Northern Sumatra “The Banyaks”


Score the perfect barrels that you haven’t been getting at home in the pleasure of tropical waters in North Sumatra! Our experienced crew will find you the finest surfing that North Sumatra can offer in the Banyak Islands..

The remote area in North Sumatra that is the Banyak Islands has been a closely guarded secret and could be described as one of the last surf frontiers of Indonesia! It is a surfers paradise and sets the scene for any kind of surfer /adventurer, with the safest and best way of getting around being aboard an air-conditioned surf charter vessel.

Many of your surf breaks have remained nameless and there is still more exploring going on. There is a huge range of left and right-handers so that your back-hand and fore-hand can both be easily satisfied. There are waves for every surfing style and ability ranging from long deep barrels, fast hollow down the line peelers, perfect peaks to long cruising walls with plenty of time to rip the faces apart.

The Banyak Islands in North Sumatra are located approximately 60 miles off the northwest coast of Sumatra, Indonesia’s northern most and largest Island. There are two main islands in the Banyak Islands- Treasure Island and the island of the Bay Of Plenty harbouring incredible breaks angled perfectly to catch the clean consistent swells of the Indian Ocean.

Surfing Charters in North Sumatra and particularly the Banyak Islands are less likely to encounter numbers of charter boats unlike the Mentawai’s. No need to feel lonely though, as these islands are exposed to pretty much the same swell as the Mentawai Islands, giving you plenty of surf to keep you busy.

Uncrowded barrels, plenty of waves, untouched natural rainforest, wildlife, epic Sumatran sunsets; remote islands and warm tropical waters await you. You can also go fishing, snorkelling, spearfishing, jungle-trekking-no mass tourism here, just fun and adventure in the comfortable luxury of an air-conditioned motor yacht.


SURF BANYAK operates out of Sibolga in North Sumatra, Indonesia. 11-day charters (10 surfing days) start on a Monday and finish on a Friday. You are required to arrive in Medan, the capital city of Sumatra early on Monday morning.

Most of our guests prefer to fly on Singapore Airlines to Medan via Singapore and have a great connecting Silk-Air flight (MI232) to Medan. Silk-Air is Singapore Airlines short haul Asia carrier so your luggage may be checked through to Medan so you only need check-in once. They also accommodate surfers very well and nearly always run to schedule times. Some guests may choose to arrive in Medan a day earlier especially those travelling on other carriers. Please check all flight details before booking with for approval as to fit to the schedule.

On arrival in Medan you will need US$25- for your 30 DAY VISA ON ARRIVAL. You will clear immigration and customs (1 Litre alcohol per person is allowed) and met by our agent who will transport you to the domestic terminal for your flight to Sibolga. Once again you will be met in the airport in Sibolga and transferred to meet your skipper Mick.

Departure is usually late afternoon/early evening for your overnight cruise to arrive early on Saturday morning in the Banyak islands for your first day of surfing. Surfing itineraries vary due to conditions-Banyak Surf does not operate a milk-run charter like some other operators.

You will be surfing the best possible waves available at all times in relation to conditions and the years of experience of our crew.

You will return to Sibolga early on a Friday morning and transferred to board your return flight to Medan. Guests may either fly-out of Medan on Friday night or the following morning.

Schedule and Price


What is included in the price?

  • Three meals per day
  • Three beers per day (extra may be purchased at local prices prior to departure)
  • Free soft drinks
  • All transfers from Medan, Indonesia (including domestic flights Medan/Sibolga/Medan)
  • Accommodation in Medan at end of trip if required

Schedule 2016 and 2017

24-Oct 4-Nov 4 places available – ALL INCLUSIVE SPECIAL
7-Nov 18-22-Nov 12 places available – ALL INCLUSIVE SPECIAL – THE PHUKET RUN – LAST TRIP
Off Peak – $2895pp:
13-Feb 24-Feb 12 places available – ALL INCLUSIVE SPECIAL AVAILABLE
27-Feb 10-Mar 12 places available – ALL INCLUSIVE SPECIAL AVAILABLE
13-Mar 24-Mar 12 places available – ALL INCLUSIVE SPECIAL AVAILABLE
27-Mar 07-Apr 12 places available – ALL INCLUSIVE SPECIAL AVAILABLE
Peak Season – $3095pp:
10-Apr 21-Apr 12 Places Available
24-Apr 5-May 12 Places Available
8-May 19-May 12 Places Available
22-May 02-Jun 6 Places Available
05-Jun 16-Jun 12 Places Available
19-Jun 30-Jun FULL
03-Jul 14-Jul FULL
17-Jul 28-Jul 5 Places Available
31-Jul 11-Aug 6 Places Available
14-Aug 25-Aug 12 Places Available
28-Aug 08-Sep FULL
11-Sep 22-Sep 12 Places Available
25-Sep 6-Oct FULL
9-Oct 20-Oct 6 places available
Off Peak – $2895pp:
23-Oct 3-Nov 12 places available
6-Nov 17-Nov 12 places available
20-Nov 1-Dec 12 places available
4-Dec 15-Dec 12 places available




What is NOT included?

  • International flights
  • Surfboard transport on international flights
  • Travel insurance (RECOMMENDED)