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Riding the west coast of Lembata

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The far western tip of Lembata is graced with a set of excellent beaches offering white sands, crystal waters and tremendous views across to Gunung Ile Boleng on Adonara. It makes for an excellent full-day excursion from Lewoleba.

This day-long excursion starts from Lewoleba town, runs out to the west coast then all the way down to near the southwestern tip where the road then cuts inland to stunning Pasir Putih surf beach, the highlight of the trip. You will need to come back the same way as you come—while it is possible to continue around the coastline to Lalmalera, the road is in very bad shape and is quite time consuming. While this day trip is best done by hired scooter, you could also hire a bemo or pickup for the day to do the same trip. The trip took us five hours one way (with frequent stopping) and three hours coming back (without stopping). Leave early, wear a helmet, and pack sunscreen!

See a trail? Follow it. Photo taken in or around Riding the west coast of Lembata, Lembata, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

See a trail? Follow it. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Starting from Lewoleba, take Jalan Trans Lembata west out of town. You will first pass the harbour (where the barbecue fish restaurants are located along with the Pelni ferry berth); keep going for a few more kilometres till you reach a hard right turn. Continue straight ahead and you’ll immediately enter Lewoleba’s primary market where you should check you have a full tank of gas and pick up some fresh fruit, water and other snacks. At the time of writing in mid-2017 there was pretty much nothing in the way of warungs further along the way.

Uran’s Prayer Garden Once you’ve finished shopping, head back to the main road and continue on your way. After a kilometre or so you’ll pass a large single pier on your right, then the road veers left and up a rise. At the top, there is a dirt road running off to the right and signposted as Uran’s Prayer Garden. The dirt road weaves through knee-height grass, eventually finishing at a clifftop “prayer garden”. We visited here twice and there was not another ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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