Bali is an amazing place, and the Waveguru surf camp is far-and-away the best way to get to know the surf breaks. Prepare for a wild ride. 5:30am -- knock knock... surf! Scarf down a couple bananas, your board is already on the car, 5:45am you're hauling biscuits down windy Bali streets to get to the best break possible, at optimal tide, before the crowd is on it. 10am, driving back. You will think you're going to die. Repeatedly. The motorcycles and trucks around you are inches away -- the craziest traffic you've ever seen, but you don't care because you're so blissed out from the surf you just had. 10:30am -- breakfast, bacon and eggs done how you like them. Then, sleep for an hour, or maybe a trip for an epic $7 massage. (The afternoon nap is when it's especially nice to have an AC room.) Then lunch before you're out the door again for the 3pm surf. Get the waves of your life, then enjoy the sunset, before being driven back home, where there's dinner and a comfy bed. Maybe you'll shoot a game of pool with the other guests, look over photos, post to facebook, or read two lines in your book before conking out. You'll need your sleep, because you're doing it all again tomorrow, but at different surf spots.
This place is awesome. You have to worry about nothing. Food is healthy, tasty, and copious. These are home cooked meals, not salty restaurant fare. Laundry done if you need it. Side trips for ding repair or shopping if you need it. But, really, this place is all about surf-eat-sleep, repeat! What Nick and Dee are doing here is pretty amazing. Don't get me wrong, all the negative complaints in other reviews are true! The place is kind of noisy. (Bring headphones.) And the internet is kinda spotty. This is not a hotel -- it's a large house. No hot water. No restaurants within walking distance. Not super luxurious. Not a good place to bring your wife (or non-surfing partner), unless they're extra cool (like mine). But, what you're getting... you get to surf Bali like a local!
Even if you are a competent surfer (and you should be competent if you're going to surf Bali), there is little hope of getting to even half of these breaks and figuring out where to park and paddle out. Nick's local knowledge is gold. We mostly went to known spots, but also went to a few epic breaks that are in no books or websites. He and Putu also drive like maniacs. All to get you to the best surf breaks possible, at the optimal times. I honestly don't know how long Nick and Dee can keep surfers coming through their home this way, taking them for two sessions a day and keeping them well fed and happy. People don't usually do this sort of hosting, anywhere, because it's so much work! You will be forking over a decent stack of cash for this service, but, really, what you're getting is something you usually can't get at any price -- the company of knowledgeable and friendly people who will treat you like special guests, take care of you, feed you well, and paddle out with you into some of the best surf on the planet.
So.. bottom line... if you want luxury, or a view, or fancy food, or need pampering, book elsewhere. But if you want to be fed and driven around to surf all the best breaks with a cool local, this is your spot. Maybe stay two weeks here and two weeks elsewhere, once you've been taken to most of the spots and know Bali better? Or maybe, if you end up thinking about it like I did, you'll just decide to come back to Nick and Dee's, because it's so awesome to have to worry about nothing, and just surf.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Awesome surf guiding and surf homestay! We have 11 years finding the best waves in Bali. Don't come all the way to Bali and get dropped!! We introduce you to the locals so they won't drop in! We will also find you the best suited waves to your ability. We will block, snake, drop (other people) and we will even push you on waves. Anything to make your Bali surf holiday awesome..Surf guiding now..Wave Guru Bali Surf Camp Villa is open for the complete surf holiday . ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wave Guru Bali Surf Camp Jimbaran