Lombok is one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia and is rivalling Bali with its beaches. On a visit to Lombok you can expect the same white sandy beaches and azure waters but without the crowds.
Many people are now opting to skip Bali completely 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 beaches in Lombok for you.
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 is located in the small village Sekaroh, Jerowaru, eastern Lombok. The luxury hotel Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp is located along this pink coast,
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. This beach is also used by local fisherman 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 *
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.
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.
To the east of Kuta Lombok is Segar Beach which sits in a delightful small cove. The is one of the best beach as it is made up of pretty sand and coral. When the tide is out it is possible to walk across the sand to a large rock which protrudes 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 on ahead of time if you want to beat the crowds. The nearest hotel to this beach is the trusty Novotel Lombok Resorts and Villas *.
To the north of Senggigi in Lombok is Pandanan Beach. This 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. This is one of the most romantic and secluded beaches in Lombok which makes it perfect for couples. Best places to stay nearby here are Qunci Villas Hotel and Sundamala Suites and Villas *.
Tanjung Aan has the claim to fame of being one of the most beautiful beaches around Kuta in Southern Lombok. The beach is surrounded by lush rolling hills and you can hike to the strip of sand here and then go for a swim to cool off. To get to Tanjung Aan 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.
If you want to spend time relaxing on a beach in Lombok then head to Pantai Mawun. This secluded beach is around an hour and a half away from Mataram, the capital city of Lombok and 20 minutes drive from Kuta. This is also one of the best beaches for swimming as the waves are small and the currents are gentle. You can pass 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 *
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.
Kuta Beach in Lombok is not to be confused with Kuta Beach in Bali and is one of the most popular beaches in Lombok. This 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 a number of 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 a 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 *.
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