Baneng Island Resort
A relaxing beachside retreat, overlooking a large picturesque bay on Simeulue Island. Perfect for small groups wanting more mellow surf.
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Typically 10 nights (minimum stay 5 nights)
Trips can start and end on any day of the week, subject to availability.
Day 1: Transfer from Medan Airport to hotel. 1 night including breakfast.
Day 2: Transfer to airport for flight to Simeulue. Transfer to Baneng Retreat, 40 min from the airport.
There are various surf breaks on the southern tip of Simeulue. The main wave is 'Dylans', a fast, fun, right hander that rarely gets bigger than head high. It's about 20 minutes walk.
The Peak is about 30 minutes north. On the south coast, 1/2 hr driveaway, is a left point and left-right peak that gets more swell than Dylans, so there is always a wave, and you will be the only ones surfing.
On the other side of the bay is a big, rolling left-hander, a favourite for longboarders. Tepak Island, about 15 minutes away by boat, is a hollow right-hander that can get fairly heavy. There is also a selection of beach and reef-breaks that we access by car.
For adventure, the drive north up the coast to is a must. For those who like doing their own thing, motorbikes with board racks can be hired from the camp.
While not surfing, enjoy the beautiful surroundings, explore, fish, snorkel and relax. A speedboat (seats 8) is available for transfers to nearby breaks accessible only by water.
Day 11: Transfer to Simeulue airport for flight to Medan.
International/onward flights ex Medan should be booked for departures after 12.00 midday. Post tour accommodation in Medan can be arranged if required (additional expense).
ABOUT BANENG ISLAND RESORT
Design & Accommodation
The retreat is a spacious "A-Frame" double story open-plan house with high ceilings and large screened windows to keep the house cool and comfortable. The interior is decorated with rattan and bamboo furniture and finished off in natural local woodwork.
There is accommodation for six guests, dormitory style on the second level and two private double rooms on the lower level for couples. All beds have comfortable spring mattresses, with all linen & mosquito nets included; Western style bathrooms and toilets.
Meals & Drinks
Our chef creates amazing International cuisine, plenty of seafood dishes like prawn, crab, lobster and fish. We also have imported beef for lasagna, beef tacos, burritos, pizza and many more surprises. We also have good vegetarian dishes.
Juices, soft drinks and water is provided. Due to local laws, beer is not available, but you can bring your own duty free spirits.
The Banyak Islands receive most of their swells from the low pressure systems traveling across the Southern Indian Ocean between South Africa and Australia. They are seasonal, most frequent and intense from April to October (peak season). They also come through at other times, although usually slightly smaller and less frequent.
November-April often produces swells with more west in them, which is better for the Tuangku/Bay of Plenty breaks. Some unpredictable west swells come at this time from monsoon conditions in the northern hemisphere which does not occur during peak season, but these also create good surfing conditions. However, local knowledge is important: In 2011, the largest swell in June came from the WSW. Swell direction is important for the Banyak breaks, in more south swells the Bangkaru breaks such as Treasure Island and Cobras can be six feet while the Bay is almost flat; while the Bangkaru breaks do not like swells with a lot of west in them.
The Banyaks is a great off-peak destination because being so close to the equator the winds are always variable. There just isn’t much wind around and it is hard to predict it in any seasonal way, though there are perhaps more storms in the Oct-Feb time. Also, there are no trade winds. This is good because it is very rare to have non-surfing days due to wind. Offshore conditions can be had in any wind except the rare S/SW, even then it is unusual for them to hang around for more than a day.
On any particular charter we are in the hands of mother nature. In short, don’t limit yourself to the middle of the year to plan your surfing trip to the Banyaks. Epic barrels can occur in January/February and November and become some of the most memorable trips of the year.
Guests usually ride a standard shortboard as waves are often in the head-high to double overhead range. However, bring a spare in case you break one (there are no surf shops nearby), and something for a bigger day, just in case.
Volleyball, table tennis, snorkelling, trekking, mountain biking, motor bikes with board racks are available for hire (US$25 per day).
Good range of unfished areas ,we have plenty of game fish to catch, species include Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, Trevally, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Coral Trout as well as Painted Cray's, Mudcrab and Prawns to catch and eat, all close to shore. We have all fishing equipment and spear gun's for enthusiasts
A speedboat is available for access local surf breaks or go fishing etc. Seats 8 people.
Car that seats 6 for exploring the coastline of the island (included).
2017 PRICES (11days/10nights)
Group of 2: USD$1400 per person
Extra/less nights at Baneng: USD$100 pp/night
*** Please note: Deposit for this trip is AUD$900pp as domestic flights are issued at time of booking ***
Simeulue: Transfers, 9 nights Baneng Resort, all meals, cold drinks (tea, coffee, water, juice and soft drinks).
Car that seats 6 for exploring the coastline of the island, surf guide and unlimited boat transfers.
AVAILABILITY & BOOKINGS
Open all year. Trips start and end daily. Duration is flexible subject to availability
|The Banyak Islands are a group of sparsely inhabited islands located between Simeulue and Nias off the western coast of Sumatra in Aceh Province and consist of 99 small land masses. Just north of Nias, the islands of Bangkaru and Tuangku hold a number of world-class waves. Located right at the equator, the November-March provides quality waves when lower latitudes are blown out by trade winds.|