Damai Bungalows, Krui, South Sumatra

Guest Reviews

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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.

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

We recommend using https://www.skyscanner.net/ 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 https://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

 

All guests travelling to any surf camp or charter boat in Sumatra will require Travel Insurance. Surf Camp Sumatra recommends using World Nomads for any trip to Sumatra. Simply use the below form to get a quote.

Make sure you to pack light & within the baggage restrictions of your airline. 

Don’t leave for your trip without any of the following:

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).

Valid Visa (for Australian, British & USA passport holders, visas can be issued on arrival (30 days max). Please check prior to purchasing your tickets.

Important: Make sure to check our "know before you go" section which is a handy page of what to expect as well as a detailed inventory of what to bring.

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.

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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+