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Surf season: year-round.

Best time:

May to October (bigger swell)

 

Break type: Beach breaks.

Going there from Singapore:

1) Ferry 50mn to Batam Center

2) Drive 20mn to Hang Nadim Airport

3) Fly 1h35mn to Bengkulu

4) Drive 30mn to Bengkulu Long Beach

About the place:

Bengkulu is slowly put on the map by surfers and tourists. And yet this city of Sumatra is one of the closest places to Singapore with great surf. Flying from Singapore neighbouring island of Batam is direct to Bengkulu Airport. This trick helps save precious time thanks to fast immigration lanes in Batam Harbour and Bengkulu Airpot proximity to the beach. Ideal for short surf trips.

Advance surfers will prefer May to October when the biggest waves hit the beach and reef breaks of Bengkulu. Some of the biggest waves in Indonesia can be found in the main spot, Bengkulu Beach (Pantai Panjang) a sand bottom beach break. On big days, the waves are be generally smaller at the next break 10mn to the north, Bengkulu Point (Tapak Paderi).

This page from 2013 shows an empty line-up at Bengkulu Long Beach.

 

Indonesia / Sumatra
BENGKULU

 

Surf season: year-round.

Best time: May to September (bigger swell)

Break type: Reef breaks (1 beach break)

Going there from Singapore:

1) Fly 2h15mn to Gunung Sitoli via Medan

2) Drive 2h30mn to Sorake, Lagundri Bay

About the place:

From the airport, the crowd goes straight to Sorake Beach at the southern tip of Nias island where a perfect right await regular footed surfers. Sitting on the balcony of a losmen is probably one of the best place to watch when the surf is big: a panoramic view of the sets which ignit Indicators before hitting The Point inside the bay.

Advanced surfers prefer the big swells season from May to September. Intermediate and small waves surfers may prefer November to February to score The Point. There is a beach break inside the bay, on Lagundri Beach and other waves around the island.  The amazing traditional villages around are worth a visit.

 

 

Indonesia / Sumatra
NIAS

The Point delivers a perfect right at Lagundri Bay.

When Indicators is big, it's big everywhere.

Surf Nias Lagundri The Point
Surf Nias Lagundri Indicators
Indonesia / Sumatra
ACEH

No crowd at Lhoknga's The Left.

Surf Indonesia Sumatra Aceh Lhoknga
Surf Indonesia Sumatra Aceh

View from Lhoknga Beach towards Cement Factory.

 

Surf season: year-round.

Best time:

October to April (more favorable winds)

 

Break type: Mainly reef breaks.

Going there from Singapore:

1) Fly 2h15mn to Banda Aceh via Medan or Kuala Lumpur

2) Drive 40mn to Lhoknga

About the place:

Lhoknga is the closest beach to Banda Aceh Airport. The main breaks, A-Frame and The Left, share a wide channel easing access to the  line-up. Consistent offshore winds blow from October to April, providing better wave quality. The swell is generally bigger from April to October. Within a 30mn drive, you can find good surf year-round.

Lhoknga can also be a base to explore the uncrowded and high quality waves found in the south until Calang. From there to Meulaboh and further, the coastline becomes a straight sandy beach with some reef breaks. With a quick boat ride from Banda Aceh, the islands Pualau Breueh and Pulau Nasi provide good surf. Pulau Weh is not consistent.

 

 
Indonesia / Sumatra
PADANG

 

Surf season: May to October.

Best time: May to October (bigger swell)

Break type: Mainly beach breaks

Going there from Singapore:

1) Ferry 50mn to Batam Center

2) Drive 20mn to Hang Nadim Airport

3) Fly 1 hour to Padang

4) Drive 60mn to Pantai Air Manis or Pantai Pariaman

About the place:

The beaches around the city of Padang offer good surf when the big swell season is on. The main surf spots are at Pantai Air Manis (Air Manis Beach) and Pantai Pariaman (Pariaman Beach), both reached within 60 minutes from Padang Minangkabau International Airport. As for Bengkulu, Padang area is one of the nearest places to Singapore for surfing (via Batam). However, it is recommended to always check the incoming swell before booking a flight at these surf spots need significant swell to break.

 

Surf season: year-round.

Best time: May to September (bigger swell)

Break type: Mainly reef breaks, some beach breaks

Going there from Singapore:

1) Travel 4 hours to Padang via Batam or Jakarta

2) Travel about 12 hours to Mentawai islands

Option 1: overnight ferry

Option 2: overnight stay in Padang + 4 hours speedboat

About the place:

Unlike Nias and Simeulue islands, the Mentawai islands don't have any airport that can accommodate proper air travel (Rokot Airport is out of order). Depending on which resort you'll chose to stay, it will be either a long overnight ferry from Padang or an overnight stay in Padang followed by a quicker speedboat transfer, and sometime an additional boat transfer to the resort. In any case, it's approximatively a 24 hours trip from Singapore. The surf in the Mentawai islands may be well known for its world class waves and sharp reef, but like any island, there are some sheltered surf spots and beach breaks. Intermediates may enjoy surfing there off-season when the swell and the crowd are smaller.

 

Indonesia / Sumatra
MENTAWAI
 

 

Surf season: year-round.

Best time: May to September (bigger swell)

Break type: Mainly reef breaks

Going there from Singapore:

1) Fly 2h15mn to Lasikin Airport via Medan

2) Drive 30mn to Nancala Beach on the west coast

About the place:

Coming soon...

 

 

Indonesia / Sumatra
SIMEULUE
 
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