Indonesia

What's the surf like?

The main surf season is from April to October with south groundswells consistently hitting the islands producing world class waves. Indonesia is the ultimate surfer's paradise, thousands of islands are out there waiting for you. Certain areas are just starting to be explored for surf.

Indonesia can be split into two regions, of interest to surfers are the main islands: Sumatra, Java, Bali and Timor, the other islands of Borneo, Irian Jaya, Sonde and Moluques Islands have little surf potential.

 

Surf regions in Indonesia include...

Weather in Indonesia

October - March
April - September
30°C

Since it stretches along the equator, Indonesia's climate has a tendency to be quite similar all year round with an average temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius. Located in the tropics, Indonesia only as two seasons, the wet and the dry. The wet season generally occurs from October to March and is not necessarily consistent with Bali. The dry season occurs from April to September, with less humidity, dry days and sunnier weather. This is traditionally the busiest time for holiday goers. The severity between the seasons differs depending on where in Indonesia you are. The dry season generally gets the better surf as the swell comes from the S-SW. Not uncommon to get long periods of low to no wind during this time.

Although the wet season doesn't normally pose any major issues, some of the more remote regions can be a different story with mud-clogged roads, packed with the local mixture of traffic. Most rainfall in this region will occur during the wet season, but downpours are typical and can occur at any time, usually not lasting too long.

The best time to visit is between April and October, during the dry season. This usually brings a dramatic change to the level of tourism in the more popular areas. So it is definitely worth booking early, especially for the school holidays.

Java

Java

Java is Indonesias most populous island with a population of 135 million. West Java is where the famous Panaitan Islands lie. Java has an abundant of waves along its coast that only the adventurous will be rewarded. On the southern tip of the island is the famous G-Land or Grajagan.

Some accommodation options in Java include Bobby's Grajagan, Joyo's Surf Camp G-Land, Just Dreaming.

Surf breaks in Java include Apocalypse, Cimaja, G-Land, Illusions, Napalms, Ombak Tujuh, One Palm Point, Pussys/Inside Lefts, Turtles.

Lombok

Lombok

Lombok is an island in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. It is surrounded by a number of smaller islands locally called Gili. The capital and largest city is Mataram. To the east of Lombok lies the Alas Strait, a narrow body of water separating Lombok from Sumbawa to the east.

Accommodation options in Lombok include Dreamweaver, Heaven On The Planet.

Surf breaks around Lombok include Belongas Bay, Desert Point, Grupuk, Kuta-Lombok, Out/Inside Ekas.

 

Mentawais

Mentawais

The Mentawai Island chain is arguably the worlds richest wave environment. Scattered with waves throughout the islands it literally is a surfers playground providing waves for everyone to enjoy. 

Accommodation options in the Mentawais include Aloita Resort Spa, Bintang, Bohemian Baru, Indies Explorer, Kaimana, Kaimana Royal, King Millenium 1, King Millenium II, Kingfisher Bay Resort, Mentawai Surf Retreat, MV Addiction, Nusa Dewata, Pelagic Surf Charters, Tengirri

Surf breaks in the Mentawais include 4 Bobs, Bank Vaults, Batcaves, Beng Bengs, Bintangs Right, Burger World, Ebay, Green Bush, Icelands, KFCs, Lances Left, Lighthouse, Macaronis, Nipussi, No Kandui, Pitstops, Rags Left, Rags Right, Rifles, Scarecrows, Suicides, Telescopes, The Hole, Thunders.

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is a tiny island located southeast of Bali and is part of a group of three islands. The island is surrounded by coral reefs, white sand beaches and low limestone cliffs. 

Accommodation options include Coconuts Beach Resort, Dreamweaver.

Surf breaks in the area include Ceningans, Lacerations, Playgrounds, Shipwrecks.

Sumatra

Sumatra

The Indian Ocean borders the west side of Sumatra with the island chains of Simeulue, Nias and Mentawai bordering along the south western coast. 

Accommodation options include Bohemian Baru, Luxury South Sumatra Surf Camp, Telos 101, Tengirri.

Surf breaks in the region include Afulu, Asu, Bawa, Bay of Plenty, Dislocators, GTs, Krui, Le Ba, Maxs Left / Churches / Mishos, Maxs Right, Pinnacles, Schoolyards, The E.R, The Point - Lagundri Bay, Treasure Island, Ujung Bocur, Way Jambu, Wegs, Zippers.

Sumba

Sumba

Sumba is an island and is part of the province of East Nusa Tenggara in eastern Indonesia. It is rugged country and getting around is difficult outside of staying at the known tourist spots. Plenty of rewards for the adventurous.

Surf breaks in the area include Millers Right, Nihiwatu

Sumbawa

Sumbawa

Sumbawa is located in the province of West Nusa Tenggara, with Lombok to the west, Flores to the east, and Sumba further to the southeast. It has a dry arid landscape with most surf found on the west and south coasts.

Accommodation options include Aman Gati Hotel, Dreamweaver.

Surf Breaks in the area include Lakey Peak, Periscopes, Scar Reef, Supersuck.

West Timor

West Timor

The West Timor region has a variety of waves on the islands of Roti and Sawu. Access is made from Kupang the capital of West Timor. T-Land is the areas best known wave.

Accommodation in the area includes T-Land Resort.

Surf breaks in the area include T-Land.

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