For snorkelling and diving, the
closest spots to Kuta
are Benoa and Sanur
beaches where all the relevant equipment can be hired. Further
afield, good destinations include Pulau Serangan, Nusa Penida
an Nusa Lembongan in the south, Padang Bai, Candidasa, Tulamben
and Amed in the east, Lovina, in the north and the amazing
Pulau Menjangan in the north west. A number of dive courses
are available with different companies including PADI, CMAS
and SSI certificates.
Bali's waves are world famous and range from safe beach breaks
for beginners like Kuta to the awesome swells at Padang Padang,
Uluwatu and Nusa Lembongan, which regularly attract the pros.
If you want to learn, boards can easily be rented for a negotiable
fee or take a lesson at Bali Learn to Surf (761869).
Beginners should respect the sea and stay within depth to
start with as the current can be very strong. Apart from Kuta
and Legian beaches, Medewi is also good for beginners. For
the more experienced, Nusa Dua has a number of breaks as does
Sanur, Canggu, Ketewel and the area around the airport are
also popular with experienced surfers.
For information about tides etc there are two main surfer's
bars: Tubes in Poppies 2 and the All Stars Cafe in the Kuta