As with most areas of Indonesia, West Java gets the best surf conditions during the months March through to October. Depending on where you decide to surf, you will have access to breaks suiting all skill levels and desires. This area is uncrowded and you will definitely get to experience the isolated Indo perfection you've always dreamt of! The waves in West Java are some of the best in Indo and the world.
There are four known breaks around Panaitan Island that Just Dreaming Surf Charters often frequent and listed below are the bigger name locations. It's definitely worth noting however, that there are more waves not listed here that we like to keep to ourselves, both surrounding Panaitan Island and on the West Java mainland suitable for all abilities, from beginners right through to professionals.
Jump on-board Just Dreaming Surf Charters and you might be lucky enough to sample all of the below and of course the ones we haven't mentioned!
A SHALLOW, BARRELING LEFT.
This point reef break is one of Indonesia's left-hand wonders. Waves here peel perfectly from outside to inside, 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. For the experienced surfer.
A JAW-DROPPING RIGHT
Apocalypse doesn't look like much as you approach it from behind, but paddle into its lineup from Just Dreaming and you will discover a wave that peaks, walls, plumes, and barrels. The water is quite deep at the take-off point, but a combination of funnelled wave speeds, strong offshore winds and a receptive, stationary reef causes incoming swells to rise fast, hover, before hollowing out and breaking defiantly. For the intermediate to experienced surfer.
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 THAT FULLY BARRELS
Just seaward and up-shore from Apocalypse is yet another right, Illusions. A right hand point break, Illusions provides barrels and ripable sections. A natural footers dream. Fun for all levels of surfers: beginner, intermediate and experienced.
A LONG LEFT FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS
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. All levels of surfer are welcome at the Inside Left.
A FUN PEAK WHICH CAN TURN RIGHT ON
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 about 5% of the crowd here compared to HT's!
FAST, DOWN THE LINE WAVE FOR ALL ABILITIES
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.
GREAT FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS
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.