Marlon Gerber fosters his protégé nephew Varun Tanjung in the ways of Indonesian surfing. Varun has a choice, just as Marlon did. This was Shot 100% on the HD HERO3+® camera and Amazon has some great deals going. Check them out.
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 or no surf potential.
The conditions that create these waves are ideal: the swells are formed by huge winter storms deep in the Southern ocean, and roll across thousands of kilometers of open sea before they reach Indonesia. That gives them time to even out, and also means they arrive at the same time as the southeast monsoon winds - light offshore breezes that give perfect shape to the faces. It's also the ideal time of the year for weather: clear, sunny and warm. When you go to Indonesia to surf, April to September is definitely the time to be there.
With so many waves to choose from, it's not surprising that you also have a wide range of surf holiday choices.
The easiest is to head straight to Bali, where the waves are superb - though busy. There's a vast array of accommodation and the nightlife is rated the best in Asia. The huge breakers of Bukit peninsula make it one of the world's best surfing spots. The white sand beaches and dramatic cliffs of Uluwatu add to the attraction. For a more exotic tropical experience that gets you far away from the crowds and closer to the culture of Indonesia, try one of the growing number of surf camps. You'll find them on Nias Island (Lagundri Bay), Java (Garajagan and Ombak Tujuh), and Sumbawa (Cempi Bay). The accommodation is simple but comfortable, the food is good, the local people are friendly, and the waves are guaranteed to be uncrowded.
For real adventure in isolated areas where there'll just be you, a few friends, and some of the best waves in the world. Take a surf cruise on one of the several boats that are now run specifically for this purpose. Ports of departure include Bali (cruises to Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores and Sumba); Jakarta (cruises to Panaitan, Deli and the southwest coast of Java); and Padang (cruises to the Mentawai and other islands Off Sumatra).
The very first surf travelers who came Indonesia sent back reports of impossibly perfect crystal tubes, white sand beaches fringed with palm trees, warm weather and brilliant sunshine, and local people who were friendly and hospitable. It wasn’t just a surfing experience: it was paradise.
Here is the list of best of the best surfing spot in Indonesia..
1. Mentawai Island
Do i really need to tell you that the Mentawai Islands are one of the world’s most consistent surf destinations? If you surf, you already know that! The Mentawai Islands are one of the most consistent surf destinations in the world. The mentawai islands are regarded as having some of the most consistent surf breaks in the world and home to some surf breaks that will blow your mind! With the discovery of the incredible surf of the Mentawai Islands off West Sumatra, the search for surfing perfection was over-here it lived in staggering abundance. Islet after islet, flawless reef after flawless reef; sun and blue water, offshore winds and spitting tubes.
2. Panaitan Island
Situated just off the coast of West Java, Panaitan Island hosts 7 excellent surf spots including the legendary One Palm Point and Apocalypse. Panaitan is rich of wildlife and now you can surf its world class waves in warm, clear blue water away from crowds. Panaitan is part of Ujung Kulon national park, which is a United Nations World Heritage site. One of the world’s longest (upto 800 yards), most perfect, most dangerous shallow left-hand barrelsreels across a reef point.
3. Bali Island
Bali is paradise island in the world and immaculate it could almost be a painted backdrop. For those who have always wanted to surfing, Bali has very consistent surf and great warm weather. Bali Island, the perfect holiday destination for all ages offers something for everyone. This tropical paradise has a unique blend of modern tourist facilities combined with wonderful shopping and a rich past and heritage. Some of the best surfing beaches in the world can be found on the western side of the island. Bali gets the full force of southern ocean swells direct from the antarctic with its south-west and south-east coasts being littered with surf spots.
4. Lombok Islands
Lombok is also known for its best secret surf point, The Desert Point. A long walled and incredibly hollow left hander that on its day can break up to 300 meters, growing in size from takeoff to end. Best between 3-8 ft. You may need to hire boat from locals to take you to some of the wave’s point. If you stay in Kuta Beach Lombok, ask around, many locals surfer will guide you to find the waves. Kuta Lombok is “surfers’ paradise”. Waves are excellent and many good surf points, such as Mawi, Mawun and etc include “Point X”, along South coast of Lombok.
