Isla Indah Retreat and Monkey Surfing will help you catch your first wave or bring you to the next level with their team of experienced instructors.
Christopher is a lifeguard and surf instructor for 10 years in France. He is specialized in swimming, surf-life saving and long-distance paddleboard competition, and longboard and single fin specialist. Monkey Surfing, the first surf school of Nusa Lembongan, was his project and passion.
Planet grew up on the paradise island of Lembongan. When he was a kid, he always jumped on his dad’s boat to go fishing or surfing. He is an accomplished surfer and famous for his laid-back barrels. Planet has been surfing for the last 20 years, with four years spent in ISC circuit. The most versatile surfer, he can barrel on any kind of board.
From Lembongan, Dewa loves to challenge himself in hollow waves for the adrenaline. He understood since a young age that surfing is one of the keys to staying fit and healthy. He has a traveler’s heart and is dreaming of reaching one day the shores of foreign lands to discover new waves. He has been surfing for the last 15 years and always prefers shortboards and radical maneuvers.
Welcome back Samir ! His passion for surfing and teaching brought him from Biarritz to Nusa Lembongan. Samir has been traveling around the world and will be glad to share his experience with you.
Igor started freediving in 2012 in deep quarries of the Czech Republic and realized that he has quite good ability to dive on a single breath. In 2015 he decided to become a freediving professional and successfully finished instructor course on Koh Tao island, Thailand. His professional career began in Dahab, Egypt and then he has taught courses also in Thailand and Indonesia and helped many students from all over the world to become good freedivers.
RYT - 500 His teaching is calm, peaceful, and very detailed with a lot of knowledge about postures, bandhas, mudras, chakras, and meditation. He is able to adapt the classes easily to the attendees’ skill level. Hatha, Yin yoga, Vinyasa, meditation and pranayama, therapeutic Thai yoga massage, Acro yoga. In his retreats, the students learn about all the yogic paths and about the yogic lifestyle so they will gain a lot of knowledge about how to deepen and intense daily yoga, meditation as the core practice of yoga.
from Canada, March 2020
"Amazing Experience with incredible nice and helpful staff!"
I had an amazing time, and was extremely happy that I chose to do the retreat on Nuse Lembongan island opposed to one in Canggu or elsewhere on mainland Bali. The airport pick up was incredibly helpful and stress free for getting me to the island safely, and right on time!
The staff was super helpful, and were always available to answer any question I had.
Surfing was amazing, and the instructors were SOOOO good!
The food was fantastic, and very well priced. Especially for the portion sizes! The big retreat wide dinner that we had was very well organized, they were very generous with the food and drinks, and again everything was delicious.
My room was perfect with AC and hot water, and they did not come clean the room during my stay which is exactly what I wanted. I'm not a fan of someone coming through my room with all my stuff there when I'm only there for 3 nights. When I needed another towel i just asked and they gave me a new one. I saw someone ask for ore toilet paper and they just gave it to them, so it's perfect if that's the type of room service you're after.
from Ireland, February 2020
"Yoga and meditation at Isla"
Everything was above excellent, the whole staff including serving and hosts were amazing. I was sick for 2 days, they cared and looked after me, even offered to take me to the doctor. The accommodation, schedule, facilities and food were all super good. I'll defo be back.... maybe before I leave Bali on the 19th March who knows
from Australia, February 2020
Having booked through booksurfcamps.com I did not know what to expect!
However, I was really impressed with the whole experience. The welcome was great. The accommodation was good. The trainers were good too. The food and the centre - everything seemed to work like clock work. Being meeted and greeted etc...taken to the airport...
Isla Indah Retreat and Monkey Surfing have evidently worked hard on making sure that the guests have a seamless experience. So much so that I would have no reservations in recommending this to friends.
from Singapore, January 2020
"Good and rejuvenating experience"
Location was awesome. Food is very delicious and healthy. Yoga lessons are conducted well by the Instructors too.
from Australia, January 2020
From the early contact to the booking, the process was made very simple as I received quick replies from Chris. I was pleasantly surprised with Isla Indah, the food was amazing which meant I didn’t have to eat anywhere else as it provided healthy vegan and vegetarian options. The staff were really friendly and helpful and made a lot of effort to make me feel welcome.
The yoga classes were great and the surfing lessons also good. It was a welcome relief that all of my schedule was planned for me and I could just enjoy my holiday.
I will definitely recommend Isla Indah to friends and hope to be back again soon.
from Netherlands, January 2020
"Friendly staff/good instructors/facilities not good"
Friendly staff and very good passionated instructors
from Jordan, January 2020
"Just book it!"
