North & South Sumatra

Asu Surf Camp

Asu Surf Camp

From US$ 1,250 pp for 7 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Budget Surf Trip

Price Range

Per person

Season

March, April, June, July, August, September, October, May

Core surfers will love this down-to-earth surf camp with a wave out front, and speedboat access to 8 more options. Asu doesn't attract as many crowds as some other famous spots, and the chilled-out vibe and great food round out the experience.
Perfect hollow wave off North Sumatra

Moon Beach Resort - North Sumatra

From US$ 585 pp for 7 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

North Sumatra is one of the world's richest regions in terms of waves, and you can get away from it all and score empty barrels. Moon Beach offers privacy and exclusivity in 4 villas - 2 standard and 2 luxury ones.

Ombak Indah - South Sumatra

Ombak Indah - South Sumatra

From US$ 453 pp for 7 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Ombak Indah is a luxurious getaway in Indonesia where you will be able to feel the vibe and the culture.

The area is highly un-spoilt from tourism and there is plenty to do as you explore this glorious area. You are close to the beach and the waves where you can relax and surf.

Keyhole Surf Camp - Nias

Keyhole Surf Camp - Nias

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Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Budget Surf Trip

Price Range

Per person

Season

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Nias is blessed with great waves and chilled-out vibe. Keyhole has a quality break out front, and offers cheap, clean and comfortable accommodation and great food.
Mahi-Mahi Bungalows & Boat Charter

Mahi-Mahi Bungalows & Boat Charter

From US$ 630 pp for 7 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Advanced

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Mahi-Mahi bungalows and boat charters provides all inclusive surfing trips in one of Indonesia's most pristine island escapes.

Puri Asu Resort - North Sumatra

Puri Asu Resort - North Sumatra

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Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Puri Asu Resort offers a world entirely beyond time and obligations. For adventurous surfer looking for challenging surfing vacation / holiday. Located among the palm tress on this remote island and surrounded by perfect surf in every direction. Puri Asu Resort offers unforgettable vacation experience with quality facility and access variety of fun activities.


Sibon Baru - Mentawai/Banyaks

Sibon Baru - Mentawai/Banyaks

From US$ 2,799 pp for 12 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May

Up to 10-12 surfers can share this power catamaran that is fast, stable and well-run by a professional crew. Sibon Baru does one-way trips between Banyaks, Telos and Mentawai, giving you the opportunity to experience surfing in 3 amazing areas instead of just one.

The Dream - Banyak Islands

The Dream - Banyak Islands

From US$ 1,765 pp for 11 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May

Live "The Dream" of each core surfer - discover pumping waves from covers of the magazines. Share the boat with mates, or jump on and meet some new, likeminded surfers. The Dream will let you experience Banyaks, the area that gets the same swell as Mentawai.

Telo Island Lodge

Telo Island Lodge

From US$ 3,705 pp for 10 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Ultimate Luxury

Price Range

Per person

Season

January, February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, May

Telo Island Lodge is an exclusive lodge located in the most wave prolific part of the Telo Islands, specializing in a heavily guided and serviced experience for a maximum of 8 guests. Telo Island Lodge is located in a beautiful landscaped coconut grove on a white sand beach on the island of Sibranun, home to two of the region's best waves - Max's Right and Max's Left.
Ono Niha - North Sumatra

Ono Niha - North Sumatra

From US$ 1,900 pp for 11 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May

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Telo Island Surfing Village

From US$ 3,300 pp for 12 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May

Any core surfer will be stoked at amazing eco-friendly surfing village that allows access to 18+ waves, including 3 breaks out front. The guys that own this place run it with love for the surf, food, locals and the nature surrounding this remote area.  
Pinnacles on Telo

Pinnacles on Telo

From US$ 6,050 pp for 10 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Ultimate Luxury

Price Range

Per person

Season

March, April, June, July, August, September, October, May

Pinnacles on Telo is a premier, exclusive, luxury surf lodge in the uncrowded Telo Islands, just north of Mentawai. Whether it is the waves, the surf guides, the facilities, food or services, everything is absolutely top of the range, offering you a truly luxurious, all-inclusive full-service surfing holiday.

