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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO CANGGU SURF

Are you in Canggu and want to surf, but don’t know where to find the best breaks? My boyfriend Dave has surfed most of the breaks in Bali so I can easily tell you which ones are the best! 😉 So don’t worry I’ve got you covered!

I’ve put together this Complete Guide to Canggu Surf! Where you can find all the information about the best Canggu surf spots, surf conditions, best tide to surf and many more. And if you’re looking for information about other surf breaks in Bali be sure to check our The Ultimate Guide To Bali Surf or Uluwatu Surfing – A Complete Guide

And for more information about Canggu, things to do in Canggu and useful Bali travel tips go check out my Ultimate Guide to Canggu Bali.

RIPSPY APP

My boyfriend Dave and our friend have recently launched RipSpy App that brings you daily video surf reports from surf spots all around Bali. From each break, you will get to see daily at least 4 video reports with current surfing conditions. It will save you tons of time driving from one spot to another looking for the perfect wave. If you have been to Bali you know how much of a hassle the traffic can be. Not only it is chaotic, but you will breathe in a lot of pollution coming from the exhaustion systems, fires by the side of the road, etc. It also includes information about tide, the number of people in the water and many more.

You can choose between Basic Account and paid Subscription, which will be charged either monthly or every 6-months. With Basic Account you will see only information about the spot and preview of the uploaded video report. Hence, I highly recommend you to go for subscription as you will reap all the benefits of the app. Don’t worry if you choose a subscription you will get 3-day free trial before charging your credit card. This way you can test the app free of charge and without any risks.

The RipSpy App is available both for iPhone and Android. You can download it on the Apple Store and Google Play.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO SURF IN CANGGU?

If you are thinking about surfing in Bali then you could hardly find a better place. Because Bali has a huge variety of world-class surf breaks suitable for all abilities, be it a beginner, intermediate or advanced. On top of that, the surf season is all year round.

In general, there are two seasons, the winter dry-season running typically from April to September and summer wet-season with warmer waters running from October to March. Yes, if you come from Europe or the USA you might note that the seasons are the other way around to what you are used to.

Different spots work best in a different season, so it pretty much comes down to in which season you are in Bali. In general, during the dry season, you will want to surf at the east side of Bali, whereas during the wet season, you will want to look into surf spots at the west side of Bali.

WINTER DRY-SEASON CANGGU SURF SPOTS – APRIL TO SEPTEMBER

Here is a list of Canggu surf breaks that work best during the dry season. These are the spots you wanna keep an eye on.
Berawa Beach
Batu Bolong Beach
Echo Beach
Pererenan Beach

SUMMER WET-SEASON CANGGU SURF SPOTS – OCTOBER TO MARCH

Canggu doesn’t have surf breaks that would work only during the wet season. In general, the Canggu surf breaks work during both dry and wet seasons. However, during wet-season, there’s a smaller swell and wind on the west coast resulting in smaller waves. So if you want to surf bigger waves you will need to go to the west side of the island.

For your convenience, I have put together the Ultimate Guide to Bali surf, where you will find all the information you need about Bali surf spots.

BUYING AND RENTING SURFBOARD IN CANGGU

You might be asking yourself whether you should buy or rent a surfboard. Well, my friend, it all comes to how serious you are about surfing. Do you want to give it a shot and see if you like it, and potentially surf a couple of times while in Bali? Or are you serious about surfing? 

If you are someone who falls into the first group then I would rent a surfboard. It is relatively cheap. It will cost you 50k IDR per day, which is not even $1 USD. 

However, if you fall into the second group then you definitely want to buy a surfboard. You can either buy your surfboard secondhand, or a brand new from a surf shop. Or and this might be the best option to have your surfboard custom made. There are so many good shapers in Bali shaping surfboards for relatively cheap. It costs approx. 4,2-4,5 mio IDR, which is around $300 USD. The shaper that Dave uses is Komang Sudarma, you can drop him a message on his Instagram.

WHAT IS YOUR SURF LEVEL?

Let’s start with what is your surf level? That way you can easily determine the best break for you. 
Beginner – Batu Bolong Beach, Berawa Beach
Intermediate – Berawa Beach, depending on the swell Echo Beach and Pererenan Beach
Advanced – Echo Beach and Perenenan Beach


CANGGU SURF SPOTS

CANGGU SURF MAP
CANGGU SURF MAP

Bali has been for a long period of time a home to some of the most famous surf spots and surf competition in the world. Hence, it comes as no surprise that it houses dozens of surf breaks out of which four are located in Canggu. Below you will find information about each break including difficulty level, surf conditions, best tide and many more.


BERAWA BEACH

Berawa Beach in Canggu is a beautiful beach with black sand and one of the four main breaks in Canggu. It is favored both by tourists and surfers. Therefore, there’s a lot of local beach bars with beanbags to chill out and watch surfers rip some waves. It is also a great spot to watch the sunset with cold coconut or Bintang. Depends on what you prefer. Teresa is defo team cold coconut whereas Dave is defo team cold Bintang. 😄 Our favorite ones are Naked Coconut and Agung’s.

