We are 40+ couple that have been surfing for about 2 1/2 years. My wife is a beginner and she was able to surf in white water before but was always apprehensive of going into green waves. I'm an intermediate surfer and able to surf overhead waves and do a few basic tricks. Our goal was simple: surf! and improve our level. Here is the breakdown of the camp:
Surfing: The surfing is outstanding! What else can I say... perfect waves over and over an over. Josh and his team organize groups based on levels and they take you to the best places for the day. My wife joined the beginner group and I joined the intermediate/advanced group. Many times we ended up going to the same place, but we surf in different locations. All I can say is that both of us improved so much that we could not believe our eyes. My wife who was very apprehensive of any green waves was charging 5 to 6 foot waves at the end of the week and able to ride them! In my case I was able to be at the right spot all the time. The guides are very knowledgeable of the area and can tell you exactly what the waves are going to do. We were both very happy with our guides. Monot, Buddy, Dick and Connor were outstanding with us and took us to the right spots. We surfed sometimes 3 times a day. We absolutely loved all the surf sites we visited. On small piece of advice: Be honest with your surfing level. If you say you are an intermediate, make sure you are in good paddling shape and you know how to negotiate waves in a reef. If you don't feel comfortable with that, then go with the beginners for a while and catch the bigger waves. Bottom line... We love the surfing! More than we expected.
Accommodations: Before coming to the camp, this was our main worry. We are not kids anymore, so we wanted our own private villa with private bathroom and a nice comfortable bed. All I can say is wow! The villa that they gave us was awesome, the decoration is an amazing Balinese style room with a gorgeous outdoors bathroom and hot shower. We could shower and watch the stars at the same time... magical! and very romantic room. It also had A/C and TV with DVDs.
The camp is inland, so no beach access nearby. All the rooms either face a perfectly manicured garden or the awesome pool. The camp is very tidy and very tastily decorated. Pool, pool table, bar, surfboards everywhere, music... just awesome. I can't comment in the other rooms as I didn't stay, but I understand that you can share rooms with other people and from talking to other guest everybody was pleased with their rooms.
The camp is rural location because that's where all the good surfing is... so expect some "jungle" noise during the night and roosters in the morning. Not really a problem for us as we were so tired that we did no hear anything. I should also mentioned that during our entire stay we didn't see a single bug!
Food: Breakfast in the morning either before surfing or after the first surfing session if we went early. Very good simple breakfast. Order you eggs, pancakes, Jaffle, toast, etc. Coffee, tea, etc. is abundant and very good. Dinner severs at 7pm and I can't really comment too much as my wife and I decided to go out to try the local restaurants. The couple of days that we ate in the camp, we ate very well. Don't expect a huge meal; good local food to energized you after your surfing sessions. If you are into full meals like my wife and I... then try the local restaurant around, they are many, they are cheap and awesome! Overall, the food is great and good comments from all guest during our stay. Drinks are available at the bar for a very reasonable price. Lunch you are normally on your own between surfing sessions. Saturday night normally all the guests go out together to a local restaurant.
Overall: We came here to surf. We surfed indeed! We both improved our levels and we are very happy with the place... how happy? Well we wished we would have booked 2 weeks here. The following week we had another hotel and we were wishing we stayed in the camp. The atmosphere at the camp is awesome and they really make you feel like family. We are both over 40 years old and we never felt older than 20 the entire time! It was a real awesome experience.
- Rent a scooter locally; very good price and you can move around. You will need it if you want to go out to dinner or explore the area. Make sure you have an international driving license if you plan to travel a bit with the scooter. Also if you do, cover your skin as much as possible (long pants, long sleeves t-shirts and helmet) this will avoid the police from identifying you a white and stopping you :-)
- Be honest with your surfing level. Bali can produce very powerful overhead waves and lots of powerful currents combined with reefs.
- Take the time to get to know your fellow guest, that's where most of the fun is!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rapturecamps is a network of four surf camps in Bali, Portugal and Nicaragua that strives to provide excellent surf vacations and surf schools for people from all over the world. Whether you are a beginner looking for a surf school or a more experienced surfer wanting to discover new surf breaks, we are here to help you get the very best from your surfing experience. We offer great surf in top-class accommodation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rapture Surfcamp Bali Pecatu