Where’s the best place to learn to surf in Bali for beginners?

Bali is a world-famous surfing island with excellent surf spots all around the coast. Plenty of people have made it their home simply because of the great surfing. But you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the waves here. Many people come to learn to surf in Bali, and others fit in a surf lesson just for fun while they are on holiday.

But where is the best place to learn to surf in Bali if you’re a beginner?

Surfing fail

At least we can capture some action shots of you falling off…

Well, here are some things you should look for if you want beginner surf lessons in Bali:

A sandy seabed

As a beginner surfer you can expect to fall off the board more than you stay on it. Your success rate will improve over time but until then, it’s best to avoid waves that break over rocks or coral reef. A wave that breaks over a sandy seabed is called a ‘beach break’ and this is the best type of wave for learning to surf.

Shallow water

When you first learn to surf, you’ll want to concentrate on finding your balance on the board. This takes enough energy without having to worry about paddling out to catch a wave. Aim for a beach where the water is shallow enough that you can walk all the way out to where the waves are breaking. This also makes it easier for your instructor to accompany you and help you catch a wave at the right time.

white waves for surfing

This type of wave is ideal for beginner surfing

White water

Lots of white water after a wave breaks means you’ll have plenty of time to master standing up and balancing. It’s also easier to catch white waves when you’re just learning to surf. Waves break when they hit shallow water so this really goes hand-in-hand with the point above.

A great surf instructor

Some people want to hire a surf board and figure it out for themselves, but trust us, you’ll make a LOT more progress if you have an instructor helping you. Not only will your instructor give you advice on your technique, they’ll also help you get out to where the waves are best and then give you a push to help you catch a good one. This means you don’t have to work so hard and more of your energy can go into balancing on the board! As you progress and are able to surf independently, your instructor will show you how to identify the best places to surf.

Great team, for beginners suitable. Private surf lesson at really fair prices. Very patient and competent Guide. My sister had 2 hours of lessons and I was amazed at what is possible in the short time. Top photos and videos of her were made that she got free.

Best beginner surf spots in Bali

So where in Bali ticks all these boxes to make the surfing conditions ideal for beginners? Despite its many surf spots, there are only a few beaches in Bali which offer safe and predictable conditions for learning to surf.

surfing legian beach

The waves at Legian beach are good for improving your surfing skills, too

Kuta and Legian Beach

Often referred to simply as ‘Kuta Beach’, this white sand beach stretches from the airport towards the north. Kuta is probably the best-known place to head for beginner surfing lessons in Bali, but that means it is often the most crowded.

Legian beach offers the same surfing conditions without drawing such crowds to the water. Legian beach surfing is fun and laid-back, spared from the competitiveness of more accomplished surfers that you’ll find in places like Canggu.

Another benefit of surfing in Legian and Kuta is that the beaches are patrolled by lifeguards and have clearly marked swimming areas. Having all the swimmers in one place leaves more of the beach clear for surfing safely.

All along Kuta and Legian beach you’ll find little one-man surf stands as well as big-name surf schools. Our Legian surf school offers the friendliness of a family-run business with the flexibility to cater to bigger groups. An added bonus if you’re travelling Bali on a budget is that surf lesson prices at Chandra’s Surfing are less than half the price of nearby surf schools like Rip Curl.

Conditions aren’t perfect for beginner surfing in Legian 100% of the time, but we’ll advise you of the best time of day for your lesson. The waves change all the time as tides and currents move the sand around on the seabed.

We contacted Chandra via email & had all our questions answered very promptly. They watched to tides & waves & let us know when was best to try not just taking us out to learn in any waves. Very patient, good sense of humour & always felt in good hands & when you were finished the lesson there was a sun bed with umbrella to crash on. We will be back !! Thank you Caro & Dasha – TripAdvisor review

Our priority is making sure you get the most out of your surf lesson, so we’ll only take you out when and where the conditions are right.

Seminyak and Canggu

Continuing along from Legian you’ll find the more upmarket Seminyak, home to many of Bali’s famous beach clubs like Potato Head and KuDeTa. This is followed by hipster hangout Canggu. Surfing in both of these locations is suitable for beginners at certain times, but not consistently.

The bigger, faster breaks that often appear here are better suited to surfers with some experience. Rip tides and currents can also be stronger than they look from the shore. That said, there are plenty of surf schools dotted along the beach offering beginner and intermediate surf lessons.


Serangan, located due east of Kuta, is an area mainly frequented by locals. It’s a man-made island (also known as ‘Turtle Island’) accessible from the Bypass on the way to Sanur. It’s not just surfing that’s popular in Serangan; you’ll find other water sports such as kite surfing, paragliding and even underwater scooter rides on offer.

