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  • 9 [Plus a Bonus one] Best Places to Travel Solo in 2018

    We all have the nomad gene - travel is something rooted deep within us. The best way to travel is to travel solo! Most girls are used to travelling in groups, with their friends or family, but travelling alone means a whole lot more – it’s an experience. Exploring another country or city alone may be daunting, however, there’s a whole world of possibilities out there; you will see a whole other side to you! Going solo also means you can have your own personalized adventure! May it be the bustling streets of Melbourne or the serene beaches of Bali; your adventure is just around the corner. Here are the best solo travel destinations for 2018!   credit-giphy.com   1. Penang Island, Malaysia   Picture Credit - www.thousandwonders.net   Brimming with colonial charm, you are bound to get lost in its maze of colourful streets. Trishaws, old Chinese shops, a burgeoning art scene and fun-filled carnivals – Penang is the old and the new coexisting in harmony.   George Town is an eclectic mix of modern day high rise buildings and Indian-raj era architecture – a scattering of Chinese temples in Little India and Mosques in Chinatown. The idea is to get lost in this kaleidoscope of colors and smells and enjoy the abundant Halal eateries which are budget friendly! Make a note to drop by the magnificent Blue Mansion.   Spend a day at Malaysia’s smallest national park – the Penang National Park. You can take part in a multitude of activities like jungle walks and enjoying the sunny beach. A visit to the majestic Kek Lok Si Temple is a must when in Penang; it’s the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.   Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country therefore, Mosques can easily be found. Some of the must-visit Mosques would be the Masjid Negeri – Largest Mosque in Malaysia, the Penang Floating Mosque and the Kapitan Keling Mosque – Oldest Mosque in Penang. Find nearby Halal food places in Penang  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Penang     2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Dubai is a thrill seekers paradise and will definitely full fill your thirst for adventure. Be it dessert safaris or a wild shopping trip, Dubai is the one stop shop! Dubai is fearless and fast-paced, but sophisticated at the same time.   Dubai offers a variety of activities, be it a Falcons eye view from the Burj Kalifa, a thrill ride at Ferrari World, or a stroll through the Gold Souq. It is also a foodie’s dream, every cuisine available and most restaurants are Halal!   Dune bashing in the desert is a must for you adrenaline junkies out there - end the night with a 1001 Arabian Nights style Bedouin dinner by a fire. Don’t forget to visit the Al Fahidi Historic District, its labyrinthine lanes are lined with museums, craft shops, art galleries, and cafes. Make a trip to its many malls and shopping complexes, especially the Dubai Mall – the world’s largest mall, comprising of 1200 stores, 150 food outlets, ice rink and aquarium, dinosaur skeleton and, indoor theme parks.   Dubai is an Islamic state; therefore there are plenty of Mosques that can be visited. The most photographed Mosque is the Jumeirah Mosque, it deserves a definite visit. Find nearby Halal food places in Dubai Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Dubai     3. Melbourne, Australia   If you are the artsy type, Melbourne is the city for you! It’s stylish and cosmopolitan and has long since been the epicentre of all things hipster. The best way to experience Melbourne is as a local. Take a walk down its many streets and absorb the multicultural atmosphere as well as its contemporary art scene. Made up of a mix of art-deco and modern architecture, it gives the feel of New York.   Food and coffee are the main part of their bohemian subculture, so make sure to try out trendy eateries in the area. Feeling like Italian – head to Lygon Street, if you are craving Middle-eastern cuisine Brunswick is where you’ll find it, and if it’s good old Chinese you want to head over to Chinatown.   Due to its multi-ethnic community, there’s plenty of Halal friendly restaurants to choose from, as well as a few Mosques and prayer rooms around the area, namely the City Mosque at Jeffcott Street and the Brunswick Prayer Room at the Islamic Centre of Australia. Also, don’t forget to hug a Koala before leaving! Find nearby Halal food places in Melbourne Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Melbourne     4. Kyoto, Japan   Mysterious and oh so Zen, Kyoto is definitely a dream destination. It’s a great place to explore solo, with museums, palaces and Zen gardens. The month of April is the best time to witness the cherry blossoms, an absolute must whilst in Japan. One of the best spots to view the cherry blossoms is at the Philosopher’s Path, it is approximately 2 Km long and is located in the Higashiyama district.   