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ULUWATU SURFING – A COMPLETE GUIDE

Are you or are you planning on going to Uluwatu/Bukit? Do you want to go surfing in Uluwatu / Bukit? 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!

To make it even easier for you I’ve put together Uluwatu Surfing – A Complete Guide! Where you can find all the information about the best Uluwatu/Bukit 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 The Complete Guide To Canggu Surf.

However, before I get into all the surfing stuff, let’s set some things straight. When I talk about Uluwatu, I really talk about Bukit. Now you might be wondering what Bukit is. Well, it is the peninsula in the south of Bali with Uluwatu being one of its many locations slash surf spots.

Uluwatu and Bukit have one of the best surf spots in Bali and also in the world! So Uluwatu and Bukit are undoubtedly the epicenters of surfing in Bali! The surfer crowd comprises primarily of intermediate and advanced surfers. Nonetheless, beginners can also find suitable surf spots to step up their surfing game.

Before I dive into detailed info about individual surf spots, let’s take a look at my boyfriend’s surf app Ripspy with daily surf video reports from Bali and whether you should buy or rent a surfboard and determine your surf level.

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.

RENTING OR BUYING A SURFBOARD

It all comes to how serious you are about surfing. Do you wanna 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 wanna 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.

Here’s a breakdown of surf spots per surf level:

Beginner – Balangan, Dremland, Bingin, Blackstone
Intermediate – Balangan, Dremland, Bingin, Padang Padang, Blackstone, Mushrooms, Sri Lanka
Advanced – Balangan, Dremland, Bingin, The Impossibles, Padang Padang, Uluwatu, Nyang Nyang, Greenball, Pandawa, Gunung Payung, Geger Beach, Mushrooms, Sri Lanka

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO SURF IN ULUWATU / BUKIT?

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. But most importantly the surf season is all year round. And that’s what we all want. 🙂

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 season is the other way around to what you are used to.

Different Uluwatu surfing spots work best in a different season, so it pretty much comes down to in which season you are in Bali. Generally speaking, the east side of Bukit works the best during the dry season, whereas the west side of Bukit works best during the wet season.

WINTER DRY-SEASON ULUWATU SURFING – APRIL TO SEPTEMBER

Here is a list of Uluwatu surf breaks that work best during the dry-season. These are the spots you wanna keep an eye on.

Balangan
Dreamland
Bingin
Impossibles
Padang Padang
Uluwatu

SUMMER WET-SEASON ULUWATU SURFING – OCTOBER TO MARCH

Here is a list of Uluwatu surf breaks that work best during the wet-season. These are the spots you wanna keep an eye on.

Nyang Nyang
Green Bowl
Pandawa
Gunung Payung
Nikko
Geger
Blackstone
Mushrooms
Sri Lanka


ULUWATU SURFING – SPOTS

Map of Bukit / Uluwatu Surfing
Map of Bukit / Uluwatu Surfing

Bukit has been for a long-time home to some of the world’s most famous surf spots. Thus, it comes as a no surprise that Uluwatu the surfing mecca of Bali is located right there. In total Bukit is home to 15 surf spots out of which many of them have different sections. Below you will find information about each spot including difficulty level, surf conditions, best tide and many more.


BALANGAN BEACH

Balangan Beach in Bukit is a very beautiful beach with white sand. It is favored both by tourists and surfers. However, it is also a popular destination for weddings and wedding photoshoots.

There’s a lot of local beach bars (warungs) scattered along the shore with daybeds for which unfortunately you need to pay. The price is usually around 50k IDR per day. But, they tend to ask for more so don’t be afraid to bargain. The daybeds are perfect for chilling, sunbathing and taking in the stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Hence, it is a great spot to watch sunset either with coconut or Bintang in hand. It depends on what you prefer. I’m defo team cold coconut. 😄

Balangan Beach is definitely one of the top class surf spots in Bali! It has a fast and hollow lefthander that is often sectiony close-out. It has the main take-off area, yet you can take off anywhere along the line and get a decent ride.

The access is from shore in front of one of the many warungs. Read the waves, choose the best spot to enter and paddle in and have fun. It is a game-changer when you get the right swell direction, tide height 0.4 – 1.4 m, and tide co-efficient. However, the real fun starts with overhead to double overhead. Hence, it doesn’t work well on smaller days. The vibe is slightly more relaxed and it’s less crowded than the surrounding breaks.

