A southern summer surf trip to Indo carries a few potential benefits. Escape from the dreaded south easterly [the devil wind], flat swells and lots of people in the water. There are risks too; flat swell and being stuck on a boat charter with 8 of your best mates which after 10 days can get twitchy; or on a small island; same problem but a slower dissolve.
So having though about that I looked north of Nias and came across the Banyaks and Simulue. The Banayaks got bounced as having too small a swell window; and so it was left to Simulue and the only Aussie camp which is called Aura.
Simulue sits really at the epicentre of the quakes; not so bad as the tsunamis don't get a chance to build in height and in any case there's a large hill to run up just across the road. No damage to Simulue in the Baa Aceh, Nias or 2006 quake. The reefs do change a bit in potential but that's all to the good. Some get worse some get a lot better. And there is no shortage of swell in the off season. well for me any way. I landed to 2-3 ft at the peak and left at 2-3 ft with swell hitting 8 ft in the meantime [sufficient to snap a board] and all of this at a time when I thought it would be a lot of sitting around waiting and doing road trips.
Aura sits on a very open coast, about a 200 deg swell window so anything can come in there and hit the quake elevated lump of reef which forms the peak... the lefts are hollower than the rights but both are super fun and hassling is a no no. Around the place; by motor scooter are a lot of waves; I surfed 3 right hand point breaks [wear booties for Thailand's] and two left handers. One of the outer islands features a dredging irritable right hand reef called Tepak. Check yr health insurance before this one. And if you don't like it sit on the astounding beach nearby, snorkel, fish or follow the trails. There are more waves to be discovered and I didn't get to surf all the known ones. But got a lot of them in my 3 days as then only guest with 4 days with 4 Victorians. Really nice blokes and so were the surf guides. Sonny was brilliant in finding waves to my ability and watching that ability stretch, and then pushing me some more. Ross, Ryan [resident photo wizard] and Eckers were just great back at camp. Nothing was too much trouble. Lodgings were fine, and clean, lots of security around and the food good...and lots of it.
Were there any negatives? Maybe if the fans could be positioned at one spot cos it gets hot up there. The best was cruising on bikes though wilderness and stopping to find a beautiful right point going off with no one out...or a left point or another right point. Waving at the kids on the way back and eating at a warung built over the water.
Such a good vibe in the water lots of waves and if the wife wants to do stuff; there is epic snorkelling, cruises to find water falls and other touristy bits. You might come back in the black with marital brownie points.
You can't go past Aura ; I'm in two minds about telling you ,but I want these guys to be in business for quite a while.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amongst 15,000 sqm of beachfront parkland with an epic Peak break right out the front. Aura is the only resort on the island to have a wave directly at its doorstep without any travel needed. Watch the Peak barreling from the comfort of your verandah deck chair. Aura has been in operation since 2010 and our knowledge of the various secret waves is unrivaled. We are situated on a long pristine clean beach ideal for surfing and swimming. Amazing mountainous jungle backdrop. All bungalows have direct view of the peak. You are able to check the surf without leaving your bed. We are the only resort with EXPERIENCED surf guides and a comprehensive knowledge of the waves and the conditions required. Aura has the only fiberglass speedboat to get you and your friends to world class waves comfortably and fast. Also in our fleet is our 3 meter rigid hull zodiac with 25hp motor able to do tow ins and get close for filming in the lineup. Scooters, cars and a 9 seater van readily available to explore the island on your own or with your experienced guide. Our accommodation encompasses 3 traditional bungalows and main building restaurant. Able to house up to 14 surfers at any one time. The resort is fully equipped with modern luxuries including bar, dining areas, cable tv,games room including pool table, table tennis, mini golf, tree house looking onto the Peak. Serving the best food on the island with a buffet style mix of western and local dishes, fresh juices, meat and seafood and plenty of healthy vegetarian meals. Aura is run by Surfers for Surfers! ... more less