Kitesurfing Waves in Lakey, Indonesia
After the amazing three weeks kitesurfing in Lakey in 2018, we just had to go back to this amazing spot with its solid consistent waves and strong wind.
We rented Marc’s house and got Tima’s excellent Indonesian style cuisine.
Lakey is simply an amazing place if it comes to surfing and kitesurfing. The consistent waves and strong side shore wind conditions makes it an absolut world class spot.
Single Trails in LenzerheideAugust 2019
Amazing weekend in the Swiss mountains. Single trail mountain biking, beautiful lakes and the stunning vista of the majestic mountains.
We took the chairlift up to Piz Scalotta did the nice single trail straight down and then back up to Piz Scalotta again. Then the ride to Stätzer Alp and from there back to Valbella. Super nice, great trails, easy to ride – lots of fun though.
The main place for biking though is Lenzerheide Bikepark, which was closed due to the UCI Wordlcup races.
DurannapassJune 30, 2019
Surfing IndonesiaJune 2019
Kuta, South Lombok
We stayed in the surfer lodge Drop In near Kuta. It turned out to be a great choice, the lodge has nice and clean bungalows, good breakfast and a beautiful tropical garden with lots of spots to hang out and chill after surfing.
It is a 15 minute scooter ride to Gerupuk, where the boats will take you to the surf spots “Outside” (advanced) and the two easier spots “Inside” and “Don Don”. We surfed “Inside”, good for beginners, however, also quite crowded – check Lombok surf map at www.magicseaweed.com.
Don’t forget to stop at Cafe Fin on the way back for a fruit smoothie or a bite to eat.
Kuta is within a ten minute scooter ride and offers dozens of restaurants with all kind of different food, You will find everything from local Gado-Gado to Italian Pizza – and vegetarion/vegan options in most places. We can recommend:
- Lalapan – really simple restaurant with good local food
- Kenza Cafe – trendy place with local food
- Milk Espresso – another trendy restaurant with local and international food
- bamba – elegant restaurant with great choices in nice athmosphere
Medewi, West Bali
After an almost full day transfer to Medewi (West Bali) we spent one night in the Brown Surgar Surf Camp but decided not to stay there and switched to the Kelapa Retreat and Spa a real luxury place. We had a huge room with a private pool – simply amazing, but a 10 minute scooter ride from to surf spot. In general, it might be a good idea to book on short notice, since we got lucky with a 50% deal!
Medewi is a small town, with not too many restaurants and places lodges/hotel, if you want to stay close to the main surf spot. We checked out a few places which we would consider for next time:
- UMADEWI Surf & Suites located on the beach front, just a few steps to surf! Very clean, with a big pool, rooms facing pool or sea (surf break) and a nice restaurant
- Bombora Medewi Wave Lodge also a few steps from the surf sport, it it slightly less luxurious (we haven’t actually seen the rooms), really nice restaurant and a small pool
- Hotel Medewi Beach Inn is a bit further back from the beach, nice and simple hotel with a pool but and a nice restaurant
The surf spot is super nice, you paddle out from the beach. The are stones all over the beach which makes it a little tricky to get out, also you have to watch the tide and check the water depth – we got a few cuts from the rocks, so you need to be careful.
We were super happy with our local surf guide Ali – just contact him via WhatsApp on +62 878 605 887 85 if you need surf lessons in Medewi.
Canggu, Denpasar, East Bali
During the three days in Canggu, a big swell hit the shore and we were not able to surf. Instead, we did some cultural things, such as visiting the town of Ubud with its temples and rice fields.
In general, the area in Denpasar is very busy, super crowded and totally traffic jammed.
During Ramadan, things are a bit more quiet. Usually not a big deal. At the end of Ramadan, there are extensive celebrations – which we enjoyed watching a lot. The next day, everything is closed (e.g. surf instructors don’t work), sometimes two days or even more.
Early Morning Surf Sessions
It is hot in Indonesia, with only small differences between summer and winter.
However you might appreciate a warmer top for the early morning sessions.
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.