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My name is Amanda and I have just been to Indonesia for a fantastic surf trip. The highlight of the trip was inarguably Bali. Bali is a beach holiday for many people but for me it was so much more! From nature, culture to delicious food. You will find all the ingredients you need for the best holiday of your life in Bali! I had arranged my vacation in such a way that I had time to explore the island, fitting in a lot of both relaxation and surfing. Thus was crucial as the surfing in Bali is unlike anything I had ever experienced.
Surfing in Bali
Surfing in Bali is possible in a variety of different places. You can rent surfboards anywhere along the beach at Kuta. The waves were relatively high at this particular beach. My first experience with surfing was quite intense. After a while I managed to stay on my board!! From that point forward I started to really enjoy surfing. The best months to go surfing in Bali are actually the months of June, July and August. For the advanced surfer looking for more challenge, Canggu and Pedang Pedang are the better surf spots.
Are you looking for really high waves? Then go surfing at Uluwatu, sometimes with waves of 3 to 4 meters. You also have one of the most beautiful temples on the island that runs dramatically along the cliff edge.
Anyone who has ever been to Bali can confirm that most transportation is done by scooter. Especially in the busy places you are sometimes you really have to pay attention where you walk! Its like Amsterdam but louder. When you are in Bali for the first time, you will also be surprised by the traffic. If you are going to explore the island with a scooter, pay attention because in general everyone drives straight through each other.
There are a number of very busy and touristy places on the island. Such as Kuta, Seminyak and Ubud. In Kuta and Seminyak people really come for the beach. Here you can see that a lot has been done in recent years to modernize the places. Sadly this area has faced some negative effects of its ever increasing popularity among tourists. So make sure you have as sustainable a trip as possible. Check out our article on sustainable surf holidays for some handy tips.
Ubud lies more in the country, people go here for the monkey forest as many Macaques walk loose here. Even so loose that they sit on your head and if you do not pay attention they steal everything from you. However they are still adorable. Ubud is also known for the many rice fields and beautiful nature so go explore the countryside instead of staying in the clubbing atmosphere of the city centre.
As mentioned earlier, people here often travel by scooter in Bali. This is easy driving through all the narrow streets in the busier areas. It is certainly advisable to make a road trip through Bali and not just stay in one place. After all, there is so much too see. Almost all places are easily accessible, that saves a lot. You can start in Kuta, continue to Ubud and make stops along the way at beautiful waterfalls, temples, rice fields and volcanoes. From Ubud you can drive north again to the coast.
When you do this you will pass Besakih. Here is the largest and so-called mother temple of Bali. Every Balinese must have visited this temple once in his / her life. Ot is worth remembering that the tourist trade has turned a lot of these religious spaces into money making opportunities. The residents want to earn a lot of money from the tourists, so that they force whatever rules they can to make a little extra money.
For example, you already have to pay an entrance fee to drive on the road at Besakih, then they want you to take a guide from there into the temple (paid). Then they come with the idea that you have to buy a sarong (you can just borrow it at other temples) and finally the children come to sell you incense sticks and offerings. If you do not take a guide, they will get angry. But don’t be fooled as a tourist by this and just go into the temple on your own or don’t pay too much! From Besakih you drive up towards the coast, you can dive very nicely and snorkel in a number of places such as in Ahmed, Sanur and Candidasa.
See you in the waves ! 😉
Amanda, van Justmytravel