COIN

In short, bring enough Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) to cover your backside. Hit up the ATMs at the Bandar Lampung airport when you land, to be safe because there are no money changers in the area and you can’t pay with a credit card or travelers checks (in certain situations, I may accept PayPal, but you will need get confirmation from me, before your arrival here, to arrange this option because it’s common to get locked out of your PayPal account when traveling). One of the local banks in Krui has installed 2 new ATMs that even work sometimes. Do not count on this option. The nearest semi-reliable ATM is about an hour away in Liwa. It’s a pretty drive if you have to go, so look on the upside.
If you end up having to pay in cash of foreign currency, be warned that you’ll be supplied with an exchange rate that doesn’t favor you, as it’s difficult to change foreign currencies here. I recommend changing your cash in the Jakarta airport.


IDR3,500,000 (~$300US)/week should take care of your bar tab, your motorbike, a few massages, & some purchases from the local market.

GEAR

Bring what you need, along with backups.

Again, it’s a remote area. The local ding repair guy does a great job (and he makes some really amazing custom, batik fins). There is a local surf shop that has improved a  bit. He sells used leashes, random wax, and some sunscreen. It’s better than nothing in a pinch, but you’d be happier with your own stuff. Bring it. Don’t count on being able to buy whatever you may need.

If you’re coming during peak season when the trade winds are blowing (July-Sept) you might want to bring a wetsuit top so you can surf longer and they’re always good for protection from the reef.

SURF

Depending on the swell and which wave, the surf here is suited for all levels, but not recommended for learning. The more experience you have, the more options you have.

“The season” is from April through October, with the biggest swells and best winds usually from June to September. Wave size usually falls into the 3-8 foot range at this time, but we see a few bigger swells every season. As for boards, 2 is probably enough, but 3 couldn’t hurt.

GETTING HERE

Fly into Bandar Lampung airport (TKG) from Jakarta (CGK), at which point you have 2 options:

  1. We can organize your car from there; it’s about a 6-hour drive (think of it as a good thing. It keeps the crowds down). We can also organize your flights from Jakarta if you’d like. However, I recommend checking the sites for

Garuda Air (the most reliable) :  www.garuda-indonesia.com

Swirijaya Air :  www.sriwijayaair.co.id

Lion Air: www.lionair.co.id

They allow you to book your own flights with a credit card. Allow a 3-hour minimum layover in Jakarta for international flights, whether coming or going.

2. There’s a 30 minute flight on Susi Air between Krui and Bandar Lampung. The schedule is unreliable and they’re not afraid to make last minute changes. Due to limited cargo area, this flight does not accept surf boards (body boards are fine), so all surf boards must travel by car. There are still several kinks to be worked out, and I’ll do my best to keep the information updated as it unfolds.

INTERNET

Indonesia isn’t known for its internet.

But we do have free wi-fi, that’s good enough for checking/updating email and social media.

There’s also an internet cafe 5 minutes away that can satisfy bigger needs.

CLIMATE

Average air & sea temperatures are about 27C/81F, though temperatures can dip around August. Average humidity is, well, it’s a lot.

TRAVEL MUST-HAVES

Passport must have 6 months validity from entry, or they’re going to send you right back home. Seriously.

The visa situation has changed a little these days. Visa on arrival (VOA) is free for most countries, and valid for 30 days, but it’s not extendable under any circumstance and you must have proof of an onward ticket to qualify. Check the Indonesian consulate in your area to see if you’re from one of the qualifying countries.

There is a different type 30 day visa that costs US$35 and can be extended an additional 30 days, but extensions involve fingerprints and photographs, so get ready for a fun way to spend your free time. If you know you’re staying for 60 days, you’re much further ahead to arrange that visa before you leave, from the consulate in you area.

Insurance: Please get it, and make sure it covers medi-vac & riding motorbikes.You never know when things might not go as planned. Again, this is a remote area.

MALARIA

Southern Sumatra is not considered a risky area. However anti-malarial medications are an individual choice.

It’s best you talk to your doctor about your concerns, and take basic precautions like bring a long sleeve shirt, long pants, & bug repellant for dusk and dawn.

Mosquito nets are provided for each bed.

RESPECT

The local villagers here are always smiling, waving, curious, and never tire of saying “Hello Mister”.

They are mostly of Muslim faith and, therefore, modest people. So when you’re outside of Amy’s Place, please be mindful of their customs & traditions. If you have any questions in this regard, please ask.

Men & women alike should have their shoulders covered (a T shirt is fine), and shorts that cover the thighs will do the job.

ALCOHOL

At Amy’s Place, we always have cold beer, but we don’t sell spirits (local custom). Duty Free alcohol is your choice. You’re allowed 1L per person.

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