Under the radar waves
Fun park for bodyboarding
Epic East coast morning sunrises
An excellent café culture
With fun beach breaks, wedging sand bars and awesome reefs the east is a beast! A fun park for bodyboarding with under the radar waves, tropical warm waters, and staggering swell consistency.
Water Temperature: 28°C
Local Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
Local Beer: Bintang
Local Food: Nasi Goreng
Surf 2ft – 8ft
An old skool surf adventure
Culturally rich town with boutiques, antiquities and French style cafés
Excellent access to volcanoes, waterfalls and ancient temples
Visit Jatiluwih Rice Terraces UNESCO World Heritage site
Awesome variety of eateries close to hotel
Waves to suit all abilities
Bali has naturally become a popular destination for travelling bodyboarders and has earned a reputation for the hot spots becoming crowded in the water, but with a little adventurous spirit uncrowded perfection is still very much attainable. Some of the better-known breaks on the east coast are Keramas, Sri Lanka, Serangan and Nusa Dua. But it is the breaks that are under the radar that we love.
Since first visiting Bali in 1996 the east coast was generally undiscovered. Walking along the black sand beaches in searing heat in the Padang Galak area, picking our way through paddy fields on motorbikes and following tip offs and hand drawn maps we knew that there had to be some awesome bodyboarding spots. Slowly but surely, they have been unearthed and fortunately we have had years of enjoyment scoring waves on the east side of the island.
The east coast has a reputation as having more right-hand breaking waves than Bali’s west coast. However, there is a great mix of both rights and lefts. The swell size and direction will dictate each daily surfari. In previous years we’ve travelled to the same spot for 6 days in a row and scored it uncrowded and perfect. On other trips we have visited numerous different spots throughout the week and ticked off a list of well-known and under the radar waves. It is essential to know where you need to be, at what time for the best tide, to miss the crowd and to avoid the traffic. It’s this mission that our awesome guides have spent their lives achieving. So, your experience will benefit from their years of experience. To quote multiple world bodyboarding champion Pierre Louis-Costes after his stay on the east coast of Bali
“I love Keramas, it’s such a sick wave to surf, to draw a line and bust big, you can become a very capable bodyboarder surfing Keramas often, it helped me improve a lot going right.”
We stay in twin or double rooms in a hotel in Sanur that we have been working with for many years. Why not pull up a sun bed for an afternoon of chilling by the pool? Grab a massage to take relaxation to the next level or catch up with home using the wifi. The hotel is centrally located for walking to the shops and cafés. The rooms have air conditioning, are secure and there are plenty of helpful staff onsite.
You can expect warm, sunny weather every day with the odd evening downpour depending on how quickly the seasons are changing from wet season to dry. We hit the road early to score the best waves. A huge benefit of surfing on the east coast is the morning sunrise. An experience that you will remember forever as you paddle out to an illuminated red sky, as the island of the gods awakens.
We’ll visit a variety of restaurants and cafés which have an incredible selection of Indonesian food, western dishes, Japanese, Argentinian, and Italian menus. The choice is incredible and the prices are around £5 ($7USD) per meal.
The variety of Indonesia’s surf breaks means we’ll always be able to find quiet peaks offering mellower, long walling waves – perfect if you’re a beginner learning the basics or an intermediate rider looking to reach the next stage. Then there are more challenging reefs for the advanced rider. We split the group by abilities to cater for all levels of bodyboarding experience. It’s an amazing location with a veritable fun park of waves to suit all skill sets.
Foundation level Instruction
Indonesia caters for bodyboarders of all abilities, and you’ll often find gentler, mellower waves breaking at one end of the beach or reef, when at the other there are waves offering barrels and steeper sections for more advanced riders. This is great if you’re looking to test yourself without jumping in at the deep end. A great mix of waves for all abilities.
Whatever your level, our coaching team is on hand to offer daily guiding and tuition should you want it. This is tailored to your ability, with instructors who are in-house qualified and fully insured, and includes beach, water and classroom-based tuition.
Our team comprises experienced lifeguards, some of whom have 20 years of surfing and worldwide travel behind them, all trained by multiple-times British National Champion and Team Coach Rob Barber.
We’ve got your back whatever your ability, and that’s a promise. Don’t stress if you’re only now giving it a go – on this trip there’s something for everyone, and we all have to start somewhere.
In fact, you’ll be amazed how quickly you master paddling out to catch good-quality waves, and we’re committed to patiently helping you progress.
Foundation level tuition includes
- An oceanography class at the start of the week to understand breaks, rips and currents
- Video and photo analysis
- Bodyboarding safety, beach awareness, and how to catch waves
- How to paddle out, gain speed, duck-dive and wipe out safely
- Learning moves such as cutbacks, barrel rolls and 360 spins
- How to get the most from your equipment, while having heaps of fun
Our instructors are on hand with groups in the water, able to give extra tips on the beach, and give detailed feedback during our informal classroom analysis.
