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7 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Portugal

  • Tiny Whale Surf Lodge, Quinta de Mesquita, Estrada do Paul, Sargacal, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal


Portugal Yoga Retreat and Surfing

This retreat combines surfing and yoga for the perfect active holiday, focused on improving your fitness and well-being. No matter what your level of experience, this retreat is suitable for surfers interested in yoga, yogi's who want to learn to surf or those who are beginners or experienced in both. Practice yoga in a breathtaking location. Surf in Portugal's perfect warm water waves. Sleep and relax in a laid back villa, and eat incredibly well to restore, revive, and feel amazing.


  • 5 full days surfing
  • 5 1-hour yoga sessions
  • 10 lessons with a professional surf coach
  • 5 days healthy packed lunch
  • All surf equipment needed
  • 7 days delicious breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 8.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Tiny Whale Surf Lodge offers one of the widest ranges of accommodation in Portugal for surf, kite surf and activity holidays all available in one place.

The Tiny Whale Surf

This is certainly no place to rough it. With private rooms, luxury teepees, and a large shared room, it's well equipped to cater for a wide scope of visitors. The camp attracts people from all over the world wanting to meet other surfers or people who like exploring the outdoors. There are plenty of places to sunbathe, read or just hang out with friends. There is a huge garden, sun loungers, hammocks, bean bags, and a yoga area to make your stay as relaxing as possible. The talented in-house chef, who cooks delicious two course dinners and a luxury barbecue five nights a week, so you can get to know the other guests and let the staff do the hard work for you.

There is nothing better than nourishing and balancing the body and mind through a daily diet of vitalizing yoga, serene surf and wholesome food in a tranquil environment. A friendly, highly experienced team will help you develop your own yoga practice, take you surfing in perfect waves, and create the perfect holiday. For those who are looking for more active surroundings with party life, Lagos is the place to be.

The disciplines of yoga and surfing go hand in hand, as both benefits from the physical and mental enhancements as a result of one another. The physical benefits of practicing yoga as a surfer include improved balance and flexibility, as well as the addition of core and physical strength.

The mental benefits of yoga for surfers include an increased sense of focus and awareness to the human form and body. Concentration on your body and how it is reacting often brings calmness to the mind, and to the breath. As a surfer, awareness of your breath and how you breathe bring the natural rhythm and flow of the body into consciousness. This more rhythmic body focuses your surfing on the core skills of balance and internal rhythm.

Benefits for surfing

Practicing yoga increases awareness of your body, as yoga often requires you to make small, subtle movements to improve alignment which increases comfort in your own body, improves posture and self-confidence. Translated to surfing, this leads to better balance on your surfboard, a more rhythmic approach to paddling and moving on the board, as well as an increased awareness of your connection to the water, the waves, and your board.

Tiny Whale Surf Lodge is situated in Lagos - the province of Algarve - a well known region of Portugal with a laid back lifestyle. The western Algarve is perfect to unwind and recharge with some deserved rest and recuperation, explore the fantastic culture, and unspoiled countryside that still retains its natural charm. Travelling just half an hour from either the south or west coast up through the countryside to the Monchique mountain at 1000 meters, the whole area is speckled with small villages and towns with one foot in past. There are traditional coffee shops, bakers, fresh products from local producers, and artisan craftsmen, all selling their wares. Exploring the local cuisine is a must either with a cataplana (fresh fish stew), barbecued sardines, and a pastilla de nata for desert.

Nearby places

  • Costa Vincentina National Park, 60 kilometers - 1 hour
  • Lagos historic center, 8 kilometers
  • Lagos Zoo, 10 kilometers
  • Meia Praia, 12 kilometers
  • Permetro Florestal de Baro de So Joo, 10 kilometers
  • Ponta da Piedade, 10 kilometers
  • Praia Dona Ana, 10 kilometers
  • Praia do Porto de Mos, 10 kilometers
  • Praia Pinhao, 10 kilometers
  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball court
  • Wine tasting / tour
  • Bar
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

A delicious daily breakfast is included in all stays at the Lodge. The apartments are self catering.

A healthy lunch is included in surf lessons and guiding, please let the staff know if you have any dietary requirements.

There is a fantastic in-house chef; from an experienced background in 5-star boutique resorts his evening meals and weekly barbecue are a real highlight for the camps guests. There will be provided four evening meals during your stay.

The food pack is 55 EUR for four evening meals or 15 EUR per person, for a two-course dinner with local wines and the 20 EUR luxury barbecue.


  • Lunches for the first and last day of your staying.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Lactose Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Bom Dia trip

Bom Dia Trip is a two hours or 4.5 hours trip on a traditional Portuguese sailing boat. You can relax in the sun, swim, and snorkel. The 4.5 hours trip includes a barbeque lunch and wine.

Explore the caves and grottos of Ponta da Piedade in Lagos on a smaller boat. Prices range from 10 EUR for children from five to 10 years old to 49 EUR for the 4.5 hours trip for the adults. The infants under five years old are free.


