21 Frequently Asked Questions About Longboarding in Lombok

15 January, 2024 | Lombok, Surfing

Planning a longboarding trip to Lombok with friends, solo or your partner? 

If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting this paradise island, it’s only natural to have questions. To ensure you have the best longboard surfing trip possible (and not waste time or money), we’ve answered the most frequently asked questions about longboarding on Lombok.

Travelling to Lombok

How long is the trip to Lombok from Bali?

The trip to Lombok from Bali depends on which mode of transport you take, of which there are three. Note that travel times for both the ferry and fast boat are largely dependent on sea conditions.

  • Ferry / Approximately 5 hours
  • Fast boat / Approximately 2-3 hours
  • Plane / 25-30 minutes of flight time

I want to bring my own longboard to Lombok. Is that possible?

If you’re travelling via Bali, bringing your own longboard/s to Lombok is possible by ferry and fast boat, but not by plane. If you’re flying to Lombok directly from Singapore, Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur, since the aircraft used on those routes are bigger, you may be able to squeeze the log in. However, we recommend checking directly with the airline for their surfboard size limits to avoid disappointment.

If you want to travel light, don’t own a longboard or have made a last minute decision to visit, rest assured… we have a stylish range of 9 foot plus longboards you can borrow. We also supply all boards for beginner surf lessons.

What is the easiest way to travel to Lombok?

The easiest way to reach Lombok is by plane. You can fly from a number of Indonesian airports, including Jakarta and Denpasar, as well as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Lombok International Airport (LOP).

What’s the safest way to book Lombok flights online?

Traveloka is the most popular and safest flight aggregator and online booking service in Indonesia. They also allow for international online payments which most Indonesian airlines don’t facilitate. It’s also very easy to reschedule the flights.

Do I need travel insurance when visiting Lombok?

Definitely, if only for peace of mind. World Nomads offer insurance options for longboarders on Lombok.

Longboarding on Lombok

I’m not sure how to classify my surf level. Can you help me?

Of course! Our experienced instructors are able to identify your skill level quickly and tailor the lesson to your abilities. We’ll even introduce you to the wonderful world of longboarding if you’ve never tried before! 

As a rule of thumb though, here’s a quick skill level rundown:

  • Beginner (Level 1) / Has never surfed before OR has only surfed a handful of times. Can catch the whitewash and stand up on a beginner surfboard
  • Intermediate (Level 2) / Can reach the lineup and takeoff zone unassisted. Can perform a pop-up and basic manoeuvres. Is able to ride across green waves and negotiate steeper faces
  • Advanced (Level 3) / Is able to confidently catch waves and perform skilled manoeuvres. Can navigate a busy lineup and surf a variety of different break types

Where are all the best surf breaks located?

The overwhelming majority of Lombok’s best longboarding breaks are only a short drive or boat ride from the main surf town of Kuta on the southern coast. 

The beauty of this is that you can check a variety of waves easily, catering to almost any swell direction or wind type.

Which season has the best longboarding conditions?

In our opinion, the best season for longboarders on Lombok is the wet season. Learn more about longboarding during the Lombok rainy season and why we love it.

Bali or Lombok… which is better for an intermediate surfer?

Good question! Both have lots of breaks suitable for the intermediate surfer. However, if you’re an intermediate longboarder who doesn’t want to deal with intense crowds, Lombok is superior for surfers

It’s like Bali 20, 30 or even 40 years ago!

What do I need to pack for a longboarding trip to Lombok?

Besides the essentials, the following items are handy to have for longboarding on Lombok.

  • Sun protection (hat, zinc, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • Rash vest or 1mm surfing top
  • Bikini, boardshorts
  • Surfboard wax (if you don’t want to use ours)
  • Reef booties (the reef isn’t very sharp so these are optional)

I’ve never surfed before. Is Lombok suitable for beginners?

Definitely. Waves like Selong Belanak in South Lombok are perfect for beginners and mellow rides over sand in crystal clear water. It might just be the ultimate beginner surf break. So friendly, so pretty, so fun!

