The largest island found entirely in Indonesia, Sumatra sits in the beautiful Indian ocean and is home to around 50 millions people. Yet despite this vast population and bustling reputation it is also home to some simply incredible coastline and world-class surfing conditions. All of which makes Sumatra surfing holidays some of the most incredible in the world.
Escape the crowded waters of the world’s better-known surfing spots and head for a secluded surfing paradise in Sumatra where you can find great waves, peaceful conditions and cheap accommodation for less than $25 a night.
Indonesia might be on the tourist trail, and surfing one of the most popular pastimes in the world, yet somehow not many people have managed to put two and two together yet in a big way Sumatra. That means that even with incredible surfing conditions, the waves aren’t been spoiled by huge numbers of people.
The surfing scene is still in its relative infancy here, which means you can enjoy the big waves without big prices. Accommodation is fairly laid back, informal and casual, the way surfing camps should be (and used to be elsewhere before the money men moved in).
You can meet like-minded people, experience warm welcomes and a personal touch, including home cooked food and campfires. That’s not to say that you have to do without all modern conveniences, but you should expect a more organic experience when on Sumatra surfing holidays.
The best surf spots
Top spots for waves include Krul on the south-western tip of this vast island, where most of the best surfing can be found. Nearby you’ll find the Mandiri section of beach and north of Krul near Banana Island there are some great breaks too. All along the western edge of the island you can find good surf and even your own secluded surf spot. But most of the dedicated Sumatran surf camps are in the southern section.
The exception to this is the Mentawai Islands which are politically part of Sumatra and lie off the west coast. However they are separated geographically by 150 km of sea and culturally were left almost undisturbed until the 19th century. All of this means a very different experience to the rest of Sumatra which when you combine with some of the best surfing in the world makes for a great choice for Sumatra surfing holidays.
Surfing holidays in Sumatra offer incredible Indian Ocean waves, an Indonesian cultural experience and old school surfing getaways that aren’t always easy to find in more popular destinations.