- Excellent surf lessons with very fun and very patient instructors
- Excellent yoga classes at the yoga studio. Felt like I was born again and all my back pains disappeared. Pure magic!
- Awesome, very big room and absolutely delicious and very fresh food at the restaurant (pisang pisang)
- family run hotel and resto (what i like!)
- big shout out for Simone, who was super well organized and anticipitated all my questions
Can't wait to go back!
Anne Lena Barsch
from Indonesia, December 2019
"Good place to calm down"
all in all, it was the perfect start to get back into yoga and meditation. It was a lot of fun. the food was super delicious!
from Singapore, November 2019
"A great stay!"
Excellent value for money, everything organised for you, food was great and the staff are very friendly! Would recommend and will hopefully be back!
from Spain, September 2019
"Unforgettable experience! 100% recommended"
The experience is great in general terms, hotel's staff is very attentive, Simone the manager was absolutely helpful and the trips and classes included are awesome as well. I loved the tour to watch the manta rays!
from Australia, August 2019
"An awesome experience in an idyllic location"
We enjoyed everything about our time at Isla Indah Retreat. From the spacious room with the king-sized four-poster bed, to the delicious vegan-friendly cuisine. The staff were friendly, the yoga was awesome, and the surfing lessons a treat.
The jewel in the crown was snorkelling with manta rays.
Being a small exclusive resort the atmosphere was friendly and intimate - almost more like a home stay.
We will definitely be back for more.
from Indonesia, August 2019
Everything was perfect. The itinery was well thought out. The accommodation was in an amazing location and it was so easy to socialise and make friends. This is not something that's easy to achieve especially with somewhere so new. I'm so looking forward to coming back again in a few months.
from Great Britain, July 2019
We loved everything about our week at Isla Indah. Everyone was so friendly and kind, the food was amazing, the room was spotless and the activities were organised perfectly.
from United States, July 2019
The staff was really attentive
from South Africa, June 2019
"A Most memorable Surf/yoga holiday"
Staff were super friendly - felt like home. Rooms were really clean, big and well laid out. Surfing staff were very attentive taking special care on safety first and making sure we had a great surf experience.
from Australia, May 2019
from United Arab Emirates, May 2019
i absolutely loved the retreat. place is very peaceful and full of friendly faces. this was my second time with monkey surfing and im sure ill come back again and again - instructors are very professional, always care about your safety and if you follow their instructions you will get better and better each day. they all have positive energy and are very cheerful. also yoga is very relaxing with professional teachers. if you go for freedive you will have an amazing experience with highly experienced trainer as well - also teaching you a lot about your own body and being there for you at all times.
i would highly recommend this retreat to everyone who is looking for active break from busy stressful life, and also relaxed evenings by the beautiful sunset on the beach.
from Ireland, April 2019
"Booking Scam... be warned!!!!"
Carroline was very helpful. The guys at Monkey Surf were excellent, great instructors and very friendly. Unfortunately this was the only positive thing about the whole trip.
from United States, April 2019
"toller Urlaub mit lieben Mitarbeitern."
Jeder war wirklich sehr bemüht, dass man sich rundum wohl fühlt und es an nichts fehlt. Meine Unterkunft war eine Art Baumhaus, super gemütlich und mit einem eigenen schönem Badezimmer.
from Great Britain, March 2019
"Excellent retreat and great value for money"
Everything was so well organized.
from Spain, March 2019
The experience was great! Very nice people working there, Simone from Rama Garden was very attentive and the workers in general very friendly and happy. We spend very good time there the four days. The food in Rama Garden was very good. The Surfing lessons was very funny, nice instructors. Very nice experience in general.
from United States, March 2019
"Amazing retreat, excellent staff"
Everything was so well organised
Staff at Rama (Simon, Caroline and wanwan) couldn’t have been more helpful
Yoga and surfing was great and nearby
Really good value for money
Met lots of lovely people
from United States, February 2019
"Loved everything here"
Amazing food at Rama garden + had great fun surfing with Monkey Surfing’s instructors
from United States, February 2019
"Perfect home away from home."
I'm so pleased I booked this retreat as there were so many to choose from. Everyone at Rama Gardens go out of their way to make you feel like one of the family and ensure that you are having the best time. Lis is an absolute treasure and is amazing at looking out for all the guests and coordinating them for the activities.
