1- HOW DO I GET THERE?
Getting to Aura Surf Resort is easier than almost all other surf resorts in Indonesia! Book your flights to Medan in Indonesia (the easiest way is to go via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur ). Depending on what time your flight arrives in Medan, you can either fly to Aura surf Resort on the same day, or it may be necessary to stay overnight in Medan- in which case we can recommend excellent, clean and affordable places to stay. A representative from Aura will book your domestic Indonesian flights to Aura Surf Resort.
Once on our island you will be greeted by one of our staff who will transport you and your boards to our resort. This is a short 15 minute drive on newly sealed roads through small villages and past beautiful beaches. We have a world class peak right out the front of our Resort. You can be surfing the same day!
- INTERNAL FLIGHTS -
Wings Air is AUD$140 return not including board bags. Board bags are paid at check in. Maximum 2.1m in length. Board bags are approx 200,00 IDR ( AUD$20 ) per board.
Prices of flights can be subject to change.
You must ensure you have enough CASH in IDR to pay for excess board bags or baggage at check in at both Medan and Simeulue airports, or risk not being allowed on the flight.
Land in Medan before 1030am to fly Wings Air to Simeulue on the same day. Return flight depart Medan after 7pm then you get the last day surfing.
2- WHATS INCLUDED IN MY STAY?
Airport transfers to our resort from local airport are included.
A surf guide will also be able to accompany you to our various surf breaks.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the tariff. Breakfast is from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and includes fresh fruit, muesli, fruit juice, coconuts and coconut milk, rice and eggs, plus rotates daily from dishes such as banana pancakes, nasi goreng, omelets, baked beans
with fried tomatoes .
Dinner is from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. If pre organized, preference of food can be catered for. The dinner menu rotates between a mix of Indonesian specialties such as chicken, fish, meat curries and vegetarian dishes ( Gadogado, tempe, tofu, rice etc ) and western favourites like pizza, spaghetti bolognaise and tacos. Extras that can be organized such as lobster, steak, etc need at least 24 hours notice. There is unlimited fruit and purified drinking water available. If you have a food allergy, please ensure you inform the staff at Aura Surf Resort prior to your arrival.
Fresh towels are supplied so you don't need to add the extra weight to your luggage.
3- HOW DO I MAKE PAYMENT?
For bookings please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
One of our representatives will reply to you with payment details and once deposit has been received, confirm your booking.
4- WHAT DO THE BUNGALOWS CONTAIN?
Each bungalow contains 2 rooms, each with 2 single beds with mosquito nets covering. *** Please note the rooms are twin share accommodation unless booked as a private room ***The rooms can be separated or opened for bigger groups and families, queen size beds available for couples. A set of shelves are found in each bungalow for your items, lockable bedside table draws for your valuables, plus a sink and bathroom lockable cabinet.
Western style bathroom facilities are attached to the rear of the bungalows. Each room contains electricity points and fans, purified drinking water, complimentary coffee and tea, towels, face towels and soaps. There is a spacious verandah with relaxing chairs and coffee
table so you can watch your friends getting barreled from the comfort of your bungalow.
5- WHAT OTHER FACILITIES DOES THE RESORT HAVE?
Aside from our bungalows we have a beautiful main house. It is equipped with many modern luxuries, including dining areas, cable tv, dvd, stereo, comfy couches, hammocks and plenty of outdoor chill areas, including a large outdoor deck and bbq area. We have a surf hut close to the beach, with perhaps the coolest chair you will ever see, so you can chill and watch the peak directly in front.
6- WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES ARE THERE?
We are fortunate to have world awesome coral reefs close by that offer great snorkeling and fishing. If you are a passionate fisherman or snorkeller we suggest you bring your own gear. We can take you on day boat trips ( on our 27ft speedboat ) to one of the most beautiful
islands we have ever seen. There are swimming holes with incredible waterfalls and rainforest nearby. You can hire a motorbike with board racks and explore the island yourself. Head into town and choose from a number of internet cafes and wi-fi spots. Relaxing walks through rice fields and fresh clean rivers, or more challenging hikes up the
mountain. For those looking for a bit of competitive excitement, we have a pool table, an awesome 9 hole putt putt golf course, table tennis, darts and a number of board and card games. There are plenty of things to see and do.
7- CAN I WITHDRAW MONEY ON THE ISLAND?
