We have now been traveling around the island of Bali for a week, scoping out many of the spots and fully adjusting to Indo time. The decision was made to explore further and book a flight to Sumbawa the next day. Sumbawa is an island in Indonesia about an hour flight to the east, that is much less inhabited. There was a lot of confusion about how many boards were aloud per flight so we got to the airport 4 hours before just to make sure all the boards got on the flight. Upon flying into the tiny airport of Bima on a fairly modern plane, we arranged for the 2.5 hour taxi ride to the opposite side of the island to the Lakey Peak area at the very non modern airport. It all went pretty smooth, except for the road being constantly inconsistent with holes, washouts, chickens, monkeys and other obstacles. The driver rung all our bells by slamming into a dirt mound every one of us saw coming but no one really thought he was actually going to hit it. Arriving at Anan Gati hotel, one of the nicest on the island, we were welcomed by 15 knot onshore winds…..? But, as we would soon find out this has been there norm this month, which meant charging it early would become even more important. The scene here is much different than Bali. Anan Gati sits on the beach directly in front of Lakey Peak with Lakey Pipe and Cobblestones to the south and Nungas and Periscopes to the north. There’s a handful of locals hanging around everywhere you turn trying to get you to chose them to taxi you on their scooter to anyone of the breaks not reachable closely by foot. The food is a bit more “pricey” than Bali, with an example being a fish plate dinner. 35,000 Rupia or about $4.25. In Bali that’s about $3.00. If you ask me, that’s still not too bad. Their juice drinks are pretty golden. Kinda like a smoothie but with some milk added and a bit more icy that ours. The picture below is a traditional Indo meal called Nasi Garang with stir fry noodles, vegetables and either seafood or chicken topped with a fried egg. Here are a few from the first day. Smaller but fun 4-5ft waves greeted us the next morning.
August 14, 2011 8:08 am by