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“surf surf surf!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wave Guru Bali Surf Camp

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Wave Guru Bali Surf Camp
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“surf surf surf!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2012

I spent two weeks at the villa in the low season. As it was my first time on bali it was the perfekt opener for a one month surfing vacation. I was travelling alone, focusing on surfing as much as possible in the best conditions - and that is exactly what Nick (super friendly Ozzie bloke) enabled me to!

If its your first time in bali you will be happy to have someone taking care of you (crazy roads, traffic, etc.) - local knowledge is everything around there. Nick and Putu always got me to the best, uncrowded spots at the right time, ensuring it was suitable to my ability of surfing. They were as hungry to surf perfect waves as I was - so we shared great waves the whole trip!

The homestay is great, the villa very beautiful and perfectly located so you can get everywhere within 30 min. The rooms were clean and spacious, with AC available if needed! I will never forget the great cooking from Dee (Nick's lovely wife) - eating 3 times a day, super fresh food and cold beers, it doesn't get much better.
If you surfed all day you can hang out in the huge, super comfy living room, watch great surf movies and have a chat to the other guests. They have a nice balcony to hang out on as well. and don't miss out on the BBQ's - mhhhhhhh! :-)

All in all i have to say, thank you, Nick, Dee, Nua, Nita and little Max of course for the wonderful stay!

I'll be back in a flash!!!

Cheers,
Harry

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2012

All of us come from far away to surf in Bali - especially as we are first time we don't know what to expect.... That was so easy to book a room and get a pickup from airport. Spent almost 2 weeks and I was happy. Surfing condition is great in Bali and this home stay place was also nice and clean. Breakfast was in a price. I had opportunity to stay in 2 different rooms - both with same good quality. I didn't need AC what is important! I liked their surfing guide offer. In my case came from far away Poland where we have no clue how can be in Bali.... definitively will come back to Bali - and I think it might be a WAVE guru academy again!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

I was in bali for 2 months and and spent the first month in kuta just doing a few surf trips which went down well but i wanted to take things to the next level and that was where nick and dee came in.The house is a cool place with a pool table and surf movies being played all day long and a fridge full of beer! And as for the surf trips just make sure you have some big cojones because if you want to get barreld you will! And not to forget the food that dee cooks which was all awesome - you will never go hungry!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

Arrived in Bali with my surf crazed man.....slightly crazed myself(!!!)...and randomly found Wave Guru's Homestay on our first morning there. How lucky we were. Nick is totally focused on getting his guests to the best surf spots each morning, the earlier the better and is always in the know about potential swell and hot breaks. Dee (who incidentally has the same name as me so can only be amazing!) lived up to her name and was gracious, kind, generous and a bloody good cook. Rooms were clean and spacious. House was welcoming and super chilled with everything you could possibly need on a surf trip.

If you want to surf Bali, and I really mean surf, this is the place to stay.

Come as guests, leave as friends!

Cheers Nick and Dee oh and little Max xxx

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

I had an awesome time at Nick and Dee's.
* Early knock on the door * - 5:30am, jumped in the van, and dependent upon the conditions headed to where Nick had sussed out where the best waves would be. Back for an awesome breakfast, a game of pool, then a siesta with the breeze blowing through the windows of awesome open spaced rooms, freshly cleaned room and bed made whilst out surfing.
*afternoon knock on the door* - in the van again and off for an afternoon session. Again, to where the waves would be.
Back from a great session, or some beers by the beach, followed by a bbq.
If not a nice home cooked meal, a few beers in at Kuta, or dinner at a seafood restaurant.

After the morning surf Putu (a local surf guide that works with Nick) would take us to kuta beach for a local breakfast. Awesome food, super cheap, the "best tea in the world" :) and chatting with the local stall owners, eating their local cooked cuisine, watching the tourists go by. If you wanted to stay at the beach instead of going back to the house to chill you could and they would pick us up later. Another alternative was hiring a moto and having that at the house to come and go as you please. Really cheap, but you have to be confident knowing your way on Kuta streets! otherwise sit back and let Putu and Nick take you around.


My Bro and I decided we wanted to head to Lombok. Nick and Dee gave us great advice and pretty much provided us the services of a travel agent - booked our airfares, rang their mate in Lombok and lined us up with accommodation. Service above and beyond.

