Bali Surfing spots
Bali, Indonesia, provides many places for surfers to experience and challenge the sea whilst enjoying a fun vacation. Accessible roads leading to the surfing points make it easy to find such great adventure. The types of wave characteristic to the Indian Ocean have built Bali’s reputation as one of the world’s very best places for a surfing holiday.
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Kuta Beach is the famous beach that many surfers have experienced during their stay on Bali. At Kuta beach, you can follow a surfing course including all facilities and professional instructors from Bali Surfing Paradise.
Bali Surfing Paradise visits the following spots:
The best places for surfing can be found east, south and west of Bali.
From east to west: Padangbai, Lebih, Ketewel, Padang Galak, Sanur reef, Tandjungs, Hyatt reef, Sri Lanka, Nusa Dua, Green Ball, Nyang Nyang, The Bombie, Temples, Outside Corner, Race Track, The Peak, Uluwatu, Padang-Padang, Impossible, Bingin. Dreamland, Balangan, Airport Right, Pertamina (Airport Left), Kuta Reefs, Halfway (Kuta beach), Padma, Bleu Ocean, Canggu & Perenan, Balian, Medewi.
Kuta Beach affords a beautiful panorama view along the beach, from where you can see the specific characteristic waves of the Indian Ocean. This surfing spot can be enjoyed by beginners and professional surfers alike. Along Kuta Beach, the sandy white coastal area unfolds from north to south, you can see the world’s most beautiful sunsets. The beach is also home to accommodation such as the Hard Rock Hotel and Harrods Hotel.
Nusa Dua area is a well-known resort area, where many big hotels and high-class apartments have been built. Nusa Dua has a particularly beautiful beach lined with palm trees and offers good waves for every type of surfing adventure. The resort area is easily accessible, located beside the Grand Hyatt Resort and behind the local amphitheatre.
Serangan Beach is located five kilometres south of Denpasar Town on Serangan Island that has been designed as a resort area. Serangan offers a beautiful beach and excellent high waves, where many surfers enjoy themselves. Warung or small cafes serving seafood can be found throughout this area. Hotel Tugu is located close to this surf point.
Canggu Beach is located ten kilometres west of Denpasar Town and has a beautiful beach with black sand along the shore. Big waves are easily found in this place and many surfers, local and foreign, come here to experience water adventures. It is located in Canggu Village, Kerobokan, Denpasar Bali and very easily accessible, especially by motorcycle. The restaurants and warung (small cafes) which can be found here will make your stay very nice indeed. A hotel close to this surf point is Legong Keraton Beach Hotel
Outstanding waves and an amazing coast make Medewi Beach one of the most famous surfing beaches in western Bali. A wide selection of hotels and restaurants servw every visitor cold drinks and delicious food. Medewi Beach is located in Jembrana Regency, some 70 kilometres west of Denpasar Town. Travelling to Medewi Beach takes around 2.5 hours by car. Hotels close to this surf point are Puri Dajuma beach eco-resort and spa Pekutatan Negara, Bali, 82262 and the Kelapa Retreat Bali Villa Jl. Ngurah Rai, Pekutatan. West Bali Negara, Bali, 82262
Uluwatu is the indicator break for the west side of the bukit and is very consistent. The wide reef offers many different peaks, which all appear at different tidal stages. ‘The Peak’, which lies directly before you as you paddle out of the cave is a classic, consistent wave that works at all tidal stages. Its outer edges only break at low tide on the biggest swells. ‘Racetrack’ is a fast, racy wave that works best when the tide is low. ‘Temples’ is at some paddling distance from the main peak so tends to be less busy. The bombie will break on the biggest swells and can be ridden at 20′ or even higher!
Uluwatu is a popular tourism destination in its own right thanks to its temple, as well as its beautiful beach with high waves. The countless surfers who have experienced this beach are invariably amazed by the waves. Walking down from the hilltop to the beach is a unique experience for every surfer. This spot is located in the Pecatu Village , Kuta Bali, 35 minutes from Bali International Airport or only five minutes from the Uluwatu Temple. Hotels close to this surf point are alila villas uluwatu Jl Belimbing Sari Banjar Tambiyak Desa Pecatu, Uluwatu, Bali 80364, Indonesia and the Bulgari hotels &resort Bali Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Padang Padang is known as ‘the Balinese pipeline’. This is a very fast, long barreling wave that lives up to its reputation as the most serious wave in Bali. Similar to Hawaii’s very own pipeline, the Bali pipeline also breaks over a shallow coral reef. For expert surfers only.
Less well-known is Padang Padang rights, which breaks in front of a beautiful white sandy beach. This very easy wave is suitable for beginners, longboarders and intermediate surfers. A perfect surf spot for surfers learning to ride whitewater to unbroken waves. The conditions at high tide are very forgiving – a long, slow, unbroken wave that can reform from whitewater to swell. Also a beautiful location for sunbathing and watching the sunset.
Padang Beach is located 25 kilometres south of Denpasar Town or a 25 minute drive from Bali International Airport. The surfing point at Padang – Padang Beach is located beneath the steeply sloping hills opposite the Indian Ocean. It offers big waves that are great for surfing. Over time, this place has become a renowned surfer destination and it is becoming more famous every year.
