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Learn To Surf: Plan Your Best Bali Surf Trip!

plan your best bali surf trip

Everyone knows that Bali is always famed for its surfing destination – and even one of the best surf breaks in the world. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro surfer, we’ve put together some of the best surfing school in Bali as well as the best surfing destinations on the island!

Best Surf School in Bali

When you’re on the island, you will see lots of surfing school options in Bali. However, only a few surf lessons are really reliable and proven with certified instructors who teach you how to ride the waves with the right techniques and proper briefings before going to the beach. 

Nestled within Mamaka by Ovolo, Quiksilver Bali Surf Academy, the resort’s official partner, is one of the best surfing schools on the island with its proven track record as well as its ISA-certified instructors who will provide the best and professional surf lessons for those who want to learn surfing. 

Quiksilver Bali Surf Academy is locally owned by Made Switra and his Australian wife, Holly Monkman. Made is one of Bali’s most famous surfing pioneers as well as one of the island’s most successful and respected locals, while Holly brings over twenty years of both professional surfing and surf industry experience to the academy. 

Click to learn more about Quiksilver Bali Surf Academy

Best Surfing Destinations in Bali 

Kuta Beach, Bali 

As beginner surf beaches in Bali go, it doesn’t get much better than Kuta. With a soft sand bottom beach — Kuta is a gentler option for those learning to surf. The only downside is that it is one of the most popular beaches in Bali, but with an 8km stretch of sandy beach, you will no doubt find a spot to catch a wave or two.  

Nusa Lembongan, Bali

Nusa Lembongan, a small island west of Bali, is an excellent day trip location and a top spot for beginner surfers. This little slice of paradise is often quieter than some of the main beaches in Bali, giving beginners the space to learn and brush up on surfing etiquette. The surf is generally smaller, meaning that it is the ideal surf spot for those new to the sport.     

Batu Bolong Beach, Canggu, Bali

Batu Bolong Beach, affectionately known as Old Man’s, is located near trendy Canggu, just 25 minutes north of Kuta. The fairly soft reef bottom means the surf is mellow with soft waves — perfect for surfing beginners. 

The Best Timing to Surf in Bali 

Bali island is a tropical island where it is always beautiful all year round. Water temperatures are around 27-29 °C (80-84 °F) for the whole year and you can surf in Bali anytime. 

But the best season and the peak surfing season in Bali is during the dry season from May to September and it is the best weather that Bali has to offer and also when the surf breaks put on their best performance. This season is when the island is crowded and busy. 

If you come during the wet season, which is from November to March, we suggest that you go to the East coast of Bali where they still have the best breaks and are relatively uncrowded.