Sumatra Surf Resort is the newest accommodation at Ujung Bocur in South Sumatra.
The resort faces the longest and best left hander in the region, UJUNG BOCOR (Karang Nyimbor), on the point of Tanjung Setia in South Sumatra. Good Surf, Good Times, Good Friends and Great Memories are what you will experience at Sumatra Surf Resort.
The centerpiece of Sumatra Surf Resort is the 500sqm “Warung”, nestled between towering Coconut Palms to keep things nice and cool. The Warung is home to the resort office, kitchen and restaurant. It also features an entertainment area with pool table and poker table, chill zone to relax and unwind, 2 large Satellite TV’s to keep you up to date on news and sport plus a large bar to enjoy cold drinks which are always plentiful. Free Wi-Fi is available within the Warung. Accommodation is in newly constructed free standing bungalows.
The peak surf season is from April to October. The Roaring Forties send plenty of 6-12ft (2-4m) swells through Apr-Oct (High Season). The SSW direction is ideal for the resort's SW facing area. Off-season (November to March) is rarely flat because of the Southern Ocean’s ability to produce constant swells in the 2-6ft (0.6-2m) range. Cross-shore winds are the rule as Lampung means “place of the southerly winds”. The SE trade-season starts in May with mild winds getting stronger towards the end of the season in October. NW winds dominate the rest of the year. If you don’t mind the heavens opening up on you on occasion and you enjoy the thrill of finding your own secluded spot, then the off-season is certainly worthwhile... not to mention the discounted prices at this time.
Sumatra Surf Resort is locally designed and purpose built for surf holiday accommodation. In keeping with the natural beauty of the environment, the bungalows are typical Indonesian themed but with a Western style fit out. The resort features 14 free standing, twin share bungalows. Each bungalow can be reconfigured into triple share or fitted with a Queen size bed to cater for couples. Based on a twin share configuration the resort can accommodate up to 28 guests comfortably.
• private indoor/outdoor bathrooms with lockable sliding door
• western flush toilets
• mosquito nets
• basins with mirror
• power sockets
• hot water showers set within river stones & indoor garden
• king single beds
• bedside tables and wardrobe
• linen, pillows and bath towels supplied and changed regularly
• individually controlled fans
• large covered veranda with outdoor setting
• board racks
• clothes line
• laundry service
• the longest left in the area at your doorstep
Each room is lockable. Although secure, the resort has 24 hour security patrolling the grounds to keep all our gear safe.
The surf on Sumatra’s southern coast has something for everyone. From grommies to seasoned pros. From reef breaks to beachies Krui’s surf region is wide and varied and Sumatra Surf Resort is within easy reach of them all. The resort faces Ujung Bocor, the area’s longest and best left handed reef break. It ranges in scope from heavy dredging barrels to long carveable down the line performance walls with rides in excess of 200m. Ujung Bocur is extremely consistent and handles large swells. In addition, the sheer length of the wave spreads out almost any crowd.
Besides the left out front, you can choose from barreling lefts and rights, softer reef breaks as well as endless beach breaks. Here’s a rundown of some of the more popular spots in the area and what they offer.
Mandiri: About 20 minutes north is a stretch of open beach called Mandiri, a length of South-West facing beach break. But get there early before the wind does. These banks can be awesome on their day, but being a beachie its always “right time, right place.”
The Peak, Krui Left, Krui Right: A further 20 minutes up the road and you are in the township of Krui, which has a variety of reef breaks, particularly good when the swell starts to creep up on the Point. The main ones are The Peak and Krui’s Right and Left. All are beautiful fun waves when the swell is too big back at the resort. Not a good idea to surf the right when the creek is open as the locals use it as a toilet and tip.
Banana Island: Continuing north there are numerous beach breaks, but the main stop is Banana Island. This is accessible only by boat, with a quality right hander on one side and a screaming left on the other. Not many people surf out there and if there is a nice swell running and your adventure streak is high it could reward you with incredibly remarkable waves!
Jenny’s Right: After here the next stop is Jenny’s right, which is offshore over the rainy season or if the winds swing onshore at the resort. A fun right hand reef break running for 100m, with a couple of barrelly and long walling sections that can break on all tides. Early mornings sessions there can give some beautiful waves. It was named Jenny’s Right after Jenny Sheehan, a well known Sydney surfer who beat everyone out the back and caught the first known wave to be ridden there.
Honey Smacks Jimmy’s Right and Left: Further up the road is Honey Smacks, a barrelling left hander more suited to the bodyboarders and a bit further on is Jimmy’s Right and Left. These are pretty serious waves and if you venture out there you’re guaranteed to come back happy!
Way Jambu: Heading south from the camp also offers a variety of waves, the first and most famous being Way Jambu. It is one of the heaviest left-hander barrels, hence it’s nick name “Sumatran Pipeline”. This ruler edged, spitting beast is truly a word class wave. Low tide can be a scary take off with the water sucking off the reef just in front of you. Don’t look, just go and you’ll either get smashed or get the barrel of your life.
South Sumatra Resort is stoked to announce they have a qualified surf instructor and yoga teacher on board for this season. We can offer beginner packages or 1 on 1 lessons and guiding. Ben has surfed up and down the coast and is familiar with the Krui region. Phoebe his partner is a qualified yoga teacher and runs classes from the resort. Phoebe is also a gun photographer and will be able to offer surf photography packages.
Sumatra Surf Resort has no structured activities. If you just want to surf and relax with a few coldies on the lookout tower or on the beach deck then go for it. Do as much or as little as you like. The Warung has a pool table, poker table, Satellite TV’s for watching sport, chill zone to relax and read, play board games or use the free Wi-Fi. Yoga or Indonesian cooking classes are an option, or simply play a game of soccer with the local boys. When the sun goes down and dinner’s over, gather round the bar for a few ice cold beers and surf tales.
If you’d like to explore this beautiful area see below for a list of the many attractions. Please note, at least 24 hours notice is required to check availability and confirm tours.
Pulau Pisang: Also known as “Banana Island”, it’s known for its beautiful beaches and amazing views back to the mainland. It’s about a 3 hour drive plus canoe ride to the island. Good spot to surf, fish, swim and snorkel. Well worth the trip if the wind is right. It’s a full day trip.
Danau Ranau: About 2 ½ hours’ drive from the Resort is the volcanic lake Danau Ranau. It’s a very spectacular spot known for its natural beauty and soothing hot springs. A great way to soothe those aching muscles. Allow the best part of a day for this trip.
River Canoe and Jungle Trekking: Sumatra is world famous for its diverse range of animal life including the Sumatran Tiger and Orang-utan which roam free in the jungle. Bring your camera and be amazed at the wildlife and stunning waterfalls. Guided treks from the resort can be arranged.
Fishing: Charter a traditional fishing canoe with a guide and get amongst the Sailfish, Spanish Mackeral and GT’s which cruise along the reef. Early morning or late afternoon is best and the resort will even cook your catch for dinner.
Krui Markets: Situated in the town of Krui some 30km’s away is Krui Markets. This is a real market with the local people offering local produce and goods. Try your bargaining skills with the many vendors. A fun way to spend a few hours.
Yoga Classes: are now available for the coming season with Phoebe as resident yoga teacher. Not only is Phoebe a great yoga teacher but she is a gun behind the lens. If you want to take your memories home Phoebe can do you a surf package that suits your budget. Always handy to have the photo proof to show your mates back home.