We had a great time in Bali, but as many people warned us, it was all very touristy and crowded. So looking for a more local feeling we made our way to the next island east of Bali: Lombok. We opted to pass up the flight and fast boat to Lombok options, instead joining the locals on the slow boat (ferry). This by itself was quite an experience. Aside from one other traveler, we were the only foreigners cruising on the boat. Inside was hot, humid, crowded and smelly. We went to the deck and found a little corner underneath some shade. It cost us seven dollars total and it took five hours to get there.
In Lombok we took a taxi south to Kuta, a very small surfing town. Everyone gets around on motorbikes which cost only five dollars per day to rent.
The next day we went a few kilometers east of Kuta to Gerupuk. Here we hired a boat to take us off shore for some surfing and snorkeling. Adam affirmed that is one of the best spots he has ever surfed on. The waves are perfect shape and predictable. I chose to snorkel nearby, which was just okay. We finished our visit drinking beer and having yummy satay at a local bar.
The following day we went to explore the virgin beaches west of Kuta. The roads were in terrible shape, but fortunately we only dropped the bike once. It was all worth it when we got there! We had a mesmerizing white sand beach all to ourselves!