The following is our Top-10 list of spots to go surfing in the world. These are not single surf breaks such as Pipeline or Teahupoo, but not always the whole countries. This is part III.:
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5. East Indonesia (Lombok, Sumbawa, Rote)
If you are willing to take an extra flight after getting to Bali and leave the world of luxury behind, perfection awaits! Not all of the waves in the region are uncrowded, but many are world class and the further east you go, the less people you have to share with.
Lombok is what Bali used to be 25 years ago. A beautiful island that is not run over by tourists, where locals still live in relatively untouched world. Desert Point is one of the most perfect lefts in the world. Ekas Bay has 2 great reef breaks too. Sumbawa epitomizes year-round consistency and has some of the world’s best lefts. Rote is the most remote island and apart from less crowds offer you a great cultural experience. Stay close Nembrala for the best and longest rides.
Top spots: Transport can be an issue, so make sure you stay pretty close to surf. There are several good surf camps and resorts, but do not expect 5-star luxury of Bali. Not many surf charters go to this area, but there are several options – check it with your travel agent.
Best surf breaks by our opinion: Desert Point (L, Lombok), Scar Reef, Yo-Yos, Supersucks (all L, Sumbawa), T-Land (L, Rote). If you prefer right-handers, we love Bommie in Rote, Lakey Peak in Sumbawa and Ekas Bay in Lombok.