Not many surfers can say they have visited Banana Island off the coast of Krui in South Sumatra. Even fewer can say they scored waves there. The two surf breaks on the Pulau Pisang require swell, tide and wind to be perfect so it's no wonder this group from Milan were all smiles at the end of this special day in August.
Getting to Banana Island
A chartered boat can be arranged through a surf guide for IDR 200,000 per person including an excellent lunch (2017).
It is also possible to take a boat that ferries locals to the island, the boat usually leaves at 8am from the wharf area at Krui.
Banana Island surf breaks
The Right is located on the south end of Banana Island it has been compared to One Palm. Under 1.8 mtrs it is suitable for experienced to advanced surfers.
The Left is located on the west side of the Island it is fast, hollow, short and intense. A critical drop into a serious barrel this wave is for experienced tube masters only.
There is talk of a body-boarder wave on the north of the Island but, at this point, there is no real information to verify its quality.
Banana Island beaches
Banana Island is a great place to hang out at the beach, with some protected spots to go swimming. Good snorkeling can be found on the South East side of the island which is protected from the swell and wind.