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Karang Besi – Whats it like?
Karang Besi is very different from Bali Hotel and surf experience….South Sumatra is a bit like going to Bali 50 years ago.

Sumatra is a mellow place with no crowds of surfers like many other indo destinations. With Ujung Bocur lefts right out in front being the most consistent wave in the area you may never need to venture very far from our camp. It is so chilled hanging out at the camp and when the timing is right hit the waves. Lunch time is often only a few surfers so watch that space

Karang Besi is not a 5 star resort but we are organized to make sure you have everything you need and we never have complaints….just a lot of rave reviews.

Do I need a visa?

Visa free entry stamp and Visa on Arrival for Indonesia:

Australia finally exempt from Visa Fee! More:  Free Visa entry & VOA - Visa on Arrival:
Depending on your passport there are three options to enter Indonesia that apply to most travelers that come for tourist or social purpose only:

1. No Visa required (majority of countries - FREE entry, 30 days valid, NOT extendable)
2. Visa on Arrival (35US$, 30 days valid, extendable (once for 30 days)
3. Visa needed (apply abroad before arriving in Indonesia) Please check the country lists to see what visa regulations for Indonesia applies to you.

Australia: Earlier in March 2016 President Jokowi finally signed the decree approving the much awaited visa exemption for Australia. However, after being let down so many times, the news was hardly mentioned in the media even though it was officially announced. Finally the status has been approved and the regulations been put into action. Since March 21st Australians (and Brazilians) also get a free entry stamp that is valid for 30days. Until mid of 2015 the Visa on Arrival regulation applied to most countries. In order to increase visitors coming to Indonesia the ministry of tourism decided to change the rules boldly. Indonesia hopes that by waiving the visa fee for so many countries, more tourists will come. Whether a visa cost of 35US$ was truly a deal breaker for tourists to come to Indonesia will have to be seen. So far, the income Indonesia lets go of, (35US$ for around 3mio foreign tourists every year) is quite substantial for this country.

What will the waves be like and what about beginners?
If you’re not very experienced at surfing or you have a strong fear of the reef, there’s plenty of alternatives. There’s a great section on the end of the of UB’s that on the right day is perfect for learners with an easy paddle in the channel. There are plenty of longboard/learning spots close to the camp and the beachies always have a wave.
What do I need to bring?

Packing Check List:

  • Minimum 2 and up to 4 surfboards (4 Boards sometimes attact an additional fee on arrival at customs so pack them tight to avoid additional charges)
  • Surf wax (tropical Base coat plus top coat)
  • Reef booties (Surf style)
  • Spare leg ropes ,fins & keys
  • Sun screen.
  • Photocopies of travel docs and Insurance Policy
  • First aid kit – we are remote so make it a good one!
  • Surf board Ding repair kit
  • Electric adaptors for using your electric gadgets
  • Fishing gear, lures, rod, spear gun, if you are inclined to fish.
  • Drivers licence - Good idea to have an International Licence for indo.
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunnies
  • Long sleeved shirt for cool evenings as peak season is winter and it does get cool occasionally
What are the health risks?
We recommend to have full-coverage Travel Insurance for the duration of your stay. Emergency care is available but can be expensive and is best taken care of by your insurance providers. Make sure your travel insurance will cover medical evacuation as we are remote and this is a necessity in the event of serious injury. Malaria There is no Malaria in this region. Most visitors never take any anti-malaria pills, and been bitten by many mosquito’s there over the years. It is not 100% that there is no malaria or Dengue and there is that small chance you could get something. Typically from June to September there is hardly any mosquito’s around. But wet season months can have more mosquito’s due to the extra rain.