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Wave Guru Bali Surf Camp
Reviewed 17 April 2017

If you are looking to come to Bali to surf, waveguru is the place to go! Awesome set up, awesome food, awesome local knowledge...Nick, Dee and Ketut will have you scoring it good at spots all over the island. I have never stayed here and not scored it good...there's always a wave somewhere in Bali and these guys WILL find it for you! The local knowledge is where the real magic is here...these guys know the island, know the conditions, know how to surf, the locals, the wind, what boards to use in what conditions and can give you heaps of advice about Bali in general. If you want to come to Bali and surf, don't be a chump and try and figure it out for yourself...get your wave count up with waveguru and leave STOKED.

Now a word of advice....READ the waveguru website and be honest with yourself....what is your level of surfing ability and fitness? Waveguru is aimed at intermediate surfers who can surf and want to surf twice a day to work on and improve their surfing. If you are a complete beginner this isn't the place for you. If you are in poor physical shape this isn't the place for you (surfing up to 6 hours a day is demanding). If you are looking for 5 star luxury this isn't the place for you (and if that's what you want, go stay in a 5 star hotel). Be honest with yourself and what you want from your surfing holiday in Bali. If you are serious about coming to catch as many waves as possible with awesome food provided and a sick crew to do it with THIS is the place!!

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

I came to Bali looking to improve my surfing. I was originally intending on staying at Nick's for only a week but ended up staying two months! Basically, I figured there was no where else where I would get as many guaranteed waves in a day. Him and his local guide Katut (a true soul surfer and all around great guy) know exactly where to put you on a given day. Apart from the great guided surf trips, the food is spectacular and filling. The atmosphere here is chill and relaxed. Don't come here expecting frills, but if you want waves, and lots of them then this is the place. Honestly, I almost hesitated to recommend this place because I don't ever want it to be full when I decide to come back.

Room Tip: Come in shape if you can. Two to three surfs a day in quality waves will wear you down.
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

(note, this is based off a sample size of 2 different weeks in October and February, but I look forward continued scientific research in the matter)

I took a work assignment in China and took advantage of their Autumn Festival and Spring festival holidays to jump out to Bali for a surf. I found myself at Wave Guru Bali through an internet search, I had been to Indonesia before when I booked a boat in the Mentawais but I had never been to Bali.

I arrived late at night to a warm but sleepy welcome, unpacked and crashed out. I'm a bit of a nancy so I booked a room with AC which was definitely a good choice as it is hot as heck in Indonesia. My room was clean, spacious, comfortable, and importantly cool.

After a short sleep I was awakened at a God awful time in morning (I'm not a morning person) for 1st breakfast (yup, you get 2, more on that later). I got to meet the other crew in the camp (again I'm not a morning person, I'm not grumpy, just quite in the morning), eat some food, then we packed up and headed off for a surf. Since I came from China I didn't have any boards but after a quick chat with Nick about my style/experience he picked a board out for me (which I loved).

We showed up to the beach as the sun was just rising to see solid 6ft+ clean surf at Serangan! I usually like to warm up to bigger waves but Bali is a pretty unique place were its usually pretty easy to get out and you can shoulder hop until you feel comfortable taking off at the peak. I spent the next 3.5 hours surfing my brains out with a perma-grin pasted to my face!

On the way back we called in our 2nd breakfast requests (they called it Hobbits breakfast, classic!). Arriving back at the place I shoveled an omelette down my throat and then passed out for 2 hours until I was awakened by another knock for lunch. This was my first experience eating Dee's cooking and it was a treat. She competed on the Indonesian version of some cooking show (like Chopped?), the food was phenomenal, I still remember that first meal (curry chicken and rice).

Now off to session #2, new place, perfect waves again but this time is was time to practice my backhand (lefts as I am regular). After another 3 hour surf I was exhausted and ready to head home for another delicious round of grub. At this point I had woken up and started to chat with some of the other guests, after dinner and a few rounds of beers and pool, off to bed.

Basically, repeat the above for 11 days and that summed up my trip (early morning, 1st breakfast, perfect surf, 2nd breakfast, nap, lunch, perfect surf, dinner, socialize, bed). Sometimes I would trade out the nap for a 2 hour massage down the street for about $15, well worth it.

On both trips I came solo and left with friends from all over the world (USA, Australia, England, Indonesia, Germany, France, etc.). Nick and Dee make you feel like you're one of the family and Dee's cooking is seriously top notch. I would recommend Wave Guru Bali for anyone interested in an intensely good surf vacation.

Room Tip: If you're not used to heat, make sure you get a room with AC.
  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

This was my 2nd time staying at wave guru and i can't say enough good things about staying with Nick and Dee. Best people, best waves. They truly make you feel like family. If you love to surf then this is your paradise. Great vibes. I plan on going back at least once a year :)

Stayed: July 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

- 2 or 3 surfing sessions available every day
- at each surf we go and check out a selection of beaches which are most suitable to your small group ability according to surf forecast
- they know every inch of every beach and current etc... awesome guidance / support / advice / pushing into the wave if needed
- amazing food tasty and plentiful
- everyone is super friendly and helpful
- a few people living there or on their like 10th surfcamp! This is how good it is!
- always people ready to help give you a lift / lend you a scooter..

Stayed: February 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

I've had the pleasure of using waveguru for surf guiding whilst in Bali the last 2 times I've been and would never imagine to use anyone else. Dee and her friendly cooks make the most amazing food to fuel you post surfs. I still dream about the noodles. Mmm.
The surf spots nick and his team take you are always epic and uncrowded, meaning you get lots of waves and surfed out.
The house is amazing and everyone so welcoming.
I'm currently organising my third trip now and totally frothing to get back over there.
Cannot speak more highly of this place.

Stayed: March 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 May 2016

From the moment we got of the plane Nick welcomed us and showed us some amazing place to surf The food was incredible Dee your the best .Great value great company and of course a great driver .Nick Dee Ollie and Gede your the best Thanks Mate
Danny

Room Tip: Airconditon room
  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with friends
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Address: Jl. Giri Puspa blok D. no. 12 Taman Griya, Jimbaran 8036, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Jimbaran
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 116 Speciality Lodging in Jimbaran
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Awesome surf guiding and surf homestay! We have 11 years finding the best waves in Bali. Don't come all the way to Bali and get dropped!! We introduce you to the locals so they won't drop in! We will also find you the best suited waves to your ability. We will block, snake, drop (other people) and we will even push you on waves. Anything to make your Bali surf holiday awesome..Surf guiding now..Wave Guru Bali Surf Camp Villa is open for the complete surf holiday . ... more   less 
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