Journey to Untouched Indonesia
Unspoilt tropical perfection
7 or 10 day trip option
Escape the crowds
Come with us to bodyboard one of the last Indonesian frontiers, a largely unexplored wave-drenched island, home to some of the sickest bodyboarding setups we’ve ever found – South Sumatra.
Perhaps you’ve had a dream trip like this lined up for years, but not had the crew, confidence or knowledge to organise and tackle an adventure of this magnitude? Well now is your chance…
How many times have you wanted to explore the fringes of the surf tropics with a group of mates, but have either not been able to afford a Mentawai boat trip or haven’t wanted to attempt surviving off a manky bag of rice and sleeping wild in your board bag?
Well, thanks to our brand new South Sumatra trip, you too can now experience Mentawai swells without the complexity, crowds and cost of setting sail. Our new trip has been meticulously researched, created and designed to maximise your time bodyboarding the perfection of South Sumatra.
It’s the reason you’re here, so let’s take a little look at some of the perfect waves which reel, peel and bowl into this slice of paradise:
A regional classic 250m left-hand point break, it’s less than a five-minute walk away from our camp, and is viewable from the beach directly in front. It gets big, is entirely mechanical and is bang offshore in the trade winds, which clean up the swell into long, turquoise walls.
It’s a total swell magnet in the area, alternating between Uluwatu-style barrels and big sections for you to carve old-school hacks before setting yourself up for the next section. As with most places, it gets hollower at low tide, where you’re guaranteed some tube time out of the tropical sun.
A beautiful 12km-long stretch of beach a short drive away, Mandiri offers endless empty peaks, allowing you to find some crowd-free banks and ramps to hone your skills and tidy up your game.
Being such a big stretch it almost always has a wave, and serves up a plethora of peaks, giving something for everyone, from beginner to the advanced rider.
Speaking of advanced riders, Way Jambu is waiting for you. Only a 10-minute drive away, the ‘Sumatran Pipeline’ to a super-heavy, fast, barrelling left hander, throwing out seriously solid top-to-bottom pits.
This is a wave of consequence and you’ll need experience, barrel-riding skills and courage to drop and scoop in here. Get it right and you’ll be rewarded with a heavy, spitting tube and a moment to remember.
Right in front of the town of Krui, the reef’s left is a mechanical playground of fun, rippable barrels, ready to be plundered. Regardless of your rail control, here it’s actually harder to not be barrelled.
The right at Krui is a straight-up fast reef break, offering some decent hollow sections and fast shoulders to carve tropical buckets from.
A booger’s heaven, The Peak is basically a coral slab which kicks up short but solid A-frames, giving riders a fast drop, scoop and tube – every, single, time.
The Peak needs a bit of swell to get going but delivers a pocket-sized punch of pure bodyboarding fun when it does – the view from the pit makes everything worth it.
A hot shot of adrenaline at size, Honey Smacks is a short, fast, left-hand barrel, giving the booger population some of the sickest pits in the area.
While it can be a hectic air-drop when big, on smaller days it opens up down the line giving you a wholly smackable section that’s sweet as honey.
Around the headland from Honey Smacks, Jenny’s right is a throaty, right-hand barrel, breaking over dead coral and packing an equal punch.
As with the committed lefts of Honey Smacks, it guarantees you some fast tunnel time and gives you a vertical shoulder to launch off.
It’s so easy to focus on the waves when planning a trip you can often overlook the other important element – your accommodation.
Here we’ve got you covered too. What better way to enjoy the full South Sumatran experience than staying above a white-sand beach and crystal-clear turquoise lagoon.
There are few better ways to recharge between sessions – either snorkelling for fish in the lagoon or kicking back in a hammock, spotting a myriad of birds and monkeys in the trees overhead.
The accommodation comprises traditional, detached bungalows, and more modern buildings with air conditioning. Most rooms have balconies with sea views, as well as private toilets and showers.
On site there is a bar with ice-cold beers and drinks, TV, karaoke and music, as well as a swimming pool, and you can often watch local fishermen and farmers bringing the evening’s food in – as fresh as it gets!
Our handpicked Indonesian-owned pad gives us direct access to world-class point-break barrels, and is surrounded by coconut trees and tropical jungle. However, the true beauty of this location is that beyond Ujung Bocur’s splendour, there are many other breaks just a short drive away to explore.
The local couple who own our accommodation are very humble and welcoming, and share our excitement for these trips each year. As well as hosting us in such a prime location and providing us with all food and meals fully included, one of the owners is also a medic, and is on hand to treat any battle wounds you might pick up.