Serangan’s beaches are mainly sandy but the best surfing spots vary depending on the time of year and tide. If you’re a complete beginner you can ask around to find a place where the conditions are suitable, then approach anyone renting out surfboards to ask if they can give you a lesson. Not all the breaks are suitable for beginners though, so don’t go out alone unless you’re a more confident surfer.

When you’ve finished, we recommend ordering barbecued fish (ikan bakar) at one of the little warungs on the beach.


Sanur reef is about 15 minutes north from Serangan. It has some gentle breaks which are, in theory, good for beginner surfers. The only drawback is that they are located a long way out from the beach so you’ll either need to paddle a very long way or get a local guide with a boat or jet ski to take you out.

Because you’re so far from the shore, we don’t recommend surfing here if it’s your very first time. Get a couple of lessons at a Kuta or Legian surf school first so you at least know the basics.

Although it’s called Sanur reef, the reef itself is far enough below the surface of the water that it shouldn’t present any danger to surfers. It does make this a popular spot for snorkelling and diving, too.

learn to surf in Bali

Choose an instructor you feel comfortable with

So, why learn to surf in Legian with Chandra’s Surfing Bali?

At our Legian surf school you’ll find good surfing conditions for beginner surf lessons and – just as importantly – a friendly and knowledgeable team.

We want to make sure you have a great time when you learn to surf in Bali. All our surf lessons include:

  • A private instructor for you and your group (maximum 3 people per instructor)
  • All the equipment you need to surf
  • Free surfing photos to capture your experience

You can contact us to book a lesson or keep browsing to find out more about the services we offer and what makes us different.

We hope to see you soon!

My two daughters took a lesson from Jimmy from Chandra’s surf. They had a great time and Jimmy was very helpful. We all had so much fun that we ended up going back two more days to rent both surf boards and boogie boards. The equipment was all in good shape and the guys were very accommodating and knowledgable. Would definitely recommend! – TripAdvisor review

Remember us wherever you go with a Chandra’s Surfing t-shirt

Legian surf school t-shirt

We’re happy to announce we are now stocking our exclusive Chandra’s Surfing Bali t-shirt in both men’s and ladies’ styles. Get yours now for just 150k!

Legian surf school t-shirt

We have sizes S-XXL in dark grey for men and S-XL in cobalt blue for ladies. Both are 100% cotton with the ladies’ one in a slightly lighter weight of fabric.

The unique artwork on the back is designed from a photo of one of our customers surfing at Legian Beach. These are high-quality t-shirts with a print that’s made to last, thanks to our friends at Blue Azure.

custom t-shirt bali

How to get one

If you take one of our intensive surf courses you already get a t-shirt included in the price. Otherwise, you can grab one of our t-shirts for just 150,000 IDR when you come to visit us in Bali. Along with some photos of you surfing, you’ll have a great reminder of your time here.

Even if you don’t make it onto a surf board but have a great time hanging out at our spot on Legian Beach, you can take home one of our t-shirts as a souvenir (and we promise not to tell anyone you didn’t actually surf).

Got a trip planned soon? Stock is limited right now, but we can set aside the size(s) you want. You can send us an email or message us on Facebook to book your lesson and reserve a t-shirt in your size. We might even be able to post one to you at home if you’re not going to be back in Bali for a while.

If you’re interested in getting your own custom t-shirts made in Bali, we can highly recommend Blue Azure for quality and service. You can contact the owner, Fay, to get a quote.

Plan your trip to Bali and don’t forget the surf lessons

Learning to surf in Bali is just one of the many activities to enjoy on this island. Whether you’re a first-timer or a regular visitor, there’s always more to explore. Surfing, trekking and diving are all popular for adventurous types, while others prefer to watch the sunset on the beach after a hard day’s shopping.

We’ve partnered with trip planner tool Inspirock to help you get the most out of your holiday in Bali. Just click above to get started and you’ll be able to build a personalised itinerary (including your surf lessons with Chandra’s surfing Bali, of course!).

Bali sunsetPlanning your trip this way means you can visit some popular spots such as Tanah Lot and Uluwatu, but you might also discover some lesser-known attractions. Secret beaches and traditional temples await!

A day in Legian, Bali

If you visit our Legian surf school, here are our tips for filling the rest of your day:

  • Browse the nearby art markets along Jalan Melasti
  • Try Indonesian fried rice or noodles from one of the food stalls on the beach
  • Grab one of our sunbeds and go for a swim in the ocean
  • Stay to enjoy panoramic views of the sunset
  • Get a sunset photo shoot to give you and your friends or family some special photos of your Bali holiday

Legian Beach is still a great place to come even if you want to just sit back, relax, and watch the world go by. For those who want to learn to surf in Legian with us we offer several options.

surf lessons legian beach

Beginner surf lessons start with some practice on dry land

If you’re trying surfing for the first time we recommend a 2-hour lesson. This gives you time to learn the basic steps for standing on the board, and most of our customers manage to catch a wave after just a few tries.

