This island is situated only 35km across the Lombok Straight from the infamous surf destination of Bali but remains shockingly uncharted. Areas of its craggy coastline hide a bevy of unexplored treasures for the bold surf tourist. Development is beckoning though and an international airport was opened here in 2012 so it will not remain untouched forever. The infrastructure on the island is not bad by Indonesian standards and most surf spots are easily accessible.
The world’s best surfers are attracted by the glamour wave known as ‘Desert Point’ or ‘The Grower’ which is located in the south west of the island. It is a notoriously capricious wave but when caught on the right day provides a long, hollow barrel of brilliance between 3ft and 8ft high for up to 300 metres.
The island does have some of the best breaks in Indonesia so of course these distinguished spots can be teeming with fellow surf enthusiasts but it takes very little effort to seek out more isolated realms if that is what you desire.
Indonesia is basically a year-round surf destination, but the best time of year and also the most popular is between the months of April until the end of October as the monster winter storms march the swell lines from down south and to the left across the open Indian Ocean untouched until they hit here and with light trade winds blowing from the south-east.
With the wet season beginning towards the end of October and lasting through to March, your peak rainfall will come in January and February with the high pressure systems flowing south from the Asian mainland combined with humid air from the Indian Ocean bring rain throughout Indonesia – but sometimes the northern and western islands get the lions share compared to those in the south and east.
Desert Point is without a doubt the best lefthander in the world. You can score deep long barrels over 20secs . The take-off area is a little shifty and once you are up and going the wave starts reeling across the shallow reef, once you get further down the line the wave starts to grow, once it hits the grower section the caverns get faster and as wide a truck then usually shuts down at the end. Best surfed on a S-SW swell, SE winds and spring tides as the tide starts to drop and can be surfed throughout the whole low tide through to high, however, the wave usually shuts off when the tide reaches to high.
Is the most popular surf spot on Lombok as it caters for all skill levels. It is a great wet-season wave as the right on the western headland is offshore in NW winds & S-SE swell. Mawun & Air Guling, the left across the channel is of less quality, however, both are great fun waves.
A powerful left hander that is shifty. This wave lines up at the base of steep cliffs at the Eastern side of the headland. This wave picks up a considerable amount of swell than inside Ekas. Can get good with size with long walls and the odd cover up section. Be wary of the strong currents.
A fast left with a few cover up sections. Across the bay is a fun right that needs a solid South swell to get in & NW winds to work. Deep inside the bay are a few more options & the reef cut at Meang may have some lefts & rights with North winds.
Needs a massive SSW swell, spring high tides & light W-NW winds to make this wave turn on. When it does it reels off perfectly down the reef.
Needs a Solid SSW swell, high tide & light W-NW winds to make this wave turn on. Located on the southern tip of Gili-T this wave is very quick and hollow. Can be challenging to surf. There is a lot of current ripping through so experience is recommended.
Is a right and left hander. The right needs a moderate SW swell to turn on and can barrel occasionally. The SE trades winds blow straight up the face into the barrel. The lefts are longer & wall up. Best conditions are Low – mid tide for the rights, high tide for the lefts and any E winds.
There are 3 waves in this bay. On the inside there is a long right, The outside a big powerful left & Tattoo Point is an A-Frame with a long left hander & shorter right that is not very hollow, however, great for maneuvers.
Is a consistent left & right hander on the south coast that breaks in the dry season & works on all size swells. When the swell is smaller it is very fun peak until the right starts closing out at 6ft. The powerful left roars down the reef and holds 6ft+ offering a gnarly drop and a big wall, then a barrel section before it shuts down on the reef. Be wary of the strong currents in the channel.
A deep water Bombora that is very fat and forgiving. A nice drop with plenty of shoulder make it easy for beginners when it is small & intermediates when it is big. Best on a South swell, however, gets blown out from any wind from the South. Best on Mid – high tides & often crowded.
Is mainly a left with a sectiony right which needs a Northerly wind to make it work and a solid SW swell. A mid – high tide will cover the coral reef and deliver some hollow lefts.
Is a series of reef cuts & passes that offer options on a small swell. The wave has some nice ramps to hit up the eastern channel. If these waves are not breaking the Lombok is dead flat. A SE swell and N winds are recommended to make the long journey by boat worth it. Difficult to access by land & and hard to scope by sea.
Has 2 breaks. A right hander that has a quick inside section which is best at low – Mid-tide which has a fair amount of protection from the wind & a hollow left that is a bit shifty and works best on a mid -High tide.