn before the small shops and you will see the ” Surf Star Morocco” sign above the surf school/office door. Give us a call if you’d prefer us to pick you up.

FAQs ABOUT SURFING IN MOROCCO:

How close are the surf spots from the surf camp?

In all of our surf packages we provide transport to a range of surf spots in search for the perfect wave. Here’s just a taster of some of our local surf spots.

5mins walk – taghazout beach break crocodiles
5/10min walk – devils rock, spiders and banana point.
15min walk – k17 surf spot on taghazout beach
5mins drive – K11, K12, panoramas taghazout beach, hash point, Anchor point
10mins drive – mysteries, killer point,
30min drive – boilers
45min drive – tarmi
1.5 hour drive – immsoane

How is the surf? Where is the camp located?

Morocco is one of the world’s prime surfing destinations. It is unique because there is something for everyone! Our Surf Camp is located on the famous Atlantic coast of Morocco, stretching across over 17 surf spots reachable in a day. Surf Star is a 5 min walk from taghazout beach (crocs), and walking distance from devils rock, banana point, spiders and k17. Famous surfers like Kelly Slater ride Anchor Point, Killer Point and Boilers while complete beginners can enjoy super easy going swells at surf spots like Crocodiles and Panoramas. The swell is bigger during the winter months, yet there are always sheltered spots for beginners to learn happily at.

When should I come?

Morocco offers great weather year round. Beginners can come to learn how to surf at any time of year. Intermediate and advanced surfers can get waves most of the year yet the swell peaks between September-April, as May-August the swell drops a little. Check your magic seaweed and wind guru forecasts for Morocco to see the best times to come on your surf holiday or send us an email to ask the local opinion at contact@surfstarmorocco.com. If you leave us your number we can also call you right back!

What should I expect to learn in the beginner surf lessons? And what is included?

Ocean safety & about the equipment
Paddling for a wave
How to pop up
Correct positioning and stance
Riding waves
Wave selection
Turning
Building speed
Individual feedback and analysis

Includes: 2/3 hour surf lesson with our certified & experienced surf coaches, surf transport, surfboard and wetsuit hire, lunch picnic or tagine, water bottle, sun umbrellas & all day at the beach to surf (or chill!).

What should I expect to learn in the intermediate surf lessons? And what’s included?

Surf etiquette
How to paddle out back
Wave selection
Line up positioning
Catching unbroken waves
Turning frontside & backside
Introduction to different surf breaks & equipment
Individual feedback and analysis

Includes: 2/3 hour surf lesson with our certified & experienced surf coaches, surf transport, surfboard and wetsuit hire (as needed), lunch picnic or tagine, water bottle, sun umbrellas & all day at the beach to surf (or chill!).

What’s included with Surf Guiding (intermediate/elite surfers)?

Includes: surf guides offering tips & local advice, surf transport, surfboard and wetsuit hire (as needed), lunch picnic or tagine, water bottle, sun umbrellas, stay over surf trip options & all day surfing!

What are the prices to hire surf equipment per day per person? (prices may change at anytime)

Beginner Surfboard rental (foamy) €10 per day

Surfboard rental (hardboard- short boards, NSPs, Mini mals, longboards, Santa cruise, bushman & more €15 per day

Wetsuit Rental €10 per day

Do you offer surf photography and video feedback?

Yes please email us to let us know you are interested at contact@surfstarmorocco.com

Which wetsuit?

3/2mm is good for most of the year. Sometimes you won’t need a wetsuit as it can get super sunny and hot with crystal warm waters!

Are the surf instructors local? Are they qualified?

Definitely! Our surf coaching team are local to the area (most are from the area!) and are highly experience, and fully qualified in surf coaching and surf lifesaving with Surfing GB and ASI. They have unbeatable local knowledge and excellent local connections within the Moroccan surfing community.

Nick Thorn, former ironman and accredited assessor of surf instructors internationally, named our surf instructor Mohamed “the best surf instructor in Morocco”. See our tripadvisor reviews to hear about the teaching and surf guiding quality we offer here. Everyone of all levels are welcome!

Can I fix my surf board in Morocco?

Yes, no worries. Fixing your surf board here can be very inexpensive. If we can’t help you out at the surf school we can take you one of the many local surf shops and help you arrange the best price.

What is the temperature of the water?

The water temperatures range from around 16-25 degrees celsius with May – November being the warmest waves.

