“Travel is not really about leaving our homes, but leaving our habits” – Pico Iyer
While travel is great for job creation and cultural exchange, ‘over-tourism’ can have negative effects on our host communities and the environment.
At Solas Surf, we are ardent promotors of responsible travel in Sri Lanka. We have thought about how we can do our bit and be a catalyst for positive change. From greening your experience to helping the local community of Ahangama, all it takes are small steps to make your time with us impactful.
We want you to leave us not only with lovely memories but feeling as if you have “given back”
For us, sustainable travel is not about roughing it in small eco-huts in the wilderness. We at Solas Surf believe that it involves making simple choices to lessen the negative impact on a given destination, to preserve resources for future generations. We ourselves are avid experience seekers and travelers, so we know the importance of preservation.
Our guiding principles on sustainable travel are:
Doing our part includes the following:
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” – Robert Swan
We have curated a list of optional activities around these guiding principles, so all you have to do is opt in during your stay!
Sea Turtle Conservation
we organize a weekly visit to a nearby turtle hatchery for you to see what we do to help preserve these beautiful creatures from extinction. If you are lucky, you will be able to participate in the release of hatched creatures into a safe environment. Believe us, this is a touching and memorable experience, saving the wild!
Sustainable Growing, Fruit and Vegetables
We grow part of our own produce in an organic manner. We can organize a visit to our gardens, so you can see first -hand what we do. All our growing processes are 100% organic and sustainable. If you are willing to get your hands dirty, you can even volunteer to help us out on the day.
Our menus are curated based on seasonally and locally available vegetables and fruits, ensuring that we can grow our own and buy from local growers; in fact, we work very closely with local growers to educate them on sustainable and organic practices, this is an example of how we bring local communities to profit from you.
Beach Clean Ups
Ahangama has some of the most stunning beaches in Sri Lanka and we can all participate to keep them clean by picking plastic waste; Not only do we collect waste, but we work with the local recycling plants. If you are so inclined, we can even organize a visit to the plant to see how our waste gets transformed!
Your Contribution to Local Charities
A percentage of all revenues we generate at Solas Surf go to a couple of charities that are dear to us, who are committed to making a difference in the local area:
Educating Local Village Children
Through a charitable trust, we help educate the local children of Ahangama by providing various educational facilities.
Street Dogs of Sri Lanka
We work with a responsible rescue and rehabilitation charity in the coast that cares for these lovely and destitute dogs and re-integrating them with local homes. If you are keen, we are more than happy to take you down to see these loving pooches.
Please don’t hesitate to shout out if you see something we can improve on with regards to Sustainability, as there is always more we can do. At Solas, we are all about listening and embracing your thoughts and values