Damai Bungalows, Krui, South Sumatra

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Best in Sumatra

By Peter Jurgens, 21st September 2015

Thanks Jas & Chooky for an awesome 12 days with you. Food was great and loved the flexible meal times for breakfast and lunch - allowed me to plan meals around surfing not the other way around. Great hosts, epic surf and definitely will return.

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Great trip!

By Eddie Tanner, 6th April 2016

Just returned from a great surfing holiday in Sumatra. Damai Bungalows did not disappoint. We were looked after well, provided fantastic food & we could not complain about anything and by the way the surf wasn't too bad either.

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Seriously good

By James Burns, 15th May 2016

This is a fantastic place to stay, right in front of an awesome wave. It’s an amazing camp run by lovely people. They even built a swimming pool which is perfect for relaxing in between surfs. Dave from Surf Camp Sumatra co-ordinated the trip very well and made the trip really easy.

krui surf camp

Camp Size: Max 12
Accommodation: 6 private bungalows
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Daily transport available
Located in front of surf break: Yes
Destination: South Sumatra
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced
Budget: 2/5
Surf School: No
Surfboard Rental: Yes
Yoga: No
Ideal for: Any size group and couples

damai bungalows

Damai Bungalows is arguably the best camp in South Sumatra. Without question it’s the best value. Offering a spacious and relaxing atmosphere as well as mod cons like a bar, pool table & hammocks the surf camp provides 6 twin share bungalows that cater for up to 12 guests. Perfectly situated in front of Ujung Bocur, South Sumatra’s premier wave, guests can surf all day long as well as take in the breath taking views of the distant mountains or the palm fringed Sumatran coastline. New for 2016 is a swimming pool that overlooks Ujung Bocur, perfect for chilling out, checking the surf or enjoying a few sunset Bintangs.

Guests can arrive or depart anytime or any day. Local transport is also available at a small charge; to give you access to the regions other waves. Ideal for intermediate to advanced surfers – the camp is suited for any size groups including couples.

ujung bocur

6 x Private bungalows (2 guests people per bungalow)

The Bungalows  

Damai Bungalows are locally designed & built. Rendered walls & tiled roofs with ceramic floors & large fully opening windows help to keep you cool. We have 6 twin share rooms with the following features:

Private indoor/outdoor bathrooms
Western flush toilets
Basins with mirror & cupboard
Power sockets
Rain showers set within river stones & indoor garden
No hot water just cool fresh water from our deep bore, a perfect way to wash away the tropical heat
Inner spring beds with all linen/pillows and mosquito nets
Individually controlled overhead fans
Each room is fully lockable & has its own veranda. Although safe, we have 24 hour security patrolling the grounds to keep all our gear safe.

- Any child that takes up a "proper" bed will incur the full price regardless of age.
- Children ( under 13 ) that stays in a 3rd (extra) bed with 2 full paying adults can stay 1/2 price
- Children under 3 can stay for free so long as they aren't taking up the space of a full paying adult

tanjung setia

Locally designed & built the 2 storey open air pavilion sits a stone’s throw from the beach. Sit and watch the waves roll by or grab a beer and enjoy those famous Indonesian sunsets as it sets directly in front of you. On the ground floor is the kitchen, river stone bar and jati dining tables whilst upstairs provides an elevated view of the waves and surrounding mountains.

Hearty meals are a huge part of any surf trip. Ayu is an amazing cook and personally ensures all of Damai’s meals are plentiful & varied each day.

Vegetarians and specific dietary requirements can be accommodated for with prior notice to your arrival.

Daily breakfast options usually include fried rice/noodles, eggs & toast, jaffles, omelettes, pancakes as well as juice, tea & coffee.

Lunch and dinner is focused on Indonesian dishes with fresh chicken, fish or beef curries, beef rendang & sate chicken as well as fresh veggies & rice. Western dishes include crumbed schnitzel, pasta, BBQ or fried chicken, pizza, sandwiches & oven baked veggies.

Included in the price:

- 3 large, healthy delicious meals are served each day
- Unlimited Tea, Coffee and Water.

Not included in the price:

- Alcoholic beverages
- Soft drinks
- Additional snack bar menu

south sumatra

The perfect place to kick back after a long day surfing, the bar is fully equipped with pool table, table tennis and a Satellite TV so you never miss the big game.

