Bali Surf Spots
Bukit Surfing Breaks
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The Bukit peninsula is at the south end of Bali and is home to some of the Worlds most famous surf spots. Padang Padang Surf Camp is located at the very heart of these breaks and will find the best waves for you on any given day.
No matter your ability you will have the opportunity to surf and be mentored by expert surf guides that are determined to make you a better surfer at our Surf School.
The above image shows a map of our surf camp in relation to some of these breaks that we will be exploring in detail.
Padang Padang Rights
Padang Padang rights is also known as baby Padang. It is located at the other side of the channel to the world famous Padang Padang.
But this is a soft mellow break due to the shape of the reef and is the perfect spot for beginners that are learning to surf.
It breaks both left and right. The left is a long ride and can be ridden almost all the way to the next surf break (Impossibles) while the right is a shorter ride that takes you back to the channel for an easy paddle back to the line up. This is the surf spot where many of the local Balinese kids learn to surf.
Padang Padang is known as the balinese pipeline as it is very similar to Hawaaii's very own pipeline. It is a very fast long barrelling wave that lives up to it's reputation as the most serious wave in bali.
The waves come in fast out of deep water and breaks over a shallow coral reef which makes the wave barrel (tube). Expert surfers only.
If you are lucky you might catch the odd celebrity at Padang Padang beach.
Spotted by the air in the 1970s, Uluwatu was the first world-class surf break to be discovered in Indonesia.
It was, and remains, the most famous surf break in Bali. Famous for quality and consistency of the waves which are perfect or near-perfect every day from March to November.
Check out our complete guide to surfing Uluwatu.
Impossibles is a fast racy wave that is very picturesque. There are 3 seperate peaks on this wide reef which breaks up the crowds. On the right conditions with a good size swell and offshore wind it is possible for the sections to link up and to get a ride of a mile or more to the warungs at bingin. Due to how quickly this wave breaks it is almost explicitly for advanced surfers but can be good for intermediates on smaller days.
Bingin is a perfect machine wave that works best around mid tide. It is a very consistent wave and throws out many perfect barrels. If you want to practice barrel riding lefts - bingin could be the perfect location. At low tide it can be very shallow and for expert surfers only. At high tide the wave can break very soft and is where the bali children learn to surf. High tide can be perfect for intermediate surfers on a small day, but mostly only suitable for advanced surfers and due to the highly localised nature of the spot, best to go with a local surf guide.
Dreamland is a beautiful white sand beach a short walk from Impossibles & Bingin. There are many different breaks that work at different satges of the tide and is suitable for novice surfers as it breaks over sand. The best wave is an A frame peak that works best at low tide on a big swell. There is also a punchy shorebreak wave where you will see balinese and visitng surfers exhibiting their skills at the water's edge. Dreamland is a perfect location to spend the day surfing, sunbathing and handing out in the local warungs. On small days Dreamland is suitable for beginner surfers but it is a particular favourite of intermediate surfers as there are a variety of spots that work on different tides and swell sizes. On bigger days the A frame can be phenomenal and is only suitable for advanced surfers.
Balangan is the next break on the bukit and is waking distance from dreamland. It is a reef break but has a beautiful white sand beach which is very quiet and beautiful. Balangan is still relatively undeveloped and retains that old bali charm. Balangan is a fun left hander that can break quite fast so wave selection and positioning is key here. Very popular with intermediate surfers but also suitable for beginner surfers on the smaller days. Balangan can be ridden at any tide but low tide is a bit challenging for novices and so is usually best on mid to high tide.
There are steps all the way down, but save some energy for the climb back up. Nyang Nyang works best on a high tide and small swell. Like the other south coast breaks does not handle the trade winds, or wet season winds. Usually best in the morning or early/late season when the winds are light. Suitable mostly for advanced surfers we will occasionally take intermediates there by boat on small days.
Pandawa was a secret spot called timbers for a very long enjoyable time. The new road access changed all that but the wave still breaks as good as it ever does and is now a popular sightseeing destination for Indonesian tourists. Mostly lefts breaking into a channel, on big days it can be compared to teahupoo hence the name timbers. The rights are fickle but can be fun if you don't mind the brutal paddle back to the line up against the current without any channel. Due to the strong current it is usually only suitable for advanced surfers.
Greenbowls, also sometimes called Greenballs, picks up any swell direction but is very exposed to the trade winds. You need to pick your time carefully to go here when it's not too big and not blown out. Breaks mostly right into a channel but also can pick up a few lefts. Beware of the strong sweeping current and make sure you save some energy for the huge climb back to the top. If you are very tired there is a 75 year old woman who will carry your board up for a small fee. Popular with intermediate surfers, Greenbowls picks up a lot of swell and on the bigger days is only suitable for advanced surfers. Be careful not to lose your board here as there is a nasty rip current that is impossible to swim against.
Black stone is a fun wave that jacks up quicly out of deep water and mostly breaks left. The bounce from the rock forms a peaky wedge that can be tricky to take off on and offers a fast zippy ride that is more suitable for advanced surfers. There is also a shifty right hander that breaks into deep water which on the day can be good. A little bit further from the rock the wave is more mellow and suitable for intermediates and beginner surf lessons on smaller days. Black stone is adjacent to Mushroom rock and it usually depends on the wind direction to determine which wave is the better one to surf.
Airport rights breaks very near the runway on the Jimbaran side. Picks up less swell than airport lefts but is a better quality wave. In fact it is one of the best right handers in Bali and one of the few waves that break right on the west coast. Very fast sucky take off, the wave walls up and while many waves are too fast, if you pick the right one the ride is about 300 metres and ends in a bowly barrelling shallow end section. If you see a bald guy out there ripping it may be Kelly Slater as this is his favourite wave in Bali. On smaller days the wave is suitable for intermediate surfers but when in the overhead class it is advanced surfers only and you need a step up board on the bigger days.
Toro Toro is a surf camp favourite. Highlight of a stay with Padang Padang Surf Camp is to take the fun boat to Toro Toro. Very easy wave and the right can peel for incredibly long distance. At high tide there is a left hander that can be fun but is a short ride breaking into a deep water channel. Toro Toro is an easy wave and perfect for intermediate surfers. When the swell gets bigger the inside section can be fun and for beginner surfers the tower can be perfect.
Jimbaran is a good spot for learners on the right swell conditions. A sheltered bay with soft sand the waves break softly and can be the perfect spot for your first ever surf as unlike many other breaks in Bali, it is just a short paddle to the line up. On big sells Jimbaran beach is perfect for beginner surfers
Balian is a perfect A frame rivermouth break. A deep water channel etched out for thousands of years by water running from the mountains, funnels waves just where you want them: in front of our house Balian Surf Villa. In addition to the A frame peak there is an inside left that has some protection from the trade winds and is popular with intermediate surfers. On the other side of the river is a dredging barrelling right hander that is more suitable for advanced surfers.
Medewi is a soft left handed point break. It's described as a beginner spot but access into and out of the water is difficult. Long soft rides make it a popular spot for intermediate surfers surfers. Southerly swells produce the goods here, but westerly swells can miss Medewi unless very big as the swell window is blocked by Java. There are a number of beach breaks nearby suitable for beginner surfers