As well as coaching, we’re also keen to develop your learning and understanding of the sport in general. This is why we offer a separate Q&A sessions, answering all things bodyboarding: equipment, travel, safety, surf prediction, understanding pressure charts and bodyboarding fitness.
Intermediate and Advanced Instruction
There is good reason why there are so many amazing bodyboarders making an annual pilgrimage to Indonesia. The waves lend themselves to high level bodyboarding and we can help you perfect specific moves from carving reverse spins to airs. Ben Player would regularly use Uluwatu, Padang Padang and Canngu as his pre-season training ground when he competed on the world tour, and for good reason too. The variety of the waves in this area is huge and as a result we can focus on every aspect of your riding. Or put more of a focus on guiding you to the best waves each day and letting you enjoy them while being videoed by our team.
Photography and video analysis will be available throughout all sessions to help improve your riding. There is simply no better way to see your riding sky rocket than to benefit from slow-motion analysis of your biggest moves. By the end of your trip we guarantee that you will feel that you have up’d your game. If coaching isn’t your thing, then you can benefit from our guiding, to know that you’re in the best spot for the waves each day.
You need to make your own travel arrangements to Denpasar International Airport, Bali. Those flying from the UK, we suggest calling our bodyboarder friendly flight specialist Lee at Dial a Flight on 02072951556. We then arrange airport pick-ups for those arriving on the first day of the trip between 9am and 4pm, if you arrive out of this time we can organise a driver for you but you will need to pay for this, please budget approx £20.
Many of our guests choose to arrive a day early in order to get over jet lag and acclimatise. We have our welcome meeting at 4pm on the first day of the trip so please try to arrive in good time.
7 nights in a shared room £749
7 nights in a private room £1199 (limited availability)
7 nights in a private double room for two people £1498
7 nights for a non bodyboarder – £599
10 nights in a shared room £1099
10 nights in a private room £1599 (limited availability)
10 nights in a private double room for two people £2198
10 nights for a non bodyboarder – £829
Stretching 5 km along the coastline, many consider Sanur ‘just right’, as it lacks most of the hassles found to the west of Bali while maintaining a good mix of independently owned restaurants and bars. A thriving artists colony in the 50’s, Sanur has always attracted a quieter traveller. Colorful jukung fishing boats rest on the sand, backed by a cycling path makes for a scenic bike ride or stroll. The leafy main street Jalan Danau Tamblingan is loaded with boutiques, antiquities, art shops, fashion retailers and has an excellent café culture.
The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are a must visit. These gentle green terraces are not as accessible as other parts of Bali, but certainly well worth the effort for its beauty. Some of the rice terraces are thought to be created as long as 500 years ago, and indeed showcase one of the oldest and most complex systems of agriculture. Beautiful and pristine, you can take a stroll through the site or hire a horse to explore. Untouched, beautiful Bali at it’s traditional best.
On arrival, we will recommend the hotspots to visit. In previous years our groups have travelled to the nearby waterfalls, hiked volcanoes, visited temples or used the time between sessions to wallow or in Sanur’s warm shallow lagoons that are crystal clear.
It’s important to make sure you have the right kit before your trip starts, so all you need to think about is the surf, sea and sun!
We’ve spent decades travelling to Indonesia, so we know the difference between the ‘need to bring’ stuff and the ‘nice to bring’ stuff. Please don’t hesitate to email or call us on 01637 879571 if you have any questions.
If you need equipment, we recommend the Bodyboard-Depot, which offers free shipping on every sale over £50, a free pro leash with boards costing more than £100, and free fin savers with fins costing more than £35.
Alternatively, if you’ve run out of time to get the kit you need before you leave, let us know and we can source equipment in Indonesia so it’s waiting for you when you arrive. The more advanced notice the better please. We can arrange rental equipment if you can’t travel with your board/fins.
The warm waters and heavy waves of Indonesia make many boards turn to jelly. If you have an older PE board it’s likely to get very flexible in the heat. Therefore, we recommend boards with a PP or low-density PP core. Also look for warm water waxes.
It’s essential to use a pair of comfortable, powerful, bodyboarding swim fins to get the most from the awesome waves on the trip. Taking a spare pair of fins is advised if you have room in your luggage.
It’s a simple insurance policy on any trip, so don’t forget – bring an extra leash. The day you snap one you’ll thank yourself.
Bodyboard travel bag
A decent board bag will keep your kit safely protected throughout your journey, especially when you consider the brutality of some baggage handlers. They range from £20 to more than £100 – the more you pay, the better protection you get. The best on the market is the Creatures wheelie bag, it’s heat-reflective, padded and you can wheel it around, saving your arms and shoulders for paddling.
