As mentioned, during my trip I stated at a number of hotels around the island and at the end I stayed at the The Stones Hotel, located in Legian, Bali for five nights and it was beautiful – highly recommend. However, as I have found with nicer hotel the excursions and attractions that they organise can be quite pricey so while the idea of surfing lessons were interesting to me (especially as I went in Morocco last Fall). Thus I turned to trusty Google Maps and Trip Advisor and between the combination of the two in less than five minutes had found what I thought was a good option, though the only way to get in contact was to text a WhatsApp number. In the rest of the world, a bit weird, but in Bali, totally normal.
I texted that I was interested in surfing that afternoon and within a few minutes got a text back that read, “Rp250.000/person for 2 hours. Included surf board, rush vest, a bottle of cold water and good quality surf pics.” That is equivalent to $18 US dollars or £14 which I think is a terrific deal for a group surf lesson, never mind a private lesson with a photographer! (Just another reason I love Bali.
I quickly confirming that I was interested and he sent me the exact coordinates of their set up on the beach. The surf lesson was incredible (and two hours of surfing is VERY tiring) and the icing on the cake was that four hours after my lesson I had a Google Photos link with the images one of the staff had taken of me during my lesson – perfect for me! Take a look at my surfing:
And once I was finished surfing, I bought a much needed $2 Bintang Radler (a local Bali beer mixed with lemonade) and sat at the surf shop with the instructors watching the pros take on the waves as the sun set over Legain Beach, a truly epic end to my day surfing in Bali!
Would you go surfing in Bali?