What should I bring to the beach?

You will get your surfboard, leash, water bottle and wetsuit at the surf school which the surf coaches will load on the surf transport for you. Bring a beach towel, board shorts/bikini, tshirt and shorts/skirt, 20+ sun cream or higher, a hat, (umbrellas are provided, camera and case, a little money, maybe a good book).

ORGANISING YOUR DATES TO COME TO MOROCCO/ CHANGING YOUR SURF HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

Are there set dates/times?

As we intentionally have guests from all over the world, we do not have set dates to our surf holidays and surf yoga retreats. Instead, we have a flexible date system which means that guests can arrive and depart on any day that suits their travel plans. Most guests however come for 7-10days so we have included discounts in the prices for these options. Check in is usually at 4pm and check out is usually at 12pm, but it is possible to arrive at anytime.

Can guests cancel activities/accommodation/extras/airport transfers / anything else they have booked?

If you need make changes to your plans please let us know ASAP to see how we can help! If you have already booked something, it is the decision of the Surf Star Morocco manager to decide whether or not you are allowed to cancel/change it. This is because we work hard organising your holiday which takes a lot of organisation, money, staff and time. Please let us know in advance thank you!

What are the terms and conditions?

Read our terms and conditions here.

YOGA IN MOROCCO:

Where do the yoga classes take place?

The yoga classes at surf star take place on the surf camps’ ocean view terrace overlooking the colourful Moroccan sun setting over the ocean. In the mornings, classes face the atlas mountains as the sun rises. There is a beautiful view of the Moroccan village rising up the mountain in one direction and the soulful Atlantic ocean in the other. To top the cultural experience of practicing yoga in magical Morocco, you also may hear the sounds of the local mosques eccoing across the village.

What styles of yoga are taught?

Vinyasa Flow, Classical Ashtanga, Hatha, Surf Specific. For more details see our Surf & Yoga Retreats page.

Do we need to bring Yoga mats?

No yoga mats are provided.

What should I wear?

Bring loose comfortable clothing you can easily stretch in and some warmer layers for extra warmth in Savasana (relaxation at the end of class).

Do you get a lot of Beginners at the Yoga Classes?

We always have a mix of experience levels and abilities at the yoga classes. Surf Star intentionally offer mixed level yoga classes, so that beginners can try out something new on their holiday, and experienced yoga practioners can deepen their own practice through the introduction of our teachers extensive experience and passion for the practice. Most participants have also been surfing so this is also considered in the classes.

ALL ABOUT HOLIDAY MONEY ON YOUR SURF TRIP TO MOROCCO:

What is the currency of Morocco? Where can I get cash/exchange money?

The currency is Moroccan Dirhams (written as Dhms or MAD). Collect your holiday money at the airport cash machine/ATM on arrival or in Aourir – a 2 minute drive away.

When is the full amount due by?

The amount is due on arrival to Surf Star Morocco, however if you need to collect money from the ATM/bank machine we can easily drive you there (2mins away) to collect money before paying. Travellers Cheques are not accepted. Morocco is a closed currency so dirhams are not allowed to be brought in or out of the country. We advise collecting money from the ATM or bringing euros/pounds.

Can I bring dirhams into the country?

Just 1000mad is currently the accepted amount to bring in or take out of Morocco. Morocco is a closed currency.

Should I tip?

Usually the money you give to one person in Morocco, brings food to their whole family. So yes please tip as you like, whether it’s 2mad or 200mad it’s good for the country.

How much money can I bring to the beach? Is it safe?

Maybe 50mad for a coffee/ snack. It is your responsibility to take care of your things when you are here but when you surf with Surf Star, there will always be someone around to keep an eye on your stuff. Most people bring their cameras and we leave them on the beach in bags together. You can also lock them in the car. The area is really safe and we have excellent local connections.

Can I pay with traveller’s cheques?

No. We do not accept traveller’s cheques. And nowhere locally do that we know of.

TRAVEL INFO AND OTHER GENERAL SURF CAMP MOROCCO FAQs:

Do I need a visa?

If you have an EU (European Union) passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date you don’t need a visa to visit Morocco as a tourist. Check with your nearest Moroccan Embassy for details if travelling from other locations.
Here’s more information about Moroccan Visas.