BALANGAN SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: all levels, especially intermediate and big boards
Side: left
Best Tide: all tides
Bottom: worn-out reef
Wave avg. size: 2-3 ft
Best month for surfing: April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Dangers: pollution after rain, rips, large sets, crowds

WHERE TO STAY IN BALANGAN BEACH?

LUXURYWhite Palm Hotel Bali – is ultimately the best place to stay in Balangan! You would hardly find a place like this in this area. Located with only a few minutes from the Balangan beach it is a perfect place to stay for surfers. The modern yet simple decor will make you instantly feel like home.

You can enjoy continental breakfast on the premises prepared by a very talented Spanish chef. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available. Other useful features include yoga classes, express check-in and check-out, non-smoking rooms, concierge service, and luggage storage.

MID-PRICELa Joya Biu Biu Resort – is another great place to stay in Balangan! Located right on the beach makes this a perfect place to stay for surfers! The resort has two infinity pools and a private beach, free WiFi, free parking and a restaurant where they serve both local and international dishes.

BUDGET – Absolute Beachfront Balangan Apartments – is a great place if you are on a tight budget, but want to be based on the beachfront overlooking the surf break and the Indian Ocean. The rooms are modest but equipped with AC and a wardrobe. Unfortunately, the bathrooms are shared.

DREAMLAND BEACH

Dreamland Beach in Bukit is a very beautiful beach with white sand. Favored both by tourists and surfers alike. The beach break is located just in front of shops and a big hotel resort. There are a few warungs on the beach where you can get a drink and a meal. Hence, it comes as no surprise that it is a very crowded beach.

Dreamland Beach has two different peaks, one lefthander and one righthander. Both peaks are not too challenging, therefore they are suitable for all levels of surfers. In general, the rides are shorter. On big days the break can barrel but on small days there’s a fat shore break. It has a sandy reef bottom and occasionally it gets crowded.

DREAMLAND SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: all levels
Side: left and right
Best Tide: high
Bottom: sandy with rocks
Wave avg. size: 2-4 ft
Best month for surfing: April, May, June, July, August
Dangers: pollution after rain, uneven reef, heavy short break, crowds

WHERE TO STAY IN DREAMLAND BEACH?

LUXURY The Sterling Hotel & Villas – is a great option for those looking to stay at a villa, but would like to have all the comfort that comes with staying in a hotel. The units offer a fully equipped kitchen, private pool, private bathrooms, AC, cable TV, daily housekeeping and grocery deliveries. In addition, there’s an on-site restaurant serving continental breakfast.

MID-PRICEKlapa Resort – due to its location near Dreamland Beach and golf course it is the perfect place to stay both for surfers and avid golf players. The rooms are very nice and cozy equipped with AC, flat-screen TV, personal safe, sofa, kettle and minibar. There’s an on-site restaurant serving Indonesian, Chinese and western food. Moreover, they have a small gym on-site too.

BUDGETTaman Asih Bingin Homestay – is located between Dreamland beach and Binging beach. The rooms are simple and equipped with a wardrobe and depending on the type of room a fan or an AC. I recommend you to book Deluxe Room as it tends to be nicer than the other options. However, be aware that the bathrooms are not very nice.

BINGIN BEACH

Bingin Beach with its white sand might be the most beautiful beach on the Bukit peninsula. Similarly, like its neighboring Dreamland Beach, it is favored both by tourists and surfers.

The surf break hiding behind a series of guest houses clinging to the cliff is somewhat of a hidden gem. Finding the way to the beach might be a bit tricky but all you need to do is find a way to carpark and a path leading down to the beach. Once on a beach, there’s a number of guesthouses and warungs where you can indulge in a drink or a meal while looking at a stunning view of the Indian Ocean. If you are staying for the golden hour you might want to stay for a seafood barbecue at Lucky Fish. The best seafood on the island. So good.

The Bingin Beach is a sharp and short lefthander, which is considered as barrel playground. For barrel seekers, it works best around mid and low tides. More water on the reef makes less hollow and more convenient waves, suitable even for beginners and intermediate surfers. You can expect short rides but no more than 50 m. Frequently it is crowded with a tight take-off zone.

BINGIN SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: all levels
Side: left
Best Tide: mid tide or less
Bottom: sharp reef
Wave avg. size: 2-4 ft
Best month for surfing: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Dangers: pollution after rain, live coral, submerged reef, currents, crowds

WHERE TO STAY IN BINGIN BEACH?

