Tanjung Setia, Pesisir Selatan

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Tanjung Setia is a small coastal village on the W. Trans Sumatera Hwy in the Pesisir Selatan district of Lampung province. It has only a few small stores local warungs and an Alfamart. It is a quiet little town and the best time to visit is on Wednesdays and Saturdays when the market up the road in Sumur Jaya is open.

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Tanjung Setia Beach Area

Not long ago (2013) Jl Panati Wisata was a quiet coconut palm lined dirt road that faded out into a dirt track. Today it's a popular destination for international surfers and domestic tourists. Along the 1.5km Tourist Beach Rd (Jl Wisata Pantai) you'll will find a large selection of accommodation. A couple of cafés, warungs and souvenir shops. A fully equipped gym, two surfboard repairers and an ATM machine.

The area was founded on the discovery of Karang Nyimbor (Ujung Bocur) surf break and development targeted the most basic demands of surfers. A wave to surf, a bed to sleep in and a Bintang. It's not really a classic beach holiday destination where you can enjoy an evening walk along a sandy beach while you watch the sunset.

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There are no public areas to enjoy a view of the renowned Indian Ocean or user friendly public access points to the beach. The north end of the beach is a 1.5km stretch of seawalls that protrude beyond the hightide mark making it unsuitable for walking. If you can find a public access point to the south end of the beach at low tide you can walk the 2 kms to Biha.

For the immediate future Tanjung Setia beach remains a destination for international surfers who have only one thing in mind ... chasing their next wave.


Accommodation at Tanjung Setia beach is constantly expanding but still caters almost exclusively to international surfers. Facilities however can vary considerably. From shared rooms with a fan and cold water showers, resorts like Lovina Krui Surf with pool, restaurant and karaoke bar to the unique Sumatran Tiger Resort with it's fully equiped fitness centre and health conscious management.

 Be aware that most room rates in the Tanjung Setia and Krui area are per person per night.

Cafe's and Restaurants

Good healthy food is something lacking in the Krui area. The local markets have an extremely poor selection of fresh fruit and vegetables which is reflected in what's offered at the local restaurants and warungs. Overcooked poor quality rice with chicken or fish is the standard. In short the Krui area is a culinary disaster zone.

Indonesian Cusine

Most local warungs offer very basic meals and most if not all load their meals with MSG. Imagine a small bowl or Mie Ayam soup with 1/2 teaspoon of MSG added to enhance the flavour!

There are a few warungs along the main hwy where a meal and iced tea costs IDR 20,000 to IDR 30,000. The warungs along the beach road cater mostly to foreign tourists which is reflected in the price, menu selection and adapted receipes.

Western Cusine Cafés & Restaurants

Authentic western café style food can be enjoyed at the ever popular Lani's on Jl Wisata Pantai. There are no à la carte or table d'hôte restaurants that serve authentic western cuisine in the Tanjung Setia or Krui area.

Coffee Shops

Leafy's on Wisata Pantai is the only western style coffee shop in the area. If you're a cappuccino latte connoisseur looking for your fix remember that fresh milk is not readily available in the area.

Fast Food Chains

There are none.

 It's probably safer to not eat chicken after a recent power outage as most local warungs do not have backup generators for refrigeration.

Tanjung Setia Events

The WSL Krui Pro surf competition is Tanjung Setia's major event. It runs for 8 days in May or June at Ujung Bocur but all the major surf breaks are overrun with competitors for 2 weeks. The chances of the average surfer scoring waves during this period are almost zero.