Surfing in Asia: best spots and destinations

Surfing in Asia: best spots and destinations

Doesn’t get better than this, folks. Surfing in Asia is straight out of those glossy-paged surfing magazines: endless rows of palm trees, white sand, exotic fruits, incredibly friendly locals, and continuous lines of near-to-perfection waves. The best thing about Asia for wave cravers: there is always a surfing season somewhere and even though (surf) tourists have found this dreamy continent – most places remains affordable if you stay out of the tourist zones and off the season. Make sure to plan your trip accordingly to the season. A good idea is to plan your trip for at least two weeks so in case it’s flat – Asia is big and moving around is easy.

Best surf spots in Asia

Uluwatu, Bali

Bali’s most famous surf spot has five different sections, and it’s located on the southwestern tip of the Bukit Peninsula and sits right under an incredible 11th center Hindu Temple. 

Ulutawu Bali

Ulutawu Bali

The best month to surf: July
Water temperature: 26°C
Best swell direction: S
Average board rental: 10€/day

Padang Padang Surf Camp Infinite Wave Up2U Surf School
Private lesson: 89€/day Private lesson: 38€/1,5-2h Private lesson: 35€/2,5h
Group lesson: 46€/a day Group lesson: 25€/1,5-2h Group lesson: 22€/2,5h

 

Batu Bolong, Canggu, Bali

This hip town is Mecca for digital nomads, creatives and yogis. Batu Bolong is located North West of Kuta, close to a touristy Seminyak. Heaps of spots to take your magic stick for a ride (ask locals for recommendations). We recommend you start with this reef break that especially suitable for longboarders. 

Batu Bolong

Batu Bolong

The best month to surf: September
Water temperature: from 26°C to 29°C
Best swell direction: SW
Average board rental: 10 to 15e/day

In da Surf Bali Wave House Bali Surf School Bali
Private lesson: Available upon request Private lesson: 68€/1,5h Private lesson: 95€/2,5h
Group lesson: 39€/2h Group lesson: 29€/1,5h Group lesson: 76€/2,5h

 

Keramas, Bali

Once a hidden secret, this right-hander gem is now exposed to the public. Located east side of Denpasar and it’s a short ride from the airport.

Keramas, Bali

Keramas, Bali

The best month to surf: September
Water temperature: 26°C to 29°C
Best swell direction: S/SW


Best surf school – Blue Coco Bali
Private lesson: Available upon request
Group lesson: 44€/2h
Average board rental: 10€/day

Mirissa Right, Sri Lanka

A few kilometers east of famous (and crowded) Weligama beach, you can find Mirissa, a right-hand reef break that works for all levels. 

Mirissa Right, Sri Lanka

Mirissa Right, Sri Lanka

The best month to surf: July
Water temperature: 27°C
Best swell direction: SW
Average board rental: 5 to 10€/day

The Surfer Weligama Freedom Sri Lanka Surfmakers
Private lesson: Available upon request Private lesson: Available upon request Private lesson: 66€/3h
Group lesson: Available upon request Group lesson: 12e/1,5h Group lesson: 44€/3h

 

Main Point, Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka 

Considered the Surfing Mecca of Sri Lanka this cozy bay on east cost offers great rides for all levels and chill surf town experience.

Main Point, Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Main Point, Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

The best month to surf: August
Water temperature: 27°C
Best swell direction: S
Average board rental: 5e to 10€/day

Excellent Surf School Arugam Bay Surf School Safa Arugam Bay
Private lesson: Available upon request Private lesson: Available upon request Private lesson: Available upon request
Group lesson: Available upon request Group lesson: Available upon request Group lesson: 26€/1,5h

 

Playgrounds, Mentawai Islands

The Mentawai Islands is an island chain that lies 210km west of Indonesia’s largest island, Sumatra. It’s a bit of work to get there – accessible by a boat or a flight, but it will be all worth it, trust us. Considered to be one of the most beautiful places to surf – an epic left. 

Mentawai Islands

Mentawai Islands

The best month to surf: March to October
Water temperature: 27°C
Best swell direction: S/SW/SE
Average board rental: 10€ to 25€/day
Best surf schools:

Prices in all three schools are available upon request

Cemento, Baler, Aurora, Philippines 

Right after Siargao, Baler is one of the most famous surf spots in the Philippines. This reef right-hander serves all levels.

Cemento, Baler, Aurora

Cemento, Baler, Aurora

The Best month to surf: December to February
Water temperature: 27°C
Best swell direction: N
Average board rental: 5€ to 15€/day
Best surf schools:

Prices in all three schools are available upon request

Lakey Peak, Sumbawa, Indonesia

Located in South East Sumbawa – this is your way to avoid your Bali crowds. This hollow right and left-hand peak works on all tides and has good consistency. 

Lakey Peak

Lakey Peak

The best month to surf: April to September
Water temperature: 27°C
Best swell direction: SW

Best surf school – Firman Surflessons / Guiding

9 Cloud, Siargao Island, Philippines

Located on the tropical island ion Siargao, 9 Cloud is a world-famous right-hand reef break that is on best for experienced surfers. For beginners and intermediates, Siargao has plenty of other spots to offer. 

