THE PROMISED LAND OF SURFING
Indonesia has long been considered “the promised land” for any traveling surfer. Located in the Indian Ocean, to the northwest of Australia, the Indonesian archipelago is arguably the most wave-rich zone in the world, with thousands of quality reef passes, reef points, and even beach breaks sprinkled across its 17,000+ islands.
The boat trip was practically invented in Indo, and surf camps abound. Bali was the original tropical paradise discovery, and has today become to go-to destination for any surfer looking to cut their teeth in Indonesian surfing.
The epicenter of the Indonesian surf scene, Bali is as easy as a surf trip gets—politically stable, a colorful and welcoming Hindu culture, and tourist accommodations options. The crown prince of Bali surfing is the Bukit Peninsula, home to constant offshores and world-renowned left-handed reefs like Uluwatu, Padang Padang and Bingin.
A chain of islands located off the West Coast of Sumatra, the Mentawais were first surfed in the 1990s, and quickly became the gold standard in surf travel. The luxury boat trip was practically invented in the Ments, and today the islands are home to dozens of charters, numerous land camps, and numerous traveling surfers each year, all drawn by the allure of perfect barrels like HTs, Macaronis, Rifles, Greenbush and Thunders to just name a few.
At nearly 50,000 square miles, Java is one of the largest islands in Indonesia. The crown jewel of Java surfing is G-Land. If G-Land is not your cup of tea, there are many opportunities to head out & discover an excellent line-up and jungle-camp in front of the waves for months on end.
A quick hop, skip and jump from Bali are neighboring islands Lombok and Sumbawa, which are easy strike trips from Kuta and the Bukit Peninsula. Lombok is home to Desert Point, arguably one of the best and longest barrels in the world, while Sumbawa houses Indonesian staples like Lakey Peak, Supersuck, Periscopes, and Scar Reef.
Indonesia’s forgotten zone, West Timor sits far to the east and has more in common geographically with Western Australian than the rest of Indo. Desert landscapes, less crowding in the lineup, sapphire blue water, and user-friendly lineups like the rippable wave at Nemberala left are the region’s norm.
With consistent swells year round, and wind ranging from dependable trades during the dry season to light/variable during the wet season, Indonesia delivers world-class waves no matter when you visit—you just have to know where to go.