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Sumbawa, Indonesia

Lakey Peak Surfing

Lakey Peak gives an impression of a sleepy village, but the real action awaits on the water. The myraid of waves here range from the powerful and challenging, with sublime caverns, to beginner friendly ones. Suitable for beginners looking to learn and serious surfers, the wave produces a superb barrel from the take-off with the left longer of the two. The right is shorter but much meaner and has a nice backdoor session. Although surfers have been coming here for years, it is still a nice hideaway for those looking to catch a wave in peace and enjoy a cold Bintang beer with a perfect sunset view every evening.

The closest airport to Lakey Peak is Bima airport in Sumbawa. From the airport you will need to hire a taxi to take you to your hotel in Lakey Peak, which is approx 1.5 to 2 hours' drive away. At the moment the taxis are very pricey (IDR 800,000, approx USD 56) as the pricing is strictly enforced by the united taxi driver front. No outside arrangments are allowed, as outside drivers will be intimidated to leave. To minimise your costs, look out for fellow passengers who might be headed in the same direction so that you can split the costs.

If you are a seasoned surfer, you can most likely handle this on your own. However, if you are just starting out or even if you are a strong intermediate surfer, it is highly advisable to go with a guide. A local surfer guide will introduce you to the beach and reef breaks, show you where to find the best barrel waves and can also teach you some new tricks. If you need a board, the guide will also help you pick one out.

You'll need to be in good physical shape in order to paddle out to the surf break and to be able to stay out in the water for several hours at the time, while being pummelled by the waves. You should also be a confident and strong swimmer. This spot is ideal for people who are looking to take their surfing game to the next level. If you already had a few weeks of practice in Bali or Kuta Lombok and would like to continue improving this is the place to be. But don't be turned off if you are just starting out - your guide will make you feel comfortable in more suitable surf spots around the area (e.g. the Nungas surf spot).

If you can, you should plan a trip anytime between March and October. April through September is main surfing season. Expect consistent, back-to-back swells, and lots of surfers if you go during this time! To avoid the crowds, you may want to do during March to April, or September to October - even though the swells are less consistent then, the winds are favourable in the early morning and evening, making these hours great for surfing. If you are travelling between November to February, this is the off-season for surfing. This means less swell and fewer surfers. If you are looking to learn, this could be a good time to get acquainted with the water and basic skills, though the waves could be a bit hit-and-miss during this time.

You will need 1 day. All the options include 2 surf sessions - each surf session is usually a little over 2 hours so 2 sessions will take you a good part of the day with lunch in between. Note that the duration of each surf session may vary, especially if you are a beginner and spend more time on the theory aspects. The instructors are really passionate about what they do and are keen for you to feel the thrill of surfing so they will want to make sure you catch at least a wave or two, which may take a little while when you are getting started. The start and end times are also very much dependent on the waves, tides and season during your visit - so there is no set time to start. We will put you in touch with your guide so that you can coordinate the day before.

The options are aimed at different surf levels: beginner lessons are for someone who wants to learn the surf basics, advanced lessons are for surfers at any level who are looking to take their surfing to the next level and surf guiding are for leisure surfers who are just looking to find the best spots to surf at.

Lakey Peak may appear to have only one purpose, but it has a few other charming highlights. For a small town, it has quite a few good options for food and even great espresso coffee! Try Wamen's Warung for delicious ceviche and nasi campur. For coffee make your way to Fatma's, and while you're there, try their tuna burger and chicken satay with peanut sauce. Good quality accommodation is still scarce in Lakey Peak, but we found a couple of great places that were charming and clean. We liked 3 Waves, that is owned by Alex who came from Australia and fell in love with Lakey Peak more than 7 years ago. We also liked Lakey Rockpool Villa, that is owned by Ali, a local. Ali also has a great bar for sunset watching with cold Bintang beers and the best spring rolls. Also, check out Pebble Beach (just a 10 minute motor scooter ride) where you can get a chance to see a very different beach front as well as people gathering and drying seaweed (which is collected and used in cosmetics).

There are no ATMs in Lakey Peak, so it's best to have some cash on you.