GENERAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TO EASE YOUR TRIP
HOW DO I GET TO KRUI IN SOUTH SUMATRA?
The first thing you must do is to search for flights to Jakarta International airport (Soekarno Hatta), and our general advise would be to buy a separate flight to Bandar Lampung in South Sumatra.
Bandar Lampung airport (TK Tanjung Karang) is at present, the closest and most reliable option of entry to South Sumatra by plane, yes there has been a flight to Krui into Krui airport but we will see this further down
There are some local airlines that offer easy online bookings for the short flight from Jakarta to Bandar Lampung:
Check out Garuda Indonesia (being the most reliable), Sriwijaya Air or Lionair.
Check out also all options in www.traveloka.com which is the most popular and reliable booking engine for domestic flights in Indonesia.
Please bear in mind if you arrive from an international flight to Jakarta airport you should allow yourself at least 3 hours before catching your next flight to Bandar Lampung
Domestic flights (in case you are travelling from another Indonesian airport) will always have a stopover in Jakarta before transit to your next flight to Bandar Lampung.
CAN I FLY TO KRUI?
You can fly to Krui from Bandar Lampung, however this flight has been on and off since last November 2019
The flight generally leaves 3 times a week BL-KR / KR-BL although it is not the most reliable way to travel to Krui as flights suddenly can get cancelled due to lack of passengers or very little passengers.
The best way is that you check directly in the booking platform where you'll be able to find out if they fly.
Bandar Lampung airport is also called Tanjung Karang when searching flights.
Yes boards can be taken on the plane but will have a fee upon arrival at the airport.
HOW DO I GET FROM BANDAR LAMPUNG TO BEOCEAN KRUI? AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
From Bandar Lampung to BeOcean Krui you can travel by car (they all have AC) and we can organise all airport services with our trustworthy drivers.
The journey takes 6 hours (each way) and there is a strict maximum capacity of 4 passengers per car
When you make a reservation you can select the add on airport services to your booking and prepay these services before arrival (recommended)
WHAT TYPE OF VEHICLE AM I EXPECTING?
We work with local transport companies and they generally have Toyota or Mitsubishi vehicles all with AC.
Cars have a maximum capacity of 4 passengers (adults) on arrival and departure as luggage and surf bags must be considered as part of the weight cars can take.
WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY LUGGAGE FOR MY NEXT SURF TRIP TO KRUI?
We recommend you bring 2 to 3 boards depending on your surf. Waves over here are generally between 3ft-8ft and the bigger swells can get you up to 12ft.
Bodyboarders also recommended to bring at least 2 bodyboards.
Second set of fins / second pair of bodyboard fins
Extra leg/arm rope
High protection sunscreen
You should also consider including in your luggage:
Hat or cap to protect from the sun outside the water
Sarong or scarf
Long sleeve cotton shirt and long trousers.
Mosquito repellent for the tropics
Trainers/sneakers or trekking boots for those interested in trekking
First aid kit with essentials for the tropics
For woman, bear in mind you are not able to buy tampons over here, so bring some extra!
Suggested items you might want to bring:
Fishing gear, spearfishing gun
WHAT TYPE OF VISA DO I NEED TO ENTER INDONESIA?
Indonesia has a 30 day tourist visa available for most countries (VOA visa on arrival) free of charge, therefore you should be granted the VOA at your port of entry.
For further details on countries with free VOA please check
When entering the Indonesian country your passport must have a minimum 6 month validity.
If you intend to stay longer than 30 days we recommend visiting the Indonesian embassy web page in your country of origin and/or to find out more about other visas
WHAT ABOUT MONEY, HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
At BeOcean you can settle ALL your bar tabs and extra services BY CARD, however you should have some cash on you for paying locally, something in the region of 700.000 IDR/ per week stay per person.
If you intend to pay all by cash once you are here we recommend something in the region of 2.500.000 IDR/ 3.000.000 IDR per week stay, depending on how many people are travelling and what services will be paid by cash, this can be per person or per couple
Take into consideration:
There are no money changers in the area.
