Surfing in Bali
Bali is an island surrounded by beautiful beaches and famous surf breaks suitable for most surfer from beginner to pro. If you are new to this sport, there are several beaches known to be best places to start learning how to surf.
Surf Spots in Bali
Surf from Kuta to Canggu
One of the most notorious beach breaks is Kuta Beach. It is followed by beaches nearby; Tuban Beach, Legian Beach, and Seminyak Beach. Canggu beach, a 20 minutes drive from Seminyak, is currently gaining more popularity to surfers, not only due to the waves but also its hipster lifestyle. Even though you most likely won’t be the only one in the water, you will not regret it as it offers a beautiful sunset view while enjoying the sport.
Other Spots up North
For intermediate and advanced surfers, who would like to avoid the crowds of Kuta and Seminyak, it is worth it to check for other spots up North along the West Coast. You will find less known waves breaking over beach or rocks such as Yeh Gangga, Balian or Medewi. The villages in these areas are less known to tourists and may remind you of a more traditional Bali.
When you are an advanced surfer, there are many challenging surf breaks on the Bukit peninsula to be explored. The most notorious surf spots are located in Uluwatu area, such as Dreamland, Padang-Padang, Balangan, Uluwatu. The waves in these spots usually break over a sharp reef and are therefore not suitable for first time surfers. But also as an experienced surfer it is always a good idea to get local knowledge of the spot before jumping in.
Spots at Bali’s East Coast
When you want to explore the East Coast of Bali, Turtle Island, Hyatt Reef, Keramas Beach or Padang Galak should be definitely on your list. Especially during wet season form December to April many surfers escape the rubbish and windy beaches on the West Coast and accept the longer drive to the East Coast. However, many waves along this coast are not suitable for beginners as they are quite powerful. Every year pro surfers compete at Keramas at the Bali Pro.