Seriti- Banyak Islands

Seriti- Banyak Islands

From US$ 2,894 pp for 11 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

January, February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, May

Banyaks get the same swell as Mentawai, but there is only a couple of boats permanently in the region. Well worth the journey. Seriti is a massive boat, with plenty of space and run by experienced bunch of surfers.

Region Information

Sumatra is the second largest island in the Indonesian archipelago. There are volcanoes, hot springs, lakes, rivers, and wild jungle. The island boasts many reserves that protect what is left of the indigenous wildlife, including elephants, tigers, rhinos, orangutans and tapirs.

There are still many potential surf discoveries to come on mainland Sumatra.

Aceh in the north and from Bengkulu to Krui in the south offer options.

There are quality waves on Simeulue a large island just north of Nias.

Nias is a small island roughly 130 km west of Sumatra. It is tropical, equatorial and hot. It is an exotic land with impressive temples.

The Banyak Islands are up in remote North Sumatra. The Banyaks are one of the last surf frontiers in Indonesia. There are two main islands in the Banyaks- Treasure Island and the island of the Bay Of Plenty harbouring quality set-ups that pick up plenty of clean, consistent Indian Ocean swells.

Nias

The perfect right-hander at Sorake Bay on the island of Nias was the first world-class wave discovered in the Sumatra region. Nias was first surfed in 1975, by Aussie surfers.

The 2004 earthquake raised the high tide mark and improved wave quality, as Lagundri now breaks on smaller days and is surfable on all tides!

The Hinakos

Further exploration of the area led wave hungry surfers to the tiny Hinako Islands, just west of Nias. On Bawu, there’s a heaving outer reef right and Asu is a tiny island with a great left point set up.

The Telos or Batu Islands are less crowded than The Mentawais or Nias, because much like The Banyaks there are less big name spots and a stronger swell is generally required. However, consistent, fun year round surf can always be found, with sets ups to suit all standards.

Deep-water trenches funnel southwest swell into the Asu and Bawa area in North Sumatra. Asu is a 200m left hand point break with 3 different barrel sections that will present challenges to every level of surfer.

South Sumatra

A brief flight from Jakarta to Bandar Lampung, followed by a five or six hour hour scenic drive through the mountains brings you to South Sumatra, a wave rich haven where it is still possible to surf alone in high quality waves.

The main town is Krui but there are plenty of quality surf spots an hour or so either side of town. The most consistent and perhaps the best all round wave is Karang Nyimbor, a long left hander that breaks off a reef point to the south.

Favourites

Nias, Lagundri Bay is a perfect right with a steep take off, endless wall and deep, tube sections. In short it is a natural footers paradise, set in a beautiful, blue water nook in the coastline.

Treasure Island is one of Indo’s best pointbreak style reefs that has multiple tube sections and fun walls. An easy roll in leads to the first of several throwing tube sections, linked by workable walls.

Asu is a long sweeping left point/reef that has sucky bowl sections and long workable walls. It can be a little section if conditions are not prime, but in a big SW swell it can be a long, perfect jewel.

Where to Stay

Our Sumatran Accommodation packages include:

  • Surf charters – maximize your time in water, discover a wide range of waves and live the dream. We cater for groups and solo surfers on our charters. The Dream (surf charter): Banyak Islands are one of the last surf frontiers of Indonesia. Just north of Nias, the islands of Bangkaru (“Treasure Island”) and Tuangku (home of the “Bay of Plenty”) hold a number of world-class waves and there is still more exploring going on. You can also go fishing, snorkelling, spear fishing, or jungle-trekking — no mass tourism here, just fun and adventure in the comfortable luxury of an air-conditioned motor yacht.
  • All inclusive high-end resortsTelo Island Lodge is a full service surf resort featuring, fly-in fly-out fully guided surfing experiences for a maximum of eight guests.
  • Value Resorts - Moon Beach Resort is a brand new surf resort on Simeulue Island, North Sumatra. Suitable to all kinds of surfers and budgets, it offers you easy access to quality surf breaks that are very uncrowded by Indonesian standards. Asu is one of 8 islands in the Hinakos, located 10km west of Nias. Offshore deep water trenches funnel south-west swell into the area, giving Asu and Bawa their reputation for consistently powerful, overhead surf. You'll have the opportunity to surf 7 different set ups on four different islands and one “bombie.” Each wave faces a different direction providing a variety of offshore wind set-ups, there’s almost always somewhere to surf on any given day. Damai Bungalows opened in 2010 and is located next door to Ombak Indah Losmen. They hold a maximum of 12 guests in 6 twin share rooms, each with their own tropical style bathrooms. A large pavillion with viewing deck sits right at the beach, offering spectacular views over the break of Ujung Bocor and across to Gunung Pugung and mountain ranges that span the length of Sumatra. Damai Bungalws are open from March to late November.
  • Surf Camps – combine the surf lifestyle of a boat with privacy of land camp. This is really good budget option for small groups and solo surfers. Keyhole Surf Camp is your ideal guesthouse for an ultimate Nias adventure. A very experienced and hospitable local family owns and operates Keyhole Surf Camp: Timmy and Santi Wau. Timmy is a very accomplished photographer.Your surf photos will be up close with his Canon 40D and 100-400 EF lens. Timmy is also available as a videographer to document your surf. He uses a Canon XL1 digital miniDV camera and can make all photos available from his Apple MacBook computer.

