Surfing has been one of the major attractions of Bali since the first surfers came to the island around the middle of the last century. Bali should be on every surfer’s to-do list, whether you are a beginner looking to try wave-riding through your first surf lesson, a skilled surfer hoping to get barreled at one of Bali’s legendary spots, or a pro hoping to test your tube-riding skills and airs while riding the world’s most perfect waves.
The west coast of the island and Bukit peninsula are the places to be in the dry season, when the biggest swells hit Bali.
Travelers who want to try surfing for the first time or more advanced surfers with a limited amount of time will appreciate hiring a surf guide, staying at a surf camp, or getting a surfing package through an agency. These approaches will help you take advantage of local knowledge and find conditions that suit your skill level. Most packages come with a driver who will make sure you get to the right place at the right time, maximizing your surf session.
For tourists who are less serious and just want to have a go, boards can be rented at most of the places suitable to beginners. Make sure to ask around if you are not sure what the waves are like. Bali has great spots for learners, but many of the more advanced breaks have dangerous currents, sharp coral reef bottoms, and locals who are impatient with learners. The perfect spot is out there for you, so just ask around and find it.
For experienced surfers who have more time, Bali is a great place to strike out on your own. Kuta has more surf stores per kilometer than anywhere else on the planet and well-stocked surf shops are available in all major centers around the island, offering tail pads, leashes, wax, and surf gear from all the major brands. Prices are more affordable than in many other countries. If you need to have your board fixed, Bali’s ding specialists will do it quick, perfectly, and at a very low price. It’s easy to rent a motorbike with a surf rack and strike out on your own or with new friends. Whatever your surfing needs, Bali will meet them. Waves are available almost every day of the year, so grab your board and get out there!