Surfing: the team are really invested in sharing their passion for surfing and the water with guests, taking time to go over the theory before getting in the water. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly but a special shout goes out to Kal who makes it his personal mission to get everyone standing up on the board and riding a wave.
Yoga: the setting for the yoga is amazing and a variety of classes are available. I really enjoyed the classes here.
Free diving: I did this for something slightly different and thought it was a great addition to the program. Igor was extremely knowledgable and took the time to ensure I was confident before we headed out to sea. I struggled a bit with equalising but used my new found skills for snorkelling after the class!
Overall this is a fantastic place to go, I was travelling solo but never felt alone and met people that I know will be friends for life.
from United States, January 2019
"This place us awesome!"
The place itself, the friendly staff and awesome surfing instructors
from Bangladesh, January 2019
"A wonderful place- Amazing people, place and experiences"
I would absolutely recommend this trip- it was fun, adventurous and I felt like I learnt a lot, while still having time to go and explore the island.
The staff were all really friendly and helpful, and made the whole travel experience feel easy, relaxing and fun! They really looked after us. :)
The surfing instructors were all really nice, and picked up on what you had to do to improve really quickly. I felt like all two of us that went improved so much during these days. The instructors were really good at what they did, and made the whole experience feel safe and so fun! :))))
The yoga instructor was really sweet, and it felt like there were options for everyone with all different levels to participate and get better!
from Hong Kong, January 2019
The coach from Monkey surfing , they are very professional and friendly.
from United States, January 2019
"Great people "
All the staff at Rama Garden were so friendly and helpful and the food was really good, lots of veggie and vegan options
from Singapore, December 2018
"Brilliant trip! "
Loved the yoga classes, surfing lessons and Rama garden. Everyone was really friendly too.
from United States, November 2018
Had a great short holiday. Everything was good. Thank you to all the staff at Rama gardens, Monkey Surfing and Booksurfcamps! Cheers
from United States, November 2018
"Perfect surf retreat for health-minded, active people!"
I’ve stayed in several of these yoga retreats, and this one is my favorite.
Very short walk to the beach or the main road. Quiet at night so no issues sleeping.
Single-standing units, which were colorful, clean, and lovely. Bathroom smelled a little, but they all do in this part of the world and a little air circulation/incense cleared the air.
Food: Excellent and very healthy. I eat mostly paleo and was happy there were a lot of veggie/meat options for me to choose from. The smoothies were amazing!
Staff: Top notch. Some of the nicest people I’ve met, and really made the retreat for me as their energy really sets the tone. They were really nice, helpful, not uptight, and don’t fuss about what classes you didn’t make it too like other places I’ve stayed.
Surf was great. If you want to learn to surf a reef-break, this is a great place to try it as its gentle. The instructors were great, even if they did seem a little impatient with my overweight, middle-aged ass at times.
Yoga also excellent. The walk there is brief and a great way to get to know the other people at the retreat.
I had a really easy time making friends here and know I made some friends for life. I can’t wait to come back.
from Great Britain, November 2018
"Super friendly people, great food, lovely atmosphere"
People were extremely welcoming and kind..Liz and everyone else made me feel very comfortable there. Food is absolutely delicious and good choice to choose from. Accommodation was absolutely fine- I had a a/c in bungallow, was nice and clean and could request for sheets to be changed whenever i needed. Yoga teacher is nice and have a good knowledge about yoga teachings. Monkey surfing is certainly the best place to learn yo surf on the island. All instructors were very friendly, responsible and would always make sure you get most out of your surf lesson. Retreat itself was very well organised. I will definitely be coming back and I highly recommend this to anyone who are looking for yoga retreat in beautiful place
from Australia, October 2018
The smoothies and juices were amazing. Liz and Brilliant at Rama garden were lovely and very helpful😊
Amy the yoga instructor was great.
Lovely Yin practice 🙏
from Great Britain, October 2018
"An amazing week in Lembongan! "
The yoga - which was offsite and organised in partnership with a yoga centre - was excellent, mostly yin yoga and quite focused on mindfulness, without being preachy. I felt like new after the 6 lessons. Worth pointing out that the instructors listed here are the surf instructors, not the yoga teachers (and sadly, I didn't catch the yoga teacher's name - needless to say she was great!)
All in all a really good mix of activities (surfing, yoga and an amazing massage), the staff at Rama Garden were just wonderful and very welcoming, and they did everything they could to make the stay memorable and help with special requests, in particular Liz.
I would highly recommend renting a scooter to explore the island, it's a great way to spend the time in between yoga and surfing.