Pay a visit to the historic Kyoto Imperial Palace; you don’t need to make prior arrangements with a tour guide (Although English language tours are available). You can explore its gardens and outdoor premises and get a glimpse into the lives of ancient Japanese royalty. Head over to Gion during an evening. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of a Geisha (Geiko) rushing down an alleyway, and get transported back in time. Gion was the Geisha district of Kyoto, Geisha is a long since misunderstood profession - they are artisans shrouded in mystery. Make Gion a definite visit to learn more about the mysterious Geisha.   Definitely, add Kyoto Railway Museum to your list of places to see in Kyoto. The museum showcases retired locomotives, as well as a restored old Nijo station. The Kyoto Manga Museum is an absolute delight to visit as well, with a collection of over 300,000 comics and manga-related exhibits.   Most travellers may question the availability of Halal restaurants; fear not, your dreams of travelling to Japan are not over! Kyoto has a number of restaurants that serve Halal food, a quick search on the net and you can easily locate these restaurants. Kyoto also offers prayer facilities at the Masjid Kyoto and Islamic Cultural Center. Find nearby Halal food places in Kyoto, Japan Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Kyoto, Japan     5. Bali, Indonesia   Bali has it all, relaxation, adventure and spirituality. It’s a magical landscape that boasts of serene beaches and ancient temples, with friendly locals. A must do in Bali is to go for a hike on Mount Batur situated in Kintamani, and be rewarded with a stunning bird’s eye view of the beautiful region.   Another attraction is the famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, located on a cliff, overlooking the sea. You will be joined by some sneaky monkeys (Macaques) who dwell in the temple premises. You can find some good Halal food in Bali, with a range of high-end restaurants to good ol’ street food.   Due to 12% of the population being Muslim, you can easily find a Mosque in Bali. Finish off your trip to Bali with a visit to Jimbaran, a quaint fishing village with a secluded beach, and reflect on your experiences there while enjoying an unforgettable sunset. Find nearby Halal food places in Bali Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Bali   6. Istanbul, Turkey   Beautiful and rich with culture, it is where the West meets the East. Istanbul is a cultural hub as many great civilizations fought for its rule. Being the last stop of the Silk Road the city attracted many merchants from all over Asia in the past, making it rich with culture and heritage. All of this adds to the charm of Istanbul.   Istanbul is famous for its architecture, namely mosaics and frescoes as well as the elegant arches that adorn the many palaces, mosques and churches. The Topkapi Palace is a must-see, with its opulent pavilions, bejewelled Treasury and expansive Harem, which gives a glimpse into the lives of the many Sultans that inhabited the Palace.   The Aya Sofya, once a grand church which was converted into a Mosque and now stands as a museum is the best example of Turkish architecture. Make sure to visit the Blue Mosque, known by this unofficial name due to the blue Iznik tiles that adorn its interior. Drop in at the Basilica Cistern which is an underground palace. It is a great spot to hide away from the summer heat.   The famous grand bazaar of Istanbul will definitely be the highlight of your trip. It’s a mix of sights, sounds, and smells and will entice your senses. Drink lots of tea, learn the art of bargaining and make sure to taste some famous Turkish delicacies!   Because Turkey is a dominantly Muslim country you don’t have to worry about finding Halal friendly restaurants and, Mosques in Istanbul as there’s plenty. Just enjoy your time in this magnificent city. Find nearby Halal food places in Istanbul Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Istanbul     7. Basque Country, Spain Picture Credit - www.travelblog.viator.com   Basque country has long been an unexplored travel location; however, things are fast changing. This is a beautiful region located between northern Spain and southern France; it has a rich cultural history and is made up of different ethnicities. It’s a mix of quaint little villages, cosmopolitan cities and amazing natural landscapes.   