We’ve spent a great deal of time in South Sumatra over the years, speaking to local businesses and engaging with the community. In running these trips we wanted to make sure we supported local people, and helped build strong relationships with them for many years to come.
Timing the trip to South Sumatra at the beginning of the swell season means you get the best of both worlds – waves without crowds.
We’ve done the hard yards so you don’t have to – having travelled on multiple recce missions to the region at this time over the last 12 years, we can report the climate is generally dry, with just the odd tropical shower scattered here and there.
With the seasons just starting to change, this is the perfect time to visit Sumatra, enjoying empty line-ups in bath-warm sea water. Virtually every morning we’re greeted by gleaming sun, offshore winds and perfect head-high plus waves.
This trip is home to some of the best waves in the world, and from the minute you arrive we expect you’ll be frothing to wax up and get on it.
While there are mellow waves to be found, South Sumatra is becoming famous for its heavy, fast, hollow reef breaks – so we know many of you won’t be needing to learn how to duck dive or pull-in!
Our qualified coaches are of course on hand to provide you with any tips, hints or advice you might need in the water, but many of you will no doubt just want to paddle out and charge, and save any coaching til the video analysis back at camp.
This is perfectly cool – and for those riders less advanced, we’re equally happy to run daily clinics at more cruisey spots like Mandiri Beach or elsewhere if you want to solidify the foundations of your riding and/or brush up on your general skills.
Make no mistake though, South Sumatra is a place to take your riding to the next level. Maybe you want to perfect your rail control in a sucky, coral-bottomed barrel, or nail your timing and speed line to the lip to boost higher and further, or maybe you’re wanting to get more consistent on landing flips. Perhaps you just want the moral support of a crew in paddling out when it’s 6-8ft and absolutely booming.
Our instructors can help you achieve whatever goals you set yourself on this trip, from bespoke, one-on-one coaching on correct weight distribution and perfecting a 360 spin, to just taking a backseat and hooting you from the shoulder as you scoop into a screamer and get spat out.
Photography and video analysis will be available throughout all sessions to help improve your riding, and each of these will be available to take away and keep at the end of the trip too, for an additional £30 and £50 respectively.
Nice and simple. Follow these steps to get the ball rolling:
Step 1: Let us know that you’d like to join the trip and we will send you an online invoice you pay this to reserve your place. Payment plans are available.
Step 2: For UK based riders Contact Dial-a-Flight on 0330 100 2220 and ask for Lee (we’ve worked with us for a long time and he is familiar with the route), or use another travel agent to organise your return flights from wherever you are in the world to Jakarta International Airport (Soekarno–Hatta). Please note your flight needs to land in Jakarta on the first day of the trip any time after 10am. Check out the ‘Key Dates’ section for the first day of the trip.
Step 3: Once your flights are booked, contact us so we can reserve you a spot on the connecting flight from Jakarta to Bandar Lampung in Sumatra. This inter-island flight takes 40 minutes, and costs around £35 for the return journey, so please factor this into your budget.
Step 4: With both your international and domestic flights now booked, we will ask you to pay for the domestic flight, and with that done, send you a confirmation email of your booked place on the trip.
On the penultimate day of the trip, we’ll all bodyboard in the morning, then get our return flight back from Bandar Lampung to Jakarta in the afternoon. The last night will be spent back in the airport hotel, ready for your flight home the following day.
In this natural paradise, you’ll find some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, always giving you a cheerful wave or wanting to stop and have a chat to learn more about you.
Here you can witness traditional ways of building, cooking and living, among beautiful rainforest, rice fields, natural lakes and waterfalls. Check out the ‘Air Terjun Way Karang’ – a small set of waterfalls located in the jungle just beyond a wide river, where locals collect stones for age-old building methods. Further afield is the opportunity for a closer look at the wildlife of the Lampung National Park.
There are a heap of other things you can do here if you want a break from the schedule, including a short ride in a traditional Indonesian ‘phinisi’ boat to Palau Pisang (Banana Island).
On the way to the island you’ll see dolphins, and local fisherman catching big game fish, like marlin. If you fancy a wave while you’re there, this special place boasts empty line ups of its own, including a left and right-hand point break on either side of the island, guaranteeing you clean waves.
And don’t forget Krui town itself – here you can explore the markets, pick up clothes, buy some jewellery for jealous partners, you name it. Having interested visitors who shop, say hello and help support the local communities is not just good karma – it helps build relations for future visits and leaves a good taste for everyone.
