Surfing Bali~ Tips and Tricks to stay safe and get the most out of your Bali Surf Trip
It’s certainly not new news that Bali is a surfer’s paradise. To surf Bali is to surf some of the best waves in the world. What is new and helpful are the “How’s” “Where’s” and “When’s”. I learned the hard way. I scoured the Internet, read books, talked to other surfers, but never found all the really crucial information I needed to make the most out of my surf trips. Certainly there are some good websites that provide surf reports, tide charts, forecasts and other information on how to surf Bali, but what about the insider’s tips, how to find the entry point, what to do when you get there, etc.? That’s why I wanted to provide these Surf Bali blog posts.
Bali’s Surfing Secrets
There’s a fine balance between providing a helpful service to fellow surfer’s and revealing the closely guarded secrets of Bali’s local surfers. Being a local myself and understanding the importance of retaining the few secret surf spots left in Bali, I will not disclose certain information and I won’t even mention some of our lesser known locations. That’s why I am covering Uluwatu in this blog post.
Even non-surfers know of this iconic surf break and the crowds have no problem finding it, but the first timer can benefit from some tips. Participants of Floating Leaf’s Surf Retreats get even more insider information so check here for surf retreat info.
Surfing Uluwatu ~ Bali’s most consistent wave
Uluwatu is more than one of the world’s best surf breaks. It is also one of Bali’s most magnificent temples, Pura Uluwatu Temple. It’s important to understand the location of the surf spot, and the Temple, are two different places. Both are on the same offshoot from the main road, Jalan Labuan Sait after you cross the Padang Padang Bridge. The surf break is straight down the road (It’s currently a dirt road but its becoming paved in more and more spots all the time). To get to Uluwatu Temple you will take a left on this road (at the sign) and the surf spot is found if you continue straight.
The Best Surfing in Bali
Much of the best surfing in Bali, Ulu included, happens on “The Bukit”. Bali’s Bukit is a limestone peninsula in the southernmost tip of Bali. It consists of dramatic steep cliffs, impressive temples and white sand beaches that offer some of the best surf anywhere. There is but one road that leads into The Bukit. It travels through Jimbaron and is named Jalan Bypass Nusa Dua. Driving south on the Bypass you will encounter many famous surf breaks. From north to south the surf spots are Balangan, Dreamland, Bingin, Impossibles, Padang-Padang, Suluban and then Uluwatu.
The Surf breaks of Uluwatu ~ Epic Bali Surfing
Uluwatu is a wide reef and actually consists of five main surf peaks. All surfing at Uluwatu is for advanced or expert surfers. Again from north to south (technically east to west) the breaks are:
The Peak: Directly out from the cave. One of the most consistent waves in the world and works at all tide levels.
Racetrack: A fast and slick wave. Best at a low tide.
Outside Corner: Perhaps the most iconic peak of Uluwatu. Works on a big swell at low tide.
Temples: The least crowded section of Uluwatu as it requires a farther paddle, but surfers are rewarded with a great wave and the least crowds. (Note: a ‘small crowd’ at Uluwatu might be considered a ‘considerable crowd’ at many other surf locations)
The Bombie: A monster wave that only works on very large swells.
Out of respect for the Balinese and local surfers, I will not reveal more ‘protected information’. But I can provide these additional tips, safety information and photos of Uluwatu. Just check Another amazing day of Bali surf at Uluwatu
Please be smart, be cautious and be considerate.
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