Basque country is all about indulging your senses, it boasts a world-class cuisine, but don’t worry there are many Halal options to choose from so you won’t be missing out on any of that good food.   Art and architecture play a key role in Basque country tourism so don’t forget to visit the Museo de Bellas Artes which showcases classical art by Goya as well as contemporary art. The Guggenheim Museum is a must visit more for its stunning architecture than its contents - it is one of modern architecture’s most iconic buildings.   Be sure to visit La Concha Bay in San Sebastian, it is a seaside metropolis. Many festivals and activities take place throughout the year, and the best way to get around is by bicycle. So wear some shades, hop on a bicycle and explore the city and what it has to offer.   Basque country is home to a few Mosques and prayer facilities. One of the most well-known Mosques is the Mezquita Asslam.   Find nearby Halal food places in Basque Country Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Basque Country     8. Valetta, Republic of Malta Picture Credit - www.timesofmalta.com   Malta is part of an archipelago, located in the Mediterranean Sea. An enchanting island with a rich history, otherworldly landscape, and elegant architecture - it is sure to leave you spellbound! Fun fact - the successful HBO TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed in several locations in Malta!   It’s small but mighty capital - Valletta - was built by the 16th-century Knights of St John, and has been described by Unesco as “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world”. It is also the European Capital of Culture for 2018, so don’t miss out on this great city. Valletta is a must see for the art and history buff.   It may be tiny but it boasts of some amazing tourist attractions. Stepping into the Grand Masters Palace is equivalent to stepping into a time machine and going to the past. Corridors lined with Knight’s armor and weapons, rich interior covers the insides of this majestic establishment. Five rooms of state are open to the public, while the rest are closed off due to the palace being the official residence of the president of Malta.   St John’s Co-Cathedral was built in the 16th century; a baroque style revamp was made in the 17th century. The cathedral contains two paintings by Caravaggio. However, the most treasured work of art is the large scale painting of John the Baptist.   Want to feel like Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider, then paying a visit to the prehistoric Hal Salfieni Hypogeum and Tarxien Temples is a must. It may be eerie but it is definitely worth it! The upper Barrakka Gardens is a great spot to retreat to from the bustle of the city – the balcony offers a stunning view of Malta.   So, is Malta Halal friendly? You are in luck, it is! Malta has a minority of Muslims, and there’s a variety of Halal restaurants to choose from due to their cuisines being influenced by Moroccan and Turkish cultures to name a few. Malta has one Mosque, the Islamic Centre of Paola. Also, don’t forget to enjoy those warm, crystal clear waters!   Find nearby Halal food places in Malta Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Malta     9. Amsterdam, Netherlands   Amsterdam is a treasure trove of museums, cafes, art and music. Amsterdam may be the best Halal friendly city to visit in Europe after Turkey, so if you are looking for a chilled atmosphere full of beautiful sights, Amsterdam should take a spot on your 2018 travel list.   Amsterdam is made up of tiny lanes that pass the canal; a leisurely stroll through the city could introduce you to a tiny vintage shop, a cosy café or even a bookstore. You can explore the countless art galleries such as the Van Gogh Gallery, and museums like the Anne Frank house. The Rijksmueum art gallery is a worthy visit as well, housing works by Vermeer and Rembrandts.   You can explore the many restaurants in the city, there’s a wide range of Halal restaurants in the area. Therefore, your options are not limited. You can take a Canal cruise through the city’s waterways or take a bike ride.   There are several Mosques scattered around the city, and it’s not difficult to reach any of them. The most notable being the El-Thaweeb Mosque. The Mosques can easily be located by doing a quick search on the net or asking a local or the front desk of your hotel/hostel.   