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Wed, 26 June 2019

In Part 3 of his Indo Diaries, surf travel guru Greg Bertish packs his family in a hired seven seater for a long trek east to Lombok that finds a salty reward, and an ice-cold Bintang.


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BEACH DISCOVERY: This fun lefthander can be found nearby the lodge on Lombok. Photo Bertish


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After a four-hour "gila gila" (crazy) ferry ride across to Lembar, we took another hour to disembark, with a broken truck blocking the entire fleet of vehicles getting off the ferry.

Then of course, a two and a half hour hell ride awaited us, in the dark heading for Tawang Bay. It was all a bit helter skelter as we made our way along mad gravel roads through villages and mangroves, avoiding goats, kids, scooters, feral dogs and wild scooter drivers all over the show.

But on arrival, the "Mie Goreng" was hot and the Bintangs icy cold. Our lodge was tranquil and quiet, and the beach that greeted us the next day made up for it all!



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