Top 12 Best Surf Spots In Indonesia You Should Visit

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Recognized as the biggest archipelago, Indonesia truly shines. Situated on the equator, the tropical landscape invites many outdoor enthusiasts to visit, with the most popular sport being surfing. Each corner of the country has an enticing surfing spot. Needless to say, the swells, the warm climate, and the breeze make for a perfect surfing vacation. Waves here have even been regarded as some of the best waves on the entire planet with pro surfers finding themselves coming back year after year.

For all you surfers, check out these 12 awesome surf spots across Indonesia for a ride to remember.

1. Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra

Surf holiday in the Mentawai islands
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We place the Mentawai Islands first on the list due to the different swell levels. The islands, isolated off the northwest of Sumatra, has approximately 400 surf spots. They definitely equate heaven on earth for all surfers. According to surfing experts, these islands that are inhabited by a small ethnic group, amazingly have the most consistent surf break in the globe. Grab your chance to explore the Mentawai Islands for the best surfing experience.

2. Plengkung Beach (G-Land), Banyuwangi

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Surfing enthusiasts must add this to their bucket list. Taking a speedboat from the main island of Bali, you can delight in the surfer’s paradise of Plekung Beach on Banyuwangi. The beach, known as G-Land, features six to eight meter (19.6 ft to 26.2 ft) high swells. It’s considered to have the second best swells in the world after the ever-famous Hawaii. In addition, the seven roll swells with five minute intervals is another highlight you need to try. The best waves comes up due to the South Pole’s sea pressure.

3. Uluwatu, Bali

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This is one of the most infamous surf spots in Bali and is also one of the world top 50 surf spots. The highlight of Uluwatu Beach is its five (16.4 ft) to eight meter (26.2 ft) swells. What’s more, the waves are known to be short and extremely strong, with short intervals between each wave. When surfing in this area, you will enjoy the amazing scenery of cliffs with a Balinese temple.

4. Lagundri Bay, Nias Island

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If you have tried the Mentawai Island surf spot, now it’s time to move north, to Nias Island. The island, belonging to North Sumatra territory, has been famous for being a top spot for surfing break. Enjoy your best surfing moment at the horseshoe-shaped bay named Lagundri Bay. The exact point for surfing is called Soraki point with its great swells. Its impressive waves makes Soraki point one of the world-class must-try surf spot. While waiting for a swell, surfers can enjoy the amazing scenery around the bay.

5. Surf Desert Point, Lombok

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Aside from its gorgeous scenery, like the pink beach and Mount Rinjani, it turns out that Lombok has the best secret surf spot. It’s called Desert Point. The spot is named after the desert-shaped wave features long walled swells, with wonderful blue hollows. Its extremely huge waves are not recommended for amateurs. These may endanger beginners or weak swimmers due to the rough waves, though professionals and advanced surfers are highly encouraged to ride some waves here.

6. Ombak Tujuh, Sukabumi, West Java

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If you plan on checking out another surf area on the Indian Ocean, then Ombak Tujuh in Sukabumi, West Java is the right pick. Ombak Tujuh literally means “the seven waves.” You don’t need to wonder since the waves simultaneously create the incredible seven rolls before hitting the seashore. It’s really recommended for beginning surfers. While surfing, the amazing landscape can be enjoyed. Unfortunately, the hidden spot is located in a remote area.

7. Panaitan Island, West Java

One Palm Point, Panaitan Island
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The little island of Panaitan, belonging to Unjung Kulon National Park, is home to seven outstanding surf spots. The amazing swells here have captivated world-class surfers. Never miss your chance to ride the most incredible clear blue waves at One Palm Point and Apocalypse. The remote island is not far from Indonesia’s capital, making it easier to visit.

8. Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara

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Sumbawa Island, situated near Lombok, is a great option for surfing. The island hosts two main areas for surfing: West Sumbawa and the Lakey area. These areas have been famous among surfers worldwide due to consistent swells. The surrounding landscape such as the steep cliffs are just as immaculate. West Sumbawa covers three enticing surf spots: Scar Reef, Super Suck, and Yo-Yo’s. The western part of the island has a series of quality breaks, and is a good choice for beginners.

9. Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, Bali

Surfing Nusa Lembongan
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South Bali is also famous for its great swells. Give yourself a chance to check out the gorgeous waves in Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. To get there, you’ll have to take a 30-minute speed boat ride from Sanur. Avid surfers across the globe love seeking serene hideouts in Nusa Penida. The swells at these surfing destinations range from moderate and relaxing to rough and thrilling. Nusa Penida offers incredibly warm waves and a surf break, making it suitable for any type of surfer.

10. Watu Karung Beach, Pacitan, East Java

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The narrow Watu Karang Beach, in southern Pacitan, offers an unforgettable surfing experience. The beach has extraordinary waves because of its geographical location. The seabed rock as well as the reef surrounding it creates barrels that captivate both professionals and amateurs. It’s the best hideout due to its remote location and crowd-less beaches. We recommend you to surf between April to October to get the best offshore wind.

11. Tuban, Bali

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Get the best waves in some of the most underrated beaches in Canggu, where Kuta Beach is packed with surf junkies, the beach near the airport is less populated with people. For a last-minute wave to catch before your flight, dare to surf at the Tuban area and is actually the best place to surf for beginners. If you wish to have trainers and instructors guiding you in your first wave, try surfing at Tuban and get the chance to see the reefs nearby just 500 meters (1640.42 feet) from the beach which people have dubbed as “Airports.” These reefs act as breaks for beginners and intermediate surfers as it breaks over a flat bottom reef with a ton of water covering the bottom.

Catch a wave at Tuban

Address: Tuban, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

12. Dylan's Right, Simeulue

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Located in the small village of Matanurung, Dylan’s Right or Dylan’s Point is a wave many surfers come to enjoy. Unlike in other surf spots in Indonesia, Dylan’s Right is just the right spot for beginners as its waves don’t often grow big. It may be one of Indonesia’s most powerful right-handers, but is still a great spot for those who wish to paddle flexibly with all tides. Dylan’s Right has one of the best reef breaks, not the longest wave but has a promising take out spot for those trying to master their light footing approach. Apart from a great reef break, it is also idyllic for its textbook perfect shape that many surfers come to Simeulue for.

Dylan's Right, Simeulue

Address: Dylan’s Right, Simeulue, North West Sumatra, Indonesia

Website: Dylan’s Right

Grab your surfboard and enjoy the swells

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The greatest archipelago on Earth, Indonesia, is home to tropical wonders. Surfing is the right option for a fun experience. The waters surrounding Indonesia have a fascinating variety of the best swells in the world. Overlooking it means you lose your greatest adventure. Spend a couple of days surfing at the top surfing spot — Mentawai Islands — or find the best hideout in the remote Panaitan Island. No matter how skilful you are, these surfing spots never disappoint. Book your trip now!

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I am Rofiq from East Java, Indonesia. I am passionate about exploring new places, meeting new people, learning new languages and cultures. I always do solo traveling and backpacking since they are...Read more

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