Bali has many advanced surf spots, most of which are reef breaks. The reefs are perfectly shaped for the consistent swell produced by the Southern Indian Ocean at latitudes 40-50 degrees, also known as the “howling 40’s” and “roaring ’50s.” In 2018, Bali hosted two World Surf League events, attracting the world’s best surfers to Keramas (a top-to-bottom barreling right-hander) and Uluwatu (the premier big wave surfing spot in all of Indonesia).
But only a few people know of this undiscovered surfing spot in Bali – Toro Toro Reef.
Toro Toro Reef Bali
Toro Toro Reef is located on the left side of the airport, further away from Jimbaran Beach. Airport Reef is on the right side of the airport, while Toro Toro Reef is on the left. You must hire a local fisherman’s boat to get to the reef, which takes about 10-15 minutes from the shore.
Toro Toro Waves
At mid-high tide, when the waves are 2-4ft, these breaks are ideal for intermediates, with Toro- Toro always smaller on the inside. The waves are best for advanced surfers at 4-6ft.
The wave breaks softly and slowly, making it ideal for intermediate surfers who struggle with a fast take off and a heavy breaking wave. The break has two channels rather than one. Both the left and right break into a deep water channel, making it simple to paddle back to the line up. The left hander is short and sweet, and it works best when the tide is higher. The right hander is Bali’s most enjoyable wave. You only need to concentrate on making the first section for an easy takeoff. The rest of the wave is long and gentle, ideal for practicing your cutbacks.
Toro Toro, with the early morning high tide and lighter wind, there would have been some nice waves. A reef patch can be found 100-150 meters off Jimbaran Bay’s white sandy beach. When the swells are big enough, they sweep past the airport rights and down into the bay, where they hit this reef pocket and mold into a quality peak if the conditions are right.