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Sumatra is a surf paradise for advanced surfers.
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Canggu is perfect if you want to surf fast lefts.
Mentawai Islands
Mentawai offers over 33 reef-coral surf spots!
Bali
Bali is known for its world-class surf spots.
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A great surf spot for surfers who want to avoid crowds.
When is the best time to surf in Indonesia

Best time to go

With its hot and tropical weather, and thousands of islands, Indonesia is a true surfer’s paradise. The warm and shifting ocean currents make Indonesia great for year-round surfing.

The most popular surf season in Indonesia is the dry season (April to October), with swells up to 8 feet in Sumatra or Bali. July seems the best month during this season with blue skies, sunshine most days, and an offshore wind on the west coast. The dry season is also perfect for combining your surf trip with outdoor activities and island exploration. Nevertheless, this is also the busiest and most touristic season, especially in Bali.

Surfing during the wet season in Indonesia is just as good, as there’s not much difference between the two seasons in terms of surfing. Although known as the ‘off-season’, the wet season (November to March) is better for advanced surfers with a stronger ocean, less crowds, and ‘right hander’ waves. The major difference between the seasons is in wind and swell patterns, giving you better surf conditions in Easterns surf spots. Nevertheless, there are greater chances of flooding during the wet season, which makes it sometimes harder to reach secluded surf spots on the islands.

Best time to go

With its hot and tropical weather, and thousands of islands, Indonesia is a true surfer’s paradise. The warm and shifting ocean currents make Indonesia great for year-round surfing.

The most popular surf season in Indonesia is the dry season (April to October), with swells up to 8 feet in Sumatra or Bali. July seems the best month during this season with blue skies, sunshine most days, and an offshore wind on the west coast. The dry season is also perfect for combining your surf trip with outdoor activities and island exploration. Nevertheless, this is also the busiest and most touristic season, especially in Bali.

Surfing during the wet season in Indonesia is just as good, as there’s not much difference between the two seasons in terms of surfing. Although known as the ‘off-season’, the wet season (November to March) is better for advanced surfers with a stronger ocean, less crowds, and ‘right hander’ waves. The major difference between the seasons is in wind and swell patterns, giving you better surf conditions in Easterns surf spots. Nevertheless, there are greater chances of flooding during the wet season, which makes it sometimes harder to reach secluded surf spots on the islands.

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Surfing in Indonesia: What You Need to Know

Indonesia is for you if:

  • You wish to surf world-class waves that never get cold
  • You want to get barreled for the first time
  • You are looking for a wide variety of waves in an idyllic setting
  • Why go surfing in Indonesia?

    Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelagic state, with countless surf breaks and long barreling waves for all surfers to enjoy. Bali alone counts dozens of surf spots, and is oftentimes the first and only stop. But why not consider the other islands in the archipelago too?

    Is Indonesia a good place to learn to surf?

    Thanks to its year-round warm water, easy access, and large number of surf camps, Bali is considered the best place in Indonesia to learn to surf. Lombok and Sumbawa cater to all levels of surfers, too. However, the Mentawai Islands and Sumatra are more suited for intermediate and advanced surfers.

    Where should you go if you are a beginner surfer?

    If you are just starting out, Kuta Beach and Canggu in Bali should be at the top of your list. If you are looking to get barreled for the first time, nothing beats Dreamland in Bali. In Lombok, Selong Belanak, Grupuk, and Ekas Inside are the best beginner-friendly spots.

    Where should you go if you are an intermediate surfer?

    If you are looking to step up your game, Indonesia’s legendary waves are the perfect choice. In Bali, start with Kuta Reef, Padang Padang Right, Balangan, Medewi, Nusa Dua, and Airport’s. And if hollow and fun right-handers make you tick, check out Pitstops in Mentawai and Lakey Peak in South Sumbawa.

    Where should you go if you are an advanced surfer?

    Bali’s Padang Padang Left, Uluwatu, Impossibles, and Bingin, as well as Lombok’s Canggu in Desert Point attract numerous experienced surfers. To escape the crowds, check out Lance’s Right and Macaronis in Mentawai, Dylan’s Right in North Sumatra, and G-Land in East Java.

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    Indonesia at a glance
    A quick fix of facts about Indonesia - think volcanos, Nasi Goreng, and culture
    17,508 islands
    Indonesia has thousands of islands, of which 922 permanently inhabited. Many of them are great for surfing!
    High Season
    Dry season (April to October) is the most popular season to visit, of which July and August are the busiest months
    Currency
    The Indonesian Rupiah is the official currency in Indonesia, where €1 is about 17,000 IDR
    Smokin’ Hot
    Indonesia counts over 150 volcanoes. Out of the 127 active volcanoes, Mount Bromo (Java) and Rinjani (Lombok) are most popular to climb
    Unity in Diversity
    Diversity is Indonesia’s national motto. With six different recognized religions, and 261 million inhabitants, that’s a strong example
    Price of a meal
    The average price of the un-official national dish Nasi Goreng is around 15 - 35K. Selamat Makan!
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