What happens when the conditions aren’t great for surfing?

We’re blessed in the sense that there’s literally always a surfable wave on Lombok (barring the rare day that comes along every 4 or 5 years when the conditions don’t cooperate). 

And while we can’t guarantee a certain size or wind direction, we can guarantee to do our best to find you something to surf every day of your stay.

I’m a weekend surfer who wants to get better but doesn’t need super fancy accommodation. Do you cater to people like me?

Yes! Our Surf & Yoga Camp at Xanadu Village is perfectly suited to surfers on a budget. 

It’s stylish and comfortable but still affordable with plenty of opportunities to refine your surfing skills. Learn more about Xanadu’s all year round surf and yoga camp.

My partner doesn’t surf. Are there other activities for them to do?

Rest assured that your partner will have more than enough things to do on Lombok while you surf. 

They can go beach hopping, snorkelling, explore the island’s waterfalls, try their hand at pottery or simply relax by the pool. Plus, we offer non-surfing activities like yoga, sunset meditation and Sasak Culture workshop for them to enjoy. 

I’m keen to improve my surfing level. What’s the best way to do that?

Our Surf & Yoga Camp and Retreat packages come with daily surf sessions held under the guidance and instruction of experienced surf coaches. 

You’ll surf for 2 hours per day (conditions allowing) and have access to video analysis, theory classes and one-on-one chats. By the end we guarantee that you’ll have progressed to the next stage of your surf journey. 

We’ll even teach you a few longboarding terms and some surf lingo!

I’m keen to treat myself. Are there luxury surf resorts on Lombok?

You’re looking at one! Seriously though, there are a few luxury resort options on Lombok, but you can’t go past our architecturally designed Surf, Yoga & Wellness Retreat

With its stunning ocean views and infinity pool that overlooks different surf breaks plus spa services, daily surf lessons and lavish rooms, you’ll feel totally spoiled during your stay here.

Lombok culture

Is Lombok safe?

You bet. Lombok is known for its peaceful and friendly community. Petty crime is extremely low and you’ll find the locals to be helpful and welcoming.

What is the local language and do I need to speak it to get around?

Lombok is part of Indonesia, so Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) is the official language, but the most widely used language in the South of Lombok is Sasak.  

However, you’ll be able to get by with English in most places. If you do want to learn some basic phrases, the locals will appreciate the effort and it’s a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

What currency do they use on Lombok?

The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah. This is accepted at most establishments, but if you do need to exchange money, there are ATMs and currency exchange offices in the more touristy locations. 

Our advice is to always withdraw enough to last at a minimum one or two weeks. This way you can avoid paying multiple withdrawal fees. Many restaurants and bigger shops accept card payments, but you’ll definitely need some petty cash in smaller local restaurants and shops.

Are there any cultural customs or etiquette I should be aware of while visiting Lombok?

Unlike Bali, which has a predominantly Hindu culture, Lombok is primarily Muslim. It’s important to dress modestly and respect local customs when visiting religious or other cultural sites. 

It’s totally okay to wear bikinis on the beach or shorts and crop top in town, but out of respect for local people, whether it’s Lombok or Bali, leave the bikini tops for the beach.

Also, make sure to be conscious of other surfers in the lineup by following the rules of surf etiquette.

What is the best way to support the local community while on Lombok?

The best way to support the local community while on Lombok is to shop and eat at local restaurants when able.

This ensures that your money goes directly to the locals, rather than large corporations or chain establishments. By staying at boutique accommodations like our surf retreat, you are also supporting the local economy and offering employment opportunities for community members.

Final thoughts

We hope that this guide has answered some of your questions about longboarding on Lombok. 

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on this beautiful island. Of course, if we haven’t answered one of your questions, you can always check out our comprehensive FAQ page

Also, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly with any other inquiries. We’re stoked to help plan your perfect surf retreat on Lombok!

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