Even if you’re just starting to learn to surf, you’ve likely heard about Bali, the “Island of the Gods”. It is one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations — and for a good reason.

Chock full of incredible beaches and countless surf spots, Bali is also home to a surfing culture that rivalling the likes of California, Hawaii and Australia. As a beginner, however, you naturally want to test surf spots that won’t put your life in danger the first few times you’re out on the waves.

In Bali, surf spots for beginners are many and there are also plenty of surf schools near them. We have created a special guide of the top 5 surf spots that are perfect for beginners.

Best Time to Surf Bali for Beginners

Bali’s peak or high season lasts from April to October — the island’s dry months. The remaining part of the year is known as the wet or “off” season for both surfing and tourism.

If you want sun and a lively time, hit Bali during the dry season. During this season you can mingle with many other tourists and fellow surfers who are sure to give you some valuable tips for beginners.

On the other hand, the rainy months can still have sunny days and some great surfing. Beginners who don’t mind rain should consider the wet season for surfing Bali.

You can enjoy ideal conditions for beginners since the waves are smaller and less intimidating, but still consistent. You’ll also avoid the crowds and benefit from lower off-season prices.

Both the seasons offer enjoyable surfing experiences depending on what you prefer. It should also be noted that the change in winds during the rainy season benefits right-hand waves at places like Green Bowl, Keramas, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Balian and Medewi.

Where are the Best Spots for Surfing in Bali for Beginners?

Popular surf spots like Uluwatu, Impossibles and Padang Padang (the “Balinese Pipeline”) attract experienced surfers, pros and daredevils from across the globe. As a beginner surfer, you need to look for consistent yet less powerful waves to start with.

Here are the best beginner surf spots on the magical island of Bali:

1. Padang Padang Right

This is one of the top names you will see when you look up for ‘surfing in Bali for beginners. Located on the surfing mecca that is the Bukit Peninsula in Bali’s far south, 889 Padang Padang Right is next to the more famous barrelling left hand wave of Padang Padang Left. “Right” is a beautiful sandy beach break suitable for novice surfers.

During high tide, this long, unbroken wave is the perfect spot for beginners for practicing your technique and taking the step from surfing white water to unbroken waves.

Just 3km north of the temple at Uluwatu, the beautiful beach at Padang Padang is also popular with swimmers, sunbathers and other water sports enthusiasts.

Padang Padang also has some of the notable surf schools like Rapture Surfcamps located here. Here you can learn to surf and master the basic surfing techniques to get started with.

2. Dreamland

Also on the Bukit, another recommended place for surfing in Uluwatu for beginners is Dreamland. It is on the northwest portion of the peninsula and is a sandy-bottom break that works well for beginner-level surfing.

When the swell isn’t big this is definitely one of the best beginner surf spots in Bali. Stick to Dreamland’s soft, flat waves as a beginner and when the swell is approaching 6 feet or more, leave it to experienced surfers.

3. Kuta Beach

Bali’s most popular surfing location and center for Balinese surf culture, Kuta Beach provides everything you might want on your surf holiday except peace and quiet.

As Kuta Beach is Bali’s original surf town and party spot, its backpacker/tourist scene is big. Expect large crowds in town and on the beach. There is also a very busy nightlife scene during the high season.

Despite the crowds, the wave itself at Kuta is a good place to learn to surf, as are some of the neighboring sandy beach breaks like Legian Beacg, Tuban, and Seminyak. Surf when the currents are gentler and follow the advice and instructions of your surf camp’s instructors.

Kuta Beach is a safe surf spot for beginners owing to its gentle waves, however, it also has a lot to offer for intermediate level surfers and upwards.

Kuta Beach is one of the best spots for beginners in Bali

4. Medewi

On the island’s southwest coast, about three hours north of Kuta Beach, is the smooth left-hander of Medewi, providing amazing 30-second long waves. A popular spot for surfers of all levels, Medewi beach is also a nice place to hang out and enjoy local seafood.

5. Canggu

Also located on Bali’s southwest coast to the north of Kuta, the popular tourist destination of Canggu has waves for all levels of surfers in both wet and dry seasons.

