For those travelers wanting to keep it old school and indulge in what is indisputably some of the best surf on the planet, Bali is the destination for you.  If your planning to get married in Baqli and are looking for the best wedding planner in Bali we can help as well with our experienced and very talented team at www.yourbaliwedding.com.au – all you need to do is speak to us and we can arrange everything. The Island of the Gods is the pinnacle of the wave and home to an abundance of astonishing, diverse breaks.

Part of the reason for the incredible surf is that the island gets blasted with southern ocean swells direct from the Antarctic. There are waves here all year round, although the peak time is during the dry season which runs from May until September. This is when the legendary breaks at Uluwatu, Padang Padang and Impossibles fire at their best. Good wet season waves can also be found in the likes of Sanur, Green Balls and Nusa Dua. Surf schools and camps pack the island with every ability catered to.

The perfect peaks in this tropical idyll were first discovered in the 1960’s by GI’s and the occasional intrepid traveller but were raised to a mythical status by the 1971 film ‘Morning of the Earth’. Alby Farzon kick started the dream when he filmed Steve Cooney and Rusty Miller in Uluwatu cresting flawless waves, and the rest, as they say, is history.

There are also opportunities to explore the less populated parts of the island and if surfing the legends is not for you then pack up and set forth to find an elusive unridden wave. Admittedly this is more of a challenge than in some of the other destinations that we offer but still possible.

Bali has the most developed tourist industry in Indonesia and offers a glut of amazing accommodation and services which cater to every desire and depth of pocket. Hungry surfers can feast on everything from burgers to sushi to great vegan food and then go and have their aching muscles soothed by expert masseuses. If you can tear yourself away from the swell, great bargains can be found on surf wear and accessories at the wealth of outlet stores around Kuta and Seminyak.

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Every surfer looks for something different, therefore there is no “real” best time to come visit Bali. If you aiming for Summer in Bali and planning to be there at Christmas time you can expect some giant swells to hit, the biggest of the year throughout December to February, lots of short and long hard downpours of rain. Its known as the “Rainy Season” and rain it does, but not all the time, with onshore winds for most of the best breaks on the West coast its better to be hanging on the East coast with easy access to Keramas, the Hyatt Reef, Sanur Reefs and Serangan and Nusa Dua reefs, predominantly right handers.

Autumn is March through to May and the wind swings to Trade winds coming mostly from the SE, the rain can still be heavy in March and still have the occasional giant swell hit but generally it all eases off and the West coast becomes more accessable again. Beware of the changing dates of Nyepi – Nyepi is the Balinese “Day of Silence” and everyone must stay indoors even the airport is closed, for 2016 it falls on the 9th of March. This day also traditionally ends “Rainy season”.

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Winter occurs in Bali from June to August which is also the “high season” for tourists travelling looking for the exotic escape. The temperature does drop a little particularly at night and the water gets a little cooler. This is the time of year that some of the Islands best breaks work, the famous “Uluwatu” and “Padang Padang” and basically most of the West Coast of Bali is going off. Winter is a time of big surging swells and offshore winds – perfect for some.

Spring brings you the possibility to surf both sides of the islands from September through to November as the winds begin to turn again, you may still get the occasional big swell but a more consistent medium swell is more likely. This time of the year can be one of the best times for a surfer to visit, enabling you the opportunity to experience the variety of breaks both left and right handers available on both coasts.

 

Uluwatu

Also known as Ulu’s this place is the mecca of surfing in Bali and is really a must see surf destination. A paddle out through the cave will reveal  4 different left hand breaks depending on the tide that are world famous. The only issue with this is the crowds. You have to get there super early to avoid the tons of people trying Uluwatu out. The wave itself is a magical left that’s super fast with hollow sections that allow for barrels and long sections which is a goofey footers paradise. It is best at mid-high tide where you can easily paddle out without booties, but once low tide hits you have to walk out on the reef and then the wave is incredibly fast breaking over shallow reef bottoms.

Most of the crowds are there when this consistent left is between 3-5ft. Anything over that will see the crowds thin out as the main wall begins at Outside Corner and takes you all the way past Racetracks on your journey to one of the most insane rides you will ever have in Bali. There is a love /hate relationship with Uluwatu with most people you speak to. They will always say how good it is but the crowds made the day unpleasant.