What will my Moroccan address be? (Needed as your arrive at any Moroccan Airport)

Riad Imourane, Tamraght, Souss-Massa-Draa, Agadir, Morocco. (imourane is the name of the local area which also means Romance!)

What do I need to pack for a Surf Holiday?

Passport, flight boarding pass/tickets, bankcard (Visa if possible) or £/€ in cash, your moroccan address: Riad Imourane, Tamraght, Agadir. Hat, sunblock, beach towel, bikini/board shorts, t-shirts, shorts, sunglasses, flip-flops, optional surf kit (surf board, wetsuit, rash vest), camera, laptop, chargers, travel adapter for Morocco (round with 2 bars 220 volts), a good book/magazine, clothes for chilling out/dress up as you like, hairdryer. If you come in the winter bring some warmer clothes for the evenings (jeans and sweater). You may want to pick up duty free alcohol from the Airport.

Do I need to get any Vaccinations to come to Surfing in Morocco?

Most people do not have any vaccinations done before (or after ) travelling to Morocco. If you have any concerns, please contact your doctor for professional medical advice.

Do I need medical insurance on my Surf Camp holiday in Morocco?

Yes. It is not compulsory but strongly recommended.

Which plug sockets are used?

Plug sockets here are round with 2 bars with 220 volts.

Can I bring a hairdryer?

Most rooms have hair dryers but we advise bringing your own to be 100% sure you have one. The surfed out messy hair look is welcome tho hhh!

Can I store my valuables somewhere?

Yes! Most rooms at our Surf Camp have number code safes to use free of charge. You can set your own code to lock it. There is also a security guard around 24/7 and sevurity cameras. This is just to be overly secure, Tamraght is a really safe area! We offer a really helpful and safe environment to stay in. You will be really well cared for, supported and looked after by our great team. The local area is quiet, safe and has a really nice community feel. We take excellent care of guests.

Can I drink at the surf camp? Can we go clubbing?

Yes! You can drink at the surf camp anywhere – around the pool, on the terrace, in your rooms etc. Agadir has loads of nightclubs and bars too if you’re up for a clubbing!

Which plug sockets are used?

Plug sockets here are round with 2 bars with 220 volts.

Can I bring a hairdryer?

Yes! Please bring your own hairdryers.

Can I fix my surfboard in Morocco?

Yes, no worries. Fixing your surf board here can be very inexpensive. If we can’t help you out at the camp we can take you one of the many local surf shops and help you arrange the best price.

We are a family; do you teach and accommodate children?

Yes! We love families! We adore teaching children how to surf and there’s something for the whole family here; Camel rides, Massages, Paradise valley adventures, beach time and lots of fun in the sun!

Do you have Wifi/Computers with Internet I can use?

Yes we have computers available for you to use with free internet. There is also free wifi available at the surf camp.

Morocco is a Muslim country so what should I bring to wear?

Most people wear shorts and t-shirts in towns. Bikinis/board shorts are normal to wear on the beaches. It is respectful to not walk around town in your bikini as most Muslim women choose to cover arms/legs. Flip flops and hats are comfortable as it gets really hot and you can buy them here if there’s not much sun where you are. If you come in wintertime bring some jeans/trousers and a jumper for after the sun sets.

Do you supply bed linen and towels?

Yes we do.

What do I need to wear / whats the religion?

Morocco is a Muslim country so when you are walking through the towns it is respectful to cover up shoulders and knees. On the beach though, it’s perfectly fine to be in your bikini/board shorts but no topless sunbathing please ladies.

What’s the language?

We teach in English. The local languages are French, Berbere and Arabic. It’s a heart warming culture with friendly welcoming people. Shukran means thank you, Salam means hello, and its is common to shake someones right had and put your hand on your heart when saying hello.

How can I book Paradise valley trips, hammams and massages?

Yes when you are here. This ensures that is it a good day to visit Paradise valley (or that you don’t miss an amazing surf day). Simply let us know you are interested when here about hammam and massages, we will book you in and walk you to the door ( its just 2mins walk away from the surf camp).

Where is the souk (market)?

The local souk is on each wednesday in banana village Aourir (2mins drive away). The Agadir souk is on each day except Monday and closes early on Friday.

Can I ride a camel?

Yes you can ride a camel at the local beach and even get the token surfer on a camel pick with your surfboard.

Email us at contact@surfstarmorocco.com or fill in the booking enquiry form if you need help choosing your surf holiday

Benefits of Surf School Morocco