Top Surf Camps in Bali Indonesia For All Abilities

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As the surf capital of Southeast Asia, Bali boasts some of the best swells on the planet. One of the things that make the Isle of the Gods such a surfing hotspot is its diversity of waves. From beach-bottomed beginner breaks to beautiful barrels, Bali has it all.

If you’re looking to learn to surf or want to improve your skills, enrolling in a surf camp in Bali is a great option. However, deciding which one to pick can be a daunting task when there are seemingly endless choices and many factors to take into consideration. 

You’ll need to choose somewhere suited to your experience level, budget and other interests. Failure to do this could lead to an expensive and frustrating experience! To help you get started, we’ve put together this list featuring the best Bali surf camps.

A Guide to Surf Camps in Bali, Indonesia

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Best Surf Camps in Bali – Quick Answers!

  • Best Surf Camp in Bali for Beginners – Kima Surf
  • Best Surf Camp in Bali located Right on the Beach – Brown Sugar
  • Best Surf Camp in Bali for Experienced Surfers – Dreamsea
  • Best Surf Camp in Bali for Yogis – Mondo Surf & Lifestyle Village
  • Best Surf Camp in Bali for Digital Nomads – Solid Surf House

7 Best Surf Camps in Bali, Indonesia

1. Kima Surf

  • Location: Seminyak (but also have camps in Canggu, Uluwatu and Bukit)
  • Best suited to: Beginners and intermediates
  • Price per night: From $70USD for a dorm bed
  • Includes: 6 nights accommodation, 5 days of surf lessons (optional extra), surf guiding, board rental, video analysis, surf theory, breakfast (inc. vegan options), yoga sessions, airport transfer
  • Highlights: One of the most popular surf camps in Bali; close to beginner breaks; good value for money
Seminyak Beach
Seminyak is a great base for beginner surfers in Bali.

Kima Surf is perfect for you if:

  • You’ve never surfed before! Seminyak and nearby Kuta Beach have some of the best beginner-friendly breaks on the island.
  • You’re looking for a social scene. With weekly BBQs and social activities during the week, making new friends will be a breeze here.
  • You want more bang for your buck. The basic surf and stay package includes a lot of helpful extras, including complimentary use of bicycles and even a free t-shirt and water bottle!

How to get there: Kima Seminyak is just half an hour by car from Bali’s international airport and camp stays include free airport transfer. Situated between Canggu and Kuta, it’s also easy to reach by taxi (using the Grab app is best) from the centre of either town. 

2. Solid Surf House

  • Location: Canggu
  • Best suited to: Beginners and intermediates
  • Price per night: From $85USD for a dorm bed
  • Includes: 6 nights accommodation, 6 x surf lessons or guiding, daily yoga, board rental, video analysis, surf theory
  • Highlights: Optional excursions; good location; best reviewed by guests
Canggu Beach
Canggu is a popular spot for those looking to surf and party!

Solid Surf House is perfect for you if:

  • You’re a digital nomad. Solid Surf is located in central Canggu, a buzzing hotspot for digital nomads.
  • You want to explore other parts of the island. The camp runs excursions (at additional cost) to the Monkey Forest in Ubud and Uluwatu Temple, two places high on any Bali bucket list.
  • You’re looking for the most recommended option. With 5 stars on Trip Advisor and 4.9 on Google reviews, Solid Surf is the most highly-rated camp on our list.

How to get there: Just under an hour from the airport, Solid Surf House is easy to reach by taxi.

“I heard more than a few backpackers raving about their stay at Solid Surf House and I would definitely stay here next time I’m looking for a surf camp in Canggu.”

3. Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar Surf Camp
  • Located right on the beach!
  • Perfect for beginners.
  • Cute bungalow accommodation included.
  • Cool social vibe.
  • Location: Medewi
  • Best suited to: Beginners and intermediates
  • Price per night: From $70USD based on two people sharing a fan room
  • Includes: One-week accommodation, daily surf lessons or guided sessions (board rental is an extra $60USD p/w), video analysis, breakfast, weekly BBQ, airport transfer
  • Highlights: Beachfront location; situated near some of Bali’s quieter beach spots
Brown Sugar surf camp, Bali
Brown Sugar is situated in a quiet part of Bali, ideal for fewer crowds.

