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Lombok Surf: Riding the Waves in Paradise

Lombok Surf: Riding the Waves in Paradise

Nestled in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago lies the beautiful island of Lombok. With its lush jungles, cascading waterfalls, and pristine beaches, Lombok sets the stage for an unforgettable surf adventure. 

Lombok's surf culture is a magnetic force that draws wave riders from around the world. Here, you'll find a warm and inviting community of surf enthusiasts who share a passion for the sea and a deep respect for the ocean.

In this blog post, we'll dive deep into the island's diverse surf spots, from gentle waves perfect for beginners, to epic barrels that challenge even the most seasoned surfers. You can also expect to gain valuable insights into the essentials of surfing in Lombok, such as choosing the right equipment, finding skilled instructors, and understanding the ocean's tides and currents.

The Allure of Lombok Surf

Lombok is renowned for its immaculate beaches, uncrowded lineups, and an authentic island atmosphere that sets it apart from the bustling crowds of Bali.

Lombok caters to surfers of all skill levels, from the mellow waves of Selong Belanak Beach to the more challenging breaks of Gerupuk Bay and the legendary barrels of Desert Point, Lombok provides a range of options to match your level of expertise.

Female surfer walking with her surfboard, photo taken from above at the beach

The Best Surf Spots in Lombok

Understanding how currents may affect your positioning and navigation in the water is crucial for a seamless and safe surfing experience. It's highly recommended to consider going out with an experienced local surf guide who can offer valuable insights and guarantee a safe and enjoyable surfing experience.

Selong Belanak Beach boasts gentle, rolling waves that make it an ideal spot for novice surfers to catch their first waves. Surfers and beachgoers alike can revel in the tranquility and natural beauty that surrounds this stunning sandy beach.

  • Best time to surf: April to October
  • Wave size: 3-5ft
  • Tide: Mid tide
  • How to get there: Paddle out
  • Level: Beginner, left and right breaks
  • Board Rental: Surfboard Rental Lombok - Longboard from 100k IDR

Three girls walking with their surfboards at tanjung aan beach in lombok

Tanjung Aan, with its postcard-perfect scenery and inviting waves, is another must-visit surf spot on the southern coastline of Lombok. Tanjung Aan presents a diverse range of waves suitable for surfers of varying skill levels. The beach is known for its pristine white sands that stretch along the coastline, creating a breathtaking contrast against the deep blue hues of the ocean.

Best time to surf: April to October

  • Wave size: 4-5ft
  • Tide: Mid to high tide
  • How to get there: A surf boat to take you out (25k IDR each way) or paddle
  • Level: Beginner friendly depending on the wave size, A-frame left and right
  • Board Rental: Dina's - Longboard from 50k IDR

Gerupuk Bay is renowned for its consistent and challenging waves. Offering a selection of different breaks, this bay caters to surfers of different preferences and abilities. Whether you're seeking fast barrels or long, peeling waves, Gerupuk Bay has something to offer every avid surfer.

  • Best time to surf: April to October
  • Wave size: 3.5 to 5ft
  • Tide: Mid to high tide
  • How to get there: A surf boat to take you out (200-250k IDR total for the boat, divide by the people you are with) and stays at the spot
  • Level: Don Don left and right; Kiddies right for beginners; Gerupuk inside left and right for beginner and intermediate; Gerupuk outside left and right for intermediate or expert
  • Board Rental: Starting from 50k IDR at any of the rental shops in the harbour

Mawi beach in Lombok on a gloomy day

Mawi Beach offers a lesser-known but equally impressive surfing experience. Its long, rolling waves provide an excellent playground for surfers looking for a quieter spot to enjoy extended rides along the coastline. Its unspoiled charm and uncrowded waves make it a favourite among those seeking a more secluded and intimate surfing experience.

