Kite surfing in Indonesia and traveling by motorbike or camper van, in one of the most beautiful places on earth. This is how life is supposed to be.
Kitesurfing in Indonesia
Tropical Indonesia is best known among surfers, which is not so strange, because you have waves everywhere around the Indonesian islands. However, as a kite surfer you can also get along fine here. If you know where the wind is blowing, you might have more fun with a kite and board than the wave surfer. Waveriders will certainly have a lot of fun here at the right spots. Indonesia is located in the Indian Ocean and is the largest island archipelago in the world with more than 13,000 islands, more than half of which are uninhabited. The 3 largest islands are:
Other islands are a lot smaller, but no less known as:
Kite season in Indonesia
Indonesia has a tropical rain climate. The temperature is around 25 to 27 ° C all year round and has 2 seasons. The rainy season is from November to April and the dry season is from May to October. In the north, the difference in seasons is less than the rest of the country. From December to the end of March it blows from the northeast over North Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, but these change direction when they cross the equator. In the dry season the wind is most likely. Because Indonesia is quite extensive, it does differ where you are where the wind is at its best.
Kitesurfing spots in Indonesia
There are various kite spots in Indonesia. On this page we list the kite spots where you at least have the best chance of wind and can safely enter the water.
Sumatra region Aceh
On Sumatra it blows on average 8 months a year on the coast. There are several kite surfing spots where you can go on the water, it is not super crowded here yet, so plenty of space for good sailing.
Ujung Pancu is located at the most northern tip of Sumatra. At the beach of Ujung Pancu is a flat water spot and with that it is also one of the few beginners spot in this region. The best time for kite surfing is from January to March. You can stand at the kite spot Ujung Pancu, there is virtually no current here and you can go kite surfing to a small island and sail back. a stable wind is blowing, the water is clear and has a nice temperature.
Leupung Beach is located in the north-east of Sumatra in the Aceh region. you have black sandy beaches here and the location is really sublime. In the middle of the jungle between the mountains, you have waves and a flat water spot. as a beginner and advanced, you can have a great time here. Because you also have a lot of beautiful waves here, it is also a wonderful place for golfers to go.
Lhoknga Beach is also located in the north of Sumatra. this spot is for the advanced kite surfer with offshore wind. This is a great place for freestyle kiters and as a golf rider you really have the perfect spot
The kitesurfing season at Bali is short. In July and August you have the best chance of wind. The wind is around 15-20 knots. Keep this in mind with the size of your kites. (not too small).
Sanur is located in the south of Bali near Kuta. the wind usually blows onshore here. For the reef it is a great flat water spot and after the reef you can frolic with the waves. You need a big kite because the wind is not too strong. At the passage of Turtle Island it is always blowing a few knots harder, we advise you to go sailing here. You can also get all the water here with low tide.
Nusa Dua is located in the south-east of Bali. This is a smaller spot than Sanur with a flat water section for the reef. The wind is onshore and you have to wait until it is halfway before you can get on the water. The spot is mainly used by locals and is not really for beginners. then you better go to Sanur.
The kite season at Lombok is from May to September. The wind is usually from 18 – 20 knots. In the south of the island is a hidden gem of a kite spot. Kaliantan Beach, a constant wind blows here and with 7 kilometers of white sandy beaches and flat water make paradise complete. Beyond the reef are the waves where you can ride with your waveboard. In terms of accommodation, it is a bit easier here than on Bali, for example, but what do you need if you are in paradise?
Sumbawa is also in the south of Indonesia and belongs to the Sunda islands just like Bali and Lombok. the kite surf spot is at Lakey Peak in the south of the island. It is a spot for the advanced kite surfer with strong waves. The spot is also known by surfers, you have to take this into account as a kiter. Waves are usually between 2 and 4 meters high, perfect for the waverider. The island is a lot more primitive than Bali. In addition to surfing and kite surfing, there is not much to do.