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With a good mix of ‘rights’ and ‘lefties’, Lombok is a great surfing destination to avoid the Bali crowds for both beginners and experienced surfers. The surf is best on the south coast with Desert Point being a world-class wave and the Kuta region offers more consistent and gentle waves. The Gili islands on the NW coast of Lombok are known for being paradise islands, but the ‘Secret Gili’s’ on the SW coast are true hidden gems! In contrary to big brother Bali, Lombok’s best surfing season is during the rainy season, between November and March. Discover Lombok on a surf camp holiday!
In contrary to big brother Bali, Lombok’s best surfing season is during the Rainy Season, between November and March. Since Lombok’s best breaks and beaches are on the south end, and not of the west or east, the currents are slightly different. Although it rains continuously during these months, the water is warm and the swell changes from west to south making up for some great surf conditions. Another great plus is that you’re sharing the waves with only a handful of foreigners.
If you find yourself in Lombok during the Dry Season, from April to October, there’s still a favorable chance of catching a good wave, even though this is most likely to happen before 9 AM. During the day it’s best to stick to the west coast of the island, where you’ll find breaks as Desert Point and other lesser-known breaks.
The island is beautiful and less crowded than Bali, yet offers all the advantages that attracted tourists to Bali in the first place. The most populated places in Lombok are Senggigi and Koeta, where you’ll find plenty of bars and clubs on the main road open till late. Most popular for backpackers is party island Gili Trawangan, where you’ll be able to party until early in the morning in one of the trendy lounges and beachfront bars. Lombok has an international airport, but it’s also possible to book a flight to Bali, and take a ferry to Lombok after.
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