No matter whether you’re a beginner or advanced surfer, the best places to surf will have a high-quality surf program as well as a unique and unmissable travel experience. Bali has it all and is considered one of the best places to surf in the world.
Bali offers high waves and crystal clear oceans, leaving you with a great surf experience as well as an amazing vacation. So, the question isn’t whether you should visit Bali for its surf camps, but which one should you choose?
We’ve found the best 10 surf camps in Bali to make your life a little easier, as well as the most important things to remember when you’re preparing for your trip.
Baruna Surf Culture offers various programs of different lengths, each with 3 to 5 hours of surfing every day. This surf camp is located in Canggu and includes breakfasts, tea, coffee, and water.
You’ll get accommodation, transportation to lessons, surf equipment, and photos if booking the 5-day surfing package. This surf camp only has 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor with an overwhelmingly positive response.
This surf camp is not all-inclusive so you’ll need to budget for your own meals, although this offers you better independence.
The SurfLodge Limasan is both a surf and a yoga camp, offering surf lessons with Ripcurl School of Surf. You’ll be offered two hour lessons as well as transport, surf equipment, sun protection, snacks, and water.
You can enjoy daily breakfasts and dinners as well as snacks for the shuttle buses. Enjoy a welcome drink as well as one massage a week. SurfLodge Limasan also offers you plenty of other incentives such as a mobile phone for local calls and a scooter with surf rack.
This Bali surf camp offers amazing accommodation with two pools and all-inclusive packages. You’ll enjoy daily lessons with one rest day to enjoy the island, as well as theory classes and photo/video analysis.
The program length is a minimum of seven nights in Canggu, with breakfast included. Airport transfers, equipment during lessons, surfing accident insurance, and much more is available for your use.
The location is close to the beach so you won’t waste too much time traveling to and from your lesson location.
The Surf Goddess Retreat is designed specifically for women who want to focus on their surfing vacation surrounded by other women. Enjoy empowering yoga and healthy meals as well as unlimited spa treatments.
This surf camp is found in Seminyak and includes 16 meals out of 18. Fruit plates, juices, and smoothies are available with healthy baked goods offered daily.
Surf Goddess offers you five surf or paddle boarding lessons with Rip Curl School of Surf instructors, photos of you surfing, and surf equipment all included in the price.
Rapture is situated right next to the most famous place name in Bali surfing, Padang Padang. Not only will you be surfing here, but you’ll also enjoy daily yoga lessons to help recover your muscles after surfing.
Your booking will include 6 days a week, twice a day surf guiding, surf theory lessons, beach transfer, and video analysis. You’ll also enjoy a three-course breakfast and international cuisine dinners cooked by amazing chefs.
Pelan Pelan ensures that the local culture is intertwined with your stay, from local foods to the surrounding nature. Homemade Indonesian lunches ensure that you get a taste of Bali like no other.
With your stay, you’ll receive five surfing lessons with surf clinic analysis, scooter access, and all meals included. This surf camp is in Badung and has a minimum of seven night’s stay.
Kima Canguu offers easy access to all of the famous breaks that Northern Kuta has to offer, including Batu-Bolong, Padma, Berawa Beach, and more. Echo Beach and Perenenan are a walking distance from this surf camp and offer excellent waves to surf.
Seven days a week you’ll have access to surf guiding, twice a day. There are also yoga classes six days a week, with three-course breakfasts available at your disposal. Enjoy as much surfing as possible thanks to the 300-meter walk from the beach.
Not many people know about Newbro Surfing, but that’s what makes it all the more relaxing and enjoyable. They offer packages of varying lengths, for both beginners and intermediate surfers.
Travel to Nusa Lembongan for this surf camp by ferry, where you’ll enjoy a shared dorm accommodation and included breakfasts. When you’re ready to surf you’ll be taken out by boat to where the waves begin breaking in the middle of the water. Newbro is truly a unique experience!
This surf camp is located in a beach house in a village called Medewi. It’s a small place ensuring that you’ll enjoy a secluded and relaxing vacation. Dikaloha surf camp offers all surfing equipment available to you, accommodation for seven nights, and airport transportation.
You’ll get six surf lessons in the morning and afternoon with surf instructors. A surfing class introduction is also offered as well as video and photo analysis.
10. Surf WG
Surf WG is a surf camp found in a secluded part of Bali called Berawa. The amazing accommodation is only one of the impressive features of your stay, with tropical gardens and a crystal clear swimming pool.
Enjoy the seven-day surf camp with two lessons every day, ideal for surfers of all experience levels. When booking to stay in their accommodation, Surf WG even offers a three-day beginner surf course for free.
