The natural landscape of this beautiful country is also the perfect place to do many activities. Camping, hiking, trekking, swimming, rafting, surfing, sightseeing—the list goes on. And since Indonesia has many beaches with various swells, it is also a nice place for surfing. Many travelers and surfers acknowledge that Indonesia is one of the best surfing spots in the world.
For you who want surfing experiences in Indonesia, here are the best surfing spots in Indonesia that you do not want to miss:
Mentawai Islands, West Sumatera
Well, Mentawai needs no introduction, as it is considered as surfing legend among surfers. Mentawai is one of the most consistent surf destinations in the world. Mentawai Islands has more than 400 surfing spots with various levels of swells. The Mentawai Islands are also regarded as having some of the most consistent surf breaks in the world and home to some surf breaks.
Plengkung Beach, Banyuwangi, East Java
Located in the area of Alas Purwo National Park, Banyuwangi, this beach has various 6 to 8 meters high swells. Also known as G-Land, the swells in Plengkung Beach is dubbed as the world’s second best swells after Hawaii. The swells in Plengkung have 7 rolls with 5 minutes interval due to the pressures from South Pole. Aside from the challenging swells and breaks, Plengkung Beach is also famous for its beautiful scenery with lush trees and clean beach.
It does no harm if we say that Bali is the surfing capital of Asia, as it has around 50 surfing spots that scattered around several beaches at Bali Island. Uluwatu Beach is the perfect surfing spot for those who want to surf as well as enjoying the beautiful scenery. Uluwatu Beach is surrounded by high cliffs with few temples built on it. The heights of the swells in Uluwatu are around 5 to 8 meters and are famous as short and strong waves with short intervals.
It is said that “Ombak Tujuh” (seventh wave) is taken from the seven waves that rolls concurrently before hitting the shore. This is also considered as the hidden paradise, not only for surfer but also beach junkies. The environment is a paradise with its heavy left hander and barrels—if you are an inexperienced surfer you may want to think twice before come to this spot. Unfortunately the place is pretty remote so if you really want to visit Ombak Tujuh make sure you bring all of the supplies needed for camping.
Watu Karung is also dubbed as the paradise for surfers. Watu Karung has exceptional waves, as this beach is the type of reef break with the reef seabed. At some moments that creates perfect and challenging barrels for surfers. Both surfers with natural and goofy style can surf here, as this beach has left and right waves. April to October is the perfect time if you want to say hello to the waves here. Don’t forget to bring your own surfboard as there is no surfboard rental around.
Lagundri Bay, Nias
Lagundri Bay is a horseshoe shaped bay at the southern end of the island of Nias, Sumatera. It is popular tourist destination and a noted surf break. The main break in Lagundri Bay, often also called “The Point”, “Soraki Point”, or “Nias” is a barreling right-hander breaking over reef along the western side of the bay. The wave characteristics of “The Point” have long been considered as world-class waves and make it as the one of the most favorite destination for surfers from all around the world.
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 the end. Barrels of 20 seconds have been filmed there and 10 second tubes are common. The Desert Point is not suitable for beginner surfer as the waves are considerably dangerous.
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