Bali has been a surfers’ paradise since the ’80s, when it was an underdeveloped tropical island. Since then tourism has boomed. The names of Padang Padang, Uluwatu, Nusa Dua and Sanur conjour up images of perfection, but there are many, many more breaks for all abilities. Bali gets swell from southern ocean swells direct from the Antarctic, so it’s rarely flat. Its southwest and southeast coasts are littered with surf spots. The dry season (June to September) coincides with peak swell season, but it does get crowded. Wet season is less consistent but there are plenty of waves and there are still some secrets! Great wintering hole!