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Learn to Surf in Bali

Tropical conditions, consistent waves and a vast number of surf spots to choose from. Bali is an ideal setting for learning to surf! From surf camps and week-long retreats to a one-off lesson to dip your toe and find out if surfing in Bali is for you- there are many different options for learning to surf on the Island of the Gods. 

Learn to Surf in Bali

One of the great things about learning to surf in Bali is that you don’t need anything at all! Board hire starts at 50k ($5AUD) per hour from the board rentals along the beach. But before venturing out on your own you might want to take a few lessons, or even spend a week or so at a Surf Camp or Retreat to get the hang of the basics and some surf etiquette. Start now and learn to surf in bali!

One thing is for certain after you ride a couple of waves you will be hooked! And YES- your arms will be sore. But in the best possible way!

What are the advantages of paying for lessons or going to a surf camp?

Learn Surfing in Bali
  • You will learn the basics like how to ‘pop-up’.
  • Your coach will brief you on the conditions and teach you how to read a surf report.
  • You will also be told where the dangerous currents are, and what to do if you get caught in one.
  • Getting pushed into waves will help you get started. 
  • They will prepare everything for you including board wax and rash vests.

Who are the providers of surf lessons?

Women’s Only Retreats

Retreats are designed with solo women travellers in mind, offering an exclusive experience for those looking to learn to surf in Bali. Of course, you may want to bring a friend, but you are sure to meet other like-minded travelers. You will be staying in a villa in a private room with ensuite, providing a slightly more luxurious touch than surf camps. While some women’s retreats focus on surfing, others offer surf lessons as an optional add-on to other activities such as yoga, fitness, spa treatments, and sightseeing. Women’s Retreats in Bali usually have shared dinners and other communal experiences like welcome circles, creating opportunities to connect with people from around the world. The great thing about surfing with other women is that women support women in the water, adding an extra layer of camaraderie to make your day or even your week truly special!

Surf Camps

Adress: Discovery Villas Jl. Subak Sari No.#100, Tibubeneng

Bookings: BOOK YOUR STAY OR A SURF LESSON HERE!

Instagram: @wavehousebali 

Whatsapp: wa.me/6281246902423

This is a great option if you are wanting a fully immersive surf experience in Bali. This means you will be surfing daily, maybe even twice daily depending on the conditions and what the camp offers. There is usually a few different accommodation options, from shared rooms to private rooms. You will often find young travellers at surf camps, so there may be quite a social atmosphere. Most camps offer video coaching sessions in the afternoons after a morning surf which is awesome if taking your surfing to the next level is your goal. Breakfast and lunch are often provided with options for dinner also. Some camps offer daily yoga and some sightseeing. Surfcamps are awesome for solo travellers and accommodate surfers of all levels from beginner to advanced.

Within walking distance to Berawa beach and surf spot is Wave House Surf Camp. They offer various accommodation options from dorm style to private rooms. They also have 2 swimming pools and a fitness and yoga space on site. You will have surf coaching 7 days a week, with once a day video analysis. You will visit different spots throughout your stay depending on your ability and the conditions. Beginner through to Intermediate surfers are welcome. Breakfast and airport transfers are included and social activities are planned throughout the week. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops within walking distance for you to explore on your down time. 

Surf Schools

Bali Surfing School

This is a great option if you are seeking a fully immersive learn-to-surf experience in Bali. This means you will be learning to surf daily, maybe even twice daily depending on the conditions and what the camp offers. There are usually a few different accommodation options, from shared rooms to private rooms. You will often find young travelers at surf camps, so there may be quite a social atmosphere. Most camps offer video coaching sessions in the afternoons after a morning surf, which is awesome if taking your surfing to the next level is your goal. Breakfast and lunch are often provided with options for dinner also. Some camps offer daily yoga and some sightseeing. Surf camps are awesome for solo travelers and accommodate surfers of all levels from beginner to advanced.

Within walking distance to Berawa beach and surf spot is Wave House Surf Camp, a fantastic option for those wanting to learn to surf in Bali. They offer various accommodation options from dorm-style to private rooms. They also have 2 swimming pools and a fitness and yoga space on-site. You will have surf coaching 7 days a week, with once-a-day video analysis. You will visit different spots throughout your stay depending on your ability and the conditions. Beginner through to intermediate surfers are welcome. Breakfast and airport transfers are included, and social activities are planned throughout the week. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, bars, and shops within walking distance for you to explore on your downtime.

Santai Surf School

Adress: Jalan Arjuna, Legian, Kec. Kuta, Seminyak

Website: Academy of Surfing

Instagram: @santai_surf_bali

Whatsapp: wa.me/6281936538139

Situated at Double Six Beach in the Legian area is another excellent option for those looking to learn to surf in Bali. This surf school offers casual lessons, making it a good starting point for anyone who has never surfed before. The waves at Legian Beach are super mellow, making it an ideal spot for beginners. Operating since 2012, Santai Surf School is Balinese-owned and has a fantastic team of coaches who will have you screaming for “one more” wave! Additionally, they provide full insurance cover for all guests.

Which surf break is for you?

Although your surf guide or coach will guide you to the best spot with conditions and your skill level in mind, it’s good to note what areas of Bali might be the best for you. Different surf spots are seasonal also. Soon you will be reading the surf report like a pro!

Pro surfer
  • Beginner Breaks 

Legian, Kuta, and Seminyak

  • Intermediate-Advanced

Canggu

  • Advanced

Uluwatu Peninsula

Final Words about learn to surf in Bali

Now you know a little bit about the providers of surf lessons on the island, all you need now is your swimming gear and some waterproof sunscreen! If you are looking for the beset area to surf, read our article about Uluwatu – best things to do in Uluwatu. 

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