KUTA BEACH AND SOUTH OF LOMBOK:
KUTA BEACH LOMBOK
The best-known place on the south coast is Lombok's Kuta Beach (Sometime spelt Kute Beach), a magnificent stretch
of white sand and blue sea with rugged hills rising around it, but not much else. It very small development with far fewer
tourist than in famous kuta beach on Bali, but there are big plans to develop a whole stretch of the superb south coast with
After many years of speculation there are signs something is happening, with the road from Praya completely
remade and big new road running to as yet undeveloped beaches. A construction site has been fenced off for a Novotel project.
Meanwhile, the low budget Losmen at Kuta are all on limited leases, and seem to trying to get maximum income from minimum
investment-some of theme are looking decidedly squalid. Travelers are reporting some hassles here too. People flock to Kuta
for the annual Nyale fishing celebration. Usually falling in February or March each year, with thousands sleeping on the beach.
The main tourist season is August and for the rest of year its very quite.
You can change money
at Segara Anak Bungalows, but the rates are not very good. Wisma Segara Anak is a the postal agent and has a booking desk
for Perama. Theres a market on Sunday and Wednesday.
Plenty of good waves break on the reefs around
here many supposedly secret. There are lefts and rights in the bay in front of Kuta, and some more on reefs east of Tanjung
Aan. Local boatman will take you out for a few thousands rupiah. Go about seven km east of the Kuta to the fishing village
of Gerupuk, where there are several potential breaks on the reefs at the entrance of Gerupak Bay. Again access is by local
fishing boat. Theres more breaks further east and west, from Blongas to Serewi, but nearly all require a boat: the charter
rate is about Rp.25,000 each person per day. Bigger yacht from Bali do surf charters along the whole of LOMBOK south coast.
There arent many secrets.
Nyale Fishing Festival
On the 19th day of the 10th month in Sasak Calendar-generally
February or march-hundreds of Sasak gather on the beach. When night falls, fires a built and the young people sit around competing
with each other in rhyming couplets called Pantun. At dawn the next day, the first Nyale a caught, after which it is time
for the Sasak teenagers to have fun. In colorful procession boys and girls sail out to sea in different boats - chase one
another with lots of noise and laughter. The worm-like nyale fish are eaten raw or grilled, and are believed to have aphrodisiac
properties. A good catch is a sign that the rice harvest will also be good.