Our 5 favourite surf spots in Bali right now!
Bali is blessed with some of the best surfing spots in the world so it’s no wonder tourists travel from all over the globe to experience the creme da la creme of Bali’s surf scene. With so many awesome beaches to choose from, here are some of our favourite locations to enjoy a sick swell and catch a cheeky barrel. What are you waiting for? Get reading!
Located 5 minutes from Padang Padang and Uluwatu, Suluban is a secluded, surfers paradise. The name ‘Suluban’ means to bow down and you have to do just that to get to this hidden gem.
After climbing down several flights of stairs you will arrive at a narrow, rock gap. To get through you may need to bend and crawl through the small opening to gain access to the beach, but it’s worth it. You will be welcomed with a white, sandy beach that is set off by a backdrop of stunning cliffs. Waves can vary from 3-10 feet and are known for have powerful, long swells and consistent barrels. Best time to go is during the dry seasons and is not recommended for beginners.
Keramas is considered to be one of Bali’s best waves, playing host to many top-level professional events such as the Oakley Pro and Kommune Bali Pro. Located twenty four kilometres from Denpasar City, Keramas black sandy beach spans up to sixteen kilometers. If you were looking for a quiet secluded beach, Keramas probably isn’t the beach for you as the surf break has become extremely popular in recent times. The waves are big and fast, thus why they are such a favourite amongst pro-surfers. If surfing these waves in broad daylight wasn’t hard enough, Karamas is now host to some festive night surfing events and parties. Best to check out this surf spot during Bali’s wet season.
If you are a surfer and haven’t heard of Padang Padang you are living under a rock. Home to the yearly Rip Curl Cup, Padang Padang is a popular spot for surfers all over the world. Due to its popularity the beach can get extremely packed, but for a keen surfer it is worth the crowds. Jump on that board and experience some of Bali’s best long, tube rides. Be careful during low tide as Padang Padang has sharp reef bottoms and jagged rocks. If you don’t want to slice up the bottom of your feet we highly recommend investing in some surf booties. Not the sexiest surf attire, but well worth it.
Are you looking for small crowds? Hollow and fast waves? Then Green Bowl is the surf spot for you.
Not one for the faint hearted, Green Bowl is recommended for advanced surfers as the beach can have strong rips and currents. It is also exposed to wind so make sure you go at the right time of day and check the surf report. If you are brave enough to check out this surf spot, we will be thinking of you as you climb back up those steep steps.
A two hour drive from Denpasar, get up early in the morning and miss the traffic if you want to get to Medewi before everyone else does. Although Medewi is not as crowded as many other spots in Bali, it still attracts a crowd. The beautiful, rocky beach is known for its long, left hander waves, often providing surfers with up to a thirty second ride. Medewi is a friendly spot for surfers of all levels and is a great surf spot for beginners. If you’re with a group of friends who don’t surf, the beach is also a nice place to chill out and have a picnic.