 

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. Even during the off season when the trades swing west and north-west there are still quality waves to be had and the swells are still relatively frequent.

Due to the latitude, wind patterns are relatively calm. There are glassy days and from January to May delivers a fair few NW days, whilst June to September is often SE and Oct toDecember more NE. Sea temperatures remain steady at around 28°C or 82°F.

 

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North Sumatra


Banyak Islands

  • Treasure Island - Known to be one of the best right-hand point breaks in Indo, consistently offering up to four mesmerising barrels a wave with a nice almond-shaped ripable face. This is one of the jewels in the crown of sheer Indo perfection running a few hundred yards down a perfectly shaped reef. Always a favourite amongst guests as it satisfies all abilities. A taste of “Treasures” has you hooked for years to come.
  • Indies 1& 2 -“Indies” get their names as being the outside breaks and indicators for “Treasures”. These two waves are for the experienced only and produce heart-pumping barrels over shallow reef. The bigger the swell the better!
  • Mini's - Located deep in the bay “Mini’s” is a playful right which peaks up offering a short barrel and workable face which starts working on larger swells as it picks up half the swell of Treasure Island.
  • Gorilla's - An untamed right-hand beast that is rarely surfed and will sort out anyone’s ego. If you are keen- make sure you pack your peanuts!
  • Cobra - A world-class left-hander which can produce an epic 8-10 second barrel or nice ripable face depending on swell direction. Cobra’s clean blue lines peel down the reef into a channel, which can provide a perfect photo opportunity.
  • Warren,s - A fun right-hand peak opposite Cobra’s breaking over a combination of reef and sand which can finish on the beautiful white sandy beach.
  • Turtle's - A fun, playful left-hand peak which peels along finishing on the beautiful white sandy beach. A great take-off and workable wall which depending on swell direction can produce a nice barrel also.
  • Clarets - A beautiful long left-hand point which peels down the line offering a perfect open workable face. You will be able to perfect your big carving turns or hunt out the inside barrels.
  • Joysticks - A super fun right-hand peak which produces a perfect barrel on the take-off going into a nice wall for some turns. If you have enough speed you can link up into the inside bowl for a nice long ride.
  • Toytown Lefts - A perfectly shaped peeling left located deep in the bay which starts to work on larger swells. You can cruise down the line or hit the lip over and over again.
  • The Pig - A deep water right-hand break exposed to all possible swell. Rarely below head-high and will give you some exhilarating drops and big open faces.
  • Migila's - Located inside of “The Pig”, Migila’s is a right-hand peak with a short perfect barrel on take-off and peels off slowly to the beach.
  • Lizards Nest - Somewhat fickle but if the conditions come together you will experience one of the best waves in Indo. Known to produce a magic 10-second barrel and any of those who have seen or surfed it are simply awe-struck!

