The island of Java has waves from the far eastern tip at G-Land all the way through to the western tip at Panaitan Island.

The book tells you where to search for guaranteed barrelling tubes, or find more mellow waves without crowds or sharp coral underneath.  

The photos on this page are of breaks in West Java. There are many other excellent lefts and rights nearby, plus uncrowded waves all over Java.


Grajagan, lunar low tide. Photo Alan Van Gysen
Java is one of the most densely populated islands on earth, yet Grajagan nestles quietly in the depths of a thick jungle rainforest on Java’s south-eastern tip. On a clear day, you can even see it from Bali. A unique freak of nature, it is without doubt the world’s most awe-inspiring, consistently...

Central & West Java

Bruce Irons on a rare smooth day at Pacitan’s left wedge. Photo Mark Newsham
Java’s wild south coast is pounded by tons of swell, but it’s a long road trip from G-Land to the next quality break: Pacitan in Central Java has some very heavy sucking reefs, and uncrowded beachbreaks. About 2 hours drive from Jogjakarta airport. An 8 hour drive west brings you to the fishing...

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Indonesia’s monetary unit is the RUPIAH (Roo-pee-ah) symbolised as “Rp”. Like Dollars, rupiah are  written “Rp 1,000” but said “1,000 Rupiah”. Some tourists refer to “Rupes” when speaking English, but when speaking Indonesian you should only say “Rupiah”. Recently one Australian Dollar was worth just over Rp 10,000. The rate fluctuates daily so only change enough for a few days.

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