Waves of Bliss

Nihiwatu Resort

Responsible Tourism: Guests can take time away from the resort, shown, to help out at local clinics

If the wait time to ride the waves at popular Bali swells like Dreamland and Uluwatu begins to remind you of a Friday-night traffic snarl in Kuta, then it's time you checked out other surfing options in the Indonesian archipelago — specifically Nihiwatu, www.nihiwatu.com. This seven-bungalow, three-villa eco-resort lies 250 miles (400 km) east of Bali on the southwest coast of Sumba Island and overlooks the Indian Ocean. Its draw? Some of the fastest curls short of Oahu's iconic Pipeline, and a policy of allowing only nine surfers to enjoy them at a...

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