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Created by KelpoS 24 days ago, 1 Feb 2020
KelpoS
28 posts
1 Feb 2020 9:50AM
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Looking at Bali for the April school holidays for wife, 3 year old, 13 year old who is an intermediate surfer and me who is a SUP kook and needs easy smaller waves. I haven't been to Bali in 12 years but staying anywhere near Kuta, Legion is out. It sucked 12 years ago and I heard it's sucks x1000 now! We hate shopping, bars etc so looking for a laid back experience and easy beach access and moderate waves.

We'd be renting boards too..

Any suggestions?

Hoppo3228
VIC, 372 posts
1 Feb 2020 12:41PM
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Around Sanur is where i'd start... or Jimbaran. Easy to hire boards from both areas.

The nicest point break (left) in bali is at Medewi, but it's a 3hr drive from Kuta, west towards Java. There is nothing else there though...

www.booking.com/hotel/id/bombora-medewi-wavelodge.html My mrs and I love it here...

CoopsSnoops
11 posts
1 Feb 2020 11:46AM
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Sanur is the go. Early morning soft reef break near the tower. Usually much smaller than Kuta, all depends though.
Janki from Bali Sup rents boards from that exact location. Good luck. You get it on the right days its heaven. Sunrise is best bet though.

KelpoS
28 posts
2 Feb 2020 10:28AM
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Thanks for those. What about staying around uluwatu? Seems pretty relaxed up there. Any surf spots that would suit our needs?

AgBak
15 posts
2 Feb 2020 11:30AM
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Just had 9 days in Sanur and it was fantastic.

I'd never been to Bali before and was a little apprehensive. I needn't have worried, Sanur was relaxed, clean and relatively quiet. Plenty of places to eat, shop etc.

The surf was great, mostly waist to shoulder high and only ever a sort boat ride or 15 minute paddle away. I rented from Janki, JL boards mostly which were ok. If you want premium equipment go to the Rip Curl school, but you will pay double.

I really enjoyed my 1st Bali experience.

Hoppo3228
VIC, 372 posts
2 Feb 2020 1:32PM
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Ulu's and Pedang are both pretty serious surf spots. Shallow, sharp reefs and heavy. Beautiful spot, but can go from 2ft to 6ft in 20 mins...

Not what i'd recommend for a 'sup kook'.

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Supnorte
210 posts
3 Feb 2020 12:48AM
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Going to Bali in the first week of April!

It's my third time. First one was on my honeymoon, beginning of September and surfed (prone) perfect waves on almost all the Bukit waves (except Padang). Second time a few years later and stayed at Sanur (April) and SUP Surfed good small to medium size reefs around Sanur and a couple of sessions at Bingin and Dreamland.

Me and my wife were looking for a destination for holidays with the kids (6 and 9) and she suggested Bali . So I'm propbably going to Sanur again, because of the time of the year and because it's more quiet and also the lagoon is safer for the kids. This time I'll be SUP Surfing and foiling and maybe wingfoiling if there's some wind. There's a few very good rentals there for SUP and foiling (Janki and Jonni from the Rip Curl of Surfing), so I don't know yet if I'll bring full gear or just rent there. I'm planning on bringing a small SUP board, a foilboard and a wing.

Supmaori
673 posts
3 Feb 2020 3:05AM
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Hey guys
First time going to Bali.. got 10 days staying in Legian..not till September..just wondering if there are some good SUP waves close by i can paddle too or do I need to plan a day trip elsewhere. Not taking my boards at this stage either so will need to hire. Thanks for letting me jump on this post.
Chur

KelpoS
28 posts
3 Feb 2020 9:52AM
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Yeah I think Sanur could be the go. Easy beach access and rentals. A bit to do but not the zoo which Kuta is.

How about the cleanliness of the beach, I've seen the horror stories/photos of how filthy the beaches can be, I'm assuming that's in monsoon season?

