As with most areas of Indonesia, West Java gets the best surf conditions during the months March through to October. Depending on where you decide to travel, you will have access to breaks suiting both your skill levels and desires. Mostly this area is uncrowded and you will definitely get to experience the isolated Indo perfection you've always dreamt of! The waves in West Java are really under-rated. They are some of the best in Indo, even the world, it's just a matter of timing.
There are four known breaks around Panaitan Island that Just Dreaming charters often frequent, you may already be familiar with them. But what you may not be familiar with, is the plethora of other waves in the local area, suitable for all abilities, from beginners right through to professionals. Listed below are these bigger name locations, as well as some of our more regularly frequented spots. It's definitely worth noting however, that there are a bunch more waves not listed here that we like to keep to ourselves, both surrounding Panaitan Island, and on the West Java mainland.
Jump on-board Just Dreaming... you might be lucky enough to sample all of the below, and of course the ones we haven't mentioned!
A SHALLOW, OPEN RELENTLESS BARRELING LEFT.
For the experienced surfer. This point reef break is one of Indonesia's left-hand wonders. Waves here peel perfectly from outside to inside, barrelling the whole way over a shallow bottom that inspires paranoia but creates record-time tube rides. Indeed this is not a place for timid or inexperienced wave riders, but it is a place to score the best, longest barrels of your life, period.
A JAW-DROPPING RIGHTHAND PIT
For the intermediate to experienced surfer. Apocalypse doesn't look like much as you approach it from behind, but paddle into its lineup from Just Dreaming and you will discover a feisty wave that peaks, walls, plumes, and fires. The water is quite deep at the take-off point, but a combination of funnelled wave speeds, strong offshore winds and a receptive, stationary reef causes incoming swells to rise fast, hover, before hollowing out and breaking defiantly.
A SMOKING LEFT
For the intermediate to experienced surfer. This is a fun, barrelling, left-hander located further inside the bay at Panaitan. If you know anything about barrel riding, you can't fail at Napalms. A perfectly shaped reef allows this left-hander to bend and refract at just the right angle for you to set your line, pull in and get spat out. Different swell angles and sizes make this more or less rippable, but it always remains fun!
A GRINDING RIGHT THAT FULLY BARRELS
Beginner, intermediate and experienced surfers. Just seaward and up-shore from Apocalypse is yet another right, Illusions. A right hand point break, however not as reckless as the left at One Palm Point, Illusions is just as perfect providing barrels and ripable sections aplenty. A natural footers dream.
A LONG LEFT FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS
An incredibly fun, and incredibly long, left-hander. Sometimes this wave seems like it can go forever, judging from the burning in your legs. Picking up almost any swell, it can be a go-to wave when conditions are small or, conversely, it might be a good option when the heart has had enough racing from it's more intense neighbours. All comers are welcome at Pussys.
A FUN PEAK WHICH CAN TURN RIGHT ON
Directly in front of the only building on Panaitan Island, the Ranger's Station, lies an A-frame peak that throws out a playful, sometimes hollow left and a fast pockety right with an occasional killer air end section. With a great mooring right next to the left in an idyllic bay, it's a great place to get fun waves, watch your mates surf or just relax and enjoy the scenery.
A HOLLOW STEAM TRAIN RIGHT
Across the channel and seaward from the Ranger Station left lies a fast, open right-hander that can provide epic barrels when the conditions come together. Ranger's Rights shows shades of HT's in the Mentawais when it all comes together: paddle hard, take off, set your line, pull in, spit out. Of course, there is about 5% of the crowd here compared to HT's!
FAST, DOWN THE LINE WAVE FOR ALL ABILITIES
On the west side of the bay is a super fun right that breaks fast and down the line but caters to all abilities. A solid south swell at low tide will get this spot firing. Best at lower to mid tides, but varying with swell size.
GREAT FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS
A super fun left-hander that breaks in a deserted, isolated bay. Starting off fast, and sometimes hollow, it runs along and ends in deep water. Another go-to spot when the heart needs a rest and the crew just wants to have some fun and smash out a few turns.