Sidi Kaouki is in the Essaouira provence of Morocco. Located 25km south of the town on Essaouira, Sidi Kaouki is a small rural town that is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in Morocco for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Sidi Kaouki is a relaxed and peaceful town with both consistently good waves and wind. Surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers and drawn from all around the world for the excellent ocean conditions and warm weather. When not spending time in the crystal clear waters, visitors to this town can enjoy a cheap meal with an exquisite view, a camel or horse ride along the beach, or can chill out and relax in one of the many accommodation options in this town.
Cheap flights (less than 100 Euro return) are available from several airports in Europe including London, Paris and Dublin. The closest airport is Essaouira, but Marakesh is only 2 hours away by car. Talk to your accommodation providers about cheap car transfers from the airport or nearby towns. There is a direct shuttle to Sidi Kaouki from Essaouira, Taghazout + Marrakesh run by Souk to Surf. Tickets can be booked on their website.
It is a small village, everything is within walking distance, however if you want to go further afield there are blue taxis (grand Taxis) and local buses (Lima Bus Company). Taxis can take you anywhere when booked ahead, or frequently during the day to Essaouira. To get the cheapest price you need to fill the taxi. The fare is charged per place (per seat), there are 6 passengers legally allowed in Grand Taxis. The Blue and White Lima buses connect Essaouira and Sidi Kaouki frequently throughout the day. The far is 7DH.
The beautiful sand beaches and clear water are a must see! Other local attractions include the Sidi Kaouki shrine (aso known as 'Marabout'- the first building in Sidi Kaouki- ask locals for the history) by the sea, and nearby waterfalls. Another highlight of a Sidi Kaouki experience is the abundance of animals on and near the beach including camels (both wild and tame), donkeys and horses, and of course cats and dogs.
Go for a surf! There is an abundance of great surf spots in this area, including the main beach at Sidi Kaouki. If surfing is not your thing, there are also great conditions for kite surfing, wind surfing and stand up paddle boarding. High quality gear can be rented for very good prices from Sidi Kaouki Surf Station. The station has everything you need to get into the water, including change rooms, lockers and showers. Located directly on the beach you can grab your gear and be in the water in no time! The station can also accommodate longer stays and groups for your Moroccan surf safari experience! Or you can go to one of the smaller local shops which have cheap and sometimes flexible prices.
Go for a ride! Camel, horse and donkey rides along the beach are a favourite with the tourists to this area. Note: donkey rides are only in summer.
There are also many other options! Have a massage at Auberge du Marabout, go for a quadbike ride along the beach, take a longer camel ride to see the waterfalls, try skimboarding, relax on a rooftop and much, much more!
Local vendors sell hand made jewelry on the beach for very good prices. You can buy surfgear from the smaller surf shops in the main square, including surfboards. Please note there is no Cash machine in Sidi Kaouki, so remember to bring cash!
Chill out and watch the sunset from the balcony at Sidi Kaouki Surf Station Restaurant. The local chefs prepare fresh local and international cuisine including vegetarian, organic and gluten free options.
A number of food options can also be found at the car park next to the beach and along the main road. If you travel by van/campervan and you like to cook your own food, stock up properly before to arrive because in the village there are only couple of little shop selling basic things (like water, bread, ice-cream...). Sometimes they do have veggies or fruits but the selection is small.
Local mint tea with sugar is the local favourite drink and can be found at the restaurants in town. There is no alcohol available for purchase in Sidi Kaouki.
There are several accommodation options, catering to different tastes and budgets.