The Indonesian archipelago is loaded with perfect surf from one end to the other – from the northern top of Simulue Island all the way around to Timor.
Dreamweaver is an 80-foot surf exploration vehicle that leaves Bali on regular, 7 night/8 day runs to the eastern islands: Nusa Lembongan, Lombok and Sumbawa.
Dreamweaver is an 80-foot surf exploration vehicle that leaves Bali on regular, 7 night/8 day runs to the eastern islands: Nusa Lembongan, Lombok and Sumbawa. Dreamweaver was converted from the keel to the radio mast for surf exploration from a traditional Indonesian Jukung outrigger to a more modern mono-hull style surf charter yacht. The single hull design allows more speed and stability in rough weather.
Dreamweaver can accommodate up to 14 guests (although 12 is the preferred maximum) and a lot of surfboards, dive and fishing equipment – everything stowed and stored and berthed in comfort and safety for trips from Bali to Nusa Lembongan, across the south face of Lombok and to the west coast of Sumbawa. It is about 100 air miles from Serangan Beach on Bali to Supersuck on Sumbawa, but the 250 HP diesel engine of Dreamweaver and modern navigational equipment converts down time to surf time; and the Captain and crew have decades of Indo experience assuring you will get to the surf safely and efficiently.
Dreamweaver operates year round, but peak season is April through September, and the low season is October to March. Eastern Indonesia is hotter and drier than the islands west of Bali. Air and water temperatures are generally around 80 degrees, but you’ll be kept cool by your preference of shade and sea breeze or proper air conditioning.
A trip aboard Dreamweaver is an inexpensive addition to any stay in Bali that will allow you to see and experience more of Indonesia’s most valuable resource – the surf. Dreamweaver is run and operated by Australian Surfers to provide all the basic comforts of surf travel with safety as top priority, and food a close second. (see accommodations).
Surfers are encouraged to bring strong leashes and backups. Booties will make the inevitable reef dance easier, and many Indo surfers wear helmets. Rash guards, a hat and sun protection are a good idea, unless you are 100% Hawaiian.
It’s an experience to skirt through the heat and potential discomforts of land travel in a style that is actually comfortably Spartan, but feels like luxury. Dreamweaver,s interior is fully air conditioned and sleeps as many as 14 people in large, comfortable hardwood bunk beds. You have some headspace in these beds, so you won’t be whacking your Gulliver when you wake up in the middle of a dream, or to the sound of surf exploding off in the distance.
The Dreamweaver has bulk storage for surfboards and other gear. The dining area is above decks but covered, so you can watch the tide drop and the surf come up magically as you are relaxing with a book. Down below are two air conditioned lounge areas which will put a nice chill in your chilling out.
Dreamweaver is thoroughly modern with split system air conditioning, western style flushing toilet and indoor shower, 240 volt power with international adaptors for charging video cameras and appliances, CD/DVD, stereo, and a TV which the trip videographer can use to show the daily rushes. Dreamweaver has lots of fishing and dive equipment, but bring your own if you want, because the hold has more than enough room for a dozen quivers of surfboards and everything else.
Dreamweaver is equipped with Radar, GPS, marine radio, full safety equipment and a comprehensive first aid kit.
The 12’ dingy is used for the short shuttle transfers between the boat and the break is powered by a 15hp outboard.
In a word: heaps. From Serangan Beach on Bali to Yo Yos and back, there are three named spots on Nusa Lembongan, a dozen on the south coast of Lombok and another dozen on the west coast of Sumbawa. And within these spots – some of which are famous around the world as the longest, hollowest waves in the world – are myriad other reefs that come and go with wind and tide and swell direction.
On the first day of the trip, Dreamweaver leaves Serangan Beach on the east side of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula for a short crossing to Nusa Lembongan – home to the reefbreak peak at Playgrounds, the long right barrel at Lacerations and the slightly shorter right barrel at Shipwrecks. Nusa Lembongan wets your appetite for all that is to follow.
After a day on Nusa Lembongan and some grinds, the guests go to sleep as the crew uses GPS to motor across the Lombok Strait for an early morning arrival to Lombok. One of the first waves on the west coast of Lombok is the world-famous Desert Point. Tucked up inside the Lombok Strait, Desert Point is a long and incredibly hollow left hander that on its day can break up to 300 meters, growing in size from takeoff to end; if you get it when its on you will never forget it! You’ve seen it on those giant murals on the walls of Rip Curl Surf Shops: line after line of geometrically perfect lefts, wrapping along a shallow, coral reef.
When Dreamweaver makes the crossing of the Alas Strait to the southwest face of Sumbawa you will find – surprise surprise – even more surf!
ADDITIONAL WAVES OF LOMBOK/SUMBAWA INCLUDE:
SHIPWRECKS: The most famous and most surfed of all the waves on Nusa Lembongan, this right produces a good wall for maneuvers and, depending on the tide, good tubes. Best at medium tide with a 4 to 6 foot swell, but can get bigger on a good day.
LACERATIONS: A powerful and very hollow right hander that can produce some of the best barrels around if the swell direction is right. Best at medium tide with swell head high to double overhead.
