Krui, A Paradise for Surfing Lovers
Indonesia has not only Bali island, but also Krui, Lampung. The place has a stunning beauty for surfing and sea lovers. At first glance it looks like Lombok island but Krui has some advantages than Lombok. Krui has high waves and the green hills.
“This is paradise” Mr. Sean said. Tourist and surfer from California, United State, who has been living in Indonesia for 16 years, and now he stays in Lampung, Sumatra. A short sentence that has meaning a lot that can not be described.
Krui is the most complete tourist area for those who love surfing. You can choose one of beaches along Krui such as Tanjung Setia and Berandai Beach. Krui beach has waves up to 5 meters with an uninterrupted wave along 200 meters. It’s amazing.
If you love dive, Krui has a good location for dive around the Pisang Island which is filled with marine life and beautiful coral. If you are sunset hunter you will enjoy a beautiful sunset in the Indian Ocean.
How to Get to Krui, Lampung
Krui is located in the west coast of Sumatra, a region part of Lampung province. Geographically, Krui is among the cluster of the Barisan Mountain’s valley and along the coastline directly facing the Indian Ocean.
If you are from America, Europe or Australia, you can use commercial airplane to transit at Soekarno-Hatta Airport (Jakarta) and travel continues by plane for 45 minutes to Raden Diamond II Airport (Bandar Lampung).
From the airport, travel continues by car for 6-7 hours through west trans Sumatra highway. A long journey will be felt like a short trip because you will be presented with a beautiful view of the Barisan mountain, sea views and natural forests. Do not worry, the road to Krui is very good and not too crowded.
When you arrive in Krui regency, there are some options to stay, you can choose in Tanjung Setia, Kampung Jawa or Way Redak, as well as in Pugung Tampak. Each area has its advantages, especially the proximity to surf area as well as access to other tourist locations.
Lodging price is not too expensive compared to Bali. Five-star hotel does not exist as well, and generally lodgings are in form of home stays, cottages and villa with price starts at $ 30 per day.
Sumatra Island is one of the largest islands in the world which has been a trade route and had visited by traveler as Marcopolo. Sumatra is rich with spices, gold, and beautiful topography for mountain and sea lovers.
Also in Sumatra Island, there are Lake Toba (North Sumatra), the mount Kerinci (Jambi), Nias Island (North Sumatra), Mentawai islands (West Sumatra) and dozens of waterfalls flowing from upstream along the Barisan mountain. There are many other locations still hidden and need to be explored, so it may be called the Secret Sumatra.
Krui can be considered as tourist destination which needs to be explored further, especially from middle of Sumatra Island towards to the border of Bengkulu province. There are Pisang (Banana) Island and Lake Ranau which are about 40 km from Krui. These places complement the beauty of Krui.
To go to Pisang Island in the Indian Ocean is very easy. There is a boat belongs to local to Tebakak beach which is ready to take tourists to go to the island with an area of 200 hectares. You need to travel for 20 minutes with cost 300 thousand rupiah. You can enjoy one of the secrets beauty of Krui.
In this island, there are many interesting places and activities such as surf, sunbathing on white sand, see dolphins in the middle of the sea, fishing blue marlin and take some pictures surrounding the 8 villages formerly known as the producer of cloves.
In order to see the dolphins, you can start activity since early morning around at 6 am or afternoon at 4 pm. The dolphins will increasingly appear when the tuna season arrives around the Pisang island especially in April and May.
If you go with fishermen, you can feel adventure to catch blue marlin in the middle of ocean. Usually blue marlin fish will be popping up a lot around Pisang island in May. Generally, many tourists will come to Krui after the first quarter, but the best time to travel is from April to August. And feel the difference in the beauty of Indonesia from Krui.
Let’s visit Indonesia!