October 04, 2018 | Comment
Indonesia is the new hot spot for surfers all over the globe. Once Bali became a world-class destination, people started exploring the natural treasures of the island, and some of these treasures are the beaches. The surfing season in Indonesia begins around April and ends in October, during the dry season, and with over 100 excellent surfing spots, surfing in Indonesia is a fantastic experience for any surfer, beginner or a pro.
The reason Indonesia is a famous surfers paradise are the southern groundswells, which are constantly hitting the islands, and that pressure produces first-class waves. Indonesia features over 17,000+ small islands with amazing beaches that are waiting for you and your board. We, at In Da Surf, recommend you check out our surf camp in Canggu, which features some of the best surfing spots in the country.
If you’re still wondering why should you choose Indonesia for surfing, then keep on reading this article. Indonesia is set amidst the Indian Ocean, to the northwest of Australia, and the Indonesian archipelago features one of the most exciting wave-rich zones in the world. There are over 1,000 reef passes, reef points and beach breaks that make it incredibly enticing for surfers. Today, because of the natural richness and beauty of Bali, surfing is a national industry branch.
Young surfers from all over the world take a surf pilgrimage to Indonesia, to conquer the powerful, mighty waves and put their skills to the test. The consistent swells year-round make this country the ideal spot for surfers, and you just have to know where to look. As they say, seek and you shall find, or you can ask us, at In Da Surf. Our coaches have been surfing the Indian Ocean for more than 10 years, and they have discovered some hidden surf spots all along the south coast of the Indonesian island of Bali.
The Indonesia surf scene encompasses the next surf areas:
Bali – It’s understandable why Bali is the epicenter of the surfing scene in Indonesia, as the most popular tourist attraction in the country. The most famous surfing spots in Bali are on the Bukit Peninsula, which features constant offshores and left-hand reefs like Uluwatu and Padang Padang. Canggu village is becoming increasingly prevalent on the Bali surfing scene.
The Mentawai Islands – The Mentawai Islands are a chain of islands located off the western coast of Sumatra. They increased in popularity in the mid-90s when most of the perfect surf spots like HTs, Macaronis, Rifles, Greenbush and others were discovered. Today, the Mentawai Islands are considered a benchmark among surfers.
Surfing Java – As the name implies, Java is an island that has turned into a famous surfing spot. The good news is that the island itself is huge, so besides the popular, crowded beaches, you can venture out into the wilderness on your own and find a private spot where you can surf for days. When you get bored, you can just move on to the next exciting beach. Java is big enough for everyone.
Lombok and Sumbawa – Right next to Bali are some of the most famous surfing islands: Lombok and Sumbawa. Lombok features Desert Point, which is one of the most extended barrels in the world, while Sumbawa has surfing spots like Lakey Peak, Supersuck, Periscopes and Scar Reef.
Indonesia is like a Disneyland for surfers, and no matter what your experience is, there are beaches that can accommodate your level. If, however, you want to learn how to surf, coming to Bali can be the surfing holiday of your dreams. In our In Da Surf camp, we offer lessons and programs for surfers that want to learn new techniques, improve their stance or learn the basics. Our surfing school features everything from accommodation to transportation, so you won’t have to bother with any other details that don’t involve surfing on the waves of the ocean.
Surfing beaches in Bali
We compiled a list for you with the most famous surfing beaches in Bali:
Uluwatu – This beach is for intermediate to expert surfers only. During the wet season, the swells can get as high as 15 feet, and the breaks are very technical and advanced. The Racetrack, The Peak, Temples, Outside Corner and the Bombie are the most visited swells in this area.
Padang Padang – Here you can catch long tube rides and sharp reef bottoms. More famously known as the Balinese Pipeline, this surfing spot is not recommended for inexperienced surfers, especially when the waves get big. The left-hand wave ranges from five to 12 feet. If you’re just starting out and you want to try Pandang Pandang, the soft right side is more beginner-friendly.
Medewi – Here you will find the longest left-hand wave in Bali. It’s less crowded than the other surf beaches on the island, and it features a picturesque rocky beach. The reef is quite sharp, so you should take that into consideration if you want to surf on Medewi.
Green Bowl – The Green Bowl is located on the Bukit Peninsula, and it’s one of the most breathtaking beaches in Bali. The panorama has every shade of green, from emerald to turquoise, and it’s one of the reasons you’ll enjoy surfing here. The rips and currents here are strong, so they are recommended only for experienced surfers.
Keramas – This is a black sandy beach, which offers one of the best break waves in Bali, and one of the most beautiful sunsets in the region. It’s home to the competitions for Billabong and Oakley, and you can even go night surfing (with the proper coach).
Surfing in Indonesia can be an adventure of a lifetime for any surfer. The country, the people, the culture, the cuisine and nature are all just pleasures you can enjoy during your stay here. Every corner is an Instagram picture, and every wave can be a challenge. Indonesia is a playground for surfers because there are so many different waves you can catch, and all you have to do is find the right surfing spots.