Brown Sugar is perfect for you if:

  • You’re a beginner and want a surf spot on a sandy beach within walking distance. As Bali’s only surf camp located directly on a beach, Brown Sugar is ideal for beginners who want to be able to walk straight out of the camp and into the waves… There is a break directly opposite the camp that is perfect for learners and means less time spent travelling to surf spots and more time in the water or chilling at camp.
  • You want to level up from whitewash to green waves. Brown Sugar is best known for its Green Wave package that focuses on helping intermediate surfers improve their skills on unbroken waves. The slower breaking Medewi Point Break is the perfect playground to perfect your take-off and turning skills.
  • You’re looking for a quieter, less touristy spot to surf. Medewi is on Bali’s west coast, between two and three hours from the buzzing and popular spots of Canggu, Seminyak and Kuta. If you want to hit the waves where there are fewer crowds then mellow Medewi is the place.
  • You want to try Bali’s longest left-hander. Main Point in Medewi is home to the longest wave in Bali, a long left-hander that runs for hundreds of metres on a good day.
  • You love quiet beaches on your doorstep. Brown Sugar is set on Medewi Beach, a long stretch of black sand backed by coconut palms and empty of tourists. It’s a beautiful spot for relaxing after a day on the waves and catching one of Bali’s glorious sunsets.

How to get there: Medewi is located around two hours from Canggu and three hours from Bali International Airport by car. Weekly bookings include free airport or hotel transfers. Alternatively, it’s possible to take a public bus from Denpasar to Medewi.

“If, like me, you feel more at home in a relaxed Bali village than in a busy town with pumping nightlife, I would definitely recommend a surf camp in Medewi. In contrast to Kuta or Canggu’s party vibes, Medewi retains a laidback feel perfect for those who prefer the quieter life.”

4. Dreamsea

  • Location: Padang Padang, Bukit Peninsula
  • Best suited to: Intermediates and experienced 
  • Price per night: From $63USD based on two people sharing a twin room
  • Includes: 6 nights accommodation, 10 hours of surf lessons (optional extra), breakfast (inc. vegan options)
  • Highlights: Spectacular location; luxurious accommodation; close to some of Bali’s most famous breaks
Padang Padang beach 3 Bali
Padang Padang is home to one of the most popular surf spots in Bali.

Dreamsea is perfect for you if:

  • You love ocean views! Perched on the cliffs that are a feature of this part of Bali, Dreamsea offers fantastic views over the Indian Ocean.
  • You want to simply surf and relax. Dreamsea offers ‘build your own’ style packages so no additional activities are included, but if you want a no-frills surf and stay camp in a stunning setting directly on the beach, Dreamsea is for you.
  • You want to be close to some of Bali’s best surf spots. Dreamsea is located next to Padang Padang, otherwise known as Bali’s Pipeline, where you can catch some pumping barrels. Dreamland, Impossibles and the legendary Uluwatu are all nearby too. 

How to get there: Dreamsea is around 45 minutes to an hour from Bali’s international airport by car. The camp offers transfers for an additional cost, or you can take a taxi. 

5. Mondo Surf & Lifestyle Village

  • Location: Canggu
  • Best suited to: Beginners and intermediates
  • Price per night: From $80USD for a dorm bed
  • Includes: 7 nights accommodation, 6 surfing lessons, breakfast, daily yoga, board rental, video analysis, airport transfer, free use of scooter
  • Highlights: Beautiful, relaxing setting; optional activities; purpose-built yoga shala
YOGO Travel yoga mat on the beach
Mondo Surf is great for yogis!

Mondo Surf & Lifestyle Village is perfect for you if:

  • You’re into yoga. Mondo’s Surf & Yoga package includes two daily yoga sessions, one in the morning to start the day, and one in the afternoon post-surf to unwind.
  • You want to try something new (as well as surfing!). Mondo has a unique selection of packages and optional extras to choose from including aerial yoga, martial arts and even photography.
  • You like the best of both worlds. Set in a quiet area on the outskirts of Canggu, Mondo Surf & Lifestyle Village is close enough to the town to enjoy the best it has to offer but far enough to relax away from the hustle and bustle.

