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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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