Paddling in is always challenging as you have to aim slightly right of the entrance as the current pulls you towards to the North. Miss it and you are in for another big paddle around to start it again – not ideal after a 3 hour session.

Bingin

Bingin is a gem of a wave on the Bukit ( southern part on the Island) where the hip Bali holiday makers come to escape the frenzied tourist areas. Bingin can be best described as a mellow beach vibe with cool restaurants where you can pass the day away, however,  the wave is super fast with a heaving takeoff over razor reef. It’s a great left hand bullet train of a ride with a mid section that bowls into tube city. The trick here is to make the drop. Best at high tide as a fall on the low tide will result in some serious cuts. Having said all that this place can get crowded so get here before breakfast, surf for 2 hours and then go for a juice in one of the dozens of local restaurants that line the beach.

Padang-Padang

If you are on the Bukit heading  to Ulu’s there is a small bay on the right called Padang- Padang. Needs a solid swell for this to work but when it does you will get barreled with epic waves. Once you make the take off the wave runs fast through the mid section, leading into a square barrel and a super fast exit. Because Padang-Padang is neatly tucked into the SE cliff area it’s gotta be a big swell at Ulu for this to go off. This place is for the experienced but when it’s small you will see all manner of surf craft having a try at the take off. Because this place is so  intense when it’s big, the place gets crowded with macho locals and expats all trying to get as deep as they can in the barrel. This place gets very busy and the mood can shift as surfers all try for the best wave.

Dreamland

Things happen in Bali very quickly. Hotels and golf courses pop up all over the place and this gives rise to new surf spots such as Dreamland. This area was once very peaceful but like any decent surf spot in Bali has risen to become very trendy. The wave is best for beginners to intermediate as it offers both lefts and rights over a sandy bottom. I would go there at low tide where you can get a bit of a wall as high tide is really a close out dump.

Impossibles

This turns on when there is a solid South swell rolling in. The wave opens up over the reef which reveals very fast sections. Most of those picture postcard snaps you see are of Impossibles but the reality is take care as this wave is a gun and you are going to be launched at high speeds through most sections. You can ride this at both low and high tide with the low giving the best opportunities for barrels.

Balangan

The drive to Balangan is incredible and very picturesque and at the end you will see a great left that provides fun for beginners right through to advanced when its pumping. The first sectionis at the entrance of a cave allows you about 50 m of pure carving before you hit the mid section where the rest of the pack is. Make sure you are ready to scream at them to avoid the drop ins. Balangan has seemed to miss the over development in Bali and is a great place to hang for a couple of days. There are ample food places on the beach where you can grab a good feed.

Nyang Nyang

This is Bali’s litmus test where you here crowds often say that they have been everywhere else but there is some swell here. When it’s flat over the entire Island give this place a fgo. It’s a swell magnet, but due to the walk up and down the cliff face ( last count there was over 250 stairs – if you can call them that) which keeps the big hordes of crowds away. This place can get very knarley very quickly so watch out for rogue sets that can catch you on the inside. Go at high tide as this reef is very sharp and there are strong currents that can push you around. This is for the experienced only when it’s working as waves can get over head high. I love this place as you really feel like you are on an adventure. Make sure you are paddle fit as you will get into rips that’s 100% for sure and you need to be able to paddle your way out of them. Having said that, don’t let the climb up / down and the rips deter you. This place is insane and will give you a truly memorable surf.

Berawa Beach

If you are staying any where near Canggu then no doubt you are going to visit Berawa Beach. Nothing to get too excited about unless you are a beginner and enjoy being amonst other beginners. There are a few good lefts and rights but as I said it’s not what you really want if you are looking for an adrenalin hit in Bali.

Ceningan

Ceningan Island is located on the eastern side of Bali just near Nusa Penida. There is hardly anyone on this island which makes for a great change in Bali. The break is a serious left hander with nice long rides and very fast faces. If the swell and currents are wrong it can get messy so be very careful as there can be few people out. This is best when the swell is a manageable and Lembongan isn’t pumping. Access is best by boat transport although for the adventurous type you can navigate the sharp ridged cliff. We have heard that some locals think there are sharks so take this as a word of warning.

Greenball

If you love rights, you are going to love this place. It’s a right handers paradise ( like Nyang Nyang), with fast take offs, long walls and rides that will leave you grinning ear to ear. This is for the experienced only but when the swell and wind conditions are right you will find heaps of tourist out there.

