The East Lombok Regency is quite exciting and thrilling. When it comes to infrastructure, you’ll be impressed by the ideal balance between modern-day cafés, restaurants, hotels, and all the “traditional” stuff that makes this island unique. On one hand, if the roads were bumpy and old, if there was no Wi-Fi and other modern-day treats, the regular tourists would simply ignore Lombok.
At the same time, in order for this place to still be attractive for the foreigners, it had to keep all the exotic things intact. And in that regard, the ELR (East Lombok Regency) is the golden middle. Same goes for the Ekas Bay. If you’re a surfer, then you’ll fall in love with it.
You’ve got two surf spots to choose from including Ekas Outside and Ekas Inside. The waves there can instantly switch form safe to dangerous, so, don’t go to Ekas unless you’re an experienced surfer. At the same time, if you’re a pro, remember that the April-November period is the best one for this activity.
If the Southeast wind is blowing, the mighty waves in the Outside Ekas will be in just the right state for you to conquer them. For the beginners, Inside Ekas is a far more appealing spot, as the waves are less aggressive and you’ll have an opportunity to improve your skills without running the risk of getting lost in-between the strong tides.
What The Ekas Bay Is All About
First of all, the views over there are fantastic. Even if you’ve been to most tropical islands on planet Earth and think that nothing can surprise you anymore, this place might just do that. Plus, it’s very calm, quiet, and peaceful, which is perfect for older people that love Lombok not only for its beauty but also for its tranquility.
The Ekas Bay is home to many fishermen that will be glad to share fun, crazy, and wise stories with you over a drink. The coastline is rich with white sand that looks like a field of diamonds from afar. If you turn to the left, you’ll see a whole bunch of majestic cliffs that stand on the horizon like natural walls protecting the island.
On the north side, the great Mount Rinjani resides. By the way, this is the highest point on the island, and the pictures you’ll be able to take in the Ekas Bay will be worth putting in a frame, that’s for sure. The experienced tourists are calling this place a sanctuary, even though it doesn’t carry any religious value.
At the same time, after you spend a week there, you’ll feel like something changed deep inside of you. The Ekas Bay is also famous for the lovely beach with crystal-clear waves that are ideal for the fans of swimming, snorkeling, and even fishing. Note: there are no rental shops in the area; so, bring your own equipment if you want to do some water activities.
Getting To Know The Ekas Bay Better
Do you know what the most intriguing thing about the Ekas Bay is? It’s the fishermen I mentioned earlier and their lifestyle. In the area, you’ll find +/- fifty tiny huts that float in the sea and create a wonderful image for your eyes. The boats are always on the sides, waiting for the owners to take them for a spin. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the masters at work.
The fishermen don’t need anyone to give them boats, because they make them with their bare hands. In the gazebos, the locals are busy taking care of the fish. In Ekas Bay, every single person minds his/her own business; at the same time, they act as one and are always ready to help.
Don’t be afraid to build your tent close to the huts – that will give you a great chance to learn more about these folks and maybe even see a trick or two. There’s a saltwater lake in the vicinity, and I encourage you to pay it a visit. It’s located in the middle of a mangrove forest and the natives of Lombok go there to make mineral salt.
Again, don’t be shy to talk to the locals and ask them to show you how it’s done. I’m sure you’ll have an amazing experience helping the fishermen out and trying your luck in fishing, making nets, and salt. The climate in the Ekas Bay is lovely and will get you in the right mood for some outdoor activities. Or, just lie on the beach and do nothing!
Restaurants And Hotels – Are There Any?
Now, while there are some cafes, food stalls, bungalows, and hotels in the area, they’re not that close to the bay. With that said, don’t forget to take some water and food with you if you’re planning a long walk, swim, or anything else. The distance between the cafes and stores is, again, pretty far.
And, make sure you’ve got enough cash in your wallet, as there are no ATM machines near the bay. There’s nothing worse than arriving at a hotel/bungalow you like only to realize that they do not accept credit cards. Been there, done that – it’s no fun. The sun rays are very strong in the Ekas Bay and might damage your skin and eyes; put a pair of sunglasses on and use some creams for the body to protect it from burns.
Dry clothes will also come in handy if you want to do some swimming, dipping, and/or surfing. I know that a walk along the coastline to buy a fresh set of clothes can be quite enjoyable, but hey, it’s always better to come prepared. In the morning, the Ekas Bay is half-empty and feels entirely different from when it’s full of natives and tourists.
Personally, I love solitude. The local hotels and cafes serve some of the best food I’ve ever tasted in Lombok, and service is great. If you’re traveling with your kids, there will be enough activities to keep them entertained, like the aforementioned swimming, snorkeling, some ball games, and more.
What Else Does This Place Have To Offer?
When the sun comes up early in the morning, the Ekas Bay looks like Paradise on Earth. When the sun comes down, the lights in the hotels, cafes, and every other building illuminate your way and create a warm, comforting atmosphere. This is the largest bay on the island, which is exactly why the fishing village is always full of people.
The locals cultivate lobsters, shrimps, and seaweed. The underwater life is fascinating and there aren’t any dangerous brutes that can hurt you. As mentioned in the beginning, the Ekas Bay is a God-sent for the surfers with a wide variety of waves that will be appreciated both by the beginners and the professionals.
The Ekas Beach is not the only beach in the area. If you move further “down” on the map, you’ll find the Paradise beach. It’s clean, well-developed, and away from the big city. The Cemare beach features super-calm waves and a whole bunch of palm trees. The Kaliantan beach, in turn, is great for swimming and snorkeling.
The sandy beaches will take your breath away. Furthermore, if you want to capture the most mesmerizing sunsets in the area, this beach will give you an opportunity to do that. As you move closer to Central Lombok, Kuta will be right there to greet you. There’s plenty to do there as well (check my review on the website).
How To find The Ekas Bay
This lovely bay is located in Pemongkong, Jerowaru District. From the Lombok Airport, the ride will take you 1/1, 5 hours, depending on traffic and the route you choose. As a general rule, the local taxi drivers know the island like the back of their hands and will take you to the destination in the blink of an eye. Public transports don’t usually head that way.
Renting, in turn, is very popular in Lombok. In fact, it’s one of the best things you can do there. They don’t charge you much, but the cars/bikes are in good shapes. Sometimes, riding through the picturesque nature of the island is exactly what you need to fall in love with the place.
From Mataram, the road is 67-75 kilometers long and will take almost 2 hours. By the way, you can use a bus from the big city to get to the Ekas Bay.
Yes, you’ll have to make a lot of stops, but the public transport will take you to the spot. Prices in Lombok are significantly lower than in the European countries and, even though the hotels and most of the restaurants do accept cards like mentioned above, you’ll be better off carrying hard cash.