Find nearby Halal food places in Amsterdam Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Amsterdam   Last but definitely not least, your bonus destination!       10. Chefchaouen (The Blue City), Morocco Famously known by its unofficial name - The Blue City – is a city of powder blue and white buildings tucked away in the Rif Mountains. A mesmerizing destination that’s sure to stick with you for a long time to come. Built in the 15th century as a Moorish Fortress for Spanish Exiles, the city grew through the centuries accepting Jews and Catholics.   The blue walls of the city are due to a religious choice and not a stylistic choice, Jews believed that the color would remind people of the power of God and to this day the tradition of painting the walls blue has remained the same.   Offering picturesque views, a variety of activities are at your disposal - nature treks that pass through lush green forests and streams, you can spend your nights stargazing under the cloudless skies, and you can even explore the mountainous terrain by taking a mule ride.   Chefchaouen is a foodie’s paradise as the Moroccan cuisine is dynamic and full of flavour. The signature dish is the Tagine – popular amongst tourists and locals alike - consisting of meat, vegetables, spices and oil served on couscous, deserves a taste. End your meal with a steaming cup of mint tea, which is a staple of the Moroccan lifestyle. The food served is Halal, so there are no restrictions - enjoy all of it!   Head over to the quaint but colorful Medina where you can buy little trinkets, carpets, shawls and slippers. Haggling is the game here, so make sure you get a good deal on your purchase. The Grand Mosque of Chefchaouen is located within the Medina, however it is only accessible to the male Muslim community.   The blue city is a must visit destination for 2018!   Find nearby Halal food places in Morocco Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Morocco Travelling solo as a female is a compelling experience and certain factors come into play but these cities are safe and who knows, you may make some great friends along the way! These destinations will definitely add to the magic of your journey. So pack those bags and book those flights for 2018 and travel! 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  • 6 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Indonesia For Get-Togethers

    There’s nothing like having your whole family or group of friends together for a meal. The best memories are the ones spent on food, where good times are shared, and if there is no cooking or cleaning up afterwards involved, that makes it so much better! It can be a task looking for family-friendly food spots in Indonesia, ones that can cater to the babies of the family as well as the elderly. Here are our picks for family-friendly dining in Indonesia – because they are cheap, cater to children, have buffet or platter options, or are good for big groups.   1) The Café Picture Credit - www.foodstime.wordpress.com One of the more fine-dining options on the list, The Café is a Halal certified restaurant that is popular for use amongst big groups of people. The offerings for the buffet are of excellent quality and the wide range of dishes makes it worth the price – in other words, it is a child-friendly buffet in Indonesia. The plethora of choices includes Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, International, Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free, so there is definitely something for everyone!   Address: Jl. Asia Afrika | Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta 10270, IndonesiaClick here for more information The Café   2) Deliziosa Pizza and Pasta Picture Credit - www.pixabay.com Pizza like you have never seen it before! Halal-certified, this pizza place has big portions of not just Italian delights, but also Asian and Indonesian food, at very low prices. With vegetarian and gluten-free options as well, you don’t have to worry as you know every member of your group will be taken care of. Pizza is such a favourite amongst children and adults, and all that soft pasta or Nasi Goreng is perfect for the grandparents in your crowd, giving them something soft to chew on. The staff members of this joint have gotten plenty of special mentions, so be sure that they will do their best to accommodate your every requirement. It is one of the best party venues in Indonesia, for where there is pizza, there is a party!   Address: Jl. Poppies II no. 46 | 2nd floor of Hurley / Poppies Spa, Kuta 80361, IndonesiaClick here for more information Deliziosa Pizza and Pasta   3) Fish & Co.   