LUXURYRadisson Blu Bali Uluwatu – is a great place to stay if you are not traveling on a budget! The rooms are very beautiful with all the modern amenities. All rooms have a private bathroom with a hot tub and free toiletries. The resort has many perks on-site such as fitness gym, yoga studio, and spa and wellness center on-site. Moreover, you can enjoy continental breakfast with vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and halal options.

MID-PRICELe Cliff Bali – is after Dreamsea Bali the second-best place to stay in Bingin! Such a lovely place with modern decor with a slight twist of boho! The sea view from the room is incredible! When you sleep you can hear the ocean and waves in the background! It is so soothing and relaxing! When you sit on your balcony/terrace you can feel the breeze touching your face and playing with your hair! It is so cozy it will make you feel like you are home! 

LOW-BUDGETKubu Bingin – Geko Room – experience authentic and simple beach living with this simple beach house. Featuring one shower and two bedrooms, one with double bed and one with two single beds. However, one of the downsides is that none of the bedrooms is equipped with an AC. But it has a terrace with sea view.

THE IMPOSSIBLES

The Impossibles is one of the famous surf spots in Bali. The beach is situated under a steep cliff with a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. The access to the beach is a bit tricky. From a parking lot, you need to walk down an uneven and steep staircase for around 10 minutes. There’s a newly built guesthouse so the access is much easier than it used to be. Or you can paddle there from Padang Padang. The guesthouse has a beautiful view of the ocean. Thus it is the perfect place to watch surfers rip waves and to have a meal or a drink.

The Impossibles is a pointbreak located between Binging and Padang Padang. The wave is very fast and long. It is spinning above a beautiful reef, which usually separates the break into three sections. If you make it through all of them, you can catch one of your longest lefts in Bali. Nonetheless, the wave is not made much for turns, but rather for constant pumping. It works on all tides, but best is mid to low and low to mid. Suitable for advanced surfers.

THE IMPOSSIBLES SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: advanced
Side: left
Best Tide: mid to low, low to mid
Bottom: sharp reef
Wave avg. size: 2-4 ft
Best month for surfing: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Dangers: live coral, submerged reef

WHERE TO STAY IN THE IMPOSSIBLES?

LUXURYAnantara Uluwatu Bali Resort – is one of the best places to stay if you want to pamper yourself and budget is not an issue. The room is equipped will everything you would expect from a place like this plus a private hot tub. Moreover, the resort has three restaurants on-site the 360 Restaurant where you can find a selection of local and international dishes, SONO Teppanyaki with Japanese dishes and Splash Restaurant with Mediterranean dishes. And besides the outdoor infinity pool, it also has a fitness center and a spa. Oh and there’s plenty of daily activities you can choose from such as yoga, Bali dance lessons and many more.

MID-PRICEDreamsea Bali – is ultimately the best place to stay in Bingin area! The view from the room overlooking the ocean is incredible! Hence, it is the perfect place to watch the sunset! You will instantly feel like home! The boho decor is so lovely and cozy! Plus the location is great! It is easy to walk to Bingin Beach and Padang Padang Beach. All rooms are modern with lovely decor and each has an AC. In addition, you can enjoy continental and à la carte breakfast on-site. They offer both vegan and vegetarian options.

LOW BUDGETPadang Padang View by Bukit Vista – is a great place for those on a budget. The bedrooms are simple and clean. There are a closet and a private bathroom. Most importantly, it has an excellent location right across the road from the Padang Padang beach.

PADANG PADANG BEACH

Padang Padang Beach is one of the famous surf points in Bali and together with Uluwatu provides one of the best surfing in Bukit. Hence, it is popular with surfers from around the world, who come here to rip the waves. Moreover, it’s where the famous Padang Padang competition takes place. The beach is situated under a steep cliff with a stunning view of the Indian Ocean. There are no local beach bars or warungs on the beach. Only locals walking on the beach and selling stuff.

Padang Padang works best during the dry season. It has two breaks Padang Padang Right, also known as Baby Padang, and Padang Padang Left, also known as Balinese Pipeline.

The Baby Padang is suited for beginners and intermediates. It is a short ride with only a few turns that takes you back to the channel for an easy paddle back to the lineup. It works pretty much on all tides.