However, be sure you don’t cut your teeth on the more powerful waves like Canggu’s famous barrels. Beginners should stick to spots like Eco Beach and Batu Bolong when the swell is mellow.

6. Bingin Beach (Pecatu)

With crystal-clear water and a stunning view over the Indian Ocean, Bingin beach is for many a surf paradise. Located along the western coastline on the Bukit Peninsula, this popular surf spot is very close to Uluwatu, it offers one of the most picture-perfect waves in Bali.

Surfing conditions in this spot are heavily affected by the tide, so before heading to this spot make sure you talk to surf guides or someone with local knowledge or check the Webcam Streams Live from Nomina Resort to see the conditions in the southern tip of the island beforehand.

On low tide waves at Bingin are big, powerful, and challenging even for experienced and advanced surfers. The great waves this place offers make it one of the most demanded surfing spots in Bali by surfers from all over the world.

On high tide and a small swell waves are small (1.2 meters) and break very softly offering an ideal playground and the perfect experience for longboarders, beginners & intermediate surfers who want to learn to surf, or improve their surfing skills with gentle waves.

7 . Legian Beach

Nestled along Bali’s enchanting coastline, Legian Beach emerges as an ideal beginner spot that is less crowded. If you’re a beginner looking to embark on a surfing adventure, Legian offers the perfect canvas for your aquatic dreams. Its gentle waves provide an ideal platform for those just starting to catch their first waves, and numerous surf schools with expert instructors make it a welcoming place to learn.

Beyond the surf, Legian’s stunning coastal views, vibrant culture, and easy accessibility from Bali’s international airport create an unforgettable experience for beginners.

So, grab your board, catch a wave, and let the adventure begin in Legian, Bali!

Read on for some tips for beginners.


How to choose the right school surfing in Bali for beginners?

Most surf schools in Bali offer lessons for absolute beginners. However, be sure to choose one that has everything you want in a surf holiday. Are the instructors certified by an official body like the ISA (International Surfing Association)? Is it a camp? How are the accommodations? How far is it from a good beginner’s wave?

bali's best surf spots - Rapture Surf School Bali Photo
Bali’s Best Surf Spots – Rapture Surf School Bali

Best Boards for Surfing in Bali for Beginners

Surf schools will usually provide you with a board that is suited to your needs as a beginner. However, if you’re looking to buy your own board, tailored to your individual tastes, make sure it’s the right one. This means getting a surfboard that matches your height and weight.

Keep in mind that boards that are too big are hard to turn and maneuver, while smaller boards can make it more difficult to get speed and catch waves. This surfboard size chart should clear things up a bit.

As a beginner, it might be a good idea for you to try out the learner soft boards at your surf school first and then move on to something like a Mini-Mal. If you are not sure that you want to invest in one, you can also opt for board rentals. For more information check out this article on buying the right surfboard.

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Hear What Rapture Surfcamps’ Guests Have To Say


Is Bali a suitable destination for beginner surfers?

Yes, Bali is a great destination for beginner surfers. The island offers a variety of surf spots with waves suitable for those who are just starting to learn.

What is the best time for beginners to visit Bali for surfing?

The best time for beginners to visit Bali for surfing is during the dry season (April to October) when the waves are generally smaller and more manageable for novice surfers.

Are there specific surf schools in Bali catering to beginners?

Yes, there are numerous surf schools in Bali like Rapture Surfcamps that cater specifically to beginners. These schools provide professional instructors and beginner-friendly equipment. Rapture Surfcamps operates in two of the popular surfing spots in Bali – Padang Padang and Green Bowl

Is it necessary to book beginner surf lessons in advance?

While it’s possible to book lessons on the spot, it’s advisable to book in advance, especially during peak seasons. This ensures availability and allows you to plan your surfing experience more effectively.

Can I find surf shops in Bali to purchase or rent surfing equipment?

Yes, Bali has numerous surf shops where you can purchase or rent surfing equipment. These shops offer a variety of boards suitable for beginners, and the staff can provide guidance on choosing the right one for your skill level. Surf camps in Bali often offer basic surfing equipment on rent.