With multiple branches across Jakarta, Fish & Co. is easy enough to locate. They are best known for their fish and chips – you can’t go wrong with that. As seafood places go, their price range is slightly above average, but since they have platters on offer, a few people sharing one dish means you pay less per person. In addition to their seafood dishes and platters, they have salads, pasta, rice, and pizza on their menu as well, in case you have a few non-seafood lovers in your group.   Address: Jl. MH. Thamrin, Jakarta, Indonesia Click here for more information  Fish & Co.   4) Curry In Bali   If you are looking for a place to tickle your taste buds, you’ve found it. With a spot on authentic Indian food, Curry In Bali boasts having chefs from India with delicious results. The owner is extremely friendly and can delight your group with tales of his travels and the story of his startup. This accommodating nature is passed onto the staff that are willing to make space for large groups, and cater to their every need. The food is impeccable, to say the least, with mixes of spices that you would find in India itself. To top it all off, this place gives you your money’s worth, that is to say, it is a cheap and affordable restaurant in Indonesia. You will be back here for more, we can guarantee it!   Address: Jl. Raya Uluwatu | Near Kantor Pos Ungasan, Ungasan 80364, IndonesiaClick here for more information Curry In Bali    5) Bakmi GM Picture Credit - www.anakjajan.com With several outlets around Jakarta, Bakmi GM serves up Asian fast food quick – which is just what you want when you’ve got little kids in tow. Except for the occasional wait, if the place is crowded, service is quick, the food is tasty, and booth seating in some locations means they can accommodate a big group. They should help you seat your little ones too if you request for it as they are a baby friendly place in Indonesia. Their variety of noodles and Chinese, Asian and Indonesian cuisine, as well as vegetarian options, are great for picky eaters.   Address: Jln. Metro Pondok Indah | Pondok Indah Mall 1, 2 Floor, Jakarta 12310, IndonesiaClick here for more information Bakmi GM   6) Layar Seafood Jakarta  A popular place, Layar Seafood is especially crowded on the weekends, so make sure you are prepared to wait. Once you do get seated, however, the food comes fast and is good! They have a great selection of seafood that can be made to order – perfect for those who are particular with how their food is cooked or what goes in it. The spacious restaurant has space for large gatherings, but they make it better by not just having an A/C and non-A/C area, but also a private room to host your crowd. Layar Seafood is one of the best places for group gathering Indonesia, and even though they are not the cheapest, it is worth the price.   Address: Jln. Pesanggrahan No 80, Jakarta 11620, Indonesia   We hope this guide to awesome party venues in Indonesia helps you explore the food scene more, and enjoy it better with a group of loved ones. There are many kid-friendly restaurants in Indonesia with children’s menus and play areas, and if you find any you like to share with the Halal Trip community, do let us know through the Halal Trip App, on any of our social media outlets, or comment on this post!Click here for more information Layar Seafood Jakarta ...

  • Discover the natural beauty of Indonesia

    Indonesia is a country rich in diversity and natural wonders. With 18,110 islands, 6,000 of them inhabited, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. It has many magnificent islands waiting to be explored and promises an experience filled with adventure, relaxation, culinary delights and beautiful memories. Among the top tourist attractions in Indonesia, there are several places to observe Indonesia’s natural beauty.  Read on to learn more about these natural beauty spots in Indonesia so you can plan a visit to some or all of them during your Halal Trip to Indonesia. Venture off the well-worn tourist trail and uncover some of these extraordinary sights! Credit - giphy.com   1.Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara Located in East Nusa Tenggara, Komodo Island is one of Indonesia destinations. Komodo Island features some beautiful beaches and wild bushes. There is so much to do on the many islands around Komodo and most of these islands are uninhabited with exotic beaches. The blue skies and calm seas make it a perfect location for sunbathing or diving. The best attraction in Komodo Island is indeed the Komodo dragons. The dragons are native to Indonesia, and Komodo Island is one of the several places where they can be found living in the wild. The Komodo Natural Park is a protected site in Indonesia, and it has become illegal to hunt or harm these deadly dragons. With the permission of the local government, local and foreign tourists alike can visit the islands every year.   2. Gili Islands, Lombok Lombok is the most famous place in Indonesia for sunbathing, diving and snorkelling. It has villas with such a romantic panorama, that there is no way to forget them while making a list of most wonderful places in Indonesia. Lombok has the stunning beaches of Indonesia. Fringed by white sand beaches and blue water, the complex of three small and isolated islands named Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air bears have unique scenic appeal. This is a perfect site to spend hours of your Halal Travel to Indonesia as there are many places to stay. Besides adventure sports like snorkelling, surfing and diving, you can go island hopping, fishing and tour in glass-bottom boats. Else, just chill out in a beachside cafe or shack with your significant other.   3. Raja Ampat, Papua Raja Ampat, meaning Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising islands Waigeo, Misool, Salawati, and Batanta, besides 1500 minor ones. Located in the western part of Papua Island in Indonesia Part, Raja Ampat is one of the Indonesia's most famous attractions. The culture in Raja Ampat society, as elsewhere, is a mix of indigenous cultures and the descendants of successive waves of migration from outside the area which began in ancient times and continues to this day. The awe-inspiring backdrop of steep, forested islands, sizzling beaches, and marshy lagoons, small atolls looking like mushrooms and shining turquoise water makes the place a perfect delight for travellers. The area is rich in marine flora and fauna diversity including rare species of corals. That’s why Raja Ampat is one of the best tourist attractions in Indonesia. When getting here, do be careful as you will have to pass several rivers and you might also have to climb some big slippery rocks. Other than that feel free to explore the area to your heart’s content and fully appreciate it's magnificence. 4. Bali Island We know of Bali as a beach haven, a place for rest, relaxation and a great tan. Travelling to Bali is alluring to visitors in search of sea and sun. Indonesian culture in Bali is unique, don’t worry you can take a tour package to explore Bali and learn about their culture. Few people don’t know the hidden side of Bali, places that could take your travel adventures to the next level. If you don’t experience the extraordinary, you’ll never know what you’ve been missing out. Have you ever started planning a trip with your friends and family, then got lost and had no clue what to include in your itinerary? Whether you’re in Bali with friends, family or with your couple for a honeymoon, there are endless activities available in Bali so you know you’ll never be bored. Some of the best places to visit in Bali are Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Mount Batur, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Kuta Beach, Sanur Beach, Tanah Lot Temple, Ubud Monkey Forest, Elephant Safari Park North Ubud, and etc. Now you know the secrets to a super fun and photogenic vacation in Bali. You can also find Halal Tours to Bali to serve Muslim travellers around the world.   5. Bintan, Riau Islands Province Part of the Riau Islands Province, Bintan Island is ideal for sports and recreation. The unique side of Bintan is that it offers the perfect getaway with its high-end resorts, world-class golf courses, and refreshing coastal atmosphere. There are plenty of photography spots with a beautiful panoramic view in Bintan, such as street art at Tanjung Pinang, Louhan Temple, Trikora Beach, Calypso Bar-Nirwana Gardens, Sultan of Riau’s Grand Mosque, and Sky Lantern-Bintan Lagoon Resort. As most resorts face the beach, you can easily avail these activities in the water sports centres of Bintan. November to March are ideal for boogie boarding, windsurfing, and longboarding as the north-easterly winds give the water a perfect swell that is a surfer’s delight. On the other hand, April to October sees calmer waters that make it ideal for jet skiing, water skiing, and, of course, diving and snorkelling. Don’t forget to get shopping when you visit Bintan. You will find Bintan’s capital, Tanjung Pinang – a small and friendly town – to be a great hub for trying out local food, picking up souvenirs, and learning about the island’s culture. There's been so much hype about Indonesia. So pack your bags and discover the natural beauty of Indonesia! ...

