Includes: return flights ex Medan to Simelue Island, airport to harbour transfers, 11 nights (10 days surfing) on-board air-conditioned accommodation, all meals, snacks and drinks (beer excluded).
Just north of Nias, the islands of Bangkaru (“Treasure Island”) and Tuangku (home of the “Bay of Plenty”) hold a number of world-class waves and there is still more exploring going on. There are left and right-handers ranging from long deep barrels, fast and hollow down-the-line peelers, perfect peaks to long cruising walls with plenty of time to rip the faces apart. You’re likely to get more great waves on the trip than in months of surfing at home. Because the Banyaks are right at the equator, the November-March “off-season” provides quality waves when the lower latitudes are blown out by trade winds.
The Banyak Islands are one of the last great surf frontiers in Indonesia. The Banyaks are far less likely to encounter groups of charter boats than the Mentawais and other Indonesian locations. (There are only four charter boats based full time in the area)
The wide range of options in the Banyaks means that an experienced surf guide is a must to fully enjoy all the region has to offer. Your Aussie captain is a committed surfer who has worked in North Sumatra for years and knows exactly where the best waves will be depending on swell, wind, weather and season.
Treasure Island: “The Point” – The southern tip of Bangkaru, known to be one of the best right-hand point breaks in Indonesia, offering up to four mesmerising barrels a wave with a nice almond-shaped rippable face. This is one of the jewels in the crown – sheer Indo perfection running a few hundred yards down a perfectly shaped reef. Always a favourite among guests as it satisfies all abilities. A taste of “Treasures” has you hooked for years to come. The Indicators also turn on in larger swells, as does Minis on the inside, and look out for Gorillas further down the bay: an untamed right-hand beast that is rarely surfed and will sort out anyone’s ego.
Cobras: a world-class left-hander which can produce an epic 8-10 second barrel or nice rippable face depending on swell direction. Cobras’ clean blue lines peel down the reef into a channel which provides a perfect photo opportunity. Opposite is Warren’s – that can deliver a fun right-hand peak depending on conditions finishing on this spectacular white sandy beach.
Turtles: a fun and playful left-hand peak at this beautiful location that is the heart of the turtle nesting area on Bangkaru. A great take-off and workable wall which depending on swell direction can produce a nice barrel also. Swell magnet.
Bay of Plenty Lefts: a beautiful long left-hand point which peels down the line offering a perfect open workable face for big carving turns or hunt out the inside barrels. On the inside look out for Toytown Lefts, an intermediate and longboard-friendly peeling left located deep in the Bay of Plenty which starts to work on larger swells. You can cruise down the line or hit the lip over and over again.
Bay of Plenty Rights: a super fun right-hand peak which produces a perfect barrel on the take-off going into a nice wall for some turns. If you have enough speed you can link up into the inside bowl for a second tube.
Babi: a deep water right-hand break exposed to all possible swell. Rarely below head-high and will give you some exhilarating drops and big open faces – a poor man’s Sunset. These are just a few of the INSANE breaks up this way!
“Seriti”, a US-built, Indonesian-flagged 85ft aluminium crew boat has been freshly customised for surf charter operation. She sleeps up to 12 passengers (a min of 7 people required) on inner-sprung beds in two air-conditioned cabins, with a separate quarters for up to 6 crew. Spacious and comfortable, it features an air conditioned saloon with two large sofas, tables and TV/video/music entertainment area. At the rear of the boat is a huge deck area covered in UV-protective shade cloth where you can watch the action in the water, or head up to the top deck for a 360-degree view of the beautiful Banyak Islands.
The Seriti is staffed by partners Katsuyoshi Suzuki and Mick Butt, along with Mick’s wife Coco and son Raja. They know the Banyaks inside out and provide the best possible guide to the islands. The Seriti is one of the safest and fastest charters operating in Indonesia, with a full suite of safety she runs at a max speed of 15 knots!
There are Canon EOS 5D and 7D cameras to capture quality pictures to take home and make all your friends envious of your surfing adventure. The menu is varied and tasty, with a range of Western and Indonesian style dishes including beef, chicken, fish and vegetarian cuisine – Mick is a former cafe proprietor so we can cater to most dietary requirements. The fishing is great around the Banyaks so you might be the one catching dinner!
Uncrowded tubes, plenty of waves, untouched natural rainforest, wildlife, epic Sumatran sunsets, remote islands and warm tropical waters await you. You can also go fishing, snorkelling, spearfishing, or explore some wild jungle — no mass tourism here, just fun and adventure on a spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned vessel.
All prices are a guide only, departures ex Auckland and are per person, based on twin share and subject to change, availability and currency fluctuations. Surcharges may apply. Contact us for the latest specials and a quote for the dates you wish to travel.