Bali is known for its jungled volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches, coral reefs, surf and Hindu culture. Now a Mecca for tourism and travelling surfers the Hindu culture has not been lost and still remains prevalent throughout the island of the gods today. It’s not only the vast range of reef breaks that are spread along the coastline of Bali that makes it so special but the incredibly patient, accepting and tolerable Balinese people that greet millions of foreign visitors in search of Bali surf every year.
Travellers, surfers and expats see the island as a truly magical place. Most cannot bear to leave and make it their home. As for the unlucky ones forced back to reality, they are drawn back year after year in search of the next surfing odyssey, chasing the swell of their dreams. It really is no wonder that so many people travel to Bali in search of the ultimate surfing adventure, wave perfection and pumping barrels.
Surfing in Bali is most commonly known for its perfect barreling left-hand reef breaks, however, there is also a vast range of world-class right-hand reef breaks. The long list of famous surf spots means no shortage of waves for experienced surfers. There is also plenty of mellower surf spots for intermediate surfers and beach break options for beginner surfers.
If you’re planning on coming to Bali on a surf trip then this is the most up to date and in-depth surf guide for not only you but anyone else that may be coming to lap up the best beaches in Bali rather than surfing. Learn all the tips you need to surf Bali such as where to stay at each surf break, what the waves are like, how to get there, how to get in and out of the surf at each spot and much much more.
Bali’s reefs and beach breaks lap up the swell in the dry season between April and October when swells are constantly being pushed up from the south-west across the Indian Ocean and the trade winds blowing from the south-east are favourable for the breaks on the southwest coastline. During the wet season when the trade winds switch to the northwest the surf spots on the eastern coastline of Bali light up during irregular swells in comparison to the dry season.
While the mountainous north rises to 3,031 m (9,944 ft) at the top of Mount Agung, the south narrows into a flat landscape of white sand beaches with areas of cliffs that drop into ocean reef and more spectacular white sand beaches creating yet another unique and breathtaking island of Indonesia!