The islands are around 50kms off of the southwest coast of Aceh and comprise two main islands: Tuangku (Great Banyak) and Bangkaru, with dozens of little ones surrounding them. The main town of the Banyak Islands is Alaban on Tuangku, the largest island. Bago Island is on the eastern side of Tuangku and also has some decent surf and habitation.
Surf charters are popular out to the Banyak Islands, with many named and nameless breaks. There are all sorts of waves here, including big left- and right-handers, deep barrels, and line peelers. The best thing is that most breaks are uncrowded, plus there’s the option to go trekking in the rainforests in the main islands, as well as snorkeling and fishing.