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Surfing in Lombok and Small Sunda Islands
The Small-Sunda-Islands are located east of Java, so all islands from Lombok to East Timor belong to it. The only exception is Bali, which geographically would belong to it, but due to its cultural autonomy, is not included.
The flora and fauna of the islands are much diversified and the locals way of life extremely unique, especially in comparison to the inhabitants of the Big-Sunda-Islands. The centuries old traditions of the people are still very much part of their everyday life and the influence of the west is not so evident. A good example are the Sasak on Lombok who still live a very traditional way of life.
Every island has its own beauty and attractions; most famous is probably the island of Komodo with its famous national park that gives a home to the Komodo dragon. The waters surrounding the islands are very rich in species and are home to over a 1000 species of fish.
Also you can see beautiful coral reefs. If your looking for some adventure and peace and quite, away from the tourist area of Bali,your sure to be happy with Small-Sunda-Islands.
You will find a tropical climate throughout the year. The air is warm and due to the amount of rain it’s rather humid. The rainy season with its extreme rainfall lasts from November till April. The dry season lasts from May till October. The monsoon season is especially evident on the northwest coast.
The mountain ranges in the interior block the humid air masses; therefore the east coast and the southeast are drier. The annual average temperature is about 28 degrees. If you’re intending to visit one of the volcanoes you should definitely bring some warm clothing.
These islands definitely have lot to offer when it comes to surfing. The most famous spots are probably Desert Point on Lombok, which is regarded as one of the best lefts worldwide, and ScarReef or Supersucks on Sumbawa. These are certainly waves for advanced surfers but there are many other spots, which are suitable for beginners.
The further east you go the better your expertise level should be. A ding repair kit and a well-equipped travel first aid kit are a must. Also with if you have no skills in the Indonesian language travelling alone might become difficult.
Best surfing season for beginner: September – May
Best surfing season for advanced surfer: June – October
Crowd factor: High on well known spots
Flights arrive at the Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar, Bali. From there the journey continues with an internal flight to the east. The islands can also be reached directly from some of the larger Asian airports, for example Matara (AMI) on Lombok.
An alternative arrival is a flight to Jakarta from where several national flights connect to single islands. There are also regular ferry connections from Bali to Lombok and continue on from there to Sumbawa.
Once you have arrived on the island it is advisable to hire a driver, as the local bus systems are very uncomfortable.