We'll tell you, if you haven't surfed in Bali. You missed out! If you always wanted to learn how to surf (or at least give your best attempt), you must give surfing a try on your next vacation to Bali. Waves are, as many say (and we agree), the best in the world. From beginner to pro, there's a break for everyone.
Bali became a popular surf destinations in the early 70's. When paved roads were still dirt roads and palm plantations. Local and western surfers had to adventure there way to Bali's most unspoiled beaches and surf breaks. Nowadays waves can get pretty crowded but don't let it take away the fun!
We noted down 5 of our favorite surf spots in Bali. Where we've been loving each and every surf session in the past 10 years. Let us know if you've been surfing in Bali and what your favorite spots are!
From beginner to pro, Seminyak beach is a fun beach break for all kinds of surfers. You can learn how to surf by the locals or rent a board on the beach.
The most popular surf town in Bali right now (before, that was Kuta and Seminyak) is the place to go if you are off to surf, sleep, eat, repeat. Learn how to surf on Batu Bolong, catch some perfect long waves with your long board or head out to Echo beach or Pererenan Beach for more intermediate and pro waves. You can rent boards or book classes on the beach.
3. Bingin Beach
Waves are perfect for surf and the water warm for mermaiding. Barrels for advanced surfers but very fun on small days and when the tide is high for beginners and longboarders too. To the left of Bingin you will find the left-handed wave "Impossibles", only suitable for the advanced surfer. Days here end with the most magical sunsets and fresh fish BBQ on the beach. Sleep at one of the beautiful island stays with views over the ocean, such as Sun & Surf Stay and Sal Secret. All our favorite cafes are also close to this beach.
This world-famous beach was discovered in the 1970s as the world's best surf spot. So it attracts surfers from all over the world. Uluwatu has three breaks, Temples, The Peak and Racetracks. All only suitable for the advanced surfer. And if you want a private entrance to the beach and surfspots you must book your stay at the most amazing Uluwatu Surf Villas (our go-to spot for special weekends!)
Photo by Liquid Barrel
5. The Mentawai Islands
Ok, although we promised only Bali spots in this post, we can't leave out the ultimate surf tip for you. In the middle of the Indian Ocean on the west side of Sumatra you will find the Mentawaii Islands. A group of paradise islands with pearly white beaches, swaying palm trees and amazing surf spots. Our favorite destination for a surf trip in Indonesia. Not only suitable for advanced surfers, there are also resorts with smaller waves where you can learn to surf and also fun if you travel with children, such as Aloita Resort on Simakakang Island. Stay at least a week as it's quite a journey to get there. We also stayed at HT's resort which we can totally recommend. You fly from Bali to Padang and then take the speedboat or ferry. In for the surf adventure of a lifetime? Get on a 10-day surf charter trip (such as this one) and surf all spots North to South.