At world renowned Panaitan Island, all levels of surfing are catered for, depending on wind and tidal conditions from thick, fast, hollow rights to long, playful lefts. The island has waves from the Eastern tip all the way through to the Western tip at Panaitan Island, including:
One Palm Point
This legendary left point break is also one of the world's longest with lengths up to 800 meters. It reels across a reef point and is one of Indonesia's left-hand wonders, barrelling the whole way over a ridiculously shallow bottom. Not without danger, but it does create record-time tube rides. One Palm Point works best on a good-sized swell, a south easterly and offshore wind, and at a more medium than low tide.
Definitely not for timid or inexperienced riders.
A less intense but fun left hand break. The reef delivers perfect barrels, and they are more makeable than One Palm Point due to a defined channel. Takeoffs are straightforward, then a lined-up wall leads to a full on barrel before tapering off into deep water. Higher tides are best for avoiding the shallow second section.
Napalms is the most frequently surfed wave at Panaitan, and with good reason.
An extremely square, top to bottom, right-hand barrel. Indonesia’s backdoor pipe. The water is quite deep at the take-off point, but a combination of funnelled wave speeds, strong offshore winds and a receptive and stationary reef causes incoming swells to rise fast, hover before hollowing out and then break defiantly.
A right-hand reef break with a smooth and approachable take-off and workable walls and barrel sections.
Pussy's - Inside Lefts
At the head of the inner bay are some very well lined up, long lefts. Relatively easy with fun workable walls breaking into deep water. A good warm-up spot for the real Panaitan. They need a good south swell but work at any tide, with low often best.
Opposite the lefts, on the west side of the bay is a right-hand reef break that works on wet season west breezes and any swell direction. A solid south swell at low tide will get this alternative spot firing. Best at lower to mid tides, but varying with swell size.
Croc & Roll
Another classic left hander that has been described as little Padang (Padang, Bali). A deep channel separates Croc & Roll right makes this set up simple.