PLAYGROUNDS: A right and a left with a soft coral bottom, that are very easy and fun to surf, being the favorites of inexperienced surfers. Best with medium swell (6 to 10 foot) and medium or high tide.
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. Has been called the best left hander in the world, if you get it when its on you will never forget it! Best between 6-15 ft.
BELONGAS BAY: This is a fairly typical Indo reef break. Nice and consistent with powerful long rides when the swell picks up. Sensitive to winds. It’s better during the raining season with NE winds.
Two main peaks:
The right: good peaky right on the west side. Can be powerful.
The left: at the east side of the bay. Doesnt always work, but very good when its on.
AIR GULING: 2 breaks – a hollow shifty left, best at mid to high tide.
A nice right with a fast inside section, best at low to mid tide Has reasonable protection from the wind.
GERUPUK: This is a huge bay about 7 km east of Kuta, on Lombok, and on a big day it offers a few different breaks around the bay. It can handle any winds as its protected and surrounded by hills
Inside Gerupuk or Bumbang Bay, a right-hander,a fun wave suitable for all levels of ability breaking over flat reef or sand bottom. The big days of southwest swell can be a great time to surf it. This break is surf-able at any time of year, best on the incoming tide.
Gerupuk Outside or Gili Golong, a right-hander, good at mid to high tide. A huge wave and big take off at the point, then a long ride when you get to the inside section, which can be fast and hollow. Up to a maximum of 10 foot.
Don-Don, A right and left hand peak suitable for all abilities, can be a real fun break especially on a bigger swell, best on an outgoing tide.
Pelawangan, another right-hander for beginners, only on big days, it can get very hollow on the right tide.
EKAS BAY: has two spots. Outside Ekas, a good left-hander close to the entrance of the channel that can break for up to 200 meters on the right day.
Inside Ekas is a fun peaky wave, A left and right hander, works with a bigger swell, the left from mid to high tide and the right from mid to low tide, hollow and barreling on inside section. Can get very good when the winds are light, maximum 12 foot.
SCAR REEF: A long walled left peak where you drive into several backdoor sections all offering tube rides to write home about. Best between 4-18ft. There is also a smaller right hander on the inside reef on the bigger days.
SUPER SUCKS: Has been called the longest most intense tube ever ridden. Breaking over a live coral reef, this wave reels faultlessly for 150 meters. Get pitted from takeoff to exit. No top turns here when its on! Best between 6-12 ft.
YO-YOs: Catches any swell. It consists of two rights, one a wedge peak breaking off a cliff face, the other a long walled right reef in the middle of the bay, usually surfed when everywhere else is small. Best between 6-12 ft but has been surfed at up to 20 ft and bigger.
The Indonesian archipelago covers three time zones, stretched across the equator between the hot, dry Australian land mass to the south, and the hot, wet Asian land mass to the north. Indonesia’s climate is tropical year round with seasons divide in two: wet and dry.
The wet season begins in mid October and lasts until March, with most rain measured in January and February, when high pressure flowing south from the Asian mainland combines with humid air from the Indian Ocean to bring rain throughout the archipelago – although the northern and western islands get more rain than those in the south and east.
The dry season begins in March and runs through September/October, when high pressure over Australia pushes north blanketing Indonesia with warm, dry air. The dry season peaks in July and August which is also in the middle of the prime surf season.
Best season for swell in Indonesia is the southern hemisphere winter of March/April through September/October when low pressure systems in the Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean pulse ground swells toward the equator. These ground swells travel for thousands of miles, allowing them time to “unwrap” and organize before marching onto the reefs of Indonesia as perfectly groomed lines. The biggest months are typically June though August.
Prevailing winds also change with the wet and dry season. During the dry drier months of April through September trades blow ESE, or off-shore along most southerly facing breaks. January and February will see west wind which is not favorable at most of the “name” breaks, but good “off season” waves do exist. During the transition periods between changing seasons winds typically go lights and variable, with glassy conditions not uncommon.
Prime surf season is also prime weather season, which is why you have seen so many surf movies showing surfers going berserk in perfect surf, under blue sunny skies, with offshore winds adding that little bit extra.
Although most of the rain falls during the wet season, rainstorms can occur at any time of year. Air temperatures range between 75° and 90° year around and water temperatures run from the mid 70’s to low 80’s. When you see people wearing wetsuits in Indonesia, it’s for reef and sun protection, not warmth
Fishing and diving are world-class, and a good way to keep the fridge stocked and your sashimi fresh. Surfing all day in the hot sun makes a surfer hungry, and there is no better fuel than fresh fish, rice, veggies and a cold Bintang. If surf is small and you have the energy, wakeboarding behind the dingy is a fun afternoon workout.
Dreamweaver calls into bays that are completely isolated and other coves and beaches that have traditional Indo villages, and the occasional luxury resort. Shore trips are fun for shopping, meeting other travelers, getting a taste of life on land in the Indonesian archipelago. Or just walking, in awe, along miles of miles of beautiful beaches, rimmed with coral, backed by the jungle.
And not a strip mall for 500 miles.
On/off site activities include: