How about a surf trip to Bali? When talking about « the Island of the Gods » we all think : warm water, big waves, epic parties, breathtaking landscapes… But before heading the surf Mecca, here are some tips to prepare your first visit to Bali.
The visa regulation in Bali is constantly evolving. Better consult the Indonesian embassy of your country before booking your ticket. The destination now offers a free 30-day visa for the citizens of many countries worldwide. If you ever want to extend your stay, you will have to ask a Balinese agent or simply send your passport to the nearest embassy with the necessary amount of money for a 60-day visa.
Bali is a major tourist destination. Daily flights to the capital Denpasar are numerous and remain surprisingly affordable. For many locations, a stopover in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Jakarta will be necessary.
When checking travel guides it is clear that it is possible to see a lot in one day in Bali. That said, the surf is mainly concentrated in the south of the island from Keramas in the East through the Bukit to Kuta, Canggu, Balian and Medewi.
When zooming in the Bukit you will find the best waves with famous names like Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Impossibles, Balangan, Bingin and Dreamland. It is also one of the most beautiful places in Bali, drier than the rest of the island, steep cliffs that plunge into the white sandy beaches with turquoise water. Please note, the waves are very technical there, and you have to be careful to the crowd in the water.
No doubt about it, the essential accessory in Bali is the scooter. Just ask around, you will find thousands of renting spots. Prices are negotiable, especially if you are staying for an extended period (800/600k rp per month) or if you come as a group. If you are not used to driving a motorcycle chill out, most are automatic. You will soon learn the must is to drive your scooter through the rice fields at sunset after a memorable surf session.
You will find spots for beginners to confirmed surfers looking for the best barrels. The main season runs from June to September, but the rest of the year can also bring its share of waves. If this is your first trip to the Indian Ocean, consider taking a board a little bigger or thicker than usual because wave power might surprise you. In winter, water can be a little cooler than you ever imagined, especially early morning or late evening when approaching the sunset. If there is wind, lycra or neoprene top will not be too much.
Balinese food is delicious, the Nasi/Mie Goreng, Nasi Campur, Gorengan to the Babi Guling… However it is possible to find restaurants with other origins: thai, pizza, burgers, sushi… Vegetarians and vegans will be delighted especially in Canggu.
If you want a break from surfing for a few hours, there is always the opportunity to relax on the beach, drinking coconuts, partying, visiting temples, have a massage. Go to Ubud for a yoga retreat and take the time to visit the monkey forest.
Close to the main Bali island, Nusa Lembongan is definitely worth a visit. An hour boat from Sanur, Nusa Lembongan offers a different alternative to Bali.