Secluded along the western coast of Lampung, beyond the thick forests of the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park lies an enchanting hidden paradise called Tanjung Setia Beach. Although obscured from spotlights, the waves at Tanjung Setia are touted as among the world's best by surfers from all over the globe, and at par with the world famous surf of Hawaii.
Located some 273 kms or some 6-7 hours driving from the province’s capital Bandar Lampung, in the Tanjung Setia Village of the West Lampung district, the Tanjung Setia Beach lies directly in the path of the large Indian Ocean currents that enhance it with constant fascinating waves. Nonetheless, the beach itself has yet to attain the kind of fame in the international circuit, as have its counterparts in Bali or Lombok. This, of course, translates into fewer tourists and more surf to go round.
During the peak surfing months, which last from June to August, waves can reach up to six and even spectacular seven meters in height and stretch for as long as 200 meters, making them a prime playground for surfers. Sticking to a true surfer's lifestyle, these tides’ riders often stay up to two weeks during a single visit, craving for ever bigger and better waves.
Tanjung Setia also boasts a near virgin condition and some stunning natural beauty. Its soft white sandy beaches that stretch from shore to shore and breathtaking sunsets offer their own fascinating attractions next to the challenging waves. The shores of Tanjung Setia Beach are also decorated with lush palm trees that give it a picturesque landscape and relaxing ambience as one waits for the perfect waves.
Far from the shorelines and raging waves, the seas off the coast of Tanjung Setia Beach await fishing enthusiasts to discover their rich treasures. From all the various collection of fish, the legendary Blue Marlin giant fish obviously outshines other catch. Locally known as Iwa Tuhuk, Blue Marlins here can weigh roughly between 50 to 70 Kilograms and measure up to 170 cm in length. The sensation of heaving in the reel in a fight against one of these deep sea beasts is an experience unmatched by any other.
The diving sites here are also legendary among dive aficionados, although nowhere near as popular as their counterparts in Manado or, again, in Bali.
Given its unspoilt beauty and strategically secluded location, the term hidden pearl suits this pristine beach most perfectly. Its indulging waters and challenging waves combined with relaxing un-crowded beaches make this a perfect destination both for adrenalin-pumping junkies and getaway seekers.