Nias

  • Nias-Main Break - the perfect right hander at Sorake Bay on the island of Nias was the first world class wave discovered in the Sumatra region. Nias was first surfed in 1975, by Aussie surfers. Best size: 4-12+ ft. Walk from your doorstep "Keyhole" and paddle to the line-up.
  • Indicator - just above Main break of Nias, also goes off on its day, as you can see in the right side from lounge of Keyhole camp. Indicator as "a formidable opponent to your health, safety, and well-being" - and that certainly isn't far off shallow reef. The wave grinds down a section of reef. At low tide forget it, unless you choose to surf the outside section, which can occasionally offer some alternative on a north west wind. At high tide though and on the right swell, Indicator can offer perhaps some of the thickest, fast and hollowest tubes in the world.
  • The Machine is only 5 minute ride by motorbike from Keyhole surf camp. After the 2005 earthquake, the reef was lifted. They usually hit this spot on the high tide when its big at Point of Nias. Low tide is good but you might get a mouth full of reef. Its a long tube and once you come out its an easy paddle back out.
  • 8-Frame - next to Hiliduha village, one of the highest performance waves in the Nias Islands. The wave itself starts breaking in too way left and right over reef, fantastic left and right barrels. Located close to Rockstar. The distance from Keyhole surf camp is around 15km. Access to the break requires 20 minute drive by Car or motorbike.
  • Walo Hiu - A world-class left hander which can produce an epic 5-10 second barrel depending on swell and wind direction. Walo Hiu left is located north of the Keyhole Surf Camp; access to the break requires a 30 minute walk in the jungle or 15 minutes by boat. Left of Walo hiu is a beautiful long left-hand point which peels down the line offering a perfect open workable face for big carving turns or hunt out the inside barrels. for a perfectly shaped peeling left located deep in the Bay of Walo which starts to work on larger swells. You can cruise down the line or hit the lip over and over again.

Asu

  • Asu 200m left hand reef point break, best w/ South winds.
  • Bawa 100m deep water right hander, best w/ west wind. A challenging, powerful wave for chargers and barrell junkies.
  • Bombie 60m right hander, best w/ east wind.
  • Hamutala 50m right and left hand reef breaks, best w/ north and east winds.
  • Secret Rights 150m right hand reef break, sshhhh…secrets still exist.
  • Secret Lefts 100m left hand reef break, few people know about this one too.

South Sumatra

  • Ujung Bocur - Right out in front of Ombak Indah Losmen and Damai Bungalows, this wave handles most swells and caters to surfers of all abilities.
  • Way Jambu - Way Jambu or Sumatran Pipeline, as it’s also known, is one of the most perfect waves around - but for experienced riders only.
  • Mandiri - This quality beach break is a 20 minute drive from Karang Nyimbor.
  • Osamas - These beach breaks is an ideal learner wave and conveniently close to the camp.
  • Bali Village - On its day this left and right breaking wave is a must visit.
  • Krui Left & Right - A quality bowly left hander that needs a bit of swell to start to work. Meanwhile, nearby Krui Right is a superb right hander, one of the best in the area but needs a bit of swell to start to work. While at Krui, you can also catch a boat to Banana Island (see breaks out of Drew's).
  • Mosquito’s / The Peak - A heavy peak that offers a short but perfect barrel.
    Drew's Right - This idyllic right hander is the perfect surf spot if you want to surf on your own as although there are local people around, there are no local surfers. Breaking for approximately 100 metres, this right breaking wave offers a bit of everything - from decent barrel sections to big open faces. Unlike Karang Nyimbor, this wave’s entry (although steep) is relatively easy. Once on the wave various sections are on offer - depending on the size of swell and its direction. The end section will always close out - and can be pretty shallow. This wave breaks year round, but is offshore more in the off season. It faces more south east, but still receives a large amount of swell - as most swells are from the south or south west. The wave breaks on coral reef and therefore reef boots are recommended. Getting out to the lineup is quite straight forward - you just have to time your entry. Coming in can be slightly trickier on a lower tide as it can get quite shallow.
  • Jimmy's Left - 10 minutes from Drew's, this world class left hander produces endless barrels.
  • Jimmy's Right - A stone’s throw away from Jimmy's left, but nothing like it if you want heavy sucky barrels.
  • Walur - Just a short drive from Drew's, Walur produces heavy sets of perfect waves.
  • Banana Island - Take the short 15 minute boat ride from Krui to ride these two rarely ridden waves that break around the island.