Ask them in the GlobalSurfers Surf Travel Forum
You can post a new question from the country page to which the question is relevant to, or at the bottom right hand of this page.
to post a new question or answer excisting ones
Please don't spam this forum with your new surf camp / charter / villa / surf school.
The GlobalSurfers forum has been the leading surf travel resource for over 20 years, so keep it friendly and relevant. Happy posting!
How to go to desert point by ferry's and then by?« on: March 16 2009 04:03:00 »
Hello, I'm an 19 year's old french surfer and I went to bali last year for a month and I surfed a lot in the bukit peninsula, then I went to G-land that was awesome and big! I will go back to indo this year for a month between july and august and I want to go to desert point without pay for a boat trip, I want to know what sort of transport I should take and if it's a really long way from Bali. Is it possible to find taxi after have taken the ferry which speak english and know where is desert point? Thanks for your answers good surfing Hugo!
RE: How to go to desert point by ferry's and then by?« Reply #1 on: March 16 2009 06:03:00 »
It would probably be best to get to Kuta in Lombok and then organize it from there. I'm sure you'll find other surfers that want to go....Dessert point is much more fickle than Gland and needs the right conditions, so you need to time it right...
RE: How to go to desert point by ferry's and then by?« Reply #2 on: March 19 2009 15:03:00 »
I was there 15 yrs years ago...took a bus south (complete with chooks, 8 locals & rice included) to get to the next town... part of the way there. Grab supplies on the way (water, food, tpaper). The last part of the road turned to a rough track so a 4WD bemo or motorbike would be good. Walk around the headland to see perfection or a lake. There was a long wait between surfs. The Wave is very fast on a very shallow coral reef. Surfboats are an instant crowd... Malaria area. No amenities in 1990's. Bring a mozzie net, iodine, wetsuit & a good book. A local may visit & sell you local fruit. Hide $ & valubles. Practice basic indonesian. Good luck! I would be interested to find out if things have changed since, as I may visit in June 09. Anyone else going?
RE: How to go to desert point by ferry's and then by?« Reply #3 on: March 21 2009 21:03:00 »
Its very crowded these days but you can hunt around for a boat (whatever size you can afford, some are very dodgy) that will take you from bali or nusa lombongan or even from somewhere in lomboks west coast.
But as above says take all the food and stuff you need. You wont find anywhere to buy wax or anything. I might do this on my next trip actually.
Theres a very strong rip that sweeps you out to sea towards bali so always paddle north..and after a wave dont paddle out just let the rip take you back to the outside.It needs a solid swell and lowtide or else its shit.probably due to the currents going against the swell.When it is good people who have waited for deserts to turn on in bali or anywhere will turn up to make it crowded.
RE: How to go to desert point by ferry's and then by?« Reply #4 on: March 25 2009 14:03:00 »
Hey thanks for your replies guys. I hope I will found some transport and succeed to go to desert and get some good waves^^. And to continue about my beliefs about surftrips, I'm not very proud to have been to G-land with a surf camp because of this kind of organisation are not really respectfull to the nature and local poeple It's not 50/50
RE: How to go to desert point by ferry's and then by?« Reply #5 on: March 25 2009 14:03:00 »
(I went with Joyo's surf camp, that was really good but I spoke to some Indonesian which were working overthere and they have told me that were a chinese investitor which owned this camp I was a little bit revolted when they said that they were paid just enought to eat instead of this chinese guy come a few times just to sea if they were working harder than ever). That's why I prefer in the future to try to go to the surf spot by myself without tourism and occidental organisation even if that will be harder. Is anyone have ever been to the area of Yoyos supersuck scareef by the land?
RE: How to go to desert point by ferry's and then by?« Reply #6 on: March 26 2009 20:03:00 »
Regarding the comment about the workers pay.It's not unusual for someone to work for little or free in the Indonesian tourist industry just for the opportunity to possibly earn some tips. When the daily labor wage is as little as $3 a day a few generous tips go a long way. I didn't always know this and now choose to tip when I feel it is earned.
RE: How to go to desert point by ferry's and then by?« Reply #7 on: April 03 2009 06:04:00 »
West sumbawa is pretty fickle and needs a lot of swell.
Also the winds are funny over there they seem to blow cross shore (more south) than ulus g-land or deserts even though the reef faces the same direction.
The reefs very sharp. I like the reef at deserts its not too sharp but supers and scars is deadly.
Yoyos is often good early but wind stuffs it up.
RE: How to go to desert point by ferry's and then by?« Reply #8 on: April 06 2009 15:04:00 »
I walked all the way around to Deserts to find it flat, I noticed several sufrers camped-out in fishing shacks on the beach, more like piles of coconut-fronds, they all had there eye on the place as if they knew something was going to happen. I did paddle out for a meager surf and when I was leaving I noticed them all waxing up and getting ready and sure enough tide or something changed and it was "ON" Desertes is so remote someone will most likely die there soon, if something happend there would be no help at all.
RE: How to go to desert point by ferry's and then by?« Reply #9 on: June 20 2009 18:06:00 »
Take a bus to padang bai from the bus terminal in Denpasar or through perama travel on jln legian you can book/go for bare bones prices. Perama runs a minibus to Sengiggi in Lombok. Tell them your going to the road to Sekotong or Bangko Bangko. (Desert Point.) This road is about 1/2 mile from Lembar Harbor which is your arrival point in Lombok. From that corner you can catch a Bimo all the way to Deserts. Deserts is the end of the road. Hug the coastline the whole way or take a shortcut through the mountain. There are accomodations on the beach which are cheap run by locals. If you want a hotel then you'll need to stay about 15 minutes from the end of the road. You can rent a car in Bali and do this trip as well. That will give you alot more freedom to explore Lombok and Sumbawa. Have Fun!!!.