While the lefthander is were all the fun happens. It has one of the world-class lefthanders, which works only on bigger swells. Hence, it is suited for advanced surfers only. On good days it offers a long ride and if you are lucky you can ride all the way to neighboring surf break The Impossibles. During low swell, the break is really sketchy. As it draws more water off the shallow coral it offers perfect barrel conditions with rides up to 100 m long over the reef.

PADANG PADANG SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: advanced Padang Padang Left (Balinese Pipeline), Beginners and Intermediates Padang Padang Right (Baby Padang)
Side: left and right
Best Tide: all tides Padang Padang Left, around high Padang Padang Right
Bottom: sandy reef
Wave avg. size: 2-4 ft
Best month for surfing: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Dangers: live coral, reef, current

WHERE TO STAY IN PADANG PADANG?

LUXURYAnantara Uluwatu Bali Resort – is one of the best places to stay if you want to pamper yourself and budget is not an issue. The room is equipped will everything you would expect from a place like this plus a private hot tub. Moreover, the resort has three restaurants on-site the 360 Restaurant where you can find a selection of local and international dishes, SONO Teppanyaki with Japanese dishes and Splash Restaurant with Mediterranean dishes. And besides the outdoor infinity pool, it also has a fitness center and a spa. Oh and there’s plenty of daily activities you can choose from such as yoga, Bali dance lessons and many more.

MID-PRICEDreamsea Bali – is ultimately the best place to stay in Bingin area! The view from the room overlooking the ocean is incredible! Thus, it is the perfect place to watch the sunset! And you will instantly feel like home! The boho decor is so lovely and cozy! Plus the location is great! It is easy to walk to Bingin Beach and Padang Padang Beach. All rooms are modern with lovely decor and each has an AC. Moreover, you can enjoy continental and à la carte breakfast on-site. They offer both vegan and vegetarian options.

LOW BUDGETPadang Padang View by Bukit Vista – is great place for those on a budget. The bedrooms are simple and clean with a closet and a private bathroom. But most importantly, it has an excellent location right across the road from the Padang Padang beach.

ULUWATU

Uluwatu Beach stretching underneath a stunning cliff is the most beautiful and famous places in Bali. It is one of the best places to surf. Hence, it is very popular among surfers from around the world, who come here to rip the waves and compete in famous competitions.

On the cliff, you can find a lot of local warungs as well as my favorite place Single Fin, where you can chill, watch surfers rip waves and have some drinks and meals. Single Fin has the best views of the world-famous Uluwatu surf break and the Indian Ocean. Thus, it is the place if you want to watch surfers rip waves while treating yourself with a delicious meal, drink or coffee. Next door is an infinity pool with sunbeds overlooking the surf spots. Ultimately the best place to chill and watch surfers rip the face.

Uluwatu is one of the most consistent surfing spots in Bali and one of the most famous surf spots in the world. It offers long rides ranging from 50 to 300 m and barrels with many playful sections including the Temples, the Bombie, the Peak, the Outside corner, and the Racetrack. But above all, Uluwatu works on all tides. So it is almost never flat. It becomes crowded at 2-5 ft when waves are do-able. The only convenient entry and exit point are through famous The Uluwatu Cave. Generally, there’s a current that runs from South to North so the trick is it to approach The Cave from the South (towards the Temples). Suitable for advanced surfers.

ULUWATU SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: advanced
Side: left and right
Best Tide: all tides
Bottom: reef
Wave avg. size: 3-5 ft
Best month for surfing: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Dangers: live coral, reef, current, large waves

WHERE TO STAY IN ULUWATU?

LUXURYDe Sapphire Cliff Villa by Danapati – is one of the best places to stay in Uluwatu area. The suites and villas come with a living room, dining area, and private bathroom all very well equipped. Some of the suites come with a garden or sea view. Moreover, there’s a De’Bar-ongs restaurant on-site where you can indulge in American, Chinese, Indonesian and Mexican cuisine.

MID-PRICEPuri Uluwatu Villas – is surfers’ favorite place to stay as the Uluwatu surf break is just 5-minute stroll. The Balinese styled rooms are spacious and quiet and feature an AC and a private bathroom. On top of this, the place has a stunning view of the Uluwatu surf break and the Indian Ocean. Moreover, you can enjoy a continental breakfast on-site with vegetarian and vegan options available.