The bar is also stocked with all soft drinks & a variety of beers. Fresh juices can also be made. Out of respect to local laws we don’t sell spirits but are happy to mix your duty free drinks for you.

We understand the importance of cold drinks and ensure we always have plenty, we have a large freezer and fridge stocked full for our guests and visitors.

Tea & coffee is also available. 

There is also a small shop where you can purchase snacks like peanuts, chips, chocolate & ciggies. Basic toiletries are also available.

Facilities include:

- Billiards / Pool table
- Table tennis
- Satellite TV (football, rugby, AFL)
- Separate bar snack & drinks menu

surf sumatra

All our camps in South Sumatra have complimentary surf guides to help you enjoy and discover this amazing region.

Daily transport isn’t included in the price but is always available on arrival.

The surf region stretches around 50 miles and is accessed by a long twisting road that takes about 1.5 hours to reach all the surf breaks.

Motor Bikes with surfboard rack are typically around $10 / day depending on availability and length of rental.

Car hire with driver is usually around $40 / day. But of course pricing can vary from driver to driver.

Please note fuel will be additional but is relatively cheap in the region.

This laid back corner of Indonesia hasnt been tarnished by development - unlike other parts of the country. You won’t find any western influence here (away from the cluster of surf camps), instead just the raw daily life of the local community. This is how Indonesia should be experienced.

But that’s not to say there aren’t other points of interest away from the surf. We can easily arrange a number of short excursions to give you something extra than just a surfing experience, such as:

Visiting the local village of Krui
Pulau Pisang (banana island) – also has great surf!
Excursion to Lake Ranau the second largest lake on Sumatra
River boat trips
Jungle treks & elephant rides 

Snorkelling & spear fishing

Just down from the camp are some sheltered reefs within walking distance for you to explore. We have some gear but best you bring your own.

Fishing 

It’s certainly possible to head out trolling or jigging in the local area. Typically we catch Spanish Mackerel, Tuna & Marlin when in season. GT’s & Snapper can be jigged from the deeper reefs. Local style boats are available for hire for early morning or afternoon sessions. We do have some equipment however it’s best to bring your own. If packing fishing gear include your rod & reel, trolling lures, jigs, poppers, soft plastics etc.

Accidents

Minor reef cuts should be treated by the guests themselves. Injuries that require stitches can be treated in Krui by a local doctor. More serious accidents can be dealt with in Bandar Lampung. If it’s very serious, we’ll contact your insurance company.

Tsunami

The area is situated within an active seismic plate. However the camp has direct access to a paved road for cars and motor bikes and is a short drive from higher ground.

Malaria

Although contracting Malaria is extremely unlikely - we advise all guests to contact their local doctor prior to travel. 

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Guests need to fly into Bandar Lampung (TKG) Radin Inten II Airport, South Sumatra 

We recommend using www.skyscanner.com and flying into Jakarta, Indonesia.  From Jakarta, there are over a dozen flights each day that fly into Bandar Lampung (TKG), from airlines such as Garuda Airlines, Srwijaya, Citilink  & Lion Air. We recommend www.traveloka.com

Note: Visa On Arrival: A FREE 30 day Visa On Arrival is now available for a number of countries including: Australia, USA, Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Peru, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany. 

Price: AUD 120 pp each way

Transfers include:

* Private a/c vehicle
* Up to 4 guests (with surfboards & baggage)
* Pick-up and drop off anytime
* Approx 6 hour journey time

Please note: We don't advise taking the bus as it’s a longer journey, only runs at set times, is uncomfortable and generally only gets you within 45 mins of where the camps are located. 

There is also a flight service from TKG to Krui - but at the moment is proving unreliable and tricky when taking surfboards.

Your transfers in detail:

Bandar Lampung Airport to the camp 

Upon arrival at Bandar Lampung (TKG) Radin Inten II Airport, guests will be greeted by one of our staff members with pre-arranged transport and you'll be taken to direct to the camp. The transfer time is about 6 hours which includes a brief stop to grab some food half way through the journey. Vehicles are usually a Toyota Kijang and we keep the maximum passengers to 4 so there’s plenty of room for a comfortable journey and enough space for all your belongings.

