Everyone now knows the perfect waves that Indonesia has. They have built Indonesia’s reputation as one of the world’s best surf destinations, and for good reason. But with those good reasons come the crowds, which are nearly inescapable. Bali, one of the most famous islands in Indonesia for both surfing and partying, is now full of people. Indeed, you will score perfect waves, but the crowd takes away from the charm of the trip. So with two friends this summer, we decided we would head to Indonesia… and chase uncrowded waves. We can say it was a success.
The bet was the Banyak Islands. We stayed in the only real surf resort there, a floating surf house built three years ago by an American named Bailey who lives half the year in Hawaii and the other half in his floating surf house. Along with his Indonesian partner Erwin, they placed the house at the bottom of the Bay of Plenty. Eight people can sleep there. That’s Bailey’s mentality. He wants to protect the place.
In our two week stay, we surfed the three different waves of the Bay by ourselves. The surf in the Bay of Plenty is filled with everything from fun rippable waves to intense challenging barrels over shallow reef. It ranges from 2 – 15 feet, and the crowd level is anywhere from empty to 20 surfers, but rarely that busy. The crowd is spread out, and when the winds are good, the surf is incredible.