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An active adventure holiday

Adventure holiday

So much to do!

Everything for an active vacation

The Dominican Republic is a beautiful, mountainous country with fast flowing rivers and magnificent canyons: We've listed below some of the other fun trips you can do on your surf holiday to Swell surf camp. Our lovely camp manageress, Haudy, will be happy to arrange any of these for you.

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Canyoning, repelling & jumping the ‘magic mushroom’

This amazing adventure has you hiking, rappelling, swimming and jumping through the canyon to reach the Magic Mushroom, a geological wonder with an incredible cascade of water, over which you will rappel before letting go into the deep, turquoise water below.

Cascading through the Ciguapa Falls

After a short hike through lush jungle and rain forest, you reach the canyon and plunge into its cool, refreshing waters. This tour has 12 jumps and passes through several incredible waterfalls. It really feels as though you have entered Jurassic Park.

Swell guests always return from these adventures full of stories and adrenaline!
Either of these trips costs $89 USD per person.


Other Activities

Some of the other fun trips you can do on your surf holiday.

Mountain Biking

Another favorite of our guests at Swell. Cycling is huge in the Dominican Republic and we've got several different types of ride on offer, from exhilarating downhills to some serious workouts up and over the hills behind Swell. One thing is for sure, on the bike, you get to see places you cannot access by car and you will pass through some wonderful scenery.
Prices start at $45 USD.

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Horse Riding

Another firm favorite of our guests; even people that are not into horses or usually ride them, come back saying it was one the highlights of their surf trip to Swell.

Cross rivers and narrow tracks in the mountains, or choose the beach-side ride, you will get to see parts accessible only by horse. Tommy the guide will take care of you and make sure that everything happens in a safe and fun way.
Prices start at $45 USD.

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SUP hire or Lessons

Cabarete Bay, less than a 5 minute walk from Swell, has perfect conditions for taking a stand up paddle-boarding lesson, or renting an SUP for a paddle around the huge bay. You can choose flat water paddling, or take the board out to the reef about 200m off-shore, where you can catch some fun waves.

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Snorkeling & Diving

The Dominican Republic has some good diving and snorkeling spots. If you want to become a qualified diver, that can be arranged too, through Swell surf camp. Wreck diving, night diving, it`s all possible. For a fun afternoon after surfing we recommend the snorkeling trip with our qualified operator in Sosua.

It’s even better when you go with a group of fellow guests from Swell. After a short taxi ride to the beautiful bay of Sosua, you’ll hop on a boat to a couple of reef spots to see some crystal clear water and swim with a whole variety of colorful fish.

If you are interested in the snorkeling or diving in Sosua, let us know at the time of booking, or talk to Haudy when you are with us. The cost of this trip depends on the number taking part, but a rough guide, allow $45 USD.

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No, you don’t have to pre-book any of the trips mentioned on this page. Haudy, our lovely manageress at Swell will be your personal concierge and she will arrange them for you once you are at Swell. Please note that some trips are dependent on sufficient numbers taking part and can be weather-reliant. Most day trips do take place every week at the surf camp.



After living in the Dominican Republic for 9 years and loving the great outdoor watersport lifestyle, Jeroen (from the Netherlands) and Clare (for the UK) decided it was time to share their knowledge of the Dominican Republic all that this stunning country has to offer with visitors from around the world.

Clare and Jeroen were already familiar with surf retreats, surf resorts and surfing camps in many different countries and had to stay in some very ordinary surf camps in their quest for great surfing waves, they knew that something was missing in the market of surf camps; a place which was still social, but offering better quality luxury surf camp accommodation, great food, nicer beds, cleaner rooms: A stylish, luxury surf retreat with surf lessons and surf coaching.

They set about designing the kind of place they would want to stay in themselves:  the best luxury surf camp for adults.


So they hired a renowned Swiss architect for one purpose: to come up with the world’s first purpose-built, luxury surfing camp.

Since opening in the winter 2009/2010 Swell surf instructors have taught 1000’s of people how to surf in a safe, fun and structured manner. Swell has won multiple awards and has 100’s of excellent reviews from happy guests. Swell continues to be one of the top surfing destinations for couples, groups and solo travellers to go to as the best surf camp camp reviewsIt’s not just surfing on offer at Swell; You can learn to kitesurf, learn wingfoiling, take yoga classes, go horse riding on the beach or in the mountains and enjoy some truly spectacular outdoor adventure trips like canyoning for example.

Swell offers package surf holidays that take all the hassle out of the planning, transport to the beach and much more, so all Swell guests can enjoy a stress-free luxury surf retreat experience. You just have to book your flights, and they will take care of the rest!

With great food being such an important part of anyone’s surf vacation, Swell delivers there too; with superb home-cooked food at the camp and on the evenings when guests go out to dinner, a large choice of restaurants offering a comprehensive choice of dining are all within a few minutes walk.

So if you are looking for the best surf camp experience, we are confident that you will have a great time at Swell Surf Camp.

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  • “Think of Swell as the anti-surf camp. There’s plenty of surfing, of course, but the similarities to other surf camps end there. For starters, the rooms are stylish — more boutique surf retreat than reggae-loving surfer digs. Then there are the legendary breakfasts (omelets, pancakes and crepes, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and fruit bowls). Structured surf lessons take place each morning, with an instructor alongside you and the head surf coach watching from shallow water, ready to offer learn to surf tips between riding waves. If you are serious about learning to surf, then Swell should be on top of your destination list. Highly recommended!

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    [Frommer’s Travel Guides]

    Designed with the discerning surfer in mind, Swell is far from a crash pad. The spare clean lines, plush bedding, modern photographs and funky furniture say ‘boutique surf retreat’ but the pool, ping-pong and foosball tables and social vibe suggest otherwise. A huge wood communal table is the center of the hanging-out action, after all the surfing is done. Highly recommended!

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    [Lonely Planet]


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