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Rote

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NE - SE wind

High tide

2-5ft S-SW swell

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Intermediate / Advanced

NE - SE wind

High tide

2-5ft S-SW swell

Coral

Intermediate / Advanced

Surfing at Shipwrecks Overview

Quick Info

Wave size: waist high – 2 x overhead
Swell size (ocean): 2 – 5ft
Swell direction: S – SW
Tides: High tide
Direction: Right
Best wind: SE – NE
Surfing level: Intermediate / Advanced
Crowd factor: 8/10
Localism factor: 6/10
Fun factor: 8/10
Risk factor: 7/10
Must know: Keep an eye out for the rusting ship wreck in the line up.
Nusa Lembongan offers an amazing array of quality waves suiting all levels, all within a stone throw of each other, and on a stunning tropical island!

It is the only area in the east of Bali that is offshore in the dry season trade winds.

Access Nusa Lembongan by catching the ferry across from Sanur, there are plenty of tourist booths around that can offer you a ticket (be sure to negotiate on the price), or you can go directly to the office on Jalan Hang tuah, next to Warung Nano’k.

About Shipwrecks

Shipwreck’s is Nusa Lembongan’s namesake wave, and peels into a well-defined channel on the Northern most reef in the bay. It offers a right-hander of quality, that can offer big barrels on take off, and a rippable wall peeling for 80m into the channel. This wave is very tide sensitive and requires water on the reef to break correctly. A low tide makes the wave barely surfable, and a high tide can swamp it out a bit, so you want a mid tide on spring tides and a higher tide on the neaps.

Shipwrecks will start breaking at waist high, where it is a great spot for intermediates to hone there skills on the reef, all way through to double over-head where it is best left to the experts. When the tide starts running out, a strong current can drag the crowd up the reef and behind the take off zone, making it very hard to stay in position and a lot of people will find themselves too deep to make the first section.

Best Conditions for Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks is best in a SW swell from head high, to double overhead. It is offshore in the dry season trade winds, making it a very reliable spot. It is best surfed on a mid tide.

Getting in and out at Shipwrecks

Access to this wave is to either the long paddle from the beach, but be aware of the seaweed farms in the lagoon, as you can get tangled in the lines or cut your hands. Or you can opt to take the surf ferry, which you will see driving back and forth from the reef most days.

Getting to Shipwrecks

Access Nusa Lembongan by catching the ferry across from Sanur, there are plenty of tourist booths around that can offer you a ticket (be sure to negotiate on the price), or you can go directly to the office on Jalan Hang tuah, next to Warung Nano’k.

Once on the island it is easy to get around, and if you are staying in the area you will most likely walk here along the beach. Shipwrecks is the eastern most break.

Hazards to look out for at Shipwrecks

Beware of the shallow, sharp coral reef and the remains of a shipwreck on the inside that will stick up out of the water on lower tides. Crowds of all levels can be a factor here, so bring your manners and take note from the locals as they show you how to back door the peak.

There are seaweed farms in the lagoon here so be careful when paddling out as they can cut your hands.

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