Best Beaches in Lombok
We have some truly stunning beaches in Lombok. We think the best beaches in Lombok are on the South Coast where there is white sand. North-West areas of Lombok have black volcanic sand and so the color of sky isn’t reflected as well so you never see that beautiful turquoise color we have become accustomed to seeing in tropical locatioins. The contrast of green rolling hills plunging into deep blue ocean is breathtaking.
Aside from the surfing there are a few beaches which you must visit to get the most out of your stay in Kuta Lombok. If you’re lucky you might even get a beach to yourself!
These are in no particular order i.e. Selong Belanak is not necessarily the best beach. Its all about what you want out of your beach experience.
Take your water bottle with you to the beach. Local beach operators don’t particularly do a great job of disposing of plastic waste – lots of it ends up straight in the ocean. So take your own water bottle there and take the rubbish with you and put it in bins in gerupuk or kuta. At least then you know the plastic will be taken to landfill or be recycled.
45 MINUTES FROM KUTA LOMBOK | 1 HOUR FROM GERUPUK
You can get to Selong Belanak by car or by scooter. The road is quite good – however there are some really dodgy sections of the road. Parking is secured for 10,000 RPH.
There are a host of small warungs (local restaurants) scattered along the beach where you can enjoy simple, local food. Alternatively you can go to a place we absolutely love – Laut Biru which you can find around the corner.
The locals here are lovely but it is definitely the busiest beach of them all so watch your valuables.
The beach also has a floating pontoon that you can walk out into the ocean on for a spot of romance. It’s a bit of an eye sore from the beach but when you are on it – it gives you a great view of the beach and the mountains.
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WARNING: Do not swim here if you are not a very strong swimmer or surfer. Currents are very strong very close to the beach.
Mawun is probably the quietest of all the beaches because its off the beaten track. Literally – the road sucks and you should not attempt to go there if you are not experienced on the scooter. A little bit of rain and this becomes dangerous. You won’t find much here.
When you get to Mawun there isn’t much. Just one small restaurant. The beach is beautiful and from the little restaurant shacks you can see all the waves. The cliffs are breathtaking and so is the water.
The current at Mawi is strong – so if you are not a strong swimmer we do not recommend you swim here.
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Just a short 400m scooter ride of the main raid is Mawun beach.
Just crystal clear water and not a building in sight. Feel free to take our snorkelling gear with you when you go because the water here is clearer than most other beaches on the south coast and at low tide you can snorkel along the reef to see some beautiful coral and fish. You’ll find the right hand side of the beach (when you are facing the beach) has the best snorkelling. Just be careful not to get smashed by the waves wrapping around the corner of the headland.
You’ll get great tropical photos here with the forest reaching into the ocean and beautiful soft sand. Around the area there are also Tabacco farms and corn farms and the image of people with the pointy straw hats is idyllic of the region.
There are a couple of intermediate waves here and also waves for the pro. Beginners stay away – the reef here is dangerous.
There are a few places to eat at here we think they might be owned by the same person. They also take about 1 hour to serve the food – so settle in while you wait. The little restaurant at the very right of the beach does a mean chicken curry which we can recommend.
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This beach is great if you want to laze around and get a tan. The road has only recently been opened to the public (late 2017) and with little development in the area you won’t find much information about this beach anywhere.
Farm land backs onto this beach and there is absolutely nothing aside form just two small locally run restaurants here.
The beach is perfect for swimming so if you are a surfer don’t bother – unless you want to paddle 1km out to the waves.
You’ll get this beach to yourself 9 / 10 times.
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Segar is a surf beach about 8km away. There isn’t much there aside from crystal clear water good for snorkelling and a little hut selling softdrinks and some local street food. Its picturesque so if you are handy on a camera you’ll love it. The area is also going through a lot of development so expect to see a lot of trucks and construction activities in the area.
At sunset – you can go up to the top of the hill and get sweeping views of Kuta Lombok and watch the sky change color 3 times over.
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Known for its white sand. Turquoise water and panoramic views of the hills – Tanjun Aan is a favourite amongst travellers looking to relax and do nothing. This is one of the bigger stretches of beach so if you want some privacy – you’re more likely to find it here than at some of the other beachers around. You’ll also find a few small local shacks where you can get local food at local prices – and even a cold beer.
When facing the beach there are two bays separated by a rocky outcrop in the middle with grass on top. The beach to the left has coarser sand and is quieter. You’ll also find a small restaurant here run by locals.
The far right of the bay is where you will find the finer-white sand. This is generally where you find most of the tourists spending most of their time. If you go even further right to the rocks – there is some fantastic snorkelling to be hard.