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Surfing on Lombok's Southern Peninsula: Ekas Bay -- The south coast is where the gentle Lombok waters meet the Indian Ocean, forming great swells and surf breaks. It's easy to hire a board and a surf guide to learn to surf or access the more challenging surf breaks in the area.

Ekas Bay (Teluk Ekas; best season: dry Apr -- Oct; best swell: west/southwest; best size: 3 -- 5 ft.; best winds: southeast) on Gili Melayu, Lombok's islandlike southern peninsula, is home to a variety of breaks. "Outside Ekas" is a powerful left-hander to satisfy the most power-hungry chargers. "Inside Ekas" has a much mellower wave breaking both left and right. Those not wanting an extreme challenge can surf the left-hander, with its great conditions for beginners. Ekas is never crowded and is often only surfed by guests at Heaven On the Planet (tel. 08/123705393 or 08/123751103; www.heavenontheplanet.co.nz; minimum 2-night stay; rates per night all-inclusive for twin share: high season AU$120 for more than 5 nights, AU$150 less than 5 nights; low season AU$100 for more than 5 nights, AU$130 less than 5 nights; no credit cards) as the surf charter boats rarely pass these waters.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.