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An Unusual Surf Charter Itinerary for Indonesia

Arguably one of our best trip.

Witnessing the Breathtaking Fauna of Flores

Today’s popular destinations amongst surf charters, you’ve guessed it, the Mentawai islands. Meanwhile, a handful of boats cruise to the less explored regions of Eastern Indonesia.

This time, instead of starting the trip in Padang, Sumatra. We started at the harbour of Labuan Bajo, in Flores – who knew there were waves to share with Komodo dragons? Well, there were no waves in Flores. But, we saw the Komodo dragons and the most picturesque islands while cruising away from Flores.

There was no swell either, which made it a perfect timing to meet up with the closest ancestors to the dinosaurs, swim with Mantas, and just cruise with our new crew around the Sunda islands.

Flores Charter
Cruising through the Sunda islands ©urieltriguel

Our experimental Boat Trip

This boat trip was a “test” for the Royal Fortuna Cruise. We didn’t have fixed plan. The new boat owner, Rob and his fantastic crew were keen on exploring the area further. So did we!

The island of Sumbawa is best known for Lakey Peak. But, we know our way around the Western Part where few world-class waves are located. Sumbawa is a big island with still many secrets. During the high season, It lacks of road access and is overlooked by surf charters because the trade winds can be strong.

Sumbawa Surf Charter
Paddling out into the unknown, beautifully looking though. ©urieltriguel

We had no idea what to expect. Usually, this is when the best surf trips happen. Not having expectations, just trusting in our waterman instincts and the ocean. All we knew was that there were waves to be found!

A Crew with a Sharp Eye for Perfect Surf Spots

Rob, the boat owner and our boat captain have been surprisingly good at finding waves. They made stops in places that nobody would have thought of stopping. From far, it looked like a shallow reef break closing out. From close, it was a fun wave breaking in pristine clear water.

Sumba Surf Charter
The hardworking crew of RFC Surf Charter ©urieltriguel

It had us waking up in the morning to a perfect left-hander. But then, we walked to the other side of the boat and spotted a pumping right-hander. Tough choice to start the day, so we spent another day in this bay.

Rob’s intuition paid off a number of times but the highlight of our trip was one of the first places we stopped at, that Rob found on Google earth. It had us waking up in the morning to a perfect left-hander. But then, we walked to the other side of the boat and spotted a pumping right-hander. Tough choice to start the day, so we spent another day in this bay.

Surf Sumbawa
Yes, we woke up to that. Feeling confused on which wave to surf. ©urieltriguel

Exploring the Empty Peaks of Sumbawa

The rest of the trip was pure exploration. We made a quick stop at Lakey Peak to remember what it was like to surf a crowded spot and just kept cruising. Then, we surfed just by ourselves while on our way to Lombok.

Surf Sumbawa
Somewhere in Sumbawa. ©urieltriguel

Read Also, “Wave Search is not over. 10-Days aboard Sri Noa Noa Surf Charter”

Booking a Surf Charter for Sumba / Sumbawa

The RFC Surf Charter is now running trips around Sumba and NTT and you can contact us here if you are interested. It is a fully refurbished boat that offers plenty of space for groups, couples and friends. The crew was outstanding and our chef had us frothing all over the delicious food.


From Labuan Bajo to Sumba 12 to 20 September 2019

From Sumba to Rote 25 September to 10 October 2019

From Rote to Sumba 12 to 23 October 2019

From Sumba to Bali 28 October to 11 November 2019

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Sumbawa Surf Charter
The Royal Fortuna Surf Charter ©urieltriguel


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Made up of surfers, photographers, film-makers and writers. Indo Surf Crew creates surf content in Indonesia while raising awareness on how to protect Indonesian beautiful surf playground and culture. Our aim is to give a voice to the local Indonesian surf communities, its surfers, and organisations with sustainable eco project that will help preserve the authenticity of Indonesian surf spots.

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