Top 10 Best Beaches in Lombok

Lombok is one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia and is rivalling Bali with its beaches. On your visit here, you can expect the same white sandy beaches and azure waters but without the crowds. So if you are planning on a trip to West Nusa Tenggara of Indonesia, make sure Lombok is on your list!

Many people are now opting to skip Bali altogether and travel straight to Lombok, and if you choose to go this way, you will be rewarded with a wide range of beaches to choose from. Here is our list of the best Lombok beaches for you.

Tangsi Beach, Lombok, Indonesia
Tangsi Beach, Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Frantisek Krivda

Pink Beach

If you have never visited a pink beach then now is your chance. Also known as Tangsi Beach, this beach has the in a pretty shade of pink. This is one of only two pink beaches in Indonesia (the other one is in Flores) and although it is famous for its strawberry blonde sand, it is rarely crowded. You can spend the day here relaxing on the sand or go for a swim in the neighbouring sea. Pink Beach Lombok is located in the small village Sekaroh, Jerowaru on the east. The luxury hotel Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp is located along this pink coast,

Pink Beach Lombok, Indonesia
Pink Beach Lombok. Photo by Schristia

Selong Belanak Beach

If you want to learn to surf but don’t want to do with the crowd at Kuta Beach in Bali, then head to Selong Belanak Beach in Lombok. The surf here is of the same standard, with small to medium-sized waves, and you can rent a board and hit the water in a more relaxed and serene environment. Local fisherman also uses this beach, and you can take in the pretty coloured boats here that bob on the water. Right at this beach you will find very affordable boutique hotel such as the favourite Bukit Indah Boutique Accommodation *

Mawi Beach

Just a little down the coast from Selong Belanak is the Mawi beach. It is most famous as a surfing beach as there are some nice breaks here which make it popular with surfers who make their way here from Bali. The breaks here are recommended for advanced surfers only as the sea has a rocky bottom. The water, however, is pristine as is the fluffy white sand, so if you don’t surf, you can still come here and relax on the beach. You can also take in the stunning views here across the bay over to Selong Belanak. One thing to note here is that there is no board rental available, so you will need to come prepared.

Selong Belanak Beach - Hidden Beautiful Beach in Lombok, Indonesia.
Selong Belanak Beach, a hidden one in Lombok. Photo by celebrityabc

Beaches on the Gili Islands

The Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok are made up of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Gili Trawangan is the most developed island and has a long strip of sandy beach that runs around it. The island is also known for its pristine seas, and you can go snorkelling or diving here and enjoy a range of underwater delights, including turtles and sharks. If you want a more secluded beach spot, then consider heading to Gili Meno. This island is known for being popular with honeymoon couples thanks to its small size and intimate atmosphere, and you can spend time on the main beach here enjoying the warm sand and the clear seas. If you want to stay on Lombok but still with quick access to the Gili Islands, Hotel Tugu * is an excellent choice.

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Gili Trawangan, one of the Gili Islands, Indonesia.
Gili Trawangan, one of the Gili Islands. Photo by Luis Medina via Wikimedia Commons

Segar Beach

To the east of Kuta Lombok is Segar Beach which sits in a delightful small cove. The is one of the best beaches in Lombok as it is made up of pretty sand and coral. When the tide is out, you can walk across the sand to a large rock protruding from the bay. This beach is also known for its nice surf break, and some of the main surf competitions in Lombok are held here. During which the beach can get quite crowded, so it is best to check if there is a competition ahead of time if you want to beat the crowds. The nearest hotel to this beach is the trusty Novotel Lombok Resorts and Villas *.

View of Kuta, Lombok from a hill near Pantai Seger, Indonesia, Indonesia.
View of Kuta, Lombok from a hill near Pantai Seger, Indonesia. Photo by Whatsinaname at wts wikivoyage via Wikimedia Commons

Pandanan Beach

To the north of Senggigi in Lombok is Pandanan Beach. It is one of the least visited beaches on the island, so it is a good choice if you want to beat the crowds. The beach hugs a long strip of coastline, and you can expect clear seas and fluffy white sand. If possible, try to come here in the late afternoon as the beach is known for its gorgeous sunsets. It is one of the most romantic and secluded beaches in Lombok, which makes it perfect for couples. Senggigi also boasts the best beaches to stay in Lombok, with choices such as the Qunci Villas Hotel and the Sundamala Suites and Villas *.

Tanjung Aan Beach

Tanjung Aan beach has the claim to fame of being one of the most beautiful south coast beaches around Kuta in Southern Lombok. Lush rolling hills surround the beach, and you can hike to the strip of sand here and then go for a swim to cool off. To get to Tanjung Aan beach from Mataram takes around an hour and a half, but it is more than worth it for the pretty views. Not too far off is the popular and high-end luxury hotel Villa Sorgas *. Book well ahead if you want to secure a place here.

Blue sea of Tanjung Aan beach Lombok, Indonesia
Blue sea of Tanjung Aan beach Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Suryanata budi via Wikimedia Commons

Mawun Beach

If you want to spend time relaxing on a beach in Lombok, then head to Mawun beach. This secluded beach is around an hour and a half away from Mataram, the capital city of Lombok and 20 minutes drive from Kuta. It is also one of the Lombok’s best beaches for swimming as the waves are small and the currents are gentle. You can spend the afternoon here, sunbathing on the white sand or enjoy a refreshing coconut from a local stall. If you want to stay near this beach, don’t miss out the beautiful Mawun Raya Resort *

Mawun Beach Lombok, Indonesia.
Mawun Beach Lombok. Photo by Whatsinaname via Wikimedia Commons

Cemara Beach

If you want to get off the beaten track, then head to Cemara Beach in eastern Lombok. This beach is also known as one of the most beautiful in the area and it is surrounded by pretty vistas and lush scenery. The beach is made up of a long strip of white sand that backs onto clear seas and this is a great choice if you want to go swimming or snorkelling.

Picking fishes at Kuta Beach, Lombok, Indonesia.
Picking fishes at Kuta Beach, Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Tanti Ruwani via Wikimedia Commons

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach in Lombok is not to be confused with Kuta Beach in Bali and is one of the most popular beaches in Lombok. It is however, also one of the most crowded beaches on the main island, especially at the weekends, but it is also a good place to choose as a base. The beach stretches for some seven kilometres and you can go swimming or snorkelling here. There are also several small local cafes dotted along the shore called warungs where you can get some simple Indonesian dishes like fried rice or noodles. You can also relax on the sand with fresh coconut and this can be a good choice if you don’t have much time to explore the other more secluded beaches in Lombok. Nearby to Kuta, Lombok, there are many choices of places to stay, with best-rated Mana Retreats *.

-> Read Kuta, Lombok Travel Guide
-> Read Where to Stay in Kuta, Lombok

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Aisyah Llewellyn

Author: Aisyah Llewellyn

Aisyah Llewellyn lives in Sumatra in beautiful Indonesia and writes widely about food and travel in Southeast Asia. Fluent in Indonesian, she also runs food tours educating travellers about Indonesian food and ingredients. She has travelled all over Indonesia but fell in love with North Sumatra when she first visited over 10 years ago. You can follow her on Twitter @BRITgrlINDOfood

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