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.