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Nias / Asu / Hinakos





West Java

Central Java

Grajagan – G-land



SE wind

All tides

3 - 8ft S-SW swell


Intermediate / Advanced

SE wind

All tides

3 - 8ft S-SW swell


Intermediate / Advanced

Surfing at Kuta Reef Overview

Quick Info

Wave size: waist high – 2 x overhead
Swell size (ocean): 3 – 8ft
Swell direction: S – SW
Tides: All tides
Direction: Left
Best wind: SE
Surfing level: Intermediate / Advanced
Crowd factor: 9/10
Localism factor: 7/10
Fun factor: 8/10
Risk factor: 6/10
Must know: Save your arms and take a boat!
Kuta reef is a world-class left hand reef break, found right in the middle of Kuta. Get there by taking one of the local boats found at the corner of Jalan Wana Segara, next to the Holiday Inn. Kuta is a tourist mecca and has a huge array of accommodation, shopping and nightlife all at competitive prices. It is one of the busier parts of Indonesia, but is one of the favoured destinations for tourists and expats alike.

About Kuta Reef

Kuta Reef offers a quality left hander.

On smaller days it can be a friendly wave peeling for 80-100m allowing progressing beginners or intermediates an option to surf the reef.

On bigger days the wave can offer some world-class barrels and performance walls. It will start at the top of the reef and throw up a good almond shaped barrel straight from the take off, from there it will wall up and offer a performance wall and a bonus barrel on the end section before it finishes in the deep, defined channel. Beware of the shallow end section.

Kuta reef is best surfed mid-high tide as the low tide can get very shallow on the coral reef. It is offshore in the SE trade winds making this a great option in the dry season, when the swells are more consistent, although strong trade winds can make it difficult at times. It can be surfed from 1ft to double over head. SW swells seem to line it up the best.

Crowds are a major factor here, with a lot of surfers from Kuta making there way across the channel to get their piece of the action. You can make your may up the reef to middles, or Airport Lefts is you want to escape the crowds.

Best Conditions for Kuta Reef

Kuta Reef is offshore in SE – NE, making it off-shore in the dry season trade winds. It will break from waist high to 2x over head on all tides and in swells from all directions. Mid tide offers the best shape.

Getting in and out at Kuta Reef

Access is by usually by taking a local boat from the beach and simply jumping of the side! Be sure to discuss with you boat driver coming back to be sure that he either waits for you to finish surfing, or comes back at a predetermined time.

for those on a budget or looking for a lot of extra exercise you can make the paddle across to the reef but it is not recommended.

Getting to Kuta Reef

You can catch a boat from the beach at Jalan Wana Segara, in front of Restaurant Pantai. The boat price is negotiable but expect to pay from Rp100k + for a return trip.

Hazards to look out for at Kuta Reef

Bring you manners to this spot, as the crowd can get a bit heated. Respect the locals who share their local wave with tourists every day, and they will respect you back.

The coral reef here is sharp, and can be shallow on low tide.

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