My Pick of The 5 Best Surf Camps in Bali for 2023

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The 5 Best Surf Camps in Bali for 2023

This little Indonesian island, is a surfer’s paradise. Known for its beautiful beaches and those endless, barrelling waves offers some of the best places to surf in the world. There’s a thriving surf scene on the island with an abundance of wondrous beaches, world class surf breaks and fun surf camps in Bali to choose from.

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Reasons to join a surf camp in Bali

The pros may look easy but surfing can be really tricky so if your serious about learning to surf or enhancing your current surfing ability then I’d really recommend signing yourself up for one of the excellent surf camps in Bali.

The first time I tried to surf was in Kuta, Bali a few years ago and I sucked as I didn’t know what I was doing and didn’t feel confident in the water. Then, I took a weeks surf and yoga retreat in Taghazout, Morocco which got me standing up on the board and confident in the sea in no time.

When I returned to Bali I felt much more confident and have now been learning how to turn and tackling the green waves. I’m still far from being a pro but trust me – having a surf instructor and spending time immersed in the surf lifestyle at one of the surf camps in Bali really helps if you’re serious about learning to surf.

Me catching a wave!

Best places to surf in Bali

Bali first emerged on the global surfing scene in the late 1960s, and since then, it has become one of the most popular surf hangouts and a prime destination for surfers from around the world.

Some of the most globally well-known surfing spots in Bali that are just perfect for beginners and can be enjoyed by all skill levels alike are – Echo Beach (Canggu), Padang Padang, (Uluwatu), Kuta Beach (Kuta), Old Man’s (Canggu) and Medewi (Pulukan). However, there really seems to be no end of prime surfing spots wherever you go on this island!

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best surf camps in bali

If you are a beginner surfer or at a novice ability level, it can be a bit daunting trying to research which are the best areas for surfing for beginners and which Bali surf camps could cater for beginners through to more experienced surfers.

To help you take out the hassles of doing all that research, I’ve put together the following list below of the best surf camps in Bali that are suitable for beginners and all skill levels.

You can also search for surf camps on and see photos, details of lessons and accommodation and most importantly read real reviews before booking your Bali surfing holiday.

Here’s My Pick of the Best Surf Camps in Bali: Updated for 2023

Pelan Pelan Surf and Yoga in Bali
Pelan Pelan Surf & Yoga School in Bali

Pelan Pelan Surf & Yoga, Canggu

Surfers often describe time on the waves as a meditation, and this retreat combines this experience with daily hatha yoga sessions, to enable you to connect deeply with nature and with your true self. Your fun and professional surf instructors will take you to the best waves each day, and ensure personalised tuition to help you meet your goals. All levels are welcome and massages and meditation sessions are also included.

Even though it’s one of the most sought after Bali surf camps and yoga retreats and located in trendy Canggu, the pace of life is slower at Pelan Pelan Bali, and it doesn’t take long for your internal rhythms to follow suit – leaving you rested, rejuvenated, and in touch with your inner peace.

During this amazing 8-day surf retreat experience, you’ll stay at the resort, with the option of a shared room or private suite. A healthy breakfast and homemade Indonesian lunch are included each day and some of Bali’s best restaurants are located nearby for you to explore for dinner.

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Also See: Best Yoga Retreats in Bali

Stoked Surf Retreat
Stoked Surf Retreat, Bali

Stoked Surf, Kuta

For an escape from the day-to-day – the laid-back sense of fun and adventure at Stoked Surf Camp Bali is the ideal getaway. Group sizes are kept small on this 5-day surf retreat, so that newbie surfers can get all the customised tuition needed. No wonder this is one of the most popular surf camps in Bali. Surf lessons last 2-5 hours each day, and are designed to get you having fun in the surf as quickly and safely as possible.

The location in popular Kuta means there are also plenty of exhilarating activities and nightlife nearby, from motor-cross to white water rafting. Those who prefer a slower pace can relax on the stunning beaches or join one of the local tours to explore the island. Your hotel accommodation includes an en-suite bathroom, balcony, and daily breakfast to set you up for the day.

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Kubu Surf School Gili Islands
Kubu Surf School, Gili Islands

Kubu Surf School, Gili Islands

If you’ve always wanted to take to the waves but never had the opportunity, the ‘Learn to Surf’ camp from Kubu Surf School is tailored to help you meet your goals. The 5-day surf camp on the beautiful paradise island of Gili Trawangan, a short boat ride away from Bali, takes you from surf-theory on day one to a photoshoot to capture you conquering the surf on your final day.

The private bamboo bungalow accommodation is only five minutes walk from the beach, and surrounded by coconut fields. With weekly live reggae and barbecues on the beach, the surf party atmosphere is alive and well. Aside from surf time, you can also try your hand at snorkelling with the local turtles and exploring the island.

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Brown Sugar Surf Camp Bali
Brown Sugar Surfcamp, Bali

Brown Sugar Surfcamp, West Bali

Brown Sugar Bali Surf Camp welcomes intermediate and advanced surfers to hone their technique at this 8-day camp in Medewi – home to Bali’s longest wave and a refreshing escape for Bali’s main tourist hotspots. With twice-daily sessions, your experienced surf guides will take you to the best waves of the day and provide tuition and tips to take your surf to the next level.

Choose between a traditional Balinese bungalow or deluxe villa for your week’s accommodation – all with tropical gardens and surrounded by lush rice fields. Further afield, you’ll find volcanoes, temples, and endless beaches awaiting exploration. Aside from upping your surf game, you can join visits to local hot springs, a snorkeling trip, or simply hang ten and enjoy the buzz at one of Bali’s best surf camps.

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Read more: Best Yoga Teacher Training in Bali

Zen Resort, Bali
Zen Resort, Bali

Zen Resort PADI Retreat, North Bali

Bali is as world renowned for its excellent diving as it is for the amazing surf camps and diving is another incredible way to experience the ocean. The clear, warm, turquoise waters of Bali are the ultimate place to undertake a diving certification. The vibrant marine life here ranges from coral to octopus – an underwater world awaiting discovery. This 6-day diving course prepares you to give anywhere in the world with the Open Water Diver PADI certification.

You can prepare mind and body with yoga sessions before you take to the depths each day, and enjoy four ayurvedic treatments to complement your personal development. On the final day, a sunrise sail takes you to meet the local dolphins – a truly magical experience.
You’ll stay in luxury villa Balinese style rooms at Zen Resort, in Buleleng, peaceful North Bali, and have a variety of restaurants to choose from where you can enjoy your included meals. Airport transfers are also included. Note, this is not a surf camp, but was such an incredible experience that I couldn’t leave it out!

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Have you been to one of these Bali surf camps? Do you have any more tips on the best places to learn to surf in Bali?

Leave a comment below and your recommendations can help out other travellers 🙂


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