Surfer hangout with some top beaches

Just about last cab off the rank as far as western Sumbawa goes, Sekongkang (better known for its popular break, Yo-yo’s or the actual beach, Ranteng) is the spot where the coastline begins its turn to the east and the views all become “next stop Australia” or Antarctica, depending on where you are facing. There is only one spot, Tropicals, further south of here with accommodation. After that it is just beach after beach after beach — with just about nothing on any of them.

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Sekongkang actually refers to a small town inland by a few kilometres from the beach, but all the accommodation is on Ranteng Beach, most of it clustered around the southern bank of the river that empties out to sea here. This is a very surfing focused spot, and if you’re not a surfer and are more looking for beach lay around time, we’d say perhaps Jelenga or Kertasari are a better bet (though Tropicals is gorgeous). The beach here gets pretty wild and isn’t really a safe swimming spot. If you are a surfer though, you’re in the right place.

Relaxing at Yo Yo’s Hotel : Stuart McDonald.
Relaxing at Yo Yo’s Hotel Photo: Stuart McDonald

Accommodation is simple and most places offer at least a basic restaurant. For a good meal (and coffee) Lisa’s Garden, located near most of the accommodation, is well worth a stop, but there is otherwise nothing in the way of free-standing restaurants.

At Tropicals, there is a single quite highly priced resort with a restaurant and walk-ins are welcome to drop in for a feed. The beach here is absolutely breathtaking, so even if you don’t feel like eating at the resort, you should come down for a look.

Windswept, south of the river. : Stuart McDonald.
Windswept, south of the river. Photo: Stuart McDonald

After Tropicals you can keep exploring further along the coast — at least as far as Tongo, the road is reportedly good, though we didn’t go past Tropicals ourselves. As always, ask the staff where you are staying about exploring. Standard safety advice for Sumbawa holds — preferably don’t travel alone, and definitely do not ride this road after dark, ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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