Talking about beach tourism, Lombok Island presents the beauty of its beaches that are not inferior to Bali beaches. Even some of the visitors are more interested in Lombok beach tourism because every beach on the island of Lombok has unique characteristics and one of them is the Selong Belanak Beach.
Selong Belanak has a coastline that is curved like a crescent moon. Moreover, the coastline is also quite long, which is about one kilometer and faces the Indian Ocean. This beach is located in Selong Belanak Village, Penujak District, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province or about 49 kilometers from the center of Mataram City.
Selong Belanak Beach is one of the famous beaches in Lombok, mainly because of the beauty and cleanliness of the beach area. About a quarter of the coast, which is in the South side, is used as a residential area. Around 40 fisher families live in the area. Therefore, this area is not suitable for water activities because many fishing boats operate daily around the beach area.
If you want to do various water activities, you can switch to the north side of Selong Belanak Beach. This area is free from local activities. Other than the soft white beach sand, the contour of the beach is also gentle that makes the waters are quite calm and clear. The stretch of the sand beach is white and quite smooth. The sea water is clear blue and refreshing. Moreover, there are green hills around the beach. The waves are also not too big, so it is often used as a training ground for beginner surfers. In fact Selong Belanak is popular as one of the best beaches to do surfing lesson in Lombok.
With such conditions, you can do various activities in the beach area, such as relaxing, walking around while enjoying the atmosphere, sunbathing, swimming and many more. You can also rent a boat for fishing. Or you can witness the simple life of the local residents, such as children who help their parents by transporting fresh water for their daily needs, fishermen repairing their nets and boats, or wives who are cooking their husband’s catch.
To get a relaxed and calm atmosphere, Selong Belanak Beach in Lombok is a very suitable place. It is indeed less crowded compare to other beaches in Lombok Island. But you don’t have to worry about the facilities. You can find several warungs (small restaurant or cafe) on the beach. The menu that is often served is Fish Satay. If you intend to spend the night, you can rent a villa in the area around the beach.
To go to the location of Selong Belanak Beach, you can use a private vehicle. The distance is about 49 kilometers from Mataram City. The travel time is about one and a half hours drive from the center of Mataram or about 30 minutes from Kuta, South Lombok. From Mataram you can go directly to Pujut. From Pujut, you can go directly to Sengkol, then proceed to Rembitan. From Rembitan, the journey continues towards Kuta, South Lombok. After passing Mawun Beach, you will immediately arrive at Selong Belanak Beach. If you depart from Lombok International Airport, it only takes about 40 minutes to travel.