Lombok

Surf Spots
Lombok is one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia. Similar size to Bali but a different shape with a long south facing coastline exposed to the Indian ocean. It is the southern coastline that makes up the majority of the surf spots scattered among Lombok’s many bays.

Spectacular scenery can be found right across the island however it is the southern coastline that displays some truly picturesque landscapes with rolling terrain leading into pure white sand beaches of the southern coastline, providing spectacular vistas.

Most of the surf breaks in Lombok suit beginner to intermediate surfers except the most famous of them all “Desert Point” out on the south-west tip. Desert point has been labelled the best wave in the world by some and suits the most experienced surfers only. It has been responsible for a lot of life-threatening injuries all too frequently!

Although Lombok neighbours the westernised hustle and bustle of Bali it is very different. Often overshadowed by Bali it actually works in its favour. Unspoiled beaches and much less commercialisation the island still possesses the raw beauty that has been lost in Bali, although Lombok is generally regarded as of lower quality and intensity than Bali’s surf spots.

Kuta Lombok is the most central base for surfers, however, to reach the range of surf spots some travel is involved whether it be a small drive by road or a required boat journey to access some surf breaks. You will be able to find out everything you need to know in the breakdown of each wave below.

LOMBOK SURF BREAKS

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SURFING IN Lombok

Lombok’s reefs and beach breaks lap up the swell in season between April and October when swells are constantly being pushed up from the south-west across the Indian Ocean however the trade winds blowing from the south-east are not so favourable for some of the breaks. During the off-season when the trade winds switch many of the surf spots become as clean as glass and when the irregular offseason swell does hit there are some great waves to be found.
While the mountainous north rises to 3726m (12,224ft) at the top of Mount Rinjani, the south is a range of inland hills that spread behind the sweeping bays of the southern beaches. In terms of location, most surf breaks are truly breathtaking!

BEST BEGINNER SPOTS

BEST INTERMEDIATE SPOTS

BEST ADVANCED SPOTS

Desert Point

Desert Point is approximately 2.5 hours drive from Kuta Lombok, so if you want to score one of the worlds more perfect waves, you can organise a driver and make it a day mission. If you’re a surf adventurer through and through, then there are several basic accommodation options (mostly huts) located at Desert Point which you can book on arrival.

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Where should I stay in Lombok for surfing?
Lombok’s central hub for surfers is Kuta. Same name as Kuta in Bali but different island and completely different atmosphere – think chilled and laid back in comparison. Staying in Kuta gives you the option to travel east or west by scooter, or car to reach nearby surf spots. Here, you can surf a large variety of waves, (if you’re willing to travel each day) and also enjoy the comforts of cafes, restaurants and shops. However…if you want to dial in one wave in particular then it’s a good idea to book accommodation as close by as possible to increase your time in the water.
Is Lombok worth visiting for surf?
  • Surf spots in Lombok are not as crowded as in Bali, and there are at least a dozen waves within an hour drive of Kuta Lombok.
  • There is excellent surf year-round with a variety of waves to suit the change in trade winds from predominantly north-westerlies in the wet season (October-April) and south-easterlies in the dry season (April-October).
  • Although Lombok and Bali are similar sizes, Lombok has more coastline that faces directly towards the main swell direction.
  • Get to know the locals, and they may share some of the many secret spots with you.
When is the best time to visit Lombok for surf?
Lombok’s reefs and beach breaks lap up the swell in season between April and October when swells are constantly being pushed up from the south-west across the Indian Ocean however the trade winds blowing from the south-east are not so favourable for some of the breaks. During the off-season when the trade winds switch many of the surf spots become as clean as glass and when the irregular offseason swell does hit there are some great waves to be found.
What are the typical costs per night for accommodation in Kuta Lombok?
Kuta offers the broadest range of accommodation. You’ll find anything from $5USD/night for a basic homestay to $100+USD/night for five-star accommodation – like the ‘Novotel’.

There has been a lot of growth in the number of villas built in the area. Ranging from simple bungalows or cottages starting at around $25USD/night to upwards of one thousand dollars per night for brand new luxury villas with amazing views. Most can be found on Airbnb.

On average, expect to pay approximately:

  • $18USD/night for a homestay.
  • $50USD/night for a hotel.
  • $90USD/night for a villa.
How do I book long term accommodation in Lombok?
It’s best (and easier) to find a place long term once you’re in Lombok. It’s crucial to gain experience of the areas first, so you know exactly what’s around and what to expect within the neighbourhood. At the very least stay a month in various homestays, meet people, get your bearings, and then decide on the area you like most. Yuli’s Homestay is beautiful and reasonable, plus you’ll have a kitchen available to you also.

Tips:

  • These days, many owners in Lombok demand a large chunk of the payment upfront.
  • Always negotiate any upfront rental payments, including maintenance and utilities.
  • Airbnb is the best way to go for weekly and monthly stays. Some monthly stays in Lombok receive a discount of up to 50%!