BUDGETAyodhya Uluwatu – a great option for those on budget. The rooms are simple but yet cozy. The place is quiet. All rooms come with a seating area, satellite TV and a private bathroom. Additionally, there’s a shared swimming pool on the premises.

NYANG NYANG

Nyang Nyang Beach is located on one of the most beautiful coastlines of Bali and yet it is one of the least disturbed beaches in Bali. It might be because it is not easily accessible. In order to reach the beach, you will need to take a steep climb on a very long staircase, which deters many tourists and hence ensures smaller to no crowd. There are no warungs or vendors down on the beach so you might wanna take a bottle of water and some snacks with you.

Nyang Nyang is the place to go during a smaller swell, as the wave is always bigger than anywhere else. Yes, it is one of those waves when it is flat there then it is flat everywhere else. It offers both lefthander and righthander. The righthander reef break works once the tide is up. It is short and spicy. Please note that waves are usually bigger than what it seems from the cliffs. The best wind direction is from the north and swell direction is from the southwest. The rip currents are strong and king waves may occasionally appear, thus Nyang Nyang is for advanced surfers only.

NYANG NYANG SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: advanced
Side: left and right
Best Tide: mid to high
Bottom: sand and submerged reef
Wave avg. size: 2-4 ft
Best month for surfing: October, November, December, January, February, March, April
Dangers: shallow reef, strong current, large waves

WHERE TO STAY IN NYANG NYANG?

LUXURYThe Tempekan Uluwatu – is a private 4-bedroom villa set near Nyang Nyang beach. The outdoor and pool area is perfect for a group of people. The surrounding is quiet and very peaceful. In addition, there’s a free WiFi, satellite flat-screen TV a shared kitchen and living room.

MID-PRICEBubble Hotel Bali Nunggalan – the Bubble Hotel is great for those seeking something new. Because the hotel is an actual seethrough bubble located right on the beach. It provides luxury camping experience and offers complete privacy as it is set in a remote location.

BUDGETThe Ulus Klumpu – is a great place to stay if you are traveling on a budget. The homestay offers private rooms in spacious bungalows. All rooms have an AC and private open-air bathroom. The staff is very nice. But above all, it features incredible views. The owners also own a warung where you can have a cheap yet delicious breakfast.

GREEN BALL

Green Ball oftentimes misspelled as Greenbowl or Green Bowl is one of the most beautiful spots in Bali. It is located at the bottom of a long steep cliff path. To reach the beach you need to take a steep staircase. It takes around 10-15 minutes to reach the beach. The beach is quite secluded and not very busy. There are no local beach bars or warungs down on the beach so you might wanna take a bottle of water and some snacks with you.

Green Ball is an exposed beach break which offers both righthander and lefthander divided by a strong current. Don’t take the current lightly, because Green Ball is known for one of the strongest currents in Bali. It makes it hard to stay in position and to get out of water. Left works best with low tide, while the right works with all kind of tides. I recommend you to hit the morning glass as during the day it often gets crowded. Also, watch out for rips and rocks.

GREEN BALL SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: advanced
Side: left and right
Best Tide: low tide lefthander, all tides righthander
Bottom: sand and submerged reef
Wave avg. size: 3-5 ft
Best month for surfing: October, November, December, January, February, March, April
Dangers: reef, live coral, strong current, large waves

WHERE TO STAY IN GREEN BALL?

LUXURYBanyan Tree Ungasan – features one-bedroom to three-bedroom villas with private pools. The villas are spacious and in modern Balinese style. Each villa has separate living and dining areas. The private bathroom includes a bath and outdoor shower. Furthermore, you can find on-site resorts spa, fitness center and an infinity pool where you can enjoy incredible views of the ocean.

MID- PRICEVilla Lidwina by Nagisa Bali – this private 3-bedroom villa is situated in a quiet and very quiet area. The villa is equipped with a kitchen, dining area, and living room. In addition, there are a pool, garden and a balcony with an ocean view on the premises. Moreover, you can enjoy a continental breakfast, which is cooked in the villa.

BUDGETGreen Bowl Beach Villas – is one of the few budget places near Green Ball Beach. The villas are simple wooden villas with a bedroom and bathroom located in a beautiful secluded location. All villas have an AC and a small fridge. Moreover, on-site you can enjoy à la carte or American breakfast with traditional Balinese coffee.

