Catch a Wave in Indonesia
Grab your board and catch some awesome waves at these beach hotspots in Indonesia
Often thought of as Indonesia’s ultimate surf destination, the Bay of Sorake and Lagundri Beach on Nias Island is a world-famous spot for surfing, drawing flocks of visitors from all over the world. The waves at Sorake Bay are primed for surfing all year long, with the highest waves between May and September. Nias Island isn’t easy to reach, but there are a large number of accommodation options once you get there.
Some of the most famous surfing in Bali takes place at Uluwatu. The spot is usually crowded due to its popularity, and offers several different types of waves perfect for surfing. Uluwatu is only about an hour’s drive from the Ngurah Rai International airport.
Both beginners and experienced surfers can try the waves at Batu Karas, a unique black sand beach that is less crowded than some others. The bay here is small, so surfers don’t have to paddle out too far to catch the incoming waves. Beginners can take advantage of surf rentals and experienced instructors in the area. November to April offers the best time of year for waves here.
Canggu Beach, located in North Kuta, District of Badung, offers world-famous surf along its stretch of black sand beach. The 2004 Indonesia Surfing Championship was held among its barreling waves, while CNN has named the spot among its list of the “World’s 100 Best Beaches.” Be sure to catch a sunset here, where the panoramic scenery makes it one you’ll always remember.
Adventure-seeking surfers may want to head out to Pulau Siberut, the largest of the Mentawai island chain, where excellent surfing, exotic tropical forests, local tribal experiences and exotic wildlife combine. It takes a dedicated traveler to make it to this spot, but those who do will be rewarded not only with amazing surfing, but also with a gorgeous natural environment and the rich traditional culture of the Mentawai tribe – one of the main attractions for a visit to Siberut.