How to make a booking:
To make a booking just press the book now button or send us an e-mail. We will then give you details of price and availability and ask you to pay a deposit. You can send us a deposit either through PayPal or bank transfer. Once the deposit is received, we will send you a booking confirmation. For last minute bookings (one to two days before) there is no need to pay a deposit (unless you are a big group).
What you need to know before arriving in Indonesia:
You can check price comparison sites such as skyscanner.com to get the best deal. Airline companies that fly to Bali include Singapore Airlines, KLM, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar amongst others. Unfortunately there are no direct flights to Bali; typically flights to and from Europe and the US have one stop-over. To get the best prices, try to book well in advance or subscribe to price comparison and airline companies’ websites so that you get notified about any discounts.
Bali has only one airport and this is Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. The travel time from the airport to Canggu is from fourty minutes to one and a half hours, depending on traffic.
Most airlines offer this option. You will need to check with them whether they offer this option free of charge or if you need to pay an extra fee. Make sure you wrap your surf board very well to avoid any dings during transportation. Also some airlines offer refunds for damages to surfboards during transportation. Check with them whether they have this policy as it is useful if anything goes wrong during transportation.
For most countries including European and North American countries a visa is now issued on arrival for free. For some countries, there is a charge of US$35 for this visa. You can check whether there is a charge for the visa for your country by following this link //www.bali.com/visa-indonesia-entry-requirements-bali.html. If you need to pay, you can pay in US$, € or IDR at the airport. This visa is valid for thirty days. Alternatively, you can get a two month visa by visiting the Indonesian Embassy in your country.
If you wish to stay more than thirty days and have not been issued a two month visa from the Indonesian Embassy in your country, you can extend your visa while in Bali. You can do this either on your own by visiting the immigration office or preferably through an agent. This will cost you a bit more but will save you a lot of time and hassle.
What you need to know about payments and credit cards in Bali:
The currency in Bali and wider Indonesia is the IDR (Indonesia Rupiah) which is approximately €1 to IDR15,000 and US$1 to IDR13,000. Exchange rates can vary a lot during the year but this is a rough average.
We would recommend avoiding exchanging money at the airport as exchange rates are not favourable. There are plenty of places to exchange currency in Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu. BMC money changer is one that we recommend as it is commission free. There are plenty of BMC exchange stores around Bali.
This is relatively easy. Most ATMs accept credit and bank cards including Visa, Maestro and Cirrus and can give you Rupiahs in exchange. The maximum amount per transaction is IDR3mn (approx €202 or US$230). You can make approximately 4 transactions a day.
You can pay us in cash upon arrival. We accept almost any currency. Please note that we do not accept credit cards.
What you need to know about surfing and weather:
We offer surf lessons to all levels from complete beginner to experienced surfer. Our private and semi-private structure (1:1 & 2:1 students to surf instructor ratio) will make sure the lesson is customised to your needs.
With over 60 spots to choose from, Bali has the perfect wave for you. Easy long board waves perfect for beginners can be found in Canggu as well as the beach breaks of Seminyak and Kuta.
Our surf lessons include surf gear. This means that we provide both surf board and lycras. We have a variety of surf boards from soft tops to mini Malibu to short boards to make sure we can find one that best fits your surf level.
The good news is that with water temperatures between 27 and 30°C, you can forget about wetsuits.
Just bring a smile and a good sun cream and let us do the rest. A strong sun cream is definitely recommended. There are special sun creams for water sports that are water resistant. For the face, as well as a strong facial sun cream, you might also want to wear a zinc coating for extra protection. This is easy to find in any surf shop in Bali. If you have your own surf board, you can use it during the lesson. If not, no worries, we will provide you with the surf gear.
The quick answer is immediately. We are very flexible on this. As surf lessons are private and semi-private, we will first discuss this with you and arrange a surf lesson schedule suited to your needs.
There is not a fixed time daily for surf lessons as this depends on the day’s wind and swell conditions. However, the norm is that surf lessons start early from 7-11 am as surf conditions are better in the morning before the wind picks up. Our surf instructors will inform you the day before when the best time is to start your lesson.
