Surfing in Indonesia
Indonesia is known as one of the best surfing areas in the world and offers numerous spots with ideal conditions for all levels of surfer. The extraordinarily consistent conditions almost guarantee a successful surf trip. Indonesia’s coastline offers numerous reefs and beach breaks giving incredible variety to the surfing experience.
Also the country offers fantastic cuisine and breathtaking landscapes. The population is very friendly and charming and this makes for the perfect surfing vacation. One thing you shouldn’t miss: a relaxing massage, which you can get almost anywhere.
The climate in Indonesia is tropical, but the heat is eased a bit by sea breezes. The average annual temperature is about 27 degrees. Depending on the region, temperatures vary slightly.
In the coastal regions temperatures are approx 24-35 degrees; in the interior about 20-30 degrees and the mountain areas have average temperatures of 16-26 degrees.
Overall humidity is high and reaches its peak during the rainy season. In the mountains it can cool down quickly at night times. Rainy season is from November till May and very heavy rainfall can occur in this period.
Indonesia, due to its geographic location is one of the best surfing areas in the world. The long distances, which the swells have to travel from the southern ocean, makes the surf very consistent and powerful. It’s no wonder that especially in the high season the water in the hottest surf spots is very crowded.
On the other hand, Indonesia offers a lot of diversity due to its numerous breaks and Indonesia offers ideal conditions for every level of expertise. Probably the most famous surfing island is Bali, but also the neighbouring islands Java. Lombok and Sumatra have some world class waves. Thanks to the tropical temperatures the water is warm; temperatures in the water and air hardly ever fall below 26 degrees.
Just board shorts and Lycra are necessary and it’s great to have so much ease of movement. The extraordinarily consistent conditions makes every surfers heart beat a bit faster and you can even miss a days surfing knowing that you tomorrow it will be cranking again and probably for the rest of your trip.
Best surfing season for beginners: October – May
Best surfing season for advanced surfers: May – October
Crowd factor: Very high from May - October
Not many scheduled flights connect directly to Indonesian airports and most of the time, stopovers are made. For example, flights from Malaysian airlines make a stopover in Kuala Lumpur whereas Singapore airlines make a stopover in Singapore. The ten biggest airports in Indonesia are Jakarta, Jayapura, Denpasar (Bali), Makassar, Manado, Medan, Padang, Surabaya, Surakarta and Yogyakarta.
These airports are well connected to by international flights. Offers from charter airlines and cheap airlines vary a lot, depending on the season. There are dozens of ferry connections between the islands. It is advisable to take one of the national flights, as they are cheap and regular.
The islands can also be travelled by cab; especially in the cities where you will find hundreds of cabs with cheap deals and if you wish to be more independent you can rent a moped in many places.