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Tips for safe travel in Lombok island

Lombok is very beautiful island with variety things which you can see and do there. As well, it’s not too big one, so most destinations you can reach by driving couple of hours. Most travelers come to Lombok during dry season and to most popular destinations, like Senggigi, Kuta beaches, 3 Gili islands and etc. But during rainy season, in some places you feel like spending time in small part of paradise – no people and surrounding just breathe taking.

In other hand, sometimes in paradise as well can be some danger. I think, the main thing – if you hear that people warn you, take it seriously. You are just guest, no matter from which country, how strong you are and etc. Don’t over value yourself in other country, where people live, think, and act differently than in your surroundings.

When people talk about bad experiences, others, sometimes start to think, that this can’t happen to them. That’s why, long time I didn’t want to share this post, but after some happenings with foreigners in Lombok, made me change my mind. I don’t say that “don’t go to Lombok, it’s dangerous” (like bad things can happen in any place around the world). I just want to share about what you need to be careful. Then you will have safe travel in Lombok and I believe you will fully enjoy the trip.

When we were planning a trip to Lombok (for 3 weeks in rainy season) I read some stories about not nice experiences there. But at that time I thought “Ok, people was just unlucky, maybe some things happen because of their own behavior, nothing bad can happen with us”. When we arrived and met with Indonesian friends, showed our route map – we got the same warnings from them, saying in which parts of Lombok we should be more careful. Then I started worry a bit more. So we followed their suggestions and advice. I’m happy that nothing happened with us, but we saw and heard stories from locals, foreigners who had incidents at that time there.

So here are tips for safe travel in Lombok

When is more safe to travel?
How to choose safer place to stay?
Which time of the day is not safe?
Which crimes happen more often?
On the hills
Beautiful rice paddies view on the way through the hills
Which roads are more safe?
Which destinations are not safe?
What you should know about trekking in Mt. Rinjani?
What you should know about scammers?

Extra tip for safe travel in Lombok

Beware buying local alcohol from your “new friendly friends” (it’s common in all Indonesia). They can suggest you cocktail, try local drink and etc. Seems adventurous to drink something that it’s forbidden BUT there cases when people died after drinking alcohol in Indonesia. People are mixing or make the alcohol be diluted with methanol. You know that it’s very dangerous? You can google some news about it. Some insights here.

All trips will be safe if you won’t over value yourself and will hear, follow advice and warnings. Don’t be brave – be smart and wise before deciding to do something and your journey will be just amazing!

P.S. If you need a guide in Lombok island, I can recommend Hendra.


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Lombok beaches which should be in your bucket list

Do you think only in Bali island you can find crystal clear water and white sand beaches? NO. There are many such beaches in other Indonesian islands as well and they are not so crowded yet. In the neighbor Lombok island you can enjoy the same or even better beaches. Maybe it’s time to consider Lombok island one of the options for holidays destination? Beside beautiful nature, it’s a bit cheaper than in Bali.

There are so many beautiful Lombok beaches that during 3 weeks trip we didn’t manage to visit all of them. But here are my favorite ones where I would love to come back one day.

Lombok beaches which I recommend to visit at least once

Selong Belanak beach

Selong Belanak- beach in Lombok

The most beautiful beach I ever saw in Indonesia till now! Wide and long, soft, white sand coast and crystal clear, clean, warm water. The beach is having a curvy shape with hills on each point. The waves are not so high, so you can enjoy swimming (even if it’s not recommended to do because there are fishing boats but from my experience they are too far, not disturbing at all). As well have sunbathing or just a relaxing walk along the beach. As well it’s perfect place to learn how to surf.

Beaches in Lombok - Selong Belanak

HOW TO GET TO SELONG BELANAK BEACH:
Beach located ~49 km from Mataram (~1,5 hour drive). From Kuta Lombok it’s ~ 17 km. From Mataram, you just need to take the route to Lombok International airport. If you have reached Jami’ Penunjak Mosque, you should turn to the North until you find the beach. Make sure to ask around on the way to Selong Belanak beach because there would be no road signs that can lead you to this beach.

Selong Belanak beach in Lombok

TIPS:

  • If you will be lucky, you can buy fresh seafood from local people. Most of people living near Selong Belanak is fishermen, so sometimes they will come back from the sea with fresh seafood. As well you can have fishing trip with local people.
  • The beach will be very crowded during the holiday season. If you can, try to visit Selong Belanak beach on weekdays.
  • You can find many beach vendors there, rent a cot.
  • To make your time more efficient, you can visit as well Mawun beach, Kuta beach, Seger beach, Aan Bay or Sade beach in one day. But I would highly recommend to stay in Selong Belanak beach all day long.

Selong Belanak beach

WHERE TO STAY NEAR SELONG BELANAK BEACH:

Mawun beach

Mawun beach in Lombok

One of the Lombok beaches which is cozy, peaceful, surrounded by 2 hills in the West and East sides. Has a white, soft texture sand in the middle of the beach that turns to rougher, mixed with small rocks near the hills. Has clean, blue water where you can enjoy swimming (but near the hills the waves are higher and stronger). Not too many people come to this beach, so you can feel like it belongs all to you. In this beach you can have relaxing time, sunbathing, climb the hills and enjoy the view of Indian Ocean.

