Top Ten Things to Do in Kuta, Lombok

Kuta, Lombok is the hot new Indonesian holiday destination fast taking over from the hustle and bustle of Bali. There are many things to do while in Kuta, Lombok but here is our list of “must dos.” In no particular order…

Hang out in a Lombok Beach Bar

Order some drinks and maybe some food and enjoy the sea, sand, sun and whatever else comes your way.

Kuta Lombok Beach Bar with Buffalo

Go Swimming at Mawaun Beach (or Tanjung Aan)

There are many beaches in and around Kuta but Mawaun Beach definitely takes the cake. Tanjung Aan Beach is a close second and a bit closer to Kuta Town (refer to our map at the bottom of the page).

Mawaun Swimming Beach Lombok

Visit the Traditional Sasak Village

See how the Sasak people have been living for centuries in this traditional Sasak village. It is a little on the touristy side but still a really interesting visit.

Traditional Sasak Village

Hit Up One of the Surf Spots or Take Surfing Lessons

South Lombok is a famous surfing mecca with many great breaks to choose from. If you’re not already a surfer, Kuta is also a great place to take some lessons and have a lot of fun. We’ve found Kimen Surf to be really high quality surf lesson providers.

Relaxing with a coconut between surfing lessons

Take in the Magnificent View of Kuta Bay from Ashtari Coffee House

Ashtari Coffee House has been entertaining Kuta visitors and locals for more than ten years and once you get there its not hard to see why its so popular. The beautifully constructed building sits up on the high and the large balcony overlooks Kuta and Kuta Bay. The views are simply stunning! Ashtari also has tasty food and drink and board games to keep you entertained for hours.

Cool drink at Ashtari

Visit Monkey Mountain and Princess Mandalika Statue

What will you find there? Monkeys! From around mid afternoon, monkeys gather at this base of this large and steep hill next to the ocean. You can buy some fruit from a local and feed the monkeys if you are game. If you walk around the “mountain” you’ll also find some nice quiet swimming spots.

While you’re there you should also check out the Princess Mandalika Statue which illustrates a local legend.

Monkey Mountain Kuta Lombok

Photo above courtesy of Kileetravels.com

Have a Yummy Meal (or three) in Local Restaurants and Cafes

There’s tonnes of great restaurants and cafes in Kuta, see our list over here. We’ll just give a quick shout out to El Bazar Cafe & Restaurant, Gulas Garden & Warung Drifters.

Chocolate Cake in The Corner French Bakery and Bar

Go Scuba Diving, Snorkeling or Boating

We’ve discussed the magnificent beaches and swimming but you should get out and explore the wider ocean too. Scuba Diving, Snorkeling and Boating trips can be organised through Scuba Surf Lombok and Scuba Froggy.

Visit an Out of the Way Village

Take half a day or a day to visit an out of the way village away from the rest of the tourists. This is a great opportunity to interact with local people who don’t come across tourists everyday. Don’t be surprised when local school children point and shout “tourist!” with big smiles on their faces as you drive past. If you have the opportunity, stop and say hello, interact with the locals, see how they live. The experience will be totally different and very rewarding.

A good time to do this is on the way to or back from the Benang Stokel & Kelambu Waterfalls (pictured below).

Benang Stokel & Kelambu Waterfalls

Watch the Sunset

For the perfect way to end your Kuta, Lombok trip, watch the sunset over Kuta Bay. There’s two main sunset viewing points that you can see on our map. The Merese Hills point gets a better sunset view but its a bit further away. The Pantai Seger point is closer to the town and therefore you get a better view of Kuta itself before the sun disappears behind the headland (as in the photo below).

Sunset Viewing Point Kuta

Bonus 1: Get to know the bracelet kids

They seem cute at first but quickly become annoying – young kids down on the beach trying to sell you bracelets and other things. However, if you’re in Kuta a for a while we suggest trying to get to know the kids, have some fun with them and admire their awesome sales skills – they know every trick in the book.

Bonus 2: Hire a scooter and explore the area

The best way to explore Kuta and southern Lombok is by scooter. They cost around 50,000 IDR / day (not including fuel). A scooter will give access to tonnes of secluded beaches, towns and other spots just waiting to be explored.

Bonus 3: Sleep in and Lay By the Pool All Day at Sari Inn

Don’t forget you’re on holidays and need to take time to relax! We’ve got you covered at Sari Inn with a pool, sunbeds, gazebos and massages available for our guests.

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Sari Inn House, Villa & Grounds

Sari Inn Pool

Tourism Map

We hope you enjoyed our article. Check out the map below to find all the spots we’ve mentioned and some more.

