Well off the beaten path, West Lampung, Sumatra, offers plenty of world class surf. In the main season, the waves around Krui are big, powerful and mostly empty. There are a dozen breaks within a 30 minute motorcycle ride and more further afield. They are gaining secret recognition and rightly so. Off season is more my size. And even at that time of year, there was plenty of power to knock us about. In February, 2011, I was joined by nephew Matt to ride some waves and get a taste of the local culture. We discovered a warm and welcoming community.
Bali has been a popular destination for decades. Some who come never leave, others return frequently. Whether a relaxing seaside vacation, world-class surfing, or to explore the lush tropical jungles of the interior, Bali has something for everyone. I spent a month criss-crossing the island in 2006 and found the people friendly and welcoming. It is easy to get around the island and accommodation is everywhere with a range to suit any budget.