Photo: Sometimes not even too crowded.

Surfing Nusa Lembongan

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Surfing and seaweed were once Nusa Lembongan’s main drawcards and while nowadays seaweed farming has gone the way of the dinosaurs the barrels still entice their fair share of waxheads.





It was indeed surfers who first kicked off the island’s tourism industry. Nusa Lembongan is graced with three main breaks, with a fourth on Nusa Ceningan. Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks on Lembongan are all reef breaks and are best surfed at high tide. Waves can be surfed all year round but they tend to be a little fickle—when they’re pumping, usually between the months of April and October, the waves here can be excellent.

It can get a lot busier than this though! Photo taken in or around Surfing Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

It can get a lot busier than this though! Photo: Sally Arnold

Playgrounds, a short paddle offshore from Coconut Bay, has both a long left and shorter right and is the most protected and most user-friendly for beginner surfers. It’s a little deeper than the other breaks, so can be surfed at lower tides. The only obstacle is the growing flotilla of daytripping cruise boats moored around the bay.

Lacerations and Shipwrecks (both right-handers) are off the northern coast and are reached by either a long paddle out or a ride in a jukung. These latter two are challenging, and you’ll need to be a bit cluey with the tides, as they can be scrapingly shallow, best for the more capable surfer—one is called lacerations for a reason and both can get very big and fast.

Monkey Surfing offers boards for all skill sets. Photo taken in or around Surfing Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Monkey Surfing offers boards for all skill sets. Photo: Sally Arnold

When there’s no swell on Lembongan, cross the bridge to Nusa Ceningan and try the left-hander point break at Mahana Point. Be warned, it’s not a break for novices and has a bit of a rep for sharks.

If you are keen to do more than just surf the waves, and would like to help the local community protect this fragile environment, get in touch with Wayan Lhaena from the Lembongan Surf Team who organises regular ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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