Emeboy
NSW, 296 posts
3 Feb 2020 10:53PM
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Supmaori said..
Hey guys
First time going to Bali.. got 10 days staying in Legian..not till September..just wondering if there are some good SUP waves close by i can paddle too or do I need to plan a day trip elsewhere. Not taking my boards at this stage either so will need to hire. Thanks for letting me jump on this post.
Chur


Hey Supmaori,
We generally always stay in Legian when in Bali for at least a few days... You will get waves there in Sept just straight off the beach and there are generally a couple of gutters and banks that will have a nice right and left beach break. It can get pretty heavy there though if the swell is big and tends to just close out.....

I have hired from Jankie before and he is a good guy to deal with. They will deliver a board to your hotel for a few bucks and pick up again before you go. I would suggest taking your own paddle and maybe leggie for a bit of piece of mind though.

You can always take a short trip to Kuta Reef (go early to beat the crowd) or up to Caangu which is a great SUP wave. Do you know which hotel you are staying at??

Emeboy
NSW, 296 posts
3 Feb 2020 10:54PM
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KelpoS
Sanur will be the better choice in Apr for sure. Kuta is a madhouse but don't discount Legian for a chilled out holiday.....

Supmaori
673 posts
4 Feb 2020 1:22AM
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Emeboy said..

Supmaori said..
Hey guys
First time going to Bali.. got 10 days staying in Legian..not till September..just wondering if there are some good SUP waves close by i can paddle too or do I need to plan a day trip elsewhere. Not taking my boards at this stage either so will need to hire. Thanks for letting me jump on this post.
Chur



Hey Supmaori,
We generally always stay in Legian when in Bali for at least a few days... You will get waves there in Sept just straight off the beach and there are generally a couple of gutters and banks that will have a nice right and left beach break. It can get pretty heavy there though if the swell is big and tends to just close out.....

I have hired from Jankie before and he is a good guy to deal with. They will deliver a board to your hotel for a few bucks and pick up again before you go. I would suggest taking your own paddle and maybe leggie for a bit of piece of mind though.

You can always take a short trip to Kuta Reef (go early to beat the crowd) or up to Caangu which is a great SUP wave. Do you know which hotel you are staying at??


Hey man,
Thanks for the reply. We are staying at the Swiss- Belinn Legian on Padma Utara.
Sounds awesome man..happy to make an effort to score some nice waves.
I guess a 3 peice paddle would be the go then.
Jankie has been mentioned a few times to me..sounds like a good dude to deal with. So to get to a kuta reef you need to hire a boat? What about Caangu..is that far from Legian..hire a driver? Boat?
Cheers man

Hoppo3228
VIC, 372 posts
4 Feb 2020 9:14AM
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Canngu is only a couple of kms from legian, however it's a 30min+ drive...

515
360 posts
4 Feb 2020 11:30AM
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Great thread as we went to Bali in school holidays last year (between 3rd and 4th term).
First time tourists and stayed at Aston Kutu, its close to airport, great swimming pool to cool off in after being in the sun.
its a few hundred meters from the beach and looks out towards the reef where boats take you out. The first day was big lefts and we would go there for sunset beer. There was a couple of sup riders on Gong boards that paddled in one day.
With wife and 14year old daughter we could catch free shuttle to mall and they would go to local stores and I would surf a few hundred meters from the end of Kuta beach and wasn't too crowded. I just hired a 8'6" soft top surfboard from the same people and batared for good rate.
Wind was offshore at Kuta and I think Sanur would be ok if you wanted to sup/surf in the morning and kite when it was windy as looked to be cross shore (most afternoons).
We did go to Legian and its really busy and with family hired the seats and I hired a board there but was just closing out that day, there were a few shortboarders ripping.
We want to do the same this year but spend first and last two days at Aston Kuta and get out to better and less crowded surf spots so very interested to look into suggestions for end of September into early October.

Traff
SA, 103 posts
4 Feb 2020 7:23PM
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KelpoS said..
Thanks for those. What about staying around uluwatu? Seems pretty relaxed up there. Any surf spots that would suit our needs?


