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7 Night Kite Safari in Lombok and Gili Islands

Indonesia
Adventure Provided by: Rod D. · Boat Owner

What to expect

Okay kiters, this is it - an all new kitesurfing cruise to the places few get to see, along the windswept southern coast of Lombok and Sumbawa and off the beaches of the southern Gili Islands. This is the ultimate seasonal kite trip in Indonesia, using the mid year's south-easterly winds that push up from northern Australia to Indonesia. Come aboard a unique boat, able to sneak into the shallow bays and beaches off Lombok.

Kicking off from the party islands of Gili Air and Gili Trawangan, we sail south to the 9 southern Gili Islands where we can get good offshore, flat water conditions, launching from the side beaches of Gili Nanggu, Layar and Rengitt.  Some trips we start from Kuta Lombok, but either way, it’s just a few hours by speedboat or plane to our take-off point, for the cost of a cheap box of beer.  

In Gili Asahan, anchoring on the edge of the beach at night, we tend to quietly party our way through sunset, ready for a new day. Ashore, there is a wonderful chilled Ecolodge and an amazing Italian restaurant. Our SUP fleet and dive/snorkel options fill in the early morning while awaiting the breeze and anyone up for some yoga or a hilltop hike is up for some fun.

These beautiful southern Gilis are located behind a peninsula on the southern tip of Lombok, which when rounded, leads to a coastline of deep oceanic bays. Here we get a choice of some great surf breaks or lagoon rides behind the breaks. Kiting places such as Tanjung Ann and near to Ekas bring us to bays where the most determined land bound kiters battle to scooter in. For those wanting both surf and wind, you are in the right spot. Waves don’t come much better than the famous breaks of Lombok and ahead, West Sumbawa.

With favourable conditions, we slip 15 nautical miles across from Lombok to West Sumbawa and into the famous bays and breaks which blow offshore on the western shores. Winds build in the usual late morning trade wind pattern and blow mid-year through July, August, and September.
Overnight, we anchor in the spectacular bays along the south coast of Lombok. These bays present a range of wind and wave angles. Our boat runs two 6-metre trimaran tenders, to chase and guard our kiters in a tangle. It's the security of these tenders that adds another level of safety to kiting in what is a fairly remote shoreline.

We also wet launch clean off the back of the ‘aluminium beach’, that is our aft deck. Aboard, it’s all eyes and cameras on the conditions from the shaded upper lounge decks. This is not a rolling, fat bottomed phinisi schooner, this is a 21st-century multihull like no other. Everyone has their own private curtain cabin with a breezy view. We have 9 spaces for these spots and an additional 3 have a fold up double berth addition and two are located in the sheltered rear area of the boat, with a clear view aft.

This trip is unusual to find in Indonesia and it is kicking off in 2017, with a call to all kiters to jump aboard, get kitted up and come for a ride. We are offering 3 trips, the first week of July and with demand, again in August and September. The trips are 7 nights in duration.

We can cater for those just wanting surf breaks and those just wanting flat water kiting. There are locations where we need a bit of water above the high tide to access lagoons. For those that are just learning, we can find places to have a fun crash and recover ride. Over the week, we see a good selection of waterways to suit all needs.

We do not teach aboard this season, not yet. We ask everyone to bring their own kiting gear. 
3 meals a day are dished up by our onboard chef. If you want to just surf, or SUP, or snorkel, we invite you to bring your partners, as there is a lot to do at these cruise destinations beyond just kiting.
For more info don't hesitate to contact the operator!
Who is this for?

Adrenaline
Romantic
Family
Solo
Package includes

  • 3 delicious meals a day
  • SUP Boards
  • Snorkel gear
  • Twin chase boat tenders
  • Tunes all day
  • The odd beach party
  • The best in Australian marine safety gear
Additional Services:
  • Please bring your own kites, boards, and gear
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