Posted by: syadera | January 21, 2009

Indonesia Top 10 Spots (Surfing)

The very first surf travelers who came Indonesia sent back reports of impossibly perfect crystal tubes, white sand beaches fringed with palm trees, warm weather and brilliant sunshine, and local people who were friendly and hospitable. It wasn’t just a surfing experience: it was paradise.

Indonesia offers the ultimate in surf travel adventures and is definitely an experience not to be missed. The first thing to understand about the surf is that there’s plenty of it. The swells come from the south and southwest, so all the islands that have coastlines facing in those directions get waves. That includes Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba and Timor, plus countless tiny offshore islands.

Here is the list of best of the best surfing spot in Indonesia..

1. Mentawai Island



Do i really need to tell you that the Mentawai Islands are one of the world’s most consistent surf destinations? If you surf, you already know that! The Mentawai Islands are one of the most consistent surf destinations in the world. The mentawai islands are regarded as having some of the most consistent surf breaks in the world and home to some surf breaks that will blow your mind! With the discovery of the incredible surf of the Mentawai Islands off West Sumatra, the search for surfing perfection was over-here it lived in staggering abundance. Islet after islet, flawless reef after flawless reef; sun and blue water, offshore winds and spitting tubes.

2. Panaitan Island



Situated just off the coast of West Java, Panaitan Island hosts 7 excellent surf spots including the legendary One Palm Point and Apocalypse. Panaitan is rich of wildlife and now you can surf its world class waves in warm, clear blue water away from crowds. Panaitan is part of Ujung Kulon national park, which is a United Nations World Heritage site. One of the world’s longest (upto 800 yards), most perfect, most dangerous shallow left-hand barrelsreels across a reef point.

3. Bali Island



Bali is paradise island in the world and immaculate it could almost be a painted backdrop. For those who have always wanted to surfing, Bali has very consistent surf and great warm weather. Bali Island, the perfect holiday destination for all ages offers something for everyone. This tropical paradise has a unique blend of modern tourist facilities combined with wonderful shopping and a rich past and heritage. Some of the best surfing beaches in the world can be found on the western side of the island. Bali gets the full force of southern ocean swells direct from the antarctic with its south-west and south-east coasts being littered with surf spots.

4. Lombok Islands



Lombok is also known for its best secret surf point, The Desert Point. A long walled and incredibly hollow left hander that on its day can break up to 300 meters, growing in size from takeoff to end. Best between 3-8 ft. You may need to hire boat from locals to take you to some of the wave’s point. If you stay in Kuta Beach Lombok, ask around, many locals surfer will guide you to find the waves. Kuta Lombok is “surfers’ paradise”. Waves are excellent and many good surf points, such as Mawi, Mawun and etc include “Point X”, along South coast of Lombok.

5. Sumbawa Islands



The islands of Sumbawa are located to the east of Bali, The region for this surf adventure boast a range of world class waves that work on varied conditions maximizing the potential for good surf. Sumbawa offers some classic tropical surfing with two main surfing areas: West Sumbawa and the Lakai area. This area has many steep cliffs that offer scenic backdrops to the epic surf. The coast of West Sumbawa is dotted with a series of quality breaks. The three main and most famous spots surfed on the west coast of Sumbawa are Scar Reef, Super Suck and Yo-Yo’s. When those all surfe is working, it is really working and will make your trip to Sumbawa more than worthwhile.

6. Nias Islands



Nias Island is the cite of some really fantastic surfing. Nias is famous for the perfect waves breaking off Lagundri Bay. The Nias wave operates perfectly from 2 to 15 feet. Access is easy thanks to a break in the reef called “The Keyhole” that will spare you getting over the sand bar no matter how big this obstacle is. The reef itself is not dangerous compared to other surfing spots in Indonesia. The corals are abundant but not aggressive. Because of the geographical position of the archipelago, this cluster of islands is one of the most interesting areas in the world.

7. G-Land (Grajagan Islands)



G-Land is a magical place and one of the surfing world’s most incredible surfing destinations. For many surfers, it’s been a very special surfing site of primitive beauty and perfect waves. Like the primitive magical sound of its name, the mentions of Grajagan is an Indonesia incantation that causes surfers everywhere gaze longingly at the horizon.The long lines are unmistakable perfect and the discovery that followed is now regarded as arguably the world’s best left-hander ever. Known for its consistent off-shore trade winds during the sessions. G-Land is a Mecca for travelling surfers and the global pilgrimage to G-Land occurs all year around as surfers travel to Java to sample G-Land jewels.

