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Let's try surfing on Java (beginners or advanced welcome)

Hosted by a member of the Singapore Explorers Group
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Took place 3 months ago
Sat 21 Jul 08:00 - Wed 25 Jul 08:00

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If you are looking for a Bali-style resort, this is not your place: Life in the tiny finishing village on Java, a few hours from Bandung, is simple, with a few guest houses, warungs (street stalls), and a handful of restaurants lined up on the beach, and the local people going about their daily life. Whereever you go, you will be greeted with a friendly “Hello Mister” (regardless of gender).

This is one of the few remaining places to forget about the world and blissfully chill!

Also, our village is the hidden gem when it comes to surfing. Its surf is one of the best beginner waves according to Lonely Planet – with a long soft rolling break all year round, and a sandy bottom.

Let’s travel there together and learn to surf, hang out by the beach, star gaze, and relax for a few days away from our hectic Singapore livestyle!

We’ll have a small loft-style modern guesthouse to ourselves, with 3 rooms with queen beds, and 2 family rooms (one of which has a kitchen). It’s clean, has pleasant solid wood features, aircon in each room, and one bathroom with flush per room (find more pictures of the accomodation here: Protected content ).

This adventure is suitable for singles, friends, and families.

In the morning, we’ll have breakfast at the guesthouse and then go on our morning surf lesson. We’ll be paired with hand-picked instructors who will teach us from the very basics to advanced techniques: From dry practice on the sand all the way to standing up on the board and riding the wave.

Advanced surfers can join us – you’ll skip the lesson and instead our instructor will arrange a trip to one of the more advanced beaches.

After our lesson, we can order our lunch at the beachfront restaurant and eat by the beach, or relax our muscles back at the guesthouse, which is just a short walk from the beach. In the afternoon, we’ll hop on our boards again.

In the evening you can pick our dinner from one of the local warungs, but we’ll also have our choice of fresh seafood and restaurants attached to hotels that offer some Western style alternatives. Bintang is available, too :).

On our third day, we will take a boat to the Green Canyon, navigating through beautiful natural waterways in the jungle until the end of the navigable section, where there are waterfalls and rocks to jump off.

The rest of the day is free’n’easy. You can watch the local fishermen pulling in the nets at nearby Batu Karas beach (not the surf beach), explore the village, or go and find the nearby rickety bamboon suspension bridge – a sight you won’t see in safety-conscious countries. You can also hike to one of the secluded black sand beaches outside the village.

At night, you can go search for glowing blue phosphorescence on the beach, wander the beach, or stargaze and have a Bintang or two by the beach.

On our last day, after finishing our last surfing practice and dinner, we’ll have a bonfire at the beach, before heading back to Singapore.

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Itinerary:

Day 1: Take the plane to Bandung on Java, Indonesia. Then travel by private minibus to Batu Karas and check-in, have dinner together.

Day 2: Surf

Day 3: Green Canyon in the morning; free’n’easy in the afternoon

Day 4: Surf; Bonfire at night at the beach

Day 5: Travel back to Singapore

Note that Batu Karas is off the beaten track: Without airport or public transport, we’ll hop on our own private minibus at the airport, and ride for six hours through the pretty countryside to Batu Karas. We’ll take stops for food and pee breaks to make it relaxing, especially in case we have children on board.

If you want to join us or have questions, please WhatsApp our operator directly:

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We are 6 interested so far.

3 tentative dates:
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September 1-5