If your staying around Ulus small Balangan or impossibles would be suitable. There is also Canggu. There is a spot called old mans. Gentle rolling waves although is one of the most dangerous waves in Bali due to the amount of 'Learner' surfers. Good chance of getting run over.

Emeboy
NSW, 296 posts
4 Feb 2020 11:05PM
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Emeboy said..


Supmaori said..
Hey guys
First time going to Bali.. got 10 days staying in Legian..not till September..just wondering if there are some good SUP waves close by i can paddle too or do I need to plan a day trip elsewhere. Not taking my boards at this stage either so will need to hire. Thanks for letting me jump on this post.
Chur




Hey Supmaori,
We generally always stay in Legian when in Bali for at least a few days... You will get waves there in Sept just straight off the beach and there are generally a couple of gutters and banks that will have a nice right and left beach break. It can get pretty heavy there though if the swell is big and tends to just close out.....

I have hired from Jankie before and he is a good guy to deal with. They will deliver a board to your hotel for a few bucks and pick up again before you go. I would suggest taking your own paddle and maybe leggie for a bit of piece of mind though.

You can always take a short trip to Kuta Reef (go early to beat the crowd) or up to Caangu which is a great SUP wave. Do you know which hotel you are staying at??



Hey man,
Thanks for the reply. We are staying at the Swiss- Belinn Legian on Padma Utara.
Sounds awesome man..happy to make an effort to score some nice waves.
I guess a 3 peice paddle would be the go then.
Jankie has been mentioned a few times to me..sounds like a good dude to deal with. So to get to a kuta reef you need to hire a boat? What about Caangu..is that far from Legian..hire a driver? Boat?
Cheers man


Ahhh yep that's a good spot...
We normally stay beachside in the same block at either the Melasti or Puri Raja. Haven't stayed at the Swiss but it looks nice.

Couple of hints for that immediate area
- The corner bar across the road does good meals as do most of the small warungs in the area. There is a newish caf? on the corner opposite the Ossotel and it does a great breakfast feed and coffee.
- Coffee at Mugshots.... Proper espresso style
- Money changing... Beware of the small money changers that are on the street. There is one opposite Mugshots that is a confirmed rip-off. If they are offering a rate that is way more than most... Ripoff. And they are really good at it too. The best place to change money in that area is the Kodak shop just down the street a bit opposite the Spa Bali Padma. You will see the lady with the bright red lipstick and she is cool as and honest... never had an issue getting money changed there.
- You can get straight to the beach down a laneway between the Nikosoma and the Bandha Hotels.... this will put you right on possibly the best break on the beach. Pretty much always a good bank there.... head down the beach towards Kuta for other peaks etc.
- Legian Beach does not break well on low tide and sometimes the swell disappears completely. Best timing is the rising swell early in the morning before the wind gets up. You can get a massive change in swell size with the change of tide.

To get to Kuta Reef you need to drive to Kuta then take a boat. The boat guy will come pick you up whenever you ask him to. I have gotten a boat from the beach at Legian all the way to Uluwatu one time but that was a while ago. Talk to the guys who have the warungs on the beach... they always know a guy...

Same with Caangu. you need a driver to take you and there are often some good guys just out on the street. It does take a while as the traffic up near Caangu is normally off the planet but the key for visiting anywhere for a surf is to arrange it the day before and hit the road early.... early early.....

Have fun... you will enjoy it!!!

pampel
67 posts
4 Feb 2020 11:13PM
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And what about Nusa Dua, isn't it good at this time of the year. No suitable SUP spots? And how far is it to the Bukit west side spots like ULus or Sanur to the east?
Thanks

Supmaori
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5 Feb 2020 8:13AM
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Emeboy said..

Supmaori said..


Emeboy said..



