Cherating: great for surfing and camping

Nearing the end of winter break, my parents took me and my siblings on a surfing trip to Cherating. With Covid-19 causing most families to stay at home, we decided to have a 4-hour drive to Cherating.

At surf school Cheratingpoint you can ride the waves with surf boards. You also can take lessons, if you don’t know yet how to surf. My dad, younger brother and I signed up for a beginner surfing lesson, where you learn the basics of surfing and have fun with the waves later on. The lesson was very educational and fun. My dad and I really liked it, since we were able to surf in the span of an hour.

Lessons at Cheratingpoint

The surf school provides private lessons to kids from one year old and up. The school also provides group lessons (minimum two participants). Although lessons can start for those aged 1 and above, I would say that surfing lessons are more suitable for kids 7 years old and above.

Camping on the beach


The campsite we went to after our surf lesson was called Payung Getaway Campsite & RV Park. We were surprised to see how close it was to the beach and the surfing area! The campsite is a big camping ground, where you can set up your tent and enjoy the beach, the sunrise and sunset. The manager kindly set up one of the tents we rented and then we put up one of our own tents which we had brought from KL.

At the campsite, there are many activities you can do, like kayaking and canoeing on the small lake, watching the sunrise and sunset, looking at fireflies at night, walking along the beach, and swimming in the water. On the left side of the beach, you can see the surfing area. My mum and siblings went for kayaking on the lake and after that we all admired the sunset. We didn’t do the other activities, because we were all tired.

cherating surf camp - Happy Go KL

We brought a kite though and we just sat there and watched the kite fly high. At night, we went to a close-by petrol station and bought some instant noodles to eat. The campsite has a small kitchen with basic necessities, so you can cook there if you’d like.


  • You have to be a proficient swimmer if you want to surf, since the waves can be big.
  • Bring sun screen and mosquito repellent.
  • You need to wear a swim suit or pants and long sleeved swim shirt if you are surfing.
  • No need to bring your own surf board, you can rent them from Cheratingpoint.
  • You can rent tents from the campsite. They only rent out 2-person tents, so if you have a family of more than two, you need to bring your own.
  • The campsite does not provide camping gear and essentials, for example toiletries, sleeping bags etc.

The surf school is closed from March all the way to November. In November and December there are downpours almost everyday.

If you would like to read more about a getaway to Cherating, have a look at our article here.

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