Surfing Bono

How long is your longest wave? I bet one minute is absolutlety long for regular surf. Bono wave can give you 2 hours total of surfing!

Surfing Bono

Experienced surfing Bono about 3 years ago, Gemala still remember the excitement of the super long wave durinng riding along the Kampar river.

Bono, the name they gave to the wave, located near Meranti Village in the remote area of Riau province. Took about 4 hours driving from Pekanbaru. The car can be rent from Pekanbaru or Teluk Meranti.

Some season will have a perfect size wave like more than 3 foot, and some months will have smaller wave. Be ready with all condition, don’t leave your loangboard behind as you need it for small wave.

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Tips:

  • The rooms will have basic fasilities (as you yan see in the video. Don’t expect too much, but they cn give you the longest wave in your live.
  • The bathroom using the water directly from the river, so always use the water bottle at least to brush your teeth.
  • No aircon in the room, protect your self from the mosquito by bring a mosquito repelent or a net.
  • Never left the sunscreen behind.
  • A hat or something to cover up your head during hours at the river is a wise one.

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The video of our trip to bono

For more info about Surfing Bono, don’t hesitate to contact the local operator.

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Bajau People of Wakatobi

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Also known as the Sea Gypsy, the elderly people of Bajau few years ago wandering between islands of north Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philipine. Here’s our story when visiting the Bajau Village at Wakatobi.

Bajau People of Wakatobi

That’s why they are borderless and not identified from their nationality. As nomads, they live on their small wooden boat with their family, and barely go to the shore unless to sell their catch and to buy some supplies.

In this video, Wet Traveler visit one Bajau traditional village located in Hoga island. Hoga island is one of the islands of Wakatobi, a regency in south east Sulawesi.

When the Bajau live on an island they build their wooden houses literally above the sea, and connect their houses with small bridge that only fit for two person. The pole of the houses can be as hight as about 4 meter, the height that they believe is perfect during high tide, and not to high for them to reach the water using the ‘timba’ (bucket for water).

The bond between Bajau people and the ocean are so strong. They will feel sick if they have to live on land. Parents introduce the ocean to their babies from their early age. No wonder the ocean is their playground.

Our video during visiting the Bajau village at Wakatobi

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Wet Traveler – Simpati #GoDiscover Sasando

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#GoDiscover Sasando. Setelah berbulan-bulan, akhirnya Gemala berhasil juga menyelesaikan buku tentang Alor-nya. Ia lantas menyambangi Rote untuk surfing, sebagai self reward atas keberhasilannya. Buatnya, irama ombak di Rote memang sangat menyenangkan. Ombaknya tidak terlalu tinggi, tidak juga terlalu rendah. Pas untuk surfing santai sambil menikmati matahari. Tak hanya ombaknya, musik tradisional Rote yang berasal dari alat musik bernama Sasando juga menarik banget. Sayang, tidak banyak seniman Sasando yang bertahan di tengah derasnya era globalisasi, Gemala dan tim Wet Traveler berhasil menemui Jeremiah Pia, seorang seniman Sasando untuk belajar langsung proses pembuatan dan cara memainkan Sasando.

simPATI – Wet Traveler Ep. 09 – #GoDiscover Lubuk Bigau

Hidup adalah perjuangan. Kadang berat, tapi kalau berhasil melaluinya maka reward yang akan kita dapat juga sangat menyenangkan. Seperti terlihat dalam episode Wet Traveler kali ini, simPATI bersama Gemala dan Pinneng mengajak kita untuk berjalan merambahi hutan, melalui jalan berlumpur dan banyak obstacle lain demi mencapai sebuah air terjun nan menawan yang terletak di tengah hutan. Kita bisa melihat perjuangan mereka melewati medan yang lumayan berat. Harus berhadapan dengan liarnya hutan Indonesia serta cuaca yang kurang bersahabat. Semangat #GoDiscover mendorong mereka untuk pantang menyerah dalam menemukan indahnya air terjun perawan, Lubuk Bigau.

simPATI – Wet Traveler Ep. 08 – #GoDiscover Bono

Episode kali ini, Gemala ngajak kita untuk #GoDiscover tempat surfing yang benar-benar berbeda. Bukan, surfing di internet lho! Melainkan di sebuah sungai bernama Kampar yang terletak di Kep. Riau. Di sini, Gemala juga berhasil ‘menunggangi ombak’ selama lebih dari 30 menit! Memecahkan rekor pribadinya yang biasanya sekitar 40 detik. Ayo #GoDiscover serunya, sambil cari tahu gimana ceritanya, ada ombak di sungai yang biasanya tenang!

simPATI – Wet Traveler Ep. 07 – #GoDiscover SERAYA

Di episode ini, Pinneng dan Gemala jalan-jalan ke Bali! Tepatnya Seraya, di bagian timur dan Balian di barat Bali. Keduanya punya misi yang berbeda. Kalau Pinneng ingin “bertemu” langsung sama Harlequinn Shrimp, Gemala ingin #GoDiscover ombak di Balian. Kira-kira kayak apa ya perjalanan mereka? #GoDiscover juga soal Harlequinn Shrimp, udang cantik yang namanya diambil dari tokoh dalam pementasan komedi.

simPATI – Wet Traveler Ep.06 #GoDiscover CIMAJA

Namanya juga surfer, kalau sedang stuck sama sesuatu dan butuh refreshment, Gemala langsung paddling down the ocean and riding the wave! Ini juga yang terjadi ketika ia mengalami writer’s block di tengah proses pengerjaan bukunya. Tak butuh waktu lama, ia langsung pergi ke Cimaja. Menurutnya, ombak di sini sangat konsisten dan fun.

Di episode kali ini, simPATI bersama Wet Traveler akan mengajak kamu untuk #GoDiscover serunya mencari tutut bersama anak-anak Cimaja. Seru banget ya! Ada yang pernah makan tutut?