No matter what time of year or what season, there are always stellar swells hitting Bali, which means it’s easy to find breaks and barrels where the surfing is spot on. But where to start? Never surfed before but want to learn how? A surf school can have you standing up and riding the waves in a matter of hours. Already know how to surf but not sure where to find the best swells? Join up with some of the island’s experts to discover secret spots where you can have the waves all to yourself. The following are some of our top picks for surf schools, tours and camps in Bali:
Rip Curl School of Surf
As part of the Rip Curl empire, you can be sure these guys know what’s up when it comes to the waves. With schools in Sanur, Legian and Jimbaran, you get the best of both coasts and the experienced and certified instructors at the Rip Curl Schools of Surf will have you surfing, kiteboarding, wakeboarding or wind surfing in no time. You can also pre-order your own personal surf video, which the team will film, edit and upload to Youtube for you so you can relive the fun long after your lesson is over.
Escape Haven Bali
To all the ladies out there who have been dying to give surfing a go, Escape Haven Bali offers fun, laid-back lessons just for the girls. In addition to personalized surf lessons for all levels, the retreats offer accommodation in a beautiful private villa, yoga classes, spa and wellness treatments, gourmet meals and customised itineraries for each guest. Whether you’re an absolute beginner surfer, an experienced rider, a solo traveler or a group of good friends, Escape Haven Bali offer a positive and supportive environment for you to learn the sport and soak up the good vibes in Bali.
Bali Surfing Tours
Although the friendly folks at Bali Surfing Tours can teach even total beginners how to ride the waves, their real talent lies in finding secret spots that are blissfully free of crowds. Join their 1-day tours to find the best breaks, take-off spots and channels around Bali, head out on a speedboat to uncover secluded spots around the island, or book into their Bali G-Land or Hinakos surf camps and tours to ride world-class breaks all day, every day off the coasts of Bali or Sumatra. Then there is the Shaka Yacht, a brand new, elegant yacht that has been specially designed for multi-day liveaboard surf tours to Lombok, Nusa Lembongan and beyond.
Padang Padang Surf Camp
Located on the Bukit Peninsula, Padang Padang Surf Camp is the ideal spot to catch some of Bali’s best waves year round. Beginners and novices can take lessons with the friendly instructors at the surf school, while advanced riders can head out with experienced local guides to find little-known spots with awesome barrels, breaks and pipelines. Spend your days out on the water riding the waves and your nights relaxing in gorgeous villas next to the beach that were built by surfers for surfers.