Batu Karas – 11th-16th June

by hamishandkat

Batu Karas has definitely got to be in the top five of my favourite places in Indonesia.  I came here in 2006 and 2007 on the first two of the surf kayak trips with the boys and had always wanted to come back – 12 hours in a bus from the nearest airport makes it a bit impracitcal for the standard two week vacation from work, but that’s all changed now; the local airport has reopened so there’s not really any excuse.

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A really chilled atmosphere, a nice gentle surf break that has apparently been listed as one of the top five places to learn to surf in the world and super nice people make it a place I could easily spend another month.

It was great to catch up with Nik and Paul who run Java Cove Beach Hotel (we had bumped into Nik in Ubud a few months beforehand) and spend five days getting better at surfing (longboarding is very, very cool).

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We also made the neccessary trip to Ibu Ade’s for the best Makanan Padang of our time in Indo and for the magical swim in Green Canyon.

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Thanks heaps to Nik and Paul for looking after us and for your words of encouragement – we’ll definitely see you again.

JavaCove   http://www.javacovebeachhotel.com/

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