PANDAWA BEACH

Once a secluded beach behind large carved limestone cliffs with stunning views of the Indian Ocean is nowadays one of the biggest attraction of many tourists. As a huge cut has been made to the cliffs to make way for smooth asphalt roads which lead down to the beach. There’re buses full of Chinese tourists coming every day.

The beach is divided into two parts. The left one which is still pristine and is accessible primarily during low tide. Nonetheless, you can access it during high tide too, but most likely you will get hit and splashed by waves. The right side is full of local warungs, and surfboard and kayak rentals. That’s also where the parking lot is located.

Pandawa Beach has a heavy wave with all different sections. The good lefthander is accessible by a channel that will help you get to the surf spot. It is longer than the righthander. High tide causes sideway rip, which requires a lot of paddling in order for you to stay in a position. Hence, this spot is definitely not for beginners, it is suitable for advanced surfers. The best tide is mid to high or high to mid.

PANDAWA SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: advanced
Side: left and right
Best Tide: mid to high, high to mid
Bottom: rocks and reef
Wave avg. size: 3-5 ft
Best month for surfing: October, November, December, January, February, March, April
Dangers: reef, live coral, strong current

WHERE TO STAY IN PANDAWA BEACH?

LUXURYLuxury Clifftop Villas of Bali – features 5-bedroom and 6-bedroom villas with private garden and pool, and private beach area. All villas have AC and are equipped with a living room, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, patio, flat-screen TV, Wifi and private bathrooms and hot tub. In addition, on-site you can enjoy either a continental or à la carte breakfast and table tennis.

MID-PRICEDe Kutuh – features 3-bedroom private villas. All villas feature pool, a patio or a balcony with an ocean view, fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining area, cable TV, and a private bathroom fitted with free toiletries. Furthermore, breakfast is available every morning at the villa.

BUDGETPuri Pandawa Resort – offers beautiful rooms and private 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom wooden bungalows with gorgeous pool and view. All rooms are fitted with AC and satellite TV. Moreover, breakfast is available on-site. Because of its location only a few minutes from the Pandawa Beach it is a perfect place to stay for surfers.

GUNUNG PAYUNG

Gunung Payung Beach is named after a Balinese Hindu temple complex that is sitting on top of the cliff overlooking the beach. It is one of the hidden beaches of Bali southern peninsula. The beach is still secluded as the only access to the beach is by a steep staircase, which deters many tourists and hence ensures smaller to no crowd both on the beach and the break. There are no warungs or vendors on the beach so you might wanna take a bottle of water and some snacks with you.

Payung has one of the best rights in Bali. It offers several peaks that occasionally barrel. When the conditions are right different sections join into one big wave, making it a crazy long ride. During no wind conditions if feels like Mentawais.

GUNUNG PAYUNG SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: advanced
Side: right
Best Tide: mid to high
Bottom: reef
Wave avg. size: 3-5 ft
Best month for surfing: October, November, December, January, February, March, April
Dangers: reef, live coral, strong current

WHERE TO STAY IN GUNUNG PAYUNG?

LUXURYKampi Villas by Premier Hospitality Asia – is one of a few accommodations in Gunung Payung area. The Kampi Villas feature 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom villas with balcony, garden, and swimming pool where you can chill throughout the day. In addition, all villas have a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathrooms. When staying in Kampi Villa you have a driver to your disposal as well as breakfast service.

MID-PRICEDe Kutuh – is one of the closest mid-priced accommodations to Gunung Payung area. It features 3-bedroom private villas. All villas feature pool, a patio or a balcony with an ocean view, fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining area, cable TV, and a private bathroom fitted with free toiletries. Moreover, breakfast is available every morning at the villa.

BUDGETPuri Pandawa Resort – is one of the closest budget accommodations to Gunung Payung Beach. It offers beautiful rooms and private 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom wooden bungalows with gorgeous pool and view. All rooms are fitted with AC and satellite TV. Moreover, breakfast is available on-site. Located only a few minutes from the Pandawa Beach it is a perfect place to stay for surfers.

NIKKO

Nikko spot got its name from Nikko Hotel, which is currently the Hilton Hotel in Nusa Dua. In the past, it has been known for having one of the best right tubes in the world. The barrels would be 10 s long. In 2016 a development project of the Kempinski group has destroyed the spot when they have built seawall right through the wave.

Nikko is still a heavy righthander, located in front of Hilton Hotel in Nusa Dua. During a bigger swell, it is barreling and is thus suitable for intermediate and advanced surfers. Whereas, during head high to overhead conditions, the wave is suitable for beginners.