Their house was really nice, out of town so great to get out of the madness of kuta. We were there to surf, so other than one sleep in (after Nick took us out in Kuta!!) we were up everyday and out in the water.

Guests have all of upstairs to themselves, but after meeting Nick and Dee they welcomed us downstairs to hang out and chat with them also. It was nice to feel like you had a family home to stay in. (particularly after some kuta madness :)

If you want to land in Bali, stay in a beautiful Balinese home, with an awesome family, home cooked meals, personalised alarm service to take you to waves - this is your spot. One thing I would mention is come ready to surf and ready to handle some awesome waves, varying conditions and the crowds when it is pumping - altho Nick and Putu always take you early, to the best conditions to beat the crowds - don't come here to learn to surf - Nick is figuring out the best conditions for each day to score you uncrowded barrels - this is a "surf home stay", so if you are looking to learn to surf I would recommend elsewhere. If you are looking for some sick waves, indo barrels, plenty of ice cold bintang, and a cool crew to hang with - come here!
Oh yeah, and bring your pool game too - because Putu rips!! :)

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2012

I was in Bali for 2 months and stayed with Nick and Dee at Wave Guru on and off for my whole trip, they always made me feel more welcome when I returned. I was even confident to leave some of my belongings there between visits which they were kind enough to look after for me so I could travel a little lighter. The accomodation was clean and comfortable with nice big secure rooms. The location is perfect if you don't want to be smack bang in the middle of Kuta, with easy access by moto if you want to get out and about by yourself and the house has a huge communal area, flat screen TV and pool table if you don't. The cook of the house kept us well fed with a variety of local and western food, there was also a legendary seafood BBQ cooked by Putu and Nick himself once a week. The seafood was always fresh and plentiful and served ice cold beer....perfect after a hard day surfing. The surf trips were great - the full service from the wake up knock on the door first thing in the morning to get ready to hit the surf wherever the best waves of the day are - this is where Nick's 10+ years expereience surfing Bali ensures you get your money worth.

Having stayed at a number of places during my 2 mth surfing trip in Bali - Wave Guru is my number 1 pick. Nick and Dee are gracious and friendly hosts and if you are after a genuine surfing experience with clean, comfortable accomodation where you can tap into some local knowledge whether about surfing or how not to get ripped off at the markets, Wave Guru is second to none when it comes to a value for money experience.i will be back

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Pensacola, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2012

Before arriving at Nick and Dee's place I had the impression that it was more like a hostel partly because the prices were so comparatively low. So wrong! The rooms are spacious and comfortable and there is an abundance of room as well in the common space which includes a pool table, a big screen tv, a nice couch, a dinner table, and a wrap-around veranda where you can chew on Nick's basil plant (Not a sexual reference.)

Also, Dee is constantly adding to her delicious repetoire of traditional as well as innovative culinary masterpieces. After eating out a few times in Bali I had a hard time finding a place that could measure up to Dee and the staff in terms of taste and value. But it is fun to grab a nasi goreng and an Indo coffee with Putu (the surf guide) from a street vendor either pre or post surf.

The surf. Nick has been living in the area for over a decade, speaks fluent Indonesian, and is respected by the locals for the lengths he has gone to in order to understand, preserve, and respect their culture. That being said, if you're a friend of Nick then you need not worry. Nick and/or Putu will get you on a wave that's right for you no matter what your surfing level might be.

Last, I had initially planned to spend only one week at Nick and Dee's place and then spend another week elsewhere but after the awesome reception I received at Wave Guru I had no desire to leave. When I go back to Bali I'll definitely be staying with Nick and Dee. They feel like my surrogate family.

One more note. I am not trying to provoke an online quibble but I have a hard time believing that Surfbum82 actually stayed at Wave Guru. If you look at the majority of the reviews you will see that they are positive. I feel the need to defend genuinely good people like Nick and Dee from such a nasty, skewed, and in my opinion false evaluation.

Happy travels,

D.R. Roberts

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Wave Guru Bali Surf Camp
Address: Jl. Giri Puspa blok D. no. 12 Taman Griya, Jimbaran 8036, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Jimbaran
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Jimbaran
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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Wave Guru Bali Surf Camp Jimbaran

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