Frequently Asked Questions
1. HOW DO I GET TO WALUR SURF HOUSE?
There are two options to get to Walur, when flying from Jakarta.
The first option is to travel to Fatmawati Soekarno Airport (BKS) in Bengkulu, 280kms north of Walur Village (about 5 hours by car).
The second option is to travel to Radin Inten II Airport (TKG) in Bandar Lampung, 320kms south of Walur Village (about 6 hours by car).
You can book your domestic flights at www.traveloka.com or www.nusatrip.com and we recommend that you travel with Garuda Indonesia or Citilink to avoid delays or losing connections. A cheaper alternative would be to fly with Lion Air, Wings Air, Sriwijaya Air or Batik Air if you do not mind a longer stopover.
International flights usually arrive at Jakarta International Airport at Terminal 2, or at Terminal 3 if you came from Singapore with AirAsia. The domestic flights arriving at Terminal 1, except Garuda. There is a Free Airport Shuttle connecting all the terminals and we recommend at least 3 hours of stopover to ensure your connection between flights if you need to change terminal.
2. WHERE SHOULD I STAY IF I HAVE AN EXTRA NIGHT ON LAND?
This answer depends on where you have to stay for that extra night. We suggest the following options:
Jakarta - we recommend using the Hotel Ibis, Swiss-Belinn, POP! or J Hotel. All of these Hotels are reasonably priced, provide an airport shuttle and within minutes from the Jakarta Airport.
Bandar Lampung - we recommend using the Sheraton Lampung Hotel, 12 miles from the airport. In our opinion, this is the best hotel in Lampung with good accommodation, a hearty breakfast in the morning and is reasonably priced.
Bengkulu - we recommend using the Hotel Santika Bengkulu or Hotel Tanjung Karang Bengkulu, both around 3 miles from the airport.
3. WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST I PACK FOR MY TRIP?
The best advice when packing for a trip in Sumatra is to pack as light as possible. Please check below our list of essentials:
For in the Water - minimum of 2 boards (3 or more are recommended); several leash and leash ropes; fin keys and more than 1 fin set; t-shirt for sun protection; reef booties are recommended for several surf spots; snorkelling gear; surf hat; sunblock; wax and wax comb.
For out of the Water - airline tickets, passport and a photocopy of same; cash in Rupiah (you can CHANGE YOUR MONEY at the airport in Jakarta, Bengkulu or Bandar Lampung - there are NO ATM'S); driver’s licence; 220 volt electricity adapter; cap; sunglasses; long sleeve t-shirt and board shorts; malaria medication and personal medication; mosquito repellent; sandals; sport shoes; waterproof jacket; travel backpack; toiletries.
4. WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?
The most important thing to remember on this list is to make sure that you have an updated passport and a valid VISA for entering Indonesia, as you will not be permitted to enter Indonesia if your passport is going to expire within six months (6 months) from the time of your departure. Most people can take care of their VISA upon entering Indonesia including citizens of the United States, Australia and most European countries, but before you purchase your airline tickets please check with your local authorities to make sure you’re covered.
If you have any other questions about packing, or any other aspect of your journey, we are always happy to help answer your questions via e-mail, or directly via WhatsApp: +351.967.704.032
5. HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN INDONESIA?
Most travelers coming from the US, Australia and Europe are issued tourist visas upon arrival, but if you carry a passport from other countries it is worthwhile checking to see if you need a visa. The standard tourist VISA is applicable for up to 30 days. If you plan on staying longer in Indonesia you must apply for an 'EXTENDED STAY TOURIST VISA' at your local Indonesian Embassy, prior to departure or in Singapore on the way to Indonesia. The 'extended stay tourist visa' is easy and cheap to obtain and gives you a full 60 days in Indonesia, instead of only 30 days. Please note, that it may take up to 7 full working days to process a tourist visa at aNY Indonesian Embassy location, so best not to wait until last minute to apply for one.
6. WHAT KIND AND HOW MANY BOARDS SHOULD I TAKE?
Mid length boards generally get used and only occasionally do the short boards and guns get used in extreme small, or big conditions, but it is best to pack whatever you feel most comfortable surfing on. If riding traditional fiberglass boards, then be prepared to ding up your boards and possibly break a few of them on your trip. Most people bring 2-4 boards in one board bag.
If you use bodyboards be aware of the temperature of the water, usually around 25ºC. A minimum of 2 boards is recommended, however, with the variety of waves, you may feel you need more than two boards of different types for the different conditions.
7. WHAT TYPE OF HEALTH PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I TAKE?
Most travellers usually update their tetanus and hepatitis shots before travelling to any remote region of the world. Malaria is a reality in some parts of Indonesia including Sumatra; it is wise and we strongly advise you to consult your doctor before coming. If you take any prescription medication, bring it with you and ensure you bring the necessary paperwork (a letter from a doctor), in case of an emergency.
8. SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT MALARIA?
It is a matter of personal choice whether to take anti-malarial medications, and you should always consult a professional doctor about risks, and what medications you should or should not take prior to travelling to remote locations.
9. DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Travel Insurance is mandatory for your personal safety and proof of Travel Insurance is required for any guest staying at Walur Surf House. A decent travel insurance package will provide coverage for the following: trip cancellation and interruption, baggage delay, baggage coverage, travel delay, emergency medical and dental, emergency, medical transport and evacuation, and travel accident insurance.