Beginner or pro, here are some of the best surf spots in Indonesia. Sandy beaches and some of the best surfing spots in the world makes Indonesia a must for surfers looking for fun and sun. Unique geological conditions and never-ending coastlines make the country one of the world’s top surfing destinations. No matter where you are on the Kelly Slater scale, you’ll find a beach to match your ability. So grab your board and hang ten in one of these top surf spots across Indonesia:
1. Bali Island
This little slice of paradise draws professional surfers from around the world who flock here to check out Bali’s world-class waves. The surf here is excellent most of the year and there’s the blazing sunshine to match, but the majority of surfers head to western Bali where the waves roll in straight from the southern ocean. Want a break from the break, there’s also plenty of culture, temples and handicraft shopping to be had here.
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2. Sumbawa Islands
Been there done Bali? How about the Sumbawa islands, just east of their famous neighbour? Great for beginners as well as more experienced surfers, there are beaches for everyone to enjoy, the most popular spots being Super Suck, Scar Reef and Lakey Peak. With rugged cliffs and lush green mountains as your backdrop, these islands are a stunning spot to get some surf time in!
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3. Panaitan Islands
Southwesterly winds gusting in from the Indian Ocean across the Panaitan Islands in West Java, means that this is where you’ll find some of the best surf in the whole of Southeast Asia. Be warned though, whilst the deserted beaches may be tempting, waves can be huge and quite dangerous, so best to watch out unless you are very experienced. The top spots are Apocalypse and the world-renowned One Palm Point.
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4. Lombok Island
A favourite with backpackers, Lombok is home to many great surf beaches, including Desert Point, considered one of the best surfing spots in Asia. From reef breaks to gentle rolling waves, Lombok has many different beaches and bays to practice in. For alternative activities, give snorkelling a go, or stay on dry land and climb Indonesia’s second largest volcano, Mount Rinjani.
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For surfers, the best time to visit Indonesia is during its dry season, which is between May to October. During this time, waves are large, challenging and consistent, and the weather is warm; perfect!