Asu Camp, Indonesia

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Ready to go left?

Then you are ready for Asu Camp. (Don’t worry, there’s rights too…)

Welcome to a hidden Indian Ocean swell magnet located on the beautiful island of Asu where we surf 4 lefts and 5 rights in the area.

At Asu Camp prices start at $1250.00 USD per person (based on a 2 person stay for a minimum of 10 nights) and trips are easily organized for arrival/departure on any day of the week. For trips less than 10 nights prices start at $150.00 USD per day per person. For trips longer than 10 nights, just add an $100 additional per night.

Where is Asu?

Asu Island is 1 of 8 small islands in the Hinako Archipelago, 15km west of Nias in North Sumatra, Western Indonesia. There are no roads on Asu, no electricity, and a local population of just 50 people. Come to Asu Camp to experience rural Indonesia, empty lineups with island perfection surf, and perfectly warm equatorial water. Asu is located closer to the deep underwater trenches that efficiently funnel Southwest swell from the Indian Ocean, giving Asu and neighboring Bawa their reputation for very consistent surf.

How do I get to Asu?

Organized transport to Asu is also included in your accommodation and starts from the airport on Nias Island. A car and driver will be waiting for you at the airport (Single traveler airport transport is an additional $125USD round trip). The drive across Nias to the west coast port of Sirombu is approximately 2.5 hours. The speedboat will be waiting for you at the harbor in Sirombu and the crossing to Asu is 30 minutes in good weather conditions.

About Asu Camp

Asu Camp captures the essence of Indonesian outer-island reef surfing crossed with the comforts of modern technology, communications and really good food. Find yourself surfing solo sessions in glassy conditions with perfect waves, no crowds, no hassles, perfectly warm water, and your bungalow, with high-speed wi-fi internet, right in front of the action.

Asu Camp is the only camp with a view of the wave on Asu Island! We are on the point, right in front of the action and the beauty of Asu, for the wave and for the sunset. Asu Camp has the best location on the island, our nearest neighbor is over 1km away, a 15-30 minute walk to check the surf from other camps… Watch the wave all day and be on it when it’s BEST.

With Asu Camp you’ll be surfing the perfect Indonesian waves of your dreams, but without the crowds… You will be surfing from a selection of 9 different waves in the area. Primarily Asu, out the front door, but we also surf 8 other waves, 5 of which are located in the Hinakos and another 3 on nearby West Nias.

Asu is a 200m left hand point break with 3 distinct barrel sections that will present challenges to every level of surfer. The break is situated on the northern tip of a small palm tree fringed island that you can walk all the way around in just 2 hours. In the water, you can watch the energy from the safety of the channel, sit on the shoulder and pick off a few good ones, or get into the bowl on the main take-off and line up some bombs, maybe even backdoor a couple. The choice is yours, get as deep as you like… Come to Asu and experience free-surfing on “the perfect wave without the crowd”.

Asu is located on the western edge of the Indonesian archipelago and is situated closer to the deep water canyons that funnel SW swell from the roaring 40’s of the Indian Ocean. This proximity to the deep water offshore is what has earned Asu/Bawa their reputation for consistently pumping with overhead surf. The Hinako Islands are 10km west of Nias and are made up of 8 islands where we surf 5 different breaks on 3 different islands and one “bombie” or sea mount. Each wave works in different wind directions and swell sizes, so there’s almost always somewhere to surf on any given day.

The water around Asu is blue, blue, blue and sometimes the visibility can be up to 30m when the swell is down, so the snorkeling and fishing around these islands is amazing and is a great way to take a break and spend a day away from small surf. We also have a fitness bungalow for rainy days where we stock yoga mats, dumbbells and weight machines, and have made a space where you can move, stretch, and strengthen your body by cross-training in any weather or surf conditions.

Accommodations

There are 2 types of accommodations at Asu Camp. Two private 2 person bungalows and the ‘Big House’ which has 3 rooms and 2 baths.

The Big House:
The Sunrise Room is a spacious room of 25m squared that can be set up for a couple or a small family of 3-4 people. It has an ensuite private bath, lots of windows, high peaked ceiling with open air windows to the East that let in lots of sunrise light and give amazing views of the coconut canopy that surrounds Asu Camp. French doors that open towards the surf so that you greet the sea each morning and check the surf from the comfort of your bed.

The Sunset Room is 15m squared and accommodates up to 2 people in twin beds or a couple in a double bed. The bathroom is shared and accessed through the living room.

