Sumatra Surfing Destinations

Considered Indonesia’s last frontier, Sumatra is home to some of the world’s best surfing regions including Krui in South Sumatra as well as numerous island chains scattered off the west coast, which for decades have been considered by many surfers too remote to travel to until recent years. Thanks to improved air travel combined with an abundance of new camps and charter boat operations – Sumatra now provides the gateway to every surfers dream.

Sumatra is the largest island (that is entirely in Indonesia) and is found in western Indonesia. The western coast and its neighbouring islands receive world class surf that has attracted the intrepid explorer for the last 2 decades.

The main surfing regions are found in South Sumatra as well an extensive archipelago found 150kms off the west coast of the mainland. These regions include the Mentawai, Telo, Banyak and Simeulue islands.

Surfers visiting the mainland will find plenty of surf camps to choose from – as well as numerous charter boats operating in the islands. South Sumatra is the cheaper and more accessible option whereas the other regions remain harder to reach and as a result are usually more expensive.

 Surf Holidays Krui, South Sumatra

Krui, South Sumatra

South Sumatra, aka Krui, is a long stretch of winding coastline with world class surf...

 Surf Holidays Telo Islands

Telo Islands

The Telo Islands is regarded as one of West Sumatra's least crowded surf regions...

 Surf Holidays Banyak Islands

Banyak Islands

The Banyak Islands offers world class surf & is one of Sumatra's best kept secrets...

 Surf Holidays Simeulue, North Sumatra

Simeulue, North Sumatra

The island of Simeulue is now firmly on the map as one of Indonesia's last frontiers...

 Surf Holidays Hinako Islands, Nias

Hinako Islands, Nias

The island of Nias boasts many other secrets than the world famous Lagundri Bay...

 Surf Holidays Playgrounds, North Mentawai

Playgrounds, North Mentawai

Playgrounds; located in the Mentawai Islands, is the most wave dense surf region in the world...

 Surf Holidays North Sipora, Mentawai

North Sipora, Mentawai

North Sipora is often overlooked in the Mentawai, yet is home to the world famous Telescopes...

 Surf Holidays Pagai, Mentawai

Pagai, Mentawai

South Pagai is home to Macaronis, often described as the funnest wave on the planet...

 Surf Holidays South Sipora, Mentawai

South Sipora, Mentawai

South Sipora is home to both Lances Right (HT's) and its neighbouring goofyfooters dream, Lances Left

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+