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SE - NE wind

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SE - NE wind

All tides

3 - 8ft S-SW swell

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All levels

Surfing at Kuta Beach Overview

Quick Info

Wave size: Waist high – 1.5x overhead
Swell size (ocean): 3 – 8ft S – Sw swell
Swell direction: S – SW
Tides: All tides
Direction: Left & right
Best wind: SE – NE
Surfing level: All levels
Crowd factor: 6/10
Localism factor: 5/10
Fun factor: 5/10
Risk factor: 2/10
Must know: There area a lot of surf schools here.
Seminyak, Legian, and Kuta are international tourist meccas, and it comes will all the good and the bad. There are plenty of places to eat, stay and party, all at competitive rates, but there are also the hoards of tourists lining the beach, street and bars that can give this once pristine environment a bit of a claustrophobic feeling.

You definitely wont get bored hanging around this area! There are plenty of places to eat, stay and especially a lot of places to party! As the famous Sky Garden and Paddies bar are at the centre, you can find cheap drinks and accommodation along either Poppies I, or Poppies II.

Kuta beach is possibly the best place to learn to surf if you are new to the sport, as the long lines of small white water are a great place to hone your skills. There are plenty of schools in the area.

About Kuta Beach

Kuta beach can offer great waves on their day, but it typically has close-outs on the lower tide, that improve as the tide comes in. Kuta beach draws in a lot less swell then its neighbour up north, Seminyak and Legian beach as it is protected by Kuta Reef, which draws in a lot of swell. High tide can offer fun left and right peaks that randomly come and go in true beach break fashion, but well worth a paddle when conditions are good. Breaks best in larger swells.

Best Conditions for Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach is offshore in SE – NE, making it off-shore in the dry season trade winds. The wet season sees consistent onshore winds, which brings in a significant amount of rubbish to the beach and is best avoided. It breaks best on the higher tides but because the sand can move around daily you never know what you may find!

Beware of strong currents on bigger days.

Getting in and out at Kuta Beach

Access is by simply paddling out through the breakers, look for rips to help you get out on larger days.

Getting to Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach can be accessed anywhere along Jalan Pantai Kuta.

Hazards to look out for at Kuta Beach

A relatively safe place to surf when conditions are small, be aware of other surfers as there is often a crowd here.

This beach can be very dangerous when the swell is up, with larger powerful wave causing rips to form up and down the beach. If you are not confident, it is best to ask someone or get a guide.

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