The Best Spots to Surf in Bali This Spring
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Most avid Aussie surfers know the Australian winter, coinciding with the Balinese dry seasonis the best time to catch big swells on the Island of the Gods. However, the shoulder seasons often offer leftover swells and drastically lighter crowds. Don’t cancel your surf trip to Bali just because you couldn’t make it during the island’s known surf season. These are four places you can still enjoy the island’s epic tubes and peeling reef breaks during the shoulder months of September, October and November, before the “rainy” season fully sets in.
Keramas is one of the east coast breaks that often makes headlines for its deep tubes and fast rides. The rocky, reefy bottom keeps some beginners at bay, but the wave’s popularity has drawn more crowds in recent years. Get in the water early, and you’ll catch some speedy rights before everyone else arrives.
Nusa Dua is another moderately famous wave found on the east coast of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. The Nusa Dua reef break peels roughly 500 metres off the golden sand shore and is at its best with an off-season west/northwest wind. Waves in the 1.2 to 3-metre range create solid tubes perfect for advanced and expert-level wave riders. Beginners should hire the assistance of an instructor before attempting to surf here.
Lesser known than Keramas and Nusa Dua, Green Bowl is one of few Balinese breaks that remain off the beaten path. Green Bowl beach can be found along the Bukit Peninsula’s southern coast, and reaching the wave involves a trek down roughly 500 steps. Best for advanced surfers, Green Bowl still sees minimal crowds on weekdays, and is best on a 1.2 to 1.8-metre south swell with west/northwest winds.
Just southeast of Denpasar, where you’ll land on your flight into Bali, is the right hand reef break of Sanur. The white sand beach is so stunning it attracts crowds of vacationers as well as surfers, but the sharp rocks and coral keep some of the beginners at bay. This area is home to Sanur reef and Tandjung reef, and both need a lot of swell to show off their true form. Head here when the swell is maxing out at other shoulder or off season spots.
What are you waiting for? Now is the time to plan your springtime Bali surf escape.