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SURFING BLACKSTONE BALI

Blackstone Nusa Dua is one of many reef breaks you can find in the surrounding Nusa Dua area.  Not far from some of the many other expert level reef breaks, Blackstone tends to be a little bit more manageable for beginner and intermediate surfers.  Blackstone gets its name from a protruding chunk of black basalt exposed to the north of the reef’s long point. Don’t expect to paddle out at low tide as the reef tends to be left high and dry except during high tides with a decent swell.  Conveniently located near a variety of breaks in the area, Blackstone is a great place to add to your list of breaks for your next surf trip to Bali.

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SURFING CONDITIONS

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What kind of wave is Blackstone?

Blackstone tends to be a mushy wave held in sharp contrast to some of its steep and barreling neighbors.  This isn’t to say you shouldn’t expect the occasional hollow session during the peak wet season. On large swells, it can be tough to judge just how steep and hollow the take-off is due to a long paddle out.  A bounce back from the point can help the wave to bowl out with a steep open shoulder great for aerials. That being said, Blackstone is also a great wave for beginners and sometimes fills in with learner surfers.  The beginners often sit far inside on the higher tides so they don’t wash up over the falls onto exposed reef and broken urchin spines. When paddling back out to the peak, keep your eye out for a gap in the line-up leading to a small beach off of the point. This is your ideal get-in spot unless your keen for a long paddle out, and back.

    • Wave type:

      Reef break

    • Wave difficulty:

      Beginner upwards

    • What way does the wave break:

      Left

    • Sea bottom:

      Sharp reef

 

  • Booties:

    Personal preference

  • Surfboard type:

    Shortboard, fish or longboard for the inside

  • Crowd factor:

    Conditions dependent

  • Hazards:

    Sharp and shallow reef, strong currents.

    • Best swell direction:

      SE

    • Best wind direction:

      W

    • What tide does it work best on:

      Mid tide

    • Best tide movement for surfing:

      Mid to high

 

  • How consistent is the surf:

    Consistent if quality is compromised

  • Best time of year for waves:

    Wet Season; October – April

  • What is the vibe like in the lineup:

    Mellow

  • What other names does Blackstone go by?

     

How do you get in and out of the surf?

Walk towards the small beach located at the base of Water Blow’s Southside Cliff and paddle out through a small channel in the reef close to the point. The more experienced surfer can time their paddle out over the reef or for those feeling like a work out paddle out through the open channel 200 metres or so south of the surf break.  

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

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What is the beach like?

The Beach at Blackstone Nusa Dua is a long strip of white sand beach surrounded by high-class hotels and luxury villas.  But don’t be discouraged, the beach is open to the public and a small parking fee will give you access to the beach and its various breaks.

Where should I stay?

Considering Nusa Dua is a little bit out of the way, the most conveniently located accommodation is the Grand Hyatt Bali.  While not ideal for single travellers on a budget, there are some great cheaper options to choose from in the nearby communities where a short scooter ride can get you access to breaks throughout Nusa Dua.

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Luxury Price Range – Grand Hyatt Bali

One of the most beautiful and conveniently located surf accomodations in Bali, the Grand Hyatt Bali offers walking distance to Nusa Dua’s various breaks, great food, amazing views of the ocean, and heavily manicured gardens showcasing Bali’s tropical environments.  If you don’t mind the distance from relative community/nightlife/etc, The Grand Hyatt is a great place for couples, families, or destination weddings.

Is there food nearby?

After a long surf session, there’s nothing like a cold beer and a good meal.  There are several warungs in a row just off the beach at Nusa Dua. Follow the beach path back towards parking at Bali Collection.  These are often a bit of a haunt for tourists as well as respite from the sun in a beautiful shaded grass area.

Verdant Organic Kitchen

A short walk from Blackstone and Water Blow is Verdant Organic Kitchen in Bali Collection Shopping Centre.  With delicious, health conscious, and internationally inspired dishes, Verdant Organic Kitchen is a calm and comfortable place to grab a bite to eat pre or post surf session.  At Verdant Organic Kitchen, you’ll find everything from fresh fruit, smoothies, and crepes, to savory pasta dishes and rich desserts.  

Kul Kul Bar at The Laguna, Bali

As you head north from Nusa Dua, you’ll find a bit more hustle and bustle in the form of places to eat, drink and party.  Kul Kul Bar at The Laguna is a great place to start your search for social engagement after the privacy and seclusion of Nusa Dua.  Located in the middle of The Laguna, another of Nusa Dua’s luxury resorts, Kul Kul Bar is a great place for a couple of drinks or a romantic night out.  The plethora of swimming lagoons might even merrit a cannonball or two if not simply to rinse the salt off your trunks. 

What else is there to do in the area other than surfing?

Water Blow Nusa Dua is a natural look-out point that the Blackstone surf spot breaks down the south side of. On the furthest tip of Water Blow waves smash up against jagged limestone pillars jutting out towards the sea.  Definitely worth a walk or two if the swell is big. Great place for photos or a break from the line up.

Water blow Bali entrance fee: There’s no entrance fee for Water Blow bali, however if you’re planning a photoshoot (wedding, etc.) you’ll need a permit through the ITDC Nusa Dua.  

Water blow Bali best time to go: Higher tides and bigger swells will mean larger splashback from the ocean.  There’s a concrete walking path you can follow for a better view of the ocean.  On the biggest of swell days, hold on, and expect to get wet.

Water blow Nusa Dua map: Refer to the map at the top of the page to get an idea of the locality of everything in the area

Museum PASIFIKA: For a change of pace, Museum PASIFIKA is a showcase of art inspired by Bali’s culture, people, and landscape.  The Museum holds an impressive curation of artwork from Balinese, European and Australian artists who traveled and lived in Bali.  Great for a day of recovery from your latest sunburn.  

Bali Collection is your typical Mall found around the globe.  A few balinese twists give it a unique feel with traditional food and garra rufa pedicures.  You won’t find many locals wandering around the mall but you will find two pharmacies just in case you’ve wrecked yourself on the reef while on your surf trip to Blackstone. 

What else do I need to know?

Odyssey Surf school is located in front of the surf break and offers affordable lessons and guide services.  If you’re unsure of your ability, or your looking to speed up your improvement, it never hurts to grab a lesson.

LOCATION

Where is Blackstone, Nusa Dua?

Blackstone surf spot is on the southeast coast of Bali nestled along the beach of high end resorts in Nusa Dua. The surfable wave Blackstone breaks off the southside of the jagged limestone peninsula known as Waterblow.  

How to get around?

Depending on where you are staying the resort area around Blackstone is best travelled by foot or scooter.

Is there parking fees?

Waterblow / Bali Collection Parking – 3.000Rp per scooter

Nusa Dua Beach Parking – 2.000Rp per scooter  

How to get there?

Step 1: Drive to Nusa Dua.

Step 2: Once you arrive in Nusa Dua go to the resort area and park up at Bali Collection.

Step 3: From here walk out to Waterblow and on the southside of Waterblow you will be able to see Blackstone surf spot.