It’s important to make sure you have the right kit before your trip starts, so all you need to think about is the surf, sea and sun!
We’ve spent decades travelling to Indonesia, so we know the difference between the ‘need to bring’ stuff and the ‘nice to bring’ stuff. Please don’t hesitate to email or call us on 01637 879571 if you have any questions.
If you need equipment, we recommend the Bodyboard-Depot, which offers free shipping on every sale over £50, a free pro leash with boards costing more than £100, and free fin savers with fins costing more than £35.
Alternatively, if you’ve run out of time to get the kit you need before you leave, let us know and we can source equipment in Indonesia so it’s waiting for you when you arrive. The more advanced notice the better please. We can arrange rental equipment if you can’t travel with your board/fins.
The warm waters and heavy waves of Indonesia make many boards turn to jelly. If you have an older PE board it’s likely to get very flexible in the heat. Therefore we recommend boards with a PP or low-density PP core. Also look for warm water waxes.
Our PP Core bodyboard range has been specifically designed for use in Indonesian temperatures. If you need to buy a new board, ask for Guy at the Bodyboard-Depot – he has a huge range in stock, and can source any board from any brand at the best price.
It’s essential to use a pair of comfortable, powerful, bodyboarding swim fins to get the most from the awesome waves on the trip. Taking a spare pair of fins is advised if you have room in your luggage.
It’s a simple insurance policy on any trip, so don’t forget – bring an extra leash. The day you snap one you’ll thank yourself.
Bodyboard travel bag
A decent board bag will keep your kit safely protected throughout your journey, especially when you consider the brutality of some baggage handlers. They range from £20 to more than £100 – the more you pay, the better protection you get. The best on the market is the Creatures wheelie bag, it’s heat-reflective, padded and you can wheel it around, saving your arms and shoulders for paddling.
Board socks perform a dual purpose, protecting your board from the harsh South Sumatran sun, and drying you off as it’s a handy towel. The humble board sock is an awesome piece of kit for travelling (or home use).
Fin slippers and socks prevent rub on the foot and Achilles heel, and also save you from needing to wear full-length fin socks. Absolutely worth picking some up.
If you don’t wear wetsuit socks and want to prevent rub around your heels, it’s worth considering a set of heel shields. They make fins comfortable, stop chafe and have different thickness levels to suit the snugness of your fin.
Finserts are (in our opinion) the ultimate foot protection from fin rub! Definitely have a look at buying a pair.
Don’t let a lost fin ruin the rest of your trip. Bag a set of tethers and know you’ll pop up from every duckdive and wipeout with both fins still attached.
Shorts and rash vests
On any tropical trip, it’s important to invest in a good pair of high quality, lightweight, stretchy board shorts, and a good lycra vest to help keep the sun off. In fact, make that two pairs of shorts – it’s not worth risking getting caught short if you rip a pair.
There are a range of sun creams geared specifically for bodyboarding abroad. We can attest they actually stay on in the water, and we’ve tested them in some searing conditions.
We strongly advise you buy some bodyboard or surf-specific sun protection. They’re much more effective than regular creams – there’s nothing worse than having to sit out on an epic session because your suncream washed off yesterday and today you’re painfully crispy.
Maximise your surf time by keeping the sun off your head. If you don’t already have one, please purchase a surf hat, especially if you have a shaved head or have fair skin. Trust us, it will make your trip much more enjoyable.
General things to make your life more comfortable
- You will be sleeping in fairly close proximity to others in traditional buildings, and noise travels through this jungle area. Whether that is the wildlife, people listening to music in the bar/eating area or somebody snoring in your room, it’s a good idea to pack some ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.
- Cool, light clothing. You will spend most of your time in just shorts. Make sure they are lightweight and ‘quick dry’ – heavy denim shorts will be uncomfortable in the tropics, especially when travelling.
- Lycra shorts to wear under your boardshorts. Just in case you missed it, here it is again: Lycra shorts to wear under your boardshorts.
- A good book or a Kindle, a stack of music on your phone, and movies to watch on your tablet.
- Sunglasses (and spares if you are prone to losing/breaking them).
- Flip flops / sandals.
- Your own refillable water bottle – always stay hydrated.
- A waterproof bag to help keep your kit dry if you go out on a boat.
- Earplugs for use in the water.
First Aid Kit
While we do have a trained medic on-site throughout the trip, it is always best practice (and polite) to bring your own first aid kit.