Supmaori said..
Hey guys
First time going to Bali.. got 10 days staying in Legian..not till September..just wondering if there are some good SUP waves close by i can paddle too or do I need to plan a day trip elsewhere. Not taking my boards at this stage either so will need to hire. Thanks for letting me jump on this post.
Chur





Hey Supmaori,
We generally always stay in Legian when in Bali for at least a few days... You will get waves there in Sept just straight off the beach and there are generally a couple of gutters and banks that will have a nice right and left beach break. It can get pretty heavy there though if the swell is big and tends to just close out.....

I have hired from Jankie before and he is a good guy to deal with. They will deliver a board to your hotel for a few bucks and pick up again before you go. I would suggest taking your own paddle and maybe leggie for a bit of piece of mind though.

You can always take a short trip to Kuta Reef (go early to beat the crowd) or up to Caangu which is a great SUP wave. Do you know which hotel you are staying at??




Hey man,
Thanks for the reply. We are staying at the Swiss- Belinn Legian on Padma Utara.
Sounds awesome man..happy to make an effort to score some nice waves.
I guess a 3 peice paddle would be the go then.
Jankie has been mentioned a few times to me..sounds like a good dude to deal with. So to get to a kuta reef you need to hire a boat? What about Caangu..is that far from Legian..hire a driver? Boat?
Cheers man



Ahhh yep that's a good spot...
We normally stay beachside in the same block at either the Melasti or Puri Raja. Haven't stayed at the Swiss but it looks nice.

Couple of hints for that immediate area
- The corner bar across the road does good meals as do most of the small warungs in the area. There is a newish caf? on the corner opposite the Ossotel and it does a great breakfast feed and coffee.
- Coffee at Mugshots.... Proper espresso style
- Money changing... Beware of the small money changers that are on the street. There is one opposite Mugshots that is a confirmed rip-off. If they are offering a rate that is way more than most... Ripoff. And they are really good at it too. The best place to change money in that area is the Kodak shop just down the street a bit opposite the Spa Bali Padma. You will see the lady with the bright red lipstick and she is cool as and honest... never had an issue getting money changed there.
- You can get straight to the beach down a laneway between the Nikosoma and the Bandha Hotels.... this will put you right on possibly the best break on the beach. Pretty much always a good bank there.... head down the beach towards Kuta for other peaks etc.
- Legian Beach does not break well on low tide and sometimes the swell disappears completely. Best timing is the rising swell early in the morning before the wind gets up. You can get a massive change in swell size with the change of tide.

To get to Kuta Reef you need to drive to Kuta then take a boat. The boat guy will come pick you up whenever you ask him to. I have gotten a boat from the beach at Legian all the way to Uluwatu one time but that was a while ago. Talk to the guys who have the warungs on the beach... they always know a guy...

Same with Caangu. you need a driver to take you and there are often some good guys just out on the street. It does take a while as the traffic up near Caangu is normally off the planet but the key for visiting anywhere for a surf is to arrange it the day before and hit the road early.... early early.....

Have fun... you will enjoy it!!!


My man Emeboy

Thanks so much bro for that info..just makes things so much easier talking to guys who have been there. I probably will touch base with you before we go with the odd question..but I'm already feeling the stoke.

Cheers man..most appreciated

Supmaori
673 posts
5 Feb 2020 8:13AM
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Emeboy said..

Supmaori said..


Emeboy said..



Supmaori said..
Hey guys
First time going to Bali.. got 10 days staying in Legian..not till September..just wondering if there are some good SUP waves close by i can paddle too or do I need to plan a day trip elsewhere. Not taking my boards at this stage either so will need to hire. Thanks for letting me jump on this post.
Chur





Hey Supmaori,
We generally always stay in Legian when in Bali for at least a few days... You will get waves there in Sept just straight off the beach and there are generally a couple of gutters and banks that will have a nice right and left beach break. It can get pretty heavy there though if the swell is big and tends to just close out.....

I have hired from Jankie before and he is a good guy to deal with. They will deliver a board to your hotel for a few bucks and pick up again before you go. I would suggest taking your own paddle and maybe leggie for a bit of piece of mind though.

You can always take a short trip to Kuta Reef (go early to beat the crowd) or up to Caangu which is a great SUP wave. Do you know which hotel you are staying at??




