Are you wondering if all the things you heard about Bali are true? It’s magical, lively and full of great surf spots. However, over the years it’s become a very popular destination among surfers of all skill levels, so if you want to know when to go to score – read on!
In late February it was time for me to return to Bali and I was curious about what to expect, as this would be my first trip to the ‘Island of Gods’ in the off-season. I caught up with all our partners, met a few new ones – like the Solid Surf House Bali and of course always managed to somehow squeeze in a few surf sessions.
Obviously Bali is no longer a secret. In fact it is one of our most popular destinations – and with good reason. If I’d harboured any doubts that Bali could still be the awesome place I knew from past visits, this trip put them to rest. Bali still has that certain magic that makes so many surfers come back again and again.
I began my 2 week trip at the Balicamp – a small surf villa in Canggu accommodating 12 guests maximum and offering fantastic surf services; the familiar atmosphere really made me feel at home. The guides took me to excellent empty breaks providing low season perfection with light winds. Afterwards, I made my way down to the Bukit peninsula to catch up with Andrew from Padang Padang Surf Camp – a beautiful set up close to the (in)famous left-hander of the same name. Sunday night at the Single Fin Café followed by a fantastic session at Uluwatu and a relaxed vibe at the camp made these days really enjoyable.
Heading back north again, I had the pleasure of splurging for a few days at the luxurious villa in Canggu – a private oasis within their surf camp offering you the best of both worlds. Time was flying and my last nights at Komune Resort Keramas were really enjoyable and the waves absolutely pumping. The most hyped spot and home to last year’s WCT event, with only 15 guys out, was one of the best sessions I had during this trip.
When you should go
Although Bali is usually at its biggest from June – September, I am more and more convinced that it’s well worth considering a trip outside the peak season… Less crowds, low season rates and the countless reefs on both sides – east and west coasts – frequently coming to life and offering perfection that many other destinations don’t see even in peak season.
Bali is what it is – and what exactly it will be during your stay depends heavily on where you go and what you want to experience. For me, Bali represents outstanding value for money, delicious food and, of course, prime surf.
I am already thinking of squeezing in a few days on Bali during my next Indo trip in November. How about you?