Paradise Surf Camp is owned and operated by Widya. Widya is from Sumatra and has been running Paradise Surf Camp for the last 5 years with the help of her family and friends. Our bookings/marketing/web guy Steve has also been known to hang around here for a while, make sure you say hi to him too!
The goal of Paradise Surf Camp has always been to develop a safe, friendly camp where people feel at home. Turned off by surf camps overrun with rules, our goal is to create a camp that lets its guests have their freedom. No 8 bed dorms, no wake up calls or packed buses to spots, Paradise is a surf camp where people can come solo or with friends and feel free to do as they please. Surf the great waves in Krui, Sumatra with us!
Widya has owned the land at Tandjung Setia for the past 5 years. Almost instantly, surfers started asking if they could stay and camp on the land. Soon, several private bungalows were built and the surf camp was born. Since then, we’ve added a few more bungalows along with a pool table (we’re all billiards fanatics, beat one of us and get a free beer!), ping pong table, big screen TV, and added the watchtower that overlooks the waves. New in 2011 is the renovated restaurant and new bungalows on the west part of the camp.
Paradise Surf Camp is a strong part of the local community. We always host events and show major sporting events here, so even if you don’t stay at Paradise, make sure you drop by for a beer, a game of billiards, and a chat.
Sumatra is the 5th largest island in the world and one of the most important in Indonesia’s history. Its 1100 mile long area used to be covered in dense tropical rain forest but due to extensive deforestation and corruption that is sadly no longer the case. However, there is still a lot of jungle and preserves exist in numerous places that harbor endangered species like Tigers, Elephants, Orangutans, and Rhinos. Straddling the equator, the climate is hot and humid with water temperatures ranging from 25-29 degrees Celcius (85F or so). The seasons in Indonesia are typically divided into the dry season from March/April until October/November which is best for consistent, trade-wind favored surf and the wet season (December-March) where rainfall is heavier and swell is less consistent.
Paradise Surf Camp is located on the Tanjung Setia Headland, 30 minutes south of Krui on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Until the new airport is built (2014 Maybe?), we are best served by Bandar Lampung domestic airport on the eastern side of the island. Airport Transfers to the camp can be arranged with your booking at a total cost of 1,000,000idr each way. The journey varies but usually takes around 5 hours.
International flights into Jakarta can connect with Merpati, Sriwijaya, and Garuda Indonesia domestic flights from JAK into Bandar Lampung.
It's ideal to arrive in Bandar Lampung no later than 2pm as the drive to the camp takes approximately 6 hours. When leaving, it's best to depart from Bandar Lampung airport no earlier than 4pm so you don't have to wake up at 5AM.
Helpful tip: If you bring CD’s, an iPod, or any music device, you won’t be subject to the musical tastes of your driver. We’re all for cultural sensitivity, but Air Supply’s ‘I’m All Out of Love’ on repeat for 6 hours is just horrible.
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