We’ve heard about this place in South Sumatra called Krui / Ujung Bocur and wanted to explore it by our own. Here are some of my experiences:
First of all I really recommend flying to Sumatra with Garuda Air. They won’t charge you anything for your surfbags and you can fly for about 50-60 $ from Jakarta. A private driver picked us up at the airport and drove us to Ujung Bocur. It’s about a 6 hours’ drive to the spot. The weather was pretty bad and we got completely wet in our car!
We stayed at a homestay called “Lovina” which is very lovely. You get a private room and 3 meals a day for 185’000 Rupia. The owner family is very cute. The motor bikes are more expensive than in other parts of Indonesia and they are often in a bad condition. It’s worthwhile to bring some stuff to protect your board in the surf rack.
We expected a bit more of the main point (Ujung Bocur). We scored some epic sessions with about 5-7 ft faces and almost no wind. When it’s on it really is on! But mainly it was either too small or too big to surf. Mandiri is a fun beachbreak 15 minutes from Lovina. However it didn’t work too often. Sumatran Pipeline is a really good wave close to Ujung Bocur, we got it to ourselves one morning!
The nature and the landscape is a highlight. There are so many empty white beaches to hang out! I’ve never seen a place more beautiful than South Sumatra in Indonesia. It’s worth driving around!