Indonesia's waves are attracting more and more surfers from all over the world and it's easy to see why. Mentawai, Bali, Sumbawa, G-Land... all these surfing destinations make many people dream. Today we present you this paradise. Indonesia is generous for those who know how to listen and share... and it can be delicious if you have a good karma... !
Indonesia: from Bali to Sumba
Located between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Indonesia is considered a paradise for beginners and experienced surfers. With more than 13,000 islands, the world's largest archipelago has a large number of pearls. Bali, Lombok, Java, Nias, Sumba, the Mentawai... so many spots that have made generations of surfers dream since the 70s.
Bali! What can we say about Bali? Well known for its culture and the beauty of its landscapes, Bali is also a must for its world class waves from Impossible to Padang Padang via Uluwatu and Keramas. Considered a tropical surfing paradise, there is something for everyone between March and October. Even though it's very busy at this time of year, the consistent swells and offshore wind make for a great line-up experience. The capital of Indonesian surfing will also offer you a great distraction after your session: bars, discos, surf shop, paragliding... Canggu is the rising surfing destination of Bali, less coveted than Bukkit, not too far from the nightlife of Kuta-Seminiak, it enjoys above all very versatile waves and an almost perfect quality. It's the perfect place to get a feel for Bali and get into the local rhythm.
For surfers who want to discover the archipelago other than queuing up at Kuta Beach, there are many equally famous spots available!
Located off the coast of Sumatra, the Mentawai Islands offer a wide variety of perfect and consistent reef breaks. Its orientation makes the Mentawai Islands a big swell machine, deep and powerful. Lance's Right will bring you waves worthy of the name. The perfection comes with a swell of 1m80 SSW without wind.
Despite its postcard-perfect landscapes and its perfect right, Nias has to be earned. Since the earthquake of 2005, the renowned right has changed. The Point now works at all sizes even if it is less long than before. Much less frequented than the other spots of the archipelago, The Point can be surfed between March and September with swells up to 4 meters.
The island of Lombok offers an impressive choice of lefts, rights, reef breaks and tubular waves in Grupuk Bay. For experienced surfers, Desert Point and its perfect tube left, considered as one of the best waves in the world, should not be missed. More accessible than Desert Point, the spot of Air Guling is famous for its peak in right and left in a simply exceptional bay.
Located a few hundred kilometers east of Bali and only 1 hour by plane from Ngurah Rai airport, the island of Sumba is still a diamond in the rough. One hour by plane from Bali, but a few centuries of time difference. We arrived in Tambolaka. As soon as we reached the coast exposed to the Indian Ocean, we understood that we had found the Holy Grail so sought after. Wild is probably the most precise adjective to define this region of Indo. So much for its nature, its splendid coast and the people populating the surroundings.