It's nice not having to worry about breakfast and lunch, and the smoothies are really tasty.
from India, October 2018
"Best retreat for the value of your money!"
Everything was very well organized when I arrived. I couldn't believe everything that was included with the price I payed.
The staff are very friendly and the food is delicious and healthy :) The location is great, really close to the beach and restaurants/bars/markets/main road. Renting a scooter was super easy and also cheap and it's easy to get around with on the island! Thank you Rama Garden for my stay with you! I will highly recommend this to other people!
from Japan, October 2018
"A pleasant though slightly disappointing retreat"
Rama Garden Resort is quiet and peaceful with comfortable rooms and very good, healthy food.
The surf instructors true hard to help us progress during our three day course.
from Indonesia, October 2018
"the must to do camp!!!"
so so great.
i will force myself to be short because it could be very long to write down all my experience.
instructors are top! they know your name, they explain you surf with simple words, and the most important: they manage to make you get the wave!
the place is amazing!
i was so sad to quit the island.
and the top of the top: people around you at the rama garden 😍... they care about you and they let you space at the sale time, they give you smiles and good vibes.
thank you all the team!
petit plus pour les français qui ne seront pas dépaysé 😉
from Great Britain, October 2018
"Productive visit to nusa lembongan "
Plenty to do and see, everyone was very friendly and helpful!
from Singapore, September 2018
"Great introduction to surfing"
More of a surf retreat then a yoga retreat, which was fine for me. Bumpy start for the yoga portion as the instructor took emergency leave and there was no replacement but Rama Gardens kindly refunded me the cost for the yoga sessions so I could book elsewhere. Location is great - just a few minutes walk to the beach (amazing sunsets every evening!), 10 min walk to the yoga place and surf place. The snorkeling trip was awesome (but maybe not for those who get seasick easily).. seeing the manta rays up close is something I won't forget. Just a side note, it might be cheaper to book an accommodation and book your activities separately, but for the convenience of having the schedule planned out was fairly worth it for me. Accommodation is as illustrated in the photos. The check out was early on the day I had my last surfing lesson as the next customers were checking in early, but I was allowed to shower in one of the rooms that was empty, so that was a nice touch of flexibility.
from Spain, September 2018
Such nice staff and a great place to stay. Location was great. It’s no frills but you don’t need them on this island. Would definitely recommend
from Indonesia, September 2018
"Would very much recommend!!"
Perfect accommodation and location, scrumptious food, friendliest and most helpful staff. Retreat was very well organised and activities were EPIC! 💯 DO IT you won’t regret it!!
from United States, August 2018
"Everyone should do this surf/yoga retreat!!"
The manager at rama garden was extremely friendly, accommodating, flexible, approachable, helpful and kind - all outstanding qualities in someone managing this sort of retreat. We made many friends at rama garden both with fellow attendees and others staying at the hotel as well as the yoga/surf instructors who we will remain friends with after we’ve left. The yoga classes at yoga shack were perfect; the surf lessons with monkey surfing were outstanding and really fun, the accommodations were adorable (we loved the little bungalow shacks) and the food... was the best on the island! We happily ate every meal at rama garden and it was a good congregating point. We also absolutely loved the Balinese massage at puri nusa. Our hostess arranged transportation to and from Bali for us and helped us customize our visit perfectly to include a tour of nusa penida- our every need was met. Everyone should stay here!!
from United States, August 2018
"Yoga and surf in Nusa Lembongan"
Really pleasant stay and great yoga and surf experience (as a relative newbie to both). Instructors for both were professional and very knowledgable. Nusa Lembongan is also a great place to relax so works perfectly for this type of retreat.
from Myanmar [Burma], August 2018
Rama garden was perfect for myself and daughter. Liz does an amazing job organizing everything and everyone! Very sorry to leave but will be back!
from United States, August 2018
The pros of this place is that the accommodation is fairly comfortable and the food and juices are amazing. Liz, one of the managers, tried to help me as best as she could. Even her smiling face made me feel better during tough situations. The beach is your backyard and you have a handful of restaurants that have beautiful sunset views. The surfing is great, each day gets more and more advice but awesome for beginners with 3 people max for 1 instructor. My advice for the retreat is to have a message board in the restaurant about the boats if they may or may not be cancelled the next day to avoid confusion and chaos. Treat your guests as family or as a community especially if they're traveling solo. business structure and overall retreat needs massive improvements when it comes to their advertising and customer service.
from Indonesia, February 2020
La nourriture au restaurant est très bonne, il y a beaucoup de choix. Autant vegan que végétariens.
