Frequently Asked Questions

Price

Our rates are as advertised on our booking page and are non negotiable unless stay is for longer than 1 month

Reservation

To make a reservation, go to our booking page and enter the number of people, arrival date & duration. The system will show you which rooms are available. A 10% deposit is required to allocate the room.

Surf (general)

Bali is one of the most consistent surfing destinations in the world. It is possible to get rideable waves 365 days a year. From April to October the waves are generally bigger, while from November to March, generally smaller. This is the seasonal trend but you can get small surf in April to October and large surf in November to March.

Surf times

Start time for surfing changes every day as the tide varies daily and we will vary the surfing location & time according to the surfing conditions such as swell size, wind, tide etc. We typically offer 2 surf sessions for both surf lessons and surf guiding groups. This would typically be 1 session in morning + 1 session in afternoon or 2 morning sessions. Our surfing schedule changes daily according to the tidal cycle and other relevant factors. Scheduling is done for first session the night before and second session after first session, as this gives us best data in terms of current and expected surfing conditions. Sessions are typically between 1.5 and 2.0 hours long.

Surf guide

Your surf guide will be knowledgeable of the local breaks and the best times to surf them depending on conditions - swell, tide & winds. Your surf guide will advise you on where to enter and exit the water, rips, where to line up for wvaves, etc and will usually surf with you will not teach or supervise your surfing. If you require teaching or supervising, then surf lessons is more suitable.

Surf lessons

Your surf instructor will be knowledgeable of the local breaks and the best times to surf them depending on conditions - swell, tide & winds. He will arrange the best times with you every day to go to the most suitable surf beach. He will supervise you in the water and instruct you how to lie on and paddle the board, paddle put to the break, catch waves, stand up and ride. He will also advise you on rips and determine when and where is safe to surf. He will evaluate your surfing technique and advise what improvements you need to make.

Surf lessons cost £26 a day (in addition to cost of accommodation) and includes board rental. Surf lessons are daily - typically twice a day. There is no fixed duration but each session is usually about 1.5 hours. The defining factors are safety, wave quality and your level of fitness.

Surf equipment

All surf equipment is included if you book surf lessons (surfboard, rash vest, leash). Otherwise we rent surfboards for £8 a day. We have shortboards, mini-mal's and longboards. Softboards & hardboards.

What time is Check in/out?

Check in time is 1pm, check out time is 11am.

When are meals served?

Breakfast between 7am and 10am, lunch between 12 noon and 2pm. Most friday's we have a BBQ around 7pm.

What should I take to Bali?

You should bring everything you would normally bring for a tropical beach holiday. For example, sun glasses, hat, flip flops, sun screen, bathing costume. We provide a rash vest if you are taking surf lessons but you should bring shorts to surf in. Some people wear reef booties but in most cases this is unnecessary and will affect the feeling of the surfboard. They can be purchased locally if required We provide a room towel, soap & shampoo but do not provide beach towels. Most people in Bali use a sarong at the beach and these can be purchased almost anywhere in Bali for reasonable price. There is no street lighting in lane near surf camp so a torch would be handy if you don't have a light on your mobile phone.

Airport

The closest airport is Denpasar international airport (DPS) which is 30 minutes drive from surf camp. Airport transfers are included if you stay minimum 1 week or additional cost for shorter stays. You will be met outside international arrival terminal by someone holding a sign Padang Padang Surf Camp.

Flights and Visas

We do not arrange flights. You need to arrange your own flight either directly with airline, a travel website or a travel agent.
Visitors from most countries can get a 30 day tourist visa on arrival for 25 US$. A 60 day visa is applicable if your nationality does not allow you to get a visa on arrival, or you want to stay more than 30 days.

Currency

Indonesia Rupiah is the currency in Bali and it is approximately 11,000 IDR to 1 US$. You can change money at the airport or in Kuta which offers a better exchange rate. There are ATM machines in airport and towns but the nearest one to surf camp is about 15 minutes drive.

Weather

Air: Bali has a mild and agreeable tropical climate the whole year round. Average day time air temperatures is 28C°/82F° to 29C°/84F°. There is always a cooling breeze at Padang Padang Surf Camp and it is not stifling hot.

Water

The water temperatures varies between range from 27C°/81F° to 29C°/84F°. You can wear boardshorts all year.

Clothing

Shorts, T-shirts and flip flops are the norm. It's hot in the day and people tend to dress casually and comfortably. Trousers and shirt may be worn in evening going out, but again shorts and t-shirts are acceptable.

Mobile Phones

Most international phones work in Bali. The most practical and economic option is to buy a local SIM card from shop near surf camp and put this in your phone.

Public Phones

There are a number of Wartel's (private phone booths) that you can use for local and international calls.

Internet

The Surf Camp has a free WiFi hot spot that allows you to connect your laptop from anywhere.There are also Internet cafes within walking distance of the surf camp.

Shopping/nightlife

There is great shopping and nightlife in Kuta which is about 40 minues from surf camp.

Restaurants/Food

Food in Bali is very tasty with a great variety of both western and eastern food. Seafood is particularly good. Jimbaran seafood is world famous and absolutely delicious - fish, crab, lobster, prawns, clams. The surf camp package includes breakfast & lunch at surf camp (alternates between western and Indonsian on daily basis). For dinner there are a number of excellent local restaurants within walking distance (Thai, Mexican, Indonesian, Italian). We occasionally have a fish barbeque at surf camp.

Water

The local tap water should not be drunk. We provide drinking water free at surf camp.

Location

We are within easy walk of bingin village and local shops and internet cafe. Padang Padang beach, Impossibles and Bingin beach are less than 1 mile away. Dreamland is about 2 miles away, Ulutwatu is about 3 miles away. A variety of world class breaks are very close to the surf camp and there is a choice of white sand beaches. Location bali surf camp.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to enter Bali, and Bali is considered safe from Malaria. Medical facilities are quite good but comprehensive travel insurance is a requirement. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice.

Culture

The monkey dance at Uluwatu temple is unmissable. Ask the staff at the surf camp to take you so see the sunset show - you will not be disappointed. Ceremonies are performed for every new moon, full moon and various other occasions. Bali is the land of the Gods and ceremonies. If you want to see a ceremony ask the staff what ceremonies are scheduled during your stay.

Transport

The bali surf camp package also includes transport to and from the breaks at various times each day.

We can arrange a car and friendly local balinese English speaking surf guide for Surf camp guests at daily or weekly rates. Bali has excellent waves on the East, South and West coasts. Your driver knows all the famous bali surf spots such as Keramas, Medewi, Balian, Canggu and some lesser known places.

You will be arranged in groups according to ability and be transported to the surf breaks from morning to sun down. In the evening we will provide transport to local restaurants or arrange a taxi to take you to town (Kuta).

Surf camp packages include transfers to and from the airport. Our meet and greet service takes away some of the hassles of traveling.

Surf Shops

There is 1 surf shop 200 metres from us, and there are a few surf shops in Uluwatu which is 2 miles from the surf camp. Kuta has the most surf shops in the world! There is a very large selection of surf shops where you can buy new and second hand boards, surf clothes from leading brands and all surfing equipment you would expect or need.

How much money should I bring?

Breakfast & lunch is included but you will need money for dinner in evening. This will cost about US$10 for food + drinks. We cannot estimate how much you will spend on presents, taxis, nights out and other items but Bali is relatively inexpensive and has ATM machines & money changers.

Average age at surf camp

There is no average age. Each week different guests arrive so impossible to predict the average age in advance. Most people who stay here are professionals in their twenties, thirties or forties but we get people of all age and the "average age" varies week to week.