Experience unparalleled surfing in the Telo Islands, where pristine waves await just steps from your bungalow. Boasting one of the region’s finest right-handers and more than 17 other incredible surf spots accessible by speedboat, Surfing Village caters to the hungriest of surfers, no matter their skill level or wave preference.
The Telo Islands, comprising of 101 small islands, are situated between Nias and the Mentawai Islands. These secluded islands in North Sumatra are renowned for their consistent waves and tropical scenery.
At Surfing Village, guests are treated to an authentic surf trip experience complemented by a delicious and diverse menu, spacious bungalows with views of the surf, and a team of expert surf guides who live and breathe surfing in this wave-rich region. Built by surfers, for surfers, Surfing Village ensures that every moment of your stay is as close to the surfing action as possible, without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
Surfing Village offers a unique accommodation experience with four elevated bungalows, each boasting three king-sized beds. Each bed is positioned to provide uninterrupted views of the trio of barreling waves the area is famous for, ensuring guests are never far from the surf.
The heart of Surfing Village is its main building, a communal hub where guests gather to dine, plan their next surf, or simply kick back and relax. Here, afternoons are filled with laughter and stories over ice-cold Bintangs, reflecting on the day’s adventures. After dinner, guests can enjoy Surfing Village’s signature slide shows, showcasing the days surfing highlights captured by the professional photographers on-site.
The bungalows, crafted from local wood and materials, stand two stories tall, integrating seamlessly with the natural beauty and tranquility of their surroundings.
The ground floor serves as a board storage room, while the first floor features two private bedrooms, each with a king-size bed, a sheltered lounge area, and an outdoor deck.
The second floor is an open-plan loft offering a panoramic 360-degree view and includes another king-size bed. For comfort and convenience, each bed is equipped with a mosquito net and a fan, and all bungalows come with a private bathroom including hot water.
The Main Building
The main building at Surfing Village features the restuarant, bar, and a variety of communal living spaces.
Along with the restuarant and bar on the ground floor, you’ll find a variety of recreational facilities including a billiard table, a ping pong table, darts, and chess, providing ample entertainment during down time.
On the second floor of the main building, guests can enjoy some downtime in the hammock area complete with a wireless audio system, a particularly popular spot at Surfing Village.
The third floor features an open-plan space offering breathtaking 360-degree views of the lush surrounds, palm-fringed beach and surf, creating an ideal setting for yoga, stretching, or simply unwinding while keeping an eye on the conditions.
At Surfing Village, the menu is a thoughtful blend of local and Western favorites, designed not only to satisfy cravings, but to provide nutritious meals that fuel the body for long days in the surf. Guests are treated to three buffet-style meals each day, featuring an ‘all-you-can-eat’ format that ensures no one goes hungry. These meals are carefully prepared to replenish energy levels, with a focus on high quality, locally sourced ingredients.
To cater to the needs of all guests, vegetarian options are readily available at each meal. Upon request, the international chef at Surfing Village can also accommodate other dietary requirements.
Beyond the main meals, a 24-hour snack bar stands ready to satisfy any cravings, stocked with a variety of cakes, chocolates, biscuits, fresh fruit and more. Whether you need a quick bite on-the-go or a sweet treat with your afternoon coffee, the snack bar is where you’ll want to be!
The social hub at Surfing Village is the always-open bar, offering a selection of ice-cold Bintangs, Heinekens, San Miguels, and a variety of soft drinks. It’s the perfect place to celebrate, share stories, or simply relax and enjoy the company of fellow surfers. Guests are invited to bring their own duty-free alcohol, with ice and mixers provided to help craft the perfect post-surf drink of your preference.
Filtered drinking water is provided in the main building and all bungalows for guest convenience.
Surf Surfing Village
At Surfing Village, guests can score barreling perfection at one of three iconic waves right on their doorstep: Pasti, Nagadens and Ibua. With an additional 17 breaks easily accessible by speedboat, most only 20 minutes away, Surfing Village caters to surfers of all levels and preferences.
