So you’re planning another trip to Bali...go you! Blessed with plenty of sun, beautiful sights and solid swells along its coasts year-round, this little paradise has become a second home to many returning sun and wave chasers.
With the WSL Corona Protected Bali on until 25 May 2019, we thought we’d give you the lowdown on the island’s best surf spots for some sick swells and cheeky barrels.
T H E N E W B I E S
If your bucket list this summer is to learn how to surf, Bali’s definitely a great place to start. The coasts have a number of surf schools and camps, plus surf shacks that rent out all types of boards.
We’d recommend testing the waters at the original surfer’s spot, Kuta Beach. It’s long, sandy, and the swells are small and reliable especially in the morning. Walk further north and you’ll find Legian and Seminyak Beach, both of which have left and right breaks that are perfect for beginners.
If you’re in Canggu, lucky you! The stretch in front of Old Man’s is prime learning turf. There’s a shallow lagoon where the waves are perfect for beginners.
Staying further down south? Jimbaran Beach also has its fair share of surf schools and the waves break over a sand bank so you won’t have to worry about falling on sharp rocks.
T H E I N T E R M E D I A T E S A N D P R O S
While Bali’s known for its perfect barrelling left breaks, it’s also home to some world-class right-hand reef breaks as well as mellower spots for those still getting the hang of it.
Some of the best and accessible waves on the island are found in Canggu, where tanned surfer dudes and babes congregate. Echo Beach is where the crowds are at; this surfing playground has tons of breaks that cater to all types of surfers. The stretches along Batu Belig and Berawa are also for those in the know, with medium to high swells.
You also won’t go wrong with old faves along the southwest coast like Uluwatu and Padang Padang aka the “Balinese Pipeline”, and nearby less crowded spots at Bingin and Balangan beaches. But if you want to check out newer spots, grab your boards and head to Sanur and Keramas Beach (where the Corona Bali Protected will be at, FYI). Green Bowl Beach is also great for those seeking fast waves and small crowds.
B E S T T I M E T O G O
Anytime! The Southern Indian Ocean supplies Bali with plenty of consistent swells on different coasts, depending on the seasons.
During the dry season from May to September, we’d suggest exploring Bali’s west coast from Kuta to Uluwatu, all of which are jam-packed with world-famous breaks featuring large swells and strong offshore winds.
The main wet season lasts from November to March, with October, April, and May considered shoulder months. This is when the wind shifts to blow primarily from the west, so the east coast breaks from Nusa Dua to Sanur get offshore winds and come into play.
Now all you need is some great surfing gear and you’re ready to conquer the waves on the island of the (surf) gods!
Written by Mashyitah Mustaffa