NORTHERN SUMATRA INDO - AURA SURF RESORT
FAQ'S AND INFO...
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 (easiest way is to go via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur).
Please be aware you are required to pay a USD $25, 30 day visa fee on arrival in Indonesia.
Once you arrive in Medan you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will provide you with your airline tickets for your 1 hr flight to the island.
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.
Once on our island you will be greeted by one of our staff who will transport you and your boards to Aura Surf 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 Aura Surf Resort. You can be surfing the same day!
2- WHATS INCLUDED IN MY STAY?
- Airport transfers to our resort from local airport.
- A surf guide will be able to accompany you to our various surf breaks.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the tariff. Breakfast includes fresh fruit, muesli, fruit juice, coconuts and coconut milk, rice and eggs.
Anything extra to this must be ordered from the menu.
Menu times are from 9:30am to 4:30pm.
The menu offers a basic selection of Eastern and Western foods.
Dinner is from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.
If pre organized, preference of food can be catered for.
The usual standard dinner menu is a mix of vegetables, fish, chicken, eggs, fruit, rice, Indonesian specialties such as Gadogado, Tempe, tofu.
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.
3- HOW DO I MAKE PAYMENT?
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.
The rooms can be separated or opened for bigger groups and families, queen size beds available for couples. There is plenty of wardrobe space in each, plus a sink and bathroom cabinet.
Western style bathroom facilities are attached to the rear of the bungalows.
Each room contains electricity points and fans.
There is a spacious veranda 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 Aura Surf Resort has a beautiful main house. It is equipped with many modern luxuries including bar, dining areas, TV & DVD and plenty of outdoor chill areas.
Aura Surf Resort has 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?
Aura Surf Resort is fortunate to have world class coral reefs close by that offer amazing snorkeling and fishing.
If you are a passionate fisherman or snorkeler we suggest you bring your own gear.
We can take you on day trips 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. There are plenty of things to see and do.
7- CAN I WITHDRAW MONEY ON THE ISLAND?
Aura Surf Resort strongly recommends 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?
Aura Surf Resort is fortunate to be in a very good position.
We are nicely nestled in front of large easily accessible hills, just meters behind Aura Surf Resort.
There are sirens in the nearby mosques and warnings are issued on all local TV shows.
9- SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT MALARIA?
It is a matter of personal choice whether to take anti- malarial medication.
Mosquitoes 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 mosquitoes greatly.
With the above recommendations the chances of getting bitten by a mozzie is extremely minimal.
We suggest applying plenty of mosquitos repellant, but if you are really worried about it… best to bring some meds.
10- HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL I BE SURFING WITH?
What sets this island apart from the rest is that there are NO crowds.
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 BRING ALCOHOL TO THE RESORT?
Alcohol can be consumed on our premises only. Loud and offensive behavior that may affect our neighbors will not be tolerated and may result in an early departure from our resort!
Like most Asian countries, Indonesia has severe penalties towards drug use and trafficking.
We do not condone illegal substances at our resort and guests found to be in possession or under the influence will be asked to promptly leave. You’re here to surf anyway!
12- WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO BRING?
Travel insurance is mandatory during your stay at Aura Surf Resort.
A photocopy of your passport will be needed to provide to local customs authorities, please ensure your passport has 6 months of validity left.
13- CAN I BE CONTACTED DURING MY STAY AT THE RESORT?
Yes. There is good mobile phone coverage at our resort.
Contact your network provider prior to your departure to arrange global roaming.
Family can also contact our resort via our company phone line and email if necessary.
14- HOW MANY & WHAT KIND OF BOARDS SHOULD WE BRING?
We recommend you bring 2-4 surfboards.
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.
It is not uncommon to snap and damage boards while you’re here so come prepared!
15- 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 board shorts 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!
- 3 T-SHIRTS • 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
- COMPULSARY 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, most of this stuff can be purchased on the island
- SURFBOARD REPAIR KIT
- HEAD TORCH
- A GOOD BOOK
- ELECTRICITY ADAPTOR ( INDONESIA IS SAME AS EUROPE- 2 ROUND PINS )
- SNORKELLING GEAR
- WATERPROOF JACKET
- FISHING GEAR, LURES, ROD, SPEARGUN ETC
- DRIVERS LICENCE