Nestled in the secluded Southern Telo region, Surfing Village is situated nearly an hour by boat from the nearest resorts, offering an unmatched sense of isolation. This remoteness significantly increases the likelihood of scoring uncrowded waves, particularly at Pasti, Nagadens and Ibua. While surf charters may occasionally pass through, guests typically find themselves sharing empty lineups amongst each other, making Surfing Village the ideal destination for those seeking a truly exclusive surfing getaway.
Newly built, Surfing Village features an elevated surf viewing deck providing the perfect spot for early morning surf checks, spectating or sundowners with fellow guests.
The Perfect Telo Island Quiver
Crafting the ideal quiver for a trip to Surfing Village means preparing for a diverse array of waves, from gentle right-handers to powerful, barreling lefts. While the waves here are often considered more accessible than the formidable ones found in the nearby Mentawai Islands, they still offer ample challenge and opportunity for intermediate to advanced surfers seeking to push their limits.
World Surfaris suggests bringing along three distinct types of surfboards. Your go-to everyday board should be your first pick, versatile enough for the majority of conditions you’ll experience. A semi-gun is essential for those days when the swell picks up, providing the stability and control needed for larger waves. Additionally, a fun board or a fish, designed with extra volume, will ensure you make the most out of smaller, less powerful conditions. Remember to pack additional surf essentials such as spare leashes, a selection of fins, and plenty of wax to keep you well-equipped for whatever the Telo Islands has in store.
This is a fast and powerful right-hander right out the front of Surfing Village. It has three tube sections and great walls in the right conditions.
Also out the front of Surfing Village, Nagadens is a short and thick barrelling right-hander. If this is pumping, so is Pasti.
A big, heavy and suicidal right-hander, only for the super experienced surfer who wants a rush!
Kiri is a sinister left-hander that is fast, shallow and hollow. It’s located on the opposite tip of Plankton Bay.
This is the island in front of Surfing Village. It’s a long and powerful left-hander with barrel sections and performs well in big swells.
A long barrelling left with a barrel that connects down the line on the right tide. It’s a mix of Desert Point and G-Land.
A long, shreddable right-hander that performs on any swell. It’s located just behind Baga Island.
A right and left Hawaiian style barrelling a-frame.
If you’re looking for a serious challenge, Bahaia is a hair-raising left-hander, fast and hollow. It’s the Telos equivalent to Teahupoo. Only for the real risk-takers!
A super-fun left with great back-door barrels.
A peak wave with long and easy walls to both sides. It’s protected from the bay and is good for learning to surf.
A left and right breaking in the middle of a bay, in front of a small rock island. Good for longboarders.
A big and powerful right-hander, the first of three rights on the coast of Tantras.
Fast, shallow and hollow, this right-hander is less consistent, but one of the most challenging waves in the area.
A right-hander with an opening barrel section, then a shreddable wall with another barrel section towards the end.
Long and shreddable, Jauh is a fast and hollow left-hander with good barrel sections into Paradise Bay.
A very shallow, fast and hollow left-hander with amazing barrels in the right conditions. Only for experienced surfers.
This is a very heavy right-hander that only stands up in the biggest of swells.
Surfing Village offers an array of non-surfing activities to ensure that every guest finds something enjoyable to do, surfers and non-surfers alike. For those looking to capture their trip’s best moments, professional photography services are available at an extra charge. Staying connected is easy with Wi-Fi access, also available for an additional charge. Guests seeking relaxation can indulge in massage services, while the laundry service is conveniently included, ensuring a hassle-free stay.
For safety and peace of mind, a central safe is provided to securely store money, credit cards, and important documents.
Adventure-seekers can explore the underwater world with free diving gear, including masks, snorkels, fins, and spear guns, or try their hand at fishing with the available equipment. The main building at Surfing Village features leisure activities such as a pool table, chess and darts for some friendly competition.
Nature and cultural enthusiasts can enjoy jungle treks, beach walks, local village tours, discover natural waterfalls, or snorkel in the crystal-clear coral reefs surrounding the resort. Younger guests can enjoy the kids’ playground, and everyone can participate in the unique activity of piling coconuts on the hill, a Surfing Village favourite.