All visitors to Morocco require a valid passport but visitors from the following countries do not need to obtain visas before arrival: Schengen member states, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain,Brazil, Canada, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Republic of Congo,Guinea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Libya,Mali, Mexico, New Zealand, Niger, Oman, Peru, Philippines,Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea,Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela For guidelines on how to obtain a visa, visit: http://wikitravel.org/en/Morocco#b
HOW DOES THE MONEY WORK?
The currency here is the Moroccan Dirham. Roughly: 1 Euro = 10Dirham. You can exchange at the airport and at some ATMs. You can withdraw from most ATMs if you have standard debit/credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, etc. Credit cards are generally not accepted as a form of payment, so you need to exchange before you get to Taghazout as there are only ATMs in the neighbouring town.
CAN I USE MY PHONE?
You can use it if you have roaming. Otherwise, you can purchase a local simcard for about 20 Dirham at any shop.
IS THERE INTERNET?
We have Wifi 24/7 at the hostel and various restaurants in town have Wifi.
WHAT IS THE SURF AND THE WEATHER LIKE? WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
There’s surf all year round, but it really picks up over the winter months from Nov-Feb. The sun shines for 300 days on average in a year, so it’s sunny! The weather in summer is hot with temps averaging around 35 Celsius, but with some days going into the high 40’s. The water is also warmer, so a thin wetsuit is all you need or just a rashy and boardies. In winter, the average temp is around 20 Celsius, so still not cold. It gets chillier in the mornings and evenings and
the water is decidedly colder, so a wetsuit is a must, unless you’re super hard-core.
WHAT BOARDS SHOULD I BRING, DO YOU RENT EQUIPMENT?
We rent a range of long boards, short boards, mals, mini-mals, and foam-topped long boards for beginners. You are welcome to bring your own if you have as well. All types of boards can be used here as there are so many different reef,
beach and point breaks.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN TAGHAZOUT?
Taghazout has many restaurants, surf shops, surfboard repair places, a pharmacy, a Laundromat, a butcher’s, various little mini-markets, and once a week a traditional market. There is also wireless access at some of the cafes and a bus
to Agadir every half hour from 10am-8pm for only 8 Dirhams.
ARE THERE SURF SHOPS IN TAGHAZOUT, WHAT CAN I BUY THERE?
Yes, there are and you can buy anything from boardies, rashies, and bikinis to surfboards, equipment, towels, sandals,
WHAT CLOTHING WILL I NEED?
You’ll need mostly summer beach clothes such as shorts, t-shirts, singlets, bathing gear, sandals. Bring a pair of jeans and a jumper too for the evenings. A towel (we don’t supply these), passport, camera, hat, sunnies, suntan lotion.
WHAT FOOD CAN I EXPECT?
If you are on the all-inclusive option, you will get a hearty breakfast with local breads, preserves, cream cheese, yoghurts and some days, even crepes! For lunch you will get a baguette with the filling of the day plus mineral water and fresh fruits. For dinner each night, we dine on traditional Moroccan fair cooked by our local in-house chefs. These are talented ladies and their delicious dishes range from tagines to couscous to Moroccan meatballs to many other
specialties. Every Wednesday night we have a BBQ.
DO YOU CATER FOR SPECIAL DIETS?
Yes, we do. Just let us know when you book.
DO YOU SUPPLY TOWELS?
No, we don’t, so remember to bring one. If you are staying a while it may be better to bring two towels – one for the
beach and one for showering.
WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOLIC DRINKS?
Taghazout is a dry village, meaning that it does not sell alcohol. You can, however, buy alcohol at various places in Agadir and it is allowed to be brought into the hostel. It is not, however, allowed on the streets and you’re encouraged
to be sensible about the amount you consume so as not to offend the locals in this tiny Muslim village.
WHAT ABOUT THE EVENINGS?
In the evenings, we are usually exhausted from a day of surfing, so spend our time chilling on our balcony, chatting, watching surf/comedy/whatever movies, playing cards or dice games and just relaxing. On Wednesday night is the weekly
BBQ and on Friday or Saturday nights, we sometimes head into Agadir to party at the clubs and pubs there.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO APART FROM SURF?
If you’re surfed out, you can tan on the beach and take a camel or horse ride or shop in the local curio shops. You can go hiking in the surrounding areas to beautiful caves overlooking the bay. You can take a trip to the local souk market in Agadir or hang out at the Marina there. You can go to the traditional Hammam (bathhouse) and get a massage. You can rent scooters and cruise up the coast or go to Paradise Valley (40mins drive away) and swim in the rock pools up there. You can rent quad bikes and speed up and down the beach and into the hills. Most of all, this is a place to relax and
WHAT VOLTAGE AND PLUGS DO YOU USE?
The voltage in Morocco is usually 220 V, and outlets will fit the two-prong Europlug. This is the plug used primary in Europe and many other countries with two round prongs. American and Canadian appliances, which are made to use with 110 V may be damaged if plugged into a 220V socket, even if you use an adaptor. If your appliance is “dual-voltage”, it
should be fine (it’s designed for both 110 and 220 V). If not, you’ll need a power converter as well as an adaptor.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO DRIVE IN MOROCCO?
Moroccans drive on the right, so if you are used to this you should be fine. Just remember that most Moroccans treat the
rules of the road as guidelines, so watch out for the taxis.
WHAT IS MOROCCO LIKE FOR WOMEN?
Foreign women can travel in Morocco without too much hassle. If you are travelling alone, don’t wear anything too revealing. You will get attention wherever you go, but it’s usually no more than comments and general interest. In Taghazout, it is respectful to the locals to cover up when not at the beach. This is not to say you need to be covered from head to toe, but just don’t traipse up and down the main street in only your bikini. If you’re coming or going
through town, it’s best to wear a top and shorts. At the beach you can stay in a bikini all day if you like.
Medical facilities are good in Agadir but comprehensive health insurance and travel insurance is advisable. If you are unable to pay or are not insured you may be refused treatment. The village of Taghazout has a pharmacy run by a qualified pharmacist. We also have a small first aid kit for minor injuries.