15 Tips For Great Diving And Surfing Adventures In Bali

Bali is a great destination for water sports enthusiasts. This Indonesian island presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Bali Sea as well as the Indian Ocean. Use these 15 tips for Bali to get the most out of your diving and surfing adventures.

Inside a South African wave (Shutterstock)


1. Know The Season

Surfers should understand the possible conditions that occur during each season. Waves are usually at their peak between May and August, but Autumn months also hold the potential for big swells.

2. Consider Private Charters

Groups can benefit from choosing private charters. It will save time as group members choose specific locations to visit. If you’re not traveling in a group, look for arranged boat tours that have a good reputation.


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3. Look Out For Crowds

Bali offers some of the best surfing and diving in the world, so crowds should always be expected. Be respectful of local residents as well as travelers, and understand there may be a wait to experience any area.

4. Bring Your Own First Aid Kit

Divers and surfers in Bali will encounter a variety of situations. Having a first aid kit can help for cuts, scrapes and other minor injuries. Some divers will experience a cut on the coral reefs, so remember to bring the kit on any boat trips.

Balangan (Gsarwa/Wikimedia Commons)

(Gsarwa/Wikimedia Commons)

5. Consider Balangan

First time surfers might be interested in the western beach of Balangan. Waves provide just the right level for learners who are getting to know this sport. Accommodations are available in the area for overnight stays.

6. Rent Gear Only From Reputable Sources

Divers know that having the right gear is one of the most important considerations for a successful dive. Ask for recommendations from other divers before renting. Be sure to check each piece of gear thoroughly before use.

7. Choose A Site That Matches Your Skill Level

All diving sites are not equal. Some areas will feature more advanced features that only an experienced diver will be trained to handle. Beginners should be especially careful about which sites they choose to visit. A great starting point is the village of Tulamben.

(Patrick Nouhailler/Flickr)

(Patrick Nouhailler/Flickr)

8. Be Aware Of Currents

Currents can become very strong in Bali. Be aware of them at all times as they can change without notice. Check out conditions before beginning any dive or surfing excursion.

Surfer at Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa (Shutterstock)


9. Bring A Wetsuit

Water temperatures are usually warm, but there are periodic cooler temperatures. Divers should always bring a wetsuit but surfers should consider a wetsuit as well. They offer added protection against possible injuries and sea-life encountered during each adventure.



10. Consider A Surf Guide

Surf guides know the area and can help you make the most out of each excursion. They are also aware of shops that provide repairs and gear. Check with other surfers and travelers to find the best guides.

11. Carry Bottled Water

Clean water is important to keep you hydrated during the day. Bring at least one bottle of water for each hour you’re out in the sun, and avoid drinking any other sources to prevent contamination. Bottles should be disposed of properly and recycled if possible.

Scuba divers photographing sharks off the coast of South Africa


12. Never Dive Alone

It is important to travel in a group for safety reasons. Choose a partner that will be nearby at all times during the dive and can alert boat operators if an emergency occurs. Other members of the group should also know your dive plans.

Sunscreen (earthlydelights/flickr)

Sunscreen (earthlydelights/flickr)

13. Bring Sunscreen

Sunscreen is more expensive in Bali, so it’s better to bring your own. Choose sunscreens that have a high SPF and are waterproof. Keep in mind that you will have to reapply at at least once every hour.

(Yumi Kimura/Wikimedia Commons)

(Yumi Kimura/Wikimedia Commons)

14. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

Crime is an issue for visitors to Bali. Always keep an eye on your surroundings as well as your gear. Travel in groups and be on the lookout for pickpockets.

(Shalom Jacobovitz/Wikimedia Commons)

(Shalom Jacobovitz/Wikimedia Commons)

15. Try To Travel With More Than One Board

Surfers know that anything can happen when out on the waves. Carry more than one board if possible. This will prevent time spent trying to find a replacement board in case of an accident or other problem.

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