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Bali Surf Report - May 2017

BALI "PEAK SEASON" PUMPING!

Bali's 2017 Peak Season has started earlier than usual, with some great uncrowded sessions all over Indo. Now is the time to plan your 2017 Indo Surf Trip of a Lifetime!

Last year's El Nino conditions delivered epic "Best Waves of a Lifetime" along the entire Indonesian archipelago. April and May were especially good and glassy. June kicked in with ultra-high tides and massive swells! July saw solid 8-12 foot swells at Padang-Padang. Then two huge swells hit in October and November, proving "late season" can always turn it on. Thank you El Nino!

* Last year many flights were cancelled for a week due to Volcanic ash from East Java and Lombok. Although that has cleared now, make sure you get Travel Insurance the same day you book any flights or hotels. Then you'll be covered for any delays or expenses if a Volcano kicks up again, or you or family "break a leg" and have to cancel your trip before you even leave!

INDO SURF TRAVEL INSURANCE covers you for UNLIMITED Cancellation costs, UNLIMITED Emergency Hospital and UNLIMITED Medevac flights (Comprehensive level). SURFBOARDS are covered up to $700 each. Plus we'll give you a $10 Refund (enough for a 6-pack of FREE BEERS in Bali) or a FREE copy of Indo Surf & Lingo 2015 Edition if you buy insurance through our website. Details here

Our Book's exclusive Bali Wave Size Prediction Chart makes it easy for you to plan where to surf each day, in waves that suit your ability. All you need is board shorts, sun block and Indo Surf and Lingo to guide the way! Get a copy now.

Water Temp: Warm 25 C/ 80 F. Air Temp: Hot & Sunny 25-33 C/ 85-95 F

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Surf & Weather Prediction: From APRIL to end of OCTOBER
This is considered Peak Indo swell season. Sunshine and offshores for 7 months! Non-stop swell after swell, especially mid-winter June to August. Although Bali's West coast lights up, Bali's East coast can still surprise with early morning glass without the crowds. Swell average: 3-6 foot, with 8-10 foot sets every 2 weeks. So get over here soon!

Surf Seasons:  Bali is renowned for always having a 4 foot wave somewhere on the island. All year you can be guaranteed head high surf most days, with an 8 to 10 foot swell pumping through every couple of weeks. And 12 foot plus every 6 weeks or so.

Starting in April the famous lefts on the west coast enjoy offshore sunny perfection through till the end of October. This is considered the BEST time of year for guaranteed surf and sunshine. The biggest swells usually hit from June to September. November and December see winds start to swing, with less consistent variable conditions until January. The monsoon winds set in until the end of March, bringing plenty of swell during the less crowded "Wet Season". 

No matter what time of year you go, the waves are always surfable, and it's always offshore on one side of the island. The "worst month" in Bali can still be better than "the best month" back home.

April, May and June see the least crowded quality surf. July and August see peak crowd and swells, and September often pumps. November and December are usually the least active months, and then the east coast rights pump from January to March when it rains a lot which keeps crowds down. And remember there are usually glassy early mornings on both sides of the island, offering uncrowded waves to the early risers among us. There really isn't an "off season" because Bali is always going off!

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