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Located 20 km from the coastal city of Krui, or about 60 km from Liwa Regency, West Lampung, Tanjung Setia is well known not only for its beautiful surfing location and big wave surfing —as high as 7 meters and and as long as 200 meters—but also for sea treasure like tuna and blue marlin inhabiting in abundance, to say nothing of its beauty. Because of this, Tanjung Setia is called a buried pearl.
It’s been recorded that more than 2,000 foreign visitors came to Tanjung Setia in West Lampung to surf. Most of the visitors come from Australia and New Zealand. They have come equipped with their surfing gear—surfing board, surfing clothes, and surfing sunglasses. They usually stay for a week or more just to enjoy the big waves on Tanjung Setia. Its surf equals that of Bali surfing and Nias Island, and this has made visitors to Tanjung Setia feel at home and prefer staying there longer on their surfing trip.
How to get to Tanjung Setia, Krui, and West Lampung:
It depends on where you will start. If you fly from Jakarta, at Radin Inten Airport you can rent a minibus that takes you there via Kota Agung, Wonosobo and Krui. It takes you about 4 or 5 hours. If you want to cut corners on your expense, take a bus (Krui Putra bus) from Rajabasa bus terminal in Bandar Lampung. Your surfing board will be safe on the roof of the bus. This costs you around Rp.50.000 or 60.000, -- per person excluding your surfing board and other gears.
During your stay in Tanjung Setia, you can stay in a coastal city of Krui; there are decent hotels to stay in during your surfing holiday. Krui residents are used to your being there and they are very friendly and nice people to be with as well. Should you have any questions regarding this, do not hesitate to contact me.
Other than surfing, visitors can also enjoy beach combing, diving, swimming, fishing or just lie down on its white sandy beach. Actually, you can do almost anything as far as beach activities are concerned.
With Tanjung Setia being known to the surfing world, Lampung should be able to promote Tanjung Setia as a potential tourism resort which will derive income for the local government. Up to now, there is no sign of any actions taken by the local government to focus on improvement in the area of tourism. As I noticed when I was passing through, the road to the surfing beach is still badly constructed and some parts of the road are seemingly neglected.