Photo: Look after your board.

Surfing Batu Karas

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Renowned for surfing locally and internationally, Batu Karas is a great spot to hit the waves whether you are an absolute beginner or have a few more waves under your belt.





If you haven’t bought your own board, you can rent one for 75,000 rupiah and experienced instructors offer surf lessons for 300,000 per hour. The popular breaks are Legon Pari, in the smaller bay and Karang, north along the larger bay. Bulak Bendak is more for experienced surfers and is a boat ride away.

What many come for. Photo taken in or around Surfing Batu Karas, Batu Karas, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

What many come for. Photo: Sally Arnold

Legon Pari is directly in front of most of Batu Karas’ action on the main swimming beach. The gentle righthand pointbreak is a short easy paddle out with a user-friendly soft sandy bottom and slow peeling waves, perfect for beginners. It’s also an ideal spot for kids as the swell is not too big and there are very few rips—some of the local rugrats here seem to have been born on a surfboard. More advanced surfers can take off beyond the point where it’s faster and hollow before mellowing out. This fun wave can get crowed at times, but the vibe is pretty friendly.

Karang, as the name suggests is a reefbreak (karang is coral in Indonesian) located in front of Villa Monyet. This fast righthand break is good for advanced surfers and best at high tide.

Good waves for learning. Photo taken in or around Surfing Batu Karas, Batu Karas, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Good waves for learning. Photo: Sally Arnold

Experienced surfers, might want to head to the more challenging long tuby waves at Bulak Bendak—a lefthander reef break, but it’s a little bit of trek to get to, accessible by car or boat.

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