Re: Surfing Bali in January?
Bali isn't really a beginner destination and it gets very crowded in the lineup when the waves are there. Yes, the waves are smaller during the wet season and that time of year the eastern spots are usually the better choices. Here is a paragraph about Bali I just posted elsewhere:
I would recommend bringing your own board or two with you and reef boots to protect your feet from the reef and from urchin spines. And very little else, just a few things in a small rucksack including anti-diarrhea powder and intestinal medecine. Surf gear in Bali is dear, more than at home, but everything else you'll need can be found cheaply once there, including good local food, inexpensive lodging everywhere as you go, clothes if needed and good cheap mosquito repellant. You can live fine in Bali on $20-25/day/person. Watch out for scams. On arrival, rent a scooter for 50 dollars total for the 3 1/2 weeks, with a surfboard side-rack. Filling the tank with gas costs about $1.50 per fillup. You can get all over Bali with that and you'll be more like a local than with driver + car. If you are a beginner avoid the crowded reef breaks where the pros go, you'll get cut on the reef mercilessly, esp. in April because the surf usually is getting bigger during the dry season as well and lots of top surfers will be in the water... and they are not beginner spots, you'll want to have a few hundred sessions under your belt before paddling out into that crowd. On the internet you can find all the recommended spots for your level (maybe just the Kuta Beach for beginners), and just go there with your scooter and board. That's what I did for a month on my first trip to Bali and it was great (it was in December, so I mostly went to Keramas and a couple others like Serangan, Nusa Dua and Canggu). Take Singapore Airlines if possible, great service and the surfboards as baggage are no extra charge. Malaysian Airlines are good too. Cheers.
Last edited by jon.biarritz
on Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.