Sailing and Surfing Guide to Bali

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Bali, Indonesia is a tropical island located in South East Asia. We love to call it the “Cradle of Light” because of the exotic location and mesmerising beaches that are located there. Bali has always been known for its fantastic volcanic islands, crowdy beaches, surfing, lush forests, and a very pure and peaceful Hindu religion. Today it has become a major destination for travel and tourism surfing is a very popular sport there. With world-class diving and surfing, a large number of historical, cultural and archaeological attractions, and a fantastic range of accommodations, this is one of the world’s most famous island address and one which almost always wins travel awards.

In this article, we will explore Surfing in Bali.

Most of the coastline of Bali is covered by beaches of some kind, with the exceptions being some essential region of mangrove forest in the southeast, and specific parts of the Bukit Peninsula where hilly landmass dances straight to the crashing waves of the mysterious Indian Ocean. Predictably, given the active nature of the island (volcanic), dark sand is the norm, but there are also a coupple beaches in the south which have mystical fine-grained white sand. Beaches that are particularly safe for swimming include Jimbaran Bay and almost all of the north coast.

Crowds of young backpackers, warm waters, afforable living and calming waves keep Bali near the top of surfing destinations. The southern coast at Legian, Kuta and Canggu, Nusa Lembongan and the Bukit Peninsula are the significant draws. Professional surfers normally head for the big breaks off the Bukit Peninsula, while beginners and amateurs will find the sandy, gentler areas between Legian and Kuta to be great for learning. All Bali’s beaches which are fit for surfing are described in the “Indo Surf and Lingo” surfing guidebook (remarkably detailed), together with a free Bali Tide Charts on their site. There are amazing surf schools on Kuta beach and Legian beach. The more adventurous may like to to take informal lessons from one of the many regional self-styled surf professional to be seen hanging on any beach in South Bali. Surf reports are presently provided by Baliwaves.

The Serangan harbour waters are shielded from large waves and swells by a natural reef, but open to the nice yet calming winds. It is a great location for the sailing sports. You can quick drive onto Serangan island as it is linked to Bali by a bridge. When driving to the distinct island you will see a gorgeous view of the bay on your left. Many magnificent traditional Indonesian Phinisi schooners and private yachts are moored in the smooth waters of the shore. On the beach front of Serangan you may meet other travlers who come to practice or learn their skills and share their experience and knowledge of yachting in Indonesia.

Sport fishing is a popular activity with travellers to the island. Jigging, trolling and bottom fishing can all be incredibly rewarding. Charters can be accessed from many coastal areas but the most famous points with a competitive range of options are Benoa Harbour and neighboring Serangan close to Kuta, just to the north in Padang Bai and Sanur on the east coast.

There are numerous reputable white-water rafting operators in the Ubud region, and the rafting is of great quality, particularly in the wet season. If you want to go in non commercial area and feel more adventure you can also do canyoning. The rafting firms usually include drop off and pick up in the ticket price, and include food.

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