Surfing in Pacitan, East Java

In this region of Java, there is no G-Land or Desert Point but there are at least half a dozen great waves of all types to be had, catering for all levels of surfers. Get ready to be surprised. There are also many unsurfed breaks ready to be explored and we have the guides to get you there. The resort caters for the surfer who has limited time and wants to experience a surf trip without all the hassle.


Your surf experience is not limited to the surf out front and your expert hosts are happy to show you other surf spots within close proximity. At least half a dozen other breaks catering to all standards are within an hour’s drive. Non Surfers will be as happy as surfers; snorkeling, sun baking on the pristine sand beach or by the infinity pool, or strolling through the local village.

Pacitan is gaining popularity as the weekend destination for both surfers and non-surfers alike. There are a number of spots available that range from beginners level to professional. Even Kelly Slater got to score some big barrels here!


You can head to Teleng Ria beach for your first surf lesson, which is located very close to the downtown area. Your trip starts in Yogyakarta; the drive is approx. 3 hours through diverse scenery from Javanese jungle terrain until you arrive at the incredible postcard like bay.

This East Java bay faces south and catches any kind of swell from south west to the rare south east swell. The best time of the year is the dry season (April through to October) however during the wet season (November to March) there is plenty of swell but the winds tend to be more variable and offshores not as common over this period.

Surfing season:

April – October
Best breaks: Bay Left & Right, Pancer Beach.

November – March
Best breaks: Bay Rights, Pancer Beach, Harbor and Surfpoint Y.


Other activities:

Fishing: Some great fishing awaits in the tropical waters off Java and in the unlikely event of small surf, a boat is ready and waiting for you to jump on and start reeling in some whoppers. Rod and his team love to take you out in their boat and the fishing is amazing in this region. You can also have a crack at spear fishing directly out front of the resort.

Cave Walk: An amazing natural feature is this area of Java is Gong Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in South Asia. The limestone cave is worth visiting even if the surf is pumping and if you can fit it in your schedule you’ll be rewarded.

Bat Island: Visit by cruise boat

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