Budget planning is important with any vacation, so make sure that you have thought of all possible expenses before jetting off to Bali. We’ve listed a few below.
Meal Price Range
A lot of the surf camps that we have looked at above offer some meals free with their package prices, so you need to check this before budgeting for meals. The most common meal included is breakfast, so you likely won’t have to account for this.
Dinners and lunches tend to not be as commonly included; however, so you should budget for these just in case. Meal prices in Bali can vary, although the average cost of food per day is Rp258,405 ($18.15). Dining out in Bali will cost around Rp103,362 per person ($7.26).
Again, most surf camps will offer you equipment to use for no added charge. However, this equipment might only be available during your surf lessons and not after it. If you’re hoping to hit the waves after your lessons are over, you might need to rent your equipment to do so.
Remember that the longer you rent your equipment, the less you’ll pay. Surfboards start from just $4 and you can rent them for an hour, a day, a week, or even longer. You’ll also need to rent a wetsuit, leash and pad, and fins.
Prepaid SIM Cards
A prepaid SIM card will prevent you from having to pay extortionate roaming charges on your usual SIM card. For just $10, you can get a SIM card that allows you online for 30 days thanks to 4GB of data.
You can also use this to make calls and send text messages to loved ones back home, showing them photos of your trip. Bear in mind that you’ll need an unlocked phone to use this prepaid SIM card which might cost you more.
Not all surf camps offer transport to local beaches and surf schools, so you might need to pay for your public transport. Bali offers plenty of mini-buses (bemos) that are the cheapest way to get around the island.
Bemos cost around Rp5,000 for short journeys, which equates to just $0.35 per journey. However, many tourists have warned that the drivers will try to raise the prices if they know that you’re not a local.
If a cramped, un-air-conditioned bemo isn’t to your taste, you can also rent a car and drive yourself. One liter of gas in Bali costs around Rp8,391. This is around $0.59 but bear in mind that gas prices are always changing.
Types of Risks
As a whole, Bali is quite a safe place to vacation. However, like with anywhere, there are a few risks that you should be aware of before visiting a surf camp in Bali.
For example, there are White Tip and Black Tip Reef sharks in Bali. However, these are gentle and don’t tend to bother humans, unless aggravated. Since the 1990s, Bali has only had five shark attacks.
Another potential risk is the number of motorbikes on the road. Locals have their own traffic rules that guests might not know about, making riding a motorbike both a fun and very scary experience.
If you’re not a confident driver, then we might suggest you stick with public transport. Bali rush hour is a surreal experience that often ends in accidents, more often than not involving tourists.
How to Prepare
Now you know which surf camp you’re visiting, how much you need to budget, and the risks that might be involved with your trip, all that’s left to do is prepare for your trip! Here are a few things to remember.
Under the Visa Exemption rule, American citizens will not need a visa to enter the country of Indonesia as long as they’re staying for less than 30 days. All of the surf camps listed above have shorter vacation times than this, so you shouldn’t need to worry about a visa for your Bali vacation.
The CDC recommends that you remain up to date with your routine vaccines before every trip, so make sure that you’re immunized from Chickenpox, Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Flu (influenza), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Covid-19, and Polio.
It is also recommended that unvaccinated travelers get vaccinated for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, and Typhoid. Some areas of Indonesia are at higher risk for Yellow Fever and Malaria transmission. Talk to your doctor before your trip to see what they advise when it comes to your vaccines.
Language and Currency
The local language of Bali is either Indonesian or Balinese, although most of the residents are trilingual and will understand English. Indonesian is the most common language spoken; however, particularly in the tourist sector.
The currency used in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah, so you will need to change your budgeted money to this before heading off. You can convert your currency at the airports, although the conversion rate might be worse than normal.
One US Dollar currently converts to 14,250.15 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).
Checking Surf Forecast
Checking the surf forecast before jetting off to Bali is a good idea so that you can know what to expect. The surf forecast will indicate how many clean waves you can expect, as well as their height, energy, and the wind as well as much more.
The surf forecast can help you to determine the best time when to go on your surf camp vacation. Without checking the forecast first you might be disappointed with little waves that are no good for surfing.
There are plenty of websites online that can give you the surf forecast.
Travel insurance is always recommended to ensure that you’re protected when it comes to medical expenses, damages caused by you, lost items, and much more. Sometimes water sports, such as surfing, are included within this package, so you’ll need to check your travel insurance coverage before you leave.
However, surf insurance should also be purchased if your travel insurance does not cover it or doesn’t offer good enough coverage. Surf insurance can cover theft, loss, or damage to your equipment.