The wave at G-Land starts way up the point at a zone called Kongs and barrels down-the-line through a section called Money Trees, and eventually ends at a section of reef called Speedies.
Speedies is hands-down one of the best waves on the planet. It’s a perfect long barrel that dredges over shallow reef like a cement mixer. If Speedies is working I’ll stay down there and surf that section the entire time.
Bobby’s Surf Camp is located directly in front of the wave and offers the choice of three packages, Standard, Deluxe, and Superior. Check their website for the details on each package.
I highly recommend going with the Deluxe package. The Deluxe is quite a bit better than the Standard package, and almost as good as the Superior. Keep in mind, the camp is located in a jungle preserve in the middle of Indonesia, so amenities are by no means luxurious, but they are very comfortable.
I also highly recommend taking the 2 hour speedboat to G-Land rather than the grueling 10 hour overnight van ride. They both leave from the same location on Bali, but when you arrive on the speedboat your ready to surf right when you get there. If you take the van, you will probably be pretty tired and sore from the drive, which might hurt your first day of surfing.
The other two camps at G-Land are also nice, but Bobby’s is the best. The food is good, drinks are cold, the hang-out areas in the restaurant and on the beach are comfortable, and the individual room’s are cool to crash out in after a long day of surfing.
The best surf season begins in April and goes through October. Keep in mind it does get crowded during peak season, but there are plenty of waves to go around. Expect to find lots of Australians and Brazilians in the lineup.
If you fly from the USA, take Singapore Airlines (they’re better than China). Be sure to get travel insurance, quality mosquito repellent, a stocked first-aid kit, reef booties, long book, and plenty of sunscreen.
Photo: I surfed it late season and absolutely scored, it was one of the best surf trip of my life. This evening there were only two surfers in the water. Earlier in the day I was the only guy out along the mile long point!
Video: Shane Dorian and Kelly Slater surf G-Land for a day via helicopter from Bali.