Surfing Bali & Lombok, Indonesia

Surfing Bali & Lombok, Indonesia

Surfing Indonesia

June 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

The last stage of our surf trip was in Canggu the new trendy district of Denpasar. We stayed at the Kima Surf Camp a popular place for surfers in the area.

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. 

 

Ramadan

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.

Indonesia

Indonesia is huge, countless islands, current population of 270 million people, mostly Moslems. Balis is mixed between Hindus and Moslems.

Waves, wind and rain depends on the seasons, current conditions on www.windy.com.

 

Kitesurfing Waves in Indonesia

Kitesurfing Waves in Indonesia

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.

Best season for kitesurfing for wind and waves (www.magicseaweed.com) is August to October, which happens to be the hottest and driest months (www.meteoblue.com) of the year. 

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.

If you are interested in wave clinics, there are two excellent options: Kite Surf Wave Clinics and Indo Kite Camp, both run by professional kite surfers.

Surfing in Baleal near Peniche, Portugal

Surfing in Baleal near Peniche, Portugal

Surfing and fine eating in Peniche, Portugal

One week surfing and chilling in Baleal, near Peniche in Portugal. We stayed at the Silver Coast Beach Residence, which is close to the main spot. The hotel offers really nice rooms and a great breakfast. For a nice beer, the best places are the bars on the beach during sunset. There are plenty of good restaurants for dinner.

Cycling on Mallorca (Spain)

Cycling on Mallorca (Spain)

Cycling on Mallorca

One week great road cycling on the island of Mallorca (Spain). Mid April is perfect, nice mild Spring weather. However, it can be cold as well. We had a few chilly mornings with temperatures around 10 degrees.
We stayed at the Hotel Viva Blue & Spa. The town of Alcudia is the perfect place to start off your daily cycle trips – not too busy and lots of tour options. The hotel provides all you need including a bike storage and a professional gym.

Rome, the eternal City

Rome, the eternal City

Rome – birthplace of the western civilisation. Once you have visited the ‘eternal city’, you will be overwhelmed with its history, the archeological witnesses and the endless number of ancient buildings. You can almost feel the former power of the Roman Empire and you will get an idea of its rise and fall – and – the empowering of the Catholic Church.

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.

Vatican Museums

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.