Indonesia is the ultimate surfer’s paradise where for the last 40 years, Bali has led the charge into the barrels. Today, liveaboard surfing tours are opening up less accessible destinations, all with temptingly deserted line ups.

Two off the grid locations which should be on every surfer’s short list are Sumba and Raja Ampat. The former represents Indonesia’s very own paradise lost and offers unforgettable surfing adventures among its collection of islands. Located off the northwest tip of the island of New Guinea in the province of West Papua the waves here are so unchartered they don’t even have nicknames yet!

Sumba, on the other hand, is a single island that sits to the northeast of Flores. The quality of the surf, which combines high octane performance swells suitable for only the very experienced with breaks ideal for the novice, makes this a favourite with all levels.

Mentawais, another growing surf mecca, approximately 150 kilometres off the coast of Sumatra boasts over 50 named breaks and includes four main islands, Siberut, Sipora, North Pagai, and South Pagai. Liveaboard trips unlock the potential of the most incredible surfing destinations, talk to one of Explore’s experts to find out more.