Q..How do we book for a stay at Ombak Indah?
A...Go to the ‘How to book' page.
Q..Can we fly to Krui? I've heard the airport is operating now
A...The short answer is YES. However flights are twice weekly (Tue & Thur) on a 12-seat Cessna Caravan, which has limited luggage space, so carrying boards is a problem and expensive. They are operating on a cash basis so pre-booking is very difficult. To avoid the 6 hour drive from Bandar Lampung to Ombak Indah we suggest you contact Freeline Indonesian Surf Adventures, who can manage this for you.
Q..Is malaria a problem out there?
A..The area is a low risk malaria area. Sometimes there are a few mosquitoes around dusk, and if you go on one of the treks into the jungle areas. So we recommend you bring a good repellant and mosquitoe nets are provided. As always see your doctor for advice on malaria and any other illnesses/precautions likely to be a problem in the tropics.
Q..What about ATM and money changing facilities?
A..Cash up before you leave Jakarta. There is an ATM in Krui that takes Mastercard only. The nearest ATM that takes VISA cards is at Liwa, 2 ½ hours drive away on a pretty bad road. There are no official money changers either.
Q..How about communications in the area?
A..Pretty good. Fast WiFi becam available in January 2014 and is available in the main building lounge area, free for guests. Mobile phone reception is pretty good but signal strength can vary. Global roaming is very expensive and most guests buy a local SIM card and number for less than AU$10.
Q..What about first aid and medical facilities?
A..All travelers should be carrying a first aid kit. If anything major happens a good doctor is available at the Biha health clinic, about 10 minutes away. It's 6 hrs by car to a good hospital. We can arrange helicopter Medivac if needed. Travel and medical insurance is essential when traveling overseas, especially in Indonesia where facilities are usually not up to western standards. All our agents ensure our guests have travel insurance. Staff will give assistance until help arrives but at no stage will the Ombak Indah assume responsibility for medical treatment or costs.
Q..Are the local people friendly and how do they handle tourists in their area?
A..In general they are very friendly .and curious about our ways. The kids are a great way to improve your language skills. If you must give them something, make it food, t-shirts, books and pens etc. Never give them money as that sends the wrong message and spoils the whole deal when you get a lot of kids who approach you with their hands out begging. It is a relatively poor area but there are better ways to help than just giving money. Many of our repeat guests bring over old clothing and toys that would normally go to Vinnies. It's a great way to help out the locals.
Accommodation for foreign tourism (i.e. surfing) has been operating in the area since 2001 and the locals are no longer so suspicious about our 'strange ways' and motives. In fact a recent re-zoning of the sub-district boundary has made Krui the new administrative centre for 'Pesisir Barat', West Lampung. This is acknowledgement by the Indonesian government of the importance of tourism to the area. And we are proud to say that Ombak Indah has been at the forefront of discussions with the local authorities on how to manage the transition for the benfit of everyone.
So slowly the locals are learning we're not about changing their religion or eating their kids or devil worship and raping and pillaging. Mainly they see we just come to surf have fun and maybe learn about the culture and lifestyle in this area. They are learning that tourism can benefit the community and that's what the owners of Ombak Indah are keen to encourage.
Q..What about food, is that included and what style is it?
A.. Three meals a day are included in the accommodation price. Fruit is usually provided depending on what's available at the market and is in a bowl on the table for guests. Breakfast varies from toast and eggs, jaffles, nasi goring, omelets and other, depending on availability of supplies at the market or in Krui. Lunch and dinner are mainly Indonesian dishes modified for the western palate. But you don't have to eat rice every day! Western dishes such as pasta, pizza, hamburgers, KFC style fried chicken, chips and coleslaw etc are provided as well. The food is very tasty and is generally served buffet style. Special dietary needs are also catered for - just let the Manager know. And as always, we ask you to be considerate of your fellow guests, and take what you want, but eat what you take.