  • Best time to surf: April to October
  • Wave size: 4-5ft
  • Tide: Mellower waves on high tide, best on mid tide
  • How to get there: Paddle out
  • Level: Intermediate, A-frame left and right
  • Board Rental: Not available

A world-renowned surf spot for experts Desert Point, also known as Bangko-Bangko, is revered globally as one of the most challenging and rewarding surf spots for experienced riders. Its powerful and consistent barreling waves have earned it a reputation as a surfer's paradise and a bucket-list destination for wave enthusiasts seeking an adrenaline-fueled ride.

  • Best time to surf: April to October
  • Wave size: From 1.5-10ft
  • Tide: Low tide only
  • How to get there: Paddle out
  • Level: Expert only, long lefthand barrels
  • Board Rental: Not available

three surfer girls paddling out in the clear blue ocean of Lombok

Surf Camps & Retreats

Located 1.5 miles from Kuta Beach, Kura Kura Surf Camp is a renowned destination for surfers seeking an immersive and authentic experience. Set amidst Lombok's natural beauty, the camp offers a perfect fusion of adventure and relaxation, whether you're about to catch your first wave, or you're a seasoned ripper. Prices range from IDR 8,900,000 for a 5 Night Package to IDR 36,000,000 for a Monthly Package.

Xanadu Surf & Yoga was born out of passion for yoga, surfing and good food. It's not just about two stunning locations and meticulously curated surf & yoga progams, hosted by well-known surfing instructors. With its idyllic setting, Xanadu provides surf enthusiasts with an immersive experience that surpasses wave riding. Xanadu Surf & Yoga Village is a cosy and tranquil oasis in the heart of Kuta, within walking distance from all the restaurants and bars.

Xanadu Surf & Yoga Boutique Retreat is a luxury property perched on a hill with ocean views, only a 5-minute drive from the town centre with a free hourly shuttle. Both locations tailor your surf, yoga and wellness experience to suit your individual skill level and goals.

Prices for 7 nights range from IDR 12,770,875 to 25,541,750.

Drop In is perfectly located near many of Lombok's premier surf sports. A brief drive will lead you to Gerupuk Bay, Tanjung Aan and a little further to Ekas Bay. Drop In is an all-female business dedicated to spreading the passion for surfing and providing top notch surf coaching in a private setting for surfers already familiar with the basics and eager to enhance their surfing. They only accomodate six guests per week of training to achieve the most effective and personalized results. Please note this surfcamp is not for beginners. Low intermediate to advanced surfers are welcome to join. Prices for 7 nights range from IDR 15,900,000 to 17,500,000. 

The Lombok Surf Community 

Lombok's surf scene goes beyond the waves, with a vibrant nightlife in Kuta town. Some tips that we would recommend:

  • Craving a little boogy on Friday? Go to Surfer's Bar!
  • Bara's Ladies Night: On hump day we like to go to Bara. They offer complimentary cocktails for the ladies from 7-8pm
  • Tribe: This is where we like to go on flat days to go surf skating. Try the Acai bowl! It's the best one on the island. A little tip: go during the day if you can! It's usually less busy 

Surfing Essentials in Lombok

When embarking on your Lombok surf adventure, you'll need to decide whether to hire a surfboard locally or bring your own. Renting can be a practical choice, but if you plan to stay in Lombok for an extended period, purchasing a surfboard from a local surf shop or exploring the options available on platforms such as Facebook Marketplace can be a viable choice.

Lombok is home to several reputable surf shops that cater to the needs of surfers of all levels, such as Flow Surf Store, Boardriders Surf Shop and Surf Lab Lombok. 

What else do you need to surf in Lombok?

