Kuta Lombok not only own the same name with Bali's, they also have equal gorgeous beach called Kuta Beach. Though, Kuta Beach of Lombok is way more secluded with cliffs and hills surrounding the beach acting as natural barriers to protect the pristine beach from wild sea waves. The sea is friendly to swimmers and snorklers, though the waves are still challenging enough for the surfers. While for those who don't feel like swimming can relax under sun parasol or laying down on the beach mat to get perfect tanning. You can even climb on nearby hill to enjoy spectacular view of the sunset at the end of the day.
Explore The Mesmerizing Beauty of Kuta Beach Lombok and Around
Take your time to explore the beach, and you'll find a giant cliff called Mandalika Hill. Do you know that the hill was believed to be a location where the Princess jumped to end her life in order to protect her kingdom? According to Lomboknese folklore there was once a beautiful princess called Princess Mandalika. News about the princess' beauty and grace have attract numerous princes across the land who went all the way from their kingdom to propose her, which she kindly rejected. There are two out of six princes who were furious of her rejection and further threaten Mandalika Kingdom that they would declare war to the kingdom if the princess refused to accept their marriage proposal. Out of fear for putting her beloved people in danger, the princess decided to took extreme action: she killed herself by jumping off the cliff to the raging sea below her. Mandalika Hill was named after the princess, and tourists who climb up until the peak will be rewarded with the most stunning view of the beach landscape, even more when the sun sets.
Bau Nyale Festival
If you come at the right month, you'll get a rare chance to participate in Bau Nyale Festival in Kuta Beach Lombok. It's when Sasak tribes come pouring to the beach to catch some 'nyale' or sea worms. The festival is closely tied to the legend of Princess Mandalika who met her demise by jumping off from the cliff in order to prevent war among kingdoms. The locals believe that the swarming sea worms are the reincarnation of Princess Mandalika's hair. Furthermore, they also believe that whoever catch the most sea worms will have a good luck thoroughout the year. The sea worms will then be cooked and eaten, as many women believe that they will be granted Princess Mandalika's beauty while the men believe that the sea worms will give them more stamina. Some even grind the sea worms and spread them on the rice field to ensure successful harvests.
Despite its rising fame, Kuta Lombok sticks to be lazy fishermen villages where the locals are unfazed by tourists and just going about their business. Dusun Rambitan is one of the traditional villages that allow you to learn more about the life of Sasak tribes that have occupied the land for centuries. You'll still see traditional rice barns and traditional houses made of thatch and bamboo. Dusun Rambitan produce woven fabric with unique patterns and designs, and they are absolutely good with it. In fact, Dusun Rambitan is popularly known for their fabric. You will definitely want to purchase some.
Talking about woven fabrics, you shouldn't miss Sukarare Village. The village is probably the most popular weaving village in Kuta Lombok area. Here you can find wide range of soft handwoven fabrics with intricate details and patterns. The villagers are friendly, they will happily tells you more about the fabric's function in Lomboknese culture, and even you'll learn more about meaning behind each motifs. You can also buy some for souvenirs, though you might have to pay more money than if you buy them in different areas in Lombok.
Exploring Kuta Beach and its surrounding villages will eventually make you hungry, Ashtari Cafe is a perfect place to go. The cafe perched on the hill where visitors can enjoy overview of Kuta Beach and its surroundings from above. You can go to the balcony to get even better view and enjoy cool breeze. It's definitely a place to go if you're looking for a romantic dinner with your loved one too. Cafe Ashtari also provide various fun activities for their customers. You can join a relaxing yoga classes held every day, or signing up for a cooking class that is held every morning and afternoon.Your body will feel fresher after yoga, you can also cook delightful Indonesian cuisine when you're back from your trip.
Selong Belanak Beach
Located 17 kilometres to the West from Kuta Beach is Selong Belanak Beach. Sharing the same shoreline with the former beach, Selong Belanak beach also offer pristine and tranquil beach with its mesmerizing turqoise sea. You can surf, swim, snorkel, or just chilling on the beach while observe local fishermen sailing their boat to the sea, or just take in the beautiful view of the vast turqoise sea. If you're hungry, there are several traditional food kiosks (warung) where they serve delicious fish satay.
How to Get Tickets?
Admission fees are not applied to enter Kuta Beach Lombok or any attractions above. You will have to pay Rp 5.000,- or $34 USD for parking fee though (only if you bring rental car or motorcycle).
How To Get Around?
Most tourists prefer to rent a motorcycle to go around Kuta Beach, although it's highly recommended to hire a driver instead especially if you're not familiar with streets in Lombok.
What Should I Wear?
Kuta, or Lombok City in general is pretty laid-back when it comes to dress code, you can wear pretty much anything you feel comfortable in. Though if you feel uncomfortable, you can wear maxi dress when you're exploring other areas outside Kuta Beach.
Best Time to Visit
If you want to participate in Bau Nyale Festival, the best time to visit Kuta Beach Lombok is in February. However, the sea will be rougher at that time so swimming or snorkeling is not possible.Though it might be ideal for surfing. If you want to enjoy more activities in the beach, it's best to visit Kuta Beach Lombok in dry season that falls from April to October.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, all informations you need can be found in this website. Although you might need a driver to take you around Kuta Beach.
How To Get There?
Kuta Beach Lombok is closely located from Bali. You can reach Kuta Lombok by taking a flight from Denpasar for the fastest and the most convenient way of transport. It only take approximately 24 minutes until you reach Lombok International Airport. Kuta Beach is accessible from the airport by taking an angkot (public transportation) to Sengkol. Switch to another angkot that will takes you directly to the beach.