8. Sumba Island



Close to Bali, Sumba provides some excellent waves in beautiful surroundings. With an exciting local culture and a relatively small population, Sumba is one of the more pristine, unspoilt, undeveloped and least crowded regions of Indonesia. There are good waves all over the island providing options for surfers of all levels – from beginners right through to advanced surfers. On top of perfect tropical surf, the island is also great for fishing, snorkelling, bird watching, beach combing and relaxing. Uncrowded waves, laidback living and spectacular sights – Sumba is the spirit of surf travel.

9. Timor Islands



The West Timor islands have some of the best uncrowded waves in Indonesia. The islands of West Timor and Roti have some well-known, little surfed breaks (like T-Lands) as well as quite a few secret spots. T-Land is the ultimate fun wave, a lefthander where you can smack reo after reo, ride the nose forever or just cruise your way through section after section. Roti island is the furthest southern point of Indonesia, with beautiful unspoilt beaches combining amazing surfbreaks, pockets of lush tropical rainforests, savanna’s and rolling hills ending in sheer cliff. You now have the chance to experience this Indonesia dream.

10. Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan Islands



Nusa Penida region consists of 3 isles, which are Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. These isles, located on the east-west side of Bali. Another secret place for some private time on beautiful white, sandy beaches and obviously a great spot to surf as well. Usually, the Nusa Penida region is visited by fanatic surfers seeking hideouts to surf. Explore the crystal clear, warm waves of the island of Nusa Lembongan. From the gentle fun waves of playgrounds to the hollow perfection of lacerations, Nusa Lembongan has a surf break for all levels.

With the hundreds great surfing spots in Indonesia, it’s hard to make it only Top 10 spots, so i give u a bonus for this surfing list edition. Enjoy the 11 perfect surfing spots in Indonesia.

11. Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno Islands



In a land of left handers, this place is a refreshing change. The locals are cool, the atmosphere on the Gili Islands is horizontal and the break, if a little fickle is well worth checking out. People doubt this spot, which is good because it keeps the crowds down. When its breaking you can’t miss it. This spot is called secrets by the local boys who are more than welcoming to traveling surfres, and it picks up more swell than you’d expect. The take off spot on the outside point is fairly easy, but it quickly jacks up to produce long and hollow walls. It breaks over a shallow reef for a long and fast ride. Its fun up to double overhead with long tube rides, but over that it becomes one serious wave that walls and walls and walls.

Visit Indonesia Year 2009 MICE & Marine Tourism
Travel Warning : Indonesia Dangerously Beautiful!!!



  1. […] Squeezing a list of only 10 surf spots into the extensive archipelago that make up Indonesia, simply does not do it justice, so we’ve added reserved one last spot. 11. Gili Trawangan & Gili Meno Islands, Lombok, Lesser Sunda Islands, East of Bali In a land of left handers, this place is a refreshing change. The locals are cool, the atmosphere on the Gili Islands is horizontal and the break, albeit a little fickle, is well worth checking out. People doubt this spot, which is good because it keeps the crowds out. When its breaking you can’t miss it. This spot is called secrets by the local boys who are more than welcoming to traveling surfers, and it picks up more swell than you’d expect. The take off spot on the outside point is fairly easy, but it quickly jacks up to produce long and hollow walls. It breaks over a shallow reef for a long and fast ride. Its fun up to double overhead with long tube rides, but over that it becomes one serious wave that walls seemingly forever. Excerpts from original piece that appeared in Syahid Deradjat’s wordpress blog. […]

  2. Mentawai is very2 beatifull…

  3. am so impression with you picture…
    it’s so natural and exotiz places.
    i thing you must to show anymore amazing picture.
    and am just to say ‘ thnk a lot for you’
    a will whaitng.

  4. hi, i have low-intermediate level surfing and i would like go to mentawai islands in March, are there spots for me? Or is better go to Bali and move around?

  5. all of the are wonderful! cant wait to go there next year!!