Your instructor will stay with you throughout the lesson to help you catch the right waves and give you guidance on your technique. And because we care about giving you a great experience, we’ll never put more than three students with one instructor.

Oh yes, and you get free surfing photography every time you have a surfing lesson with us!

We also have intensive learn-to-surf packages which span two or three days. During this time you should become very confident catching a wave by yourself. You may well be able to progress from a soft-top board to a hard board, on which you can develop your style.

You can book with us directly by contacting us with your preferred dates. Alternatively, include a lesson as part of your Bali itinerary by using Inspirock’s planner. Either way, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Learn to surf in Bali: what to expect (video)

If you want to learn to surf in Bali, you might be wondering what to expect. Here in Legian the conditions are just right for beginner surf lessons, since the beach is sandy and shallow and the current is not too strong.

Of course, there are loads of places you can learn to surf in Legian, but here’s what makes us special:

  • We only offer private lessons, so you won’t be put in a large group of people you don’t know
  • If you come with a group of friends we’ll make sure you have at least one instructor for every three people, so you get plenty of help and attention
  • We will take some photos of you surfing and send them to you for FREE after your lesson
  • Our staff are friendly and care about you having a great time (and our reviews prove it)
  • We offer competitive prices for surf lessons

Surf lessons at Chandra’s Surfing Bali

Our friend Ivan has put together this awesome video so you can get a better idea of what to expect from your surf lessons with us:

As you can see, when you learn to surf in Bali with us, your instructor will begin by showing you the correct way to stand up on the board. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll go out to catch your very first wave.

Your instructor will help by giving you a push at the right time. Once you’re used to standing on the board, you’ll learn how to paddle and catch a wave by yourself.

We’ll capture some photos of you riding a wave and will send these to you after your lesson so you can prove you really did it!

Find out more about our surf lessons here, and just contact us if you’d like to book or have any other questions. We look forward to teaching you soon!

New: Learn to surf in Bali with our intensive surf courses

Surfing in Legian on a hard top board

You can switch to a hard-top long board once you master a soft-top board.

If you’re looking for beginner surfing lessons in Bali and want to learn to surf in just a few days, our new intensive surfing courses could be just what you need.

We’ve created two new surfing packages for people who want to take either two or three days of their trip to learn to surf in Bali.

The waves on Legian Beach are great for learning to surf because they are not too big and the water is usually quite shallow. The fact that it’s a sandy beach with no rocks or coral also helps.

If you choose to take our two-day surf course you’ll have five hours of private tuition, plus you’ll be able to take your board out to practise by yourself at any point over the two days. When you get tired, you’ll have a sunbed on the beach to relax on whenever you want.

Learn to surf in Bali

When you learn to surf in Bali with us, we’ll start with some basic surfing theory.

With the 3-day surf course, you’ll get seven hours of private surf coaching and you may be able to progress from a soft-top board to a long board for more advanced maneuvers.

With both learn-to-surf packages, your instructor will start by teaching you some basic surfing theory so you know how to lie and stand on the board correctly. When you complete your course you’ll receive a Chandra’s Surfing t-shirt, exclusive to our Legian surf school!

As with all our private surf lessons, we’ll be sure to take some photos of the action and these are provided to you free of charge so you have some great memories (and proof!) of learning to surf in Bali.

The two-day surfing course costs 1,200,000 IDR for one person, or 1,050,000 per person if you have a group of two or more.

For the three-day surfing course it’s 1,650,000 IDR, or 1,450,000 per person for a group of two or more. You can view our full surfing price list here.

Remember, you’ll get a private surf instructor (at least one instructor for every three people), plus board rental, sunbeds, and a t-shirt.

So, if you’re after a two- or three-day surf course in Legian, Bali run by friendly instructors, just contact us to book your place with us or ask any questions you may have.

We hope to see you soon!

Need accommodation while you surf in Legian?

Double room with air conditioning at Mekar Sari Beach Inn

If you’re coming to learn to surf in Legian, or even if you just want to hang out on the beach or explore the local area, you’re going to need somewhere to stay.

There are heaps of hotels and guest houses around Kuta, Legian and Seminyak and it can be hard to know which one to choose for your Bali holiday. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to try them all, but there is one guest house we always recommend to customers who ask us where to stay in Legian.

