The Telos are a small archipelago between Nias in the North and Mentawai to the south that have emerged as a real alternative to the Mentawai Islands. It’s slightly more user-friendly, but no less perfect waves are all bunched closely together and the protected channels between the islands offer fast speedboat access to all the waves. There is also a great blend of accommodation from family friendly luxury resorts to core surf camps. Oh, and as a real sweetener there is that rare Indonesia bird, a world class beachbreak, in the mix.

What we love

Rare beachbreak waves and massive amount of waves

Eco-friendly lodges, luxury and mid-range options and lodges with a wave out front

Absolutely stunning backdrop

Limited surfer numbers and experienced surf guides

Where to surf

The Telo Island offer a wave to surf almost every day due to refraction and changing wind conditions. Unlike the Mentawai, the 100 islands in the Telo can be navigated through a series of protected channels and lagoons. These flat stretches of aqua-blue water, reminiscent of the Florida Keys, not only make for quick travel through the archipelago, but offer safety from the wild waves and winds of the Indian Ocean. Most of the chain’s recognised 20-odd breaks are within an hour’s boat ride of each other.

When to go

Peak season is really between April and October when swell swinging up from the Roaring Forties and Howling Fifties march south-west across the Indian Ocean and combine with light trade winds blowing from the south-east. However even during the off season when the trades swing west, there are still quality waves to be had and the swells are still relatively frequent. Located on the Equator the wind patterns are relatively calm. This means glassy days are frequent in both seasons. Sea temperatures remain boardshort steady at around 28°C or 82°F.


Most resorts offer fishing trips, usually on the way back from the surf. There are plenty of long, white sandy beaches to comb and take in some of the local serenity. There is great snorkelling around the reefs with limited commercial fishery there is some amazing sea life to be seen on the clear days.

The Country

With over 255 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populated country. Consisting of thousands of islands, Indonesia is rich with tropical oceans, delicious fruits, and impressive volcanoes. Even with the nation’s large population, there are many opportunities to escape the crowds by visiting the country’s outer islands, rainforests, and beaches. Over the millennia, Indonesia has been controlled by many world superpowers – including the Dutch, French, British, and Portuguese. Since the end of World War II, Indonesia has remained a free nation with a constitutional government. Because of this diverse history and mix of religion, culture and language t Indonesia offers a unique experience for any world traveller. If you enjoy respectfully meeting new people, you will undoubtedly find the people to be as beautiful as the oceans.


Getting There

There’s a few options, but the main ways to get to the Telo Islands are either speedboat transfers from Padang or Nias or a charter plane from Padang (PDG) or Medan (KNO). Both Padang and Medan are reachable from international airports at Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Denpasar.

Travel Information

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GMT +7


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