5. Sumbawa Islands
The islands of Sumbawa are located to the east of Bali, The region for this surf adventure boast a range of world class waves that work on varied conditions maximizing the potential for good surf. Sumbawa offers some classic tropical surfing with two main surfing areas: West Sumbawa and the Lakai area. This area has many steep cliffs that offer scenic backdrops to the epic surf. The coast of West Sumbawa is dotted with a series of quality breaks. The three main and most famous spots surfed on the west coast of Sumbawa are Scar Reef, Super Suck and Yo-Yo’s. When those all surfe is working, it is really working and will make your trip to Sumbawa more than worthwhile.
6. Nias Islands
Nias Island is the cite of some really fantastic surfing. Nias is famous for the perfect waves breaking off Lagundri Bay. The Nias wave operates perfectly from 2 to 15 feet. Access is easy thanks to a break in the reef called “The Keyhole” that will spare you getting over the sand bar no matter how big this obstacle is. The reef itself is not dangerous compared to other surfing spots in Indonesia. The corals are abundant but not aggressive. Because of the geographical position of the archipelago, this cluster of islands is one of the most interesting areas in the world.
7. G-Land (Grajagan Islands)
G-Land is a magical place and one of the surfing world’s most incredible surfing destinations. For many surfers, it’s been a very special surfing site of primitive beauty and perfect waves. Like the primitive magical sound of its name, the mentions of Grajagan is an Indonesia incantation that causes surfers everywhere gaze longingly at thelong lines are unmistakable perfect and the discovery that followed is now regarded as arguably the world’s best left-hander ever. Known for its consistent off-shore trade winds during the sessions. G-Land is a Mecca for travelling surfers and the global pilgrimage to G-Land occurs all year around as surfers travel to Java to sample G-Land jewels.
8. Sumba Island
Close to Bali, Sumba provides some excellent waves in beautiful surroundings. With an exciting local culture and a relatively small population, Sumba is one of the more pristine, unspoilt, undeveloped and least crowded regions of Indonesia. There are good waves all over the island providing options for surfers of all levels – from beginners right through to advanced surfers. On top of perfect tropical surf, the island is also great for fishing, snorkelling, bird watching, beach combing and relaxing. Uncrowded waves, laidback living and spectacular sights – Sumba is the spirit of surf travel.
9. Timor Islands
The West Timor islands have some of the best uncrowded waves in Indonesia. The islands of West Timor and Roti have some well-known, little surfed breaks (like T-Lands) as well as quite a few secret spots. T-Land is the ultimate fun wave, a lefthander where you can smack reo after reo, ride the nose forever or just cruise your way through section after section. Roti island is the furthest southern point of Indonesia, with beautiful unspoilt beaches combining amazing surfbreaks, pockets of lush tropical rainforests, savanna’s and rolling hills ending in sheer cliff. You now have the chance to experience this Indonesia dream.
10. Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan Islands
Nusa Penida region consists of 3 isles, which are Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. These isles, located on the east-west side of Bali. Another secret place for some private time on beautiful white, sandy beaches and obviously a great spot to surf as well. Usually, the Nusa Penida region is visited by fanatic surfers seeking hideouts to surf. Explore the crystal clear, warm waves of the island of Nusa Lembongan. From the gentle fun waves of playgrounds to the hollow perfection of lacerations, Nusa Lembongan has a surf break for all levels.
With the hundreds great surfing spots in Indonesia, it’s hard to make it only Top 10 spots, so i give u a bonus for this surfing list edition. Enjoy the 11 perfect surfing spots in Indonesia.
11. Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno Islands
In a land of left handers, this place is a refreshing change. The locals are cool, the atmosphere on the Gili Islands is horizontal and the break, if a little fickle is well worth checking out. People doubt this spot, which is good because it keeps the crowds down. When its breaking you can’t miss it. This spot is called secrets by the local boys who are more than welcoming to traveling surfres, and it picks up more swell than you’d expect. The take off spot on the outside point is fairly easy, but it quickly jacks up to produce long and hollow walls. It breaks over a shallow reef for a long and fast ride. Its fun up to double overhead with long tube rides, but over that it becomes one serious wave that walls and walls and walls.