Firstly, Indonesia boasts over 13,000 islands which means 95,000 km of coastline and lots of opportunities for waves. Secondly, it also has an awesome climate, averaging 82.4°F all year round making for warm waters that are perfect for surfing without the need of a wetsuit. Surfing in cotton t-shirts and boardshorts is very acceptable attire, though you may need reef booties at low tide if surfing over a coral reef.
Lastly, the scenery ain’t half bad either. If you are going to surf anywhere to improve or practice your skills then Indonesia is one of the most scenic spots to do it. You’ll discover a tropical paradise of white sand beaches, lush rainforest, and stunning mountainous terrain.
We should probably mention that you’re also spoiled for choice when it comes to surf spots. If you’re after perfect crystal tubes, big waves, wild reefs and miles of unsurfed breaks waiting to be discovered, then you’ll be in surfer heaven. Furthermore, renting a surfboard won’t break the bank, with prime surf spots like Bali offering a large selection of rental shops and short and long term board rentals.
When Is The Best Time To Surf In Indonesia?
Knowing what the weather is doing is all important when booking a BUCKiTDREAM trip to Indonesia to go surfing. Typically the dry season is the top surfing season for pros and this runs from April to September, peaking in the summer months of July and August. Without going into too much meteorological detail, basically, the best waves can be had during the dry season as the warm and cold air masses mix together creating storms, which means more frequent and higher waves.
In saying this, you shouldn’t discount the wet season (October to April) for surfing in Indonesia. This can give you fewer people hogging the popular breaks and the undivided attention of surf guides to give you top tips. The weather is still warm and flights and accommodation are also cheaper. You’ll just have to choose your surf spots more wisely, as some islands are better than others for waves during this season.
Get The Most Out Of Your Surf Time
As with any sport, there’s always room for improvement and with Indonesia attracting surfers from all corners of the globe, it’s an ideal opportunity to pick up some top tips from other pros and hone your skills. Doing a refresher course is also a great way to pick up important advice, learn new techniques and gain knowledge of where to catch the best waves from the local guides. Indonesia has lots of surf schools at the more well-known beaches, check out the ones at Batu Karas (West Java), Kuta (Bali), Batu Bolong (Bali), Selong Belanak (Lombok) and Pacitan (East Java).
Best Surf Spots In Indonesia
With so many potential surfing spots in Indonesia, the only problem you might have is deciding where to ride your board. The main regions that surfers flock to are Sumatra, Java, and Bali but there are plenty of unexplored beaches that offer world-class waves.
Here’s a rundown on some of the best spots for pro surfers:
Uluwatu – Bali
Located in the southwest of Bali, this is spot has different swells and tides and is recommended for experienced surfers only. It is usually busy during the dry season as it’s the most famous surfing spot in Bali and offers outstanding waves.
Padang Padang – Bali
Padang Padang, also on the southwest of Bali, translates locally as ‘power and fear’ so you have to have to know what you’re doing with the waves here. The technical level of surfing is advanced because of the reef which produces dangerous hollow waves.
G-Land – Java
Java has many places you can surf but the most popular one is G-Land, aka Plengkung Beach, in East Java. This is an internationally renowned powerful surf break situated on top of a sharp reef.
Gerupuk Outside – Lombok
Lombok island is the easterly neighboring island of Bali, which isn’t as developed. The most famous surfing spot here is Gerupuk Outside, aka or Gili Golong, which consists of right-hander waves with big drop offs. Best at mid to high tide, use your booties at low tide as there is a coral reef.
No Kandui – Mentawais
Don’t let the name put you off – you can do it if you’re an experienced surfer. Named after a resort in the Mentawais, this fast left-hand wave is best surfed at high tide. There are around a dozen breaks near the resort so it makes a good base if you want bang for your buck.
Apocalypse & One Palm Point – Panaitan Islands
These are two legendary surf spots in the Panaitan Island off the coast of West Java and neither are for the faint of heart. Apocalypse produces a speedy funneled right-hand wave that requires 100% commitment to getting out intact. One Palm has continuous left-handed barrels that peel perfectly over a shallow bottom.
Remember, always take into account your level of expertise when choosing where to surf. Though a break may look easy, many require skills and experience, especially if sharp coral reefs are involved. Happy surfing!