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Our contributor Nineth Rachma revealed the beauty of a simple life at Lakey Peak on Sumbawa Island...
A 45-minute flight from Bali took us to West Nusa Tenggara in the eastern part of Indonesia. Once we landed at the Sultan Muhammad Salahudin airport in Bima, we immediately caught a taxi to get to our surf destination, Lakey Peak. Priced at Rp. 800,000 nett for oneway trip – which could be shared with travel buddies in one car can accommodate four people -, the journey took about one and a half to two hours. Surfboards were all set nicely on top of the car and we were ready for a ride through local streets.
The driver was a rather wild one and we had to ask him to slow down a little bit until we arrived safe and sound at Lakey Rock Pool Hotel, our beachfront accommodation facing Lakey Peak’s very own Nunggas Beach. After settling into our comfortable air-conditioned room, we didn’t waste another minute and went straight for a paddle on the ocean. Life is good when amazing waves are only steps away from our door, but Lakey Peak is more than just a surf spot – we revealed its beauty during our two-week trip.
Welcomed warmly by the Rock Pool’s owner, Ali, I felt at home right away. Our mornings involved cups of black coffee with a view of the tranquil ocean that made this accommodation one of the best places to stay. The location is quite strategic too – many restaurants and other hotels are within a walking distance, offering selections of food to try. More importantly, the beach has world-class waves to surf all day every day. Other outdoor activities include a spearfi shing on flat days – we actually caught some juicy fish we ate for dinner. And the neighborhood felt friendly as the local people, who are mainly Muslim, live in a seemingly harmonious life.
Home to five World Class Waves of every surfer’s dreams, Lakey Peak attracts surfers and travelers alike from around the world. Nestled right in front of Rock Pool was Nunggas Beach. Boasting long mechanical lefthander waves which also barrel at decent sized swells, Nunggas is known to many as the Mini G-Land. Around a 15-minute walk to the north is Periscope, the absolute haven for the right-handers, with heavy barrels that seem to work best on early morning high tide. Another 15-minute walk to the south from Nunggas is Lakey Peak’s long left-hand peak and right break where surfers can surf at all tides.
Cobblestone is the place to go for those who want to get away from the crowd. Known for the right-handers with its nice bendy bowl section and barreling left-hand, surfers can get here in a 45-minute walk or a 10-minute drive by scooter from Rock Pool. However, we didn’t get to surf at Nungga Dora, a spot known for its perfect right and left-hander waves – and because of that, we will come back.
Keep It Clean
During our trip, we also had the privilege to meet Becky and Tuti, the loveliest people we encountered here, who create delicious food at their Becky’s & Tuti’s Homestay and Restaurant. Four years ago, Becky himself initiated a regular beach clean-up activity by gathering a community. The then Lakey Peak Surfing Club’s president stated that they needed to start this kind of action in order to keep the beach clean and preserve the ecosystem. Becky also mentioned that the support and involvement from the government, local communities and business owners in Lakey Peak are essential to make it work.
There is no going back for Becky when it comes to keeping Lakey Peak clean. After resigning from his position in Lakey Peak Surfing Club two years ago, he spends his spare time bringing his family down to clean up the beach every Sunday – some locals and visiting tourists often come to help. Even at his own hotel, Becky encourages his guests to reuse and recycle. Currently occupying his own backyard for recycling and composting, he said that he is happy enough knowing he is giving back to the society as well as being a great role model to his children. “I just want to do good for myself and others, and I’m lucky to be able to do that with my wife and kids,” he stated.
Hope For Sumbawa
Another hero we met was Carlos Ferrandiz, a successful lawyer who decided to quit his job to move and live in Indonesia and dedicated himself to the Harapan Project, a humanitarian project his NGO (non-government organization) has been developing in Sumbawa. Having done humanitarian work since a young age with his parents, Carlos learned the importance and value of helping others in need.
His first surf trip with a friend to Lakey Peak was the kick-start of the Harapan Project. A local kid approached Carlos in Indonesian language as he paddled back after a surf session, and he wasn’t able to communicate. Carlos realized the language barrier was real. He promised the little kid who spoke a few words of English that he would teach him English. The next day, Carlos was mesmerized when the kid turned up together with about 150 people from all ages to learn English from him. That minute he realized that was what he wanted to do and that was how Harapan Project was born.
Carlos went back to Barcelona where he developed a language course and sports activities for the Hu’u children. At that time, he occasionally visited the Hu’u people one or two months a year while working on proper documentation for his project. In 2010, Carlos founded an NGO with relatives who had been involved in humanitarian work in Africa. And though the funding was quite challenging to work on, the journey to build a school at Hu’u had finally become official.
Aiming to help the community of Hu’u, Harapan Project entails so much. They use local schools’ facilities to support their programs, such as English courses for the community and teachers of all the schools, as well as environmental and sanitary education. They conduct classes while working on their main plan to build an eco-sustainable development center, which includes the Harapan Center, Harapan Cooperative, a surf school and more. Carlos’ devotion to bring the kids of Sumbawa to a brighter future has not only earned him so much love from the local people, but also recognition from the government. He was recently awarded the “Anugerah Pahlawan Indonesia” (Indonesian Heroes Awards) by the foreign minister.
Our trip to Lakey Peak has been so much more than a surf trip. It has been a journey to a rejuvenating simple life that is also filled with meeting amazing people who touched and inspired our hearts. And for that, we thank you, Lakey Peak.
WHERE TO STAY AND DINE:
Lakey Rock Pool Hotel
Jalan Pantai Nunggas Lakey,
Hu’u Dompu, Sumbawa
BECKY’S & TUTI’S HOMESTAY AND RESTAURANT
Jalan Lintas Nuggas, Hu’u Lakey
HOW TO HELP:
For more details on Harapan Project,
Contributor : Nineth Rachma
Magazine issue > Beyond Bali