Desert Point, Lombok

Surfing at Desert Point, Lombok, Indonesia 2022
Surfing at Desert Point, Lombok, Indonesia 2022

While I was in Lombok I wanted to go to Desert Point which is one of the legendary surf spots on the island where WSL (World Surf League) has hosted competitions in the past. It turned out that it wasn’t that easy. It’s located quite far away on the island, as the name suggests, and the road is quite bad. I got recommended a hotel to stay at on a small island called Gili Asahan from where I then could take a boat to the place. Gili Asahan is a quiet and beautiful island where you can go diving and snorkelling, or just enjoy some peace and quiet. Which I did. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, nice swimming and good snorkelling. I saw a heart shaped construction of the coral reef just outside my hotel. Too bad I didn’t have a proper lens to my camera to capture the shape. But I enjoyed seeing it.

And that’s the thing with me, of course I love to take photos, but I’m more about seeing and experiencing things and places. I very much would like to visit NazarΓ© in Portugal. Not for photographing surfing, but that would be an added bonus of course, but I want to see it! I want to see the big waves come in from the sea, the power of the Atlantic with gigantic waves. Someday!

Anyhow, I set out to go to Desert Point early on a beautiful clear day in a fishing boat from Gili Asahan. I had checked the report on Magicseaweed and it was supposed to be good but you never know. And the boat ride there was just amazingly beautiful. I could study the coastline of Lombok and we met some fishing boats, I even spotted a dolphin and of course I could see Gunung Agung on Bali.

Lombok fishing boat close to Desert Point, Indonesia 2022
Fishing boat close to Desert Point, Lombok, Indonesia 2022

And I enjoyed the whole experience so much. When we were getting close to Desert Point it didn’t seem like the waves were good, and I could see no surfers. But that’s a risk you take. And I was having such a good time so it didn’t matter and I was taking lots of photos of the nature, the fishing boats and the fishermen. As we was getting closer I could see one lonely surfer appearing. And while we were at the surf sport the waves started rolling in. And sitting in a fishing boat when that happens is a very special experience too. So I got some surf photos from Desert Point, and I got to feel what it’s like to sit in a boat when waves are coming in. And trying to take photos at the same time, which is even more trickier than being on the ground photographing surfing. But not as tricky as being in the water taking surf photos.

And when we got back, since it was a clear day, I went snorkelling with my camera and came back with even more photos. And I was exhausted, which I usually get after photographing for a long time, so I then could relax and enjoy the island and the hammock outside my cabin. The thing with the exhaustion I thought was something that only happened to me, yes very pretentious I know, but when I was participating in a photography workshop I heard that from another photographer as well. So I guess it has something to do with focusing so much and being so concentrated that drains you of all the energy you have.

  1. “and I got to feel what it’s like to sit in a boat when waves are coming in. And trying to take photos at the same time, which is even more trickier than being on the ground photographing surfing. But not as tricky as being in the water taking surf photos.”

    Kudos to you — you did a terrific job despite the obstacles.

    “The thing with the exhaustion I thought was something that only happened to me, yes very pretentious I know, but when I was participating in a photography workshop I heard that from another photographer as well”

    Awww, it certainly isn’t anything wrong with you, I think once we commit ourselves to something, namely a task or goal or objective, and we are putting effort into it, it does tend to drain our energy no matter what it is lol.

    “I saw a heart shaped construction of the coral reef just outside my hotel. Too bad I didn’t have a proper lens to my camera to capture the shape”

    Wow that is awesome! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜†.

    These areas are very very beautiful but some of the names are tricky to pronounce hahaha. Thank you for sharing these marvelous experiences of your journey.

    1. Thanks πŸ™ … you think Desert Point is a tricky name πŸ˜‰ but honestly, I don’t think the names are that tricky you just have to know how different letters are pronounced. And nothing is as tricky as sanskrit!

      1. You are welcome πŸ€ŸπŸ˜„πŸ₯°.

        Haha exactly, when it comes to pronunciation it’s always a matter of knowing how to pronounce them. But that’s where the problem comes — we don’t always know how to pronounce them. The main issue is that there are many words that are “pronounced” different to how they sound in spelling.

        I was speaking in genral about some of the names and tricky wording that the names of some of the places bring to mind. Desert Point is pretty straight forward to me since it is using common English words, but I can pull up a long list of Indian and Swedish (πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚) words that can be quite twisty on the tongue.

      2. Well, you just have to learn either Swedish or Hindu, they are sort of pronounced in the same way. At least, that’s my opinion πŸ˜‰

      3. Well, my knowledge of hindi is limited even if I spent two years in India. It’s just that they, and sanskrit, are similar in the pronunciation.

      4. Actually, that’s like my family name. It’s almost Finnish, since I come from close to the Finnish border where the original language was Finnish and now it’s called Mean Kieli (which means Our Language), and most Swedish people don’t have the patience to read all the letters in my name so they just say the first four or something. But when Finnish people hear my family name they say it’s a beautiful name. And I’ve never thought about it before but, it makes me proud to finally hear I have a beautiful family name instead of hearing that it’s hard to pronounce πŸ˜‰ so yes, pronunciation is important when it comes to names and identity. At least, that’s my opinion.

      5. Ohh Wow That’s really very Nice to know about your family and native place and language. I’m glad that you said this to me. And off course I truly agree that pronouncing names correctly is very important in life. Great thoughts! πŸ’•πŸ€—πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

      6. Ohh! Yaa I also think that pronouncing names correctly is very important if we want to interact with anyone. And that’s Great to know about you and your family Dear. Blessings to you.πŸ’žπŸ‘πŸ€—

      7. Ohh! That’s Great I’ll have a look on that soon. And by the way there is also mine new post up now..πŸ˜…πŸ˜

      8. Oh, I’m so late to your comment, but I’ll have a look now. The Internet is not what it’s supposed to be atm πŸ™„πŸ˜‰

      9. Yaa! I absolutely understand dear and that’s ok. There is no problem. Whenever you get the time you can visit then! Take care and stay Connected dear friend.πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ€—πŸ’ž

  2. Great recommendations πŸ€”πŸ€”. I love your opinions.

    For now, until I learn them, I will just have to live with the occasional tongue-twists and turns πŸ˜†πŸ€­

  3. Hey, I just wanted to clarify and rephrase what I said about the words being tricky, I meant that even though we may know how to pronounce them, they seem to have a feel to them as is we will never be pronouncing them good enough haha. It’s like a tongue-twister, we know how to pronounce them but they always have a strange feel when you are actually saying them lol. I understand that it’s not that hard — I am just saying. But I sincerely appreciate your encouragement and advice on the matter βœŒοΈπŸ’™πŸ˜„

    Sorry to bother you; I will go away now Swedish goddess πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜„

  4. Wonderful blog dear. Your posts are so amazing and mind blowing. Just keep going and keep posting dear. Stay happy stay safe.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

    1. Thank you πŸ™ I’m working on some things right now, but moved back up to the north of Sweden so that took some time too. But settling in and preparing for some more content, and I’ve got so many unpublished photos and posts both from my travels and from the autumnal north.

      1. Ohh yeah! I understand that. And that’s really great to know that you are working on your next blog dear. And do publish that ASAP and I hope that, That blog will be one of the best blog Dear. Stay happy and stay connected.πŸ€—πŸ’•βœŒπŸ˜Š

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