South Asia is undeniably a surfing paradise! And this paradise is not only defined by the constant swell that comes to strike its coasts. We must add the dream beaches, the weather conditions, the friendliness of the local population, and all the little things that make surfing a popular destination for surfers of all nationalities.
Surf in Indonesia
Indonesia is the country with the second longest coast in the world, with 54,516km.
Weather: Can you imagine paradise? You are there! With an average annual temperature of 28 ° C along the coastal plains, you will forget about the concept of jacket and sweater.
Best Surf Spots: Bali, also known as the Island of the Gods, will be your favorite destination if you want to enjoy the best swell of all Indonesia year round. Among the surf spots you will find Uluwatu, Suluan, Padang Padang, Bingin, Balangan, Canggu, Keramas and Nusa Lembongan. Lombok is another island in the archipelago where you can practice surfing almost all year round. To these destinations are added Desert Point, Gili Island, and the island of Java: make your choice, you are in paradise!
Best time to surf: Indonesia has an equatorial climate. The year is thus divided into 2 seasons: the wet season and the dry season. Enjoy this one to go surf! It extends from May to September. The months of April and October, at the very beginning and at the very end of the wet season, are also very good months for surfing!
Surf in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, which has “only” 1340km of coastline, has earned itself a reputation as a world class surf. It is one of the most popular destinations for surfers all over the world.
Weather: The weather in Sri Lanka is directly derived from a surfer’s dream. January will be the coldest month with 27 ° C along the coasts, and April will be the warmest with an average temperature of 29 ° C. Needless to say you will never get cold there!
Best Surf Spots: Among the best surf spots in Sri Lanka are Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Bentota, Mirissa, Weligama, Ahangama, Matara and Trincomalee. There are a myriad of other spots, which we will detail in a dedicated article, so many are they!
Best surfing time: The best time to surf in Sri Lanka is from October to April on the south coast, while the coastline is enjoying the best conditions from May to September. So you can surf all year round!
Surf in Thailand
Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. You will find many surf spots, and despite the large flow of tourists, the 3219km of coast will allow you to find many very good spots less crowded!
Weather: With 26 ° C in December in Bangkok for the coldest period and 31 ° C in April for the hottest period, you can go there all year round. If you like rain, September is the rainiest month of the year!
Best Surf Spots: In Thailand, you can surf in Phuket, and especially on Kalim Beach, which is one of the best spots in the whole country. Kata Beach, Kamala Beach, Surin Beach, and Cape Pakarang will complement your options book.
Best time to surf: The best time to surf in Thailand is from April to October, see November. The swell is pretty good during these months. In winter, the waves are smaller and more random, but it is quite possible to surf there anyway.
Surf in Philippines
The 36,289km coast of the Philippines places the country 5th in the world by coastal zone length. The country itself is not very big, but the multitude of islands make it a surf destination offering a wide variety of spots and a pleasant climate.
Weather: During the coldest months, in December and January, temperatures drop to 26 ° C. The month of May is the warmest with 30 ° C. The dry season extends from December to April, and the wet season from June to September.
Best Surf Spots: Surfing in the Philippines was born in Baler, so it’s a must for your surfing trip. You can then explore the spots of La Union, Zambales, Siargao, and Samar.
Best time to surf: You can surf the Philippines all year round. If you are a fan of big waves, prefer the months of August to November, when the waves and the wind are more powerful. If you are a beginner and prefer the smaller waves and the calm wind, go for it during the summer months!
Surf in Vietnam
Surfing destination booming, the 3260km of Vietnam coastline with crystal clear waters and pristine beaches wins the 5th place in our ranking of the best surfing destinations in Asia. If you intend to do wild surfing, find out from the locals: many unexploded munitions remain in the most remote and less touristy places!
Weather: The dry winter season runs from November to April and temperatures range from 17 to 22 ° C. The wet season, in summer, sees the mercury climb to 29 ° C.
Best Surf Spots: If you are going to surf in Vietnam, check out the spots of Nha Trang, China Beach, Mui Ne, and Da Nang.
Best time to surf: Between November and April, you will avoid the high season of July / August, and you will have the best weather conditions for surfing!