Great Bali Surf Break Information

All the best breaks in Southern Bali

If you want to know where the best surfing breaks are in Bali, then following is some great information for all surfers wanting to know where they can get the absolute best breaks in hopefully uncrowded conditions. Bali has some awesome spots for surfers, in fact I would have to say that Bali has the most concentrated  number of amazing surfing breaks that are really the best in the world.

Goofy, natural it doesn’t matter, there are enough breaks and spots for most surfers at any level. Although I would have to say that surfing in Bali is for the more intermediate to experienced; especially when you are tackling those reef breaks in Uluwatu or Bingin. Some of them can be really scary especially if you come off and hit the reef, but there are some beach breaks where beginners can try to learn to surf like Old Mans or the beach breaks in Seminyak and Legian. In any case, you are going to love surfing in Bali so read on.

Surfing in Uluwatu

The swell hits Uluwatu from the Indian ocean and when it’s working all I can say is take your big board and get ready for some seriously excellent waves. Located on the southern tip of Bali in the Bukit area, Uluwatu is the mecca of surfing in Bali. Without doubt this is the first and top of the list when it comes to getting barrelled and long lefts. If you’re a goofy footer your going to be in heaven.

Uluwatu being the most famous break in Bali does have it’s disadvantages and that is the crowds. There is really nothing you can do about this except be prepared to wait for the right set and never ever drop in on anyone. Especially a local. It’s fiercely territorial and a drop in could earn you some verbal back lash. The crowds, especially on the weekend are absolutely mad, get there early as the sun rises to avoid the insanity.

Getting to Uluwatu is easy as the roads are all paved but paddling out and back in, can prove difficult for the inexperienced surfer. I would only go out there if you are intermediate and above as the rips and currents can be very strong and this is all over a razor sharp coral reef. Bring your booties if it’s heading towards low tide. Check the following video for a better idea about the conditions and wave intensity at Ulu.

One of the best things about surfing in Uluwatu is the great warungs or restaurants on the cliff that are dotted all over the place. Grab a post surf nasi goreng or a fruit salad and chill out and watch the absolutely incredible sunset with a cold bintang or two. You will never get tired of visiting Uluwatu, it’s a really magical place and it attracts surfers from all over the world. Again, it’s popularity and great atmosphere means the crowds are there as well.

Aussies, Japanese, Brazilians, Europeans and can you believe it Russians, they are all there wanting to score that perfect ride.

Surfing in Balangan

Balangan is an extremely fast left over a shallow reef – again bring those booties because you are going to need them. Located on the road back from Uluwatu to Seminyak, turn left at the supermarket round about ( nirmala – you can’t miss it) and keep going for about 15 minutes. It’s a great motor bike ride as the roads weave around down the mountain till you finally hit the beach. There are heaps of restaurants here for post /pre surf lunch or breakfast. It’s way less hassled than Uluwatu but again there are crowds especially in the peak seasons. If your coming here at low tide bring those booties as you will have to walk out over the reef. Use the magic seaweed site to check the tides

 Surfing in Bingin

Bingin is a niche beach, almost a ‘too cool’ area where there is an array of accommodation and Villas. It’s a nice climb down to the beach via very steep stairs but once you are there you will feel like your in another part of Bali.

Charming little warungs (check out our favourite, Kelley warring) where you can spend the day chilling out are matched by insanely fast lefts over coral reefs. This place is strictly for those guys or gals who know what they are doing. It’s in the heart of the Bukit area and many people that stay in Bingin tend to never leave it.

It’s got it’s own kind of culture and is very hidden and tucked away. It’s a cool little place that is at the centre of all the beach breaks in the area. If you are surfing when the tide is low, the wave is going to pitch quickly over the reef so you have to be ready for an extremely quick left hander take off. If you tank it, its going to be the reef for you I’m afraid! Be warned and bring the Betadine and bandages.

 Surfing in Legian

This is the tourist heart of Bali and is where all the hotels, fabulous villas, shops, bars and most of the tourist hang out. The beach is really crowded and so is the surf breaks stretching from Kuta right though to Legian and Seminyak. It’s a beach break so there is no coral reef, which is good for beginners, but saying that it can still get very big when it’s working. If you are in the area and don’t have a board there are heaps of places where you can rent one – prices are about Rp50 000 – 100 000 per hour. If you are a bit more adventurous catch a boat out to Kuta reef, and there you will find some great left handers. It’s also known as airport lefts when you are speaking with locals. It’s a great break and is easy to get to if you are staying in Legian and do not want to travel far. The boast ride out to the reef will set you back Rp 50 000 but it’s well worth it, considering the paddle time you save.  There are a few local villagers that dominate the boat shuttle service and double as warung owners as well. Friendly bunch and more than happy to cut up a coconut after your surf as you relax in their shop.

Surfing in Nusa Dua.

During the wet season when the winds are blowing on shore on the west side of the island, you should hit the east coast of the island and the best place to be is Nusa Dua. Getting there is easy, either from Legian or round the back if you are in the Bukit. The paddle out is a good fitness test for what lies ahead as the waves out here can get quite big 8-10ft plus – again all over sharp reef.

There are both lefts and rights and if you are lucky enough to score a legend right hander at a break called Sir Lanka, you will be in heaven. Get there early before the tide gets too low and enjoy. Best to get a boat back in as you are going to be stuffed.

Surfing Greenbowl

On the Bukit about 15 minute scooter ride from Uluwatu is the little known surf spot Greenbowl. A classic right hander ( one of the very few in Bali) that works when the west coast is blowing onshore. It’s hard to get to as there are about 500 steep stairs taking you down to the beach so after a long session the last thing you want to be doing is climbing all the way back up. When it’s working it’s so worth it. One of the best waves in Bali and your going to score long rights that shape into a bowl; hence the name. It’s clean, uncrowded and best surfed when it’s 4-6 feet. Anything bigger can get too heavy with the currents and rips. It’s unpatrolled and very open so if you end up in trouble your on your own. Go with a buddy.

If you are thinking about a surf trip in Bali why not stay in one of our  luxurious holiday villas – its way better than a hotel and you can get a crew together with mates to get the cost down. We have villas all over Bali  with special rates for surfers & their families, so there will be some close enough to most of the best surf breaks in Bali. By the end of your holiday you will be completely surfed out.