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

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


  • 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


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.

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


  • 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).


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.

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


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


  • 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.

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.


  • 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.


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

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.


  • 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


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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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  • If you have been in these Lombok beaches what was our experience?
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6 Lombok places, which I doubt is worth to visit

Lombok island is just ~5 hours (by public ferry) distant from famous Bali island. It’s colorful, not crowded place with beautiful beaches, surrounded by other small unsettled islands and can offer many different activities all around the island. Like many villagers told us, unfortunately but Bali bombing in 2002 affected tourism in this island. Many people no more travel so much inside the Lombok. Only most famous Lombok places still popular, but many other spots disappearing from travelers wish lists.

We traveled 3 weeks in Lombok and wanted to see different parts of this island but pity, in my opinion, already some places not so attractive anymore (even if in internet I found impressive descriptions).

My list of Lombok places that I recommend to think before going there.


#1 Bangko-Bangko beach

Located on the South West Coast of Lombok (~3 hours drive from Kuta Lombok). Bangko-Bangko well known among experienced surfers and call this place “Desert point”. Surfers say that this beach has “one of the best waves on the planet”.
But before “desert point” there is other part of the beach which has no waves, no proper place to lie down or have a nice swim. Most of the beach is occupied by fisherman boats, instead of sand you will find rubbish and thousands of shells that smells badly. Even if the water is crystal clear to enjoy proper rest is not the right place.

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Beach full of stinky shells

#2 Labuhan Haji beach

Located on the Eastern part of Lombok (~2-3 hours drive from Mataram city). This beach is in Labuhan city (or Tanjung Kayangan) which is a port to go to Sumbawa island.
It’s lovely to see the outlines of Sumbawa from this beach but probably it’s all that this place can offer (even if I felt quite peaceful there). Like Bangko-Bangko this beach is full of rubbish, fisherman boats. But still local people come here to meet sunsets. If you are waiting ferry to Sumbawa and need to “kill” the time it can be the option, but to stop specially I think not worth.

Lombok attractions - Labuhan Haji
The place only if you need to “kill” the time


#3 Pura Mayura in Mayura garden-water palace

Mayura park is located in business and store centre in Cakranegara , Mataram city.
According to a park keeper, the main spirit of this park is a temple which located in the beginning of the pool. But this temple is often missed because the park’s attractive side and the visitor’s attention are widely covered by the park’s vast area. In the temple area and the worship place, there are 4 main temples. Even if this place was a location of some of the fierce battles that took place between Dutch and Balinese forces in 1894 but unfortunately it has become a neglected public park with a polluted artificial lake.
Only if you are visiting temple “Pura Meru” (which is very close to this water palace) and have some extra time, you can come here but honestly it’s nothing that worth to see. Entrances to temples area is closed (you can walk only in the park). By accident we enter one of the area but lately were asked to leave.

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One of temples area that we manage to get in

#4 Pura Segara

Pura Segara is not big Balinese temple, close to a Ampenan north beach. To the northeast of the temple you can see an old Chinese cemetery. Inside the temple is very clean and somebody take care of it well, but just outside the wall you will see full beach of small boats and remains of offerings. Maybe to visit this temple during celebrations could be nice but in simple day – you won’t find anything special, exclusive. We even were more interested what fisherman’s were doing just beside temple area wall.

Lombok places - Pura Segara
If inside temple so clean why it’s hard to keep clean outside part?


#5 Pringgasela village

It’s located around 54 km from Mataram city (~ 1-2 hours drive from Mataram). Even if somewhere you will find that you can see here many different waving tools, various string weaving and “songket” (fabric embroidered with silver/gold thread) weaving etc. I want to disappoint you. This village was prosperous before Bali bombing. Unfortunately now only couple families still waving and we found only 1 place open. Like the owner told, we can see many signs of shops but none of them is working. So from all waving village left operating properly 1 family. And prices really not the cheapest, in Yogyakarta (Java island) you can find much cheaper the same textiles.

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The last family in the village who is still open for public visits

#6 Beleka village

Located about 57 km from Mataram city (~ 1-2 hours drive from Mataram). This village was presented like the oldest and the biggest wicker handicraft and souvenir center in Lombok island. But when we arrived we didn’t see almost anyone, only couple kids and that’s all. Yes we saw some poetry factories but they were closed. We were driving around hoping to meet anyone, but unfortunately. Maybe they open everything when its weekend or they know that will come bigger group of tourists? Nobody knows.


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Maybe some of the people won’t agree with me, but as well I don’t think it’s worth to visit Senggigi, Sasak village and Gili Trawangan.

Senggigi is very touristic place without any special beach (to which, in some parts, you need to pay entry fee) and the prices are really higher than in other places. Sasak village even if unique but so small. Village guides tries to show you everything during 15 min., people selling mostly textile from factory (not made by hand). And Gili Trawangan – probably became just “must to go” place and “must to take sunset picture on the swing”. Reading how many different type crimes happen there I still wondering why people want to go there. I could say that it’s a place similar to Kuta Bali – if you like such places, and then you should be there as well.




Here are mentioned places on the map:

If you have been in Lombok, which places you liked and would recommend to visit? Do you have any Lombok places where you would really like to go?

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