Lakey, Sumbawa, Indonesia
the remote Indonesian island turned out to be a total winner. The spot is famous for surfing, while the wind is blowing almost perfectly side-shore, making it great for kitesurfing too.
The two hour drive vom Bima airport to Lakey leads through villages and hills and you get already a feeling on how remote the spot is. Lakey itself is a 2 kilometer beach strip, with one surf spot after the other. Nungas is the place for kitesurfing.
You will find lots of places to stay on Airbnb and Google Maps while personally, we can recommend Nungas Heaven and the Rock Pool Home Stay.
We tried a couple restaurants, our favorite is Fatmah’s and right next to it the Ship Wreck.
Surfing and fine eating in Peniche, Portugal
Cycling on Mallorca
Staying at Vila Prea was again the perfect choice. Super nice bungalows and great food, the beach just a few meters from the pousada.
Our four day trip was thus a unique experience topped off by the excellent Italian cuisine, the amazing Gelati (ice cream) and certainly the incredible huge number of tourists.
Most important: make sure you get a hotel in the center. We stayed at the Hotel Smeraldo and can absolutely recommend it.
We started with the Vatican Museums on our first day. You can avoid the lines by booking a guided tour in advance – an absolut must if you don’t want to queue for hours. The museum is huge, a three hour tour worked out well for us. It also includes the Sistine Chapel and the St. Peters Basilica.
We also went to the top of the basilica where you get a stunning view of Rome and Vatican City.
Colosseum & Forum Romanum
Despite its barbarous and bloody history, the Collosseum attracts millions of visitors every year. Just the size of this amphitheatre, which could host up to 80’000 spactactors, and the imanigation that tens of thousends of human lives where sacrified for the sake of entertainment conveys a mix of disbelief as well as devotion.
This virtual tour gives you an idea about the ancient setting of the Collosseum, including the Forum Romanum.
Right next to the Collosseum, or in fact as part of it, is the Forum Romanum, a group of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome.
El Medano 2017
According to www.windfinder.com, the wind ist strongest in July and August. During our two weeks, we still had days with light or almost no wind – rather exceptional for this time of the year.
The bay itself with its large sandy beach is a nice area to launch your kite, there is a strong shore break on many days.
The water is very choppy and usually lots of people on the water. The schools are teaching along the shore, so playing in the shore break with a directional board is unfortunately not an option.
Live webcams of the kite beach let you check the current conditions anytime.
The Waihee Ridge Trail – Another great hike on Maui’s West. The 2 hour hike takes you uphill through nice forests and beautiful scenery, with a great view of East Maui, i.e. Wailuku, Kahului and the North Shore. The trail can be extremely wet, you will have to walk to wet dirt even in dry conditions.
Big Waves on the North Shore
A massive swell has hit Maui’s North shore last Tuesday, the 14 foot swell created really big waves also in Kanaha. The wind was on the lighter side, so minimum 9m kites were necessary. The big sets were scary, we were mostly trying to find the smaller ones to play with.