9 cloud, Siargao

9 cloud, Siargao

The best month to surf: January to February
Water temperature: 27°C
Best swell direction: NE
Average board rental: 5€ to 10€/day

Kermit Siargoa Surf Camp Siargao Harana Surf
Private lesson: 43€/day Private lesson: 60€/h Private lesson: 43€/day
Group lesson: 43€/day Group lesson: Available upon request Group lesson: 43€/day

 

Bai Dai Beach, Nha Trang, Vietnam

Located in Khanh Hoa Province, Bai Dai is located 23km from the city center, close to Camh Ranh Airport. It’s beach break spot with sand bottom and is absolutely perfect for the beginners. Note: surf season last only from October to April.

Bai Dai beach, Vietnam

Bai Dai beach, Vietnam

The best month to surf: October to April
Water temperature: 27°C
Best swell direction: ENE
Average board rental: 10€ to 15€/a day

Single Fin Surf Kite Rabbit Nha Trang
Private lesson: 71€/3h Private lesson: 57€/2h
Group lesson: 44€/3h Group lesson: 44€/2h

 

Cheap surfing destinations in Asia

Thailand 

As most people would head to Indonesia and Sri Lanka for a surf, those on the shoestring budget can do it all wisely and head to Thailand that has great waves for beginners, intermediate surfers and longboarders looking to master their skills. Waves aren’t as epic as they are in Indonesia, but that being said, the crowds are also not a big issue in Thailand. Head to the Andaman side of Thailand on the southwest coast. The main surf spots are Phuket (April to October), Khao Lak (May to October), Koh Lanta (April to October), Koh Phayam (October to December). Affordable, warm and tropical, ‘Nuff said!

A surfboard at the beach

Thailand

Philippines 

Often described as “diamond in the rough,” the Philippines have sandy white beaches, crystal clear water, and insanely beautiful surf spots. Often overlooked by its Asian cousins, the islands have an option for surfers traveling on a budget. The facilities might be a bit rugged, but that doesn’t stop those who are there to catch waves. Make sure to check Siargao (September to May), Baler (October to April), La Union (October to March), Eastern Samar (October to April). 

Philippines

Philippines

Sri Lanka

From luxury to optimal, Sri Lanka is a beautiful country offering waves and pricing for all possible levels. Food and accommodation can be found for a very optimal price and remember you save loads of money if you travel with your boards. Tip: rent a scooter for a 5e to 10e per day and you can explore the vast amount of beautiful spots around you. Main surf spots Ahangama, Weligama and Hikkaduwa (November to April) and Arugam Bay, Pottuvil Point, Peanut Farm (May to September).

Sri Lanka

Vietnam

Indonesia

Yes, yes, Indonesia isn’t as cheap as it used to be back in the days (people complain a lot about this), but we argue, if you know to stay away from the most popular and crowded hubs mainly in Bali (Canggu, Kuta, Seminyak, Padang Padang), you will find affordable stays with cheap food options. There are 17,000 islands to be discovered all together – find one for your taste. We recommend the following spots: Sumbawa (April to September), Lombok (March to October), G-Land (April to October), and Sumba (March to October). 

Indonesia

Indonesia

Surf camps for beginners in Asia

New to surf? Surf camps are a perfect way how to have a hassle-free surf holiday often having accommodation, gear, transports, meals, and surf guides included in one price. Not to mention like-minded crowd and good vibes. Here is a selection of one of the best surf camps for beginners in Asia.

Kima Surf Camp, Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak, Bali

Located in the southern end of Bali Kima Seminyak is a hotel-like experience with an abundance of options available for someone who wants to maximize their surfing experience in Bali.

7-day stay from 540€:
•    Private ensuite lodging
•    Airport pick-up 
•    Airport drop-off

 

Padang Padang Surf Camp, Padang Padang, Bali

Padang Padang

Padang Padang

Located in an on the Bukit Bali peninsular where it is always offshore somewhere. Good option both for beginner and intermediate.

7-day stay from 600€:
•    Private ensuite lodging 
•    Surf guides
•    Transfer to the beach
•    2 meals a day
•    Airport pick-up 
•    Airport drop-off
•    Video and photo analysis

 

Sunshinestories, Ahangama, Sri Lanka

Ahangama, Sri Lanka

Ahangama, Sri Lanka

A week-long surf and yoga retreat that is a boutique styled experience in Sri Lanka with more than 20 different surf spots nearby. 

7-day stay from 986€:
•    Lodging in a shared room
•    All meals
•    Surf theory lessons
•    5 surf lesson on-site
•    Surf guidance 
•    Video Evaluation  
•    Tea & coffee & coconuts

 

The Surfer Weligama, Weligama, Sri Lanka

Weligama, Sri Lanka

Weligama, Sri Lanka

Located close to beginner spot, this surf camp is perfect for those who have taken our class before but haven’t quite master the skill of surfing.

7-day stay from 583€:
•    Private ensuite lodging 
•    Breakfast 
•    Dinners
•    Surf guiding
•    One yoga session

 

Turtle Surf Camp Siargao, Siargoa, Philippines

Siargoa, Phillipines

Siargoa, Phillipines

Surf camp in a laid-back surf house includes lots of perks for those who don’t travel with their own boards or want to ability to switch boards in between. 

7-day stay from 509€:
•    Private Ensuite Lodging
•    Breakfast 
•    Airport drop-off
•    Surf lesson
•    Surf guiding & transport
•    Surfboard rental 
•    Airport drop-off
•    Surf lesson
•    Surf guiding

Have a nice trip!