Bali Surf Guiding

Surf bali’s waves suitable for your level

Surf guiding in bali

A huge variety of surf spotsare waiting for you
bingin barrel photo
make the most of your bali surf sessions

Local knowledge

For guests who already know how to surf but want to experience as many different surf spots as possible, surf guiding and utilising local knowledge with us is the perfect option.

Surf guiding should not be mistaken for a surf lesson.  So, if you still need help getting into waves, you need to book surf lessons instead of guiding.  Surf instructors booked through Swell can all give beginner, intermediate or advanced surf lessons.


Please note: Surf guiding and lessons are only available for clients staying with us at Swell.

learn to surf in bali

Surf spots

It’s not luck that we are located in one of the best areas of the world when it comes to variety and quality of waves.  We picked our location carefully and deliberately: Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Impossibles, Bingin, Dreamland, and Balangan are all within easy reach.

These are the spots that are world-class in dry season months, between April and November. In the wet season, spots like Nusa Dua, Serangan and Pandawa are suitable for surfers of various surf levels.

It’s an advantage for sure but not essential to have a Surf Guide. 

Surf Bali's Iconic waves

Uluwatu – Bingin – Dreamland –  balangan

Surf guiding in bali

More Details

Depending on you and your fellow surfer’s skill level, a surf guide will find the best spot and tides/times for the day for you to go and surf.  

To get the very best out of a guiding experience, it’s absolutely essential that you honestly describe your current surf experience and comfort level in various wave heights and types.  That way, our surf guides can make the right choice of surf spot to suit you.  There is little worse than being out of your comfort zone and fearful in the water.

The surf guides are not giving a lesson when they are out in the water with you.  They will not be pushing you into waves.

They will though:

  • Assess your past experience in order to:
  • Take you to the right surf spot at the right time.
  • Inform you of certain rips, currents, or other hazards you need to be aware of.
  • Tell you where to sit in the line-up.
  • Give you tips on how to maximise your wave count

Who this is for

 Bali surf guiding is not suitable at all for complete beginners, novice surfers, or anyone who does not yet possess the skills listed below.  If you don’t meet the criteria listed, you are strongly advised to take surf lessons.

Surf guiding is for people with a good amount of surf experience already, are strong, independent paddlers who want to make the very most of every surf session by using local Balinese surfers with their wealth of knowledge and experience.  We’ve already suggested that it is a distinct advantage to be in the water alongside a respected Bali local when getting into waves.

You are suitable for surf guiding if you can:

  • Catch waves easily on your own.
  • Feel comfortable taking off and riding waves down the line.
  • Comfortably make bottom and top turns.
  • Takeoff in head-high+ waves without being pushed.

If you are not sure, or if you have any questions: send us a message.

Surfing Impossibles:
Short walk from swell



The ultimate surf destination


Year-round surf season. Bigger waves occur between May and October


Large variety of waves from beach breaks to shallow reefs


Year-round warm air and water temperatures; bring plenty of sunscreen!  It’s much hotter and wetter between December and March.

Skill level

Something for everyone: beginners – intermediate and expert surfers


Bookdirectly with the owner Clare

Join us in bali

A Swell Bali surf holiday can only be booked through our own website.

We do not sell our room rates on any other external website or via any agents.  

Send Clare your dates and she will get back to you in no time with a price and availability quote