Java, G-Land & Panitan
Intermediate - Pro
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Beginner - Intermediate
April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May
Intermediate - Pro
March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May
Not to be outdone by Bali, Java actually trumped Ulu’s and Padang with a reef break set up so long and perfect that G-Land became the global yardstick by which all hollow, running reef breaks are measured. Java surf is therefore great.
West Java is the most densely populated region in Indonesia with around forty two million inhabitants. Ironically many of the surf breaks in West Java are less crowded than some of the more “In vogue” destinations. Despite the massive population, the SW tip of Java is a raw, untouched region with National Parkland and World Heritage sites preserving a substantial section of lowland rainforest.
There are a bunch of world-class set ups, plus a wide variety of quality waves of all shapes and sizes. There are some super shallow, hollow, dredging reefs as well as an assortment of mellower reefs, beach breaks and river mouths, with a wave to suit everyone’s style and ability.
Java, Panaintan & G-Land favourites
A production line of low pressure systems deliver plenty of solid long period two to four metre plus SSW groundswells to the West Java region during peak surf season from April to October.
The SSW direction is the ideal angle to penetrate the prominent SW – facing bays on Panaitan Island. Even the off-season is rarely flat.
The depths of the Java Trench help focus wave energy on the coast.
One Palm Point – is a super sucky, hollow left hand reef break marked by a single sentinel palm. It is one of Indonesia's left-hand wonders. Waves barrel the whole way over a shallow bottom that inspires paranoia but creates record-time tube rides.
Apocalypse – is a fickle, but extremely feisty wave that delivers full-blown stand up hands in the air type caverns. The water is quite deep at the takeoff point, but a combination of funneled wave speeds, strong offshore winds and a receptive and stationary reef causes incoming swells to rise fast, hollowing out and then run like a leopard.
Napalms – is a slightly more forgiving barreling left than One Palm, but it is still quite a serious wave.
Grajagan – is one of the planet’s truly iconic waves. Geological serendipity must have been at play when forming the immense, coral reef that caps the SE tip of Java. All the pieces are in exactly the right places. This kilometer plus long reef is a total freak of nature. Extremely deep water offshore guarantees the power and the reef’s extreme exposure guarantees it is always 2 – 3ft bigger than Uluwatu on Bali. The SE trade season runs from April to October and the curve into Grajagan Bay is such that the omnipresent E-SE trades billow offshore from mid morning every day. Swell is rarely an issue, if anything it can sometimes be too big.
Where to stay
This original Java surf camp at G-Land, Bobby's G-Land offers the highest quality service, accommodation and food that await your arrival. The surrounding area has an abundance of exotic wild life, natural settings and best of all – world-class surf!
The perfect wave and jungle setting at Grajagan creates an atmosphere where you feel you are almost living in some sort of surfing fantasyland.
Just Dreaming was the first surf charter boat operating in the West Java and Panaitan Island Region. Just Dreaming is a 50-ft cutter-rigged ketch powered by a 98HP Ford diesel, which can take up to a maximum of 8 surfers. JD has a TV, Stereo (tape/radio/CD player), VCR, Shower and toilet, additional deck shower, snorkeling and fishing gear.
Aussie owner and skipper, John – a great surfer himself - has been operating in West Java for around 10 years so knows the island and the surf conditions really well. Captain Ismanto, their highly experienced Indonesian skipper, actually sailed Just Dreaming all the way up from Bali in 1991. He is also an experienced lifeguard, fisherman, free diver, marine mechanic and surfer, and speaks really good English. He is the one who originally taught John about the area, the best surf breaks, the National Parks etc. Ismanto, together with John, found secret breaks that they now share with their passengers.
Just Dreaming was the first surf charter boat operating in the West Java and Panaitan Island Region. Just Dreaming is a 50-ft cutter-rigged ketch powered by a 98HP Ford diesel which can take up to a maximum of 8 surfers. She has a TV, Stereo (tape/radio/CD player), VCR, Shower & toilet, additional deck shower, snorkeling gear and fishing gear
West Java is not only for hard-core surfers; Krakatoa Volcano is a major attraction too. We can organize trekking tours to the top.
The favourable SE trade dry season generally runs from April through to October. Favourable winds and weather combine with an abundance of long period groundswell making for incredibly consistent surf at G-Land and in the West Java regions.
- One Palm Point - is a reef break, marked by a single sentinel palm. It is one of Indonesia's left-hand wonders. Waves here peel perfectly from outside to inside, barreling the whole way over a shallow bottom that inspires paranoia but creates record-time tube rides. Indeed this is not a place for timid or inexperienced wave riders.
Apocalypse - is a great surprise because it doesn't look like much as you approach it from behind, but you will discover a feisty wave that peaks, walls, plumes, and fires. The water is quite deep at the take-off point, but a combination of funneled wave speeds, strong offshore winds and a receptive and stationary reef causes incoming swells to rise fast, hover before hollowing out and then break defiantly.
Napalms - a fun barreling left
- Illusions – a right hand point break nearly as perfect as One Palm Point.
- Dave’s Place- fast barreling left
- Crock and Rolls- another classic left hander
- SS- Ideal wave for the natural footer looking for the keg of a lifetime
- There's also a couple of mellow breaks including Pussy's (left) and the Bommie (right).