Board socks perform a dual purpose, protecting your board from the harsh Indonesian sun, and drying you off as it’s a handy towel. The humble board sock is an awesome piece of kit for travelling (or home use).
Fin slippers and socks prevent rub on the foot and Achilles heel, and also save you from needing to wear full-length fin socks. Absolutely worth picking some up.
If you don’t wear wetsuit socks and want to prevent rub around your heels, it’s worth considering a set of heel shields. They make fins comfortable, stop chafe and have different thickness levels to suit the snugness of your fin.
Finserts are (in our opinion) the ultimate foot protection from fin rub! Definitely have a look at buying a pair.
Don’t let a lost fin ruin the rest of your trip. Bag a set of tethers and know you’ll pop up from every duckdive and wipeout with both fins still attached.
Shorts and rash vests
On any tropical trip, it’s important to invest in a good pair of high quality, lightweight, stretchy board shorts, and a good lycra vest to help keep the sun off. In fact, make that two pairs of shorts – it’s not worth risking getting caught short if you rip a pair.
There are a range of sun creams geared specifically for bodyboarding abroad. We can attest they actually stay on in the water, and we’ve tested them in some searing conditions.
We strongly advise you buy surf-specific sun protection that are 100% natural and biodegradable, non-natural sun creams contain toxins that are detrimental Indonesia’s pristine coral reefs.
Maximise your surf time by keeping the sun off your head. If you don’t already have one, please purchase a surf hat, especially if you have a shaved head or have fair skin. Trust us, it will make your trip much more enjoyable.
General things to make your life more comfortable
You will be sleeping in fairly close proximity to others in traditional buildings, and noise travels through this jungle area. Whether that is the wildlife, people listening to music in the bar/eating area or somebody snoring in your room, it’s a good idea to pack some ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.
Cool, light clothing. You will spend most of your time in just shorts. Make sure they are lightweight and ‘quick dry’ – heavy denim shorts will be uncomfortable in the tropics, especially when travelling.
Lycra shorts to wear under your boardshorts. Just in case you missed it, here it is again: Lycra shorts to wear under your boardshorts.
A good book or a Kindle, a stack of music on your phone, and movies to watch on your tablet.
Sunglasses (and spares if you are prone to losing/breaking them).
Flip flops / sandals.
Your own refillable water bottle – always stay hydrated.
A waterproof bag to help keep your kit dry if you go out on a boat.
Earplugs for use in the water.
First Aid Kit
While we do have a trained first aider on-site throughout the trip, it is always best practice (and polite) to bring your own first aid kit.
Accidents can happen when travelling and/or around camp, and there is the chance of a rub on the reef at some point during a trip. It’s important to be aware of this, and to bring a first aid kit with contents ready for it.
- Mosquito repellent (an obvious one, but easy to forget)
- Antiseptic wipes / wash / cream
- Sterile saline solution
- Steri-strips / sutures
- Wound dressings
- Bandages / sterile gauzes
- Band aids / plasters (a good selection of sizes)
- Waterproof tape / duct tape (basically fixes everything)
- Latex gloves
- Cotton tips
- Stainless steel scissors
- Stainless steel fine point tweezers (key for removing bits of coral)
- Safety pins
- Tourniquet / triangle sling
- First aid manual (or better yet get some training)
- Deep Heat / muscle rub gel
- Hydrogen peroxide / iodine water purification tablets
- Scorpion sting remover
- Anti-histamine tablets
- Super glue
- Compeed (pads for fin rub)
- Hydration sachets
- Imodium / travel sickness tablets
- Zinc lip cream
- Cold and flu tablets/Lemsip
- 7 night’s accommodation
- Airport pick ups and drop offs
- Surf guiding to find the best waves to suit your ability
- Video and photo analysis to advance your riding
- Expert tuition tailored to your ability
- Guaranteed good times!
Frequently Asked Questions about our Sanur Trip.
Do I need to arrange my own flights and transfers?
You need to book your own flights to Bali, to arrive on the first day of the trip and leave on the last day of the trip. The dates are on the website so please check before booking.
Indonesia Trip (example only)
Dates: January 23 – February 1
- You arrive on January 23 and leave on February 1
- You need to fly in and out of Denpasar International Airport (welcome meeting arranged for 4pm)
If you want to arrive earlier or leave later, that’s fine. We’ll let you know where and when to meet us on the first day.
Do I need a visa?
British nationals can visit Indonesia for thirty days without a visa. However, entry into Indonesia may be refused and airlines may turn you away if you have less than six months left on your passport validity or you don’t have an onward ticket out of the country. You need to pay for your visa on arrival at the airport in Bali, the price is $35 USD. For more or updated information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia
Please check international travel requirements for your nationality. Please contact your travel agent or airline if you have any further questions.
What age will you be during the trip?
