Indonesia is a huge country, made up of thousands of islands and as many different cultures. Its islands cover a large part of the Indian Ocean, some more accessible than others. With more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia has countless surf spots along its many beaches. This makes the archipelago one of the most surf-spot-rich areas in the world. As the country is largely located on and around the equator, the temperature is fantastic all year round, averaging around 27 °C.
The epicentre of surfing in Indonesia is of course Bali. For years, backpackers and surfers from all over the world have been coming to Bali to experience the great variety of surf spots for themselves. But also Lombok, Java, the Mentawai islands offer great surfing experiences.
Bali is not for nothing the epicentre of surfing in Indonesia. The island is politically stable, has a very friendly population, has a large number of accommodations suitable for every budget and has great beaches with fantastic waves. The most famous surf spots are Uluwatu and Padang Padang.
The Mentawai are a chain of islands off the coast of Sumatra. These islands were ‘discovered’ by the surfing scene in the 1990s, and have since skyrocketed on the lists of ‘most popular surf destinations’ worldwide. Boat trips were practically invented in Mentawai and today you will find a large number of boat charters and surf camps here. In short: this destination must be ticked off the list!
At a short distance from Bali you will find the islands of Lombok and Sumbawa. Lombok was overlooked for a long time, because it lay in the shadow of its neighbour Bali for years, but it has been gaining ground in recent years. Lombok’s best-known surf spot is Desert Point, one of the longest bars in the world. Sambuwa is home to gems such as Lakey Peak, Supersuck, Periscopes and Scar Reef.
Java is one of the larger islands of Indonesia, and therefore has a long coastline with numerous excellent surf spots. Surf-tourism is only fairly recently emerging in Java, as nearby Bali was more in the limelight. Java’s most famous surf spot is called ‘G-Land’, but along the entire coast you will find numerous surf spots.