The small island of Indonesia is full of natural beauty and a magical atmosphere, and luckily for surfers the waves are damn magical. If beauty, magic and surfing are not enough for you, you can set off on a surf trip to Bali. The food is fantastic and the Balinese are steeped in friendly people in the area, but the money doesn’t have to go far. I found the food fantastic, as well as the beaches, beaches and beaches in general, if that’s not enough.


bali surf guide
Bali surf guide



In this guide to surfing in Bali you will find everything you need to know to plan your surf trip to the Island of the Gods, when and where to go, what to expect and expect, and much more. The waves attract surfers from all over the world and the surf since the 1960s has boosted tourism to Bili. With its beautiful beaches, beautiful water and beautiful people, Bala is a surfer’s paradise.

Imagine how great it must have been to explore Bali during the break in the 1960s, but nowadays the more famous places can get quite crowded in high season. The biggest bonus of a surf trip to Bili is that if you get a few flat days out of your trip, there are some great things to do to keep you on your toes. Explore the temples and waterfalls, relax at the beautiful pools and beaches or If that’s your cup of tea, you can find yourself at one of the island’s most popular surf spots, such as Bala Beach.


Indonesia: The island province of Indonesia where Bali was born is about 8 degrees south of the equator and includes the islands of Sumatra, Sulawesi, Lombok, Sumatran, Borneo and Sulaymana.

The average annual temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius with an air humidity of about 85 percent. Bali averages 1.5 to 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit (0.6 to 3.2 degrees C) with high humidity each year.

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The Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) is the currency of Bali and Indonesia and has a long history as the second largest currency in the world after the dollar.

While tipping is expected and encouraged for excellent service in nice restaurants, it is not expected or encouraged in the more upscale restaurants. Additional tips are always added to the menu and added to the final bill in wealthier restaurants such as restaurants with more expensive food and drink.

As a developing island with a tourism industry, Bali as a whole has pretty good internet, but not as good as some of the other islands in the world.

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The more rural you travel, the less internet access you will find, but in rural Bali it should still be possible to find decent wifi. Restaurants and cafes recognize the benefits of free WiFi, and almost every place advertises it (apart from a small local warning), and even reasonably priced accommodations will usually have decent WiFi. This applies everywhere – if you want data for your mobile phone, you should get a SIM card from the airport shop. Typically, intermediate and high-range accommodations have faster and better internet, and in some rural areas you will find fewer of them.

Indonesian (AKA Bahasa Indonesia) is the language used in Bali by most governments and mass media. Besides the Indonesian language, most Indonesians are familiar with other languages such as Malay, English, French, Spanish and Mandarin. Examples include Balinese, Javanese and Sundanese, but also Telkombic, the official language of the Indonesian government and the national radio station. Most Balingians are aware of their local language and its use in government, media and local culture.

Many in the Balinese tourism industry speak English, but it can be confined to more remote areas and is spoken by many in Bali’s tourism industry in English.

Bingin Barrel

Tap water in Bali is not drinkable, so always drink mineral water, and it is recommended to brush your teeth with it.

The left hand is reserved for toilet work and is therefore considered to be a bit dirty and should never be used to touch hands or anything with other people. Balinese traditionally do not use toilet paper, which has to do with the fact that it is used for hygienic purposes. Therefore, do not use it to shake, touch or shake hands with anyone except your family members, friends, work colleagues or even strangers.

It is only good to be aware that Balinese are more conservative than Westerners and that this shows public affection. This does not mean that you have to cover up or hide your PDA, but it is simply best if you are yourself.

Bali barrels
Bali barrels

When men and women visit a Balinese temple, they should wear a covered shirt, but be especially considerate around temples in rural parts of Bali. In the more touristy areas it’s quite relaxed, just don’t overdo it – don’t wear it.

At most temple entrances you can borrow items that you can use during your visit, but you are welcome to bring your own. Special leg coverings are mandatory – both women and men must wear sarongs (Kain Kamben) on their legs.

Indonesia is home to some of the world’s best surfers, and Bali is no exception – it is one of Indonesia’s most popular surfing and surfing destinations.

While the surf can be found all year round, the southern Indian Ocean provides steady, solid swell. However, the surf on Bali is relative to the rainy and dry seasons, so that large waves are almost to be found. To sum it up with a quote from Surfline: “Indonesia has one of the most popular surfing and surfing destinations in the world and the best surfing conditions in the region.


The peninsula Bukit in the southwest Bali offers some of its best surfing, and the well-trodden paths and feel are perfect for those who want to avoid the busy tourist areas of Kuta and Seminyak. The main rainy seasons on Bili are summer and autumn (around November to March), with October, April and May being the shoulder months. From June to August, its winter brings big waves and strong offshore winds to the west coast, but the cooler, drier season from May to September is the best time to visit its west coast, home to many waves, many of which are world famous for their surf breaks.

Surfing Impossibles
Surfing Impossibles

During the rainy season, the wind mainly blows from the west, but there are some easterly and coastal breaks that come into play and forget the offshore winds. This is the time of year when world-class conditions prevail and it is one of the best times of the year for surfing in Bili, especially in summer.

While the West Coast is predominantly served by leftists, the East Coast is full of rightists. Add to that some of the best waves in the world and some of the most dangerous waves on the East Coast.

Of course, dragging yourself over sharp reefs depends entirely on your comfort tolerance, so we recommend that you bring a few booties. The cost of a surf trip varies according to the season, location and travel style.

However, the best time to visit Bali is during high season, when prices and crowds are increasing exponentially. The lowest season in Bili takes place during the summer months, from June to September, with the best waves and the highest crowds. If you have a tight budget or a big Livin ‘, money can go a long way, but discounts are everywhere and you can find good deals on airfares.

The shoulder season in Bali is between May, June and September, and it is a great time to surf, but one that avoids the crowds and prices of the high season. The shoulder months are also the ideal time to visit Bili, as they are the best time of the year for surfing and the most convenient time for accommodation and activities. Accommodation and activities can be booked more spontaneously in high season and there are often discounted prices for hotels, restaurants, hotels and other accommodations even in high season.

It goes without saying that the high season in Bali is the most expensive time of the year for hotels, restaurants and other accommodation. Many hotels and restaurants have to be booked well in advance, and prices increase by 50% or more in high season, so it is usually best to avoid these times if possible. There are a few exceptions, such as the Bili Beach Hotel, but these are only available during shoulder season and not in high season.

Transportation in Bali is straightforward, although there are not many options, but the good news is that you don’t need them as the available ones are simple and inexpensive. Basically, you can hire a driver or a scooter and travel with two or more people. I will go into the details of these options in due course, and I am sure you will all like them.

Depending on where you travel from, these flights could end up being the biggest cost of your entire trip. The sample flights are listed below, with the prices of the flights and the number of seats available for each flight.

If you live in Australia or New Zealand, you probably know you can get the best fares to Bali, but if you live in the United States or Europe, the highest single cost of your trip may well be the flights.

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Surf camps

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