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.
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.
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!