Perhaps the best known island in Asia (party thanks to Eat, Pray, Love); Bali is a mecca for many kinds of adventurers. With unspoiled tracks to trek, sensational rolling rice field landscapes to cycle through and spectacular reefs to scuba dive around, there’s something for every kind of thrill-seeking traveler in Bali.
Surrounded by the Java Sea to the north and Indian Ocean to the south, Bali also offers some of the best watersports in Asia. During the summer ‘dry’ season (from May to September), the Indonesian island is a surfer’s paradise and hosts several pro tournaments each year. Top surfers from across the globe arrive in packs and can be seen taking to the waves on beaches all around the paradise isle throughout the year.
The surf breaks best in the dry season however, especially around the beaches of Impossible, Padang Padang and Uluwatu, all of which can be found on the west coast of South Kuta. These breaks are ideal for the more seasoned surfers – or ‘kamikaze’ riders who feel like a challenge. Waves on these beaches can reach up to 10ft high at times, making them popular destinations for tournaments.
Many surfers believe that their sport connects them with nature and the planet on a spiritual level akin to a form of meditation. Oceans provide life to our world – literally. Responsible for producing approximately half the oxygen in the air and absorbs carbon from it, oceans have always been revered throughout history for its life-giving properties.
Some surfers even regard their sport as a religion, which fits harmoniously with the essence of Bali – one of the most spiritual places on Earth. Could surfing actually be the ultimate form of meditation? If you’ve never tried, perhaps it’s time!
New surfers may want to stick to Kuta Beach – not only is it one of the most popular beaches on the island, the 3km stretch of white sand also one of the most beginner-friendly in terms of riding the waves. If you’re travelling to Bali and have never surfed before but always felt the desire to try, our Indonesian Travel Specialist can arrange a private one-to-one lesson with one of the best instructors on the island.