If you're looking for spectacular tranquil Lombok beaches, go to the south where Tanjung Aan Beach is located. The pristine and serene beach stretches along 2 kilometres area, where you can get stunning view of the Indian Ocean. The sand is not only clean but also incredibly soft, something that you rarely found in other beaches around the world. Tanjung Aan Beach is also surrounded with cliffs and hills protecting the beach from wild raging waves of Hindian Ocean, making the beach a perfect sanctuary for colorful coral reefs and fishes. Tanjung Aan Beach is also hold a special place in Lomboknese' heart. You'll about to find the reasons why.
The Mysterious Tranquility of Tanjung Aan and Southern Lombok Coast's Charms
Tanjung Aan Beach and Princess Mandalika
Tanjung Aan Beach was believed to be a location where Tonjang Beru Kingdom used to be. The kingdom was ruled by a wise Tonjang Beru King who had a daughter called Princess Mandalika. The princess was a beauty and many princes across the land sought to be her husband. There are many different versions about how the princes came to Tonjang Beru King to propose the princess. In whichever versions you heard, they will all end with the princess decided to jump off to the southern Lombok sea from the cliff to prevent her kingdom from falling apart. There is a verdant hill nearby Tanjung Aan Beach and Kuta Lombok Beach called “Mandalika Hill”, many locals believe that the hill was a place where the princess jumped and met her demise.
Tanjung Aan Beach and Bau Nyale Festival
One event that you shouldn't miss during your visit in Tanjung Aan is Bau Nyale Festival. The festival is held once every year, it's a festival where locals and tourists all coming to the beach and have tons of fun hunting for sea worms. From March to February, the sea worms species came to the surface and drifted to the shore by the waves where people will come and catch them as many as they can. Locals believe that the sea worms are the reincarnation of Princess Mandalika's hair and those who managed to catch the most will be blessed with beautiful face for women, tons of stamina for men, and prosperity for a year ahead.
Go to the western side from Tanjung Aan Beach, and you'll find a verdant hill called Merese Hill. Merese Hill is one of the most popular viewpoints to capture amazing sunset moment nearby Tanjung Aan Beach. While watching sunset from atop of the hill is the best thing ever, you have more to enjoy. You'll get a perfect view of Tanjung Aan Beach and also other beaches located nearby the area, such as Serenting Beach and Seger Beach. You can even see the famed Batu Payung, a large stone with a shape resembling a face in the distance.
Located in Tanjung Aan beach's area is large unique stone called Batu Payung. It was named 'Batu Payung', as some people said that the unique shape of the stone with its narrow bottom shape provide some shade like an umbrella (payung) would. Though others argued that the stone's shape actually resemble more to a human face. However it looks like to you, Batu Payung is still a perfect place to shot some selfies or to capture some scenic view of the stone and surrounding panorama. You can reach Batu Payung from Tanjung Aan by boats, although you can take an one hour walk instead.
Seger Beach is another panoramic southern beach you should visit after you're done exploring Tanjung Aan Beach. The beach is rather small but the view is absolutely astounding with pearly white soft beach sand stretches along the shore while you can gaze upon turqoise sea water. There are not many people either it feels like you're on a secret retreat. Seger Beach is highly famous among surfers, although you can enjoy other fun beach activities like swimming, snorkeling, or just chilling under your beach parasol. While it's highly recommended to bring your own drinks, there are some locals selling coconuts so you won't have to worry about not hydrated enough. In certain period from February to March, you can participate in Bau Nyale Festival, where locals will come to Kuta Beach, Tanjung Aan Beach, and Seger Beach to catch sea worms which they believe to be the reincarnation of Princess Mandalika. It's also a great chance to have a small culinary adventure where you can taste unique local dishes made of the sea worms.
Mawun Beach is probably the least famous, which is quite unfortunate since it holds so many potential. After you passed through the steep and difficult paths to the beach, you'll be rewarded with awestunning view of a tranquil beach surrounded with two headlands forming a formidable natural fort that protects the beach from raging Hindian waves, making it safe for swimmers. The place is mostly visited by tourists who seek for some peaceful getaway where they can swim or just chilling on the sun lounger on the beach. There are several traditional food kiosks (warung) where you can buy some local delicacies or you can also treat yourself with some fresh delicious baby pineapples.Help the beach to stay clean and beautiful by picking your trash before leaving the beach,use your own bottle and reusable straw.
How to Get Tickets?
To enter Tanjung Aan Beach, you'll have to pay $5 for admission fee. Additional fees might be applied if you're going to visit other beach attractions nearby the area.
How To Get Around?
Getting around Tanjung Aan Beach can be easily done by riding a scooter (if you own a driving license) or hire a scooter driver to take you there.
What Should I Wear?
Like many other beach attractions in Lombok, there's no particular dresscode to obey when you're visiting Tanjung Aan. You can wear literally anything that feels comfortable to you, although it's highly recommended to pack some comfortable sneakers or hiking shoes if you're planning to hike on the hills nearby the beach.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Tanjung Aan Beach is few hours before sunset if you want to view spectacular sight of sunset from the beach. To participate in Bau Nyale festival, you should come to Tanjung Aan Beach between February and March when the event will be held annually.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you can explore Tanjung Aan and southern Lombok beaches by yourself. If you're in doubt, you can always ask some nearby locals to show you the way.
How To Get There?
Tanjung Aan is easily accessible by motorcycle, and it only take 15 minutes driving from Kuta Beach. The road is not in the best condition, but don't let it hinder you from visiting one of the most beautiful beach in Southern Lombok.