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


Off Peak – $2895pp:
05-Mar 20-Mar 12 places available – PHUKET-ACEH-BANYAK TRIP $2895.00 EARLY SEASON SPECIAL
26-Mar 06-Apr 12 places available – EARLY SEASON SPECIAL $2795.00
Peak Season – $3095pp:
09-Apr 20-Apr 12 Places Available
23-Apr 4-May FULL
7-May 18-May 6 on Hold/6 Places Available
21-May 01-Jun FULL
04-Jun 15-Jun ON HOLD
18-Jun 29-Jun 8 Places Available
02-Jul 13-Jul FULL
16-Jul 27-Jul 9 Places Available
30-Jul 10-Aug FULL
13-Aug 24-Aug FULL
27-Aug 07-Sep FULL
10-Sep 21-Sep FULL
24-Sep 5-Oct 3 Places available
8-Oct 19-Oct ON HOLD
Off Peak – $2895pp:
22-Oct 2-Nov ON HOLD
12 places available


Off Peak – 2019 (Contact Mat for prices):
04-Mar 19-Mar 12 places available – PHUKET-ACEH-BANYAK TRIP
25-Mar 05-Apr 12 places available
Peak Season – 2019 (contact Mat for prices):
08-Apr 19-Apr 12 Places Available
22-Apr 3-May 12 Places Available
6-May 17-May 12 Places Available
20-May 31-May 12 Places Available
03-Jun 14-Jun 12 Places Available
17-Jun 28-Jun FULL
01-Jul 12-Jul 12 Places Available
15-Jul 26-Jul 12 Places Available
29-Jul 9-Aug FULL
12-Aug 23-Aug 12 Places Available
26-Aug 06-Sep 12 Places Available
09-Sep 20-Sep 12 Places Available
23-Sep 4-Oct 12 Places Available
7-Oct 18-Oct 12 Places Available
Off Peak -(Contact Mat for prices):
21-Oct 1-Nov 12 Places Available
12 places available






What is NOT included?

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