Nyale Fishing Festival
flock to Kuta for the annual Nyale fishing celebration.
Usually falling in February or March each year, with
thousands sleeping on the beach. On
the 19th day of the 10th month in Sasak
Calendar-generally February or march, hundreds of local
gather on the beach.
When night falls, fires are built and
the young people sit around competing with each other in
rhyming couplets called Pantun. Theatrical dances, stick
fighting and other kind of local cultural shows can be
seen here. At dawn the next day,
the first Nyale a caught, after which it is time for the
Sasak teenagers to have fun. In colorful procession boys
and girls sail out to sea – in different boats - chase
one another with lots of noise and laughter. The
worm-like nyale fish are eaten raw or grilled, and are
believed to have aphrodisiac properties. A good catch is
a sign that the rice harvest will also be good.
is nothing like Kuta Bali. Water buffalo are omnipresent
along the miles and miles of weaving coastal roads that
snake east and west along some of the finest beaches
anywhere boasting incomparable hill top views of the
sparkling azure waters. You will find some nice
beachside restaurants anywhere in Indonesia, fresh fish
galore and accommodations for every budget.
What To See
There are 5
main beaches in Kuta and nearby area, the main Kuta
beach, Novotel Beach, Tanjung Ann Beach, Mawun and
Selong Blanak beach.
KUTA BEACH IN KUTA VILLAGE
It's a nice beach for having
a swim except low tide, for watching the fishermen and
to enjoy the sunrise. The fine sand of Kuta Beach is a
nice occasion for a relaxing walk. Most of the tourist
facilities i.e; restaurants, accommodations, surf shops,
telephone service, internet rental are located here.
Where the only 1st class
hotel, Novotel is located. It is about 2-3km from Kuta
beach Lombok. It is actually E part of the same bay of
Kuta beach so that the water quality is better than Kuta
beach. The beach itself is not private.
For miles in each direction
east & west of Kuta you will find the stunning deserted
beaches of your dreams. 5km east of Kuta is Tanjung Aan.
This beach comprises of two sweeping white sand bays
with perfect turquoise water. They are seperated in the
middle by a rocky outcrop which you can climb.
From Kuta Beach towards west
and over the hill, the great viewpoint with a gorgeous
view over the bay of Kuta-Lombok. Following the road
leads you to the bay of Mawun where a big tree invites
to stay an have a picnic. The fine white sandy beach is
an amazing place to relax body and soul.
About 6km over the steep
hill. On the way from the top of a hill, you can get a
beautiful view to Kuta Bay. However the hill is very
steep so that you need to be very cautious to drive a
What To Do in Kuta Lombok
Every day in
paradise is precious so the pressure to not waste time
on unworthy destinations is great. Between highlights
gleaned from other travelers and tips from guidebook
writers who may or may not be of similar travel tastes,
you must choose wisely those destinations that deliver
Kuta Lombok is "surfers'
paradise". Waves are excellent and many good surf
points, such as Mawi, Mawun and etc include "Point X",
along South coast of Lombok. Matahari Hotel or Kuta
Indah has the wave information board. You probably have
to ask locals to take you to the point with your surf
board. Good place to hang around to get the surfing
information and to see a bit of nightlife is Lombok
Surfing spots in Kuta and
South Coast of Lombok
This huge bay is about 7 km
east Kuta. The bay itself is home to five different
spots which work on various tide, wind and swell
combinations. Basically you can always get a wave at
Gerupuk. All waves can only be accessed by boat.
Inside Gerupuk: or
Bumbang Bay, is a right-hander over a flat reef. It is
suitable for all levels an has fun waves, with a long
wall and a forgiving lip. On big days with a Southwest
swell it can be a great spot to surf. This break is
surfable at any seasons and can handle any wind, even
the trade wind, as it is protected by the surrounding
hills. Best on an incoming tide and can hold 10ft solid.
Outside Gerupuk: or Gili
Golong. A right-hander that is good at mid to high
tide, better take your booties at low. Multiple peaks
outside offer big drops on takeoff bending into a hollow
and fast inside section. Can hold 8-10ft but is best at
4-6ft, from October to April.
Don-Don: The furthest break inside the bay and as
a result needs a bigger swell to break. Don Don is a
perfect A-frame peak walling and bending both left and
right. For all level of surfers. Can be good in any
season as long as the winds are light. Works on any
tide, with out going tide the best time.
Kid's Point: or Pelawangan, is another
right-hander, only breaks on the biggest days, but when
it works, its barrel city. Best on an incoming tide.
A right hand reef break
located on the west side of Kuta. Access by boat and
land is possible. This break is one of the best right
hander on the South Coast. Mid to low tides can see the
inside section doubling up and barreling. A left hander
on the other side of the bay is surfable, though only
when its small. Need a north-west wind, most common from
October to April. Are Guling can hold 8-10ft when
perfect, but is best at 4-6ft.
Located just 2 km from Kuta.
Seger is a right reef break, with the occasional left
off the peak. A good place when the swell drops. On mid
tides and offshore winds this can be a great spot, with
short tubes and bowly walls ready for any move you can
think of. Need a light wind or north west wind, around
Located 20 minutes west of
Kuta. On small days this reef break offers a nice peak
with short hollow rights and lefts. At 6ft plus, Mawi
transforms into a heaving left barrel, with elevator
drops and heavy hold downs. At 8-10ft it’s not a spot
for the faint hearted. Best on mid tides and a south
east trade wind, from May to September. Mawi can hold
any size you're prepared to surf, just bring your balls!
Located to the east of Kuta
and takes about 30 minutes by car to Awang and then
another 20 mins by boat across the bay. Ekas is home to
Outside Ekas: is a left hander that starts
working over 5ft and holds up to 10ft. The wave offers
huge drops, acres of open face to carve and a ton of
power to spare. Best on mid to high tides and a south
Inside Ekas: Located further inside the bay from
Outside Ekas. A fun, walling peak, that can handle real
size. Needs a big swell and south east winds, but on it
day can offer very long rides and barrels on the inside
of the right. Low tides for the right, higher tides for
the left and holds 12ft plus.
BANGKO BANGKO OR DESERT
Located on the South West
Coast of Lombok, 3 hours drive from Kuta. On its day
Desert Point is regarded as one of the best waves on the
planet. Barrels of 20 seconds have been filmed there and
10 second tubes are common. Full or new moon low tides,
a south east wind and a big swell are needed, most
consistent from May to October. It can go weeks without
waves, but just one Desert Point bomb will make the wait
worth it. Experienced surfer only. Bring your booties an
a good tube riding board.
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