You can have an adventurous coasteering trip in Portugal with a qualified guide. Explore the beautiful coastline of Algarve, hidden beaches, rock formations of the natural park of Costa Vicentina between Sagres and Lagos; jump from the cliffs and inside the grottos, get pictures of your session.

Transfer (except July to August), insurance, photos, and coasteering equipment (wetsuit, buoyancy aid, helmet, and shoes) are included. Program starts Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 15:00. The meeting point is Praia da Ingrina, Natural park of Costa Vicentina between Sagres and Lagos. The price for this activity is 35 EUR.


There can be arranged daily scuba diving and snorkeling trips along the stunning Algarve Coast from Lagos to Sagres for divers of all experience levels. You can learn the core skills in the swimming pool. Then dive in the sea in the afternoon.

You will learn intermediate and advanced diving with professional PADI instructors.

PADI open water course is a full diving qualification valid for life everywhere in the world. It allows to go diving without an instructor up to 18 meters.

There is a two hours snorkeling trip along the coast of Lagos with one guide per five snorkelers and all equipment included.

Prices are 100 EUR for discover scuba diving course, 20 EUR for second dive supplement, 90 EUR for two dives with rented equipment and insurance, 400 EUR for PADI open water course.

Most tours starts at 10:00. PADI open water course take three to four days. Starts at 10:00 take full day until 17:00 with a lunch break. Minimum age of participants is 10. All the equipment is included in a discover scuba diving experience.


Kayak and explore natural rock arches, quiet sandy beaches, and the famous grottos and caves of the Ponte de Piedade in Lagos. Improve your kayaking ability and experience the best of the Algarve's magnificent coastal environment. Small children are welcome if they can swim. A safety boat is on standby whenever the tours operate. You will have wetsuits if needed, buoyancy aid, snorkeling equipment and dry bags for cameras are available on request.

There are every day departures from Praia da Batata beach at 10:00, 13:30, and 16:30 (peak times only). Price is 25 EUR for three hours.

Kids surf lesson

The kids surf lesson is the best choice when you want to get your children in contact with surfing.

The surf team is assisted by our nanny. Together we make sure that your kids learn this new sport in a thrilling and empathic way on the best waves of Portugal.

Special surf equipment is available. The soft boards have excellent floating ability and comply with the latest safety regulations.

The cost for this lesson is 45 EUR for one day, 130 EUR for three days, and 195 EUR for five days.

Kitesurfing lesson

The kitesurfing lessons take place in one of the best beginner spots in Europe, the Alvor Lagoon 15 minutes from Lagos - a safe learning environment and the ideal location to learn and master kite surfing in knee to waist deep water.

The nortrada wind for the summer months from June to September is the best to learn kite surfing. All the equipment needed will be provided, together with a full safety briefing, chosen lesson time with a BKSA or IKO qualified kite surf coach, free pickups to the Alvor lagoon from the lodge.

The cost for the individual lesson is 55 EUR per hour, minimum of two hours. The cost of the course is 120 EUR for three hours, 215 EUR for seven hours, 285 EUR for ten hours, and 415 EUR for fifteen hours. A rental for one week is 360 EUR and a rental for one day is 60 EUR.

Mountain biking

The Algarve is an ideal location for mountain biking with 1000 meters extinct volcanoes 30 kilometers away, vast natural parks on the west coast and endless dirt roads and single-track surrounding Lagos.

Each ride is tailored to the guests on the day - from a relaxed scenic day trip to downhill and free ride and has all the equipment you need for hire. MIAS qualified instructors with extensive knowledge of all the trails and all the equipment you need for hire.

Transport for ride and the guide, 1.5 liters water bottle per person and soft drink at caf and lunch pack (for full day rides) are included. Prices are 30 EUR half day (up to 25K) from 10:00 to 14:00 and 60 EUR full day (25 - 50K) start 10:00. You can choose a mountain day trip for 65 EUR or Monchnique downhill ride for 80 EUR.

Paddle boarding lesson

Paddle boarding is an increasingly popular and fun activity originating from Hawaii that almost all ages can participate in. You will learn a safety briefing with a basic overview of technique and familiarization of the equipment, how to safely paddle the board out into the shallows.

You will also learn basic paddling technique on your knees, move to standing on the board, improve your paddling proficiency, steering and getting the board to glide. The session is suited for anyone over the age of eight years old and has an average level of fitness.

All boards are large, wide, and perfect for beginners.Pickups from Jah Shaka Surf Shop, Tiny Whale Surf Lodge, and other destinations across the Algarve are available on request.

Tiny Whale is also the first stand up paddle boarding school in Europe to offer night time paddle boarding tours.

With the innovative underwater lighting system, the water beneath your board lights up to guide your way on this truly unique experience. Night Time SUP Tour begins an hour before sunset with a two hours tour of the stunning coastline under the stars.

The costs are 30 EUR for the introductory lesson (per person, minimum of three people), 105 EUR one to one lesson (two to two and a half hours), 35 EUR for the sunrise tour, 40 EUR for the sunset tour, 40 EUR for the night SUP with Nocqua adventure lights (per person, minimum of three persons per lesson).

