Lombok , island (4,725 sq km), E Indonesia, one of the Lesser Sundas, separated from Bali by the Strait of Lombok. The volcanic and mountainous terrain rises to 12,224 ft (3,726 m) at Mt. Rinjani (Rindjani). Its southern area is a fertile plain producing corn, rice, coffee, cotton, and tobacco. The island is inhabited mainly by Sasaks, Muslims of Malay descent; there are also Balinese and ethnic Chinese. First visited by the Dutch in 1674, Lombok became part of the Netherlands East Indies in 1894. The English naturalist A. R. Wallace noted that Lombok is on the line where the fauna of Asia and Australia meet. A state university is in Mataram.
Lombok has basically two seasons – wet and dry. The wet season generally occurs from November through to February, with heavy monsoon rainfall and cloud. During this time it can be quite humid but still hot. The dry season from March to October can still experience rain but is generally fine, clear and hot with average temperatures around 28″C. Around August and September it can also be quite breezy. The best months for good surf are June , July and August.
The national language is Bahasa Indonesia and various dialects are also spoken throughout Indonesia. English is taught as a second language in all schools. English is widely spoken in most tourist areas and generally wherever you travel no matter how remote, someone can be found who speaks English. There is usually no shortage of locals wanting to try out their English skills.
the main religion of Lombok is Muslim although there is also a Hindu population particularly in the tourist areas.
Kuta Beach in Lombok is unrelated to the Balinese namesake and although it is usually the place that most surfers choose to stay, it is nothing like the often crowded Kuta beach in Bali. Kuta beach is a long stretch of brilliant white sands that like many of the Beaches on the south coast of Lombok is phenomenally beautiful and straight out of a tropical dream. Kuta beach Lombok remains quiet and tranquil with some awesome restaurants and incredible scenery where with the slightest walk in any direction leading you into true tropical paradise. The beaches are white with crystal clear water that is flat and calm and protected by offshore reefs that provide fun for the surfers . Kuta beach can also be spelt Kute beach’ or Pantai Kute’ in case of confusion and here you will find some marvelous rocky outcrops and cliffs that separate the beaches and wonderful hills that are laced with tropical woodlands with breathtaking views.
The surf in the south of Lombok has it all from waves for beginners to some of the best surf in Indonesia. however Kuta is only the base for surfers, to reach the spots a small road or boat journey is in order. It is also possible to hire a surfboard or boogie board although most people choose to bring their own as often the rent boards are in very bad condition, this being said it is still possible to seek out a good one if you know what your looking for or if not, if employ the help of one of our surfguides who does. There are over 17 different surfbreaks that can be accessed from Kuta Beach with waves catering for intermediate to experienced levels of surfers also depending on the wave sizes. Lombok is well renowned as being like Bali was 20 years ago, so if you want to get away from the busy streets of Bali and enjoy some of the best locations for surfing in the world. Lombok should be high up on your Surfing Holiday Destinations list.
LOMBOK SURFARI - has something for everyone
How it works: You will be picked up from your hotel early morning and transferred to the airport for your flights to Lombok. The flight is just 20minutes in Duration. On arrival in Lombok our surfguide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to KUTA BEACH where your accommodation is.. on check in to your room – You will immediately get ready cause you will be going surfing. You will go surfing before and after lunch, everyday you are there except for your first and last day as by the time you get to your accommodation on day 1 will be around midday and on your last day you will have to be at the airport around midday…
ON A BUDGET:
HOTEL FACILITIES: Tropical gardens, Huge Swimming Pool, Restaurant, Reception, telecommunications, Bar and Lounge, internet connection, Satelite television.
ROOM FACILITIES: Standard Fan cooled – has a fan, very clean room and ensuite toilet with cold water shower.
BREAKFAST: TROPICAL BREAKFAST SUPPLIED
The Inn was built following the local and western architectureal style.
THE NEXT STEP UP: Deluxe
Your ROOM: complete with double beds and twin beds, FREE WIFI, airconditioning, television, refrigerator, hot and cold water shower.
RESTAURANT: opened from 6.30am until 12.00 midnight
BAR: serves beer and wine and mocktails
SWIMMING POOL: is the centre of social activities.
LOCATION: Right in the heart of Kuta Lombok, with a great variety of restaurants and shops nearbye.. surf shop next door.. perfect
DOING IT IN STYLE:
HOTEL FACILITIES: Located on the southern shores of Lombok at Kuta Beach, this resort property is one of the best locations and resorts in Indonesia. With 108 airconditioned rooms with private garden and terrace, or treat yourself to stay in one of the 23 sasak villas. With there beachside restaurant the “EMPAT IKAN” Restaurant specialising in local seafood and KAFE CHILLI serves delicious light meals and snacks. There are 4 pools, also a lounge and beach bar, health and spa pavilions, a busy daily activity program, evening entertainment and a kiddies pool and the Dolfi Kids Club. Baby sitting available, shops and beauty salon, Interconnecting rooms, internet access, fitness centre and table tennis.