  • 10 of the World's Best Surfing Destinations for Muslims

    Hunting the best surfing destinations in the world? HalalTrip has made a list of some of the world's best surfing spots that you can head to as a Muslim traveler.     Surfing has become a trendy water sport over the last few decades and surfing enthusiasts have discovered some well-known as well as hidden surf destinations around the world. With the gaining popularity for surfing, there are a surfeit of surf destinations to choose from in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and America. Here is our list of the best surfing destinations in the world for Muslim travelers.    1) Jeffrey's Bay - South Africa   About: Jeffrey’s Bay often called J-Bay, is a popular tourist destination and is famous for its seashells and seafood restaurants, water sports, river logons and of course surfing! Voted as the second best of the ‘World’s 50 Best Surf Spots’ by CNN in 2013, it is an ideal surfing destination in Africa that has several Halal restaurants in the areas for Muslim travelers.   Surf: Jeffrey’s Bay which offers the best right hand point break in the world has waves that can measure up to 12 feet. With 10 different surfs to choose from, including Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes, Boneyards and Supertubes, there are many options for all grades of surfers. Booties are a must when surfing at J-Bay and do keep an eye out for sharks!    Location: Situated on the Indian Ocean in a town located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa just off the N2 Highway, about 75 kilometers southwest of Port Elizabeth.   Peak Season: May to mid-September   2) Surfrider Beach - Malibu, California, USA     About: California has been a surfers’ destination for nearly 100 years. With its abundance of surfs, California may be considered one of the best surf destinations in America, while Surfrider Beach is a popular sandy beach and surfing spot often included in many lists of the world’s best surfing destinations. Malibu also offers many Halal restaurants for Muslim travelers.    Surf:  Surfrider Beach’s small, perfectly formed waves is a great place to longboard and surf Beach Boys-style.    Location: Situated between the Malibu Pier and the Malibu Lagoon, Surfrider Beach is part of the Malibu Lagoon State Beach which has separate designated surfing and swimming areas.    Peak Season: September to November     3) Honolua Bay - Maui, Hawaii, USA      About: Another renown top surf adventure destination in America is Hawaii. The first written reference of surfing at Hawaii was in the 18th century, and hence these islands are often considered the ‘home of surfing’. Although Waikiki, the North Shore and Oahu are known as surfing meccas, Maui also has its legendary surf spots. All in all, the Hawaiian Islands offer surfers of all grades and experience a surfing adventure like no other! Muslim travelers will also be able to find a couple of halal restaurants and a mosque in Maui.   Surf: The surf at Honolulu Bay is the most popular in Maui and yet difficult to find. But once you get on this right-hand point break, the feeling is fantastic. There is also a chance to spot whales while surfing!   Location: The beach at Honolua Bay is located under Maui’s rugged northwest shoulder. You can park on the bluffs overlooking the break and, walk down the trail to the water to Honolua Bay.   Peak Season: Winter is the best surf season,   4) Joe’s Point - Sur, Oman        About: Oman is still a very young and unexplored surfing destination. However, its long stretch of coast along the Indian Ocean does offer some interesting surf breaks that make Oman not only one of the best destinations to surf in the Middle East but also a very Muslim-friendly surf destination.   Surf: With a sand bar to the right and rock bottom to the left, Joe’s Point is suitable for both beginners and experts. Rides can last up to 40 seconds and the water temperature is usually warm.    Location: Joe’s Point situated on the Arabian Sea in the town of Sur in the Ash Sharqiyah Region of Oman can only be reached by car. It is located approximately four hours from Muscat along Highway 17.   Season: Due to Oman’s subtropical dry weather, surfers can surf at Joe’s Point all year through.   5) Arugam Bay - Sri Lanka   About: Sri Lanka is comparatively a newly discovered and affordable surfing destination, while Arugam Bay is regarded as the best surf spot in the country; attracting local surfing enthusiasts as well as international tourists. With the area’s predominantly Muslim population and seafood restaurants, Arugam Bay can be considered a Muslim-friendly surf destination.    Surf: Arugam Bay has quite a few quality surf breaks which are mostly right-hand peaks. The most popular being the Main Point located towards the south of the bay. Other breaks include Whiskey Point and Pottuvil Point to the north, and Elephant Rock, Peanut Farm and Okanda to the south.    Location: On the Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka's east coast, the bay is located 320 kilometers (200 miles) due east of Colombo, and approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) south of Pottuvil (Ullae).   