Bali offers over 20 top quality breaks on the west and east coasts of the island, which are just half an hour apart by car. The dry winter season is offshore on the famous Kuta to Uluwatu west side of the island, from early June to late August.
The wet summer season is offshore on the Sanur to Nusa Dua east side of the island, from early December to late March. Between seasons can be less predictable, but there are usually offshore waves somewhere on the island.
The largest, most reliable swells usually arrive mid-winter from "roaring forties" weather fronts in the southern Indian Ocean, although tropical storms, or hurricanes during the summer can also send up a few days of good swell.
Most surfers prefer the predictable dry winter months rather than the humid monsoon summer months when rain squalls can be more frequent than good surf. This unfortunately means that between June and August every year, Uluwatu can often have hundreds of travelling surfers from as far away as Brazil, the U.S., Hawaii, Australia, France and Japan.
However, Indonesia's outer islands offer lots of uncrowded waves during these same months, from Sumatra to Java, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, the West Timor islands, and even Irian Jaya.
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