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5 of Asia’s best surfspots

IF you do plenty of saltwater dreaming and hunting around for the ultimate surfing haven, consider Asia for your next sojourn. Not only is the water warm all year round, you’re guaranteed good weather and affordable prices for the privilege. Here are five places to check out.

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Gold Coast, Australia

How you can possibly pick one surf spot in a country that boasts thousands of kilometres of surf break is probably beyond most surfers, who all have their individual preferences.

But we had to come up with something here so this is it. Of course Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise are often packed with surfers, but there’s good reason for it and the image above should you tell you why. There are 70 kilometres of beaches here and some pretty gnarly point breaks such as The Spit, Narrowneck and Mermaid beach. Snapper, Kirra and Burleigh also rate with plenty of action for everyone and the weather is pretty mild here even in winter meaning you can surf 12 months of the year.


Bali, Indonesia

While Bali is hardly undiscovered territory the consistent swells reaching the island keep drawing surfers back year after year. It’s also the perfect place to hang loose for a bit, living cheaply and spending your day hunting the waves. So all said there are plenty of charms to draw you for a surfing holiday. And if you’re just starting out surfing there are some good surf schools here to help you out and plenty of intermediate options before you hit the big waves.

Popular spots include Uluwatu, Padang Padang and other places around Bukit Peninsula.



Travel to the Maldives from March to October for unforgettable fun and waves between 4-8 feet, and sometimes bigger. June-August produces the biggest swells. Not only are the coral islands here stunning but the water is clear and warm and there are some impressive breaks – although they can get crowded. Make sure you check out Jailbreaks, Honky’s and Sultans but there’s plenty of variety with something for everyone.

The best way to beat the crowds in the Maldives is to go on a surf charter with friends and hit the more isolated breaks. There are plenty of options for relaxing on land too should you need a day off and plenty of resorts that make the best of the beaches and islands.

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Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

This island chain lying off Sumatra in Indonesia is the perfect location for surfers seeking the ultimate ride. What makes it even more exciting is that the best swells are accessible by sea only. That means you need a ferry or charter boat – a lot of fun with a group of friends but it does drive costs up a bit. The best swells are from June-September. There are some 400 surfing spots and 23 are of international standard so there is a world championship surf event held here each year.



You might not have thought Samoa would make a list like this but it’s one of the best places to surf all year round although April to October is best when real quality waves come through.

Check out Salani, Boulders, Coconuts, Laulii, Fagaloa Bay or Solosolo or do your own adventuring. The great thing about a trip to Samoa is the laid back environment, friendly locals, pristine surrounds and various recreational activities. In other words there’s plenty to do if you don’t want to hit the waves every day.

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Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.
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