Kuta, Lombok Time Capsule – Very Recent History

We’ve been updating our website recently (June 2018) and it become really obvious that a lot has changed for Kuta, Lombok in the last few years as the tourism industry as exploded. Rather than just deleting the old information we thought it would be nice to create a bit of a time capsule so people could come back in the future and see the progression and how things have changed over time.

There’s already some good articles covering broader history of Lombok (scroll down for a list) so this article is focused on the very recent history, particularly the last 10 years as the tourism industry has exploded.

Visual Changes Over Time

We’ve documented how the city and local sights have changed (or not) over time by putting the photos from travellers (with permission) together on these pages;

Lost Businesses

These businesses were once part of the community and the experience for travellers. For whatever reasons, they’ve all now closed but we’re remembering them here.

Here’s our first tourist map from 2014 showing some of our top sights and restaurants in the area at the time (see the full map page, here).

Since we created the map, five of the thirteen restaurants/cafes have closed as well as all three of the night spots / bars have gone. Here’s a brief summary of those that have closed;

Jawa 1 and 2 frontJawa 1 & 2: Great local food at local prices. These two small warungs were right next to each other and had the same owners. If one was too busy then you could just head over to the other. They had a large menu to choose from with many tasty dishes. (#6 Restaurant on the Map above)

 

 

The Blue Café: Blue means “tourist,” therefore when you first arrived this was the spot to visit to ask all the questions you would be too embarrassed to ask elsewhere. When you wanted to know about a custom or learn what is in a traditional dish, this was your spot to start. (#8 Restaurant on the Map above)

Lombok Discovery Coffee House: Great drinks and food for lunch, dinner or a snack. They also had consistent and decent WIFI which was a bonus. Lombok Discovery also had a business organising boating and diving tours. (#2 Cafe on the Map above)

Lombok Discovery Coffee House

The Corner French Bakery & Bar: With a surfing theme and great atmosphere, The Corner French Bakery & Bar was a good place to grab a drink and a delicious peace of cake. They had tables both inside and outside as well as free WIFI. (#3 Cafe on the Map above)
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Kuta Steak House: A sister restaurant to the Bali Steak House. They imported high quality beef from Australia which made a nice change from the local food. (#1 Restaurant on the Map above)

Breeze Café: For dinner under the stars there is was no better spot than Breeze. The folks here were always up for a party with live music and bonfires happening many nights of the week. If you had come to Kuta for surfing, you could chat up the folks here and they would direct you to some secret locations with great waves.

Solah Beach Bar and Restaurant: When on holiday it is time to take in a few extra calories. This venue was a good place to indulge with a pancake with chocolate sauce or the homemade ice cream. Of course, they offered a full menu so you could wait for dessert until after dinner, if you wanted to. (#3 Nightspot on the Map above)

Reggae Bar: One of the first bars you would come to on the beach road. The bar itself was nothing special but they had a campfire most nights next to the beach which attracted a number of locals and travellers to enjoy some brews together. (#2 Nightspot on the Map above)

Magic Bar: A nice bar (cafe during the day) which had live music most nights. (#1 Nightspot on the Map above)

Magic Bar & Cafe Kuta Lombok

Tourism Interest Over Time

Here are some graphs from our ‘Blog posts and trends’ page showing the popularity of ‘Kuta, Lombok’ over time.

Number of Blog Posts about Kuta, Lombok Over Time

Google Search Trends

Earlier History

For those interested in the broader history of the area, check out these history articles;

 

View from Ashtari Coffee House Over Time

In this post we are displaying photos of the view from Ashtari Coffee House over time. These photos are from travel bloggers and others who have visited or lived in the area and have given permission for us to use the photos.

Also be sure to check out our blog stats and trends post to see some statistics about the number of blog posts about Kuta, Lombok over time.

View from Ashtari Coffee House

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January 2010 – Photo courtesy of justfarenough.wordpress.com

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May 2013 – Photo courtesy of baguslife.com

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August 2013 – Photo courtesy of notesplusultra.com

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February 2014 – Photos courtesy of thisamericangirl.com

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April 2014 – Photo courtesy of roameoriding.blogspot.com

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May 2014 – Photo courtesy of faztravelog.wordpress.com

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June 2014 – Photo courtesy of tohercore.com

Mawaun Beach Over Time

In this post we are showing photos of Mawaun Beach over time. These photos are from travel bloggers and others who have visited or lived in the area and have given permission for us to use the photos.

Also be sure to check out our blog stats and trends post to see some statistics about the number of blog posts about Kuta, Lombok over time.

