Enjoy Surfing in Bali, Indonesia

Guest Post by Michelle on Surfing in Bali

Bali is a tropical Indonesian island situated in the Java Sea, adjacent to the Philippines. The island boasts of volcanic mountains, famous rice paddies, scenic beaches and emerald reefs. The island, which is called the “Red Island” by locals is home to several religious sites like the cliffside, Uluwatu temple. To the south of Bali lies the coastal city of Seminyak, where there are many popular tourist bars. The island also houses several popular resorts like Nusa Dua, Sanur, Banyu and Seminyak.

There are many activities and sports that you can partake in if you plan on visiting Bali. One such activity is surfing. Surfing is quite an exotic sport, where people use their own board on the waves. Unlike swimming, surfing is more dangerous as it involves moving around with your body rather than just being held on to the board by your feet. However, if you plan on taking up surfing as a hobby, you should be sure to follow safety precautions like wearing a helmet, protective clothing and goggles. In addition to this, if you want to learn to surf, you should ensure that you are accompanied by a professional surf instructor.

If you are interested in learning to surf, you should consider Bali as your first option. The place is one of the best surfing hotspots in the world, due to the presence of several renowned surfing venues. Surfing in Bali usually requires you to go through a course or training. However, there are certain places in Bali where you can surf without having to attend any lessons. These areas are called “surf clubs” and they provide great surfing opportunities. Surf clubs usually have an experienced surfer who can give you guidance while you are learning the art of surfing. It is important that you check out a surf club in Bali before you start surfing because not all surf clubs are created equal and you want to make sure you are comfortable with the Surf Guide you choose for maximum enjoyment 🙂


Canggu is the ideal place to learn surfing in Bali because it has lots of information about surfing and all the beaches are very accessible. If you plan to go surfing in Canggu and want to take lessons, there are a number of organizations that offer surfing lessons.

Canggu has numerous options to get a surfing lesson. There are a number of local surf schools that offer such activities as surfing courses to beginners and surf school for advanced surfers. One can also avail surfing lessons through online resources, which are usually inexpensive. If you are keen on taking up surfing but are not sure where, to begin with, there are plenty of books available that will help you learn the basics of surfing. All one has to do is look for these books in bookstores or surf shops in your area. The books will offer you enough information to learn the basic skills of surfing and even go further to improve your skills and knowledge.

Once you start surfing, you will definitely enjoy your surfing experience. Canggu offers a variety of water sports which include surfing. The different kinds of water sports include white water skiing, banana boating, wakeboarding and jet skiing. These are popular in Thailand and there is always a great crowd cheering for these activities. If you are looking to spend a quiet day on the beach, then surf the waves in Canggu. You are certain to have a memorable experience.


The only surf-able stretch of sand along the entire island of Bali is a relatively short 15-kilometre stretch of coastline on the east side of Jambi Island. The rest of the coastline is flat, offering little opportunity for surfing. To access this stretch of beach, surfers will need to fly into Bali's capital city, Denpasar; and make their way through the mountains to reach the south. The main surf break in this stretch is located at Medewi beach, which is situated near the village of Kuta. This small village is rarely visited by average tourists; but is famous in the surfing community as the epic left-handed surf break at Medewi Beach.


If you are looking for a fun family vacation in South-Eastern Malaysia, you can't go wrong with Uluwatu. Situated on the west coast of the Bukit Peninsula, this island is an ideal destination for surfing. It has a number of beaches that offer a wide variety of surf breaks, such as The Racetrack and The Peak. These are not just perfect for beginners to intermediate surfers, as many of them are family-friendly and suitable for everyone. If you want to try your hand at surfing, head over to the Racetrack or The Peak. Both of these beaches are easy to find and provide good, reliable waves. But for beginners, it is better to head to The Racetrack. The other surf break in Uluwatu is Outside Corner.

With these surf breaks, you can choose between more challenging and easier ones. All of them offer good waves and are very popular. So you should definitely head to Uluwatu for a surf break.

Enjoy surfing in Bali – it is Epic!


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9 thoughts on “Enjoy Surfing in Bali, Indonesia

  • October 10, 2020 at 11:48 am

    I always wanted to try surfing, but was too afraid. Canguu Would be the perfect place for lesson. Good post!

  • October 10, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    I don’t surf otherwise, but with this article I wished I would. As I see it, Bali is a really good location for beginners.

  • October 10, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    I love this article! I miss surfing and been meaning to go visit Bali, Indonesia for it. Looking forward to the end of this pandemic so I can arrange a surf trip.

  • October 13, 2020 at 4:37 am

    I never been to Bali but definitely will visit the moment we are able to travel again. Also, I don’t know anything about surfing, however I enjoyed watching many surfing show, and movies and I find them fascinating… like dancing with the waves!

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  • December 27, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Great article! This is an ultimate guide to people planning for a surf trip in Bali. All the spots mentioned on this list are worth visiting to learn how to surf while traveling.

  • September 24, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Hello everyone 🙂

    Notice to surfers of all levels!

    For all those who want to discover surfing or improve their skills in Bali, I highly recommend the French school Bali Ocean Surf which is located on the Double 6 beach in Seminyak.

    I started surfing with them and it was really fun! The instructors are French so it’s easier to understand the instructions and their little tips. There is a great atmosphere because we are in small groups, 1 instructor for 3 people.

    It’s easy to make friends if you come to Bali alone like me because they put you in groups with other people like you. Then with a maximum of 6 people in the groups with 2 instructors it’s really perfect to progress.
    In addition, they come to pick us up at our place of residence, so there is no excuse to be lazy to find the place yourself. I found it really great!

    So if you want to discover surfing during your stay in Bali, I advise you to book!

    Have a good day and a great holiday in Bali.

    Arthur Glp


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