Hotels in Bandar Lampung

Guests usually don’t stay in Bandar Lampung as there’s generally no need to. We can always collect you and drop you off any time to/from the airport. However we suggest staying at either of the following options if our guests prefer to overnight in the city.

Novotel - http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-6647-novotel-lampung/index.shtml

Sheraton - www.sheraton.com/lampung

 

Whatever you bring, make sure you to pack light & within the baggage restrictions on your air ticket. Airlines are becoming more stringent & do impose hefty charges for excess baggage. Here’s a summary of what to bring:

Passport
valid for at least 6 months from date of departure and must have at least 1 completely blank page (no stamps, nothing)

Tickets & itinerary

Travel insurance policy

Cash – change $500 minimum per two weeks stay into Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).

For more information, including which surf equipment, personal items & first aid to bring, please check out our Travel Essentials page

 

The best advice we can offer regarding packing your bags is to pack as lightly as possible. The following list is divided into two categories: In the Water and Out of the Water. It was created to give you ideas and help you keep track of items you may or may not need to bring on your adventure.

In the Surf

big wave leash (1)
mid sized leash (3)
leash ropes (6)
board shorts (3)
fin keys (2) best to use future fin keys, because they are stronger
fin sets (2) for each surf board
snug fitting T-shirt for sun protection (2). T-shirts work better than rash guards because they retain water, which keeps you cool, and they also give less rash than a ‘rash guard’
reef booties are recommended for several of the surf spots. When choosing your reef booties, it is best to select a pair that is snug fitting, or they will inhibit your surfing
snorkelling gear (optional. rental gear will be available)
surfboards (2-3). 
surf hat (optional)
sunblock
surf board wax (5) The kind of wax that works best in Mentawai is Mr. Zoggs Quick Humps 6x tropical or base coat. Since the ocean is so hot here, Tropical Wax gets too soft, and slippery
wax comb

What surf boards should I bring?

Mid sized boards are what gets used most, but best to bring whatever you are used to riding.

Don’t be surprised if you ding up your surf boards and maybe even break a few of them on your vacation. Last, but not least, a ding repair kit, or some sun cure resin for quick fixes is a must.

Out of the Surf

airline tickets
airline tickets (copy)
binoculars (optional)
cash (crisp, new bills)
comb or brush (optional)
credit cards
ding repair kit / sun cure resin
driver’s license
driver’s license (copy)
220 volt-110 volt electricity adapter (optional)
sunglasses
long sleeve t-shirt
malaria medication (optional)
moisturizer (optional)
mosquito repellent (optional)
surf board coffin travel bag
nail clippers (optional)
pain medicine (optional)
light weight pants (2)
passport
passport (copy)
prescription medicine (optional)
sandals
sealable ziploc bags for cameras, etc on the surfing excursions
shaving cream
shaving kit
shoes
walking shorts (2)
silica gel (for inside ziploc bags)
socks (3)
t-shirts (4-5)
toothbrush
toothpaste
travel backpack
visa (if necessary)
visa (copy)
waterproof jacket (optional)

The most important thing to remember on this list is to make sure that you have an updated passport and a valid VISA for entering Indonesia, and you will not be permitted to enter Indonesia if your passport is going to expire within six months from the time of your departure. Most people can take care of their VISA upon entering Indonesia including citizens of the United States and Australia but before you purchase your airline tickets please check with your local authorities to make sure you’re covered

Special Offers Dates Nights Person/Night Guests
Private Bungalow (Twin share or double) 01 JAN 17 to 30 APR 17
AUD35

2017 Prices

Surfers Dates Nights Person/Night Guests
Private Bungalow (Twin share or double) 01 MAY 17 to 31 OCT 17
AUD55

Transfer Costs

Transfers Dates Guests Total Price
Bandar Lampung to Damai Bungalows (return trip) 01 JAN 17 to 31 DEC 17

Booking Notes

Available accommodation: 6 x twin bungalows (2 guests in each) with a maximum of 12 guests
Single surfers are expected to share unless paying for the entire bungalow.


A 30% deposit is required to secure your booking. Initial deposit is non-refundable but transferable or exchanged with a friend to take your place on that specific date (passengers are responsible for finding their own replacements).

Balance of payment is due 60 days prior to departure and is 100% non-refundable.

