Here’s the deal: I’ve always surfed in Bali, but until it happened, it was just an excuse to kick the layman out. On land there is a lot of fun, and although it is absolutely pumping up at certain times of the year, it is rare that there is an impassable wave on the island.
During the dry season, from April to October, waves from the south to the west of the Indian Ocean wash ashore on the reefs and beaches of Bali. During the rainy season, when the trade winds northwest, the waves are pushed south and west into the Indian Ocean, and the cliffs fall off the reef. In the drier seasons, between April and October, the mercantile winds blowing from south to east favour fractures along the south-west coast. In contrast, during the rainy season in the mountainous north (which rises to 3,031 m at the summit of Mount Agung), the south narrows into cliffs that descend into reefs as the west moves north.
This small piece of Indo is a unique and breathtaking destination, offering a magnificent variety of geography, culture and waves. Surfing in Bali is geographically divided into regions: in the north there are places like Batu Bolong, Kuta and Kedungu, but also on the south and west coasts of the island.
In the east there is Keramas beach, in the west there are beaches like Kuta, Batu Bolong and Kedungu as well as the beaches of Bali Bay and Bekasi Bay.
It is worth visiting the whole of Bali to get a sense of how diverse and incredible the landscape is. This area offers a wide range of opportunities for visitors, from beginners to advanced, and where you can surf for a beginner in Bili.
Padang Padangs, or “Padang – PadANG,” as they are called, is one of the most popular spots in Bali for beginners and experienced surfers with its roaring waves. Padanga (or Padango Rights) is like a polite little sister who is suitable for a beginner when it comes to getting his head up.
Catching the right wave takes you straight back into the canal for a fast paddle, ideal for beginners. There is a channel that allows for easy paddling in and out, which most other waves in Bali do not, without the need to surf a channel that beginners cannot duck down to get out of. You can also retreat into channels that lie directly on the side of the wave, such as Padang – Padangs.
Kuta Beach is one of Bali’s most popular beaches, where tourism has flourished in recent years due to its proximity to the city of Kuta, Indonesia’s largest city.
At its peak, waves break the entire 2 km long beach and there is no shortage of board rentals and instructors, making it a popular beach where you can learn the basics of surfing as well as some of Bali’s most popular tricks. There is plenty of space for surfing, but there is also no shortage of boards, rentals or instructors on Kuta beach, which is pretty ideal for beginners to get a foothold.
The sandy ground is good for beginners, but the sandy summit offers a dreamland that is only good for beginners under the right conditions.
Batu Bolong, affectionately known as Old Man’s, is located in the heart of Canggu, a hipster paradise. Beautiful, beginner-oriented waves break off at the volcanic reef, and many speak of the dream of a longboarder.
It is worth noting that the waves can be very full and very dirty, so watch out for flying boards and plastic bags.
In Bali, the best spots for advanced surfers are in the south – in the east of the island, near the city of Kuta, and in the north – west near Kota Banda.
Balangan is a gentle upward line that can push advanced surfers without being exclusively difficult. Normally he is a sturdy, medium – fast left-hander, but you rub elbows with both experienced surfers and rogue pros. The waves are often hollowed out and dredged, which offers potential for barrels, and you can drive in and walk in occasionally.
While Balangan can be surfed at any tide, more experienced surfers tend to surf only at low tide or high waves. I was flying to Ngurah Rai International Airport, so I chose the tidal range accordingly and noticed a few surfers in the water. The airport from right to left, which can only be reached by boat, is a novel alternative to Kuta beach.
At 2-4 feet you can expect it to break nearly 100 feet in a barrel, and at 2.5-3 feet it can get a bit full, but when you’re good, it’s great to be there.
In Bali, the best spot for advanced surfers is in the southwest corner of the island, just off the coast of Kuta on the west coast. The waves are gnarled at low tide, but break at high tide at 2.5 – 3 feet, with a little more depth at higher tides.
It is a narrow launch zone with intense energy and bingin is a challenging beauty on the remains of a sharp reef. The waves work best at high and low tide, but you need a big swell to function properly and have fun. There is a high risk of injury and extinction, which is why the waves are best used at high or low tide.
When it is flat, it can be very sketchy, but very exciting, and when it is flat, the waves can be very sketchy and very excited.