HOW TO GET TO MAWUN BEACH:
Mawun beach is ~60 km from Mataram city (it’s ~1,5 hour drive). From Kuta Lombok ~20 min. drive. The route is Mataram-Cakranegara-Kediri-Praya-Penujak-Selong Belanak-Mawun, or Mataram-Cakranegara-Kediri-Praya-Batunyale-Sengkol-Rambitan-Sade-Kuta-Mawun. If you are visiting Selong Belank beach, Mawun is only ~9 km from there.

Mawun beach

TIPS:

  • You should be careful if you will decide to swim near the hills because there are no lifeguards in this beach.
  • Take some snacks with you because there are only several beach vendors, who sells thing for extremely high price.
  • If you will be lucky, on the way to this beach you can see farmers harvesting tobacco leaves.
  • On the way you can visit as well Selong Belank beach and others around (see above).

WHERE TO STAY NEAR MAWUN BEACH:

Kuta beach (Lombok)

Kuta beach in Lombok

Even if it’s not my favorite place (because it’s too crowded) but it’s strategical good place to stay couple of days and explore South part of Lombok beaches (and not only). There are many places to stay, to eat, order some extra activities or trips to other parts of Lombok, as well make laundry if you are on the long trip.

Kuta beach has ~7 km coastline with some small hills where you can climb. The sand not so soft and you can’t properly swim, as well it lays near the main road. Here you will find many people who comes just chill out with a drink in beach bar or see the sunset. But ~2 km from Kuta beach you can find as well Seger beach (it’s good place for snorkeling, more calm beach just to spend some time). and other smaller ones.

HOW TO GET TO KUTA BEACH:
Kuta beach located ~50 km from Mataram (~1 hour drive). If you are in Bali or in one of the Gili’s island, many tour operators suggest the trips to Kuta Lombok from there.

Lombok beach - Kuta

TIPS:

  • Bargue the price before renting snorkeling equipment.
  • Stay safe in Kuta area.

WHERE TO STAY IN KUTA:

  • There are many places to stay, depends on your budged and wishes.
  • We stayed in Seger Reef homestay. It’s located in front of the beach, has hot water, WI-FI (in lobby) and it’s safe place.

Tanjung AAN beach

Tanjung AAN beach in Lombok

This Lombok beach surrounded by some hills that you can climb. In the middle of the beach also have one small hill that you can hike. Unfortunately, the sand not so smooth like in mentioned other beaches but still you can have nice time of swimming in blue water, enjoy beautiful scenery of ~2 km coastline or have a walk. It’s a good place for snorkeling as well.

HOW TO GET TO TANJUNG AAN BEACH:
It’s located ~75 km from Mataram (~1,5 hour drive). Or ~3 km from Kuta beach. The route is Mataram – Cakranegara – Kediri – Praya – Batunyale – Sengkol – Rambitan – Sade – Kuta and finally Tanjung Aan.

TIPS:

  • There are many beach vendors, some local “warungs” to eat.
  • You can be a bit annoyed by many street sellers who on each step suggest to buy something.

WHERE TO STAY NEAR TANJUNG AAN BEACH:

Pink (Tangis) beach

Pink beach in Lombok

Name “pink” was given because it’s the only beach in Lombok island which have pink colored sand. Some of the locals call this beach “heaven beach” as well. Because it’s cozy, quite beach, seems like untouched by people. But if you want to reach it you need to pass the “hell road”. When we were there, the road condition was so horrible that ~10 km we were passing more than 1 hour. But we saw that people was fixing the road, so I hope now it’s much better.

“Pink beach” surrounded by cliffs that you can climb and have an amazing view of other close Lombok beaches, panorama below the cliffs. Also from the top you can see more clear pink beach color. The sand in this beach so soft and the water so blue, calm. It’s perfect place for 1 day trip. As well, like the road to this place so bad many people don’t come here.

Tangis-Pink beach

HOW TO GET TO PINK BEACH:
It’s ~82 km from Mataram (~3 hours drive). From Kuta ~ 53 km (~1,30 hour drive). But going to this beach take the safe route and don’t go by the quickest way.

TIPS:

  • More clear pink color you can see either in early morning or in the evening, so try to visit it during that time.
  • You can reach Pink beach as well with short boat trips from Tanjung Luar or Telong-Elong.
  • Take some snacks with you because there are only several beach vendors who sometimes not open during work week (only on weekends when come more people).
  • If you don’t want to drive through “hell road” by yourself you can order a tour from tourist offices in Kuta.
  • While you will be in Pink beach, visit as well amazing Tanjung Ringgit, like it’s on the same road.

Pink beach

WHERE TO STAY NEAR PINK BEACH:

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Tips for all Lombok beaches:

  • Don’t be surprised that almost to all Lombok beaches you will need to pay entrance fee that is valid only for 1 day for exact beach.
  • In all beaches cots are not for free, even if nobody said the price, after you would like to leave somebody will come and ask to pay for it.
  • Have enough cash with you, like not in many places you will find ATM.
  • Stay safe during your trip in Lombok.

Mentioned beaches on the map:

If you think these Lombok beaches not enough for you, check Dan’s from “Dan flying solo” Gili island guide. It’s very easy to reach all 3 famous Gili islands from Lombok and you can discover more beautiful Indonesian beaches.


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