Payment only by Bank transfer

All transfer charges & bank fees, including correspondent bank fees, are to be incurred by the guests.

Bank details will be emailed upon booking.

Travel Insurance is mandatory for your safety and no guest will be able to depart on any trip unless they have copies of their travel insurance documents before departure. We advise all guests take out insurance upon booking in case of accident or personal problems prior to your trip.

By way of payment guests are agreeing to both Damai Bungalows & Surf Camp Sumatra’s Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Damai Bungalows: http://www.damaibungalows.com/terms-conditions/

Surf Camp Sumatra: http://www.surfcampsumatra.com/surf-camp-sumatra-terms.shtml
This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with Surf Camp Sumatra. Surf Camp Sumatra acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as land based accommodation and boat charter operators. Surf Camp Sumatra's obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. Surf Camp Sumatra has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.

Wave Quality: World Class
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Karang Nyimbor
Experience: All Surfers
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 10-30 Surfers
Season: April until November

South Sumatras most consistent and certainly most popular wave peels for more than 200 meters offering a wealth of sections for every surfer. The furthest outside corner produces the heaviest section, where a decent barrel can be had. Beyond this section is 100 meters of fun feathering lips, ideal for practicing various top turns and round house cut-backs. The end section will offer a closeout – that isn’t sketchy in the slightest. The wave breaks on all tides and is shallower and hollower at low tide. Watch out for sea urchins at low tide.

Wave Quality: World Class
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Sumatran Pipeline
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until November

Way Jambu also known as Sumatran Pipeline is a world class left hand reef break. Its found just a 15 minute ride south of Ujung Bocur and works on similar conditions to its more popular neighbouring wave. Offers numerous barrel sections, with rides up to 150m in length when its working. Best on an incoming mid to high tide. Be prepared for a heavy take-off in front of a very shallow reef. Certainly for experts only, this wave will punish you if you make a mistake. Generally only surfed by body boarders and chargers and is rarely crowded. Best from 4-6' with stand-up barrels on bigger days. 

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Left & Right
Also Known As: Mandiri Beach
Experience: All Surfers
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: Beach
Crowd: 10-30 Surfers
Season: April until November

A 15 minute scooter ride north of Ujung Bocur, you will find Mandiri beach. This picturesque slice of coast produces consistent break break waves throughout the main surf season. There tends to be two main areas along the beach which can deliver good quality left and right tubes. It’s a bit of a swell magnet and a good option especially when it’s around head high. Best surfed early as it’s often wind affected by mid morning. Probably not the reason you’d travel to South Sumatra but certainly a lot of fun when the swell is a bit smaller.

Wave Quality: Average
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Bali Village
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until November

A 20 minute ride south of Tanjung Setia, past a Balinese settlement and close to a ship wreck, you will find Bali Village. A somewhat fickle wave that can occasionally deliver punchy lefts and rights. Best with a small swell running, its rarely crowded. Certainly not the best wave in the region but occasionally worth a look.

Wave Quality: Excellent
Wave Direction: Left & Right
Also Known As: The Peak
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: April until November

More of a body boarders wave, this reef slab is a wide open (in and out) pit.  Close to the shore, easily accessible, and is on the doorstep of Krui Surf Camp. Its certainly a quality wave but being so short is its downfall. Based just outside the town of Krui, its one of the few waves in the area that when it works can get crowded quite easily. It needs to be at least head high at Ujung Bocur before considering the journey north. 

Wave Quality: Excellent
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Krui Left
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 10-20 surfers
Season: April until November

Krui Left is a super fun perfect barrelling wave found in the town of Krui. It can be one of the funnest waves in the area when it’s working. Although shallow, the paddle out is very easy and there isn’t a tricky inside section to deal with. Sadly it’s one of the more fickle waves in the region and only breaks a handful of times all season. Large south swells tend to roll past the bay missing it completely, leaving only swells with some west in them to offer a glimmer of lighting this wave up. 

Wave Quality: Excellent
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Krui Right
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 10-20 surfers
Season: April until November

Krui Right is at the other end of the beach across from the left. It’s also a great wave but yet again is inconsistent. In fact it’s probably the most fickle wave in the region, so don’t expect to score this wave during your stay. Again, like the left, the paddle out is very easy and there isn’t a tricky inside section to deal with. Feel very blessed if you score this rarely surfed gem.

