Now that I’ve gotten out all that negativity regarding things to be wary of in Lombok, Rich and I thought it was time to discuss some of the best aspects of the trip for us.
Whether it is little kids trying to sell you bracelets on the street, or bandits stopping motorists in the night, a few locals have turned to taking advantage of foreigners to get by. As much as I loved our time in Lombok, Rich and I realized after a few days that we, as a couple, were more likely to be preyed on by scammers or thieves than most people. I’d like to pretend that everything about Lombok is lovely, but that wouldn’t be quite honest, so here’s a few issues we came across. We hope that what we’ve seen and heard can help others avoid problems when traveling in the region.
Judging by the number of families staying at the same hotel as us, it is reasonably safe to say that there is a fair amount that people can do in Lombok. Rich and I wouldn’t know though, we were too busy enjoying the waves to see what else was out there.
If you should ever happen to head down to Lombok for surf, which I highly recommend, here’s a run down of all of the spots you need to know.
Lombok, an island east of Bali, in Indonesia, is one of my favorite surfing destinations. I had first traveled there in 2011 and have been aching to go back ever since. So when we were invited to join friends in Lombok, at just about the time that we were planning on leaving Hong Kong, we jumped at the opportunity.
Hitting up the waterfall trail near Taipo was a huge relief from the summer sun. Passing a small Buddhist temple, and running alongside a stream, the hilly, and sometimes steep trail was surprisingly green and unpolluted. Along the way up the trail, we encountered three waterfalls. As we know, I am not a fan of the heat and humidity and am very much looking forward to an Aussie winter, but finding this trail was huge. Except that we didn’t end up doing all that much hiking when we were there last weekend.
I’ve never been very good at accepting defeat. I’m completely neurotic, so not being able to do something tends to eat away at me until I get to where I want to be. Therefore, despite our failure to get out to Tai Long Wan on Saturday, I was resolved to drag Rich out and try again the next day.
As our time in Hong Kong is coming to a close, a few weeks ago, Rich and I felt it was time to revisit one of my favorite weekend getaways, Tai Long Wan. Tai Long Wan (or Big Wave Bay) was were I spent most of my weekends during my first year in Hong Kong. Tucked between rolling hills, it was the only place I could find where we could surf and really get away from the crowds. No noise, a lot less pollution, clean(ish) water, and some really nice space to camp.
37 days… 37 days until we leave Hong Kong.
I can’t believe the day is actually coming. I’ve been here nearly 4 years. For 4 years, this country has been my home. But I guess this moment had to come.