It has mellow right and lefthanders that break over a mixed rocky reef out the back and sand bottom through the inside. The most fun break is the right-hander located just right of the Finns. Access to the break is just straight from the shore. Read the waves, choose the best spot to enter and paddle in and have fun. Oftentimes it gets crowded, and you can have a lot of learners out and about. When the conditions are good you can expect rides from 30 m to 100 m long. The waves are quite fast, but unlikely to barrel.

Thanks to Finn’s Beach Club, Berawa beach offers night surfing. Spotlights are shone into the ocean every night from 6:30 pm until 10:00 pm, and it is free. The lights shine 100 m into the ocean.

BERAWA SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: All levels, especially intermediate and big boards
Side: right and left
Best Tide: high to mid, mid to high
Bottom: sand bottom with flat rocks
Wave avg. size: 2-4 ft
Best month for surfing: April, May, June, July, August
Dangers: pollution after rain, rips, large sets, crowds

WHERE TO STAY IN BERAWA?

LUXURYThe Kemilau Hotel & Villa Canggu – all rooms are airy and spacious and are fully equipped. Each has a private bathroom. The rooms feature modern and chic design. In addition, the accommodation offers an outdoor swimming pool and a 24-hour front desk. Guests can enjoy continental or à la carte breakfast on-site.

MID-PRICEDe Umah Berawa – offers fully equipped rooms with AC and mini-fridge. In addition, a shared garden, terrace, and a 24-hour front desk are available on-site. Above all, the accommodation has a perfect location with the beach and restaurants and cafes within walking distance.

BUDGETKent Beach House – features fully equipped rooms with a private bathroom. In addition, there’s a shared lounge, kitchen and outdoor swimming pool on-site. But most importantly, the accommodation has a very strategic location with within walking distance to many restaurants and the Berawa beach.

Canggu Surf - Berawa Beach With Surfers During Golden Hour
Canggu Surf – Batu Bolong Beach With Surfers During Golden Hour and Low Tide

BATU BOLONG BEACH

Batu Bolong in Canggu is a black sandy beach located west of Berawa Beach. It is favored both by tourists and surfers, so there’s plenty of local beach bars to hang out and watch surfers rip some waves. Besides that, it is also a great spot to watch the sunset with cold coconut or Bintang. Our favorites ones are just across the street from Old Man’s Bar.

It has two surf breaks – Old Man’s and Left. The fat and slowly moving wave is suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers. The surf break can handle some sizable sets so you can expect some long rides. Access to the break is just straight from the shore from Batu Bolong. It is mostly frequented by beginner surfers, surf schools and longboards so it is often crowded. Both surf breaks stretch over sand and reef bottom. 

Old Man’s surf break is on the other side of the channel from Batu Bolong, where wave peels slowly over a deep reef. You can expect mellow fat waves, which are easy to get. Thus, it is suitable for beginners and intermediate surfers.

The Left is located just right in front of the road. The lefthander has fat and mellow waves, which are great for intermediate and advanced surfers. It is easy to paddle in and out. Hence, it is often crowded with beginner and intermediate surfers. 

BATU BOLONG SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: All levels, especially beginners
Side: right and left
Best Tide: mid to high, high to mid
Bottom: sand and reef bottom
Wave avg. size: 3-5 ft
Best month for surfing: April, May, June, July, August
Dangers: pollution after rain, rips, large sets, crowds, submerged reefs

WHERE TO STAY IN BATU BOLONG?

LUXURYAston Canggu Beach Resort – is ultimately the best place to stay in Batu Bolong! You would hardly find a place like this for this money in this area. All rooms feature modern design and come fully equipped. Each room comes with a private bathroom and a terrace or balcony. In addition, the resort features a swimming pool, sun deck, gym, restaurant, and a bar, all with a panoramic view of the sea. Breakfast in the form of a buffet is available on-site.

MID-PRICELemon Guest House – features private rooms in modern design. All units come fully equipped and private bathroom. In addition, there’s a terrace with pool views, a kitchen with a fridge, and shared swimming pool. American and Asian breakfast is served daily on-site.

BUDGETPondok Lulik – features simple private rooms. All rooms come with an AC and outdoor seating area. Additionally, there’s an outdoor swimming pool and garden on-site. The accommodation is located within walking distance to the beach and restaurants. Discount for guests is available at the Practice, yoga studio, located 2-min away.

