Telos Surfing Village , Telo Islands

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Guest Reviews


Incredible surf trip

By Howard Austin Hewlett, 26th July 2016

The camp was great - people need to realize you are at the edge of the world and it is incredible what those guys have done! The cooking was insane! The surf was great! I have already told a "select" group of regular foots not to waste their time with playgrounds and go to Pasti and sit on it.


Expensive but great value!

By Jürg Ackermann, 9th September 2016

Firstly, SV has very comfortable accommodation and communal areas. Secondly, I was very happy with the surf, I could improve my level and the boat took me whenever and wherever I wanted, every day. The service was perfect. They guys understand the mixture between entertaining you and leaving you the privacy you need! It’s expensive but also great value.


Telos froth

By Phil Connors, 9th May 2016

Thanks to Mario and the boys for an epic trip and Dave for organising it once again. Second trip to the Telos and wouldn’t really consider going anywhere else for our yearly surf trip with the boys, yeeew.

Telos Surfing Village

Camp Size: Max 12
Accommodation:  4 Private bungalows
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Included
Located in front of surf break: Yes, 3 right handers
Destination: Telo Islands (aka Batu Islands)
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced
Budget: 4/5
Surf School: No
Surfboard Rental: No
Yoga: No
Ideal for: Any size group 

surf telos

Telos Surfing Village overlooks "Pasti" one of West Sumatra's best right hander's. The camps focus is on surfing quality surf in crowd free waters. With a limit of up to 12 surfers per trip combined with the remote location, guests visiting the area can take advantage of this unique wave rich destination. And with so many waves on offer; from heavy tubes to friendly walls, from point break style line-ups to beach break barrels; this is our choice for all levels of surfer wanting the "ultimate surf trip."

Located just to the North of the Mentawais and to the south of Nias, The Telos are also blessed with world class surf but without the crowds of its neighbouring islands. The region has somehow managed to discourage any low end, home stays, hostels or budget camps from developing, thus allowing a higher priced, crowd free surfing environment. 

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The camp caters for a total of 12 guests:

4 x private bungalows 

Each bungalow has 3 private rooms with a king size bed

Surfing Villages accommodation sit just a stone’s throw from the palm fringed shoreline in perfect view of the surf. The bungalows are spread throughout the impressive grounds and are exposed to catching the sea breeze and the additional shade of the jungle. Built with local hardwood and materials, their clever & distinctive style encourages airflow throughout as well as shielding the rooms from any passing storms.

Comprising of two levels, the first floor has board storage, sheltered seating, outside deck and two private bedrooms. The top floor is a loft style room with panoramic views of the surf and jungle. Each bungalow comes complete with king size bed, white cotton sheets, box style mosquito nets, individual fans and adjustable blinds for extra privacy and is ideal for singles or couples.

All four bungalows have a western style outside toilet with a flush system and a separate bathroom a hot and cold water shower.

surf camp telos

surf camp

Food is included in your package and you won’t be disappointed. Daily meals are always substantial and varied and include a mix of both Indonesian and Western flavours.

Daily breakfast is served from around 6.30am. Fresh fruit and cereal is available as well as toast with eggs, omelette or cheese and tomato. Tea and coffee is always on free flow.

Lunch is also flexible and is normally a local dish such as Mee Goreng, Nasi Goreng, fish or chicken “Gule” (local curry) and fresh grilled or bbq’d fish. Occasionally, burritos, fish burgers and chicken burgers will be served too.

Dinner is usually a buffet style affair with plenty of choice and always enough to refuel after a long days surfing. Beef rendang, various curries, fresh fish, sushi, chicken parmigiana, crumbed chicken and lasagna to name but a few.

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

Internet is available through the whole of the restaurant & bar and is available most the day even though the main power (generator) is turned off during the main part of the day (when guests are surfing). 

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

telos surf camp

surfing telo islands

Guests staying at the Surfing Village are blessed with more than a dozen world class waves within a 5-20 minute boat ride. 2 speedboats are at your disposal to transport you back and forth all day long – and it’s all part of the package.

What’s more is that the owners have invested in 2 brand new Maxcraft speedboats in 2015. Each boat measures 7.2m in length and comes complete with an aluminium hull and a 175hp Suzuki engine on the back. Shuttles to the surf have never been shorter, faster & more comfortable!

Of course guests don’t have to take the boats anywhere when the waves out the front are breaking!

Guest will surf over 11 days - arriving at the resort around 8am on the 2nd day of the trip. The next 9 days will be full surf days. Guest will have the chance to also surf in the morning on their last day at SV. The Charter boat typically leaves after lunch on the last day. 

surf telo islands

Despite being located in one of the most remote corners of Indonesia, guests can find a multitude of activities to keep them happy including:

Pool/billiards - with a pool championship each trip
Treks through the local villages & local beaches
Massage and Yoga
Movies in the TV room
Board games: War, Chess, Backgammon, Cards…
Reading from the comfort of your own hammock
Snorkelling at a beautiful “Caribbean Beach” just a 5 minute boat trip away
Natural rock-pool 5-10 minutes from the camp.


