Surf & travel Krui South Sumatra

Searching for a different Indonesian surf travel adventure far from the usual destinations of Bali and Lombok. Nestled at the base of the Bukit Barisan National Park centered around the seaside town of Krui is 250 kilometers of undeveloped and unspoiled South West Sumatra coastline, ready to be explored by the more adventurous surfers and travelers.

The local people are modest, inquisitive and incredibly friendly. The swell May till the end of August is usually consistent, the water clean the crowds away from the main surf breaks can be uncrowded.

Children of South Sumatra Meeting the local children of South Sumatra.
The perfect surfing coastline 200km of perfect surfing coastline.

Why surf the Krui area of South West Sumatra?

Only a small 80km stretch of the South West Sumatra Coast is well traveled by surfers. Surf accommodation at Tanjung Setia beach is only a short stroll to the 200mtr long surf break of Ujung Bocur.

Hire a little automatic scooter for AUD $7 a day and you can now surf, Way Jambu, Biha, Mandiri Beach, The peak and all other major surf breaks. Take your scooter or hire a car and driver for the day and you can surf Honey Smacks, Jennys Point, Jimmys and beyond. Take the 45 min boat ride to Pulau Pisang (Banana Island) to explore the island's breaks or enjoy some snorkeling.

The Peak surf break Sumatra The Peak surf break
Jimmy's surf break Sumatra Jimmy's Right ~ July 2017

Whats in the krui Tanjung Setia area ?

Looking for a fullon daytime shopping experience then this may not be the destination for you, no Mc DonaldĀ“s, Starbucks or air-conditioned shopping centers. There are small Indomarts but don't expect to find such items as sunblock, postcards or tourist items in the local markets.

  The major breaks in the Tanjung Setia and Krui area require at least an intermediate level of surfing and when the breaks are crowded, you will have to compete to get waves.

Part 2 ~ A successful surf trip to South Sumatra