Accidents can happen when travelling and/or around camp, and there is the ever-present danger of connecting with a sharp coral reef at some point during a session. It’s important to expect this, and to bring a first aid kit with contents ready for it.
- Mosquito repellent (an obvious one, but easy to forget)
- Antiseptic wipes / wash / cream
- Sterile saline solution
- Steri-strips / sutures
- Wound dressings
- Bandages / sterile gauzes
- Band aids / plasters (a good selection of sizes)
- Waterproof tape / duct tape (basically fixes everything)
- Latex gloves
- Cotton tips
- Stainless steel scissors
- Stainless steel fine point tweezers (key for removing bits of coral)
- Safety pins
- Tourniquet / triangle sling
- First aid manual (or better yet get some training)
- Deep Heat / muscle rub gel
- Hydrogen peroxide / iodine water purification tablets
- Scorpion sting remover
- Anti-histamine tablets
- Super glue
- Compeed (pads for fin rub)
- Hydration sachets
- Imodium / travel sickness tablets
- Zinc lip cream
- Cold and flu tablets/Lemsip
- 7 or 10 nights of accommodation
- Airport welcome meeting arrangements
- Guided transfers to Krui from Bandar Lampung
- All meals (3 per day)
- Daily local guiding and car transport to the waves each day
- Daily coaching/instruction sessions
- Photography and video analysis to help you improve
You need to book your own:
- International flights
- Flight from Jakarta to Bandar Lampung (budget £35 for these return flights)
- Boat excursions (these won’t be necessary unless we choose to go exploring one day).
16th February – The first day of the trip. Your flight needs to arrive at Jakarta Airport (CGK) on this date.
17th February – Fly to Bandar Lampung, South Sumatra.
18th February onwards – Bodyboarding every day.
23rd February – 7 day trip crew, your flight from Bandar Lampung to Jakarta needs to depart on this date.
24th February – 7 day trip crew, your flight home needs to depart Jakarta on this date.
26th February – 10 day trip crew, your flight from Bandar Lampung to Jakarta needs to depart on this date.
27th February – 10 day trip crew, your flight home needs to depart Jakarta on this date.
Please read this carefully, as this holiday is considerably different to the way our other bodyboard holidays operate.
What happens once I've landed?
Once you’ve landed and collected your bags, you can check in to the Jakarta airport hotel. (We’ll email you with specific directions to the hotel before you leave.)
We’ll have up to 12 people on this trip, all landing in Jakarta on the same day. We’ll be at the airport hotel to welcome you, so we can all meet one another, eat together and spend the night at the hotel, ready for the following morning’s 40-minute flight to Bandar Lampung in Sumatra.
Here we’re met by our drivers outside the airport, where we take a four-to-five hour drive in air-conditioned cars through the tropical rainforest of the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.
This magical place holds numerous endangered species, including the Sumatran tiger, bear, rhinoceros, elephant and many other jungle creatures. It’s a perfect way to get you a flavour of the natural beauty of South Sumatra, all while building up the amp for the world-class waves to come.
Once we reach camp we’ll check in, drop our bags, check the surf and line up the best spots. To ensure we don’t zoo any breaks, we’ll then split into two smaller groups, and get right into it. We pride ourselves on scoring the best uncrowded spots and have spent years locating these.
Whats the daily schedule?
- • Wake up early, grab some fruit or snacks, and drive or walk to the waves.
- As with many places around the world, dawn sessions are often the best time of day to surf, and South Sumatra is no exception. In two separate groups we’ll surf a couple of different spots and plunder the morning perfection.
- After a couple of hours we’ll grab a quick breakfast and a refuel.
- Once done we’re straight back on it – if it’s been pumping we’ll head back out, or check out different spots to make the most of it before the mid/late morning winds switch and it goes onshore.
- Back at camp we’ll go through a video / photo analysis session, and then people are free to relax in the pool during the midday heat, visit local tourist attractions like the natural waterfalls or traditional villages and markets, or explore the jungle.
- Throughout the afternoon your time is your own, whether it’s having a free surf in the late-afternoon glass off, chill time, or enjoying sunset drinks. In our view there’s no better way to finish a day than watching a stunning sunset while trading barrels with friends.
- By then the freshest of dinners will have been prepared in camp, and after a few beers and a game of cards/the latest surf movie on the TV, we’ll head to bed at a decent time to get up early and go again.
Do I need a visa?
British nationals can visit Indonesia for 30 days without a visa. However, entry into Indonesia may be refused and airlines may turn you away if you have less than six months left on your passport validity, if you have no blank pages left in your passport to attach your visa, or you don’t have an onward ticket out of the country.
