Kuta-Lombok is still pristine and raw. Beautiful landscape, amazing clear waters and no high rise buildings except for the Novotel Hotel. Even then it is paradise especially for surfers. You'll need a scooter to get from one beach to another. The signs are not clear and sometimes the roads are really bad but it's simply beautiful. Unspoilt by mass tourism, this is exactly what I was looking for -paradise lost.
The next beach up was Mawun. Again to get to the waves you have to paddle far out but the beach itself it just picture perfect. No trash, and no one apart from us on the beach! The waves are a little stronger here. The beach is a bay, a semi circle if you will, with beautiful sand. Its simply stunning... No one but us and crashing waves - bliss!
The Serge beach is to the left, past the Novotel hotel. Again, the beaches here are amazing but for surfing, we were told that Tanjung A'an, Gerupuk and Ekas are the best. Tanjung A'an is a beautiful beach while Gerupuk can be a tough drive to get to. At Gerupuk you'll have to hire a boat to take you out to the break as it's really far out to paddle. Gerupuk is to the left of Anda accommodation and further past Tanjung A'an, and most of the surfers that visit Kuta-Lombok, head to Gerupuk.
We took a drive down to Awang beach, which is on the opposite end of Selong Blanak beach and the road ends here. But to get to Ekas, it's another 30-40 minutes drive from here on a dirt path that takes you inland. Now we didn't venture that far out as it was getting complicated and there is the Inner Ekas and Outter Ekas. These spots for break are brilliant, we were told, if you are good surfer. Suggest that one should buddy up with other surfers who have been there, just so you don't want time getting lost on your way up.
Since these waters are not too popular, I'm guessing the dive sites must be beautiful. Talk about swimming with schools of hammer head sharks... Wow!!
- dead baby shark!
- lots of crabs race around Air Guling beach and they are almost translucent.
I can't imagine what this place would be like in 10-15 years down the road. With big hotels comes mass tourism. With no proper management it would turn out to be like Kuta-Bali; Crammed, dirty and just polluted. These beautiful beaches would soon fade... I can only hope that process doesn't happen to this place anytime soon. It's just too beautiful and I will definitely be back to enjoy its pristine beaches and underwater life before it's too late.
Next up: Bali!