Indonesia’s Top Surf Spots

Nils Kraus - Oct 28, 2013
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For most surfers, nothing is more thrilling than surfing the great big water waves, and this thrill can be something like an addiction, only that it is not a harmful addiction. This thrill will see a surfer traveling the seas in search of what is to him/her a gift of nature, a nice, big wave, and you will find plenty of these in Indonesia. Okay, so Indonesia is great for surfing, but where are the perfect spots?


If you are the kind of surfer who likes going all the way, you will love this spot. Java has a wave named G-Land, famed for its consistency and longevity, it is simply perfect, and a challenge too. You will however need to get a boat charter to get to this wave, but it’s worth it. This wave will get your adrenaline pumping; just make sure that you are up to it before riding on it. If however on the other hand you don’t feel up to the challenge, you can visit Bantu Karas. This spot is perfect for beginners and surfers just looking for a spot to take it slow with its gentle yet good waves.


The surfing spots here are top of the class, and Bali can be safely termed as the best spot for surfing in Indonesia. The waves here are not biased, and anyone can ride them, whether a newbie or a pro. Surfing begins at the original Indonesian beach resort, Kuta. Here, you will find a great big waves that are guaranteed to be a challenge and gentle waves complemented by surfing schools and sandy beaches for those learning to surf. Kuta is just the beginning, the origin, but if you want to get some of the best waves in Bali and Indonesia as a whole, you should travel a short distance to the Bukit Peninsula.


What really makes surfing in Sumatra is the string of islands that lie on the west coast. Here you will find some of the best surfing spots not only in Indonesia but in the world! There are two particularly popular spots, Nias and Mentawai Islands. The wave in Nias is better put, a perfect right-hander. The wave was particularly made better by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, which made the reef rise upward by about a meter. The Mentawai Islands on the other are home to some of the best waves for surfing in the world, and as such are quite expensive to reach owing to the expensive boat charters and surf resorts, but you can always ask the local fishermen to get you there.

Nusa Tenggara

This chain of islands lies south of Bali, and is crammed with surf spots, and boasts of the highest number of surfers in Indonesia. Lombok is one of the islands in Nusa Tenggara that’s closest to Bali, and has one of the best waves in the world.

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