Hey man,
Thanks for the reply. We are staying at the Swiss- Belinn Legian on Padma Utara.
Sounds awesome man..happy to make an effort to score some nice waves.
I guess a 3 peice paddle would be the go then.
Jankie has been mentioned a few times to me..sounds like a good dude to deal with. So to get to a kuta reef you need to hire a boat? What about Caangu..is that far from Legian..hire a driver? Boat?
Cheers man



Ahhh yep that's a good spot...
We normally stay beachside in the same block at either the Melasti or Puri Raja. Haven't stayed at the Swiss but it looks nice.

Couple of hints for that immediate area
- The corner bar across the road does good meals as do most of the small warungs in the area. There is a newish caf? on the corner opposite the Ossotel and it does a great breakfast feed and coffee.
- Coffee at Mugshots.... Proper espresso style
- Money changing... Beware of the small money changers that are on the street. There is one opposite Mugshots that is a confirmed rip-off. If they are offering a rate that is way more than most... Ripoff. And they are really good at it too. The best place to change money in that area is the Kodak shop just down the street a bit opposite the Spa Bali Padma. You will see the lady with the bright red lipstick and she is cool as and honest... never had an issue getting money changed there.
- You can get straight to the beach down a laneway between the Nikosoma and the Bandha Hotels.... this will put you right on possibly the best break on the beach. Pretty much always a good bank there.... head down the beach towards Kuta for other peaks etc.
- Legian Beach does not break well on low tide and sometimes the swell disappears completely. Best timing is the rising swell early in the morning before the wind gets up. You can get a massive change in swell size with the change of tide.

To get to Kuta Reef you need to drive to Kuta then take a boat. The boat guy will come pick you up whenever you ask him to. I have gotten a boat from the beach at Legian all the way to Uluwatu one time but that was a while ago. Talk to the guys who have the warungs on the beach... they always know a guy...

Same with Caangu. you need a driver to take you and there are often some good guys just out on the street. It does take a while as the traffic up near Caangu is normally off the planet but the key for visiting anywhere for a surf is to arrange it the day before and hit the road early.... early early.....

Have fun... you will enjoy it!!!


My man Emeboy

Thanks so much bro for that info..just makes things so much easier talking to guys who have been there. I probably will touch base with you before we go with the odd question..but I'm already feeling the stoke.

Cheers man..most appreciated

KelpoS
28 posts
7 Feb 2020 11:36AM
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Great info, but I think I'll hold off booking until this Coronoavirus things settles down.

Indonesia hasn't reported a single case which is either a miracle, they're lying or too incompetent to detect it.

Ricardo1709
NSW, 1162 posts
8 Feb 2020 5:30AM
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Indonesia has banned all flights from China and anyone who has visited in the last month but yeah it is a concern travel wise

pampel
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9 Feb 2020 5:32AM
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Indonesia has banned all flights from China and anyone who has visited in the last month but yeah it is a concern travel wise


Where did you read this?

Macaha
QLD, 19815 posts
9 Feb 2020 7:27PM
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KelpoS said..
Great info, but I think I'll hold off booking until this Coronoavirus things settles down.

Indonesia hasn't reported a single case which is either a miracle, they're lying or too incompetent to detect it.


I'm in Bali now and with 45 plus trips here I must say it's the quietest I've ever seen it.

Bighugg
NT, 357 posts
9 Feb 2020 11:10PM
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Hi Macaha, was there any sort of sceening on the way in ?
And could you take your own can of Glen20...

Macaha
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10 Feb 2020 1:23AM
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Hi Macaha, was there any sort of sceening on the way in ?
And could you take your own can of Glen20...


They actually sprayed people who arrived on some fights as they landed

Ricardo1709
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10 Feb 2020 6:45PM
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pampel said..

Ricardo1709 said..
Indonesia has banned all flights from China and anyone who has visited in the last month but yeah it is a concern travel wise



Where did you read this?


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