How to get there: Mondo is around an hour from the airport by car and camp stays include free transfers.

“I really felt my surfing improve during my week-long stay at Mondo. The instructors were so friendly and patient and with their guidance, I became much more confident in the water. The daily yoga was a great way to stretch and unwind, and the peaceful setting was perfect for relaxing after a day on the waves.”

6. Rapture

  • Location: Green Bowl, Bukit Peninsula (also a camp at Padang Padang)
  • Best suited to: Intermediates and experienced 
  • Price per night: From $77USD for a dorm bed
  • Includes: 6 nights accommodation, 5 days of surf lessons (optional extra), surf guiding, board rental (if booking surf lessons), video analysis, surf theory, daily yoga, breakfast, dinner (Mon-Fri)
  • Highlights: Peaceful surroundings; dinner included in package; close to less-crowded surf spots
Surf Bali
Intermediates and experienced surfers can still benefit from a surf camp.

Rapture is perfect for you if:

  • You want to mix surfing and relaxing. Rapture’s Green Bowl camp is located close to some of Bali’s best breaks including Uluwatu and Padang Padang but is set outside of the busy tourist area in natural, peaceful surroundings. 
  • You’d like to have more meals included in the package. Rapture is one of the few camps to include dinner in its packages, offering fresh and healthy international dishes every night on Mondays to Fridays.
  • You’re visiting during the rainy season. Rapture is located near the east coast of the Bukit Peninsular and the many surf breaks on this side of the island. Unlike Bali’s west coast which favours the dry season, the east receives the best swell during the wet season.
  • You prefer less crowded line ups. While it’s close to some of Bali’s most famous spots, Rapture is nearer to some lesser-known breaks, including Green Bowl, after which the camp is named, which is perfect for intermediate surfers.

How to get there: Rapture Green Bowl is just over half an hour from Bali’s international airport by car and around the same distance from Padang Padang or Uluwatu. The best way is to take a taxi. The camp also offers a free airport transfer with a minimum seven-night stay.

7. Wave House

  • Location: Canggu
  • Best suited to: Beginners and intermediates
  • Price per night: From $69USD for a dorm bed
  • Includes: 6 nights accommodation, daily surf coaching, board rental, daily yoga, video analysis, surf theory, breakfast, airport transfer
  • Highlights: Social activities and good location for nightlife; access to recreation club; girls-only accommodation available
Surf camp students in Canggu, Bali
Canggu is a great place to meet other backpackers.

Wave House is perfect for you if:

  • You’re a social butterfly. Wave House organises daily social activities as well as trips to explore the island.
  • You want to experience Bali’s famous beach clubs and nightlife. Wave House is located within walking distance of two of Bali’s most famous beach clubs, Finns and Atlas, the world’s biggest beach club!
  • You enjoy a great freebie. Guests at Wave House can enjoy free access to Finns Recreation Club, a sports and entertainment venue that houses a fitness centre, pool, spa, and even a water park!
  • You would prefer a female-only dorm. Wave House offers female-only dorms, perfect for those wanting to share with just the girls.

How to get there: Wave House is under an hour from Bali International Airport by car and airport transfers are included with a camp stay. 

There are plenty of surf camps in Bali to choose from, all catering to all different types of travellers and budgets. With options scattered all over the island, finding one in an area that suits you will be easy, whether you want to be in party central Canggu or chill out in laidback Medewi. 

Beginners and experienced surfers alike can benefit from a surf camp, so if you’re looking to catch your very first wave or up your surfing skills on the big breaks, a Bali surf camp is sure to leave you stoked!

Did we miss your favourite Bali surf camp from our list? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

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Lisa Barham

Having always dreamt of travelling the world, Lisa finally decided to follow that dream in her mid-thirties when she left her nine-to-five in London for life on the road. After trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal and learning to surf in Sri Lanka, she headed for wondrous Southeast Asia, where she can currently be found solo backpacking, navigating through life and unfamiliar streets.

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