You need to pay for your visa on arrival at the airport. For more (or updated) information on this, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia.
Please check international travel requirements for your nationality, and contact your travel agent or airline if you have any further questions.
I’m a silver surfer, will this be a problem?
If you’re over 60 years old – or will be turning 60 on the trip – we need to chat on the phone prior to booking. Please call us on 01637 879571, or email us to arrange a time for a call.
Are we able to call home from the island?
There is no telephone reception in the camp, but there is Wi-Fi, so internet calls can be made.
What is the internet connection like in the camp?
The quality of the connection is improving all the time, but it has to be said the internet can be unreliable. You should put your ‘out of office’ message on for emails, as you won’t be able to get online every time that you want to (and that’s good practice anyway – many of our clients book to escape the modern world for this exact reason!)
What’s the best way to transport my bodyboard and kit?
Remember to check the baggage size and weight allowance with your airline, as well as read their guidance for carrying bodyboards. Baggage handlers can be unforgiving, so a tough bag and intelligent packing are a must.
Firstly, pack your board(s) in a protective, padded board bag, and write FRAGILE and TOP LOAD ONLY on it with the largest, most permanent marker you can find. Make sure you wrap your towel around your board inside the bag for added protection. Place your shampoo and other wet toiletries in a separate sealed bag in case of leakage. We also recommend locking your bag zips with a padlock.
Do I need personal travel insurance?
Please advise our coaching staff of any medical complaints or conditions prior to your trip.
We are travelling to an outer island of a developing country, where medical conditions are handled differently than the western world. As such, it’s essential you have medical evacuation and repatriation covered as part of your policy.
You will be a minimum of two to three hours from a hospital, however we’ll have an on-site medic for most issues. We will ask for travel insurance details upon booking, so please organise this nice and early. We will also ask you to fill out an enrolment form with these details before the holiday.
How can I find out about medical advice for travelling?
Health and safety medical advice for travellers can be found at www.doh.gov.uk. Otherwise, contact your GP or the Department of Health (DoH) for further information.
Alternatively, from the UK you can call the helpline on free phone 0800 555777. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issues up-to-date information on safety issues for countries world-wide. Contact the FCO travel advice line on 020 7238 4503/4504 if you have any concerns.
Mosquito nets are provided at the camp, but nonetheless, we advise you take bug repellent to reduce the risk of being bitten. Check websites like netdoctor.co.uk and seek advice about whether to take anti-malarial drugs. While we are not aware of any malaria currently present in the area, things can change. Please contact your doctor if you’re unsure about vaccinations.
Please bring a well-stocked first aid kit of your own. This is good practice for any travelling, especially to developing countries, and even the best of us occasionally make contact with the coral!
Is the water safe to drink?
No, but bottled water is available at the camp. Do not drink the local tap water.
What currency should I take?
It can be difficult to obtain Indonesian Rupiah (RP) outside the country, but you can order it online before travelling. We strongly advise this, as it’s unlikely you’ll have time to organise this once you’ve arrived in Jakarta.
How much should I budget for the trip?
- We suggest £250 (RP 5,000,000) for the trip, depending on how many beers you drink. It’s of course better to have too much money and bring it back, than to get caught short while you are there.
- There’ll be photo and video analysis throughout all sessions to help improve your riding, and both will be available to take away at the end of the trip to keep for £30 and £50 respectively. You’ll need a 50Gb hard drive that’s compatible with Mac and PC (just in case), so you can get all of your pics and video footage.
- Beer is 25,000 RP per can.
- Wine / spirits – these are not available for purchase, but you can bring one bottle per person from duty free, as long as you share it with the camp owner (!)
- There is also a small village shop which sells sweets and drinks, that you may want to budget a small amount of money for.
- Tipping isn’t expected in Indonesia, but it is appreciated, so please bear that in mind.
Water Temperature: 28°C
Local Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
Local Beer: Bintang
Surf 2ft – 12ft
Beach, reef, point, slab and A-frame surf spots
Perfect for intermediate/advanced riders
Bespoke one-on-one coaching tailored to your skill set
Secluded beachfront accommodation
Private swimming pool
Many local activities and beauty spots
How to book
Once you have read all the info and made your selection. Book your holiday in 3 easy steps
Fill in the enquiry form below
We’ll confirm availability and explain payment plan options.
Pay your deposit, book your flights and complete the enrolment form. You’re on the trip!