Wave Quality: Excellent
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Leftovers
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until November

Leftovers is a heavy slab found to the south of The Peak. Although rarely crowded, a small pack of body boarders will usually dominate the line-up at this heavy reef break. Close to the shore, the wave is easily accessible. It’s certainly a quality wave but suited for advanced surfers only. The inside also gets shallow. 

Wave Quality: Excellent
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Drews right
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-30 surfers
Season: Year round

About 30 minutes north of Krui, this fun right hander delivers rides of around 100 metres in length. It’s most consistent between November and April as it’s off shore on a North West wind. Jenny’s offers a bit of everything - from decent barrel sections to big open faces. Unlike many of the areas breaks, this waves entry (although steep) is relatively easy. Once on the wave various sections are on offer - depending on the size of swell and its direction. The end section will always closeout – and can be pretty shallow but easily avoidable. There’s also a keyhole that guarantees a dry haired paddle out. 

Wave Quality: World Class
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Jimmys Left
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 0-15 Surfers
Season: April until November

Not quite as heavy as its neighbouring right hander – it’s still a very hollow wave. Certainly for advanced surfers and body boarders only. Handles huge swells up to double over head and bigger but probably best at 4-6 feet on the mid tide. It gets perfect – with grinding barrels on the take-off before peeling down the line for around 80 metres before closing out on the gnarly inside bowl. Jimmy’s left will certainly provide a beating from hell or the barrel of your life. Often wind affected due to its exposure to the trade wind. So arrive early. 

Wave Quality: World Class
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Jimmys Right
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until November

Jimmy's is located to the very north of the regions known surf breaks. Resembling backdoor pipe, the wave is very consistent, very heavy, very fast & very perfect. Throwing as wide as the barrel is tall, this thick lipped right hander delivers absolute flawless tubes before closing out over razor sharp reef on the inside. If it was closer to the areas main waves (and camps) & you took away the sketchy inside section, this wave would be surfed a lot more. But as it stands it never is.

Wave Quality: World Class
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Honey Shacks
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until November

Located about 1 hour north of Krui in the Northern most part of the surf region, Honey Smacks is a favourite for boogie boarders and advanced surfers. Late take-offs guaranteed, this wedgey left hander will sling shot any takers into some of the thickest waves in the area. Often compared to mini Teahupo'o this is a body boarder’s heaven, offering reeling tubes from head high through to the biggest of swells that hit the coastline.

Wave Quality: Excellent
Wave Direction: Left & Right
Also Known As: Pulau Pisang
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until November

Banana Island is home to two quality waves delivering rarely ridden quality waves on a fairly regular basis. The short, ferocious, thick lipped left on the West side is more suited for body boarders or advanced surfers. The right hand barrel (imagine a reverse of one palm point) found on the South East side, is a longer wave – and although much more manageable, delivers a hefty barrel and should only be surfed by intermediate to advanced surfers.

The journey across to Pulau Pisang can be taken by chartering a local fishing boat from either Krui (45 min trip) or from Tembakak (15 min trip). The exposed island is often wind affected but with 2 waves on offer, winds from the East to North West can be favourable. Anything with South is onshore. For those willing to make the effort, be sure to leave on day break and take waterproof gear for your belongings. 

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Item Krui Mentawai Telos Banyaks Simeulue Hinakos
Alcohol available Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited Yes
Beaches OK Great Good Great Good Great
Crowd Good Good Great Great Good Great
Date Flexibility Great OK Poor Poor Great Great
Diving No Yes No No No Yes
Family Friendly OK Great Good OK OK Great
Female Friendly OK Great Great Good OK Great
Fishing OK Good Good Good OK Good
For Couples OK Great Good OK OK Great
Learn to Surf Yes Yes No No No No
Snorkelling OK Great Good Great OK Great
Surf & Yoga Yes Yes No No No Yes
Surf Season April-Nov All Year All Year April-Nov All Year All Year
Surfer Daily Budget $30+ $130+ $225+ $200+ $50+ $160+
Surfing Ability Beginner+ Beginner+ Intermediate+ Intermediate+ Intermediate+ Intermediate+