“I’m going to Indo.” There is perhaps no sentence for a surfer that comes laden with so much hope, expectation, adrenaline and, to use a surfing term, froth. As the world’s largest archipelago with over 18,000 islands the sheer quantity and quality of waves is unrivaled. The Indian Ocean delivers consistent swell all year round to the coral reefs which bend the groomed lines into perfect waves. Offshore tradewinds further airbrush the magic, while the tropical sun and bath-like water add sweet heat to this surfer’s dreamscape. The warmth of the Indonesian people, the beauty of its culture and the incredible food add more depth to the surfing experience.

When to go

There are two seasons in Indonesia, the dry and wet season. The dry season, which runs from April to October, is considered the best for waves. That’s because the Indian Ocean winter storms produce consistent swell which are met by the southeast trade winds. These trades are offshore on all the swell facing coasts, including waves like Uluwatu, G-Land and Desert Point. The weather is also consistent with water temps over 27C and average air temps of 30C. The wet season that runs from November to March however still has a lot to offer. Many experienced Indo travellers now hit Bali and the Mentawai in the wet season (known as the off season) as there is less crowds and incredible waves.


Indonesia offers as many adventures inland as it does on the coast. For the adventurous try trekking through the Mayong village's beautiful farmland, admire the Borobudur temple ruins, or hike around Ijen Crater. Meanwhile, those looking to relax in the sun may enjoy the many island-hopping boat tours, all-inclusive resorts, luxurious infinity pools, yoga and meditation courses or simply reading on the many secluded white sand beaches. Add the incredible diving and excellent fishing and you almost don’t need a surfboard.

The Country

With over 255 million people, Indonesia is the world’s 4th 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, Indonesia has a unique blend of island culture, Western Colonialism and the teachings of Islam. It is a fascinating and sometimes frustrating destination, but one that rewards the traveller who takes any time to understand it.

Getting There

With over 250 airports, 20 of which are international, flying to and around Indonesia can be done with relative ease. While Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) is the primary airport in the capital city of Jakarta, Juanda International Airport in Surabaya (SUB) and Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali (DPS) are the 2nd and 3rd most visited international airports. Once in the country, AirAsia, Kal Star Aviation, and Lion Air provide low-cost routes throughout the many Indonesia islands. When planning your trip from any Western nation, remember to get your passport and visa ahead of time.

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