Pangandaran Spot Guide

About Pangandaran

A crescent-shaped beach in central Java, Pangandaran picks up ample swell from the S and SW, which lights up the endless selection of beach break peaks. The waves tend to be biggest on the more exposed, middle section of the beach, and get progressively smaller as you move east toward the nature reserve, offering a nice array of options for various skill levels.

Source: Pangandaran Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Less experienced surfers can opt for the smaller peaks at the end of the beach, while those who are more advanced will appreciate the hollow beach break barrels farther west.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Very friendly.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Pangandaran has become a popular surf destination over the past few years, but doesn't have the crowds of better known areas.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Long series of beach break peaks that range from fun to excellent depending on sand.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Normal beach break effort.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Stays pretty clean.

Additional Information


Rips, sunburn, midday onshores during the dry season, closeouts when the swell gets too big.


Numerous beachfront accommodation options.

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Best Season

Swells are common all year, but most consistent from April through September.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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