Surfing in Bali: tips, best surfing spots and hidden treasures
31 October 2018
Due to its quality spots and incredible swell during summer, people travel to Bali from all over the world. 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 within 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 surf Bali treasures? Start by doing a little research 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. Both of Rapture Surfcamps in Bali offer all that.
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. Padang Padang Right is probably the best spot for beginners because of its long unbroken wave. Balangan and Dreamland are also suitable for beginners during the right times. Ask one of our helpful surf guides, if you’re not sure where to go.
When is the best time for surfing Bali?
Known alternately as the “off season” or “wet season”, the Bali rainy season provides an alternative to the tourist crowds. The Island gets the best swell during the dry season between June until September. If you want to avoid crowds and aren’t afraid of a little rain you might want to take advantage of Bali’s Rainy Season, which can still produce great waves. Nusa Dua is also a popular beginners wave during the rainy season.
Don’t let frightening images of South and Southeast Asian monsoon rains scare you off. Bali’s wet season is considerably tamer, the worst conditions resulting only in minor floods and heavy winds, during which road travel should be avoided.