‘Impossibles’ is a fast, racy and very very picturesque wave. There are three separate peaks on this wide reef which breaks up the crowds. Under the right conditions, with a good size swell and offshore wind, it is possible for the sections to link up and offer a ride of a mile or more to the warungs at Bingin.
‘Bingin’ is a perfect machine wave that works best around mid-tide. It is a very consistent wave and throws out many perfect barrels. If you want to practice barrel riding lefts Bingin may be the ideal location. At low tide, the wave can be very shallow and is recommended for expert surfers only. At high tide, the waves can break very gently which is why Balinese children learn to surf at this point. High tide can be perfect for longboarders or intermediate surfers.
‘Dreamland’ is a beautiful white sand beach, at just a short walk from Impossibles and Bingin. There are many different breaks that work at different tidal stages and which are suitable for novice surfers as they break over sand. The best wave is an A-frame peak, which works best at low tide on a big swell. There’s also a punchy shore-break wave to be enjoyed. Here you can see Balinese and visiting surfers exhibiting their skills at the water’s edge. Dreamland is a perfect location to spend the day surfing, sunbathing and visiting the local warungs.
The Dreamland was originally the location of choice for ‘elite’ visitors. This spot has a beautiful panorama view and beach with high waves, which makes this place a favourite with surfers. It is located at some 20 kilometres from Denpasar Town and around 20 minutes from Bali International Airport. The sunset panorama at this beach is also worth checking out.
‘Balangan’ is the next break on the peninsular and is at walking distance from Dreamland. This reef break also has a beautiful white sand beach, which is very quiet. Balangan is a fun left hander that is not so fast as the other reef breaks on the peninsular – or bukit– and is suitable for intermediate surfers.
Balangan Beach is located in Balangan Village Bukit Unggasan, Jimbaran Bali. It offers a beautiful view of the coastline and the large waves are good for surfing. The spot is easy to reach: step down from the hilltop to get the beach and start your great water adventure there.
Keremas surf spot
‘Keremas’ is another of the world-class waves that Bali has to offer. A well-kept secret until a few years back, it has become an extremely popular wave. Best surfed mid to low, it produces gripping right-handers: fast, hollow and with a great deal of power. The end section becomes really shallow – take care with the sharp reefs and sea urchins.
The ideal swell directions are from the south and south west, and best from between three and 10ft, at mid to high tide.
Under the right conditions, this classic left hander breaks for over 200 meters. It’s fast, it’s powerful, it barrels, and it should only be surfed by competent surfers.
The wave is quite some paddling distance from the shore. Due to its location it picks up quite a bit more swell than other nearby spots, such as the airport left or right (see below) or the beach breaks.
Access: North of the airport, can be reached via Kuta Reef point by boat
There are some outer reef points in close to the airport runway. Facing the ocean, from the left, ‘Ritender’ (also known as Airport Right) Airport Left, Middle Reef, and Kuta Reef. If you are competent, you can paddle out, however, access is usually by a boat. Best at high tide, about 1~5 ft. Wave style is wide, no tube. However, when there is too much offshore wind, this is not the best choice.
Access: From Airport left by BOAT, south side of airport runway.
It has been said that this wave will not close out until 10ft, but it’s ideal size is 1〜5f. When conditions are good, you can enjoy a long wall with a tube. The bottom is a shallow coral reef, so it’s better to wear a wetsuit, such as a Tapper or a Short John. In the dry season, the offshore wind is always blowing. You don’t have to worry about onshore, but too much offshore is not good. The best time is in the morning with no winds.
Nusa dua reef point
Access: Offshore, in front of the Hotel Ayodya
This break lies at distance of 300 metres from the shore and can be accessed by canoe. Even when there are no waves anywhere else in Bali, there are always waves here as a result of the outer reef. This surf point is known for its vast waves. The surf gets better at the beginning of an ebbing tide. The break can be seen from the shore. Keep your eyes open for the wave and jump right in! Make sure to check your leash before getting in, or you might lose your board – there are always waves at the outer reef!
Mushroom rock point
Access: The end of a park at Bali Collection in Nusa Dua
A regular wave point can be found on a small beach, 700m from the end section of Nusa Dua, on your left. It is slightly smaller than the Nusa Dua point, and closes out during larger swells. This point breaks best at high tide. However, you can catch the quick break with an awesome tube when the tide is changing to low tide. Caution: hard reef on the bottom
Sri lanka point
Access: Offshore from Club Med in Nusa Dua.
The best time to catch this beautiful break, which is recommended for experienced surfers, is just before and after low tide. This point is shallow and the break gets good around 4 ft. When Nusa Dua more than doubles, Sri Lanka starts to break.
Sanur reef point
Access: Offshore, Bali Beach Hotel
Sanur Reef is considered the best wave in Bali, offering perfect tube rides – though it can be hard to catch the perfect wave. When the wave rises, top local surfers are known to stay here for days. It is possible to paddle out or use a canoe. The reef is hard, so go in with extra caution. The wave is easy up to standing height, but becomes more difficult with larger swells.
Sanur beach point
Access: From Sanur 2km toward Gianyar by bypass
This was a secret point, which not too many people knew about until a few years ago. Now, it is well visited by Japanese surfers. During the wet season, it is a solitary beach break, but when a sand bar is formed, a pipe-style tube appears like a shower break. Beware of car thieves though,, as the parking lot is at some distance from the point.