Bali is a unique and enthralling island regarding surfing. Surrounded by impressive waves from the East to West, it is composed of surf spots for all levels. There are numerous different choices, so here is a list of some of the beginner-friendly surf spots in Bali.
Kuta is the best-known beach in Bali. Every year, thousands of tourists come here to spend the holidays, to sunbathe, and to relish in the ocean. Numerous surf schools along Pantai Kuta (Kuta’s main street) offer their services. Local boys on the beach rent surfboards and are all happy to give a few lessons. Kuta is a beach break, meaning, the wave breaks on the sand band. It is ideal for the beginner level as it is the least dangerous.
Seminyak beach is similar to Kuta. Located on the same South-West part of the island, Seminyak again offers a friendly surf spot for beginners. The same beach break has fewer surf schools up this end, but notwithstanding, the swell can actually be double the size of Kuta. Surf schools often bring students here to learn in the whitewash, as it is usually less crowded than Kuta. Moreover, the famous beach clubs and restaurants of Seminyak offer excellent rest after an exhausting surf session!
Jimbaran beach is located on the South from Kuta. It is the same coastline; however, the spot works only with a big swell. This place is perfect for the beginners when Kuta and Seminyak are too big. Furthermore, Jimbaran is famous for its restaurants right on the beach, serving delicious fresh fish and seafood. An unforgettable getaway for surfers on their first surf trip.
Batu Bolong is situated on the north of Seminyak in the village called Canggu. Canggu has turned into a real surf community for the last few years, and Echo Beach is popular among surfers from all over the world. Waves in Canggu beach substantially exceed Seminyak’s. To note: there are shallow rock underwater, so it cannot be called entirely “beginner-friendly” as a surf spot so do watch out! But if you decide to learn surfing and this area is close, Batu Bolong appears just in front of the beautiful temple and is excellent for beginners for the most part as the deep water protects the surfers from hitting the rock. The black volcanic sand beach is also fine for when one is paddling in or out.
It is hard to believe that just a few years ago Serangan Island was almost a totally secret place. As Bali increases in tourism, guides started bringing travellers to watch the turtles, as they often frequent here, and that is why the second name of the island is actually “Turtles”. Besides the almost completely unspoilt nature and the stunning white sand beach, Serangan offers an incredible rolling wave for surfers. It is unique in that surfers of all levels may surf over there at this friendly break. The reef underneath is not shallow, so during the wet season, when the West coast surf spots are not in season, all surf schools bring their students to Serangan. The island is connected with Bali by a bridge with a paid entrance. The road to the surf spot is very picturesque. It is worth visiting even if you are not a surfer!
Bali truly is a paradise for surfers. There are waves for every level including perfect spots for beginners along all of the West coast from Kuta to Canggu. On the opposite side with the Eastern seaboard has options as well in beautiful Serangan island. Now is the time to be at one with the ocean and start learning this magnificent sport! You won’t regret it.