In the dry season, April to September: 

  • Lightweight, breathable spring surf suits (check out our collection of surf suits here) or boardshorts and rash guards. Coming from Bali? Shop our collection at Drifter or essenTIALS Bali. You can also shop online, we deliver to Lombok for free
  • Sustainable and reef-friendly sunscreens that contain zinc. We recommend to check out Salt & Stone

Two girls sharing a party wave in Lombok

In the wet season, October to March:

  • The wet season might bring cooler water temperatures. If a surf suit or boardies are too cold for you, a good-quality wetsuit will keep you warm. The thickness depends on the water temperature, but a 3/2mm is usually suitable for tropical climates
  • Lombok offers lots of reef breaks so in case the sea floor is rocky or there are sharp objects in the water, booties can protect your feet. They also provide extra warmth
  • Sustainable and reef-friendly sunscreens that contain zinc. We recommend to check out Salt & Stone

view of mount rinjani in lombok indonesia with sunrise

Beyond Surfing: Exploring Lombok

Need a break from surfing? Lombok offers hiking opportunities to the summit of Mount Rinjani, trekking through rice terraces in Sembalun, or visiting tranquil islands like the Gili Islands, where snorkeling and diving reveal thriving coral reefs and diverse marine life. Those who are interested in local culture, could visit the traditional Sasak villages. These communities offer a glimpse into the island's heritage, where time-honored customs, arts and crafts are still practiced.

For those craving an adventure, a visit to the Benang Kelambu and Benang Stokel Waterfalls is a must. Tucked away in the lush greenery of Lombok's landscape, these cascading waterfalls create a true spectacle as they gush down the rocky cliffs.

After a long day of exploring watch the sunset at Bukit Merese, a scenic hill, located in the southern part of the island. Bukit Merese provides a spectacular vantage point to witness the sun as it dips below the horizon. 

Lombok Plastic Free

Lombok places a strong emphasis on responsible tourism and eco-friendly practices, emphasizing the need to protect its pristine environment and preserve its cultural heritage. When visiting, consider staying in eco-resorts and participating in community-based tourism initiatives that support local economies and eco-conscious projects.

Lombok Plastic Free stands as a beacon of hope amidst the vast challenges posed by plastic pollution in Indonesia. By implementing circular waste management, educating the youth, and engaging in political advocacy, this movement demonstrates the power of collective action. Their commitment to acting local and thinking global, taking small steps, and collaborating with like-minded individuals and organizations serves as an inspiration for others to join the fight against plastic pollution. Read more about Lombok Plastic Free here.

Planning Your Lombok Surf Adventure

The prime surfing season on the island typically falls between April and September, coinciding with the dry season. During these months, offshore winds prevail, resulting in clean and consistent swells that create ideal conditions for surfers of all skill levels. If you're aiming to catch the best waves, consider planning your trip between June and August, when Lombok's surf spots are at their peak.

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable Lombok surf adventure, consider these travel tips and resources:

  1. Visa and Documentation: Check the visa requirements for Indonesia, ensuring your passport is valid for at least six months from your arrival date.
  2. Health Precautions: Consult your healthcare provider for recommended vaccinations or health precautions.
  3. Currency and ATMs: The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). ATMs are widely available, but it's advisable to carry some cash.
  4. Transportation: Arrange transportation from Lombok International Airport or the harbor to your chosen surf destination. Taxis, ride-sharing services, and hotel shuttles are convenient options.
  5. Language: Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, but English is spoken in many tourist areas.
  6. Respect Local Culture: Be aware of local customs, particularly when visiting villages. Dress modestly and request permission before taking photos.
  7. Travel Insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and unforeseen events.
  8. Surf Equipment: If bringing your surfboard, ensure its adequately protected during travel.
  9. Local Surf Guides: Utilize local surf guides or instructors for insights on wave conditions, tides, and safety.

view of woman walking at the beach in lombok Indonesia

In the heart of the Indonesian archipelago, Lombok beckons surfers with its diverse waves, uncrowded beaches and vibrant surf culture. From the gentle breaks of Selong Belanak to the legendary barrels of Desert Point, the island offers a spectrum of surf experiences. Lombok's allure extends beyond the waves, embracing lush landscapes, cultural treasures and a commitment to responsible tourism. Whether you're a beginner catching your first wave or an expert seeking the thrill, Lombok promises an unforgettable surf adventure. Plan your trip wisely, respect local customs, and immerse yourself in the magic of Lombok's surf paradise.

As you prepare for your surf adventure in Lombok, why not opt for a more eco-conscious choice? Discover our selection of eco-friendly surf swimwear today.


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