With its turquoise water, gorgeous beaches and excellent waves, Bali is one of the world’s top surfing destinations. If you’ve always dreamed of riding the waves in this island paradise, here’s what you need to know to make it happen.
When to Go
The dry season, from April/May to September/November, is the best time to go to Bali for a surfing trip. However, even during the wet season there are still plenty of places to surf. In fact, SurfingBali.com notes that “Bali has surf breaks both the west-facing and east-facing coastlines and, because of this an offshore wind can be found somewhere on the island on any given day. Because of the number of surf breaks and the quality and consistency of the waves in Bali, it is still possible to find a many places to surf with only a small to moderate crowd.”
Bali’s most famous breaks include Uluwatu, Padang Padang and Impossibles. However, those are far from the only places to surf. Other great options include Medewi Beach, Canggu, Kuta, Bingin and Dreamland.
If you’ve never surfed before, Bali is also an excellent place to learn. There are plenty of places to rent boards and other equipment, and a plethora of surf schools offering lessons. Gadling recommends that you choose a school where the instructor actually gets in the water with you. You’ll learn faster and have a better experience.
Also, make sure not to get in over your head. Choose surf spots with waves that are appropriate for your capabilities. You can move on to more advanced waves as you get better.
If you like the idea of volunteering while in Indonesia, you might consider a trip like i-to-i Volunteer and Adventure Travel’s Surf and Teach English in Bali trip.
To visit Bali, you’ll need an Indonesian visa and a passport good for at least 6 months from the date you enter the country. You can get your visa on arrival at certain air and seaports, but you’ll be out of the airport must faster and with less hassle if you apply for your visa in advance.
For more information, see Indonesian Visa Requirements for Tourists.
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