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8 Days Surf Camp in Indonesia

  • Banyak Surf Bungalows, North Sumatra - Marriot Hotel, Medan

8 Days Surf Camp in Indonesia

  • Banyak Surf Bungalows, North Sumatra - Marriot Hotel, Medan

Surf Camp Indonesia

At Banyak Surf Bungalows, surfers and non-surfers can now experience this unique tropical surfing paradise while staying in the comfort of your own private beach bungalow. Apart from this classic wave, the Bay of Plenty boasts five other waves that range from world class, to learn-to-surf waves that will suit everyone from the weekend warrior, to the hardened Indo veteran. So if you're looking for great waves and a surf trip with a difference, this is a perfect fit.

Highlights

  • Daily surfing with guides
  • Diverse uncrowded waves
  • 1 night luxury accommodation
  • 6 nights bungalow accommodation
  • Unlimited mineral water, tea, and coffee
  • 3 daily meals and snacks
  • Airport transfer
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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Banyak Surf Bungalows

Banyak Surf Bungalows are located at the southern tip of Tuangku Island on the Banyak Island chain just off Sumatra. The bungalows have been strategically placed and built to give guests the best direct access to the world class waves of the Bay of Plenty and the surrounding waters. With gunturs and camel backs directly out front, and dindos, lolok Point, shortys, and kiddys korner just a short distance away, there truly is no better place to stay than in the bay.

Banyak Surf Bungalows comprises five clean and spacious fan cooled rooms with private western bathrooms and wrap around verandahs. The bungalows have been designed to mix contemporary design with the unique coastal environment.

Marriot Hotel

JW Marriott Hotel Medan is the first five star international luxury hotel in Medan, Indonesia. Situated at the city center and located only 950 meters from Medan's main train station and 26 kilometers from the international airport, the 287 guest rooms boasts breathtaking views of the city, contemporary furnishings, luxurious bedding, flat-panel TVs, and plug-and-play connectivity for iPods and other electronics.

The Indian ocean has the most consistent surf on the planet which makes Indonesia and the uncrowded Banyak Islands a sort after surfing travel destination. The Banyak Surf Bungalows have been strategically positioned and built on privately owned land in the Bay of Plenty for the sole purpose of giving surfers easy access to the great waves of the Banyaks.

The Banyak Surf Bungalows surf camp is surrounded by a diverse range of surfing spots that include beginner and learn to surf intermediate waves like kiddys korner, dindo's, and shortys, to the more serious waves like lolok point, gunturs, and camel backs. Apart from the local surf in the bay, there are also a few other closely guarded secrets close by, plus the classic but fickle surf spots further a field like Treasure Island, Cobra Logs, and Turtles.

Waves in the bay

The Bay of Plenty is aptly named. The outside left point, Lolok Point, starts breaking at four feet and holds as big as it can get! It's a fast, long and hollow wrapping left point that requires a big board and even bigger guts.

Across the other side of the bay, directly in front of Banyak Surf Bungalows, lies the gem of the bay, gunturs. A right point break with two barreling sections that often link up. Since the April 2010 earthquake the reef has sunk, improving the wave quality and now offering up to five second barrels on the end section. "A perfect Indo wave, without the Indo crowds". Often no charter boats in the bay and only Banyak Surf Bungalows camp perched directly in front.

In the middle of the bay, there is a perfect macaroni's style left that needs big swell from the south or moderate ones from the west, it's also semi-protected from the wind. When moderate to heavy swells hit, it is the only spot in the Banyaks to surf if you're not a hell-man. When those big swells hit, it is a long playful but semi barreling wave. It is one of those waves that you think about in your dreams.

A few minutes paddle away from gunturs is ccamel backs. Upon take off, this wave has two thick humps that rear up from deep water then abruptly merge into one making for a backdoor pit that rivals any of the great waves of Hawaii. Camels will certainly test the metal of even the hardest of Indo chargers. Also a perfect wave for body or boogie boarders.

Not far from camel backs is where you'll find shortys. On the right condition, it is an absolutely perfect specimen of what a wave should look like, the only thing lacking as the name suggests is some length. Very protected from the north winds and usually picks up the last drops of a fading swell making it a bit of a wave magnet for our area.

Kiddys corner back across the bay is actually the wrapping end section of lolok point. When large swells arrive, this little gem starts breaking into a deep water cove.

The Banyak Islands lie just off the coast of North Sumatra, Indonesia. It is a surf travel destination that offers high quality uncrowded surf year round. There are no villages, no roads and no rush, simply waves the forest and mother nature at it's unblemished best.

Three daily meals including two beers, two soft drinks, and snacks will be served during the surf camp. Unlimited mineral water, tea and coffee, are also available throughout the day. Food is a blend of Asian and Western prepared by our experienced cook. Ingredients include fresh fish from the bay, a variety of free range meats, organically grown fruit and vegetables from the highlands, and herbs and spices from all over Indonesia.

Fishing trips are available upon request. The rent for the fishing boat is 50 USD per hour.

Snorkeling in crystal clear waters, mountain caves, jungle walks with unique flora and fauna, or relaxing and swimming on our own private beach are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed by non-surfers.

