Surfing is a much-loved activity in Bali, owing to its great beaches, surf breaks for all kinds of surfers and beautiful scenery. If you’re a surfing expert, there is no doubt that Bali features on your list of the world’s best surf spots. But if you’re a beginner, you should definitely put it on your list!

No matter what kind of waves strike your fancy or how much of an adrenaline rush you need, beaches in and around Seminyak in South Bali offer great opportunities for surfing.

You can pick your preferred spots based on the time of your visit and your expertise level, to get the best experience possible.

1. Seminyak Beach

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Surfing Level: Beginner, Intermediate

A beach holiday destination that probably needs no introduction, Seminyak is one of Bali’s hot spots for beach clubs, luxury resorts, shopping and restaurants. Its shoreline hub is Seminyak beach, which is lined with clubs and eateries with great views of the surf-worthy waves.

Relatively less crowded than Kuta and Legian, Seminyak beach has moderately high swells that make it a good choice for new learners and intermediates.

How To Get There: Seminyak beach is a 20-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. A taxi ride from the airport will cost approximately IDR 120,000.

2. Kuta Beach

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Surfing Level: Beginner

Located just a few minutes from Seminyak, Kuta Beach is populated almost every month of the year. Since it’s quite a party hub, the area is usually frequented by backpackers and surfers. It was Bali’s first surfer’s beach, and is still a pretty popular spot for beginners.

The tide is gentle and the waves small, so it’s perfect if you’re just starting out. Since the sea bed is made of sand, you won’t get bruised even if you fall near the shore. It’s best to hit this beach in the morning, when the crowds are marginally lesser.

How To Get There: Kuta Beach is about a 20-minute drive from Seminyak and a 15-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. A taxi ride from the airport will cost approximately IDR 80,000.

3. Legian Beach

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Surfing Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Morning is usually the best time to surf at Legian beach. A popular beach for surfing, Legian beach is an extension of Kuta beach and is quite similar to it in terms of the surf and crowds. Swells go up to 3 feet on an average, but even intermediate surfers can find their share of thrill here on good days.

How To Get There: Legian Beach is about an 8-minute drive from Seminyak and a 20-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. A taxi ride from the airport will cost approximately IDR 95,000.

4. Tuban Beach

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Surfing Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Tuban beach is possibly the most suitable for beginners as it is bordered by outer reefs. Since the airport runway is just a few kilometres from this beach, the surfing spots here are aptly divided into Airport Lefts and Airport Rights. But no matter which direction you choose the go in, the waves are mild enough for even first-time surfers. For your first few tries, you can stay close the shore, and then move steadily inwards are you begin to find your balance.

If you’re an intermediate or advanced surfer, you can take a boat away from the shore and beyond the reef to catch the higher swells.

How To Get There: Tuban beach is about a 20-minute drive from Seminyak and a 12-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. A taxi ride from the airport will cost approximately IDR 55,000.

5. Beaches in Canggu

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Surfing Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Surfing in Canggu can be unpredictable. Sometimes the waves aren’t gentle enough for beginners, but they offer a great challenge for intermediaries and experts too. Although Canggu is situated a little further from Seminyak, it has beaches like Echo, Batu Bolong and Berawa that are great for surfing. The latter two can also be suitable for beginners if the tide is low, while Echo beach has a number of rocks that sometimes hinder even professionals.

How To Get There: Canggu is about a 20-minute drive from Seminyak and a 25-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. A taxi ride from the airport will cost approximately IDR 220,000.

Things To Keep In Mind While Surfing

  • The best time to go surfing in and around Seminyak is April to October. July is said to be the best month. November to March is the wet season, so although you can still surf, the waves can get quite rough.
  • Listen to the trainer and follow the instructions carefully. Some waves may seem small, but they can have a very strong undercurrent.
  • Check the tide forecast before you head out, to ensure that you can handle the waves. This will also help you pick the correct time to surf.
  • If you’re a beginner, stick to the white waves (the waves that break and hit the shore). Don’t venture too deep unless you’re with an instructor.
  • Wear comfortable swimwear and sunblock, as it can get pretty hot during the day.

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