If you will be 60 or over we need to chat on the phone prior to booking. Please call the office or email us to arrange a time for a call +44 1637 879571
How will I know where to go once I’ve arrived at the airport?
Once you’ve collected your bags we’ll meet you at arrivals, our representative will have a clipboard that clearly states ‘Your name’. We’ll be looking for people with bodyboard bags and once you’ve been located, we’ll check you in. You may have a short wait at the airport as the rest of your group assembles. We recommend bringing a book, kindle or iPod to amuse yourself during this period! You’ll then make your way to our accommodation and be shown to your room, after which we’ll have a group meeting to chat about the holiday ahead.
Can we contact you if we have travel problems?
On the day that you travel please keep your mobile phone handy so we can stay in touch in case of delays and flight changes. Please inform us at the airport if you’re early or delayed for any reason. If you need help to book your flight then drop us a line.
If you can’t find our representative at the airport stay there and wait, they won’t be far away having tracked your arrival time. However, if you’re having real problems finding them please call Grant on +62 81338440707 or the office on +441637 879571. Please do not leave the arrivals area, one of us will be sure to locate you.
What kit should I take on a bodyboarding holiday?
You can buy any of your kit from the Bodyboard-Depot. If you’re unsure about what you need then drop us a line, we’ve travelled to locations across the globe on many occasions so we know what’s essential or handy. Please remember – it’s important to make sure you have the right kit before your trip starts so all you need to think about is the sun, sea and waves! In Bali the water is warm enough for just boardies and a rash vest. We would recommend a PP board.
Ask for Guy at the Bodyboard-Depot to discuss all your kit list needs.
Can I hire equipment?
Yes, we have a full range of kit.
Pro standard Bodyboard Hire £40 per week
Wetsuit £40 per week
Fins £20 per week
What’s the best way to transport my bodyboard and kit?
Remember to check the baggage size and weight allowance with your airline and their procedure for carrying bodyboards. Baggage handlers can be brutal so a tough bag and intelligent packing are a must. Firstly, pack your board(s) in a protective, padded board bag then write fragile and Top Load Only on it in permanent marker. Wrap towels around as well for added protection. Place your shampoo and other wet toiletries in a separate sealed bag in case of leakage. We recommend locking your bag zips with a padlock.
Do I need personal travel insurance?
Please advise our coaching staff of any medical complaints or conditions prior to your trip. We will ask for travel insurance details upon booking so organise this nice and early. We will also ask you to fill out an enrolment form with these details before the holiday.
How can I find out about medical advice for travelling?
Health and safety medical advice for travellers can be found at www.doh.gov.uk. Otherwise, contact your GP or the Department of Health for further information. Or call the Help Line on free phone 0800 555777. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issues up to date information on safety issues for countries world-wide. Contact the FCO Travel Advice line on 020 7238 4503/4504 if you have any concerns.
Please contact your doctor if you’re unsure about vaccinations. We advise you take mosquito repellent to avoid getting bitten though we’ve never been aware of any malaria cases in the areas that we visit. According to netdoctor.co.uk the risk is very low.
What currency should I take?
It’s difficult to obtain Indonesian Rupiah outside the country so we recommend taking a debit or credit card and using cash points, there are some at the airport. Our accommodation has safety boxes for both passports and cash. You can exchange sterling cash with Balinese money-changers but this is less convenient than using cards. We recommend taking at least two bank cards in case one becomes lost or damaged.
How should I budget for the trip?
If you budget approx. 120,000 Indonesian rupiah (£7 sterling) per meal you will have sufficient money for food. You will need to pay for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. There are cash points available in Bali but we ask you to budget for your daily food/drink to avoid regular cashpoint runs. So, if you budget 420,000 Indonesian Rupiah per day that will be fine (there are safes to keep valuables in). Generally, you no longer need to pay a departure tax to leave Bali, but you should check this with your airline.
How do I pay?
Payments are all made via our online invoicing system called Simple Invoices. Once you have confirmed you wish to join a trip we will send you an online invoice via email. Within this email there will be a link where that will take you to our secure payment system where you will need to enter your credit or debit card details to make the payment.
What happens if I want to cancel my booking?
If you can no longer join the trip please let us know as soon as possible via email, your cancellation will be effective from the date which it is received by Bodyboard-Holidays. Cancellation charges are payable as follows:
Over 12 weeks – deposit only (one third of the total trip price)
36 days to 12 weeks – 50% of total cost
21-35 days – 75% of total cost
Under 20 days – 100% of total cost
However if your cancellation is within the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to make a claim. Further information here. https://bodyboard-holidays.com/terms-conditions/
How to book
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“What can I say, sick! I come every year and I am never let down by this holiday, its off the hook. Its great to watch so many people improve over the course of the trip and everyone encouraging everyone. Hat off to Rob Barber for his attention to detail on these trips, nothing is left to chance. Highly recommend!”