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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bono Surf Schedule : Schedule of the Occurrence of Bono Waves in Kampar River, Riau Indonesia

Schedule of the Occurrence of Bono Waves in Kampar River, Riau Indonesia

Are you interested in visiting attractions of bono waves that exist in the Kampar River Riau, Indonesia? You should make sure to know when the right time to visit the location of the greatest tourist site. Visiting to the site of bono wave at the right time will surely make your visit more rewarding, because you will be able to see the bono waves with better heights. Especially for those surfers who want to enjoy the river and conquer the wave heights that is very stimulating the body's adrenaline hormone. At the right time, you can meet and surf with other surfers from different countries, which of course will make you expand more and more experience in surfing.

Bono usually occurs on every date 10-20 of Malay month in Arabic Year that is commonly referred by local people to as "Big Moon" or "Full Moon”. Usually, bono waves are significant at 13-16 months of the Malay in Arabic Year. Wave that occurs usually is in white and brown color, it is following the color of the water after Kuala Kampar. In addition, bono also occurs on every “dark of moon" that is the end and the beginning of the month (first date) on Arabic Year. The greatest bono usually occurs in the rainy season when the water flow is large enough in Kampar River, about November and December. Bono began to form and grow on either side of Muda Island, due to the narrowing of the river channel because of the island (Muda Island) in the middle of the river channel.

The greatest bono occurs in Tanjung Perbilahan, which is formed due to the meeting of bono that had formed on either side of Muda Island. Depth of the river around the bono waves is not deep, only about 1-2 meters with part of a certain flows that have depth of 10-15 meters to flow the ship transportation. Nevertheless, this flow is always moving due to fundamental shifts in the river because of the bono waves. Therefore, for the ships that would pass through this area to get out of the Kuala Kampar to Tanjung Batu, Selat Panjang, Tanjung Pinang, Batam, or even Singapore should use people who become directors or commonly called "tekong" to indicate that the flow can pass through the ships.

Schedule of Occurrence Bono Kampar River in 2013

This schedule is made by Attayaya based on estimates the movement of the moon:


11 – 13 January 2013 (M)
27 – 30 January 2013 (P)
10 – 12 February 2013 (M)
26 – 28 February 2013 (P)
11 – 13 March 2013 (M)
27 – 30 March 2013 (P)
10 – 12 April 2013 (M)
26 – 28 April 2013 (P)
09 – 11 Mei 2013 (M)
25 – 27 Mei 2013 (P)
08 – 10 June 2013 (M)
24 – 26 June 2013 (P)
07 – 10 July 2013 (M)
23 – 25 July 2013 (P)
06 – 08 August 2013 (M)
21 – 23 August 2013 (P)
05 – 07 September 2013 (M)
19 – 21 September 2013 (P)
04 – 06 October 2013 (M)
18 – 20 October 2013 (P) (B)
03 – 05 November 2013 (M) (B)
17 – 19 November 2013 (P) (B)
02 – 04 December 2013 (M) (B)
17 – 19 December 2013 (P) (B)


01 – 03 Januari 2014 (M) (B) – Bertepatan dengan Tahun Baru 2014
16 – 18 Januari 2014 (P) (B)
01 - 02 Februari 2014 (M)
13 - 15 Februari 2014 (P)
01 - 03 Maret 2014 (M)
13 - 15 Maret 2014 (P)
30 Maret - 1 April 2014 (M)
13 - 15 April 2014 (P)


22 - 24 OktobeR 2014 (M) (B)
04 - 07 NovembeR 2014 (P) (B)
22 - 24 NovemBer 2014 (M) (B)
05 - 07 Desember 2014 (P) (B)
21 - 23 Desember 2014 (M) (B)


02 - 05 Januari 2015 (P) (B) Tidak bertepatan dengan Tahun Baru 2015

Approximate description:
Schedule of Occurrence Bono Kampar River 2013 is calculated based on Moon Calendar / Malay Year or Hijri Year on 1434-1435 H
(P) = Full Moon / middle of Malay month
(M) = Dark of Moon / early of Malay month
(B) = Bono Waves Kampar River with a large range between 4-6 meters. In addition, it is usually of medium size with a height of 3 meters for a specific location. (Source: http://www.attayaya.net)

Having regard to the time schedule about the bono waves, of course, could be a reference for you to choose the right time to visit to Meranti Bay, where the location of the male bono waves that are recognized as the world's biggest bono waves. Bono in Kampar River is one of the world wonders from Riau for Indonesia.

Source :
Jadwal Terjadinya Ombak Bono di Sungai Kampar, Riau Indonesia
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Legend and Myth of the Bono Waves Origin in Kampar River, Riau Province

Scientifically, bono waves are one of superb natural phenomenon that rarely occurs. The waves are big like we usually find at sea, but they are formed in a river. Bono waves are formed due to the impact of three currents from Melaka Strait, South China Sea, and Kampar River. Because of the impact, the waves in the Kampar River estuary can reach up to 4-5 meters in height with a thundering sound ahead. Only intellectuals believe at this scientific phenomenon. Meanwhile, local people have their own legends about that Bono wave. Many stories and myths from local people make this superb phenomenon more appealing.

Local people believe that Bono waves in Kampar River is the Male Bono and Bono waves in Rokan River is the Female Bono, near Bagansiapi-api city. Bono in Kampar estuary consists of three waves which look like horses and called the Bono mother. On very high tides, Bono will go to Rokan River meeting the Female Bono, then, heading to Malaka strait. That is why on half-moon or very low tides, Bono is not found in both rivers. During the moon’s quarter phase, Bono is back to its origin place and passing Kampar River and Rokan River. On the full moon, bono is racing on both rivers.

Local people of Kuala Kampar are already familiar with Bono since childhood. That is why children, teenagers, and adults regard Bono as their friends where they can do an agility game canoeing on Bono, they called Bekudo Bono. Local people often go to areas where bono is not too big such as in confluence of Kampar River (Sangar River, Turip, Serkap, Kutub, and Kerumutan River). The game is too risky; your canoe will be thrown into the cliff and crashed into pieces once you make a mistake. However, since childhood, the Bono players already know exactly the safe place to play with Bono.

Local peoples surfing on Bono waves using surf board

In the past, a particular ceremony is held before playing with Bono to ensure the players’ safety. The ceremony is named Semah which should be held at morning or noon. This ceremony is led by a Bomo or Datuk or an elder in the village. The purpose is to ensure the safety of all players when riding the Bono and to protect them from any danger. Besides, there is a mystical story related to Bono waves, a story about bloodbath in Mempusun or Mempusun is Covered by Blood and the establishment of Pelalawan Kingdom in 1822 AD.

People say that Malay warriors are often challenged and tested their agility by riding the Bono waves. Whoever succeeds conquering those strong waves will be regarded as a powerful warrior with a great strength. Another story tells that the waves formerly consist of seven big waves of ghosts. In the Dutch colonial era, Dutch's ships were hardly entering Kuala Kampar because of this wave. One of the Dutch commanders gave an order to shoot the big waves. Wondering why, one of the big waves shot by Dutch cannon never appear until now. Thus, only six Bono big waves remain this day.

However, the game becomes a regular game which can be played anytime. But, the game is only done during the day, whilst no matter how brave they are, they do not dare to try it at evening. It is because the risk is too high. If you are afraid or terrified to take part at Bono game, you can watch Bono from the land. If you dare, you can play with many small boats available there. The important thing is you should be a good swimmer as you drive the Bono. This game is similar to surfing on the waves at a beach because the area is large with a big challenge.

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