Q: What sets Vegan Surf Camp apart from other companies?
The Vegan Surf Camp is organised by a French non-profit organisation ‘Association l’Amour de la Terre’. We’re more than just a surf camp offering burgers and pizzas. We gather together in the woods of les Landes to share the same passion for a healthy lifestyle combining surf and yoga. All our food is freshly made using only vegan, organic produce that nourishes our body. This is the exact type of energising food you need to fully enjoy the experience of a surf and yoga camp. Together with our volunteers, we are an international team which feels more like a family. You will feel this community spirit as soon as you begin your holiday here. It will be a chance to connect with like-minded individuals and make connections that last longer than your stay. Our camp is open to everyone. You don’t need to be vegan to enjoy the benefits of delicious food and time spent playing in the ocean or on a yoga mat.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE
Q: Where is the camp?
We are found in Camping les Cigales in the beach-side town of Moliets-et-Maa. Using the toll road, we are an easy hours’ drive from Biarritz airport and a two-hour drive from Bordeaux.
Q: What are the arrival and departure details?
The best time to check in is at 16h00 on Saturdays. If you arrive earlier, no worries! You can drop your bags at the camp and spend a few hours getting to know the beautiful area around before you settle in. We encourage all guests to arrive before 18h00 so that you can get settled and enjoy the full deliciousness of what the buffet has to offer.
If you arrive later than 18h00, you can check in at our bar on camp until 23h00. However, you will not be able to register your car until Sunday. Please let us know in advance if you plan to arrive later than 19h00 so we can prepare you a plate from the buffet.
We ask that you check out before 10h00 on Saturday. This gives us time to clean the areas and prepare the camp for a new week of guests.
We really appreciate you respecting these times.
Q: What if I arrive later than Saturday?
It is also possible to arrive on other days but please note, our weekly activities program runs from Saturday to Saturday and so it is ideal to arrive then to ensure you don’t miss any of the fun. However, if you’re unable to arrive on Saturday, let us know so we can make sure you get the most out of your stay. You can still start the surf lessons on Monday and do a complete week of surfing.
Please note there is no discount for shorter stays.
Q: How do I get to you?
Please check our arrival page, here is all the important information.
Rome2Rio is a great online source to find plane, train and bus routes as well as car and ferry. Just type in Moliets-et-Maa and see what options you have!
If you’re planning on flying, we recommend browsing Skyscanner to scope the best range of deals from different airlines. The closest airport is Biarritz but Bordeaux is another good option.
Eurolines offer bus routes throughout most of Europe if you prefer not to fly.
Q: Is there a safe place for valuables at the campsite?
There are lockers available at the campsite reception for €25/week. If you would like extra security, you can bring a padlock to secure your tent or just leave your most valuable possessions at home. In general, however, the campsite is extremely safe so you don’t need to worry.
Q: Are there any washing facilities for clothes?
You can wash your clothes at the campsite reception for €5 a load. The dryer costs a further €3.
Q: Is there a supermarket nearby?
Yes. There are two small supermarkets in Moliets-et-Maa, just a 5 minutes’ walk from the camp. There is also a bigger supermarket a few minutes’ drive away.
Q: What surf equipment do you have for use?
We have a range of soft top surfboards which are ideal for those learning to surf. If you’re a bit more experienced, you can rent a hardboard from our partner surf school, SoonLine. We provide wetsuits for lessons and we have surfing equipment for children and for plus size guests.
Q: What are the wave conditions like?
In general, the waves in Moliets are suited for all levels of surfing. We are a 10-minute walk to Moliets plage which has many nice beach breaks. Beach breaks are ideal for learning to surf as it is where the waves break over sand, as opposed to rocks or coral. As the ocean is a ruler of self, we can’t promise any specific conditions but summer time in France often brings swells of sweet waves.
Q: Is there a curfew in the camp?
There is a 23h00 curfew for the entire campsite. This respects any families or guests who wish to sleep. However, it doesn’t mean no partying! There are many bars in town where you can party into the early mornings of the night.
