Indonesia is not only home to the world’s largest archipelago, but also to its best-kept surfing secret. Renowned among die-hard surfers as having the most consistent and most diverse type of waves.
After all, with over 17,000 tropical islands, many of which open directly to either the Indian or Pacific Ocean, there’s a spot for surfers of every imaginable prowess.
Here’s a look at Mentawai Islands, off the coast of West Sumatra.
By Dian Hasan | May 16, 2010
Among the global surfing community (the real surfers that is, NOT the web surfers!), Indonesia has long been known as the ultimate surfer’s destination, with the greatest variety and most consistent waves to delight any surfer. And “Goin’ surfin’ to Indo” is a common phrase that translates well within the surfing community.
Comfortably accommodating surfers of any level of proficiency, but it is for the intermediate and advanced surfers where Indonesia and her abundant islands – each with their own surf characteristic – truly beckons.
Padang Padang, Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Jason Childs
With its dramatic scenery of high-rising limestone cliffs overlooking a turquoise ocean of pumping barrels, Padang Padang was voted one of the world’s top-ten waves.
Padang in two words: power and fear. It’s one of Bali’s most dangerous and hollowest wave. The final bowl is an obligatory tube. In short: Tube at the take-off, then speed, speed, speed and the ledgey final tube section.
Inspiration: Surf Music
Filed under Bali, Indonesia
By Dian Hasan | October 20, 2009
Not bad for a day's catch. Photo: Jungle Ulua Fishing Adventures
For the seasoned Bali visitor who yearns to explore all the Isle of Gods has to offer (even an extended vacation will never suffice) and anyone who is intrigued by unique travel experience, with some fishing thrown in, here’s a Safari Camp like no other. Join Cyrus Boyum and Michael Owen, two American adventurers and fishing aficionados for a safari camp to Grajagan, East Java, for some serious Ulua fishing. For the novice, Ulua is Giant Trevally. All fishing trips depart from Bali.Jungle Ulua Fishing Adventures. And while in the area you can always go surfing at the world-famous G-Land.
Dreamland is a beach located in Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, in Indonesia. An excellent beach for surfing, sunsets and solitude. Dreamland started life when surfers discovered it enroute to the other nearby surfing spot of Uluwatu and Padang Padang. Now that the “secret is out”, Bali-based expatriates and visitors alike have converged upon it.
The white sandy beach and the world-famous surf-break for long rides, coupled with its remote setting, makes for the perfect escape from all the worldly cares.