An introduction to wave riding (full day trip, includes two 1.5 hour lessons, one-to-one and lunch) is 95 EUR. Rentals are 20 EUR for four hours and 40 EUR for one day.


Enjoy the speed of freeride, slalom, and freestyle windsurfing starting at Meia Praia Beach and Martinhal, near Sagres.

Wind is very frequent between the months of June to September when the nortrada almost blows on a daily basis.

You will enjoy the full range of windsurfing lessons from beginner to expert. All courses are designed to improve your windsurfing technique and progression within the sport.

Prices are from 45 EUR for two hours beginner level 1 to 90 EUR for advanced level 9 Powerjibe or 140 EUR complete courses.

Therapeutic massages available that will help you to actively rejuvenate your tense surfing muscles. Prices and booking upon request.

  • 5 days healthy packed lunch
  • 5 days of yoga lessons
  • 5 full days surfing
  • 7 days delicious breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation of your choice
  • 10 lessons with a professional surf coach
  • 10% discount at Jah Shaka surf shop
  • All surf equipment needed
  • Free yoga mats
  • Transport to the best beaches
  • Use of all surf lodge facilities
  • Direct airport transfer is not included in the price.

Arrival by airplane

You can book your flights to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), Seville Airport (SVQ), or Faro Airport (FAO).

For internal European flights, Faro Airport is often the best option and offers unbeatable value for the cheapest flights into Portugal. Seville also offers cheap flights from many of the main discount flight companies. Lisbon Airport is normally reserved for international flights from farther afield.

Arrival by bus

Lagos bus station delivers passengers from a variety of operators from all over Portugal. Buses are frequent, well maintained, and are good value.

Arrival by train

Good value rail links from east and north bring passengers through to Lagos station.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Tiny Whale an inquiry.
  • Review by Laura and Lejla from Lagos, Portugal
    10 out of 10

    "Everyone should know about this amazing place. Surfing, Yoga, Camp (Rooms), Stand Up Paddeling, Food and especially the whole Team-members, all was just about perfect! We're looking forward to our next stay in Tiny whales and would recomend the camp to everyone!" website, edited

  • Review by Rebecca Cottington
    10 out of 10

    "The lodge is beautiful, the instructors are both awesome and encouraging. Everyday you get to go to beautiful beaches and of course the yoga teacher, Miri, takes you through yoga poses in an orange grove. Best week, just want to still be there."

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  • Review by Sarah Abela from Zejtun, Malta
    10 out of 10

    "Beautiful Lodge with loads of hangout areas, creating a home feel atmosphere in the heart of nature, whether you are in a room or a Tipi. The staff is excellent and whether you are a sole traveller or not, you will feel at home. Food is great too, and they have catered for my vegan lifestyle providing meals with the fresh produce of Portugal :). The surfing instructors are very professional and they truly love teaching it. It was my first experience with surfing and I have learned so much that I am tempted to give up everything and embrace this awesome lifestyle, after this experience! Last but not least, I highly recommend taking a morning or afternoon yoga class everyday as it is so good for your body and soul. Namaste! A big well done to the Jah Shaka Team."

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  • Review by Tejal from Maryland, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This place was great! The staff was super helpful and friendly and they had everything we needed. They kept our stuff for us in a back room while we went stand up paddle-boarding and showed us a nice route to take. The were very easy going and made it easy to rent. Prices are very reasonable as well!"

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  • Review by Mark from Florida, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I had a shared room and surf lessons for a quick weekend trip. From the first second on entering the place I felt like home with family and friends around. Surf conditions were not the best when I was there but the weather was great and the instructors are very good. Amazing weekend trip!"

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  • Review by Amy Sharpe from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "My stay far exceeded my expectations. I came away feeling like I'd had such an active and healthy time, surfing for hours every day, being out in the sun and finishing every day with an amazing yoga class in the sunset before joining in with whatever activity had been laid on for the evening.The surf coaches and hostel staff were friendly and funny, I felt like I was getting loads of knowledge and use of all the equipment or transfers, etc for a great budget and the whole feel of the hostel was really relaxed. I'd urge anyone to go for it.", edited

  • Review by Joshna S from Zurich, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "I had the chance to stay at Jahshaka once again, and this time I took my friend with me. She was very satisfied and we both had a great time. Even though the weather wasn't perfect, they did the best out of it!"

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  • Review by Dan from UK
    10 out of 10

    "Would recommend Jah Shaka to anyone, superb staff, nice vibe and great value. Will definitely be going back. Thank you to all the staff."

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  • Review by Lars Wagner
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks for a brilliant week to all the Jah Shaka staff! Hope to come back soon."

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  • Review by Janine Curtis-Yeend from Brentwood, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Had an amazing holiday at Jah Shaka. Thanks for the massages and chocolate brownies Alicia, your cooking is the best Mel, Neil and Nat were very accomodating. Bra and Yan are brilliant instructors. We loved it! We'll be back. Miss you all!"

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  • Review by Julie Ann Ryan
    10 out of 10

    "We had such a wonderful time! An experience we will hold dear to our hearts. Thank you to all the special people and staff at Jah Shaka. Made some wonderful friends!"

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Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

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