Score the perfect uncrowded barrels that you haven’t been getting at home! The Banyak Islands are one of the last surf frontiers of Indonesia. 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.
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 jungle-trekking — no mass tourism here, just fun and adventure in a comfortable, air-conditioned motor yacht.
Surf Banyak II – “Seriti”
Surf Banyak II – “Seriti”, a US-built, Indonesian-flagged 25m aluminium crew boat that has been newly customised for surf charter operation. The Seriti sleeps up to 10 surfers (standard – 12-person trips available on request) on spring 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.
The Dream is a 26m boat with a 300HP Nissan V8 engine, cruising at 8-9 knots and fitted with a liferaft and all safety and navigation equipment. The Dream can sleep 7-10 passengers standard and 12 on request, in four twin bedrooms plus a VIP room with a king-size bed for couples, along with a four-person room with bunks. Both sleeping and living areas are air-conditioned, and there is a large second floor outdoor terrace where you can chill out and watch the waves. There are two bathrooms on board.
For added entertainment you have a TV, DVD, and X-Box. Fishing, snorkelling and spearfishing equipment is also available. Your hosts Nico and Pierre are experienced French surfers who have spent many years in the region and built the boat themselves. They also cook excellent European cuisine, to complement meals from the Indonesian chef.
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ServicesGuided Surf Tours Experienced guides with local knowledge who offer surf trips and tours to the best breaks and secret spots by boat, 4x4 or bus. Boat Trips From luxury yachts to fishing boats, boat trips often include great food, private cabins or shared rooms and are a good, fast way to get to the best hard to reach spots. Boat Charters From captaining you own vessel to joining a group on a boat trip, boat charters can be a good way to get away from the crowds and reach the best spots that are only accessible by boat.