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John Small

3 amazing surf camps

AlgeriaAustraliaCosta Rica

Surfing - it looks so cool, right? But if you aren’t sure where to go or start your surfing experience, then check out these surf camps.



I’m a total newbie when it comes to surfing, and the fact is; I’ve never even tried surfing! I have a desire to try every cool activity in the world, so it’s chokingly that I’ve never tried this one. I’ve researched the internet far and wide, and found these awesome surf camps! 


I haven’t tried any of them obviously, but have chosen surf camps in places that I know have a good reputation for surfing - and that I’ve been to, so I can provide you guys with cool things from my point of view

Bali, Indonesia

Bali - the former laidback beach destination is now (in my view) overrun by tourists, especially if you head to the most famous places like Kuta/Legian or Gili T. I still love the island(s), the culture, and the adventures that await you. Just go a bit of the beaten path, and you can still find amazing beach destinations and local villages. 

Rapture Surf Camp offers different locations around Bali and has one that’s located at Seminyak. Seminyak is located not too far away from Kuta but is a bit less touristy and a bit more upscale. So this is a place to go if you are looking for a more luxurious experience while being in exotic surroundings! 

Surf Camp:

The surf camp offers different solutions according to your level of surfing, your accommodation, and how long you wish to surf and stay. For a week’s SURF&STAY it will be EUR 305 / DKK 2.265  and includes:

  • Surf lessons (2 times a day)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Fee Tea/coffee
  • Breakfast
  • Yoga classes
  • Shuttles to the beach
  • … and WiFi

Other activities: 

Bali has loads of water activities, and they are so much fun. I can personally recommend taking a River Rafting tour (there’s a small waterfall at the end, so remember to book a camera-man to take pictures of you. It’s a bit pricey but will be worth it when you see your face on the pictures). If you seek more thrilling adventures, check out canyoning in Gitgit Waterfall, where you’ll try rappelling, cliff jumping, and sliding down waterfalls! 

If you are just looking to relax for a bit, then head to the beach with a book or get a massage. In the mood for a bit of shopping? Seminyak has many small boutiques and vintage stores that offer something other than just the typical tourist souvenirs you’ll find in Kuta. 

Bali also offers a lot of cultural experiences. Join a tour where you will go to rice fields, coffee plantations, and temples!

Seminyak Surf Camp - Explore Surf in Bali - Rapture Surfcamps
Most Wanted Canyoning: Shiva Canyon 2020 - Ubud
2-Hour Bali Aromatherapy Massage with Hotel Pick Up 2020 - Kuta
Best of Ubud Tour with Jungle Swing 2020 - Seminyak
Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking with Breakfast 2020 - Seminyak
Uluwatu Temple with Kecak Dance in the evening 2020 - Seminyak

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Costa Rica - the land with amazing beaches, beautiful nature with volcanoes and jungle everywhere! Costa Rica is home to various surf spots, volcano-hiking, and wild animals (yes, I did actually spot an ocelot while I was there)

Surf the Jungle is located in Puerto Viejo - a small laid back beach town close to the border of Panama, where time stands still, and your best friend is the hammock. This is the place to choose if you want a really cool laid back surfer/backpacker vibe Centro Americano style!


This surf camp is on fixed dates, so you’ll have to plan your vacation around those dates. The price is also fixed at EUR 1.800 / DKK 13.500, but everything is included (also a kayak tour, yoga-classes, and transportation from the airport, which is a 4-hour drive away), so you won’t need additional money for food. 

Other activities: 

Puerto Viejo is a bit secluded, and transportation around the country is slow. Just outside of the city is a Jaguar Rescue Center worth checking out. Other nearby activities are limited - but hey, you’re in a really cool beach-town! Just chill and relax. Get a tan, take a nap in a hammock, eat delicious food, or go bird watching. 

If you have the time to visit other parts of Costa Rica, then check out La Fortuna. A small village at the base of Cerro Arenal (the volcano in the picture), where you can enjoy volcano hiking, canopy, and hot springs! If you need more inspiration, then check out this trip-list I made for a trip for 2 weeks in Costa Rica.

Relax in a hammock
Jaguar Rescue Center
Surf School Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Fortuna (Costa Rica)

Byron Bay, Australia


Australia - the land down under! Australia is big, so big that you can experience so many different activities, landscapes, and nature-based on which part you visit. From Ayers Rock in the middle to sailing adventures on Great Barrier Reef near Cairns in the North. Cool coffee shops and street art in Melbourne, or long stretches of solitude beaches in Perth - see Australia offers a bit of everything!

The soul surf school is located in Byron Bay. Byron Bay is a cool, vibrant town and a must for those road tripping along the East Coast. Byron Bay is surrounded by water, so the main thing to do is surfing. This is the place to choose if you wish to surf in one of the world’s best spots!

Surf camp: 

Soul surf school doesn’t offer a full week, but 5 nights, but it’s flexible, and you can choose your own dates. The price is 575AUD, and you’ll get surf lessons, yoga classes, breakfast, and free hire of cool things such as bikes, snorkeling equipment, SUPS, etc. 

Other activities:

Byron Bay is surrounded by beaches and water, so obviously, you can do pretty much any water activity your heart desires. Byron Bay is the most easterly point of mainland Australia, so go check out the viewpoint, and on the way there, you can visit the famous lighthouse. Byron Bay has some cool backpacker-hangouts where you can meet like-minded people while enjoying a coffee or happy hour - check out The Balcony Bar!

A bit over an hour away is Nimbin, a cool hippie village, or if you are longing for a big town, then head to Surfers Paradise - also a good destination for surfing.

Have a fun time surfing - and enjoy the surroundings while you do it. 

Byron Bay Surf Lessons - Soul Surf School
Seafood Oysters and Cocktails
Nimbin Village