The Loft is a spacious 35m squared second story space that has the feel of living in a tree house. The roof of the loft has 4 Nias style ‘windows’ that are actually the roof pushing up to open up a dormer style open air window, which offer a lot of ventilation and sweeping treetop views of the ocean in front and the coconut jungle all around. There is also a 4m long ‘hammock’ that is cut out of the floor and is hands down the ‘coolest’ place to hang out. The loft can accommodate 2-3 people in single beds and can also accommodate a couple in a double bed. The loft shares the bathroom downstairs that is accessed through the living room.

The Big House also has it’s own small kitchen with a refrigerator for easy access to cold beers and drinks, a water cooler, and a small round table and 3 chairs. The 20m squared Living Room in the middle of the house has a small library of books, an abundance of yoga mats, exercise balls and massage rollers, an Indo Board, and space to just hang out. The front of the Living Room has folding front doors that completely open up the front of the house to the wide terrace and the view of the ocean, offering the best view of the surf at Asu. The 24m squared terrace is the best place to sit back in a hammock or lazy chair and take in the view, check the surf, or eat the breeze and read a book.

Our 2 private bungalow accommodations boast 12m squared terraces facing the surf at Asu. The rooms are a modest 16m squared and accommodate 2 people in single beds or a couple in a double bed, on the highest quality firm spring mattresses, with shelving, fans, and power inside the custom fitted mosquito nets. There are 2 cabinets with shelves and drawers for storing away your belongings. The rooms open up wide to the terrace with double French doors. Each bungalow terrace is equipped with 2 hammocks and 2 rattan lazy chairs for maximum chilling comfort in between surfs. The spacious 12m squared bathrooms are open to a small garden at the back of the bungalow and provide a very airy and fresh, yet private, ‘jungle living’ feeling. The toilets are flushing toilets and the bathrooms are tiled and adorned with lots of shells collected from the beach at Asu. The bungalows are equipped withAC and have water coolers for easy access to hydration. Each bungalow has it’s own surfboard rack and outside shower. The bungalows are on piers raised up 1-2m off of the ground that offer exceptional views of the surf. There is a back gate directly to the bathroom and stairs to the front terrace. These bungalows were designed with years of experience of Asu living, they are simple, yet elegant, modest, yet luxurious.

Other amenities include: fans and fitted mosquito nets for each bed, 2 bathrooms with hot water showers, 24 hour generator electricity, good cellular phone reception, high-speed satellite internet and wi-fi. We also have a fitness center with yoga mats, weights, and weight machines. Enjoy access to our collection of books, games, and magazines.

Food

Your stay at Asu Camp includes three delicious meals a day of Indo and western variety, plus plenty of fresh fruit, fruit juices and shakes, snacks, water, coffee, and tea. A bed with mosquito net and blanket, 24 hour generator electricity, a fan for each bed, free laundry service, hot water showers, and high speed satellite internet with wi-fi. Breakfast is a choice of many options of cereal, granola, porridge, eggs any-way-you-like-em’, pancakes, a variety of fresh fruits like papaya, banana, apple, watermelon, pineapple, and mandarin oranges. Fresh juices, smoothies, and shakes from our blender. Cakes and fresh baked breads are comin’ out from the oven. Snacks are available all day between surfs. Prepared lunch and dinner are eaten family style at our dining table. Meals are different everyday with a variety of meats, imported cheeses, olive oil, sauces, and other goodies. The food is not GOOD, it’s GREAT!

Season Dates: March 1st to October 31st
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to Advanced

Waves

  • Asu 200m left hand reef point break, best with south winds
  • Bawa (25 mins) 100m deep water right hander, best with west wind
  • Bombie (10 minutes) 60m right hander, best with east wind
  • Mini Bawa (25 mins) 50m right and left hand reef breaks, best with north and east winds
  • Secret Rights (50 mins) 150m right hand reef break, sshhhh… secrets still exist…
  • Secret Lefts (70 mins) 100m left hand reef break, few people know about this one too

Pricing

A minimum 10 night trip Includes airport transport and speedboat charters to surf other waves and is $125 USD per night. This Includes accommodations, food, and water.

Less than 10 nights is $150.00 per night (includes transportation with minimum of 2 people)

Less than 10 days is $150.00 per night (includes transportation with minimum of 2 people)

Additional costs

  • Beers, tall Bintang bottles = 60,000Rp
  • Sodas, Coke/Sprite = 25,000Rp
  • Photography and Video = $100-$400USD, depending on how much is accumulated
  • Massage = $10/hour

Terms and Conditions

  • 50% deposit required to hold booking
  • 50% payment in Indonesian Rp on arrival in camp

Ready to book?

Fill out our online reservations form to find out availability, or give us a call direct at: 831-588-1306