When planning my trip to Bali I decided to start the adventure off with a stay at a surf camp. I thought it would be a good idea not to be completely on my own during the first few days and ease into the experience. I set out to explore a few different options but as a couple of friends have stayed at Rapture Surfcamp Bali before, my decision very easily landed on this camp. And it was the best decision ever. I quite frankly had the best week of my life at Rapture Surfcamp Bali.
Everything you need to know about the camp itself
There are different kinds of rooms at Rapture Surfcamp Bali. I booked a room in the dorm in order to meet new people. That worked out perfectly. My roommates were all super lovely and immediately adopted me into their group form day one.
If you do not want to share a room with others, you could also get the Single or Double room and not miss out on bonding time, as breakfast, surfing and dinner always are taken together.
The food at Rapture Surfcamp Bali Cliff
Breakfast and dinner are included in your rate if you book your stay with Rapture Surfcamps. At breakfast, you order from a menu and can fuel up for your surf sessions. At dinner, it’s a set menu each day and you can either eat that or rent a scooter and head out to Uluwatu or Padang for dinner.
On weekends they host special nights, such as bonfire night, sunset watching at Uluwatu sunset point and pizza night before going out to Single Finns. I went out twice during my stay at the camp and loved both nights so much. The vibe is just great and the only thing that was a bit annoying was finding a taxi to take us back to the camp, as Cliff is about 35-40 minutes from the populated party area. Didn’t matter too much because we had a lot of fun in the taxi as well.
What does a typical day look like at Rapture Surfcamp Bali Cliff
We usually got up really early – meaning at around 7 – and had breakfast together before getting ready to go out surfing with the group. We assembled, got our boards and climbed into the van. Then we drove to the surf spot and had the BEST time in the car with the guides.
The surf lessons typically last for two hours. After that, we either came back for a short break or spend the break on the beach and then did two more hours of surfing. In the afternoon you could go to yoga (which was amazing, by the way), drive a scooter around the area or book in a massage. At around 7 in the evenings, dinner was held in the communal space and everyone got together for a few lovely hours of chilling before heading back to bed relatively early to get enough energy for the next day of surfing.
Learning how to surf in Bali
Before coming to the Rapture Surfcamp Bali, I had only tried surfing once in France two years back. So I signed up for lessons in the beginner’s group and just decided to start from scratch. Surfing on the Bukit peninsula is very different from what I learned in France. But with the help of the competent surf guides, you will easily find your way and learn.
Every evening you have to sign up for surfing the next day. You can either opt for doing just one session or both. Sometimes they decide to do a day trip and you just have to come along. If you’re not feeling like surfing anymore, you can always head back to the beach and chill.
In the morning the group assembles and everyone gets assigned their own surfboard, leash, and lycra before loading up the van and heading to the assigned surf spot. The guides decide on where to go depending on the tide, the waves and the number of people there and make sure to always tailor the beaches to the skill level of participants.
During my stay at the Rapture Surfcamp Bali Cliff we went to various different beaches: Dreamland, Padang Padang, Honeymoon, Jimbaran and Thomas Beach. Jimbaran was the easiest to navigate as a beginner but I personally loved Dreamland the most. Surfing there feels absolutely unreal and unlike anything I have ever experienced before. It is one of the most beautiful beaches on earth and made me feel an intense sense of gratitude while sitting at the board and just looking out onto the shore. What an absolute honor to be able to experience something like this.
To me, the surf guides are what made the stay at the Rapture Surfcamp Bali so unique and special. They are the kindest, most generous, funniest and just generally best people I have ever met and I am so happy to have spent time with them and to be able to learn from the crew. Each morning they greet you with the biggest smile on their faces and look out for you. I have learned so much about surfing, how to read the waves and life in general in only a week at the camp and will eternally be grateful for their teaching.
The good and the bad
One day we got into a scooter accident (flat tire, which caused the scooter to fall down) and called the “emergency contact” at the camp but no one picked up. After waiting and worrying we got a response that was along the lines of “we can’t really help you, just ask someone there”, which was disappointing as we were panicking and feeling lost with no idea of what to do. Luckily no one was hurt and we only had a minor flaw on the scooter. I honestly would have expected a bit more reassurance at that moment – especially because we all were new to the island and didn’t yet trust random strangers (blame Austrian and German experience). The locals in Bali are absolutely amazing, though, and after seeing us push the scooter up a hill, offered to help us with our flat tire.
In general, I would 100% recommend Rapture Surfcamp Bali and am already planning on going back soon. Through the helping hands of the surf instructors, I managed to improve my surfing skills so much. The other guests at the camp made me feel at ease and more at home than I could have ever imagined. I made friends for a lifetime and had so much fun.
/ Disclaimer: paid for myself, no collaboration