This place is known for being super rippy so be careful. Goofey footers will be tempted with the left hander but this should not be attempted at being caught on the inside will leave you wishing your were not there. Getting dragged over the reef is no fun at all! Stick to the rights and you should be fine. A point to note. Leave some fuel in the tank as the walk back up the cliff at the end of a big surf session is not easy. But, you will enjoy a post surf massage from one of the locals when you reach the top.

Keramas

On the east coast of Bali this is the new uber cool ‘go to’ surf spot in Bali. It works well on the east swell and has a fun, very racey right hander that spews you out over the reef after about 50 m of insane fun. This is the place that takes your surfing up a notch with great long walls and barrel sections. Because this place is so popular there can be a bit of agro and bad vibes out the back. Stay calm, observe the rules and wait for glassy dawn perfection.

Kuta Beach

Bali’s most famous beach, Kuta has a reputation for sand, sun and nightlife. The break is over sand so it’s for beginners really. The place is strictly for the back packers and beginners and probably best avoided unless you want to be among dozens of people all vying for the same wave.

Airport Reef

Close to Kuta this is the next break along that gets it’s name due to it’s proximity to the airport. A fun left hander that’s quite consistent but you may have to put up with the crowds. Best at high tide this left hander can deliver some seriously good rides over the reef. Avoid low tides. The great part about Airport Reef is that you can easily suss out all the nearby breaks on a local boat that can be hired from the beach. A return trip is about Rp 50 000.

Medewi

This left is unlike anything else in Bali. Think Trestles California and you are in the right direction. An easy, fun left that will allow you to really open up and let loose. It’s a fun long ride that should be on your Bali surf list. If there is a S-SW swell you are going to get probably the longest ride of your life. Get up early for the dawn patrol and you wont be disappointed. This is not a reef break but a cobblestone / sand bottom and this is what gives this break it’s unique character.

Serangan

This little gem of a break works well in the wet season. It has something for everyone; lefts and rights, with fast sections that bowl up and arc around. It is next to a massive rock jetty but this should not distract you or put you off. Best in a SE swell and when all other breaks on the other side of the island are blown ( when the winds go west) this place picks up all the surfers.

Seminyak

The heart of tourist Bali, Seminyak breaks over a sand bottom and if you are lucky you will either get picture perfect A Frame take offs or massive close outs. It is a swell magnet best surfed in the early morning. The place can have strong currents and if you are sitting on your board you can literally see the landscape pass by. If you are staying in Seminyak, obviously you will want to try this place but there are other near by like Ku De Ta, Petitenget and Double Six which are worth a paddle.

Sanur

Are you an experienced surfer that wants to ride an incredibly fast right hander that races over razor sharp reef? Then Sanur is your pick. It’s on the east coast of Bali (a big tourist mecca) that will leave you gasping for air after you have surfed a 100 meter wall before kicking out over dry reef.

For Sanur to work the swell needs to have some considerable grunt and size.  Once it’s overhead then the real action begins. These swells are more likely to occur in the dry season. Rainy season brings onshore winds and inconsistent waves. If you are there on smaller days the walls can be very fast that shut down quickly so be ready for a quick exit. This place does get crowded especially with locals so take care and show a bit of respect.

Balian

Located on a river mouth, this swell machine give left handers a great long ride that is famous for it’s raw power and size. Located on the east coast Balian is often bigger than west coast breaks. I would recommend always go left as rights will push you into the river out flow and this can bring on infections. Still Balian is a very worthwhile visit when in Bali – highly recommended by many local and expats tourists.

Canggu

If you are coming to Bali and staying in a villa then you are probably either in Seminyak or Canggu. IF you are in Canggu then this beach break offers heaps of fun lefts and rights for everyone. Best early in the morning with a high tide as low tide can reveal dispersed random rocks that you want to avoid. The great part about Canggu is the post surf activities. There’s heaps of restaurants, spas, bars and shops to keep you busy the whole day. A bit of a tourist trap but well worth a day trip.

Sri Lanka

A great little spot right outside Club Med. When Nusa Dua is pumping this place rocks. Huge barrels, bit walls let you really let loose. Not overly consistent but when it’s on it can get packed. This is all reef break so you have to be confident enough to be able to handle this.