Q: Is the Vegan Surf Camp suited to all levels of surfing ability?
Lessons are suited to first-time and intermediate surfers. Our incredible surf instructors adapt their classes to the level of the guests. If you are more experienced, you can come with your own board or rent one and still enjoy the magic of surfing in Moliets.
Q: I am staying at another accommodation, can I still come for food and activities?
As our camp is organised by a non-profit organisation, you can only book as a whole package including accommodation, food and activities. Staying at the camp gives you the full experience of what we have to offer.
Q: What do I have to bring?
After many years of camping, we have some experience in what one needs and doesn’t need. Here you can find a list of essentials to bring to ensure you don’t miss anything. (insert link)
Q: Do I need travel insurance/liability insurance?
If you sign up to the surf lessons, it is necessary to have valid travel insurance or liability insurance that covers surfing.
Q: I am under 18 years of age, can I still stay at your camp?
Any guests under 18 must have written consent from parents and be accompanied by a person of 18 years or above. Bookings cannot be made from anyone under 18 years of age.
Q: Do I need to bring towels?
We do not provide towels to guests staying in tents so please bring your own beach and bath towel.
If you booked a mobile home you only need to bring a beach towel.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
As lovers of animals, we love to have dogs visit our camp! However, there is a limit on the number to ensure everyone’s comfort so please let us know if you would like to bring your furry friend and we can check availability for the week(s).
You will have to respect the prohibition of domestic animals in our common areas and especially during meal times. This is due to allergies, hygiene and kids.
Some practical info 🙂
The “Courant d’huchet”, a nice natural reserve, is located a short walk away from the camp. It is an amazing place to explore while walking your dog and once you reach the beach, there are no animal restrictions!
Concerning the fees, you have to pay 3€/Day/Dog, please pay directly at the Camping reception, on your arrival.
Q: I am travelling alone. Is this a problem?
Every week, we welcome solo-travellers! Travelling alone is a unique experience and a great chance to learn more about yourself and to get out of your comfort zone. The camp is an amazing place to meet people and make new friends. We have lots of group activities and sharing meals with others always makes connection a bit easier.
Q: Can I have a tent by myself?
It is possible to have a tent for yourself. However, our standard package already includes one compartment out of two in a 9m tent. This gives you your own space even when sharing with another! If you would like a complete tent to yourself, there will be a surcharge.
Q: What is included in my package?
Here’s what you can expect to be included in your stay:
- Accommodation in our spacious tents with air mattresses included
- Food: for breakfast and dinner, your meals are beautifully plated from an all vegan and organic buffet
- You can also pack your lunch from our breakfast buffet which includes a range of veggies and spreads for sandwiches.
- Unlimited teas, coffees and filtered water available all day
- Free yoga class on Sunday.
- Afterwards, each class is €10 throughout the week
- All weekly activities are included in your package! This means you can enjoy movies, parties, cooking classes and acro-yoga without an extra charge.
- If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try any of the skateboards we have at the camp! We also provide umbrellas and beach games for your beach days.
Not included in your package:
- Surf lessons with our stoked surf instructors
- Yoga classes with our incredible yoga teachers
- Surf equipment rental
- Snacks and drinks from our all vegan and organic bar
- Individual tent
Q: Can I come with my van?
Yes! We have beautiful shared spots under the shade of the trees for you to park your van. Just let us know the size of your van in your booking and we can check if there is availability for the week(s). The price is the same as for a regular person in a basic tent plus an extra €3 per day for a car and 10€/day for a van, which you pay directly at the reception of the campsite.
Q: Can I come with my own tent?
Our package includes accommodation for 7 nights in one of our tents. Because of this, we do not have any spots for free camping. But this means you can arrive without any worries of pitching your home for the week!
Q: What kind of guests visit the VSC?
Every week, we welcome guests of all ages and nationalities! Families, couples, friends and solo travellers come here. It’s a great mix of guests and you’re sure to make connections and meet new friends. The camp is an inclusive and safe space for all. All we ask is respect and tolerance!