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Surfing in Bali: A well-known tropical surfers paradise

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This photo was taken from Nusa Lembongan. Here you can see the surf spot Playgrounds in the foreground and Lacerations in the background.

Why go to Bali to surf?

In Bali, surfing is a popular activity among both locals and tourists, and a “must-do” destination for every surfer.


With an abundance of surf spots along the coastline, there is a suitable place for every level of surfer in Bali. From beginner surfers who want to take a lesson to experienced surfers looking for more challenging waves, Bali has something for everyone.

And if you don’t have a surfboard, you can always rent one at one of the many shops along the beach or in the villages, especially in Kuta.

After a day full of surfing fun, you can relax in one of the many wonderful accommodations that the beautiful island has to offer. And don’t forget the delicious food.

In short, surfing in Bali is an unforgettable experience that you should not miss.

The best surf spots in Bali

Surfing in Bali will be an unforgettable experience for you. Whether you want to enjoy the perfect waves at Uluwatu or the relaxed atmosphere at Canggu, there is something for everyone.

Below we highlight a few surf spots.

Uluwatu: Perfect waves for advanced surfers

Uluwatu is a world-famous surf spot in Bali, and even in Indonesia, known for its perfect waves ideal for advanced surfers. Beginners need not apply here.

The reef point at Uluwatu provides consistent and powerful waves perfect for tube riding and carving.

The best waves at Uluwatu can be found during the dry season, from May to September, when the swell comes from the southwest. The waves here can get quite large, so it’s important to have experience and be familiar with the local surfing conditions before you surf here.

In addition to great waves, Uluwatu also offers breathtaking views from the cliff where the surf spot is located. It’s a popular spot for spectators and photographers to enjoy the surfing sessions from above.

All in all, Uluwatu is a must-visit surf spot for experienced surfers looking for challenging waves and a beautiful setting.

Canggu: Trendy surf scene for all levels

Canggu is a popular destination on the island of Bali, having developed significantly in recent years. Canggu is especially known for its trendy surf scene. With its relaxed atmosphere, lively bars and restaurants, and beautiful beaches, Canggu attracts both experienced surfers and beginners.

For experienced surfers, there are plenty of breaks in the area, such as Echo Beach and Batu Bolong, which offer challenging waves but also quite mellow waves, especially on smaller days with a longboard.

Beginners can turn to the surf shops and surf schools nearby, where you can learn to surf in the relatively calm waters of Canggu.

In addition to surfing, Canggu also offers a variety of other activities, such as yoga classes, beach parties, and markets. It is definitely a vibrant place full of creativity and inspiration, where travelers from all over the world come together to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful surroundings.

Medewi: Long Rides (lefthander)

Further to the west lies Medewi, a perfect spot for surfers who love long, smooth waves. Although it’s more suitable for intermediate surfers, there are plenty of surf schools that offer lessons for all levels.

Padang Padang: Surf spot with powerful waves

Padang Padang is a world-famous surf spot located on the island of Bali, Indonesia. It is known for its powerful and challenging waves that are perfect for experienced surfers. The waves at Padang Padang are especially notorious for the barrel-shaped tubes they create, making it a popular destination for surfers looking for an adrenaline rush.

The location itself is breathtaking, with cliffs overlooking the white sand beach and clear blue water. Padang Padang attracts many surfers and spectators from all over the world every year and is loved both for its surfing opportunities and for its beautiful surroundings.

If you are an experienced surfer looking for a new challenge, Padang Padang is a place to put on your surf bucket list. But be warned, the waves can be quite powerful, so make sure you are well-prepared and experienced before hitting the surf.

Surf spots for every level

  • Beginners: Kuta and Seminyak are popular but crowded. For a quieter experience, try Batu Bolong in Canggu.
  • Intermediate: Balian and Medewi on the west coast offer challenging yet approachable waves.
  • Advanced: Keramas and Uluwatu are perfect for those who want to test their skills on powerful waves.

Surf lessons in Bali

Considering surf lessons on beautiful Bali? This island offers the perfect waves for every surfer, from beginner to expert.

Thanks to the wide range of surf spots, Bali offers mellow waves for beginners as well as challenging breaks for the pros.
The best places for surf lessons?

Canggu is the hotspot for surfers. Kuta is more for tourists who want to surf. With a relaxed vibe and waves for all levels, you can’t go wrong in Canggu.

Beginners will enjoy Batu Bolong, while more experienced surfers can try out Echo Beach.

And if you’re really adventurous and an advanced surfer (intermediate+), then try the legendary waves at Uluwatu or Keramas with a surf guide or school.
Tips for choosing the right surf school?

Look at

  • The size of the classes – personal attention is key. The smaller the group, the better.
  • Check the experience and background of the instructors. Are they certified?
  • And of course, go for a school that both radiates and provides good vibes. Because surfing is just as much about fun as it is about technique. So also check reviews: Read others’ experiences to assess the quality of the lessons and the overall experience.

And as in any Asian country: Bargain. Especially in the low season, you can often negotiate the price, especially if you plan to stay for a longer period.

If you find Bali interesting for surfing, also check out our page on surfing in Sri Lanka.

When to surf in Bali? The surf season.

When should you grab your surfboard and head to this Indonesian island? Let’s talk about the ideal time to surf in Bali.

The dry season, running from April to October, is the best time to score good and consistent waves. During these months, you’ll find constant waves and a pleasant offshore wind at Bali.

Specifically, from May to September, you’ll find, on average, the most ideal conditions, as they are:

  • Wave conditions: Expect waves that generally range from 1 to 2 meters, with the chance of occasionally a bigger swell that provides an extra challenge.
  • Water temperature: With temperatures fluctuating between 24 and 28 °C, the water during the dry season is super pleasant. Wearing a wetsuit is not necessary.