Mekar Sari Beach Inn is run by a Balinese family and has simple, clean rooms set around beautiful gardens. It’s a calm oasis in the middle of busy Legian and Kuta. It only takes a couple of minutes to walk to the beach, to the local art markets, or to the shops on Jalan Legian. There are also tons of warungs and restaurants nearby for when you need to eat.

Legian guest house with Balinese owner

One of the owners, Apel

We’ve paired up with the owners of Mekar Sari Beach Inn, Wayan and Apel, so now you can book your guest house accommodation in Legian directly through us. With your surf lessons and accommodation sorted in one place, that’s one less thing to worry about when you’re organising your trip to Bali.

Budget accommodation in Legian

The guest house has two types of room: air conditioned rooms with hot water, cable TV and modern furnishings for 250,000 IDR per night, or more basic fan rooms with cold water for just 125,000 per night. Whichever you choose, it’s pretty good value considering how close to Legian beach you’ll be staying.

Double room with air conditioning at Mekar Sari Beach Inn

Double bedroom with air conditioning

Air conditioned room at Mekar Sari Beach Inn, Legian

Air conditioned room at Mekar Sari Beach Inn, Legian

Room with fan in Legian, Bali

Basic fan room at Mekar Sari Beach Inn

You can find out more about this Legian guest house here. To book a room, just contact us with your dates and we’ll get back to you after we’ve confirmed your booking with the owners.

We want you to have a great time in Bali so just get in touch if you’d like to book this guest house accommodation in Legian, if you want to learn to surf with us, or if there is anything else we can help you with.

Don’t forget that as well as surf lessons, you can also book sunbeds on Legian beach and sunset photo shoots with us.

See you soon!

A shady spot on Legian Beach

Chandra's sunbeds on Legian Beach, Bali
Chandra's sunbeds on Legian Beach, Bali

Chandra’s sunbeds on Legian Beach, Bali

Any recent visitors might have noticed that our umbrellas – the old red ones provided by Coca Cola – were looking a bit tatty. Well, we’re pleased to announce that our beach beds now have smart new umbrellas to keep the sun off you while you’re relaxing on Legian Beach.

Our new umbrellas are a lovely deep blue to match the cushions, which we had newly made a few months ago. They also now feature the business name, so as you walk along the beach it’s easy to spot Chandra’s Sunbeds and Surfing.

Chandra's sunbeds Bali
So if you’re coming to Bali and want to relax on the beach in comfort but stay out of the sun, you can rent 2 sunbeds for just 100,000 IDR for the whole day – we don’t charge by the hour like some other places. We’ll throw in friendly service for good measure, and don’t forget you can learn to surf with us while you’re in Bali too!

If you want to find out more about the sunbed + surf packages we offer, check out our surfing prices or contact us directly. We hope to see you soon!

Have you seen our new rash guards?

Chandra's surfing rash guardsIt would be hard not to notice us if you’re out relaxing or surfing on Legian beach as our new rash guards are bright orange!

It’s important to wear a rash guard when you surf, especially as a beginner, because the surface of the board is quite rough and you’ll spend a lot of time lying on it as you paddle out (or get pushed out by your instructor) to catch a wave. When surfing in Bali you’re at risk of getting sunburn too, so a rash guard also provides protection against the sun for your arms and torso.

Surf training on Legian Beach
Custom rash guards for surfingOur rash guards, custom made by local company Blue Azure, will help keep you protected and make you stand out from all the other surfers. They match our lovely blue and orange surf boards, too!

Use of a rash guard is included for free whenever you take a surf lesson with us or rent a surf board or bodyboard to use on Legian beach.

Each of our instructors also has their own rash guard so you can easily spot them during your surf lesson. Don’t they look great?

By the way, if you want to place an order for your own custom rash guards you can contact Fay at Blue Azure via their Facebook page.

We’re on TripAdvisor!

We now have a page on TripAdvisor so if you want to see what other people have to say about us, please click here. We hope you’ll be able to come and visit us soon!

If you’ve been to visit us already, we’d love you to leave a review to let us know what you thought. Hopefully we’ll see you again soon.

New surf boards

Our new surfboards

Our new surfboards

Chandra and Joni showing off two of their new surfboards

We’re excited to announce the arrival of 3 brand new surf boards to our collection!

The new additions are:

  • 7′ 8″ Soft top
  • 7′ 8″ Epoxy funboard
  • 8′ 0″ Epoxy funboard

Now we can cater for an even wider range of surf levels. The new soft top surf board is perfect for beginner surf lessons for our shorter and lighter customers, including children. The epoxy boards are suitable if you’ve mastered a soft top board and want to move to something that is lighter and gives you more control and, ultimately, more style with your surfing.

So if you’re planning to head to Bali to surf in 2014 then come and visit us! We hope to keep adding to our collection through out the next year so we’ll keep you posted.