Surfers flock to Bali for the beautiful turquoise waters that often give perfect breaks. Some of the world’s best surfers love to come to Bali, but beginners shouldn’t hesitate to try their hand as well. The many beaches suitable for surfing often have nearby schools offering short or extended lessons.
The most popular search beach in Bali is Kuta Beach, but there are several other great spots that will please newbies, intermediate learners, and the experienced. The late spring months, beginning in April, signal the start of the dry season, which is the best time to try out the waves. This season ends in August.
Pantai Batu Bolong (Echo Beach)
Pantai Batu Balong, also known as Echo Beach, is a beautiful stretch of sand that is charmingly hidden by fine rocks that add to its special atmosphere. Surfers at all levels, including beginners, find the waves here to be more than satisfactory. The vendors around the beach ensure that you can rent boards if you haven’t one of your own. You can also enjoy surf lessons at Echo Beach, which has low waves suitable for beginners. Sunset surfing is popular here, and in the evening you will also find that there are more food and drink vendors along the beach.
Seminyak is one of the best places to surf in Bali, thanks to its friendly but often large waves. Swells are bigger than those at the famous Kuta Beach, but there are also perfect waves for beginners and even children. There are a number of surfing schools that offer extensive and highly professional lessons that can take you from newbie to confident surfer in no time. Several are located in nearby Dhyana Pura, which is quieter and gives you more space to practice your skills. In addition, you can enjoy the very pretty sands at Seminyak as you take a break and enjoy the sun.
Kuta Beach is without a doubt the beach most commonly associated with surfing in Bali. The waves here are perfect for beginners and surfing lessons are easy to find. There are small swells here but more experienced surfers can greatly enjoy the waves here as well. You can also buy surfboards from vendors who wander the beach, often used boards that can be had for quite low prices. Waves aren’t huge in Kuta, but they are great fun.