I'm going on a trip to Sumatra at the end of March for a month, probably spending a lot of time in the south west on the coast (Lampung area; Benkulu, Krui, etc.). We're going to surf mostly, but I want to know of good places to go snorkeling, fishing, nature tours, etc. We were also considering traveling to Nais, but we don't want to spend too much of our time traveling around. So if anyone has any insight into this area, or any suggestions on where to go, what to do, or what to see, I would love to hear it. Terima Kasih!
Krui is a nice place. You'll love the crowd and the beach. Teluk Kiluan is another place worth visit while you're in Lampung, you can do dolphins watching there. Although the place is kind of isolated and has no electricity.
In Bengkulu you can go to Pantai Panjang and Tapak Padri which are both beautiful beaches. They're located outside of the main town but they can be reached easily by motor cycle. There are more beaches and water falls that you can visit but I don't know their names.
While you're in Sumatera I suggest you also travel to Mentawai Isles, a famous surfing place and accesible from Padang (the capital of West Sumatera province) by boats. Bukittinggi, a couple of hours drive from Padang is a beautiful town with its famous Jam Gadang (a smaller version of Big Ben) and spicy west sumatran food.
If you want to travel further north, you can fly to Medan and travel south to Lake Toba. Spend a night or two there or at Samosir Island, which is an island at the center of the lake. Travel further south, about 4 hours drive, you'll reach Sibolga, which is the gate to Nias Island when you're traveling by land. The scenery down to Sibolga is quite amazing.
About 3 hours ride using the speed ferry you'll reach Gunung Sitoli which is the capital of Nias. Go to the south where its famous as surfing destination. if you want to go fishing and snorkeling, travel to the western part of the island where you can go by speed boat to Asu Island. There's not so many tourists there in March, so you'll feel like you own the island I'm planning to go there next weekend.
Thanks for the reply, it's very helpful info for planning my trip. These places sound great, I'll have to do some more research. Hope you have a good time there. Thanks again
Just on a similar note, does anyone think it's worth hopping across to Sumatra from Malaysia just for a week? And if so, could you recommend how to spend that time?
Would be really grateful for any advice. I dont want to start squashing in countries just for the sake of it, but if I thought it would be cool to spend some time there even for a few days I would go.
Hi, Sumatra is so..so.. big and has so much to see I would stay in Sumatra and see some more.
I spent 3 months in Sumatra last year, my 6th visit and I still have not seen a 1/4 of what there is to see.
What areas of Sumatra are you planning on visiting?
I have a lot of photos of Sumatra in a link on Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Forum Indonesia- pPamela if you want to check places to visit.