Just leave this to us. We will pick you up and take you to the best surf spot depending on the wind and swell conditions and your surf level. We’ll arrange pick up and drop off from your hotel or villa, provided you’re staying in Canggu or Seminyak.
Bali’s climate has two seasons: the dry season and the wet season. The dry season lasts from April to November with an average temperature of 30°C and two to three days’ rain a month. At night the temperature drops a bit but it is still warm and you do not need to wear a jumper or jacket.
November to April is the wet season in Bali. This means that it rains more compared to the dry season but there is no clear pattern. It might rain every day for a week or not rain at all. Normally, there is heavy rain for thirty minutes and then the sun comes out again. This can happen two to three times a day or not at all. Average temperature during the wet season is a bit higher and it tends to be more humid as well.
The temperature in Bali is from 27 – 32 °C. During the dry months and especially June to August, temperatures can reach 24°C at night.
The water temperature in Bali is between 26°C (July/August) and 30°C (December/January). You will only need to wear a lycra top or a thicker surf top but definitely not a wetsuit.
What you need to know about the food, night life and transport in Bali:
The easiest way to get around is by scooter. Bike rental is quite cheap (approximately €3 a day or US$3.5 a day). It is quite safe to drive around by bike in Canggu and Seminyak. Alternatively you can rent a car, which is a bit more expensive but still affordable, or you can rent a car with a driver to take you around. To rent a bike you only need your passport. To rent a car, you will need an international driving license.
Bali has plenty of options food wise and Canggu is no exception. You can select from a variety of international restaurants, from freshly cooked BBQ to organic/vegetarian food, to local food. Prices are relatively cheap, ranging from an average cost of €2 or US$2.5 for local warung food (local tavern that serves buffet style food) to €3-5 or US$3.5-5.5 for an international meal or BBQ.
One thing is sure: Bali has plenty of night life. If you don’t want to go far, Canggu has two to three bars, including beach bars such as Old Man’s, and the ever popular Deus with live music on Sundays. Seminyak also has a vibrant night life and there is always the crazy night life of Kuta that keeps on going until morning.
There are some shops in Canggu but Bali’s shopping paradise is in the Seminyak and Kuta areas. Seminyak has more boutique style shops while Kuta is great for open markets and bargain hunting. The outlets on Sunset Road are a surfer’s paradise with pretty good deals on surf clothes. And there are also some malls such as the trendier Beach Walk mall by Kuta Beach, handily positioned for a post-shopping stroll.
Lots and lots of bikinis and flip flops for wearing during the day with shorts and T-shirts. At night you might want to consider long trousers to protect you against mosquitos. Generally, bring your casual beach clothes. Bali is a very relaxed place when it comes to clothes but of course there are always some more upmarket venues, especially in Seminyak, if you wish to dress up.
What you need to know to stay safe:
Bali is quite a safe place compared to other tropical destinations. Having said that, we still recommend a tetanus boost (one jab in your buttocks), hepatitis A (two to three jabs, starting six weeks before your trip) and typhoid (oral vaccination, three weeks before). Though Bali and Nusa Lembongan are classified as malaria-free, if you want to be on the safe side, a malaria prophylaxis and rabies vaccination is recommended. Act wisely to keep risk to the minimum by bringing repellents and protective clothing with you.
Medical care is up to Western standards. There are also plenty of pharmacies selling almost everything you might need from antiseptic creams to band aids quite cheaply. Of course, you can always bring your own personal pharmaceuticals if you wish.
It is recommended that you take out travel health insurance that covers treatment expenses and also emergency transport. This insurance is quite cheap and normally lasts for a year.
What you need to know about safety in Bali:
Bali is relatively safe at night time as well as in the day. Nevertheless, it is always recommended to stay in groups and avoid isolated places when out at night.
It is recommended that you leave your valuables in the hotel. However, you can always take a bag with you when going out. As a rule Canggu and Seminyak tend to be safer than Kuta.
We would recommend that you leave any belongings in the surf vans rather than unattended on the beach.