5 best surf spots in Bali for beginners
Bali is the best place in the world to learn surfing. With its smooth, sandy bottom, all year-round waves and sunshine, warm ocean, no jellyfish or other hazardous marine life, good infrastructure makes the perfect combination to start surfing is in Bali. So, where to learn to surf in Bali:
- Kuta Beach
Kuta Beach is a beach break located on the west side of the narrow neck of the island and is known as the most popular place in Bali. Kuta Beach is spread in a few minutes from the international airport Ngurah Rai. The beaches of Seminyak and Legian are just nearby, within walking distance.
Being once a simple and quiet fishing village, Kuta Beach has changed over the past 10-20 years. Different budget hotels were quickly built nearby, as well as cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops. The rapid growth of the attractiveness of the place was due to tourists, immigrants and creative people from neighboring Australia. Expats also have helped to develop surfing in Kuta.
Although nowadays there is a rather complicated traffic situation, Kuta Beach continues to attract thousands of visitors every year due to its unique charm. During the high season from July to August, Christmas and New Year holidays, Kuta Beach is completely filled with travelers, who are looking forward to a pleasant and affordable holiday in Bali.
Surf spot Kuta Beach works fine at the swell of 6 feet.
- Tuban Beach
The runway of Ngurah Rai Airport goes for about 1.5 kilometers into the sea to the south of Kuta. Because of this, here are formed several awesome peaks, which are called “Airport Left” and “Airport Right.” These spots are appropriate for both beginners and experienced surfers. While experienced surfers ride away from the shore, using boats that can be easily rented on the beach, beginners can practice on a perfect beach break by the shore. The number of people on the spot is not predictable, but most of the time it is not as crowded as in Kuta. Spot works great at the swell up to 7 feet.
- Legian Beach
Legian Beach is bordered with Kuta Beach in the north and is considered as one of the best places to learn to surf. Waves on Legian Beach are similar to the waves in Kuta, the beach break is on average of 1-3 feet waves. There are a few famous international surf schools such as Rip Curl school of surfing , Up2U surf school and Windy Sun Bali surf school, which are accredited by the Australian Academy of Surf Instructors (ASI).
- Seminyak Beach
Seminyak is a beautiful white-grey sand beach on the north of Legian Beach. Because of the bottom topography the coming wave can double its size, which you will also find in Kuta Beach. Almost all well-known beach restaurants and cafes in Seminyak have excellent waves in front of them, such as Ku De Ta and La Lucciola, known as the Petitenget Beach, in honor of its temple there. Here you will find excellent left and right waves of a short length which are suitable for children and beginners. Other favorite seaside is located in Seminyak, known as Dhyana Pura. It is located right on the border with Legian Beach. This is a place of a good break, with the same quality of the waves as in Kuta but less crowded. It has several surf schools and surf camps, where you can enjoy a tasty meal, have a nap and practice your surfing skills.
- Eco Beach, Batu Bolong, Canggu
This magnificent beach is located in an hour ride away from Kuta and is called Pantai Batu Bolong. There are small cliffs on the beach. A favorite place for surfers who ride in the early morning and at sunset time . You can rent a surfboard in several places around the parking lot. Waves are suitable for all types of surfers from beginners to professionals, although students must be careful, because the rescuers do not patrol the coast. The rock layers here form straight, at least 6 feet waves. This makes Batu Bolong a favorite spot for novice and experienced surfers. During the day and after the sunset time a few warungs along the shore offer a large selection of grilled seafood and a cold Bintang.