If you like to bring some cash we recommend you change your money in the Jakarta airport before embarking your flight to Bandar Lampung as you will get a much better rate.
Otherwise you may withdraw money in one of the ATM's in Krui where most cards are accepted nowadays.
In Bandar Lampung airport there are also ATM’s available in case you want some cash before setting off
WHAT ABOUT LOCAL CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS?
Sumatra is dominated by the Muslim religion, having a moderate and mellow Muslim approach in the Krui region, however when leaving our premises you should take into consideration their local customs.
Indonesians are very much attached to their traditions, ethnics and religion believes.
If you have any questions related to their customs or traditions during your stay please do not hesitate asking as we can give you plenty of information on this matter!
Over the years, we have made good friends and have met incredible people, some of which have taught us real lessons of modesty making us feel very grateful.
Indonesians also have a strong rooted hospitality towards foreigners that visit their country which could explain the genuine smiles and their curiosity when you meet them!
Dressing: for men is perfectly fine to wear boards and t-shirt when going around.
Woman are generally advised to wear modest and discrete garments, especially if they are invited or come across a formal gathering. Nevertheless (as personal experiences) you can perfectly go around places wearing discrete t-shirts and singlets, discrete short trousers and skirts just above your knees.
If you're strolling down the beach we recommend girls to take a sarong, whereas with guys it's more easygoing just to wear your boardies and no t-shirts.
There is definitely a huge difference from cultures when foreigners visit this area, specially because it's a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, but this in fact makes it more attractive...enjoying its differences...
In our premises we sell beer, wine and some other spirits when available.
We have a selection of wines that are available to purchase by the bottle.
You are welcomed to bring your own spirits always remembering the laws in Indonesia of maximum 1lt per person, nevertheless you can check in the airport.
With this we remind travellers that Indonesia has very strict laws on possession of illicit substances therefore it is advisable to avoid any temptation whatsoever when traveling to and from Indonesia.
Please refer to our terms and conditions for more details.
SURF RELATED ISSUES
You should come prepared with extras on your surf gear as suggested above. There is still only one local surf shop which really doesn't offer that many options if you come across gear shortage. There is a good ding repair 30 minutes from our place if you need to use him, we will happily organize taking your board over to him if needed.
At BeOcean we have some surf hardware for sale such as fins, leashes and grips.
The surf in this area is not exactly suited for beginners however there are days when the swell drops and you have some options, but really some surf skills would come in handy to give you a wider surfing choice. Please enquiry.
MANDATORY traveling insurance when coming over to Krui and staying at BeOcean Krui.
Even though in Krui there is a small clinic that can assist minor injuries and a hospital in the Liwa town one hour from Krui they are still not 100% reliable for more specific injuries.
In Krui there are several pharmacies available, though if you require specific medication don't forget to bring plenty with you.
Prior to departure you should seek medical advise when traveling to Indonesia in South East Asia.
Indonesia usually has specific medical and vaccination issues that should be considered and treated accordingly.
With regards to Malaria or Dengue fever, the risk varies according to the area.
The Krui region itself is not classified as a risk area for dengue nor malaria so you shouldn't worry too much during your stay, nevertheless mosquito bites can be uncomfortable specially if you're prone to them, so take care during dusk and dawn by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers, have a strong tropical repellent to put on exposed parts of your body too.
All beds have their own mosquito nets and bedrooms have anti-mosquito plugs.
Sumatra has a very tropical weather with two seasons, the dry season which extends from May to October and the wet season from November to April.
Average outside temperatures 29C, average water temperature 28C.
Humidity levels can reach up to 87%
We can easily arrange either rental scooters which are the most popular way of getting around or a car with a driver which you can rent per half day or full day, please inquiry so we can provide you with the best service
We have 24 hour security in our premises for your peace of mind
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