What is it like to spend a holiday in a surf camp? Well, it doesn’t get harder than that, two surf sessions a day, cold Bintang beers in the evening while chilling with your new crew.
As you may know, Bali is one of the world surf Mecca alongside California, the Australian Gold Coast, and of course Hawaii. While staying in a surf camp in Bali, you’ll eat surf, talk surf, and dream surf, a total immersion in a new world that will give you some of the best sensations you’ve ever had.
Even though you could just rent out a board on the beach, we don’t suggest this option for beginners as most surf spots in Bali are crowded, and as a beginner, you might put yourself and others in danger being, accidents can often happen that way.
That’s what Surf Camps are for. Learn surfing with a professional instructor, in mellow waves and less crowded spots, and only the locals will know when and where is the best time for you to have your surf lesson in those ideal conditions.
We’ve picked below five of the best surf camps in Bali, with useful information for you on where to spend your next surf holiday:
Beginner Surf Camp #1 – Rapture Surf Camp
The guys at Rapture Surf Camp are real experts when it comes to sharing their surfing passion and host fellow surfers in their camps. There are two surf camps, both located in the Bukit (South Peninsula of Bali) where those epic shots doing the cover of most surf magazines were taken. But don’t worry, there are many spots welcoming beginners too, and classes are held by Australian qualified surf instructors. Find more info on their website, and get inspired by watching the below video.
Prices per night range from approx. USD $45 to USD $130. While a complete week of surf lessons will cost you USD $170.
BEGINNER SURF CAMP #2 – KIMA SURF CAMP
Kima Surf Camp is one of the most established in Bali with 7 different camps in different parts of Bali (from the Bukit area, passing by Seminyak, Canggu on the West Coast, up to Sanur on the East Coast) – There is enough choice depending on where you exactly want to stay. Each spot has a different vibe, Seminyak, and Canggu offer a good mix of nightlife and food scene, while Sanur is quieter and family oriented, the South Peninsula is purely about surfing.
Staying at Kima Surf Camp is an excellent option for beginners and intermediates surfers alike, providing surf guiding 7days/ week, surf theory classes, and surf video analysis.
Budget varies depending on the location and room standards, you can find luxury options in each of their surf camps, but also dorm options starting at around $45 USD per night.
BEGINNER SURF CAMP #3 – The Chillhouse
Conveniently located in Canggu, The Chillhouse offers a unique combination of surf, mountain bike, yoga and body treatments. The Chillhouse actually doesn’t call itself a surf camp but rather a tropical lifestyle retreat.
Adrenaline seekers will make the most of it by combining their surf holiday with mountain bike sessions, while those who want to have a quiet surf holiday can make the most of it by enjoying yoga classes and spa treatments.
Surf classes are designed for both beginners and intermediate and held by certified surf coach. The Chillhouse offers a totally different experience and we highly recommend it!
Prices start at USD $40.
Below’s a great video made by Made, a surf instructor at The Chillhouse, giving an introduction about surfing. Check it out!
BEGINNER SURF CAMP #4 – KAMAFARI
Also located in the Bukit area (South Peninsula of Bali), Kamafari Surf Camp offers the most affordable prices for those who would like to get started with surfing. Except for a younger vibe and backpacker spirit while hanging out at the Kamafari Surf Camp. Classes are held by certified surf teachers, and you can only have a good time while staying there! Find more info on their website right here.
By the way, Kamafari also has a surf camp in Lombok, check it out!
Have a look at their Instagram profile and feel the good vibe of this awesome surf camp!
BEGINNER SURF CAMP #5 – LA POINT
La Point is internationally renowned for its surf camps, from Costa Rica to Indonesia, passing by Africa and Sri Lanka.
In Bali, you’ll find two of their surf camps, the first one is located in Canggu (open all year long) and is ideal for beginners who also would like to enjoy Seminyak and Canggu’s nightlife at the same time, while the second one is located in Bingin (Only opens from January to May) in a quieter environment where your holiday will only be about surfing.
Each surfcamp offers its own local flavor, unique culture, and an amazing staff.
The price for their all-inclusive surf packages stands at around USD $600 for a week surf camp, it includes yoga classes, two surf sessions a day, and 3 meals a day.
The experience is totally worthed it given the level of professionalism you’ll be receiving by their crew.
Finally, here’s a last video to keep you dreaming about your next surf holiday in Bali 🙂
Bonus 2018 – Try out Barefoot Surf Travel’s 12-Day Bali & Lembongan Surf Trip
Usually held in luxury villas with a group of like-minded surfers from different levels. The crew at Barefoot Surf Travel is very serious about what they do, giving high-quality surf lessons and will always bring you surf at the right place, at the right time. Spots are limited and it happens between May and October, right here.