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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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By BoardThijs , 01-04-2008

Surfing in Summer - Does anybody know what to expect from the surf during august?

By Eugene14m , 24-03-2008

the cheapest hotels&adresses in Kuta - Arena, of Poppies Gang 1 (tel 0361/752974). Good-value, modern place about 5min from the beach, with hotel rooms, bungalows, traditional cottages, some air-con and a pool. Most bemos and taxis will only drop off at the Maharani hotel on J1 Pantai Kuta, from where you'll have to walk. $5–15.

Arthawan, Poppies 2 (tel 0361/752913). Decent, inexpensive budget losmen right in the heart of Kuta's surfers'/travellers' hub. Rooms are quiet, if a bit faded, and breakfasts are huge. Under $10.

Bali Indah, between Poppies 2 and Jl Benesari (tel 0361/752509). Slightly shabby rooms in a block, and a bit of a trek from the beach, but rates are low. If full there are three similar options next door. $5–10.

Bali Sandy Cottages, off Poppies 2 (tel 0361/753344). Excellent-value, prettily furnished rooms set round a huge lawn. Quiet location, 3min from the beach and 5min from Poppies 2. $10–15.

Bounty Hotel, Poppies 2 (tel 0361/753030). Large, extremely good-value terraced air-con bungalows set in a garden. Two pools and big discounts. $40–60.

Jus Edith, south off Poppies 2 (tel 0361/750558). Basic rooms, but exceptionally cheap for the location, which is close to the action. Extremely popular. $5–10.

Komala Indah 1 (Jl Benesari), Jl Benesari (tel 0361/753185). A range of terraced bungalows set in a pretty garden. Some hot water. Under $15.

Komala Indah 1 (Poppies 1), Poppies 1 (tel 0361/754122). Compact square of terraced bungalows that's conveniently located and one of the cheapest places to stay in Kuta. Under $5.

Komala Indah 2 (Jl Benesari), Jl Benesari (tel 0361/754258). Simply furnished, inexpensive losmen rooms located on a quiet part of Jl Benesari that's just thirty seconds' walk from the beach. Under $10.

Old Poppies, Poppies 2 (tel 0361/751059). Attractive traditional-style cottages set in a beautiful garden, with use of the pool at Poppies Cottages on Poppies 1. $25–40.

Puri Ayodia Inn, Jl Sorga (tel 0361/754245). Well-furnished, inexpensive losmen rooms in a convenient but quiet location between Poppies 1 and Poppies 2. Fills up fast. Under $5.

Puspa Ayu Bungalows, Gang Puspa Ayu, off Jl Dewi Sartika (tel 0361/756721). The cheapest and most popular accommodation in this area, with decent bungalows 50m off the main road. $10–20.

Rempen, off Poppies 1 (tel 0361/753150). Well-kept rooms, some in a three-storey tower, others in terraced garden bungalows. Directions as for Arena. $5–10.

Sandat Bali Inn, Jl Legian 120 (tel 0361/753491). Right in the heart of the action, just a few metres from Paddy's Bar, with reasonable losmen rooms in a garden. $5–10.

Sorga Cottages, Jl Sorga (tel 0361/751897). Recommended, good-value, comfortable rooms (some air-con) in a three-storey block. Pool. $10–25.

By Anonymous , 22-03-2008

looking for advice - i am a solo girl thinking of traveling to indonesia in may.....any advice anyone might have would be greatly appreciated...(best spots for fun, not too crowded surf, good spots to stay close to breaks) is it safe to travel the coast of sumatra?...wannasurf says it's supposedly flat during that time of year, but i have heard otherwise......let me know what you think....many thanks........

By Anonymous , 02-11-2007

Mr World Surfer Joe - Me like nemberala to but dont stay in hotel stay on beach u take matress and sleep on beech bueitiful nice sleep .you get many company sand fly eat you al nite luvely ay. What more u want.

By danny , 31-10-2007

Hotels in Indo - Does anyone know of a places to stay near some surf spots and the prices? How much can you stay for in Indo daily with a hotel room, toilet, shower, and some basic stuff? Planning on staying for 2 months. Any prices in the $10-$25 range near surf breaks? Please help.

By Anonymous , 01-10-2007

ferry timetable from padang to sipora - sunday, monday, tuesday, friday and every saturday weeks 3rd & 4th every months. depart from muaro harbour depends on high tide, normally around 6-7 pm, sometimes could be on 12 midnite. Except ambu-ambu, the big metal ferry, every tuesday and saturday depart from bungus harbour at 9 pm. Flight, SMAC air also available to tua pejat, sipora every tuesday, thursday, and saturday at 9.30 am.

By Anonymous , 22-09-2007

ferry to Sipora - Anybody have info concerning the ferry options and departure days to Sipora Mentawai Island from Padand Sumatra. I would like to avoid just showing up in Padand and waiting days for the next avaliable ferry. I will be flying from Lombok so I suppose I will have to go Lombok-Denpasar-Jakarta-Padang. Thanks

By ariadna , 21-09-2007

mangrove and surf -
i am colombian surfer studing ethno-ecology, i will be going to Indonesia next year for 5 months to study your magnificent mangroves and the traditional and indigenous knowledge to this subject,
i would like to conciliate this research with good surf!, in a place rich in indigenous and autochtone people close to mangrove ecosystem. Please any advise i will be thankfull

By bung-eye , 21-07-2007

yo mousset - easy peasy japanesee, no probs getting public transport with a board but prob not a triple bag on the bus! the buses suck arse tho and the ferry takes ages and all the indos get crook as dogs if its a little rough. forget about lombok unless ur goin to desert point with the other 40 dudes caus kuta lombok is pretty average for quality indo waves. grupuk sux poo and the jap longboarders think they own it(kooks). ekas gets ok but it needs solid swell and nth winds.
there is waves around kuta but of averqage quality in a se wind and mawi is just a flukey right with some ok lefts but not why u go to indo.
havnt travelled java much buddy but i wouldnt waste too much time exploring lombok, unless u are just learning caus there is always room in grupuk for another kook.

By mousset , 01-07-2007

Moving around with a board - Hi,
How is it to move around indo (Java,Lombok...) the cheap way.. is it ok with public busses?
Any tip about good cheap and friendly place to stay is more than welcome.
Thank you
Wish you all good swell :)

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