Canggu Surf - Batu Bolong Beach With Surfers During Golden Hour and Low Tide
Canggu Surf – Batu Bolong Beach With Surfers During Golden Hour and Low Tide

ECHO BEACH

Echo Beach in Canggu is a beautiful beach with black sand located just next to Batu Bolong. It is favored both by tourists and surfers. There’s a lot of local beach bars to chill out and watch surfers rip some waves. Besides that, it is also a great spot to watch the sunset with cold coconut or Bintang in hand. During the evening it is a great place to go for a seafood dinner.

Echo Beach has several peaks suitable for intermediate to advanced surfers. With its rocky reef, it can be powerful, challenging and even barreling. The best barrels are during low tide as the wave hits the shallow reef. Word of advice is to be cautious about the reef. Watch for boils in the water as they usually indicate a submerged rock in the water. Access to the break is just straight from the shore. The lefthander works best on mid to high tide. During high tide, it gives walls to rip and lips to smack. It is considered the best lefthander in Canggu. It is often crowded.

ECHO SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: intermediate and advanced, mostly advanced
Side: left
Best Tide: mid to high, high to mid
Bottom: reef bottom
Wave avg. size: 2-4 ft
Best month for surfing: April, May, June, July, August
Dangers: pollution after rain, rips, large sets, crowds, submerged reefs

WHERE TO STAY IN ECHO BEACH?

LUXURYEcosfera Hotel, Yoga & Spa – is ultimately the best place to stay in Echo Beach. It features cozy rooms in modern Balinese décor. All rooms come with private balconies. Continental breakfast is served daily. Additionally, pool, restaurant, yoga classes, spa, and sauna are available on-site.

MID-PRICESurf Motel – is a great place to stay for the money you spend. The rooms feature a minimalist design and come fully equipped. There’s a big swimming pool where you can spend a chilled afternoon. Additionally, there’s a shared lounge that is fitted as working space. The hotel has a great location with plenty of great restaurants and bars and only a few minutes walk down to the beach.

BUDGETJonsen Homestay – is a great place if you are on a budget, but want to be based within walking distance to the Echo beach. The homestay features fully equipped rooms. In addition, the homestay features a swimming pool where you can chill on a hot day and terrace with garden views. Moreover, there’s plenty of great restaurants and bars in the area.

PERERENAN BEACH

Pererenan beach is a famous beach with powerful waves. It has black sand and is located just next to Echo Beach. Pererenan is still a developing area. Therefore, it is a lot quieter than Batu Bolong and Berawa. It is favored primarily by surfers. There are a few local beach bars between the river mouth and Echo Beach, where you can chill in beanbags sip on a cold coconut or cold beer and watch shred waves. During the golden hour, it is a perfect place to watch the sunset.

Pererenan is considered as one of the best surf spots in Bali. It offers both left and right pointbreaks. Both have powerful, fast and oftentimes barreling waves. Its lefthander is considered the best in the area. It is best surfed from mid to high tide. Most importantly, it is less crowded than other surf spots in Canggu.

River Mouth is located just in front of the mouth of the river. It is a righthander with a fast and powerful wave and rippable walls.  
Left pointbreak is located just in front of the statue. Best surfing conditions are between mid to high tides but it gets shallow so be cautious about submerged rocks in the water. It is hollow between low to mid-tide. 

PERERENAN SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: intermediate and advanced, mostly advanced
Side: right and left
Best Tide: mid to high, high to mid
Bottom: rocks with sand
Wave avg. size: 2-5 ftBest month for surfing: April, May, June, July, August
Dangers: pollution after rain, rips, large sets, submerged reefs

WHERE TO STAY IN PERERENAN BEACH?

LUXURYShore Amora Canggu – is ultimately the best place to stay in Pererenan! You would hardly find a place like this in this area. Located with only a few minutes from the Pererenan beach it is a perfect place to stay for surfers. All rooms come fully equipped including mini-fridge and private bathroom. In addition, there is a bar, garden, outdoor pool, and sun terrace on-site. In the morning, you can indulge in continental breakfast or order from à la carte.

MID-PRICEPremier Surf Camp – is a great place to stay in Pererenan! Located near the beach makes this a perfect place to stay for surfers! The Premier Surf Camp features private rooms with terrace with garden or rice field views and en suite bathroom. Some rooms come with flat-screen cable TV and a mini-fridge. Additionally, there are pool and restaurant on-site where you can socialize with others. Moreover, breakfast is being served on-site.

BUDGETAndy’s Surf Villa & Bungalows – is a great place for those on a budget. The bedrooms are simple and in Balinese decor. There are a closet and a private bathroom. Most importantly, it near the Pererenan beach.

Canggu Surf - Pererenan Beach During Low Tide And Golden Hour
Canggu Surf – Pererenan Beach During Low Tide And Golden Hour

I hope you find this information useful! For more travel tips about Canggu see our The Ultimate Travel Guide to Canggu. And if there’s anything else you would like to see in this post don’t be a stranger comment below or send me a message! I’d love to hear from you! Have fun ripping waves! 🏄🏽‍♂️🏄🏼‍♀️🌊

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