After Bali, Lombok is the next destination that tourists usually choose as a vacation spot because of the beauty of its marine tourism and the location which is not to far from Bali. This island is one of the best tourism destinations in the archipelago. With the advantage of its beautiful natural panorama, this island is considered to be the next Bali.
Lombok, besides being known as a Thousand Mosque Island, is also known as Thousand Beaches Island. This small island seems to be a paradise for beach lovers. Almost all districts on the island of Lombok have beaches which become popular destinations. However, Central Lombok regency is the region that has the most coastal destinations with pure white “pepper” sand.
Most of the beaches in Lombok are known as virgin beaches, which are still rarely visited by tourists. Besides the Senggigi Beach, there are many more beautiful beaches in Lombok you should not miss. Here is a list of 10 best beaches in Lombok that you must visit.
1. Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan Beach is located on a small island in western part of Lombok. It is located in Gili Trawangan Island which is a favorite destination for foreign and domestic tourists. Its beautiful beach and clean atmosphere make this island is always crowded by the tourists.
There are various kinds of activities that are popular on Trawangan Beach, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing with a glass bottomed boat, going around with “cidomo” and many more. In this island you are not allowed to use motorized vehicles to prevent pollution and maintain the naturalness of the marine ecosystem.
Gili Trawangan is also the most perfect location if you want to witness the natural phenomenon of sunrise and sunset.
2. Setangi Beach
Do you need quiet place to escape from the hustle and bustle city’s atmosphere? Setangi Beach is the answer. Because, Setangi Beach is one of the beaches in Lombok that hasn’t been visited by many tourists. So it can be a suitable place to refresh your mind. Setangi is a beach with a long coastline and borders with clear blue sea water.
Setangi is a beautiful beach with palms. The sand is black mixed with the white sand. As the waves are strong most of time, the coast is more suitable for surfing, and not so good for swimming. The place is wild, so there are usually just a few people.
3. Senggigi Beach
Senggigi Beach is one of popular beaches in Lombok. You will be offered beautiful views of black and white sand gradations. The view of the sunset here is also fabulous. This beach is suitable for those who wants to do a lot of water activities. There are many activities tourists can do here such as swimming, snorkeling, surfing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. The beach is indeed very suitable if you want to go for a family holidays.
On the long coastline, Senggigi Beach has two cultural locations that you can visit. The location is Batu Bolong and Batu Layar. Batu Bolong is a temple built on a rock. Whereas Batu Layar is a location where there is a tomb of a cleric.
4. Pink Beach
Pink Beach is located in Sekaroh Village, Jerowaru District, East Lombok. Pink Beach or originally known as the Tangsi Beach does have a uniqueness compare to other beaches in Lombok. It is the sand color which is pink. The pink color is a mixture of white sand and the reddish coral flakes.
Not only the pink sand that makes this beach so attractive but also the high cliffs arise near the beach area which adding the beautiful scenery of the beach. The water flow here is also relatively quiet make it safe for children to play around.
5. Kuta Beach
Kuta Beach is not only in Bali. Lombok has also Kuta Beach which is located in Kuta Village, Pujut District, Central Lombok Regency. The beach has brownish white sand almost similar to pepper. Although have the same name, Kuta Beach in Bali and Kuta Beach in Lombok have very different atmosphere where Lombok Kuta Beach is not so touristy, still clean and quiet.
The distinctive feature of this beach is the existence of a hill on the west coast, which is named the Mandalika Hill. From this hill, you can enjoy the beauty of the whole Kuta Beach. The sea water on this beach is super clear, so you can see the view of the coral reef with your naked eye. In Kuta Beach, you can do diving to enjoy the underwater view, snorkeling as well as learning to surf.
6. Mawi Beach
Mawi Beach is located in Central Lombok Regency. This beach is one of the few beaches on the island of Lombok that is quite often visited by tourists, especially those who like to surf. Just like other beaches in Lombok, Mawi Beach also offers a beautiful beach scenery which is suitable as a place to relax.
If you want to enjoy the beauty of Mawi beach as a whole, you can go up the hill on the left and right side of the beach. On the left side, you have to pass rocks and dry grass to get to the top. But don’t worry, your effort will be paid upon arrival.
From the top of the hill you can see the beach scene and the surfers in action. You can also see the beauty of Semeti Beach from the top of this hill. If you are on Pantai Mawi all day, it’s best to go up to this hill in the late afternoon because the beach sunset scenery looks beautiful from above here.
7. Tanjung Aan Beach
If you want to relax while enjoying the hidden beach. Tanjung Aan Beach is the answer. The beach is located in Marese Hill, Central Lombok. Tanjung Aan beach offers natural scenery that can be surprising you. The composition between green hills, blue sea as well as the cloudy sky really looks perfect.
Tanjung Aan Beach is only 5 km from Kuta Beach Lombok. It has a longer coastline than the other beach in Lombok. The sand texture on this beach is also unique because it has two different types of sand, the sand like pepper on the left side of the beach and smooth white sand on the right side of the beach.
8. Tanjung Ringgit Beach
This beach is quite not to far from the Pink Beach. It is the Tanjung Ringgit Beach which should be your next destination in East Lombok. The coral hills that stand high from the sea surface become the main attraction of Tanjung Ringgit Beach. In fact, you can see the Sumbawa Island from here.
On this beach, there are also relics of Japanese soldiers during World War II. You can see some hidden cannons behind bushes and some small caves. Moreover, there are also freshwater wells below the cliff that can only be reached by descending the cliff. You should be accompanied by a local people if you don’t want to get lost.
9. Sekotong Beach
Sekotong Beach is located 60 km from Mataram City, precisely in Sekotong District, West Lombok Regency. The beach is surrounded by small hills, complete with clean white sand and clear blue sea.
From the top of the hills, you can enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Agung in Bali, complete with a cluster of islands in the vicinity adding the beautiful scenery. On this beach there is also the Lombok Sea Cultivation Center where you can observe the marine life directly, such as lobster, sea cucumber, abalone and many others.
10. Selong Belanak Beach
Selong Belanak Beach is located in Selong Belanak Village, Praya Barat District, Central Lombok. When viewed from some distance, this beach has a shoreline shape resembling a crescent moon. We could say that this beach is still not visited by many tourists make it still natural. Selong Belanak has also beautiful sunset views. After being tired of playing in the water, you can enjoy seafood dishes in a restaurant lined up behind the beach.