In­done­sia :: Tip to Tip

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In­done­sia is a bot­tom­less wave jar that just keeps on giving. With count­less pre­mium waves scat­tered across its 17,000 is­lands – most of them lined by palm trees, fanned by off­shores and warmed by equa­to­rial wa­ters – it is an archipelago that re­wards re­turn vis­its if not dual cit­i­zen­ship. A two-week boat char­ter through the wave-rich wave gar­dens off North Su­ma­tra is still con­sid­ered the ul­ti­mate surf trip. Be­tween them the Mentawai, Te­los and Banyak is­lands of­fer 60 shades of per­fec­tion. There are waves out there so good they could re­shape your DNA. The same could be said of a clas­sic day at G-land, Desert Point, Su­per­suck and La­gun­dri Bay and a bunch of oth­ers. Even study­ing line up pho­tos of Indo's best waves can work away at your sub­con­scious. It can trig­ger day­dreams, dis­rupt work, il­licit in­can­ta­tions or in­spire sud­den changes of plan. And while many of its re­motest cor­ners have been opened up and be­come not just easy but lux­u­ri­ous for the cashed up trav­eller there is plenty of room for dirt-bag ad­ven­tures. If you're game you can go tip to tip – Aceh to Pa­pua – with noth­ing but a sin­gle fin, a mo­tor­bike, a cou­ple of hun­dred bucks and bot­tle of Be­ta­dine. In­de­pen­dent travel is clearly harder but per­haps more re­ward­ing and cul­tur­ally en­rich­ing. With more time and less money, you're more likely to get to know In­done­sia. To climb its vol­ca­noes, dive on its reefs, see its wildlife and get to know its many dis­parate peo­ples (there's a bil­lion of them). With a bit of luck and some ef­fort you might even find your own wave.


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