NIKKO SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: advanced
Side: right
Best Tide: around mid
Bottom: reef
Wave avg. size: 3-5 ft
Best month for surfing: October, November, December, January, February, March, April
Dangers: reef, live coral, strong current

WHERE TO STAY IN NIKKO?

LUXURYHilton Bali Resort – features four outdoor connecting pools and a secluded white sandy beach area. Besides fully equipped rooms, it also offers spa facilities, a gym, tennis courts and many more. The food in the restaurant is very good offering a wide variety of cuisines such as Italian, Balinese, Japanese and European.

MID-PRICE Swiss-Belhotel Segara Resort & Spa – features fully equipped rooms only 3-min drive from the beach. In addition, there are a large outdoor swimming pool, spa, bar and a business center on-site. In the morning you can indulge in a tasty buffet breakfast.

BUDGETRantun’s Place – is one of only a few budget accommodations in the area. Ratun’s Place features rooms with an AC, flat-screen TV and private bathroom. Continental breakfast is served daily. Additionally, pool, restaurant, and spa are available on site.

GEGER BEACH

Geger Beach is located in Nusa Dua, a popular tourist destination for holidays. Nusa Dua is known for luxury resorts with beautiful white-sand beaches. There’s a lot of watersports you can do, such as surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and jet skiing. Most of the restaurants and beach bars on the beach belong to the resorts, so expect resort prices.

The open ocean reef break located 200 m from shore is best accessible by boat (50k IDR one way), but you can also paddle. However, the long-distance and strong current makes it hard to paddle. Geger is a righthander which tends to be bigger than other surf spots on the east coast. The break is shallow.

During low tide with a decent swell, you can end up being sucked into 6ft wave on dry reef. Also, on other occasions, you can get dragged underwater for a long period of time and have consecutive sets of waves drop on your head. So make sure you have the skillset to handle it. Consequently, Geger is for advanced surfers only.

There are few other peaks located nearby, Chicken wing and Temples, which provide good quality lefts and rights.

GEGER SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: advanced
Side: left and right
Best Tide: mid to low, low to mid
Bottom: reef
Wave avg. size: 3-5 ft
Best month for surfing: October, November, December, January, February, March, April
Dangers: shallow reef, strong current, urchin

WHERE TO STAY IN GEGER BEACH?

LUXURYHilton Bali Resort – features four outdoor connecting pools and a secluded white sandy beach area. Besides fully equipped rooms, it also offers spa facilities, gym, tennis courts and many more. The food in the restaurant is very good offering a wide variety of cuisines such as Italian, Balinese, Japanese and European.

MID-PRICESwiss-Belhotel Segara Resort & Spa – features fully equipped rooms only 3-min drive from the beach. In addition, there are a large outdoor swimming pool, spa, bar and a business center on-site. In the morning you can indulge in a tasty buffet breakfast.

BUDGETRantun’s Place – is one of only a few budget accommodations in the area. Ratun’s Place features rooms with an AC, flat-screen TV and private bathroom. Continental breakfast is served daily. Additionally, pool, restaurant, and spa are available on site.

BLACKSTONE

Blackstone is located near Waterblow in Nusa Dua, a popular tourist destination for holidays. Nusa Dua is known for beautiful white sand beaches and luxury resorts. There are so many activities and watersports for you to do. Most of the beach bars and restaurants on the beach belong to the resorts, so expect resort prices. Blackstone got its name from a protruding chunk of black basalt north of the wave.

The Blackstone break is one of many reef breaks in the Nusa Dua area. It is a heavy lefthander with shifting peaks. It has powerful and heavy-lipped bowls and long sections of speed carve walls. Some peaks are barreling even with smaller swells. During low tide, the reef dries out and gets too shallow so don’t paddle out. Blackstone tends to be a bit more manageable than other reef breaks in the area so it is suitable even for a beginner and intermediate surfers.

BLACKSTONE SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: beginner, intermediate
Side: left
Best Tide: mid, mid to high
Bottom: sharp reef
Wave avg. size: 3-5 ft
Best month for surfing: October, November, December, January, February, March, April
Dangers: sharp and shallow reef, strong current, urchin

WHERE TO STAY IN BLACKSTONE?