  • 1 night accommodation at Marriot Hotel
  • 3 meals daily including two beers, two soft drinks, and snacks
  • 6 nights bungalows accommodation
  • Daily surfing with guides
  • Direct transfer from and to Banyak Surf Bungalows by chartered boat
  • Roundtrip domestic airfares from Kualanamu International Airport to Singkil with Susi Air
  • Transportation from and to Kualanamu International Airport (KNO)
  • Unlimited mineral water, tea, and coffee
  • Unlimited speed boat transfers to local waves
  • Use of fishing and diving equipment and other facilities
  • Additional beverages
  • Boat trips to waves outside the bay (300 USD per day)
  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa on arrival (35 USD)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kualanamu International Airport (KNO). Banyak Surf Bungalows will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

You will be transported to Singkil from Kualanamu International Airport (KNO) by Susi Air. Susi Air operates the Medan - Singkil route on Fridays, and every second and fourth Sunday, departing Medan at 9:50 a.m. and returning at 10:55 a.m.

Testimonials

  • Review by A traveler from Australia

    "I stayed at the surf bungalows for just under a month during March/April with the new management Aussie couple, Kevin and Donna, and had an awesome time they were great hosts as well as their staff, they were more then accommodating to us and great people to be around! I have previously stayed at the bungalows last year in August and the management from then to now has vastly improved they are much more organised now and i will definitely be heading back there asap!! Our accommodation was great the bungalows are well maintained comfy beds and a fan to keep you cool at night and a mosquito net if you wish to use one which I didn't even need to. During our time, we got pumping waves ranging from 2 feet to 4 feet, which were super clean and fun. We surfed multiple breaks, gunters, which you can watch from your very own bungalow, lolok, the furthest most southern point on the island and dindo's. There are even more breaks then this they just need different swell directions!! The winds were good to us we had offshore winds most of the time which is common in the early season and no one else out! even during the peak season you still get to surf pumping waves uncrowded. If we were surfed out or the waves were too small, there was still plenty of other things to do like fishing and snorkeling, treasure island isn't far by boat and it has 2 well-renowned breaks on it cobras (left hander) and treasures (right). There is a turtle sanctuary on the island which you can organize to visit and see the turtles nest at night and there is also a cracking left hander off the beach out the front; the food was very nice we never went hungry and the beers were cold we never went thirsty!"

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  • Review by Craig E. from Australia

    "Just returned from six weeks in Indonesia where I stayed 28 days at Banyak Surf Bungalows. This was my fourth trip to Banyak Surf Bungalows. It's a magical place to say the least. Quality waves in crystal clear water (great for snorkeling with live coral reefs and abundant sea life) clean air, great food, cold beer, and comfortable accommodation. I would recommend to any surfers that want to get away from the crowds."

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  • Review by Murray K.

    "This was our second trip to Banyak Island - first time with the camp in front of the main break. Had a week of uncrowded perfect waves - three feet to overhead everyday. Having Gunters out the front was great - wake up and paddle straight out. Also surfed a few other breaks and a new secret right hander which was fun. Food is always excellent, the beers at night cold! Recommend to any surfer. The new cabins also really well done."

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  • Review by Ross K from Australia

    "This camp is well set up. I think the original camp across the bay wasn't in the right spot but with plenty of experience and local knowledge, they have sure got it in the right place this time. The main surf break Gunters (a right hander) is an easy paddle out through the key hole straight from the camp to the back of the line up and an easy paddle back or hop out at the end of the break and a short walk back through the bush. I made a movie while i was there and it shows what the place is like, its on Youtube (Banyak Surf Bungalow 2013). I was there for 10 days and surfed three times every day, it was so consistent even had three days of onshore and it was still good fun. Across the bay are to left handers easily accessible by boat and Brad who runs the camp and does a great job of that, was happy to take us there when it was on. Good rooms with comfy beds and mozzi nets, plenty of good healthy food and cold beers. I will be hoping to make a trip back to this place every year."

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  • Review by A traveler from Australia

    "Stayed early April for two weeks with six mates. Had the place to ourselves and only occasionally saw another surfer in the water! We were the second group for the season and, all things considered, thought Brad did a great job. All pick ups, flights, etc. were organized well, the food was great, the beer cold and only missed one day of surf. We had consistent three feet to double overhead and surfed a few different set ups. Just stoked to surf a quality wave right out front of the lodge with just my crew."

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  • Review by Peter M. from Australia

    "As part of a group of five I stayed at Banyak Surf Bungalows (BSB) for 14 days May-June 2013. The camp is located inside the Bay of Plenty at the southern point of Tuangku. Banyak Surf Bungalows is situated right in front of a high quality right-hander, 'Gunters'. There are another two right-handers nearby, and two or three lefts, also of great quality suiting all standards of surfing. The host and manager, Brad Kosky is an easygoing guy and nothing was ever too much trouble. He was always happy to do a boat run to other waves if required. The accommodation is basic but certainly adequate, remembering that Banyak Surf Bungalows is a surf camp, and not a resort. The food was very good and we certainly did not go hungry at anytime. Food is a mix of Indonesian and western, with a good supply of fish available for those who like to go after the big ones. Its a remote location so getting there takes a while (especially by road which btw is to be avoided if possible). I have no trouble in recommending Banyak Surf Bungalows to any surfer looking for a sensational surf camp trip and our group are already planning a return trip."

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