Information before you go
Going on a Surf Camp Bali or Safari is the ideal way to experience a surfing holiday while at the same time meet other travellers and learn to surf at the many amazing beaches.
This tropical island is encircled by a dangerous reef which creates some stunning waves. Only in a couple of places is the water deep enough for boats to dock such as the harbour near Singaraja and Nusa Benoa harbor.
This means that the rest of the island has plenty of terrific surf spots for all surfing levels. Keep in mind though that some beaches on the island are rocky, some have volcanic black sand while other beaches have golden sands.
The best beaches for beginners who go on a surf camp in Bali are stunning Jimbaran Beach, Padang Padang, Dreamland Bali (also called New Kuta Beach) and the most famous beach of all, Kuta Beach. All of these Bali beaches break in front of the sand so you won't hurt yourself that much ;-)
For intermediate or advanced levels, the south of the island, also called 'The Bukit", is the area where the magic really happens with waves reaching up to 26 feet (around 8 meters) high.
The epic center is Uluwatu/Suluban beach but other great beaches are Balangan beach, Nyang Nyang beach, Bingin beach and Padang Padang beach.
However if you want to stick close to Kuta then you can jump on a local boat which will take you to a perfect surf at the famous Kuta Reef, located in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Find the best waves at Suluban/Uluwatu Beach
Other excellent beaches for intermediate or advanced surfing are Medewi, Balian, Seseh and Canggu beach, all of them located north of Kuta in West Bali.
On the east coast you have Sanur Beach, which is only fun during the rainy season when winds blow offshore.
In the big tourist villages such as Sanur, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak you'll find plenty of tourist booths which organize surf camps or surf safaris for beginners but also for those with an advanced surf level.
Local boats can take you to for instance to the Kuta reef
If you join a camp then usually the school will take care of everything. Included in the price are boat transfers, accommodation, free use of surfing equipment, towels, drinking water and instructions by local qualified surf instructors and options such as a photographer who will join to shoot videos and photos for you.
Just make sure you pay in Indonesian Rupiah and not in Euro's or US dollars as the exchange rate is not favorable for travelers.
You can also arrange a Bali surf camp online. Have a look at Padang Padang Surf Camp, Rapture Surfcamp Bali or Kima Surfaris which are all located in the Bukit area or at Wave Guru Surf Camp (intermediate/advanced level) in Jimbaran. If you want to save some money and you are flexible with your travel dates, try to look out for rainy season specials.
Surf schools are found everywhere in Kuta and Legian Bali
Other popular surf schools for beginners are Pro Surf School and Odysseys Surf School in Kuta beach and there's UP2U Surf School and Rip Curl School of Surf in Legian beach but here they don't do surf safaris.
Keep in mind while surfing in Kuta or Legian it can get really busy on the waves as many people have their first surf lessons here. So the price/quality ratio of accommodation is not that great.
There's also a luxurious surf camp in Bali for women only which is called Escape Haven, located in upscale Seminyak where besides learning how to surf they also teach you how to rejuvenate with food and yoga. This camp offers an ideal speciality lodging for female solo travelers who like to meet like-minded people. Another perfect surf retreat for women in this genre is called the Bali Goddess Retreat at Surf Goddess.
Surfing has no age limits...
The Premier Surf Camp at Pererenan Beach is a hotel and don't offer surf trips or camps on how to surf in a couple of days. However you can arrange half a day, full day and private lessons while I get the impression that most people stay here for the atmosphere.
As you can tell Bali is a perfect island to learn, to improve or the challenge your surfing skills in different ways. You can either discover the best surf in Bali solo or join others.
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Now and then people send us inspiring emails and this generates even more enthusiasm to share all of the things we know about this lovely island in the hope that you can plan your tropical holiday properly and have as such a great time as we always have. Hope to see you there!
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