Bali has a unique geography that makes it one of the best places in the world for surfing.
There are few places with such a high concentration of world class surf breaks within such a small area, making it one of the most popular surf destinations. See the map below of South East Bali where you will find the majority of the surf breaks
From about April-October/November and predominant winds are the trade winds from the east. As surfers like the wind to be “offshore” so these easterly winds make the surfing consistent and smooth on the west side of the island.
This includes breaks like Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu, Uluwatu and many more. When the wind blows offshore it has the effect of straightening out the swell lines and making the waves smooth which is what we want for surfing. So during these months it tends to be “onshore” winds on the east coast which makes the waves messy and not very good for surfing.
As we write this article its late November and the winds have started to shift from easterlies to westerlies. Luckily in Bali thats no big deal as all we need to do now is start surfing all the great breaks on the East Coast whilst the West Coast become onshore and “not so good”.
The East coast surfing areas include waves in the Nusa Dua, Sanur areas and other breaks up the East coast.
Surfers like to keep their breaks a bit of a secret and whilst there are not too many secrets left in Bali, its still fun to explore and use your surf knowledge to try to figure out where the best waves will be at any given time.
You need to combine your knowledge of the forecast (or real wave/swell size), along with the wind direction, swell direction and tides. It’s a combination of these factors which are different for every surf spot that will determine where to go and where you think the best waves might be.
So whether its wet season or dry season, Bali has got you covered and your sure to find good waves somewhere. And just because its wet season doesn’t mean its always raining – there are plenty of bright sunny days and many times it rains in the evening and early morning, if it is going to rain at all.
So what are you waiting for ? Wet or Dry Season we’ll get some waves with you.