Welcome to BIGKANU SURF. We are to surfing what the long distance bike rider is to the road. We get out there. BIGKANU is built to do distance, and to do it affordably, so we are one of a special breed of boat that is willing to spend weeks getting to a remote destination with uncrowded waves. BIGKANU is a surf platform of a different kind, there is indeed no other boat like BIGKANU. See our videos here.
BIGKANU’s destinations, off the Pacific coast of Indonesia, or Sumba Sumbawa, see few visitors, and in Morotai we can go weeks without seeing another tourist. Locations off Morotai and Halmahera are particularly lonely and beautiful. It’s similar in Sumba. So if you are sick of competing for a wave, add one of these trips to your surf bucket-list.
We trek from Raja Ampat dropping in on some semi-secret surf spots along the coast of Waigeo and off Halmahera to Morotai. November to March are the prime months in on the Pacific coast of Indonesia, where swells originate off Japan and the Philippines, and roll in from the North and North West. See our videos here.
You may find yourself on boat with just 2 or 3 other guys, because we are practical about our routing so that even if we are not full, it’s OK, as we are heading in that direction anyway, so jump aboard and take the pick of one of the 9 curtain cabins, each with its own opening view windows, private space and fan. In BIGKANU, we really do not have a ‘below decks’ as we are a multihull, 12m wide, with everything be above board literally. It is always 3 degrees a cooler inside the boat in the day. See our videos here.
And about the boat, it’s a completely flat platform at sea and on anchor, We do not roll, and at 12m wide this boat rocks but never rolls. BIGKANU has a 90cm draft, and with that tough alloy hull, we get tight into anchorages most others do not try. We carry twin 6m alloy trimaran tenders… big flat platforms to load boards that are a feature of both tenders and their mother ship. We are also a sailing boat, winds willing, carrying a radical lateen rig, so give us a hand sailing, in between checking your trolling lines. See our videos here.
People often ask, is the surf on the north coast of Raja Ampat, and the answer is yes, if you know where to go. Between Raja Ampat and Halmahera there is a twin island location that sees as many surfers as can be counted on one hand each year. Sorry if we hesitate in publishing locations it, as is the case with the islands off Halmahera, which are gifted with fabulous lefts and rights, but which fellow surfers please ask not be identified. The port of Tobelo is midway, but sometimes get the most of the surf time, it is better to fly in to Morotai itself, and jump a $US35 car ( for 4 or 5 guys) to meet the boat parked just inside one of the breaks at Boho Boho on Morotai. We will work with you to help you get the best connections.
Wind is often light in Feb ruary, rolling in from different angles, often offshore with thermals in the morning, with the surf rolling in from the North, or North east, mostly servicing sites facing the east, but sometimes rolling down the west coast of Morotai and Halmahera.
For those not quite gutsy enough to face the fall onto shallow reef at the Ments, the Indo Pacific coast breaks are a bit less demanding. By the way, spearfishing in these islands for the experienced pelagic spear'o is good.
BIGKANU provides a great line up of interesting international dishes, based on local produce and seafood. Beers are arranged by negotiation. The costs off the boat, such as airfares and transfers are not included, but most car rides are under $US35 shared between 4 or 5.
Morotai and Halmahera and the coast to Raja Ampat are at the pioneer end of the surf travel game, and it’s a place for those wanting their own private waves. See our videos here.
This is again the domain of the surfer who wants space. You will rarely have to compete for the waves at Sumba, and at Rote, while Nemberala, we anchor just inside the break, our proximity gives us chance of jagging an uncrowded moment, there, or at Bo’a, or the islands offshore. Savu midway between Rote and Sumba has great potential but needs that swell. 6 miles offshore Sumba’s south east coast, lies an island called Mangudu where some of Indo’s biggest tow-in surf waves can be found when it is super big. On normal days, Mangudu has a couple of sensational options as the boat tucks into a half decent anchorage.
Miller's Right on the mainland of Sumba turns on a great wave, tide permitting, and the bay itself is pretty grand. Further up the coast at Kerewe there are rights in the main bay, with some great waves a bit further west of the main bay. Pero is a logical drop off spot with its own sets of wave excitement. Be prepared for a few nights of bumpy anchorages off Pero and Kerewe, but such is Sumba. The advantage of late October heading east, and April on the route back west to Bali, during the shoulder season see the onshore SE trade winds. See our videos here.
The BIGKANU trip of around 260nautical miles over 10 days along parts of the east coast Sumba, then Lakey Peak at Sumbawa, followed by Sumbawa’s offshore breaks of Scars and Super Sucks, provide plenty of action. The south coast of Lombok has a load of good breaks, and with good timing, a boat can dodge some of the crowd at Gerupuk and Ekas. Tanjung Ann provides a surprising long ride at times, and it’s a great bay for a sunset beer on the white sand warungs. Mawi and better still and some not so well know breaks between there and Belognas Bay give those on a boat the jump. If we are lucky, Belongas is quite a treat, and it rare to see others surfing there. As we are going in the shoulder season, we have some secret spots in Lombok when not an easterly wind. The final destination at Desert Point should keep everyone on their toes, and the last night we chill out at Gili Asahan before a fast ferry back to Bali the next day from Gili Gede into Serangan. See our videos here.