Surfing in Bali, a Summer Holiday Paradise

With every passing day, we get a step closer to summer. And if you’re as excited as we are, you’re probably already exploring your summer holiday options. Active holidays are in right now, and for good reason. There is nothing more refreshing than moving your muscles while enjoying the sun and exploring a new destination’s hidden nooks.

If you want to combine exotic beaches with plenty of water fun, check out the popular surfers’ paradise, Bali. This Indonesian island has become a giant in tourism. In 2018 it greeted over 6.5 million visitors, which tells you a lot about just how magical this place is. So, if you’re an avid surfer, make sure you put surfing in Bali on your travel bucket list.

Learn to surf in Bali

Baby on a surfboard, surfing in Bali

If you arrive in Bali green and ambitious, the first thing you should do is take some surf classes. Then you can go and conquer the waves yourself! Thankfully, surf schools abound. You’ll have no trouble finding a reliable instructor, especially around surf hotspots such as Kuta or Legian. Even if you’ve never tried surfing before, experienced instructors will have you standing on your board within a few lessons.

Bali is weather-ready

The good news about Bali is that, essentially, most of the year is a good time to visit this island. If you look up the weather in Bali, you will see the year is generally divided into dry and wet seasons. The temperatures are actually pleasant and bearable throughout the entire year. The difference is that the air is heavier during the wet season due to higher humidity.

Of course, you will catch more sunshine during the dry season, but the wet season, from October to March, can be a good choice too. Rainfall doesn’t last all day long and the crowds are definitely smaller off-season. Also, prices are lower. Nevertheless, surfing in Bali during the dry season means rain won’t disturb your water fun.

Delicious bites between riding the waves

Plate of satay on skewers, surfing in Bali
Satay on skewers

Although you’re coming here to surf, you will be truly delighted by all the bonuses you find along the way. When you get tired from riding the waves, you can take a break and regain your energy with a few bites of authentic food. Besides being a surf paradise, Bali is also a food paradise, with countless street food stalls lining the hectic roads.

If you’re not familiar with local dishes, you will have a hard time choosing what to get. But one thing everyone will tell you that you must try is nasi-goreng. If you’re a foodie in addition to an avid surfer, look up the best food places where you’re staying to get the best of both worlds.

No shortage of surf spots

Surrounded by blue waters on every side, this island has no shortage of impeccable surf spots. However, especially if you’re a beginner, make sure you do ample research on each of your planned destinations; there are a few things that are essential to know about the waters you’re about to ride.

Be sure to research potential hazards (currents, rocks, etc.), what kind of waves you can expect, how crowded the surf spot is and its tide times. Keeping these in mind, you can freely choose from a wide variety of shores.

Here are some of the best spots for surfing in Bali.


Cliffs at Uluwatu, surfing in Bali
Cliffs at Uluwatu

Some of the beaches in Bali are a good enough reason in themselves for a surf tourism adventure. Uluwatu is certainly one of them. It’s well-known for a majestic temple perched on the cliffs bordering the waterline.

However, another thing Uluwatu is famous for is its level of difficulty for surfers. The entrance point is tricky, so if you’re not experienced, stick to easier spots. But if you come to Bali to test your pro surfing skills, Uluwatu will give you the challenge you’re looking for.


Near Uluwatu, you can find the aptly named “Impossibles.” As the name implies, its fast waves are notoriously difficult to conquer. Not surprisingly, then, it has much smaller crowds. So if you are an expert at this sport, don’t miss out on this challenging spot.

Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach at Kuta, surfing in Bali
Balangan Beach at Kuta: Photo by José Casal on Unsplash

If you’re looking for a more laid-back spot for surfing in Bali, head to Balangan Beach. This less-buzzing spot is also a great place to hang around on the sand and soak up the sun.

Keramas Beach

Keramas Beach is a great place if you’re looking for nighttime surf fun. It’s also known as the place to catch the World Surf League competition, being held this year from May 13 to 25! So don’t miss this event if you happen to have your vacation around that time.

Padang Padang

Padang Padang Beach
Padang Padang Beach: Photo: Alexey Komarov (CC BY 3.0)

Famous for appearing in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love,” Padang Padang is a great alternative to Uluwatu if you’re not that experienced. The sunrises and sunsets are especially stunning here!


Medewi is a lesser-known true surf paradise in Bali. It is sometimes referred to as Bali’s best-kept secret, so make sure you discover it before anyone else does! It is at a great distance from the previously mentioned spots, but don’t be afraid to explore more of the island! Medewi is a truly quiet place that will show you a different side of Bali.

Bingin Beach

Bingin Beach
Bingin Beach, Kuta: Photo: Gsarwa (CC BY 3.0)

Another place for those who like a challenge, Bingin Beach has some powerful waves that will be fun for experienced surfers. So, if you get bored at Padang Padang, head to this spot and enjoy the rocky views while riding the massive waves.

Surfers call Bali paradise for good reasons. As you can see, both beginners and experts can enjoy surfing in Bali at its countless impeccable beaches. Meanwhile the perfect weather, delicious food and lovely views only add to the already perfect vacation. Don’t hesitate to check Bali out if you haven’t been there yet!

About Liam Smith

Liam Smith is a young and aspiring Australian blogger with a passion for everything related to home improvement, design, and style. He has a B.Sc. in Interior design and is an avid reader.

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