Photo: Lakey Peak on a small day.

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Stand on the beach at Lakey, look out to sea, and if you had Superman eyes that allowed you to see really, really far (curvature of the earth notwithstanding), you’d be able to see Antarctica. This is to say that there is an awful lot of water between here and anywhere else. When the swell gets going, particularly pumped by storms in the Southern Indian Ocean, a clockwork, world-class wave rolls in here that has surfers from around the globe coming to visit.

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Broadly speaking, Lakey Peak and the breaks that surround it are one of Sumbawa’s two surfing hotspots — the other is in western Sumbawa, centred around Maluk and Sekongkang. While both are reasonably easily accessed, Lakey, with Bima Airport (and its direct flight connections to Bali) only a couple of hours away, draws a steady trade of traveller and expat surfers who come here to surf and surf and surf some more.

A lot to love. Photo taken in or around Pantai Lakey, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

A lot to love. Photo: Stuart McDonald

A number of breaks happen up and down the coast, but the main ones are all within a short motorbike ride of the centre of “town”, which makes for an easy surfing vacation. A range of accommodation is available, from rustic shacks to well-fitted out wooden houses. By Sumbawa standards, a solid eating and drinking scene can be enjoyed.

Is it worth coming here if you don’t surf? Yes.

Taxi! Photo taken in or around Pantai Lakey, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Taxi! Photo: Stuart McDonald

The main beach is good. It is apparently cleaned semi-regularly (we were told weekly) and it isn’t bad for a frolic in the shallows. A shallow reef lies towards the northern end of the beach, before Ali’s Bar. It’s exposed at low tide and will be rock-hopping fun for kids. The beach backs onto a paved footpath that makes it easy to walk along and pick your bar or cafe of choice and there are also plenty of salas along the way where you can sit back and relax. Or you can just lounge back at Fat Mah’s and watch the waves roll in while eavesdropping on older male Australian surfers whining about child support ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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