Friday, May 17, 2013
INDONESIA - LOMBOK - 'THE SOUTH' - April 2013
This part of the trip was a mixture of events.
I started off at Heaven on the Planet.
I arranged a motorbike and checked out the surf breaks on the southern coast but it was tiny. Still, it was a good fun ride.
I left after the first night. Why??? A number of reasons. Firstly, after making a deal with the price of the room and checking three times before I got there, the owners decided to change the deal and charge me more ie April is now high season (there was two of us there). secondly they upgraded to a 'better' room but it rain that night and water poured from the roof all over the room and deck. Luckily, it missed my bag and camera gear. Thirdly, the shower was no stronger than a leaky tap. Fourthly, the surf was flat. So with those reasons I left for Kuta, Lombok. I arranged a car pickup which took most of the day to arrive.
Well, it wasn't looking good for the Lombok trip but maybe it was a series of unfortunate events.
Now that I was mobile with a bike, I was able to get around. I had a few surfs and scooted around Kuta and along the coast to the east and the west.
I motorbiked to Awang on another day and caught a boat to Ekas. The swell was bigger but the waves at Outside Ekas were good but sectioning too much. The boat was 300 000R
I met a number of tourists briefly while in Kuta from all parts of the world. They all had a good story to tell.
A motorbike is a must.
Getting to the surf was a journey.
Food was great and cheap.
My first impressions of the locals was that making money from you was an obvious motivation.
My second impression was that the locals took the time to sit and chat.
My third impression of the locals was that they listened thoughtfully.
Selling, which is mainly by kids is relentless at times - if they don't sell, most finish quietly or show annoyance and a rare few are totally rude.
Did I like it???? Hmmm, not sure, there were good points and some not so good points.
In the words of Arny 'I'll be back' as I think I need to give it another go!
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