Mawi Lombok is the most consistent surf spot on the island throughout the dry season, working on the smallest and largest of swells. Easterly is offshore however southeast trade winds are funnelled through the valley to create an offshore wind if the wind isn’t too strong or to south. For example, 20 knots of SE wind will be cross shore on the wave. Mawi provides mellower waves on high tide for less experienced surfers. Best on mid tide where fun barrels are at the most perfect. Low tide is surfable but can be sketchy with a shallow and sharp reef.It truly is a majestic surf break and beach visited by surfers and European backpacking beachgoers staying anywhere along the southern coastline of Lombok.
One of the more exposed reef breaks in Lombok picking up swell easily the wave changes depending on the size of the swell. Head high and below the surf at Mawi peaks up into an A-frame breaking right and left. At this size, the right provides a fast but perfect barrel that you can tuck into and pull out of before the sharp reef gets shallow on the inside. Once the surf is well above overhead the right becomes non-existent and the left begins breaking further out on the reef completely taking over. At this size, the left can require a quick drop and a bottom turn halfway down the face to keep up with the wave down the line. The end section breaks into deeper water where the reef isn’t as gnarly however the left can be a tricky wave to figure out so you will need to spend a bit of time out there before you begin to enjoy the left-hand wave at Mawi.
Left and right
Recommended if you use booties
Shortboard or fish style surfboard
Crowded on the higher tides, uncrowded on the low
Sharp and shallow reef on the inside of the right-hander
Mid to low
Dry Season; April – October
Option 1: As you walk down the beach from the car park to the left is a small channel between the point and the peak. Carefully walk out on the reef and wait in between sets before paddling out through the subtle channel.
Option 2: Or walk down the beach to the right and over the small hill on the outcrop of rocks. Then paddle out from the next beach through deeper water so that the left is breaking to your left instead of your right as in option one.
When coming in on the higher tide you can come in over the reef no problem however on the lower tide the inside will be exposed to sharp reef making for a difficult walk over the reef, therefore, taking option two to exit the surf is the better option for less experienced surfers.
Mawi is made up of a small but beautiful bay with white sand beach and rocky outcrops. Shacks along the edge of the beach and between the carpark and entry point provide shelter from the sun and nice viewing platforms of the surf. There is plenty of beach to relax on enjoy. Access off the main road isn’t the easiest so there is always room to get an area of the beach to yourself. Whenever the wave is working there are always a few people hanging out on the beach and soaking up the serenity. The surrounding land is hilly with small plantations on the flat ground through the drive in. These plantations are usually used for growing tobacco. It’s a truly picturesque beach worth the trip.
The closest accommodation is along the main road Jalan Mawun. However, surfers that visit Mawi for its surf stay anywhere along the coast of South Lombok and most often base themselves in Kuta Lombok approximately 45 minutes away. There are now a few accommodation options popping up within a short drive to Mawi, which is brilliant if you want to spend a lot of time at this spot. One place with a super epic view is, ‘Artati Bungalows and Restaurant’ (listed below) which is approximately a 10-15 minute drive from Mawi. Otherwise, you can choose from a few accommodation options around Selong Belanak, which is just a little further west.
An absolutely stunning and peaceful location hillside with views to die for. Artati Bungalows is a place of Zen for the surfer looking for a break from the hectic Western world. Wifi, Breakfast, pool and cable tv are all included and situated less than 5 km from Mawi’s surf break.
There is usually a couple of locals selling snacks, cold drinks, bintangs and coffees in the shacks from their makeshift bamboo shop between the scooter/car park and beach.
Make the most of island life and suck back a few bintangs on the beach or under the shade in the bamboo shacks which stretch along the beachfront. Mawi beach can be quite a social beach with light crowds of fellow surfers, travellers and locals chilling out in between surfs. If you get restless venture on to some of the nearby beaches such as Mawun (pictured) to check out the natural beauty the landscape and small bays in the area provide.
Definitely, go by scooter. It is much faster going up and down the steep and windy hills from Kuta Lombok. Not too mention a lot easier on the final few kilometres of rough dirt road to Mawi beach.
When driving in off the main road you will pay an entry fee to a local at the gate before continuing down the dirt road to the beach. The fee is 10,000Rp per scooter.
Step 1: Head west from Kuta Lombok along Jalan Mawun for approximately 17.4km.
Step 2: Take a left onto Jalan Pantai Mawi and follow the road down the valley through the tobacco plantation for approximately 3.4km until you reach the beach. This is a dirt road and is usually full of potholes and uneven surfaces.