Peak Season: May to November   6) Sultans - North Male, Maldives   About: Another Muslim-friendly surf destination in Asia is the Maldives. As an Islamic country, the availability of mosques and Halal food is not a concern for Muslim travelers and there many fine surf points to choose from among Maldives' 1,190 coral islands. Sultans is considered a famous surf destination in the Maldives and is ranked 11th in CNN’s 2013 list of ‘World’s 50 Best Surf Spots’.   Surf: The surf at Sultans is a consistent reef wave that's impressive in the spring and peaks at high tide, with a solid southeast swell. However, the rocks at Sultans can be dangerous and it is recommended to use a surf trip specialist outfit such as ‘Surfatoll’.    Location: On the Indian Ocean in the North Male Atoll.    Peak Season: March to October   7) Superbank - Gold Coast, Australia    About: The Gold Coast is considered the best surfing destination in Australia and the Superbank is a highly popular man-made stretch of beach ideal for surfing. The Superbank wave was created following the start of the dredging of sand away from the Tweed Rivermouth is formed by the stretch of sand along the southern points at Snapper Rocks – Kirra, Rainbow Bay and Greenmount. It is the site of the annual surfing competition. The Gold Coast with its abundance of Halal cafes and restaurants make this an ideal surf and beach destination for Muslim travelers.    Surf: The Superbank's break is one of the world’s best surf destinations for passionate surfers. The wave is a right-hand point break that regularly barrels and can produce heavy, hollow barrels only suited for the experienced surfer.    Location: Located in Coolangatta just north of the New South Wales/Queensland border.   Peak Season: January to April.   8) Hossegor - France   About: Dubbed as the "surfing capital of Europe", it is no wonder that Hossegor tops many lists of the best surf destinations in Europe. With such fame, Hossegor has become a must-visit surf destination that attracts not only surfing enthusiasts and pros, but also people who wish to watch the pros ride tubes, which can rival Hawaii for heavy walls breaking on an unnervingly shallow sandbank. Muslim travelers also luck out as Soorts-Hossegor does have some Halal restaurants.   Surf: Hossegor’s surf is mainly for experienced surfers. Considered some of the best waves in the world, Hossegor attracts world-class surfers with its world-class waves. Hossegor offers a series of world-class beach breaks including Les Estagnots, Les Culs Nuls, the mighty La Gravière (for tube-riding) and L’Epi Nord.   Location: Situated on the Atlantic in the South of France, Hossegor is a part of the little town of Soorts. It is a short drive from the towns of Biarritz and Capbreton and a couple hours from the Spanish border and the Basque country to the south.    Peak Season: March/April or September/October.   9) Cloud Nine - Siargao Island, Philippines   About: Siargao Island is affordable surf destination in Asia with several waves that can only be reached by boat. After being featured in a Surfer magazine nearly 25 years ago, this island has become even more popular as a low budget surf destination. Cloud Nine is one of the well-known surfing waves on Siargao and the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition.    Surf: The surf at Cloud Nine with its right-breaking reef wave has gained worldwide reputation for thick, hollow tubes. However, sharp reefs below the surf can be dangerous so do be careful!    Location: Situated in the Philippines Seas, Siargao Island is a tear-drop shaped island about 800 kilometers from Manila. Cloud Nine is the only wave on the Island that can be accessed without a boat.    Peak Season:  August to November when the prevailing wind is offshore.   10) Uluwatu - Bali, Indonesia   About: The island of Bali is considered a fabulous beach holiday destination that attracts holiday makers from across the globe and its popularity as one of the best beaches to surf on attracts surfers from beginners to professionals for an exotic surfing experience. The island of Bali offers a range of waves in clear waters all through the year, making it another go-to surf destination in Asia. Further, Muslim travelers will be able to enjoy their choice of halal food and restaurants.   Surf: Uluwatu which was discovered as a surfing destination in 1972 is known for its professional-grade waves, while the the 5-kilometer-long sandy stretch of Kuta which is clear of dangerous rocks and coral is the ideal surf for beginners.    Location: Uluwatu is situated on the southern tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali. This left reef is divided into sections - from top to bottom, they are Outside Temple, Bommies, Temple, Outside Corner, Racetracks and Peak.   Peak Season:  April to October.     Click here for more ideas for your next Muslim-friendly holiday!     ...



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