WHERE TO SURF IN SIMEULUE
SURFING IN SIMEULUE
A boat is needed to access some of Simeulue’s best waves which lie off the coasts of small islands nearby. Some resorts have their own watercraft; if yours doesn’t, speak to your hosts and they’ll be able to hook you up with a ride.
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While reaching Simeulue Island isn’t a journey of epic proportions, it’s not quite as simple as a direct flight to Denpasar either.
Step 1: Fly to Medan, Sumatra’s largest city. If you’re outside of Indonesia you can fly to Medan via Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) or Singapore.
Step 2: Fly to Simeulue from Medan, Sumatra (50-minutes). Note that there’s only one arriving and departing flight per day, flown by Wings Air. Depending on where you’re coming from, a night in Medan — before and/or after your stay on Simeulue — may be necessary.
The most popular option for travelling surfers is to book your flight (overnight) from wherever you may be and secure arrival to Medan for the morning. If you line up your times right, you can catch the daily flight before lunchtime via Lion Air Wings to Simeulue and be surfing in the late afternoon.
Similarly, for your flights on the journey home, it’s your best bet to book an overnight flight out of Medan. The Lion Air Wings flight out of Simeulue typically arrives in Medan late afternoon (no guarantees! This flight has been known to arrive 2-3 hours delayed).
Your best bet? Try booking a hotel for one night on your departure back home via Medan. Conveniently, there are cheap and clean accommodation options within a 20-minute taxi ride of Medan’s airport. Typically, Medan hotels run between AUD $50-$130 for two beds and airport transfers typically run about AUD $40 per person.
Step 3: Once your flight has arrived in Simeulue, it’s a short 30-minute or less drive to the vast majority of the island’s surf-oriented accommodation, the bulk of which are concentrated along Simeulue’s southeast coast. Airport pickup is organised with your hosts during the booking process.
Hot tip: A man calling himself Charlie lurks around the entrance to Medan’s airport. Claiming to be affiliated with surf camps on Simeulue and Nias, he scares onward-travelling surfers by telling them that there’s only a finite number of board bags allowed on each flight — the only way to guarantee your boards get on the flight, he says, is to go through check-in and security with him as your chaperone. While certainly misleading, Charlie’s operation is actually quite helpful; with a few strategic words to the relevant officials, he manages to streamline what’s usually a tiresome affair. The inevitable request for payment comes at the end of the whole process — if you’re a group of three, 100,000 Rp will do.