In recent years, Bali has emerged as a surfer's paradise. With year-round warm weather, affordable accommodation, and great food, Bali is a destination of choice for people who love surfing. So, you might be wondering: what are the best surf areas in Bali?
The answer to that question depends on your particular surfing expertise. While some beaches are great for beginners, others are better left to advanced and pro surfers.
Here is a list of the best surfing spots in no particular order, since your preference will depend on your surfing level. Beyond the incredible waves, every one of these beaches is awe-inspiring, so there really is no wrong choice, here.
Balian, on the West coast of Bali, has an interesting landscape of black-gray volcanic sand. Since the mouth of a river meets the ocean right there, Balian gets a wave even when the other surf sites are flat. The swell can get big at times, and this surf spot is best enjoyed by intermediate to expert surfers.
Many wave-riders decorate the horizon with brightly colored boards, however, Balian beach is a calm, cozy environment with no crowds, reminiscent of the Bali of years past.
If you're an advanced surfer, look no further than Uluwatu. During the rainy season, the swells can be up to 15 feet, so this is definitely not a spot for beginners. With its high cliffs overlooking azure waters, Uluwatu is recognized as one of the best surf spots in the world.
Beginners might still want to visit the area and head to the Uluwatu temple, one of the most important on the island. The temple offers spectacular views of the ocean and is home to a colony of monkeys. Beware! The monkeys love to steal glasses and hats.
Medewi boasts the longest left-hand wave in Bali. If you have always surfed right-handers and want to experience the thrill of a left-hander, you must check out this beach.
Medewi is an excellent place to get away from the crowds. The rocky beach is serene and never packed with people. Be wary of the reefs though, as they are notoriously sharp. Bring your booties and enjoy the left-hand curves. You'll have a great time!
One of the best surf spots in Bali for competitors, Keramas is becoming a real pilgrimage point. You'll find fast breaks and right-handers that are usually around 5 ft. This beach provides a serious barrel riding experience and is home to competitions sponsored by Oakley and Bllabong.
Even for non-competitors, this is a lovely spot. The beach, a beautiful, volcanic black sand wonder, is over 10 kilometers long and the afternoon sunsets here are the perfect way to end a day of surfing.
If you wish to further your skills without getting toppled by waves, Balangan is a perfect for beginners to intermediate surfers. There is some sharp coral hiding in the beautiful white beach, so make sure you bring your booties.
Even thought Balangan is quite close to the popular Kuta beach, it's not as crowded, and it remains a lovely, peaceful destination.
With such a variety of beautiful beaches and waves, Bali is sure to captivate the surfer in you. Take your time to explore the sites and decide for yourself what is the best surf spot in Bali. Each place is unique and wonderful in its own right.
Enjoy your stay and surf's up!