Best Surf Spots in Asia

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Best Surf Spots in Asia

Surfing in Asia all started with one man and his hotel. Bob Koke started the surf revolution in Bali, Indonesia in the 30s – and now it has spread to phenomenal popularity throughout the continent. Surfers of all skill levels are seeking trips all over Asia to enjoy beautiful locations and unbelievable waves. While there are hundreds of great surf spots to explore – some are absolutely a must-visit.

If you’re planning your next surf trip – look no further than Asia. Take in some of the immersive culture, tropical scenery, and friendly people – while catching some of the best waves of your life. There are nearly too many places to explore and memories to create throughout the continent. But we’ve listed 10 of our favorite spots.

Wave forming at Uluwatu
Uluwatu, Bali | Photo:

Uluwatu and Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

The spiritual home of surfing in Asia remains one of the best spots throughout the continent. The environment is full of sandy beaches and pristine waters, inviting surfers of all skill levels.

Riyuewan, Sanya, Hainan Island, China

One may not immediately think of surfing in China – but Hainan Islands’ ideal geographical position makes for a beautiful surf spot. 

The benefits come from a relatively untouched area – perfect for surfers to catch some magnificent waves in a quiet location.

Surfers ride waves with mountains in the background at Furlong Beach in Taiwan
Furlong Beach, Taiwan | Photo:

White Beach, Okinawa, Japan

The Japanese surfing population has exploded, and there is no shortage of places in their homeland to ride some waves. White Beach in Okinawa is incredibly popular with surfers worldwide.

Fulong Beach, Taiwan

If you’re looking for a surfing adventure, look no further than northeast Taiwan! The Fulong Beach area provides campsites in the nearby sands to spend a day or two reveling in the waters.

Surfers at Surin Beach, Thailand
Surin Beach, Thailand | Photo:

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

The scenic coastline and scenery make this a lovely place to sit and enjoy while catching sublime waves. You’ll share your surf session with some of the local residents, and wildlife, like monkeys and elephants, too!

Surin Beach, Thailand

Surin Beach offers a good balance of what one could ask for in a surfing vacation. Warm waters to ride during the day and an epic nightlight scene at night. Ideal for those who want a full-on holiday.

Mentawai ocean wave
Mentawai, Indonesia | Photo:

Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

Indonesia is full of fantastic surfing spots outside Bali – and Mentawai ranks as one of the finest. The gorgeous beaches with great swells offer a consistently good surf experience that welcomes surfers of all skill levels.

Coconuts, Samoa

This spot is probably for the more advanced surfers, but it is a magnificent sight to see. Waves usually reach between 3 – 10 feet in this isolated island location – probably one of the surf wonders of the world.

A man surfs a huge barrel at Cloudbreak surf spot in Tavarua, Fiji
Cloudbreak, Tavarua Island, Fiji | Photo:

Cloud Nine, Siargao Island, Philippines

There’s a reason why it’s called Cloud Nine – it is absolute surf heaven! This right-hand wave is one of the best in the Philippines, if not the world. And since it breaks amongst the pristine coral, it can be dangerous and is better off for the advanced surfers.

Cloudbreak, Tavarua Island, Fiji

Not only is Fiji one of the most picturesque vacation spots in the world – it hosts some of the best surfing beaches. Expert surfers can revel in the skill required by Cloudbreak and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Asia Holds Some of the Best Surf Spots in the World

Get that list ready – you’re going to want to visit all the above spots and more throughout Asia. If you’ve ticked off the top ten, or you are simply interested in more locations – visit CNN’s Top 50 World Surf Spots or List 25’s Best Surfing Locations.

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