Due to its dozens of surf breaks and incredible winter surf, people travel from all over the world in order to experience their very own surfing Bali adventure. Many return over and over again. Another great thing about surfing Bali is the variety of breaks, which range from beginner level to professional and “kamikaze”, meaning you’d have to be a bit suicidal to attempt them unless you’re a real expert. Most of these spots are with in easy reach of one another, with a famous cluster on the west coast of the Bukit Peninsula.
While spots like Padang Padang and Uluwatu are legendary, there are other, lesser-known gems dotting the coastline. So how to find these hidden surfing Bali treasures? Start by doing a little research (you’re already reading this article so you’re off to a good start) and when you get to Bali hook up with a surfcamp or surf school. Make sure it’s staffed with qualified instructors who have experience and a deep local knowledge of surfing Bali.
The aforementioned Bukit cluster of hot surf spots includes Uluwatu (which is actually 5 breaks in one), Impossibles, Bingin, Balangan, Nyang-Nyang and of course Padang Padang. These are mostly pro-level or for highly experienced surfers, but beginners need not fear if they are accompanied by certified instructors. The best beginner’s beach has to be Padang Padang Right, which has a long unbroken wave that is perfectly suited for learning and practicing the art. Balangan and Dreamland are also suitable for beginners during the right times. Again, ask a local expert about this.
When is the best time for surfing Bali?
Conditions are considered best during the dry season of June till September. If you want to avoid crowds and aren’t afraid of a little rain you might want to take advantage of April, May and October, which can still produce great waves. Nusa Dua is also a popular beginners wave during the rainy season.