According to the records, the first surfer in Indonesia was the American Bob Koke who back in the 1930s surfed the waves at Kuta Beach, Bali. Today, surfing is an ubiquitous multi-million dollar Indonesian industry, which includes transportation, accommodation, dining, entertainment, and surfing services and products. Some islands have beach communities that make a living directly from surfing. Although much of the Indonesian coastline has been scoured in search of surfing areas, every year continues to yield new discoveries, even today. Let's review the top surfing destinations:
Island of Gods has a world-wide reputation of an top surfing spot. Bali is known for surfing places like Padang and Uluwatu which is famous for its entry cave. The full force of wind comes from southern ocean swell therefore, its southwest or southeast coasts are dotted with many surf spots. Come during the dry season from June to September for perfect surf conditions though this is also the peak season so be prepared for the crowd.
Gili Trawangan or Gili Air
Two of the three famous Gili Islands in Lombok deserve top places on their own for having own unique surf breaks. Though the frequency is not as good as the other spots in Lombok, this place promises good surf for the experienced surfers if they manage to catch the breaks. Many of the locals come here to enjoy the surf in secret and when in good timing it will swell more than you expect but do be careful as it can be unexpected.
Next to Bali, is the less crowded Lombok but no less in beauty. This may be your answer to perfect surf without fighting for space. One of the famous secret yet not so secret anymore surf place is The Desert Point. There are good surf breaks here in surf spots like Mawi, Mawun and Point X along the southern coast of Lombok. The best season to come here to surf is from April to october and the swell comes from southern wind as well.
Grajagan (G-Land) in East Java
Another epic surf place that many people love, where it is touted to be adventurous with minimal crowd. It has different sections along 2km long point, from hollow walls to shallow and dangerous reef. G-land also has world-class barrels on lower tides and bigger days but be careful of sharp reefs at the break, therefore booties are a must. It is also known of its consistent offshore trade winds.
Hinako Islands in North Sumatra
Remote location that takes you into the deep water trenches which funnel in the southwest Indian ocean swell. Here choose Asu or Bawa for its reputation for consistent overhead surf. You get surfing on outer-islands reefs and crystal clear water. Come here in between May to October during dry season for the best surfs.
For enthusiasts of more remote desinations the Mentawai Island chain is arguably the worlds richest wave environment. Scattered with waves throughout the islands it literally is a surfers playground providing waves for everyone to enjoy.
There is plenty of holidays in Indonesia and also our partner hosting organizations are always open and flexible for travel arrangements either before or after the internship. So, if you plan to include your passion for surfing in your internship plans Internship-Indonesia is there for you!