All trips include:

* Transfers from Padang airport to the harbor and overnight boat crossing to the camp and back (see the "your trip" section)
* Guide/translator in Padang
* Accommodation in original triple share bungalow with view of the waves and surrounding nature
* Hot and cold showers, western sink and toilet.
* 3 substantial and delicious meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner
* Mineral water, coffee and tea
* Daily boat trips to surf the best waves in the region all day long
* Use of all facilities, TV, DVD, movie collection, billiard table, darts, masks, snorkels, fins and spear gun & fishing equipment
* Central safe
* Laundry

Not included:

* Wi-Fi Internet - US$ 10 an hour, we have a program that adds up the time down to the seconds, so you can use only a few minutes a day and only pay an hour in the end for example.
* Professional Photographer - US$ 300 p/p / trip
* Massage - US$ 30 an hour
* Large beer - US$ 6
* Juices - US$ 3
* Local development Tax - US$ 3 pp / day

Detailed information for all the surf breaks can be found in the destination's section of the site within the Telo Islands pages.

Telo Islands Surf Breaks

Travelling to Sumatra

Guests need to fly into Padang Airport (PDG), West Sumatra 

We recommend using and flying into either Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - or Jakarta, Indonesia.  From KL, there is usually one morning flight (1hr) with Air Asia as well as a lunchtime flight to Padang.  From Jakarta, there are over a dozen flights each day that fly into Padang, from airlines such as Garuda Airlines, Srwijaya, Citilink  & Lion Air. We recommend

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. 

travel to Telo Islands

Trips are 12 days (start/end in Padang) with 11 days surfing and 10 nights at the camp (2 nights on the charter boat).

Guests need to arrive into Padang by 2pm on day 1.

On the last day of your trip, guests can fly out of Padang anytime after 2pm.

Transfers include:

* Meet and greet at Padang Airport (PDG)
* All taxis in Padang
* Overnight crossing on SV’s private charter boat
* A/C accommodation and bed aboard the boat
* Evening meal aboard the charter boat

Your transfers in detail:

Upon arrival at Padang’s Minangkabau International Airport (PDG), you'll be met by our SV representative and swiftly taken to either a restaurant or a hotel, where you can relax for a few hours, have a cold beer, eat some delicious Padang food and get acclimatised to your surroundings.

The boats estimated time of departure from Padang is 18:00 with arrival into Surfing Village approx 7am the next day, just in time for breakfast and some morning barrels.

For the overnight journey from Padang to the camp guests will have private use of a 24 meter charter boat. The vessel has ample space for relaxing, enjoying your evening meal as well as a few sunset beers. Guests will each have a bed in the extensive a/c cabin to get a good night’s sleep before arriving into SV the next morning. It’s the perfect way to start your surf trip.

On return, guests will depart SV just before dark and arrive back in Padang early morning the next day. Guests are welcome to book flights departing 2pm onwards.

The boat has a very experienced local crew, and is decked out with all the necessary safety equipment including; Radio, GPS, life jackets, flares etc.

Hotels in Padang

For those needing to overnight in Padang, there are plenty of decent and affordable options to choose from.

We suggest staying at either of the following options:

Mercure Hotel -
HW Hotel -


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.

Set Trips

Trip Dates Nights Availabilty
Trip #1 - 2019 03 APR 19 to 15 APR 19 12 11
Trip #2 - 2019 13 APR 19 to 25 APR 19 12 12
Trip #3 - 2019 23 APR 19 to 05 MAY 19 12 6
Trip #4 - 2019 03 MAY 19 to 15 MAY 19 12 0
Trip #5 - 2019 13 MAY 19 to 25 MAY 19 12 2
Trip #6 - 2019 23 MAY 19 to 04 JUN 19 12 3
Trip #7 - 2019 02 JUN 19 to 14 JUN 19 12 0
Trip #8 - 2019 12 JUN 19 to 24 JUN 19 12 0
Trip #9 - 2019 22 JUN 19 to 04 JUL 19 12 3
Trip #10 - 2019 02 JUL 19 to 14 JUL 19 12 0
Trip #11 - 2019 12 JUL 19 to 24 JUL 19 12 0
Trip #12 - 2019 22 JUL 19 to 03 AUG 19 12 2
Trip #13 - 2019 01 AUG 19 to 13 AUG 19 12 0
Trip #14 - 2019 11 AUG 19 to 23 AUG 19 12 12
Trip #15 - 2019 21 AUG 19 to 02 SEP 19 12 12
Trip #16 - 2019 31 AUG 19 to 12 SEP 19 12 2
Trip #17 - 2019 10 SEP 19 to 22 SEP 19 12 12
Trip #18 - 2019 20 SEP 19 to 02 OCT 19 12 12
Trip #19 - 2019 30 SEP 19 to 12 OCT 19 12 4
Trip #20 - 2019 10 OCT 19 to 22 OCT 19 12 12
Trip #21 - 2019 20 OCT 19 to 01 NOV 19 12 12

Booking Notes

All **Special Offers** (above) are for bookings of 4 guests or more.

Single guests - AUD 4290 pp
Couple (surfer+non-surfer) AUD 2810 pp
Couple (2 surfers) AUD 3510 pp

*Couples* are partners & mixed sex only.
Available accommodation; 4 x triple bungalows (max 12 guests).
All packages inclusive of all transfers as well as the charter boat crossing to the Telos.

Trips are 12 days (start/end in Padang) with 10/11 days surfing and 10 nights at the camp (2 nights on the charter boat).

A USD$ 500 deposit per person 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 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.

Save a lot of $$$ by using for your international bank transfers. It's free and easy to use, you will receive much better currency rates than any bank. 

When at the Surfing Village, a credit card machine is also available (in Padang) as well as card payments using Paypal

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 Telo Surfing Village & Surf Camp Sumatra’s Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Telo Surfing Village:

Surf Camp Sumatra:
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+

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