The waves in West Java are some of the best in the world and Panaitan island would have to be one of the LEAST crowded areas for surf in Indonesia. Not only do you get quality and consistent surf but on most occasions you won't have to share it with anyone!
The best months to surf are March through to October and on-board Just Dreaming you will have access to breaks suiting all skill levels and desires.
Below we have listed the more well known breaks we surf but it is also worth noting that there are more waves in the area, both surrounding Panaitan Island and on West Java mainland, that we keep to ourselves...
A SHALLOW, BARRELING LEFT
This reef is one of Indonesia's left-hand wonders. The wave breaks perfectly from start to finish, barreling the whole way over a shallow reef bottom that creates record-time tube rides. This is not a place for timid or inexperienced wave riders, but it is a place to score the best, longest barrels of your life.
THE JAW-DROPPING RIGHT
It might not look like much if you approach it from behind, but paddle into one from Just Dreaming and you will discover what all the hype is about. A slabbing right. This is a wave that barrels. Nothing else. Fun for the intermediates when smaller, experts only when big.
A SMOKING LEFT
This is a fun, barreling, left-hander located further inside the bay at Panaitan Island. If you know anything about barrel riding, you can't fail at Napalms. A perfectly shaped reef allows this left-hander to bend and refract at just the right angle for you to set your line, pull in and get spat out. Different swell angles and sizes make this more or less rippable, but it always remains fun! For the intermediate to experienced surfer.
A BEAUTIFUL RIGHT
Just seaward and up-shore from Apocalypse is yet another right, Illusions. A right hand point break, Illusions provides barrels and ripable sections. A little less heavy than Apocalypse, this wave is a natural footers dream. Fun for all levels of surfers: beginner, intermediate and experienced.
A LONG LEFT
An incredibly fun and incredibly long, left-hander. Sometimes this wave seems like it can go forever, judging from the burning in your legs. Picking up almost any swell, it can be a go-to wave when conditions are small or, conversely, it might be a good option when the heart has had enough racing from it's more intense neighbours. Suitable for all skill levels.
A FUN PEAK
Directly in front of the only building on Panaitan Island, the Ranger's Station, lies an A-frame peak that throws out a playful, sometimes hollow left and a fast pockety right with an occasional killer air end section. With a great mooring right next to the left in an idyllic bay, it's a great place to get fun waves, watch your mates surf or just relax and enjoy the scenery.
A HOLLOW STEAM TRAIN RIGHT
Across the channel and seaward from the Ranger Station left there lies a fast, open right-hander that can provide epic barrels when the conditions come together. Ranger's Rights shows shades of HT's in the Mentawais when it all comes together: paddle hard, take off, set your line, pull in, spit out. Of course, there is no crowd here compared to HT's!
A FAST, DOWN THE LINE RIGHT
On the west side of the bay is a super fun right that breaks fast and down the line but caters to all abilities. A solid south swell at low tide will get this spot firing. Best at lower to mid tides, but varying with swell size.
A GREAT LEFT FOR ALL
A super fun left-hander that breaks in a deserted, isolated bay. Starting off fast, and sometimes hollow, it runs along and ends in deep water. Another go-to spot when the heart needs a rest and the crew just wants to have some fun and smash out a few turns.