  6. all of them are wonderful! cant wait to go there next year!! 😀

  7. mentawai..island of dreams…

  8. …the waves were perfect! hope to go and experience surfing there…

  9. pengeeeennn………..

  10. how cool,,,,,,,, ireally wanna go there on january……..

  11. nusa tenggara sumatra and mentawai are next destination in my plans

  12. cimaja!!!!!

  13. i like indonesia

  14. you should try,
    1. Ombak Tujuh and Cipanarikan Beach at Ujung Genteng, West Java , Indonesia is another surfer paradise don’t forget to take ur board coz there’s no surf board for rent. truly hidden Paradise

    2. Cimaja, West Java, Indonesia

    3. Bulak Benda, Ciamis, West Java Indonesia

    and for those who want to learn surfing, or beginner surfer, Batukaras, West Java, Indonesia is the best place to go, best time visit May – October.

  15. hei, i was looking an article for West Sumatra, and i found your blog. are you really a surfer? you have nice blog and either nice experience i guess.

    anyway, i want ask your permit to take your photo blog about mentawai island to put it to my blog

    the link from your pict will directly posted to your blog

    thank you for your consideration


  16. Amazing, I found info about Lombok in

  17. Great..
    You can found more info about mentawai surf and West sumatera tourism here : http:/

  18. you should visit sumba…

  19. sweet pics!

  20. nice… i hope i can visit those all places soon 🙂

  21. Great selection of surf spots there. One has to travel Indonesia to really see the beauty of the place. Great pix too. Have just started a site to reflect a photographic journey around the surf spots. Will take a while to complete.

  22. Talking about the best places to surfing in the world is good idea. I’m agree if indonesia is one of Top 10 Spots (Surfing). Mentawai beach and Kuta beach are best beaches for surfing in Indonesia. This info is useful for me, I have a blog about best places in the world I from indonesia and let’s promote the indonesian tourism….

  23. Just blogwalking in a nice weekend…

  24. I love one ” SUMBAWA” island where I’m from,,, it would be fascinating experience to break the wive there !!!

  25. I’ve wanted to surf Bali since I was just a kid. Maybe one day I will be able to afford to travel there & rip those perfect waves. Maybe one day.

  26. I am a surfer Living in East Java (Malang) If anyone knows good waves around that area please let me know…… I have been lookin for waves with little success…..

  27. Fantastic post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector do not realize this. You must proceed your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!|What’s Going down i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It absolutely helpful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & assist different users like its aided me. Great job.

  28. I am a surfer visiting indonesia, landing in jakarta and leaving three days later. What is my best option to surf as much as possible in an incredible place place?

  29. whee’ Dnga!…i hope i can visit u’r place soon’

  30. love surfing

  31. great that was soo much help whith my indo project.

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  33. i love surfing on ki

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  35. doing indo project on surfing points need your help please reply

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  43. awesome!!!!!!

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  47. Great quality article, really enlightened me on the Indo scene. I’m working on a blog/site focusing on surf charters around the world and right now we only really focus on Bali, Lombok and Lembongan but reading this made me realise there is much more to Indonesia

  48. already booked ticket to Indonesia this september! surfing here we come!

  49. mas, boleh copy artikelnya? mau saya jadikan webmap aplikasi 10 tempat paling menarik untuk surfing. kontak saya di guphfrontz[at]live[dot]com

  50. Nias island is not only the best surving spot in Indoneisa but also in this WORLD!

  51. Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a 30 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone! dkbfdfdcefeb

  52. […] Indonesia top 10 spots (surfing) | syahid deradjat […]


  54. Nice Recommendation. I am not a professional surfer. but I am very interested in surfing in Indonesia. and one goal for my travel surfer is in Bali. I often hear that there are certain times, which is good for surfing activities in Bali. it; s mean, when the best time to surf in Bali. and I really want to know. I am very happy with your information. The information gives me a lot of choices surfing spots in Indonesia. Great post.

  55. G-Land Surf Camp Indonesia is Primitive surf camp. Location in the of green forest Alas Purwo National Park. G-Land is not inly surf. More activity you can do on there.

  56. best to check out the website for all the good surf spots of indo.
    here you will find a lot of choise and if you have any questions the guys there know every place.

  57. you can find all the best places to stay at any of the best 10 spots by visiting

  58. surf spots are required to be visited. But if you want to find references to other surf spots, you can visit the website

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