J'ai beaucoup aimé la prof de yoga, très sympa et prend le temps d'expliquer.
Les profs de surfs sont très sympa également.
from Netherlands, January 2020
De yoga en surf lessen waren een geslaagde combinatie. Het niveau van de yoga les was goed, geschikt voor zowel beginners en gevorderden. Fijne lessen.
Een toffe surf ervaring met de mannen van Monkey surfing. Ze waren geduldig en ook heel spontaan.
Vriendelijk personeel van pisang pisang, ik heb genoten van de sapjes, smooties en het ontbijt erg lekker!
Marie Laure Perez
from Australia, May 2019
"Excellent séjour !!! Je recommande fortement!"
Très chaleureux accueil et sens de la bienveillance. Un logement de grande qualité et de confort, tout neuf!!
Une restauration raffinée et "healthy"avez des délicieux smoothies!
Personnel à l'écoute et attentionné.
Excellente prestations des profs de surf ( Planet) et des cours de yoga !
Endroit zen et très amical pour passer un superbe séjour !😁🤙
from Germany, February 2019
Das Team von Rama Garden ist unglaublich freundlich und man fühlt sich wie in einer Familie, die Lage ist super - nur wenige Minuten zum Meer. Yogakurs war der beste den ich je hatte in einer tollen Atmosphäre. Kann dieses Retreat nur weiterempfeheln
from United States, December 2018
"Stage de 10j surf yoga snorkeling"
Le lieu est idéalement placé. Proche de la plage et à l’ecart de la rue principale. Tout peut aisément de faire à pied. La flexibilité pour décaler des activités est appréciable. La nourriture très bonne et l’equipe Très sympathique
from Netherlands, December 2018
"heerlijk week op Nusa Lembongan"
de sfeer, de kwaliteit van de activiteiten en de instructeurs!
from Netherlands, November 2018
"Paddle paddle up up up"
Super toffe eerste surfervaring met de mannen van Monkey surfing. Goede instructeurs en ook nog eens hele leuke gasten. Ze helpen je met alles en voorkomen de nodige 'wasmachines'. Heel fijn :) Ik zou zeker terug gaan.
from Germany, September 2018
I liked that it was close to the beach. The surf was well organized and pretty good for beginners. The woman who organizes everything and sits at the “reception” is extremely friendly and kind and speaks English pretty well. I also liked the huge choice of juices and smoothies!
from France, September 2018
"Don't know the names of the yoga teachers, all were great!!"
Fantastic smoothies and food in Rama Garden, very nice staff, fantastic yoga+surf teachers.
from France, August 2018
"Simplement parfait !"
Tout a été parfait ... le personnel est adorable, l’organisation super, le logement (locomotive hôtel) parfait, la nourriture est très bonne et les activités au top !
Très bons profs de surf, parlant français et anglais, super cours de yoga, excursion sympa ... et l’île est juste magnifique ! Beaucoup mieux que bali qui est bondé à cette période ... bref je reviendrai sans faute !
Mention spéciale pour les smoothies (surtout le ginger detox) et le café vietnamien (café sua da) !!
from New Caledonia, August 2018
"Super retreat! Top "
Un merveilleux accueil souriant et disponible. On garde un super souvenir de notre première expérience en surf, l’encadrement est professionnel et l’equipe est super. Il faut essayer tous les jus qui sont délicieux. Excellente adresse de massage. Cours de yoga accessible à tous. L’ile est magnifique et reposante. A refaire sans hésitation.
from Indonesia, August 2018
La comida, la profesora de yoga que era australiana y muy buena, no recuerdo el nombre
from New Zealand, July 2018
"great place but it's not really a retreat"
I spent 7 days in Nusa Lembongan with rama Garden retreat center. I had super great time. The island is amazing, the place to stay is really good, even if you choose the cheapest one (bungalow), Lisa, the host, is always there to help you.
They book every activity for you (yoga class, surf lessons, snorkeling tour and massage), which is really good because you don't need to think about anything and you just have to follow the schedule they made for you.
The whole time I was really happy with my stay, yoga class are really good (at Yoga Shank), surf lessons are nice (the best lesson I had during the 3 days was the one with Christopher who explains very well), snorkeling tour is amazing as you'll normally see Manta rays, and massage is really relaxing after your week of surfing with tight shoulder blades :)
I will definitely recommend that place, but just be aware it's not really a "retreat" in the common sense of it :)