Welcome to Batu Karas
The main surfing beach is the smaller one, and it's a sweet bay tucked between two rocky headlands. The other is a long arcing black-sand number packed with pontoon fishing boats that shove off each night looking for fresh catch in the tides. There's good swimming, with sheltered sections that are calm enough for a dip, but many visitors are here for the breaks, and there’s a lot of surf talk.
On weekends, however, it can become inundated with domestic tourists. The best time to surf and relax here is midweek.