Lombok’s south coast stefanOctober 11, 2015October 11, 2015 No Comments A man finishes reading a local paper on the outer deck of the ferry. The six hour ferry takes traffic from Padangbai, Bali to the port of Lembar on the west coast of Lombok. this treacherous stretch of water—known as the Lombok Strait—acts as one of the largest conduits of water flowing between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. While Bali represents the largest Hindi population of all of Indonesia’s over 16,000 islands, Lombok’s Sasak population is predominantly muslim. The front yard of one of Gerupuk’s families. The town, at the head of an inlet, is sustained by a combination of seaweed farming and guided surfing trips to one of the three major breaks in the bay. Air Galing has traditionally been a fishing village. But with developers coming as far away as the UAE, their future remains uncertain. While the majority of local fishermen use boats, the rocky shore surrounding Kuta village draws out surfers and casters alike. The tourism surrounding the surfing industry supports restaurants, guesthouses, and shops. But as you leave Kuta village tension can arise.