Beautiful weather, great value for money…not to mention the excellent waves, make Bali a top choice for surfers.
Surfers of all levels catch waves in and around Bali (Photo: Solid Surf House)
Surfers travelling Indonesia’s islands have the choice to opt for the busy mainland spots on Bali, or escape to the smaller lesser-known islands to catch their waves. Surfing is one of the most popular activities of the islands, so we’ve selected the top four surf camps based on guest reviews, location and value for money.
PELAN PELAN IN CANGGU
FROM $814/per person
At Pelan Pelan surf camp, improve your surfing whilst being surrounded by Bali’s beauty: rice fields, beautiful beaches, and Hindu temples. At Pelan Pelan, the focus is the ultimate relaxation; the camp combines escaping into the waves with yoga and meditation sessions. Surf and guiding classes are customized to suit the participants’ needs with the rental of surf equipment free of charge. Included in the price are healthy breakfasts, traditional Indonesian lunches, as well as airport pick-up on arrival. To complete the relaxation experience, the onsite spa offers complimentary massages throughout your stay. A number of eight and fifteen-day packages are available, each with different focuses, but if you are interested in an extended retreat the surf camp also offers a 29-day surf vacation.
ISLA INDAH RETREAT AND MONKEY SURFING IN NUSA LEMBONGAN
FROM $319/per person
Surfing, freediving, snorkelling, yoga … there is something for all ocean explorers and beach lovers at Isla Indah Retreat and Monkey Surfing camp. Over four to seven days, surfers of all experience levels can escape to the Bali’s Southeastern Island of Nusa Lembongan away from the buzz of the mainland Bali. Included in the price is your transfer from Bali to the island, where you’ll immerse yourself in surf culture. A variety of accommodation is available during the surf vacation: the retreats private garden bungalows or private double and single rooms at the nearby the Santika Guest House.
In Da Surf’s semi-private four-day and eight-day surf camps host a maximum of six surfers in their groups. This surf vacation focuses on teaching and building on your core foundation of surf knowledge and skills by spending time with the professional surf instructors. Equipment rental is offered free of charge both during and outside of classes. Two types of accommodation are available at the camp: the Surfers’ House Hostel, which is made up of two four-bed dormitories and one twin room, and the Pool Villa, made up of double and twin rooms. Additional social activities, offered at an extra cost, include barbeques, yoga, movie nights and traditional workshops.
At Solid Surf and Yoga House, surfers can opt to combine their surf practice with yoga or, for the more experienced, concentrate on gaining an official surf accreditation. During the ISA course, surfers will also take part in a lifesaving course and dive course, and receive certification in these areas. This surf camp balances the physical demand of surfing with recovery through yoga and Balinese massages. Solid Surf & Yoga House has its own boutique-style accommodation complete with en-suite bedrooms made up of shared rooms, deluxe double rooms and double or triple superior rooms to ensure there is something available to suit all guests’ budgets.