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Have you ever heard the term “left-hander” waves? If you have not and want to see or even conquer this surfing experience then come to Lakey Beach. This beach is located in the Hu'u Village, Dompu Regency, in the province of West Nusa Tenggara on the east coast of Sumbawa Island.
Lakey beach is a long, wide, palm-lined, white-sand stretch of beach fronted by reef. Much of the bottom is rocky, but farther up the beach it's sandy and good for swimming. It is already well known among the world’s surfers community. Currently the majority of tourists come from Australia, South America, the United States and others.
What is it, you might ask, that makes this place so unique? The waves here appear to sweep to the left in direction, instead of right, as is common. The uniqueness of this fact, with the added, natural beauty of the beach has become a sensation, especially among surfing enthusiasts. Aside from that, the sea breeze is fairly strong as well which supports the activities of surfing, wind surfing, or kite surfing.
Since its discovery by Australian surfers in the mid-1980s, Lakey Beach has been known to offer Sumbawa's most consistent and challenging surf. The waves break at four separate spots, including the renowned Periscopes. These swells are not for the faint-hearted as they break over exposed razor-sharp finger coral. For you surf enthusiasts this is your ideal spot.
It is said that Lakey Beach’s waves are fairly stable throughout the year (not affected by seasons) and, therefore, have several times been the location for world-class surfing competitions. Dozens of participants of this competition usually come from all corners of the world, including many local Indonesian competitors. The advantages offered at Lakey Beach are already visible at Dompu city center, in the form of a large statue of a man mid – surf.
For you surf lovers, big and tall waves are usually the most desirable and sought after, but the waves here at Lakey Beach hold a unique challenge all of their own. Being not very high, (around 6-8 meters), the challenge lies in conquering the left-handed direction of the waves, a task that requires special expertise to master. Foreign tourists have come all the way to this beach on the South Island of Sumbawa to experience this challenge and hone their surfing skills.
This is the kind of place where you can join in a soccer game on the beach with the local boys in the afternoons, watch villagers fish in the tide pools at low tide, or try spear fishing when the tide comes in. If you take any path out of the village, you'll find the vicinity is greener and has more vegetation then other locales along the island's southern coast.
From the coastal, white, sandy beaches, the view breaks out onto the blue expanse of ocean water, sparkling under the clear, blue skies. The sound of the waves breaking on the beach, act as a beckoning call for the surfers to come in and test their skills on the board. While action on the board among the waves is the thrill of a lifetime, sitting along the peaceful and scenic beach and watching the surfers, or the sunset is a wonderful experience all of its own.
To get to Lakey beach, you need to fly in through the city of Bima on the eastern coast of Sumbawa. There are daily services with Merpati Airlines, and 4 times a week with Wings Air (recommended for passengers travelling with surfboards), from Bali to Bima’s main airport, the Muhammad Salahuddin. From Bima you can take a taxi-bemo (public transportation) which will take you to Hu’u (about a 3 hour drive) for about Rp 300.000 per person in a car, or private transfers can be arranged for about Rp. 750.000 per vehicle (maximum 4 people). From Hu'u, Lakey beach is around a 30-45 minute drive.