Krui, South Sumatra, Sumatra

south sumatra

The region of West Lampung offers over a dozen world class waves within a stretch of coast of around 100km in length. It takes approximately 1hr 45 mins to drive this section of coastline where you’ll pass the town of Krui around the half way point.

The waves are largely suited for intermediate to advanced surfers. Most surf camps are located at Tanjung Setia which is 30km south of the town of Krui. Here you’ll find the area’s best & most consistent wave Ujung Bocur (aka Karang Nyimbor). This long left hander offers rides of at least 300 yards long when it’s fully working – and is suitable for intermediate to advanced surfers.

On the outskirts of Krui, surfers will also find a cluster of other surf camps to choose from. 3 main waves are within walking distance and include The Peak (a short intense barrel) as well as Krui left and right – slightly fickle yet perfect waves when the swell delivers.

A number of other quality waves are available for those willing to explore.

krui surf

The surf season is divided by a high season (April until October/November) and a low season (November until March). From April onwards, consistent swells frequent the West Lampung shores producing quality waves in the head high to double over head range. Winds are favourable for many spots (such as Ujung Bocur) – but the waves that are exposed to Southerly winds (Mandiri Beach, Jimmys etc) are often blown out by 11am. This is the busier part of the year regards crowds – where some spots can get busy (20+ surfers). It is also the dry season where you’d experience very little rain and so surfing during the mid day sun can be extremely punishing.

During the low season the trade winds change and they’ll generally blow onshore (North West) and so this time of year is usually overlooked by travelling surfers. That said, Jenny’s right is a very consistent wave in the low season as it’s usually offshore.

krui surf camp

There’s 2 main areas to stay in South Sumatra. One is to stay in and around the town of Krui and the other is at Tanjung Setia (Ujung Bocur).

This part of Sumatra is certainly the most affordable option for surfers with a number of camps available. Pricing from $30/night to $60/night (including accommodation and meals)

The camps around Krui are geared up a little more towards body boarding as the waves there are quite short and hollow. They’re also closer (than Ujung Bocur) to the Northern area where more heavy waves are found like Honey Smacks and Jimmy’s.

ujung bocur

Ujung Bocur is the area’s most celebrated & most popular wave. This is where most surfers will stay during their time in South Sumatra. It’s also close to Way Jambu and Mandiri Beach, both excellent and consistent waves.

travel to krui

Your international flight should arrive into Jakarta, SoekarnoHatta International Airport (CGK).

From Jakarta, you will need to take a domestic flight to Bandar Lampung, Radin Inten II Airport (TKG).

Airport transfers from Bandar Lampung Airport (TKG) to the surf camps take around 6hrs.

For more detailed information including airline information,  airport transfers and hotels please visit the individual camps found above in the surf camps tab.

surfing sumatra

As a rule, Sumatra is best explored as an intermediate or advanced surfer although there are some camps that cater for beginners in the Mentawais as well as South Sumatra.

Beginner surfer – can only surf the white water & often misses waves. Leaner’s will wipe out regularly on take-off and whilst riding a wave.

Beginner-intermediate surfer – can catch waves regularly, trimming left & right but without performing many manoeuvres.

Intermediate surfer – Will rarely miss catching a wave & will complete most waves from start to finish. Surfers will perform basic manoeuvres such as a cut-back, re-entry and floater.

Intermediate-advanced surfer - will perform most manoeuvres including getting tubed and sometimes aerial manoeuvres. These surfers are competent on point breaks and reef breaks.

Advanced surfer – are fast, stylish and will make surfing look easy. If they’re not performing aerials, then they will be getting tubed all day long or displaying an array of carves, hacks and flowing turns.

Guests should be aware of the following hazards & natural disasters:

Malaria is something that exists but isn’t a problem if guests cover up at dawn & dusk and use plenty of anti-mosquito sprays when not in the surf. Anti-malarial medication can also be taken.

Earthquakes do occur throughout Sumatra on a regular basis. But most of them are non destructive. Most casualties are due to the poor state of its buildings, which 99% of the time, shouldn’t affect any of our guests.

Tsunami’s like the huge one in 2004 are rare. On average, once every five years or so, a large tsunami occurs in “Indonesia”. Generally, damage to the infrastructure exceeds the loss of lives. Most camps in the area have an evacuation plan as well as the charter boats. In fact being on a boat is probably the safest place to be.

Coral Reef – Although it helps shape the mechanical waves of the region, it is also something to be respectful of due it’s sharpness. It’s why we recommend only experienced riders venturing to some of the more dangerous surf spots.

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Damai Bungalows

Watch the majestic Ujung Bocur from the pool or simply take in one of Sumatras world famous Sunsets...

Surfers From: AUD 55 35 pp / night
Non Surfers From: AUD 35 pp / night

Krui, South Sumatra

Krui Surf Camp

Ideal for the budget traveller, the camp is perfectly situated in front of The "Peak", a wedging A-frame tube...

Surfers From: USD 30 pp / night
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Sumatra Surf Resort

Sunset views and a short stroll from the areas main wave Ujung Bocur, the camp also offers surf lessons...

Surfers From: USD 45 38 pp / night
Beginners From: USD 38 pp / night

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Ujung Bocur Bungalows

Excellent value surf camp that has fantastic views of Ujung Bocur and its panoramic sunset vistas...

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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.