Donnerstag, 3. März 2016

The 2 best beaches in Lombok and a little bit about Kuta

After visiting the Gili Islands you should definitely check out the beautiful South of Lombok. Kuta is unlike the same named city in Bali the total opposite of what you experienced there, a calm, laid back fisherman village with a small but growing tourism industry. 

Kuta Beach

If you are looking for deserted post card beaches this is your place to go! In Kuta itself there is not too much to do. It is simply a street along the beach with Warungs, Hotels and Homestays and another 2 streets going land inwards with a few restaurants, accomodations and souvenir/sarong shops. Also the beach in Kuta is not the best but the village is a good "base camp" to explore the area with a driver or by motorbike.  In case you were too scared of the crazy Indonesian traffic of central Lombok or Bali, you do not have to worry here. There is almost no traffic and even I was brave enough to hire a motorbike and explore the area.
If you drive out of Kuta eastwards you will arrive at

Tanjung Aan

As of the begining of 2016 no hotels or other accomodations are built at Tanjung Aan. Luckily, and hopefully it will stay like this! The streets to get here are a little rocky and not the best but that is maybe the reason why it stayed until now a beautiful natural beach with only a few bamboo beach huts. The sand is finely milled without coral pieces and it is super fun to swim in the water. Accasionally someone comes along to sell fresh fruits or T'shirts but other than that not many people are around. This is really a paradies beach to relax and recover. Make sure to bring some water with you and also please take the rubbish with you, nobody will clean after you.

No buildings at Tanjung Aan

If you leave Kuta and head west you will pass by a beach called Mawun. So far I have been there twice but never really enjoyed it, that is why I leave it out here. In my opinion you can skip it and continue to my favourite beach in Lombok:

Selong Belanak

This beach has a stunning scenery. Depending on the weather and the tide it is an excellent beach for surf beginners. The sand is, again, very finely milled without corals and the waves are not too big and not too small. A few surf schools offer their services but do not forget to haggle the price ;).
Even if you do not want to surf it is still a lot of fun to play in the waves and bodysurf to the shore.

Unlike Tanjung Aan here are a lot of huts on the beach where you can order local food and also cold drinks. Please always ask for the prices before you purchase/order something. Otherwise they will guarantee overprice you.

Best is to come during a weekday since it is more quiet. On the weekend a lot of locals also enjoy their beautiful nature so it can get packed here.

Beach huts and surf schools at Selong Belanak

If you have just 2 nights in Kuta, go to Tanjung Aan in the morning and to Selong Belanak in the afternoon. The sunset here is stunning too. If you come here by motorbike please make sure to return to Kuta before darkness though because outside of the village it can be very dangerous for tourists and also locals after dark. During the day it is perfectly fine but please do not leave the village after dark. 

Where to stay in Kuta Lombok?

My favourite accomodation in Kuta is the Puri Rinjani Hotel.
It is located directly on the main beach road yet is is very quiet and it has a beautiful swimming pool, nice open garden area and clean, comfortable rooms with AC or fan. This accomodation is usually not in the backpacker budget class but it still can be a nice option if you want to treat yourself once in a while to a bit more luxury for still an affordable price.

Main road in Kuta Lombok outside Puri Rinjani

Kuta Beach Panorama

Cows on the main road in Kuta

Close to the Hotel is Warung Rasta. The food here is incredible, especially for the price. My farourites are the burgers and the fish fillet with a delicious garlic sauce and french fries. Yummy!

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