The Surfer's Guide to Bali

Everything You Need to Know About Surfing in Bali

The Bali surfing scene started along the island's southern shores, where rolling waves and quiet, beautiful beaches evolved into the popular wave riders' playgrounds we now today. The origin of surfing in Bali is down to the first wave-riding visitors who discovered the incredible waves in the 1930s, and more have flown in being drawn by Bali's sun, sea and surf ever since.

Bali's surfer crowd comprises experienced riders and beginners who want a piece of the action. Pros can head to the outer reef breaks of the southern Bukit Peninsula, while newbies can opt for smaller waves in the lagoons. Bali is a great place to pick up the sport, with board rentals and surf schools widely available. Surf shops are also abundant, so you can easily source your wax, rashguards and any other gear you might need.

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Best Surf Spots in Bali

Around the Bukit Peninsula

Located in Bali's southwestern region, this is where you'll find the world-famous Bali surfing spots. Uluwatu, Impossibles, Bingin - popular pro breaks with inspiring names, which break on shallow reefs creating lovely long tubes that become the prize of avid riders. 

The favorite spots for surfing in Bali are around the Bukit Peninsula include Balangan, Dreamland, Bingin, Impossibles, Padang-Padang, Uluwatu in the peninsula's west, Nyang Nyang on the southwest, Green Ball on the island's most southern point, and Nusa Dua and the uniquely named Sri Lanka surf spot on the Bukit's east. 

Kuta Beach

Kuta is a premier spot for surfing in Bali. Surfing at Kuta Beach is for beginners or experts, as it has breaks suit for all. Lessons are available for beginners provided by the many surf schools and classes that have sprung up in the area throughout the recent years, plus board rentals if you need the basic equipment but didn't bring your own. The locals and regular surfers will tell you the best places to hit the waves.

Need a ride out to the outer reefs? No problem, as boats are available for hire in Tuban. Or you may opt for more mellow beach breaks in front of the Hard Rock Hotel Bali. The more serious pack of Bali surfing enthusiasts now head for the challenging surf spots scattered around the Bukit Peninsula, south of Jimbaran.

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Around Sanur

Surfers head to Sanur, mainly targeting two of its favored spots, namely the Sanur Reef and the Tanjung Reef. November to April produces perfect right handers for Bali surfing, particularly on this eastern coast, which can result in lovely long,  hollow waves at high tides. Turtle Island or 'Pulau Serangan' as referred to by the locals, has a good reef break but can get a bit crowded if there's a big swell.

The swells usually are from the south with four to six-foot waves. Fun swells can be had at the Sanur rights especially during high tide. Serious swells do the trick here and always be aware of the reef.

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Bodyboarding

Bodyboarding in Bali

Bodyboarding in Bali is the second most popular wave riding activity after surfing. Instead of standing on your board, you can experience the thrills with your body flat-facing down, riding over crests or through barrelling waves. If you haven’t brought your own board, boogie boards are readily available for rent at Bali’s popular coasts, so if Read More...

  • Location: 61 Jalan Tegul Cupek, Banjar Semer, Kerobokan
  • Tel: +62 (0)819 3606 4317
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Kite Surfing in Bali

Kite surfing in Bali, also known as kite boarding, is an extreme water sport. The best time to get out and ride the foam and execute aerials is from May until October during the dry season when the windspeeds are around 12-15 knots.

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Stand Up Paddle Board Surfing in Bali

Stand Up Paddle surfing in Bali, oftentimes referred to as ‘SUP’, or simply ‘paddle boarding’, is a fun way to ride the waves. The best thing about it is that you don’t need to ‘catch’ a wave as you would in regular surfing, or go through the hassle of hand paddling and waiting up in line Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, No. 6, Sanur
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Windsurfing

Windsurfing at Sanur Beach

Windsurfing happens to be more popular in Sanur than surfing. Its steady wind and constant currents create conditions perfectly suited to a combination of speed and maneuvers for windsurfing at Sanur Beach. For professionals, the wind at Serangan Island is always a few knots stronger than elsewhere and the reef breaks make ramp waves for better stunts.

The sport itself combines rules and aspects of both sailing and surfing but to steer a sail attached to a surfboard requires some serious skills. Sanur's waters are always suitable but year-round the dry season serves you the best.

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