The Castle Family (July 2009)
We experienced firsthand the benefit of having a guided tour. The island has really amazing waves, but you’d be hard pressed to know which surf spots to hit and when, if left to your own devices. Saltwater tours was well worth the investment, due to the guide’s extensive local knowledge. We also are sold on the benefits of staying on land. The boat tours that come from Bali don’t have the flexibility to seek out the lesser known spots that actually fired better than higher profile reefs. Our guide factored in the swell, wind, and tide, and got us great surf nine out of ten tries.
The tour allowed us to get into the flow of village life. We weren’t sealed off in a resort with high walls, suffering boredom if the swell was down or the wind was up. Instead we enjoyed the color, the warmth of relationships, and the authentic food that village life has to offer. We felt warmly welcomed and never in any danger. It is an ideal set-up for a family who seeks out an adventure that each family member will never forget!