After the Ripples

Bali Denpasar

Surfers far and wide make a pilgrimage to Bali to surf its marvelous barrels (the hollows of a wave). The island has naturally transformed into a haven for riders, with surf bars, board shops, and after-wave hangouts popping up in droves. We’ve scoured the land for the best retreats! Recharge with a cup of coffee at a café, mingle with the community at a local space, or take a nap at a quiet at a quiet homestay. The inland comes alive when the swells (surfable waves) die down, so keep up with the pace!

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Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • 22 August 2018

After hitting the morning tubes, grab a healthy brunch at Crate! A visit here is made more special by the warm welcome of the neighborhood, spearheaded by owners Nyoman and Maree. Their new location is quite far from the shore, but delicious Brekkies (breakfast plates), Toasties, and Smoothie Bowls keep people coming. They also pour out a robust blend of coffee; their mix of beans from Sumatra, Java, and Bali will give you enough jolt to keep the day running. The space doubles as an exhibit and a boutique, displaying artworks and fashion labels by natives.


Jalan Canggu Padang Linjong, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

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Deus Ex Machina - The Temple of Enthusiasm

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • 22 August 2018

Drop by Deus Ex Machina - Temple of Enthusiasm for all your surfer needs! It has a restaurant to satisfy your appetite; a surfboard workshop to score custom-made boards; a bike studio to jazz up your land ride; a shop to grab groovy shirts; a gallery to appreciate local masterpieces; and a half-pipe to show-off your skills on the concrete. An eccentric mix of people make up the regular crowd, but everyone shares a common hang-loose lifestyle. You’re bound to make a few friends here and there, especially when Sunday rolls out live music. Pop in on Tacos-N-Tatt-Tuesdays to get Mexican street food, a few tipples, and some fresh ink!


Jalan Batu Mejan Number 4, Canggu, Utara, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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The Lawn

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • 22 August 2018

Pull out of the water just in time to watch the sunset from The Lawn! The up-and-coming Canggu hotspot attracts surfers with comfortable grass lounges, a serene infinity pool, and an overall laid-back atmosphere (even when the dance floor starts popping!). It gets pretty packed with tourists who are drawn to its photo-worthy ambiance, but there’s still a handful of regulars who call the club their “happy place.” Indulge in their incredible Australian-Indonesian menu, which you must pair with one of their signature cocktails!


Jalan Pura Dalem, Canggu, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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Finns Beach Club

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • 22 August 2018

After skimming the breaks (surf landing areas) of Berawa Beach, withdraw into the stunning bamboo structure of Finns Beach Club! A gorgeous infinity pool invites you to cool down sans the saltwater, while an extensive menu provides your needed dose of energy. Entry is free, but daybeds cost IDR500,000 (around USD34.50). It’s right by the shore, so feel free to go back and forth into the waters!


Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

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The Balcony Restaurant & Bar

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • 22 August 2018

The Balcony Restaurant & Bar is a famous hangout for world-renowned surfers like brothers Andy and Bruce Irons, American Kelly Slater, and Australian Mick Fanning. A surf theme follows throughout the shack-like space, with boards embellishing the ceiling. Enjoy a mix of Indonesian and Western cuisine, while you wait for the next celebrity walk through the doors.


Jalan Bene Sari 16, Legian, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

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El Kabron Spanish Restaurant & Cliff Club

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • 22 August 2018

Perched on a cliff atop the Indian Ocean, El Kabron Spanish Restaurant & Cliff Bar hosts aquaphiles fresh from the insane barrels of Uluwatu. You’ll be spoiled with excellent tapas and specialty cocktails, served by an attentive staff. Add in the remarkable sundown view, and you’ll be luxuriating alongside the stylish set until day-end!


Jalan Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu, Bali, Indonesia

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Kelly's Warung

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • 22 August 2018

Kelly’s Warung is an institution around the parts of Bingin Beach. The cliffside eatery overlooks the waves and has steps that go straight into the shore. No-nonsense riders make their way here for sustenance in-between gliding along the tubes. Simple breakfast items, wraps, and Western favorites go hand-in-hand with fresh juices, smoothies, and beers. Lay back on a couch, and you’ll find a bunch of natives eagerly sharing tricks to conquer gnarly waves.


Pecatu, Selatan, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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Sticky's Place

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • 22 August 2018

Sometimes, tackling the waves truly takes everything from you. Luckily, Sticky’s Place is a secret hideaway that lets you take a quick snooze! Laze away in one of the bungalows, backdropped by the sound of the ocean. As soon as you wake up, you’ll probably find the place loaded with locals retreating from nearby party-central, Single Fin.


Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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Drifter Surf (Uluwatu)

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • 22 August 2018

Drifter Surf Shop Cafe & Gallery flaunts a vintage vibe suited for a more serious group of wave-riding connoisseurs. Peruse the shop to discover classic surfboards, handcrafted ukuleles, films and publications, and underground labels. Meet like-minded surfers and recount your recent adventures over a cup of coffee. The joint also has a range of healthy eats and baked goods, in case you get a little hungry.


Jalan Labuansait Number 52, Pecatu, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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Hotel Komune Beach Club

Bali Denpasar, Indonesia • Recommendation • 22 August 2018

Hotel Komune Bali Beach Club is the top after-surf escape situated on the notorious Keramas Beach. Sink into one of their comfy day beds, but we’re warning you, you won’t want to get up! The resort is one of the few in the world to hold night surfing. They illuminate the waves with giant floodlights to give the brave an experience of a lifetime! Keep an eye out on their calendar. They often hold beach clean-ups where you get to join fellow environmentalists doing something good for the world!


Jalan Pantai Keramas, Keramas, Bali, Indonesia

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