Damai Bungalows, South Sumatra
21st January 2018
Hi Slim & Hi everyone in Baliwaves world….. Happy New Year to all…… Welcome to the first of many new updates from up here in Lampung Sumatra. 2018 is Damai Bungalow’s 9th season of operation ( holy shit time flies ) and we’re gearing up for what looks like another cracking season ahead…….
Which brings us to the current off season, if I was a windmill, a wind turbine or a bloody kite i’d be stoked, coz that’s been the norm now for quite a few weeks, wind and a couple of cyclonic storms have graced our coastline in Dec & Jan, no other way to describe it…… A run of swell and winds up north prior to Xmas was the highlight but otherwise this off season so far on the whole has been….. shit….. anyone saying otherwise or posting photo’s saying otherwise are full of it…….
However, experience has proven to us the harder it blows during the wet season the better the on season will be, kind of as if it blows itself out before flipping back to trade winds which suits us just fine. This off season has been a mirror of the last….. Last year trades blew consistently for the bulk of the season, and i’m expecting the same for 2018
Dedi, our surf guide/ photographer, was a much appreciated addition to the team last year and the Guru will be back again this year to make sure our guests get the inside info on where and most importantly when the best waves daily can be found. He’s also pretty crafty behind the lens and sells photo packages to our punters at very reasonable prices
Some of the team chose to leave us over the wet season and we wish them all luck with what ever they choose to do. This means we’ll be adding some new staff for the up coming season to make sure our punters are well looked after both in and out of the water. We’re also upgrading facilities for the up coming season but will keep them under wraps till they’re all in place, will let ya’s know hopefully next update.
When i first came to this area in 2001 there was nothing here, but slowly places started to open up which included us in 2010, with the exposure of the region brings new business to the area and competition is good to lift the standard of accommodation and options in the area, The province is also lifting it’s game with better roads, better electricity & garbage collection to name just a few…..
Please be aware however with increased exposure it also brings people looking to cash in on the season with no real care or interest in the locals or the area. It’s amazing the number of ‘locals’ that disappear when the masses do….In years gone by, this area was not being policed by authorities and people could fly under the radar….. Those days are gone!!!!!! Tax, permits & immigration regulations are all now being enforced and monitored, the hammer is swinging so please choose carefully with where you want to stay,……….. 😉
At the moment major bookings kick off in just 3 short weeks, still a lot to do but we’ll get it all done and be ready for you all this season and beyond…… If you’re looking at heading up this way our advice is don’t leave it too long to inquire, especially if you have a larger group. I’ve chosen to again hold guests to just 12 so we can maintain good levels of service to all our guests, no need or want for 30 punters in camp.
I’d again like to thank Slim for the support of Damai from all the team here. Where ever you may all be heading I hope you all stay safe, abide by the rules and generally have a rocking good time here in Indo, and get shacked!!!!…….Keep well everyone and hope we cross paths sometime in the future
Rip it…… Jungle Jas…….
p.s All attached photo’s were taken by Dedi last season, looking forward to some more this season