Quite a few great surf spots await you in Bali. Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu and Berawa are good spots for beginner and surf lessons. While Green Bowl, Balangan, Bingin and Blue Point are recommended for intermediate and pro surfers.

Bali is a surfer’s paradise since the 1930ies!

Bali should be on every surfer’s to-do list, whether you are a beginner looking to try wave-riding through your first surf lesson, a skilled surfer hoping to get barreled at one of Bali’s legendary spots, or a pro hoping to test your tube-riding skills and airs while riding the world’s most perfect waves.

Surfing has been one of the major attractions of Bali since decades. And Kuta is where it all begun. The first surfer in Bali, and therefore in Indonesia for that matter was the American expatriate named Robert Koke, as early as 1938.
While working as a photographer he had learned how to surf in Hawaii. He came to Bali for the first time in 1936 with his wife, Louise, and fell in love with the place. They later decided to return and settle down. They built a surfside hotel at Kuta Beach which started this incredible development over more than 8 decades now. They named it the Kuta Beach Hotel. In December 1938 he received a few Waikiki-style surf boards which he ordered from the US and reportedly caught the first waves.
Koke was quoted in an article in the Fortune magazine “One day when we were exploring the island on our hired bicycles, we pedalled through a coconut grove and came out on the most beautiful beach in the world: clear surf, lapping miles of white sand, fringed with palms, and no trace of human habitation as far as the eye could see.”

Best Surf Areas

  • The west coast of the island and Bukit peninsula are the places to be in the dry season, when the biggest swells hit Bali.
  • Mellow beach breaks are on offer in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak
  • High performance waves can be found around Canggu and Kuta Reef Massive left-hand barrels are routine at Bingin, Padang Padang, and Uluwatu
  • During the wet season, the swell mellows a bit and winds change direction, making the east coast a better option In the east, the high performance wave of Keramas and the long, heavy right-handers of Nusa Dua await

Surfing Essentials

Surfing – good to know

There are many wonderful spots, in the place with the most magical view for surfing called Uluwatu. One of the beaches with easier access is Suluban Beach. You need to walk down stairs through the local residents and cafes before arriving on the beach. It is a small yet beautiful rocky beach with a wonderful view of the sunset.

It has five famous waves called The Peak, Bombie, Temple, Racetracks and The Outside Corner. These spots are all break-left down the reef with variations sections that change with the size of the swell also. Recommended for experienced surfers. The sea bottoms is very sharp reef bottom. The best time to surf is on dry season, usually between May to September every year.

The most famous beach in Bali, and believed as the place where all the Bali tourism started. The long stretch of white sand provides a beautiful coastline and a safe bottom for surfers of all levels. Absolutely perfect for beginners to learn how to surf. Surf schools, board rentals and surf shops are easily found anywhere in Kuta.

It’s a beach-break with right & left direction, suitable for any shape or size board you desire! The sea bottom is sand, with mid to high tide as the best tide for surfing. However, the beach can be dirty sometimes, especially after the big rain during the wet season.

Canggu is actually an area with several beaches, including Berawa, Nelayan and of course Batu Bolong, which are all increasingly popular with visitors. The most famous beach of the area is Echo Beach, a small stretch of black sand made popular by surfers. This spot has an amazing variety of waves in a small area, which are suitable for intermediate-level surfers but are also popular with visiting and local pros.

There are at least 6 types of waves named after the local cafes nearby in Canggu, which are Old Man’s, The Sandbar, Echo Beach, Pererenan, Canggu (also known as River Mouth) and Batu Bolong. Mostly all are reef break. During high season (December and July), expect a crowded beach and some trash. Beginner surfers are advised to join some surf schools in Canggu, some are well instructed by English, Russia, German & French spoken teacher.

Beginner or Experienced Surfer?

Surf Camps & Packages

Travelers who want to try surfing for the first time or more advanced surfers with a limited amount of time will appreciate hiring a surf guide, staying at a surf camp, or getting a surfing package through an agency. These approaches will help you take advantage of local knowledge and find conditions that suit your skill level. Most packages come with a driver who will make sure you get to the right place at the right time, maximizing your surf session.

Individuals

For tourists who are less serious and just want to have a go, boards can be rented at most of the places suitable to beginners. Make sure to ask around if you are not sure what the waves are like. Bali has great spots for learners, but many of the more advanced breaks have dangerous currents, sharp coral reef bottoms, and locals who are impatient with learners. The perfect spot is out there for you, so just ask around and find it.

Experienced

For experienced surfers who have more time, Bali is a great place to strike out on your own. Kuta has more surf stores per kilometer than anywhere else on the planet and well-stocked surf shops are available in all major centers around the island, offering tail pads, leashes, wax, and surf gear from all the major brands. Prices are more affordable than in many other countries. If you need to have your board fixed, Bali’s ding specialists will do it quick, perfectly, and at a very low price. It’s easy to rent a motorbike with a surf rack and strike out on your own or with new friends. Whatever your surfing needs, Bali will meet them. Waves are available almost every day of the year, so grab your board and get out there!

Surf Schools, Spots, and Beaches

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