Sumbawa has gained a reputation for offering some of the finest surfing in Indonesia, without the crowds you’ll find in Bali. Getting to the beaches with a surfboard can be an arduous task unless you charter a car from Sumbawa Besar, but once there you’ll find plenty of accommodation and facilities. The main breaks are at Hu’u, off Lakey beach, and around Maluk beach on the west coast. The latter has direct buses from Sumbawa Besar (3–4hr), though they’re infrequent. To get to Hu’u, you’ll need to take a bus from Bima to Dompu (3hr), and from there to Hu’u (2hr). Many of the waves break over reefs, so are not suitable for novices; however, the beaches are stunning even if you don’t surf.

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