50 Bali Bucketlist Surf Spots


In the most southern area of Bali, Bukit offers some of the best and most famous waves on the island. These waves are especially known for being fast, powerful and barrelling. Advanced surfers will have Bukit on their number one destination for finding perfect surf whilst on the island. Don’t worry if you are just spectating, the amazing peninsula is home to some of the worlds most picture perfect waves that you can sit and view from the cliff line or sandy shores.

  • Uluwatu
  • Padang Padang
  • Impossibles
  • Bingin
  • Dreamland
  • Balangan


This area is most known for its famous seafood, flat beaches and romantic dinners on the sand. When the swell is up, and I mean really up, Jimbaran can really turn it on! Keep an eye on the forecast for the coming swells and if it is looking huge, head to Jimbaran. The waves here are perfect for all levels from beginners to advaced surfers. You may need to chat with a local to organise and understand entering these surf breaks; honeymoon (jumping off the high cliff/Rock) and Doro Doro (you need to go by boat).image

  • Honeymoon (when it is big swell!)
  • Jimbaran Beach
  • Doro Doro


The most famous beach breaks and tourist hot spots are within the Kuta area. The beaches are lined with beach umbrellas and day beds, but there is almost always a wave to be surfed. Surfers of all levels can find perfect waves here. You will most certainly find fun waves in between the palm trees and high rise hotels/motels and of course the other hundreds of surfers in the crowded lineups. The beach is long, so I suggest to try and find a less crowded peak at some of the spots listed below. Check around at the different surf spots as each day the conditions will differ depending on the swell. It can be quite heavy and dumping at some of these spots, but hunt around as one spot is bad another is pumping, especially in Kuta!

  • Airport right
  • Airport left
  • Middles
  • Kuta reef
  • Baby reef
  • Discovery (when it’s big swell!)
  • Kuta Beach
  • Padma
  • Double 6
  • Gado Gado
  • Ku De Ta


Canggu offers a range of waves and surf spots. From the competitive lineups of Echo Beach and Perenenan to the longboard lovers wave of Batu Bolong, there is something here for everyone to ride! Beginners will love it around here and so will the Kelly Slaters of surfing. Each surf spot offers different conditions and wave types (beach breaks or reef). Be sure to watch for the changes in tides as this really does effect the waves around here! There is almost always a wave as it seems to pick up the small swells and also can be big and heavy, if that’s what you are into. Most of these beaches have seating, beach beds or cafes for spectators to sit and watch; so hubby’s this is a perfect area to leave mum and bub to enjoy the sunshine while you get your daily surf fix.

  •  Berawa
  • Batu Bolong
  • Old Mans
  • Echo Beach
  • Sandbar
  • Pererenan


Surfing in Tabanan has a different feel to it. It is quieter, less crowded and seems a lot more like traditional Bali; well surfing at Tanah Lot Temple definately does! The waves around this part of the coast line are fun and pretty easy to ride. Beginners through to advanced surfers will enjoy almost all of these spots, depending on swell and the tide of course! These locations (such as Balian) may seem like a long way west to go just for a surf, but it is definately worth the drive. If you aren’t the best on a scooter or get lost on the island like I do, hire a surf guide or a driver to take you for a day full of fun and epic waves.

  • Tanah Lot
  • Kedungu
  • Pig Stone
  • Yeh Gangga
  • Balian Beach


The West may seem like a long drive on the crazy over populated, Balinese highway. There are waves literally the whole way along the west coast, it is up to you to discover and surf any waves you may find. Medewi is the most famous in the west. There are perfect left handers that run all the way all through to the boulder lined beach. The beaches here are very rocky with limited sand. Just be careful when entering and exiting the surf (high tided is easiest). It offers waves for beginners to advanced. The west coast seems to pick up quite a lot of swell and if it’s too big, it won’t handle it. Also try out a few beach breaks along on your drive up the coast!

  •  Medewi Beach


My favourite place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle that the South of Bali can have. The waves here are perfect for all levels. The several different breaks offer beach breaks, reef breaks and long rides. It is the perfect place to find secluded, quiet breaks or many different busy lineups. The beaches here are perfect for kids and non surfers to relax while the surfers score epic waves, all day!

  • Mushroom Rock
  • Black Stone
  • Back door
  • Niko Beach
  • Greenbowl
  • Pandawa Beach
  • Sri Lanka Beach
  • Benoa (when it’s big swell!)


The waves here are fun! Make a day trip of it or go for a few nights as it may be quite a drive, depending on where you surf! The East Coast is the spot to go when in the rainy, wet season from around December. Keramas, being a world class surf spot offers perfect waves and an amazing beach club/resort to spend the day/nights relaxing literally in front of the surf break. I love doing day trips to Serangan. With a few different breaks, it is a pretty amazing location to surf, spend the day and of course watch the planes come into Bali! The East Coast is quiet spread out. Choose where you want to surf and research into the forecasts, you won’t be disappointed if the waves are on!


  • Serangan (turtle Island)
  • Sanur
  • Muara/Lembeng Beach
  • Ketewel Beach
  • Keramas
  • Klotok Beach
  • Jasri


An island about half an hour by speed boat from Bali. The three main surf breaks are epic! Sometimes it can be big and heavy and only for the experts, but often when there is a small swell, it is a beginners and intermediate surfers dream! The water is crystal clear, the view from the breaks are breath taking and the vibe on the island is very similar to Bali, very relaxed. Hire a scooter and travel around the island. Playgrounds, you can paddle out from the sand very close to break, but for Lacerations and Shipwrecks it is highly recommended to hire a boat and a driver to take you out from shore, past the seaweed farms and over the coral. It is definately worth travelling from Bali to here. It is paradise with perfect waves!

  •  Playgrounds
  • Lacerations
  • Shipwrecks


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