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Bali is one of our favorite surf destinations in the world, with so many different types of waves to choose from. Surfers can catch their first waves on the sandy shores of Kuta, Leigan, or Canggu, or buzz down to the Bukit Peninsula for reef breaks like Uluwatu, Bingin, and Impossibles. If you’re wondering where to surf in Bali, we’ve picked out the best surf camps on the Island of the Gods.
Best Bali surf camp overall Location: Padang Padang
Rapture Surf Camp is one of Bali’s most popular surf camps, and the one we hear most about from The Salt Sirens readers. They run camps from four locations in Bali: Green Bowl, Padang Padang, Canggu, and Seminyak, but we recommend their Padang Padang or Green Bowl surf camp if you’re staying for more than two days. Padang Padang camp is on the west end of Uluwatu while their Green Bowl camp is perched on the cliffs of Uluwatu.
Operating for over 12 years, lessons at Rapture Surf Camp are hosted by experienced surf instructors who can take beginners to suitable waves for them, and guide intermediate/experienced surfers on where to paddle in and out at waves throughout the Bukit Peninsula.
Dorm rooms are available for budget travelers while posh suites and bungalows are there for those who want to upgrade their chill. The surf camp includes daily guided surf sessions, breakfast and dinner, video analysis, as well as fitness classes.
Surf Goddess Retreat is a women-only wellness retreat where you can learn to surf, SUP, and practice yoga. This is one of the most luxurious surf retreats offered on the island, and you’re likely to leave the camp feeling pampered and refreshed. Their seven-day camp includes all meals, activities, and unlimited spa treatments. Yes! Unlimited. Accommodation options include shared room and bathroom to private villa with an ensuite bathroom and pool.
It’s the little details like a goodie bag, guided meditations, and inspiration cards that make this surf camp stand out from many other standard camps. While experienced surfers might want to go to a camp that’s a little more surf-heavy, it’s a great fit for beginner and intermediate surfer girls. And we won’t judge if you book your trip when the surf is flat just to have an excuse to spend all day at the spa…
Best Bali surf camp for digital nomads Location: Canggu
Canggu has recently become one of the most popular hubs for digital nomads. So, if you’re looking to combine that work-surf lifestyle, check out Lapoint Bali. In Echo Beach, Canggu, you can buzz to cafes, beach markets, and bars. Lapoint is an international surf camp that with schools all around the world.
The accommodation provided is clean and spacious with various options to choose from. Dorm, a twin- and double rooms are available for you to make your stay a relaxing experience. At Lapoint Bali, all rooms are equipped with facilities like air-conditioning, hot water, and comfortable beds–let’s face it, a good night’s sleep is what we all want after a day out on the water! All rooms feature modern facilities and are surrounded by a peaceful Balinese garden, with plenty of hangout spots around to socialize. Lapoint also has two swimming pools onsite and a volleyball field.
Best Bali surf camp for experienced surfers Location: Padang Padang
Padang Padang Surf Camp is found at the surf spot that’s so nice, they named it twice! While the wave of Padang Padang is best left for experienced surfers only, there’s another break across the beach affectionally known as ‘Baby Padang Padang.’ Padang Padang Surf Camp is one of the few Bali surf camps that cater to all levels of surfers, and it’s a great place to make friends. You’ll also be able to easily access other spots like Uluwatu and Bingin.
Surf camps range from short to long term stays, and include airport transfers, daily lessons, yoga sessions in an open- air studio, and tailored surf coaching (with video analysis). Dorms and villas are available, with include hot water, A/C, and wifi options.
Wave House Bali is one of the best-value Bali surf camps in the beautiful region of Canggu, walking distance from Berawa Surf Break. When you’re not surfing, relax in a sunbed while sipping on an ice-cold drink or take a dip in one of their two pools. Wave House surf camps include accommodation, surf sessions every weekday, video and photo analysis, rental equipment, theory classes, and added extras like access to the gym, and free bike rentals. Shorter camps and one-off lessons are also available if you just want to sample the surf scene in Bali.
Accommodation options are super modern and include budget-friendly dorms to deluxe private rooms. Bathrooms are clean and showers have hot water. Wi-Fi is available all over the property. Surf camp guests also have access to their onsite fitness and yoga area.
Founded in 1995, Kima Surf Camp has fine-tuned their surf guiding and teaching skills over the years. This camp is a budget-friendly getaway, but it also offers a variety of activities to keep you engaged like a smokin’ BBQ every Friday, yoga classes catered specifically for surfers, and regular social events. Seminyak’s beach breaks are within walking distance of your accommodation (perfect for beginners), while more advanced breaks can also be accessed further afield, like Kuta Reef.
Sleeping options include private rooms, all with independent bathrooms and a cute terrace so you don’t miss sunset. Rooms come with A/C, hot water, and good ventilation. In the heart of Seminyak, you can also walk to the beach clubs and enjoy night life at the many, many bars around. Shops, restaurants, boutiques–you name it, it’s found in Seminyak.
With a decade and a half of professional experience, Pro Surf School has been awarded numerous awards and titles such as Lonely Planet’s ‘Best of Bali’, Explorer’s ‘Top 5 Surf Schools in the World’, and Magic Wave Surf Community Magazine’s ‘Best Surf School in Bali’ for three years running. Impressive right? Partnered with Billabong, Pro Surf School is found at Kuta Beach, just 20-minutes away from the international airport.
Pro Surf School offers a wide range of surf camps for all levels, beginner or expert. Their offers include accommodation in simple but clean rooms, as well as lesson-only packages for total beginners and intermediate surfers if you prefer to choose your own accommodation. If you’re a beginner surfer, there’s probably no better place to learn how to surf in Bali than the Kuta/Legian area.