LUXURYINAYA Putri Bali – features exceptional modern rooms and villas with private pools. The resort is calm and peaceful. In addition, swimming pool, restaurant, meeting and banquet facilities are available on-site. The restaurant, serving delicious western and Indonesian cuisines, is open daily.

MID-PRICEHotel Santika Siligita Nusa Dua – is a great place to stay for the money you spend. The rooms are nice and airy and come fully equipped. There’s a big swimming pool where you can spend a chilled afternoon. Additionally, a spa and a fitness center are available on-site. The hotel has a great location and a free shuttle to the Bali collection as well as the beach.

BUDGETLa Orein Residence – is one of a few budget places in the area. The residence features fully equipped rooms with an AC and satellite TV. In addition, some rooms come with a terrace or a balcony. The location is in a residential area with tasty local food and near tourist Nusa Dua.

MUSHROOMS

Mushrooms has two-point breaks, lefthander and righthander. With lefthander being shorter and the righthander being longer. The breaks start to work around 3 ft and tend to barrel above 4 ft. During mid-tide, you can have fun on easy waves, whereas during low tide the reef runs dry. Suitable for intermediate and advanced surfers.

You can find Mushrooms in Nusa Dua, a popular tourist destination for holidays. Nusa Dua is known for beautiful white sand beaches and luxury resorts. Majority of the restaurants and beach bars on the beach belong to the resorts and hence are priced accordingly. There’s a lot of watersports and activities that you can do.

MUSHROOMS SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: intermediate and advanced
Side: left and right
Best Tide: mid, mid to high
Bottom: reef
Wave avg. size: 3-5 ft
Best month for surfing: October, November, December, January, February, March, April
Dangers: shallow reef

WHERE TO STAY IN MUSHROOMS?

LUXURYINAYA Putri Bali – features exceptional modern rooms and villas with private pools. The resort is calm and peaceful. In addition, swimming pool, restaurant, meeting and banquet facilities are available on-site. The restaurant, serving delicious western and Indonesian cuisines, is open daily.

MID-PRICEHotel Santika Siligita Nusa Dua – is a great place to stay for the money you spend. The rooms are nice and airy and come fully equipped. There’s a big swimming pool where you can spend a chilled afternoon. Additionally, a spa and a fitness center are available on-site. The hotel has a great location and a free shuttle to the Bali collection as well as the beach.

BUDGETLa Orein Residence – is one of a few budget places in the area. The residence features fully equipped rooms with an AC and satellite TV. In addition, some rooms come with a terrace or a balcony. The location is in a residential area with tasty local food and near tourist Nusa Dua.

SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka is another surf spot located in Nusa Dua, a popular tourist destination for holidays. Nusa Dua is known for its beautiful white-sand beaches and luxury resorts. A great number of the restaurants and beach bars on the beach belong to the resorts and hence are priced accordingly. There’s a variety of watersports and activities that you can do.

Sri Lanka is one of the nearly perfect waves in Bali. It is a fast righthander that during bigger swell barrels over shallow reef. Thus, it is not a wave for beginners and is challenging for goody riders. On the best days, it gets crowded. It works best around mid-tide. During small swell it’s flat.

SRI LANKA SURF BREAK OVERVIEW

Difficulty level: intermediate and advanced
Side: right
Best Tide: mid
Bottom: reef
Wave avg. size: 3-5 ft
Best month for surfing: October, November, December, January, February, March, April
Dangers: shallow reef

WHERE TO STAY IN SRI LANKA?

LUXURYSol Beach House Bali Benoa All Inclusive by Melia Hotels International – features fully equipped rooms in modern Balinese style. All rooms come with a private balcony. The breakfast served on-site is very delicious and provides a variety of choices. The swimming pool with a swim-up bar is very nice. In addition, a restaurant with both buffet and à la carte meals is available on-site.

MID-PRICEGrand Whiz Hotel Nusa Dua Bali – has fully equipped rooms with a terrace and seating area overlooking a beautiful garden. Each room has a fridge with a minibar and an electric kettle. The hotel has a long and crystal clear pool with a bar. Moreover, there’s a lovely restaurant with a wide selection of tasty food.

BUDGETGuest House Reisya – features modern fully equipped rooms with a fridge and an electric kettle. All rooms have a seating area with a garden view. In addition, continental breakfast or à la carte breakfast is available on-site with an abundance of food. It has a perfect location close to the main road, with a supermarket and spa right next to it, yet it is very quiet.


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LAST WORDS

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