We strongly recommend that you withdraw a sufficient amount of money from the ATMs in Medan. There are ATMs on our island but highly unreliable with foreign cards- and even when they work only accept Visa cards. YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON THEM TO WITHDRAW CASH! We would suggest at least 5 million Indonesian Rupiahs, more if you wish to hire motorbikes or arrange boat excursions. Our local grounds staff and security greatly appreciate being tipped ( at the end of the trip ) and we also have a donation box which helps the surrounding villages with education, health education etc. So please tip and donate generously.
8- WHAT ARE THE EVACUATION PLANS IN CASE OF A TSUNAMI?
We are fortunate to be in a very good position at Aura Surf Resort. We are nicely nestled in front of large easily accessible hills, just metres behind. There are sirens in the nearby mosques and warnings are issued on all local tv programmes.
9- SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT MALARIA?
It is a matter of personal choice whether to take anti- malarial medication. Mosquitos are annoying and can transmit deadly diseases. Please be aware to put on mosquito repellant in the early morning and afternoon, evening when they are most active. There is extremely little malaria and dengue fever on our island, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Mosquito nets on beds should be tucked under the mattress with the opening securely fastened as to not come open during the night. A fan should also be left on which deters the mosquitos greatly. With the above recommendations actioned the chances of getting bitten by a mozzie is extremely minimal. We suggest applying plenty of mosquito repellant, but if you are really worried about it… best to bring some meds.
10- HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL I BE SURFING WITH?
Aura Surf Resort holds a maximum of 14 guests, and although that’s not a big crowd, we are fortunate enough to have waves all round the island. From the world class peak out the front, barreling reef breaks, fun beachies and everything in between, there are waves to suit all level of surfer and to keep the numbers down. Plus… the locals don’t surf and tour operators do not visit the area. Score!
11- CAN I BE CONTACTED DURING MY STAY AT THE RESORT?
Yes. There is good mobile phone coverage at our resort. Sim cards are easily purchased on the island and offer excellent calling rates ( cheaper than Australia! ) sim cards can be trimmed to size for smart phones. Internet can be accessed through your phone coverage- but don't expect fast speeds, really only suitable for checking emails. Alternatively contact your network provider prior to your departure to arrange global roaming, although purchasing a local sim for $5 is the best and most reliable option. Family can also contact our resort via our company phone line and email if necessary.
12- HOW MANY & WHAT KIND OF BOARDS SHOULD WE BRING?
You will most likely surf on your standard ( 6’2 ) short board the majority of your trip, however when the swell gets a little bigger you’ll be glad to have your bigger ( 6’10 ) board ready to go.
As the majority of people in Simeulue are Muslim, women are respectfully asked to dress moderately. This unfortunately means no bikini or topless sunbaking. We can however arrange boat trips to secluded beaches where this is not an issue.
Guys should also wear t-shirts when making trips outside of the resort
14- WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE PACK?
It’s always nice to travel light. You’ll probably find you spend most of your time in the same pair of boardshorts and t-shirts, you will hopefully be spending most of your time in the water after all. We have prepared a list of essentials to help get you on your way.
– MINIMUM 2 SURFBOARDS & SEVERAL BLOCKS OF WARM WATER WAX
– SPARE LEGROPES
– SUNCREAM – GET THE GOOD STUFF!
– AT LEAST 3 x T-SHIRTS ( A LAUNDRY SEVICE IS AVAILABLE AT AURA )
– 2 PAIRS OF BOARDSHORTS
– LONG SLEEVED SHIRT OR JUMPER
– PHOTOCOPIES OF CURRENT PASSPORT – YOU MUST HAVE AT LEAST 6 MONTHS REMAINING ON YOUR PASSPORT. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER INDONESIA IF YOUR PASSPORT IS DUE TO EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS
– COMPULSORY TRAVEL INSURANCE
– ENOUGH CASH FOR THE ENTIRE STAY INCLUDING EXTRAS. PLEASE NOTE – NO RELIABLE CASH MACHINES ON THE ISLAND!
– FIRST AID KIT
– TOILETRIES – DON’T STRESS,WE OFFER FREE SHOWER AMENITIES AND MOST TOILETRIES CAN BE PURCHASED ON THE ISLAND, ALONG WITH COMPLIMENTARY TOWELS
– SURFBOARD REPAIR KIT
– A GOOD BOOK
– ELECTRICITY ADAPTOR ( INDONESIA IS SAME AS EUROPE- 2 ROUND PINS )
– SNORKELLING GEAR
– WATERPROOF JACKET
– FISHING GEAR, LURES, ROD, SPEARGUN ETC
– DRIVERS LICENSE – INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL