There are some things in life that you simply cannot miss. If you enjoy surfing, then Bali is a must-go destination for you. With its amazing beaches, rich nature and, of course, incredible waves, Bali is a paradise for surfers and every sun-loving traveler. Here are some of the reasons why you should definitely add surfing in Bali to your bucket list.
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1) Bali Has Some Of The Best Waves In The World
There are pretty much all kinds of waves you can dream of. That is why surfing in Bali is such a unique experience.
If you are a beginner, one of the best places to start is Kuta. It is one of the better-known surfer beaches, with fun waves that are not too hard to conquer. This beach is filled with surf schools that offer lessons and
equipment rental. Other options include: Legian Beach, which is located north of Kuta; Echo Beach, located at Canggu; and Dreamland Beach, located on the Bukit peninsular.
If you are a more experienced surfer, there are plenty of options as well. Kuta Reef is a good one, but it can get a little crowded. In the Bukit peninsular, you can find a big variety of waves in different beaches located within 20 minutes from each other by car. Bingin offers a short and hollow reef. At Balangan, you’ll find longer waves. For more competitive ones, choose Padang-Padang or Uluwatu.
Either way, always keep an eye on the daily surf reports, so you can be on top of the news about the best places to go on any given day. If you are lucky, you can find the perfect waves in an uncrowded spot.
2) Surfing Offers Many Health Benefits
Surfing is one of the most complete water sports out there. Even though it can look simple to those who look from the outside, in reality surfing requires a lot of work and concentration. It is good for you physically, mentally and also emotionally. The physical aspects of it include the increase of the body’s balance, strength, flexibility and endurance. It is sure to tone your muscles and improve your cardiovascular activity.
Any type of exercise can help you relief stress and get you in a better mood, but surfing is particularly good at it. When you are riding a wave, you are definitely focused on the moment and the feeling of conquering it is like no other. It is such an enjoyable process and it will let you feeling accomplished and mentally strong.
Last but not least, the atmosphere around the surfing community is just very positive. The sense of being part of a community that shares the same interests is good for your emotional stability. Surfing can bring people together and help you connect with easygoing individuals that enjoy nature and sport.
Take all these factors and combine them with a gorgeous location like Bali and you are in for an incredibly fulfilling experience. That way, surfing in Bali is sure to not only produce long-lasting memories, but also bring long-lasting health benefits for you.
3) You Can Combine Other Cool Activities to a Surf Camp in Bali
If you want a more structured surf experience, you can stay at a surf camp in Bali. There are a number of options that will offer accommodation, meals, as well as the equipment hire. It is a nice option for beginner to intermediate level surfers who would like to improve their skills, but it can also work for advanced level surfers who want to their trip in a simple and organized way.
Even though you can go to Bali for the surfing, it doesn’t mean it is the only cool thing you can do. There are lots of unique activities that will make your trip unforgettable. For starters, if you like snorkeling or scuba diving, head east to find the calmer waters and lots of shops where you can rent the headgear.
Or, if you have more time, take a boat ride to the Gili Islands, where you can find a beautiful shoreline and swim with tropical fish.
When you need a break from the sea, visit some of the beautiful Bali temples. Tanah Lot is the most famous one. After that, you can go hiking, elephant riding, dirt biking… The options are endless! For instance, if you like yoga, look for one of the many options of classes and courses, for all levels of difficulty.
4) Your Surf Trip in Bali Will Be Super Rich With Culture
Add more dimensions to your surf trip in Bali. In addition to being an amazing surfing destination, Bali has an incredibly rich culture and you should experience it all while there. Walk through the streets and pay attention to the small and big demonstrations of Bali’s ancient culture, with its temples, festivals and rituals. There are ceremonies and sacred offerings everywhere you look. For example, it is very common to find them in store’s windows to bring luck and better business! Balinese people are very proud of their religious beliefs.
If you decide to go shopping in the Bali markets and shops, don’t forget to bargain! There’s usually one price for tourists and one for locals, so you can always try to get a nice discount in pretty much everything. It doesn’t matter it you just want a small souvenir or several bigger items, it is worth a try!
When it comes to food, you are going to find a great variety at a very affordable price range. There are so many options at both local cuisine and more traditional western meals, if you don’t want to risk some new flavours. Either way, Kuta Bali is a nice place if you like to eat outside. If you just want a snack, go for the delicious fruit juices, smoothies and ice-creams. If you want a more traditional meal for lunch or dinner, try Nasi Goreng or Mie Goreng – rice, vegetables, meat, a fried egg and a spicy sauce. There is also a good salad option called Gado Gado, which consists of boiled vegetable and eggs. It is delicious! Seafood is also easily found at many local restaurants. And if you are a vegetarian or a vegan, there are a variety of options as well, especially in Canggu.
5) Surfing in Bali Will Be and Overall Amazing Adventure
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced surfer, whether you are going exclusively for the waves or if you want to see everything Bali has to offer, your trip is surely going to be an incredible adventure. To be in contact with a different culture, with different people, in a different environment, is sure to change the way you look at the world. Nature is a powerful thing and after being in contact with the Balinese beaches for days, you will feel revitalized and pretty much ready for anything.
Keep an open mind to what Bali has in store for you. That way you will be able to see the beauty in everything that surrounds you, meet new people, make new friends and, of course, surf the best waves of your life. For sure, at the end of your trip you will be already planning your next one! Maybe surfing in Bali will become your new obsession.
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- Author: Christina Grindy