I couldn’t wait to dive back into the culture, beauty, and magic of the picturesque and enchanting Southeast Asia archipelago made up of over 18,000 islands – that is now plagued by plastic waste – and make a difference!
Mojo Surf has created surf camps across Indonesia where surfers of all ages can come and experience a fun and special side of Indo, while giving back to the community with beach clean ups and village humanitarian work!
During the adventure we visited Bali, Lombok, Java and Lembongan.
PALUA MERAH “RED ISLAND,” JAVA
Red Island reminded me of “Bali Hai” from the film South Pacific. It is like Bali 20 years ago with it’s quaint huts, smiling locals, long desolate beaches, colorful fishing boats, and a perfect A-frame surf break.
…and unfortunately tons of plastic…
Mojo helped to organize the first ever village beach cleanup.
And after the little local groms showed us how to rip Red Island style.
NUSA LEMBONGAN ISLAND
Lembongan Island is an island about a forty minute boat ride off the coast of Bali and is the only other island in Indonesia to share the same Hindu culture.
It is a magical island both above and below the water…
…and has incredible waves for all levels.
…and seaweed farms where locals make about $5 per kilo to ship it off to countries like China for use in cosmetics.
Bali is near and dear to my heart as I spent much of my childhood learning Legong dance with the village kids and playing with the monkeys.
We decided to dive into the culture by heading inland to Ubud for some monkey business at the sacred Monkey Forest.