Pulau Banyak in West Sumatra, Indonesia is an ultimate hidden paradise!
We immediately fell in love with this place and believe you will love it as well.
There are 8 tips from us What to do and what to see in the Banyak Islands as well as an approximate price for 2 people for 7 nights.
What to do in Pulau Banyak and how much does 1 week in Banyak Islands cost
We spent 1 week in the Banyak Islands and it was one of the best weeks of our lives!
Because this destination is off the beaten track and its not easy to gather information about it, we have created for you this Ultimate Travel Guide.
There are 8 tips from us
What to do and what to see in Banyak Islands
as well as an approximate price for 2 people for 7 nights.
Snorkelling in Pulau Banyak
Tailana Island, Sikandang Island or Asok Island is the perfect places to grab a mask and flippers and admire the rich marine life.
You can rent the snorkelling gear at every island for 50k IDR per day.
At Sikandang Island you have a chance to spot dolphins, turtles and whales. At Rago Rago Island is a possibility to see Sea-cow.
Kayaking in Pulau Banyak
This was our favourite thing to do! Rent a kayak or small fishing boat and explore the nearby Islands or the Island you stay on itself. One day will cost you 150k IDR and half a day 100k IDR.
Island hopping in Banyak Islands
Just ask the owner of a bungalow you are staying at to call a charter small boat and the driver will take you on every Island you will choose! The price varies on how many people and where you wanna go to.
Camping in Pulau Banyak
Camping is allowed on most of the Islands. Just ask the local fishermen to drive you there. If you don´t have your own tent, you can rent it for 60k IDR per night. The camping gear is not gonna be waterproof so keep that in your mind. As well as there are mosquitos with (a small) possibility of malaria.
The most recommended Islands for camping are Asok Island and Pandan Island.
Surfing in Banyak Islands
Most of the surfing resorts are in Ujung Lolok. But you can get a charter local boat from Balai Island as well. Surfing charter boats will take you than on their secret spots near Tuangku Island and Bangkaru Island.
Jungle trekking in Banyak Islands
Pulau Tuangku (Tuangku Island) is the best island for jungle trekking. The starting point is in Haloban, where is easy to find guides with the necessary equipment.
There is a 350m high mountain which takes around 3 hours to climb up and offers a beautiful view. You can visit as well the Crocodile River, caves or waterfalls.
Fishing in Banyak Islands
If you have your own fishing gear with you, you can rent a boat without an engine for 150k IDR per day and go fishing as we did!:)
Otherwise, just ask locals to take you with them and you can learn some more traditional ways of fishing.
Check our Instagram to see our video One day in paradise
How to catch and cook, get coconuts of the tree and free diving in Pulau Banyak on your own.
Sunrise /Sunset watching
The only Island where you can watch sunrise and sunset from is Balai Island.
At Tailana Island is a spectacular place on the beach to watch the sunset, with bending Palm tree in front of you.
Sikandang Island has a beautiful spot just in front of Nina’s Bungalow to view the Sun rising.
How much money do I need for Banyak Islands Sumatra travelling
Keep in your mind there is no ATM at Pulau Banyak, so you need to withdraw your cash money in Singkil harbour or better in Medan airport.
The ferry from the harbour to the main Island in Banyaks is 50k IDR per person. There you will probably have lunch for 30k IDR and you will continue to your final Island destination. In case you are going to Tailana Island as we did, you will pay another 300k IDR per boat to get there.
Accommodation costs 375k IDR per two people per night with all day food and drinks.
If you will need to rent snorkelling gear, you will pay 30k IDR per day.
To rent a kayak and explore nearby Islands you will need 150k IDR per day.
And one-day snorkelling trip by boat plus visit to the traditional village will cost you about 300k IDR per person.
To get from Tailana to Sikandang Island costs 200k IDR per boat.
Nina´s bungalow charges 400k IDR per two people per night with 3x meals and drinks.
From Sikandang Island back to Balai we paid 100k IDR and then 50k IDR for big fishing boat or ferry back to Singkil harbour.
The expenses really depends on where you stay, how long and what everything you wanna do and see. So this is a very approximate amount we think on average you can spend for 1 week in Banyak Islands if it´s two people travelling together!
4 200 000 IDR (420 AUD)
7 nights for two people
meals and water included
one day boat trip
two days renting a kayak
ferry + boats there and back