Bali is an amazing island surfing location in the Indonesian archipelago of 18,700 islands just 8 degrees south of the equator.
Legend has it that Bali was first discovered as a great surfing destination in the late 1960s by Australian surfers, but whether or not this is true, Bali has since become one of the hottest spots on the world surfing itinerary by leagues of surfing enthusiasts.
These days Bali has a huge surf culture, so whether you’re a novice trying out your first beach breaks or an accomplished reef break rider, Bali offers some of the best surfing beaches anywhere in the world.
The peak season for Bali surfing tours is from April to November, which is considered to be the dry season, but you can catch a mean wave at any time during the year. During the dry season, Bali picks up the swells from the Indian Ocean so it’s possible to find surf up to 12 feet or higher off the reefs on the southwest and southeast coasts.
Kuta is usually the drop-off point for surfing enthusiasts from all over the world as it’s only a short distance to legendary surfing spots like Padang Padang, Uluwata, Nusa Dua and Impossibles. Kuta Beach also produces some great beach breaks but it is a popular tourist haunt so the chances of getting on a clean barrel all the way into shore are not good.
Unlike many of the well-known heavy reef breaks around some of the other islands in Indonesia, Bali’s surf conditions are milder, which better suits the novice to intermediate surfer looking for consistent, 3 to 5 foot waves.
Bali has so many advantages to offer anyone planning a surfing adventure, it’s hard to know where to start. What about the fact that you can get around the entire island in a day, so once you know where the great waves are breaking, it’s easy to make your way there. Or how about the fact you don’t need a wetsuit because the waters around Bali average a balmy temperature in the low to mid 20 degrees Celsius (just remember to take a good sunscreen!)
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Catch a Bali Surfing Tour
In addition to the pleasures already mentioned, surfing in Bali has to be on top of the list of premier surfing locations because you don’t need to rough it in a crude beach shack. Even the most budget-conscious surfers can stay in premium Bali accommodation with air conditioning and satellite TV thrown in for unbelievably reasonable prices.
What’s more, if you travel with one of the expert Bali surfing tour operators, they will make sure that everything you need to make your Bali surfing holiday a treat will be laid on for you. They will even supply you with a board if you want to try a different ride or if you can’t be bothered lugging your own board all over the place.
The Bali surf guides will meet you each morning during your stay and tell you where the best waves are breaking, then take you there in one of their air conditioned SUVs or beach craft. They can recommend the top breaks for your style and skill level and you can even take your pick from left or right breaking waves if the conditions are right!
Better yet, their network of local informants know where everyone is headed, so will happily steer you away from the crowds to an equally good location with less riders competing for the breaks.
Bali hotels are fabulous value for money and if you stay in one of the popular tourist spots like Kuta or Legian beach, the best surfing options are close by.
And then after you’ve spent a monumental day on the waves, you can retire to your luxury Bali accommodation for a refreshing ale before you hit the local night spots for some riotous activity.