Spent a week at the camp and enjoyed it for the most part. The room was fine, the garden and pool are great and plenty of space to mong out, play pool or give up trying to watch a movie after the 17th disc doesn't work. The surf guiding was really helpful for someone with no knowledge of the local breaks/swell/tide/wind requirements and Dale (who I believe has since left) was great for maximising surfs for the intermediate group. I spent a bit of time surfing with the beginners and noticed the lessons weren't probably the greatest going around and the only benefit providing some young locals with employment (although I'm not convinced they'd see a huge cut of what was been charged), probably better off with some youtube videos and board rental (also going to guess that instructors don't have the greatest surf rescue training, especially compared to Australian standards).
Even with the 35-40% wet season discount, it was hard to identify value for money, compare to what could be achieved travelling independently but as I said before, a good introduction to surfing the Bukit penisular if your unfamiliar with surfing and the area. It can be a bit isolated at times so be prepared to hire scooters/taxis to escape the camp.
Sometimes I felt the owner wished he could be wearing a crown just to make sure everyone knew he was running the place, a few of the guests complained he failed to acknowledge their existence even once during their stay, this could be seen as a benefit but either way it seems clear he is most interested in turning a profit from his "clients". (He also likes to make stories up in response to negative reviews I'm told so take everything you read with a pinch of salt). Other staff were fine, Big Roger seems to be following the Josh customer service model and I was a bit disappointed to be told when a group of us asked to return to the camp with one of the cars that we couldn't because he personally wanted to keep surfing.
In saying all this, over all it was a positive experience, I wouldn't do it again but a good alternative to doing your research and travelling independently.
- 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