If you are not 100% sure, you do not want to be caught, because they are heavy and only suitable for professionals. Uluwatu consists of five main peaks on a wide reef, and the spots include the peak known as the most constant wave in the world.
This is not to say that it is not fun during the rainy season, but during the dry season (April – October) there are more waves to surf than during the rainy season (November – March). The rainy season offers the best time of the year for surfing when the waves have peaked and it snows.
These days are often a bit sunny, but they also mean that it will sometimes rain and some days will be full of torrential downpours and flooding. The water is glassy and there are many good times, and you get wet when you jump into the water and surf. From my point of view there is nothing wrong with the rainy season, just not as much fun as with the dry season.
No matter where you are, the ocean is a powerful force and surfing in Bali is predictable, wild, safe and dangerous. It’s safe to surf and it’s all about you and where do we want to surf, but where do you surf and what do we surf?
As a rule of thumb, your wellness level is determined by the weather, weather conditions and ocean conditions.
It is not uncommon for people to drown or get seriously injured in the water And it can make surfing in Bali an exciting adventure. If you feel like exploring a new place, hire a guide and go with others, but if you don’t, it’s not worth it.
With a population of over 1.5 million people, Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Millions of tourists pass by every day on their way to and from the beach, hotels, restaurants and other tourist attractions.
Bali declared a garbage emergency in 2018, citing the amount of plastic pollution, and serious health problems such as cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems can occur. There are not many hospitals with competent doctors, which means that if you hurt yourself, there are no facilities or knowledge.
Surfers can get seriously ill due to water pollution, but it depends 100% on your attitude. If you have a cut, if you are susceptible to bacteria, stay careful, check the level of contamination and check and behave before cutting yourself, and if Bali is too big for you, don’t surf.
Experienced surfers looking for challenging waves will find them close to the 8-10 foot mark. No steps or boards are required, but watch out for thrills and seek out the thrills.
The best waves are in Bali, but Kuta and Canggu are a safe bet if the surf is too big elsewhere. Consider it a legitimate big wave spot in Bukit, and it is one of the most popular spots on the island for large waves.
The Bukit peninsula has hundreds of wave possibilities all over the island, some of which are hundreds of waves of opportunity. The area is characterized by a mixture of small and large waves as well as a large number of smaller waves.
Surfing is one of the more attractive activities in life because it can be relatively cheap, and when you fly on board you expect to spend your hard-earned money on food, but otherwise you are absolutely right. Surfing in Bali costs about the same as surfing in any other country in the world, if not less.
Prices vary depending on location, season and creditworthiness, but expect to pay at least $4 to rent a board. Beginners will notice that Bali is an island of surfers on scooters, and there is no shortage of chartered means of transport such as taxis, buses or even private boats. There are a number of different types of scooter rentals, from private buses to private helicopters.
It depends a lot on where you want to spend your time, but hotspots like Uluwatu and Canggu tend to be a bit more expensive.
Keramas, a little further away from the rest, has reasonable prices and decent rents. Kuta may be a little cheaper, but there is a lack of quality in the water and a lack of quality in the waters.
Where to rent a board : Popular beaches such as Batu Bolong are lined with board rentals, but the boards on the beach are not of the best quality, but still passable.
Even so, it may be easier to buy just one board, but if you stay on the island for a while, it is worth taking out a long-term lease. Most formal board shops offer rentals at a slightly higher price, and you will often find that you can haggle the price quite low.
Independent international designers supply the island with an abundance of mobile delicacies, but dozens of internationally recognized and respected designers are also represented. Boards in Bali are cheaper than those on the mainland, and just as well in the outposts, so have a look.
Farther away from the crowds of Denpasar are the pumping waves of Bali’s east coast, home to some of the best waves in the world and the best surfing in the region. In our surf guide on the west coast of the island you will find everything worth knowing about surfing on the east coast as well as a few tips and tricks.
Here one finds places like Keramas, Sanur, Nusa Dua and there are constant, relatively unoccupied waves. The East Coast consists mainly of right-handers and is one of the only secret places Bali is full of locals. If you spend enough time in Bili and get to know the locals, you will be lucky to be invited to surf with them. During the rainy season, these places are a little hidden gem that for some reason flies under the radar.