Indoecosurf Wave Palace now affiliated with World Surfaris 


IstanaOmbak is a like Nirvana for surfers. A mystical bay with a hollow left one side and a hollow right on the other. Intrepid surfers have been exploring this region for a short while but only those with a knack for the language and intimate knowledge of breaks have found success. East Java Wave Palace offers a chilled out surf trip with world class surf on the doorstep.

Rod Steeles has been coming to Indonesia since the mid 80's, hiring dive boats to trek to spots like Desert Point and G-Land with his mates. As the waves got more crowded he started hitting the Mentawais and Telo Islands. As the Mentawais turned into a circus he moved again and in his travels stumbled across this quiet malaria-free , wave -rich region and decided to put down some roots.

The former President of one of Australia's most respected boardriders clubs - Le-Ba ( Lennox Ballina Boardriders ) - Rod is respected as a powerful surfer who loves nothing better than stylishly charging reefbreak barrels.

2013 was a quiet year for Rod in the water after suffering a string of injuries but he is back in the water now, with some new boards and ready for some sick waves in 2014. He has bought a powerful new boat and is excited about offering some unique Java surfing experiences later in 2014.


Rod refers to this dreamlike bay as Istanaombak translating to Wave Palace in Indonesian. An idyllic bay with palm trees to the shoreline and tall cliffs. A left flanks one side of the bay and a right the other, with a channel separating the two. A perfect bay barrelling down both sides; god couldn't have designed it better. Placing an emphasis on sustainability and minimising their carbon foot print East Java Wave Palace ensures your visit will be relaxing, surf filled, unforgettable and environmentally minimal.

The resort is a collaborative project between the Indonesian Government, Javanese locals, Australian and Indonesian surfers. The resort provides the locals in the area with a new ecologically sustainable industry with economic benefits to the community. The resort is built to western standards and you certainly won't be roughing it.

This area of Java is unlike the Indonesia you may have previously experienced. No hawkers, no nightclubs and best of all NO CROWDS! Just a total escape from the hustle and bustle of Western society with incredible surf, friendly locals and pristine environment and no mosquitos!

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