SURFING

There has been a lot written about the surf in Bali. There are some good spots for the children to learn and practice their skills, which are around Kuta. This includes a set of small breaks at the front of the Kartika Plaza hotel. These are good when there is a big swell and at high tide when the swells can get over the outer reef. On a small swell there are surf breaks all along the beachfront from the Kartika Plaza to North Legian. You can take your own board on the plane, not a problem, or hire them on the beach. It cost us 10,000 Rph per hour for boogy boards and the guy who hired them to the kids spent alot of time in the water helping them . Major bargain!

Tide charts are available in the free magazine " Bali Echo". There are some good publications on surfing in Bali that lead you to great breaks for the more experienced surfer. The book below is available by going to www.indosurf.com.au or click here and can help with information on breaks suitable for the kids....and dad?

100 Page Colour Book
* Complete info on all Indo surf breaks
* Maps, Surf Camps, Yacht Tours 
* $100 Free Bali Discount Vouchers
* Cheap Hotels, Cafes, Transport
* Easy Indo Language Guide
* The Vouchers will save you more
   than twice what the book costs! US $19.50 or AUD $ 29.95

 

 

There is also a good site run by Jim Bristow at www.baliwaves.com , where you can check out the latest surf, ask surf questions etc. Jim also gives surf lessons at a reasonable price including boards - check it out!

Hint: If your kids like the surf, aim for a beachfront hotel. Be aware that the brochures talk about beach access this doesn't mean direct beach frontage. For many Legian hotels and the Dynasty, you may have to cross a road or walk through a market.

Beware of strong currents when there is a medium/large swell.