Lombok is blessed with beautiful beaches, untouched nature and crystal clear turquoise water. From the resort beaches of Senggigi to the quiet isolated beaches around Kuta to the beach parties on the Gili islands, there are so many impressive beaches in Lombok to explore. Whether you’re a surfer or just want to relax on the soft sand and snorkel in the crystal clear waters, the Lombok beaches have something for every interest. In this guide we share our 10 favorite beaches in Lombok!
Tanjung Aan beach
Tanjung Aan is a beautiful pristine beach from about 1km long on Lombok’s south coast. You kind of get ‘two for the price of one’ with double bays sweeping along either side of the peninsula. It is known to be one of the best beaches in Lombok, and we can agree with that! Fine white sands, turquoise waters and small beach shacks selling fresh coconuts and local food – heaven! It can get a bit crowded in the middle of the day, but the beach is big enough that you can find a secluded spot if you’re willing to walk further from the parking lot. Tanjung Aan also has a small headland covered in palm trees and verdant vegetation that you can climb to see the gorgeous view from above.
There are quite a few beach shacks where you can buy food, drinks or rent a beach chair and umbrella. Typically, these beach warungs will give you a beach chair for free if you buy something from them. Locals sell bracelets and sarongs on the beach, and there is an ice cream guy driving up and down the beach with an “ice cream, ice cream” song coming out of his speakers all the time. A bit annoying sometimes if you want to enjoy the quiet surroundings on the beach. But ideal if you want to cool off with.. ice cream!
When you’re at Tanjung Aan beach in the afternoon, I would advice you to watch the sunset at Bukit Merese. That is the hill you look out on the right side of the beach.
Parking fee for Tanjung Aan beach is 10,000 IDR per scooter.
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 yourselve! There’s not much else to do or to see around except the impressive cliffs and endless views on the ocean. But riding around through the local villages and sightseeing along the way is part of the adventure to this unique beach! If you love snorkeling, take your gear with you and explore the beautiful marine life at Pink beach Lombok.
Entrance fee for Pink beach Lombok is 50,000 IDR (from what we’ve heard..)
Selong Belanak beach
One of the Lombok beaches that has the ultimate learner’s wave is Selong Belanak beach. This beautiful sheltered bay with small rolling straight hander waves are perfect for the beginner surfer. There are lots of warungs scattered along the beach and you can find buffalos cruising the beach. The soft white sand, crystal clear turquoise water and views on the surrounding hills makes this beach a great place to spend a day. There is also a long floating raft where you can walk on. We saw a lot of locals playing around at this beach, so if you want to see a combination of the local life and tourist activities, this is the beach where you should go to!
Parking fee for Selong Belanak beach is 10,000 IDR per scooter.
Kuta beach Lombok
Kuta town has a laid back, kind of dusty feel. But you can tell from the increase in hip cafes that Kuta is probably going to boom in the next few years. Which is in line with the huge developments around the Mandalika project. A $3 billion project to built a new MotoGP circuit, luxury residences, luxury resorts together with an appropriate infrastructure. The aim is to welcome the MotoGP in 2021 in Kuta, South Lombok. This might be one of the reasons why Lombok, and in particular Kuta, will be more popular among tourists in the near future. Kuta beach itself is currently (writing this in 2020) nothing special. It’s not a beach where you want to relax all day, then you have to go to Tanjung Aan beach. So for a beach stroll or quick dip its okay, but there are way nicer beaches in Lombok than Kuta beach!
Kuta beach Lombok where a lot of development is going on
Seger beach is a small beach located in the same bay as Kuta beach. Unlike Kuta beach, Seger beach has a more relaxed and laid back vibe with its secluded location. Pantai Seger is known by surfers all over the world. So with good conditions, you can watch surfers catch the waves in front of the beach. To enter this paradise, you need to pay 10,000 IDR for the entrance fee / parking fee. Seger beach is an absolute stunning place to chill for an afternoon away from the crowds The rustic oceanside is truly beautiful and there are lots of beach shacks where you can order a cold coconut or a simple Nasi Goreng. When the sun is setting, you can walk up Bukit Seger to get an amazing view on the bay and sunset.
Mawi beach is just a little further south located from Selong Belanak beach. This is one of the most beautiful and undeveloped Lombok beaches and beautifully quiet located in between mountains. This beach is not very well known for day visitors, so you have a big chance of having the beach or yourself!
The road to Mawi beach is very bumpy and can be a bit tricky if you’re not used to riding a motorbike. Be especially careful if there was rain recently, because the mud can be difficult, or even dangerous, to bike through. The reward for braving the bumpy road is a secluded, paradise beach with not much people around. This was absolutely one of the best places in Lombok we’ve visited!
Located right next door to Mawi beach you will find Semeti beach. This beach has impressive black rock formations that contrast beautifully against the bright blue water. It’s really fun to spend an afternoon here climbing the rocks and exploring the caves. The rugged natural coastline of Semeti beach provides more of an adventurous challenge than the other Lombok beaches and its also a perfect place to watch the sunset!
You can reach Semeti beach from Mawi beach. If you go back to the same dirt road that you took for Mawi beach and turn right, it will lead you to this quiet, rustic Lombok beach with plenty of rocks and caves to explore.
Mawun beach is one of the most picturesque Lombok beaches that you’ll find. Locally known as Pantai Mawun, this beach is a wide bay of soft white sand that drops into the deep turquoise waters. Approximately 20 minutes from the heart of Kuta Lombok is Mawun beach located. The calm water in Mawun’s bay is perfect for swimming and the soft white sand is great to relax. The headlands give a kind of protection to the beach, so you will really have the feeling of a secluded beach.
Located along the west coast of Lombok is Senggigi beach, the island’s closest thing to a resort beach town. Senggigi beach is the main beach in town and is a long strip of sand that formes along the bay. The beach is lined with resorts and restaurants, so it can feel a bit over-developed, or in high season over crowded at times. Senggigi is a nice spot to visit as a couple or family if you want to stay close to your hotel. But it’s also a great spot to visit when you plan a dinner and drink at one of the restaurants to watch the sunset. However, it was not our favorite Lombok beach because it didn’t feel untouched and there are many buildings in the area. But as said before, if you’re looking for a beach with lots of conveniences close by, Senggigi is the place to be!
Nipah beach is one of the more popular Lombok beaches on the west coast. It’s the quieter and less developed sister of Senggigi beach. Unfortunately the sand is a bit rough because of the broken up coral and shells, but the water here is very calm. So Nipah beach is perfect for an afternoon swim and to escape the busier Senggigi beach.
Nipah beach is lined up with warungs where you can sit in a traditional bamboo hut. This is a traditional Sasak hut with a raised platform on which you sit cross legged and eat your meal. You can choose from a variety of fresh grilled fish with rice, veggies and the traditional Indonesian spicy sauce sambal. But mostly these warungs are only open in high season.
Pandanan is another beautiful beach just a little further up the road from Nipah beach. The sand is not very soft, but the water is calm and great for swimming. On a clear day you can watch the sunset here as the beach is facing west. You will most likely have this beach for yourself as Pandanan beach is not a very popular beach to go to.
Gili island beaches
The Gili Islands are closely located to Lombok’s North west coast and officially belong to the West Nusa Tenggara islands which Lombok also includes. These three tiny islands, named Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno, are car and motorbike free, but you can move around with a bicycle The paradise beaches of the Gili islands are only a short boat ride away from Lombok and are absolutely worth to explore. The beaches on the Gili Islands don’t have official names, but basically the tiny islands are one continuous strip of gorgeous white sand which you can walk around in an hour or so.