ROOM FACILITIES: Superior, Deluxe and Sasak Villas have airconditioning, fridge/minibar, satellite TV, in-house movies, IDD phone, room service (24hrs), hairdryer, in-room safe and tea/coffee mading facilities.
BREAKFAST: AMERICAN BREAKFAST SUPPLIED
INCLUSIONS: Return hotel to airport transfers in Bali and Lombok, Return airfare Bali – Lombok, Accommodation at either of hotels (minimum 2 night)including breakfast, Surftrips: 1st and last day (1 surf trip) all other days 2 surf trips.
SURF SESSION: On the first day you will be met by your surfguide on arrival to set you up with your surfing program for the following day. With surfbreak reports and locations, tide report etc…For the afternoon surf………. EVERYDAY you will have a driver and vehicle and surf guide ready to take you to the best surf location depending on the conditions. All transportation is included (car and boat) as well as the surf guide to show you the way and make sure the locals don’t take all the waves… On your last day you will have time for a morning surf before you check out from your room. Store your luggage in reception and then head off for another surf. Before you are transferred back to the airport.. Where you will be met by our rep on arrival into bali and transferred to your hotel
‘SURFABLE ALL YEAR AROUND’
BEST MONTHS: JANUARY – NOVEMBER
MAWI – Requires at least 2-3 feet to work There are 2 breaks – a long slow left and a very fast hollow right-hander. Both can be easily affected by wind and is best surfed at Mid-tide… Transport: Around 30minutes from Kuta Beach…
MAWUN – Requires a 3 foot wave to break properly 2 breaks – with both left and right hand peaks. Has good protection from the wind. Location is perfection with pristine beaches and natural scenery. Transport: Around 20 minutes from Kuta Beach
AIR GULING – Requires a 2 foot wave to be surfable. Best at 4-6 feet. 2 breaks – a hollow shifty left, best at mid to Hightide a nice right with a fast inside section, best at low to Midtide Has reasonable protection from the wind.
Transport: 20 minutes drive and a 20 minute walk or just 20 minutes by boat from Kuta Beach.
TANJUNG AAN – A left on the west side of the bay, can be O.K. at 3 ft and up, this wave shifts around a lot. Transport: 20 minutes walk around the beach from Kuta Indah or 5 minutes from Novotel.
SIGAR – Best in a small swell 1-3foot. A shorter right peak which can sometimes barrel, although is easily affected by wind. Best at Midtide. Transport: 10 minutes drive or a 25 minute walk
GRUPUK – Has 4 breaks (2 left and 2 right)
Smaller left on the inside east shore
Larger left on the outside east shore with shifts around
A fun right on the western shore which is the best on bigger swell, with a steep take off section that tapers out to a full shoulder. The inside section further inshore is a fun right-hander also.
All have fair wind protection and is best from 3 foot and up, but can be surfed when it is smaller, the most consistent destination as it peaks up the swell easily.
Transport: 25 minutes drive and then a 10 minute boat ride.
EKA’s BAY – 2 breaks
Eka’s outside works on a big swell of 3-5foot with a nice barrel.
Eka’s inside has a nice easy peak and also needs around 2 -3 foot to work. It is a fun wave (good for beginners)
DESERT POINT – This wave is also known as Bangko-Bangko, it has established itself as a top surfing point. It is a full day out as it takes around 2/2.5 hrs to travel to…This Left – Hander has a fast inside section, with a shifty take-off area, it barrels and walls along the reef, a long ride….Best on Mid-tides…
PLEASE NOTE: If you go surfing at Desert Point or Eka’s Bay you will only have time for 1 surftrip in the day as it takes around 3hrs traveling time…
FEB 23rd 2010
Back from our holiday, thanks for arranging. We had a fabulous time. Highly recomend it. Had a wonderful relax and some good waves even though it was the off season. Michael at world surfaris in Bali was also very helpful also, he organised a trip to Bali safari and marine park which was awsome. He also gave me some good advise on where to buy a new camera as my packed it in in Lombok. Guys doing transfers very good, spoke good english and punctual. The staff even gave me a camera to use when mine stuffed up then put all my shots on a cd to bring home. Everything about it was excellent we will be going back again. I’ve filled in questionaire and posted to you, just had to let you know how good it was.
Barbara and Phillip Jones.
Packages: from minimum of 2 nights.
Inclusions: Hotel transfers in Bali, return airfares (30 min flight), Accommodation, Breakfast and your own personal surfguide with vehicle and boat trips included everyday.
Suitability: for singles, couples, families, small groups
Waves: Grupuk, Mawi, Sigar, Mawun, Tanjung Aan, Air Guling, Desert Point and Ekas.
Best Season: Breaks all year around but best is January till November