Pink beaches are rare, that’s why there are only a few pink sand beaches around the world! But there are a whopping two of them in Indonesia! The most famous one is in Komodo National Park, the other lesser known Pink Beach can be found in Lombok. Located in a remote area of Lombok’s east coast, Pink Beach is not an easy place to visit. It’s an off the beaten path destination, which is a bit difficult to reach. But mostly, when a place is difficult to reach, it means there’s a big chance that you will have the place for yourself! So we had to check it out, and went on a little ‘Pink Beach Lombok’ adventure with the moped. In this complete guide you will find all the information you need before you visit Pink Beach Lombok. How to get there, very important, because there are a few “Pink beaches” on the map. So which one to go to? Also important to take into account is the best time to visit Pink Beach Lombok. Because not on every time of the day and month is Pink Beach visible. So here you go, all the information you need about Pink Beach Lombok!
Where is Pink Beach Lombok
It’s a bit complicated because there are a few beaches along the South-East coast of Lombok called “Pink beach”, or Pantai Pink in Bahasa. You can see it on the map below. So which Pink Beach Lombok is the one you need to go to?
We have been to three of the Lombok Pink beaches, the ones on the right side of the picture. For the other Pink beaches we did some research and asked the locals. They told us that the ‘famous’ Pink beach Lombok is also named as Tangsi beach, or Pantai Tangsi in Bahasa.
The pink beaches we’ve been to are separated by the ‘Manja Hills’ which you can see below on the picture.
How to get to Pink Beach Lombok
To get to Pink beach Lombok you need to go ‘off the beaten path’. The east coast of Lombok is less explored and developed, so be prepared to pass unpaved roads which can be very bumpy. If you are comfortable driving a moped yourself, we would highly recommend to get there by moped. But drive safely! It’s an 1,5 – 2 hour drive from Kuta Lombok to one of the Pink beaches.
If you prefer to arrange a driver, this can be easily done in Kuta. For around 500,000 IDR you can book a private driver for a day trip and make your own Lombok itinerary.
What is the best time to visit Pink Beach Lombok
I tried to do some research in what the best time is to visit Pink beach. The locals in Lombok told us that the hue of the pink sand is influenced by the position of the moon and the sun. Unfortunately I could not find any information about this on the internet, so if someone is reading this blog post and knows how this works, send us an email or comment under this blog post!
Other people said the best time to visit Pink beach Lombok is around golden hour. We can not confirm this because we weren’t there with golden hour but around 11 AM.
In terms of season, the best time to visit Lombok is after rainy season, from April until October.
About Pink Beach Lombok
You might wonder how the sand on Pink beach gets its pink color. It’s basically the dead red corals that got crushed into thousands of broken coral pieces, combined with shells, and calcium carbonate materials left behind by tiny marine creatures with red and pink shells. Waves brought these dead red corals to the beach with white sand, and then these two colors of white and red became pink. But, you have to look pretty good to see any glints of a pink hue here. Pink beach is more of a strawberry-blonde shade, but it is still a nice spot to visit if you want to sunbathe on the sand or go for a swim.
Entrance fee Pink Beach Lombok
We heard stories of travelers who needed to pay 50,000 IDR entrance fee per person to sketchy people to visit Pink Beach Lombok. But from some locals in Kuta we heard there is not an official entrance fee for Pink Beach. So probably this is someone who just wants to make some extra money. We didn’t see another soul, except a dog, when we visited Pink Beach in low season. So it’s hard to say with certainty how it works with the entrance fee for Pink beach. Just make sure you have some small money with you. But 50,000 IDR is very expensive for a beach visit, so you can always try and give small money (20,000 IDR for example), and say: I don’t have more if you don’t want to end up in a discussion about paying entrance fee or not. Most of the time these people are already happy if you give them some little money. They probably have no other work and need to eat or take care of their family 🙂
What to expect at Pink Beach Lombok
Pink beach is, as said before, an ‘off the beaten path’ adventure. There’s not much else to do or to see around except the impressive cliffs and endless views on the ocean. Riding around through the local villages and sightseeing along the way is part of the adventure. If you are in Lombok right after rainy season, the nature will be very lush and rice fields will be greener than green.
Pink Beach is a great spot for snorkeling with the beautiful coral reefs that lie off shore. It’s also one of the big draws of this beach and many snorkeling tours stop at Pink beach to take in all the colorful marine life that swims in these waters. Just make sure to bring your own equipment as it is not possible to rent the gear at the beach. Another activity at Pink beach is canoeing around the sheltered bay which is perfect for anyone looking for a little more adventure. And if you’re hungry after all these little adventures, there are some local warungs where you can get basic food and drinks.
If you want to do a whole day tour you can book a boat trip to go island hopping to the neighbouring Gili islands like Gili Pasir, Gili Petelu and more! But also on the south-west coast of Lombok you can book a day tour to go snorkeling to the other ‘secret Gili’s’ like Gili Nanggu and Gili Kedis. You can contact a fishermen yourself to arrange a deal, or book via a tourist information point.
Be aware for typical scams in Lombok
During our time in Lombok we had a few encounters with potential scammers, and we heard stories about tourists being scammed. I absolutely don’t want to discourage you to travel to Lombok, because the island is beautiful and has lots of things to offer. But I do want to warn you for a few potential scams to make your trip to Lombok a beautiful memory!
Please be alert when renting a motorbike. There are a few potential scams possible with renting motorbikes.
1. Paying for damage you didn’t make. How to avoid?
Always check AND photograph scratches or other damage to the motorbike you rent together with the person you rent from. In this way you have prove that certain scratches were already on the motorbike. Otherwise you have the chance that these people want to scam you by paying for the damage on the motorbike you didn’t make.
2. Your motorbike got stolen but surprisingly found back by other locals (or not!) who insist and sometimes even threaten you to pay. How to avoid?
Make sure to check reviews of the party you want to rent from or rent from the hotel or hostel you’re staying. Mostly these people work together with a group, and they share their proceeds with each other. If you want more information about this, read this article on Lonely Planet about someones experience being scammed in Lombok with a stolen motorbike.
Same as what happens with motorbike rental. When you bring the surfboard back to the surf school, they tell you you made a scratch and insist you to pay for the damage. How to avoid? Same as with the motorbike rental. Always check AND photograph scratches or other damage to the surfboard together with the person you’re renting from.
“You need a guide” waterfalls scam
How to avoid? Either go very, very early (before the ticket office opens), or make sure you’re very steadfast in negotiating. The locals want to earn some extra money by walking with you to the waterfalls “as your guide”, because “you need a guide to go to the waterfalls”. That’s just nonsense, because the paths to the waterfalls are very straight forward. You can’t get lost, it’s not a tricky hike or whatsoever.
Mount Rinjani trekking scam
How to avoid? Go to either Senaru or Sembalun directly and talk to the companies there. Always read reviews before booking a tour with a company! Trekking Mount Rinjani is a serious thing and requires a serious company to guide you! Don’t book in Kuta because they add up a lot of costs.
More Lombok travel guides
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