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’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!