Bali Surf Travel Guide
From the dreamy lefts of the Bukit Peninsula to the beachies of Canggu and the more recent discoveries on the East Coast, Bali continues to be a surfer’s paradise in 2023 and 2024, offering year-round consistency and a diverse range of waves for every type of surfer. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice looking to catch your first wave, Bali’s surf spots have something to offer for everyone during these years.
Beyond the waves, Bali’s allure lies in the charm of its people, the rich cultural experiences, vibrant nightlife, and an extensive array of family-friendly options that cater to travelers of all ages and budgets. The island’s enchanting blend of adventure and relaxation makes it an irresistible destination for surf enthusiasts and holidaymakers alike in 2023 and 2024.
What we love
More waves than you can shake a stick at, consistently pumping!
Padang Padang, known as the Balinese Pipeline, is a very fast, long barrelling wave that lives up to it’s reputation as the most serious wave in Bali.
Year round surf destination with the surf options divided into two seasons.
Diverse history that has a unique blend of island culture, making it a unique experience for any world traveller.
Where to surf
Uluwatu is the most popular surfing location in Bali, for its unique geography that produces a selection of breaks on either side of the Bukit Peninsula. A 20 minute drive from coast to coast is all it takes to find the perfect wave to fit your comfort zone. Nearby, Padang Padang Dreamlands and Bingin are beaches offering surf camps or lessons to help get your bearings or provide the absolute beginner with the confidence to enjoy a memorable surfing holiday. Most surf beaches in Bali are located right among the local attractions. At Canggu and Legian for example, you can switch from surfing to shopping just by crossing the street.
Best Surf Breaks
When to go
You’ll always find top surf spots in Bali, where the year is divided into two seasons. April to October is dry season, when the trade winds favour the west coast. The ideal packages for experienced surfers during these months are on the Bukit Peninsula around Uluwatu and Padang Padang or up the coast at Canggu. For beginners and intermediate level surfers and relaxing holiday locations with family-friendly beaches, check out Seminyak. November to March is the wet season, when the tides and winds favour the east coast. If you’re planning to visit during these months, take a look at Nusa Dua, Sanur or Keramas, where the beaches cater to all levels of surfers and offer a range of accommodation options for singles, families and groups.
Away from the beautiful beaches and incredible surf Bali’s forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, temples, coral reefs and religious sites make the island as much a drawcard for the non-surfer as surfer. Kuta and Seminyak offer great restaurants, shopping and nightlife while inland Ubud is known for its forested cooler climate and yoga and meditation retreats.
With over 255 million people, Indonesia is the world’s 4th most populated country. Consisting of thousands of islands, Indonesia is rich with tropical oceans, delicious fruits, and impressive volcanoes. Even with the nation’s large population, there are many opportunities to escape the crowds by visiting the country’s outer islands, rainforests, and beaches. Over the millennia, Indonesia has been controlled by many world superpowers – including the Dutch, French, British, and Portuguese. Since the end of World War II, Indonesia has remained a free nation with a constitutional government. Because of this diverse history, Indonesia has a unique blend of island culture, Western Colonialism, and Islamic lifestyle – making it a unique experience for any world traveller. If you enjoy respectfully meeting new people, you will undoubtedly find the people to be as beautiful as the oceans.
Fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport at Denpesar (DPS), which has easy access to the Bukit, Kuta and the East Coast. When planning your trip from any Western nation, remember to get your passport and visa ahead of time.
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