We are so excited to head back to Java in April and we would love you to join us! We are escaping off the beaten track to a beautiful point break in Java for a slow pace of life and the opportunity to progress your longboard technique on a delightfully mellow wave. We have a very limited number of spaces available on these two trips so don’t miss out, book your spot today!
Location: Batu Karas, Java, Indonesia
No upcoming Java trips at the moment, but drop us a line if you are interested and we can keep you posted!
£949 per person twin room share
£1149 per person private room
Book both weeks and receive a £200 discount
THE LOCATION & THE WAVES
Our retreat location is a palm tree-lined rice farming and fishing village with an amazing point break in front of our accommodation and some other fun local breaks to explore.
In April we are expecting offshore winds and medium size swells, perfect for progression.
This is a small welcoming muslim community where you will be met with a smile. We need to dress modestly and if you are looking to mix your surfing with some nightlife then this is definitely not the retreat for you! If you would like to surf your heart out, relax, experience Indonesia away from tourist hubs like Bali, cycle through paddy fields to palm-fringed beaches, trek to waterfalls and eat delicious food, then you will love this retreat!
Your retreat includes 6 days of twice-daily longboard surf coaching sessions with our fun and experienced Surf Sistas instructors. This trip is fantastic for improver/intermediate surfers or advanced longboarders. Whatever your experience level our coaches are there to guide you towards your surfing goals.
Coaching sessions will be focused on longboard techniques, handling the bigger boards in the water, trimming along the wave, playing with movement on the board, understanding the mechanics of cross-stepping and nose-riding.
Tides and conditions allowing we will run two surf coaching sessions each day with additional theory and photo/video coaching sessions.
We tailor our instruction to your ability level, splitting the group when necessary to make sure everyone surfs the best waves to help you progress. We are slaves to the tides and finding the right waves can mean surfing at the right time each day, be ready for early morning surfs & sunset surfs when the tides dictate .. which is as amazing as it sounds!
Bring your own surfboard or rent one for the trip. There is a good selection of longboards available to rent, but bear in mind you might not be able to have an exact replica of the board you love at home.
ACCOMMODATION & EATING/DRINKING
We have a beautiful contemporary place to stay right by the beach overlooking the point, a simple, stylish hotel where we can check the waves from the balcony!
Choose between twin or double rooms with ocean views, AC, and balconies. If you are coming solo but would like to choose the twin room option we will match you with a Surf Sistas roomie.
There is wifi at the hotel but don’t expect a super high-speed connection!
Book your flight to Yogyakarta (JOG), Bandung (BDO), Cilacap (CXP), Cijulang Nusawiru Airport (CXN). We have included transfers from any of these airports or from the train station at Banjar. When you book we will discuss your travel plans with you and help you to make the best flight choice for you.
Please be aware that this retreat is off the beaten track and transfer times from Yogyakarta and Bandung are approx 7 hrs by road. Banjar 3 hrs and CXP & CXN 1-2 hrs. Where possible we will try and match you up with a fellow Sista for road trip company.
HOW TO BOOK
Twin share ensuite room £949 per person
Private occupancy ensuite room £1149 per person
£200 discount if you book both consecutive weeks for one person.
See www.xe.com for an up-to-date conversion to your own currency.
Select the Paypal button below to pay a 50% deposit to reserve your space(s). The remainder is due 8 weeks prior to departure. Once your deposit is received your space is reserved and we will email your booking confirmation within 48 hrs.
Any booking questions please email
YOUR VACATION INCLUDES:
- Airport transfers
- 7 nights accommodation
- Breakfast every day
- 6 Days of surf tuition tailored to your ability (Sunday to Friday)
- Adventure afternoon exploring the local area, think new breaks, waterfalls & culinary delights.
