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Get the bus, fly or ferry into Sumbawa, normally ending up in Bima. From here jump on a bima taxi to Lakey Peak. From here it is directly out the front of Mona Lisa Bungalows. Paddle straight out through the gap in the reef.
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
The peak has a longish left with a workable wall and the odd barrel. The right is shorter but more punchy. The best swell time is June-Sept however onshores will kick n around 10:00 ish. March -April time has less swell however the winds are favorable.
Fantactic area with great beaches, loads of places to stay and a fair few other surf spots.
Like, Lakey Pipe, Periscope....
By Geordie , 01-11-2011
recent trip to lakey - I recently spent a week at Lakey Peak staying at Aman Gati. A few things I’d like to pass on:
Aman Gati has benefits and drawbacks. Benefits are that they offer an inclusive package that is made obvious on their website, so you don’t have to worry about transfers etc. Having said that, other hotels such as Lakey Beach Inn offer the same service, it’s just not spelt out as well on their website.
Drawbacks are that Aman Gati is the hub of tourist dollars in the area. This means that it’s where the beach boys (not the band) hang out and offer a multitude of services such as: lifts to surf spots; motorbike hire; boat hire for fishing and surfing away from the immediate area; invites to local events; fresh seafood off boats; whatever else you might want (but nothing dodgy). The seafood we got was overpriced, you are unlikely to catch a fish from the boats (though not impossible), the wooden fishing boats which most crew try to hire are very slow and very noisy and not a pleasant experience at all, the bike hire causes local political problems depending on who you hire them (or don't hire them)from, and generally, the scene at the Aman Gati can be a bit of a pain in the bum. Locals aren’t really too pushy, just very persistent and good at playing on people’s natural tendency to be polite, particularly when a visitor in a strange country.
I would recommend going to Lakey Beach Inn. Its right at the end of the hotel strip (and there is nothing else there but a strip of hotels, some abandoned). It’s owned by a French guy and run by locals, who also buy their beer there and will play you in pool all night. Very friendly and not once were we hassled to buy stuff or do stuff (except Alex sold us all a t shirt at the end). Rooms are cheaper than Aman Gati and some rooms have aircon. Aman Gati room quality is certainly nothing to write home about.
Motorbikes: problems arise as soon as you arrive! Everyone would like to hire you a bike at Aman Gati and we ran into problems because our driver said he’d hire us bikes, then told us not to tell anyone else, then we couldn’t find him the next day. We hired off a bloke we thought was his brother, but turned out we made a mistake. Long story short, once you commit to a hire, even by not responding when they say that if you need a bike, you’ll agree to go to them, they are gonna try and play the I know you, I thought we were friends, we had an agreement etc...If you can be so impolite....just say no! ...and when you are ready, ask to see the bike first, agree on the length of hire (multiples of a 24hr period) and don’t pay more than 50000rp a day for an auto (scooter). Also, make a show of looking the bike over or take a couple of photos showing what damage already exists.
Most people just get a lift around and this has benefits, such as Periscopes is a bastard to find, and if you have a guide/lift they will look after your stuff. They also know the basics of tide and wind, but we like to explore on our own, and have the freedom to do what we like when we like. You get the hang of it pretty quick. Oh, and there are no maps available. But if you ask people they will help you.
Learn some basic Indo phrases like teri makasi – thankyou (sounds like: tell-im-me-cars-sick), count to 5 etc, it smoothes things along and tidak makasi (no thankyou) is VERY handy. You can do this once you arrive!
The other surf spots like magic point (for which boat hire is advertised at aman gati) need a decent amount of swell and wet season NW winds or very early morning (no wind). Our boat trip was rubbish, total waste of time in the trade winds. At least it didn’t take three hours on a wooden boat. Now that I think of it, the locals aren’t so good at estimating time and distance, take it with a grain of salt (actually a whole bucket if money is involved).
If you are like me and think you are better than you turn out to be once you try the peak (ie. lots of awesome surfers that have arms of steel and can take off way deeper than me), you’ll like cobblestones. Go there on mid to high tide and lap up the relaxing but small right-handers. Nungers is also less hardcore and doesn’t see the crowds. We were told that while we were there the tides weren’t brilliant (ie not high in the morning, during trade wind season), so it wasn’t so busy. If you are like me and not a big competitor in the water, I would recommend south coast of Lombok in the wet season. That’s what I’ll be going back to.
Also, getting boards over to Sumbawa can be a problem, because the planes are small and lots of other surfers/kiteboarders will be going to lakey too! We met someone who had to wait two days for his boards, as the planes only fly three times a week. Merpati and Wings both have issues with this. We were angry but polite and left it at “please try your best to get them on board”, and they were there when we arrived. Apparently you need to check them in as soon as the counter opens (three hours prior to the flight) to make sure they go on. On the up side, getting them back doesn’t seem to be as much of a problem. Oh, and check your excess baggage charges with the airline prior to travelling – I swear they are different for every damn flight!
Well, have fun and remember that any issues you have will be because someone is trying to make a bit of money, its nothing against you or your ego and it won’t be much in the scheme of things anyway. Have fun and enjoy what is a pretty cool place to visit and to surf. And say hi to Alex and Naur at Lakey Beach Inn for me (very cold beer!)
Geordie, Victoria, Australia
By Anonymous , 23-10-2010
amangati hotel :(((((((((((((((((((((( - hi everybody,
just stayed in the amangatihotel, apparently the best place there.well...it might have been 10 years ago. it is not bad, but just not worth the money!!!!!!!
the restaurant is expensive and the meals are small.
the staff is friendly though.
the average room there is absolutely not worth the money.you get the same shit anywhere else for 100.000 rp...
and the is no hot water in 70% of the rooms!
But lakey peak is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Anonymous , 12-09-2010
In response to 'dodgey locals' - I've just came back from a trip to Sumbawa and i've never met more pleasent friendly people. It was quite heartwarming actually. When you're travelling anywhere its sensible to keep your whits about you, but enjoy yourself with some brilliant people. And if you tip them even half a dollar it makes a big difference to them! And you must have been a total mug about the bike thing, i rented a bike plenty of times and there were no problems...they even gave me free lifts to preiscopes and places! I stayed in the Aman Gati which was really good and left boards, boardies, rashvests outside and nothing got stolen!...Enjoy it.
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