ABOUT SURFING BALI
Home to over 50 world-class surf spots of different skill levels, the tropical Southeast Asian island of Bali is synonymous with great surfing in the Asia Pacific region. Surfing Bali means consistent waves and a variety of excellent breaks in the most beautiful settings you could imagine. Most surf spots on Bali are suitable for intermediate or experienced surfers, but there are also plenty of great beach breaks for beginners and those who surf with long boards. Then there are the world-famous professional spots, like Padang padang and Uluwatu, which have helped put Bali on the surfing map and hosted countless international competitions.
The highest concentration of great spots for surfing Bali are clustered on or near the Bukit Peninsula, which “hangs” down from the southern coast of the island like the head of a golf club — coincidentally another popular sport on “The Bukit”. What makes surfing Bali so special are the southern ocean swells that hit the south coast of the island so perfectly. This is also what makes Bukit, the southern-most tip of Bali, even more special.
The west coast of Bukit is home to the five legendary breaks at Uluwatuas well as world-famous Padang padang, Impossibles, Bingin, Dreamland, Balangan and Nyang-Nyang. These breaks are are all for professional and highly skilled surfers, though Padang Padang Beach (Padang Padang Right) provides a long unbroken wave, perfect for beginners, long boarders and surf lessons. Under the right tides and conditions, Dreamland and Balangan can also be surfed by beginners.
Surfing Bali is best during the region’s dry season, which typically lasts from June to September, though crowds are smaller outside this peak time and great waves can still be had on the months that border the wet season. In fact, some breaks like those on the east coast of the Bukit Peninsula such as Nusa Dua, a great wave for beginners, are suitable for surfing during the rainy months.
Another important thing to remember about surfing Bali is being informed and hooking up with people who know the local scene and surf conditions. If you’re just learning to surf, make sure you choose the right surf school with expert instructors who are familiar with all of the island’s best surf spots. Find surf guides and friends who are willing to share their expertise with you — all for the love of surfing Bali!