- Surf Sistas host on hand 24/7 to help you maximise your stay
- Photo package including photos of you surfing & lifestyle shots
- Amazing Surf Sistas Goody Bag
Optional Extras include:
- Massage treatments
- Surfboard rental (700,000 Indonesian Rupiah – approx £35)
- Cooking lesson
- Local BBQ
- Motorbike/Moped tour
Extend your stay
Let us know if you would like to book extra nights either side of the retreat in Batu Karas or if you would like advice on further travel in Java and Indonesia, and we will be happy to help. If you would like to head to Bali then check out our 10-day Bali Surf & Yoga Retreat in May, there is 1 week between the Java retreat and the Bali Retreat.
Flights & transfers
The trip includes arrival and departure transfers to/from Yogyakarta, Bandung, Cilacap or Cijulang Nusawiru airports or Banjar train station. You will need to book your own international and domestic flights however we can advise you on flights that others are taking and/or the latest deals that we have discovered.
Please check your baggage, size, number and weight allowance with your airline. Remember to check your airline’s procedure for carrying surfboards and book yours in advance if you are bringing one.
Please note that transfers to and from Batu Karas from Bandung or Yogyakarta are approx 7 hrs by road; if you are travelling solo let us know when you make your flight plans and where possible we will try and match you up with another Sista on the trip for company!
The currency is Indonesian Rupiah. We recommend bringing the cash that you will need for the trip with you and bringing a debit or credit card for use within the hotel. Our accommodation has safety boxes for passports and cash. You will not need much cash as the trip covers most eventualities, just money for extra activities, lunches, evening meals and drinks.
There is an ATM in the village but we cannot guarantee it will always be operational.
It is essential that your passport has over 6 months left until it expires (from the date you return to the UK), preferably much longer, or you will be denied entry to Indonesia. Most passport holders can now enter Indonesia on a free 30 day visa. If you wish to extend your stay beyond 30 days you should obtain your visa before departure or buy a $35 visa on arrival as this is extendable during your stay.
If you plan to hire a car or motorcycle you will need an international driving license, which can be obtained from the AA.
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your important documents (packed separately) and note that it is also easier to carry photocopies of relevant pages from heavy guidebooks etc. We also suggest that you scan/photograph copies of your important documents and email them to yourself.
Check our blog for advice on surfwear for the tropics and general packing advice for Bali.
This is a muslim area so please wear modest clothing while walking around the village.
Here is our brainstorm of packing essentials to get you started..
- A couple of well-fitting bikinis/one-pieces.
- Rash vests (long and/or short sleeved)
- Surf leggings protect against sun burn & board rub.
- Surfboard, if you are bringing your own. (wrap in bubble wrap, use pipe cladding to protect rails, wrap towels around for added protection, for boards that don’t have fixed fins, remove them, write fragile and topload on bag)
- Surf suit or shortie wetsuit (optional but protects from sun and rub)
- Reef booties (optional, not needed at the point)
- Beach towel
- Warm water wax
- Travellers cheques/ credit debit card
- Travel itinerary
- Flight tickets
- Any medication required
- Our contact numbers
- Travel insurance document
- Passport (With a minimum of 6 months to expiry)
- Sun Block and/or Zinc
- Insect repellant
- blue tac/ear plugs if required.
- Bottle to carry water
- Sun hat
- flip flops
- Plug adaptor for gadgets
Please inform us of any medical complaints/conditions prior to the trip. We will carry a first aid kit at all times but we advise that you also bring your own containing: scissors, bandages, plasters, antiseptic, sting cream, burn cream, steri-strips, Betadine, pain killers, rehydration sachets.
Use Mosquito coils in your room and the local repellant.
The radical change in temperature and diet affects people differently. Maintain a good water intake and a healthy diet. Carry immodium or similar in your medical kit alongside your rehydration sachets.
It is essential that you take out a comprehensive personal travel insurance policy. Please check with your insurer that you are covered to surf each day.
Heath, Safety, Inoculations
As you travel at your own risk it is your responsibility to be up to date on Foreign Office & health advisories concerning travel to the region. The UK governments travel advisory on Indonesia is a good place to start.