Locals

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May 2013 – Photos courtesy of theflowtrells.wordpress.com

Looking East

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January 2010 – Photo courtesy of justfarenough.wordpress.com

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May 2012 – Photo courtesy of kevlife.com

Looking Out

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May 2012 – Photo courtesy of kevlife.com

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May 2013 – Photos courtesy of theflowtrells.wordpress.com

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April 2014 – Photo courtesy of roameoriding.blogspot.com

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May 2014 – Photo courtesy of limbonis.com

Looking West

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May 2012 – Photo courtesy of kevlife.com

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May 2014 – Photo courtesy of limbonis.com

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June 2014 – Photo courtesy of tohercore.com

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May 2014 – Photo courtesy of limbonis.com

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May 2014 – Photo courtesy of limbonis.com

 

Kuta Beach Over Time

In this post we are displaying photos of Kuta Beach over time. These photos are from travel bloggers and others who have visited or lived in the area and have given permission for us to use the photos.

Also be sure to check out our blog stats and trends post to see some statistics about the number of blog posts about Kuta, Lombok over time.

Looking East

Kuta Beach, Lombok

May 2014 – Photo courtesy of limbonis.com

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May 2014 – Photo courtesy of faztravelog.wordpress.com

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June 2014 – Photo courtesy of momtraveler.com

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June 2014 – Photo courtesy of tohercore.com

Looking West

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May 2014 – Photo courtesy of limbonis.com

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June 2014 – Photo courtesy of momtraveler.com

Middle / Looking Out

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May 2014 – Photo courtesy of faztravelog.wordpress.com

Kuta BeachJune 2014 – Photo courtesy of momtraveler.com

 

Blog Posts & Trends

On this page we have aggregated all of the blog posts about Kuta, Lombok and compiled some statistics to map the popularity of this location as a tourist destination over time. Last Update: June 2018.

Blog Post Trends & Stats

Google Search Trends

Blogs completely or mostly about Kuta (Lombok):

Travel blog posts about Kuta, Lombok:

Not Dated

Enjoy!

Planning an Itinerary with Kids

When traveling to KutaLombok, you should plan your itinerary. Decide what activities you will do so that you can maximize your time in this secret paradise. When traveling with children it is important to find family friendly activities which will help build the memories which will last a lifetime. When you are out and about with your family, consider these activities.

A Day at the Beach

Planning to spend a day at the beach is as simple as it sounds. Take some time out to turn off all the electronics and simply spend time with family. At Serenting Beach there is lots of room for wading in the water. Some of the activities you may wish to plan for your day at the beach include:

  • Star Fish Hunting in Low Tide
  • Build Sand Castles
  • Spot Fishing Boats
  • Sunbathe
  • Learn to Swim

Additional beaches you may wish to visit are Kuta Beach, Seger Beach and Mawun.

Test Your Core

Learning to surf is one of the joys of being on holiday. When you head back home you can surf over the weekends and remind yourself of the calm which came over you when you first learned to connect with the waves. Taking your children to surf is at once challenging and rewarding. You will see them struggle to get the board to do what they want. Eventually you will see the joy in their little faces as they learn to not conquer the wave, but to ride the wave. Great places to surf in KutaLombok include:

  • Gerupuk
  • Aik Guling

Share the Sights

When you bring your children to a new place for the first time it is a great idea to sneak in some learning with all the fun. Taking the kids on a tour of Lombok helps them to connect with the area and get a sense for another culture without knowing they are learning. When back in school when studying geography or history your children will have a greater world view and be able to link personal experience to what they are reading in their textbooks.

At Sari Inn we have a great tour guide on staff. He will take you around the island on a day trip which will bring you to waterfalls, mountains and some of the finest craftspeople around.

Make Your Trip Fun for the Whole Family

When on holiday no matter where you go, take into account everything your entire family wants to do. Break up your activities so that everyone can get a sense of what they were looking for out of the trip. You are in paradise and to some that may mean lying on the beach while to others it may mean tasting the cuisine. Making sure everyone is included in the planning, makes the trip more exciting.

A Honeymoon to Remember

When planning your honeymoon, you want everything to be perfect. However, after going through all the planning from the wedding, how much detail do you really want to go over? When planning a trip to paradise, sit back and enjoy the deep blue sea as you come to learn how easy it is to fall in love with KutaLombok

Relaxation After the Wedding

Getting a massage, while looking out at the beach, is an extremely relaxing venture. Let all the stress of dealing with vendors, family and mother’s go as you have the tension eased out of your muscles. It is amazing where we can hold tension. While you may not notice it a massage therapist will be able to get those knots from under your shoulder blades which have been keeping your shoulders held up near your ears. Start your honeymoon with a relaxing massage from Sari Inn and you will be able to breathe easy for the rest of your trip.

Knowing You Will Eat Well

The restaurants in Kuta are very relaxed. Come here and have a chef create a masterpiece for you. With fresh, local ingredients you do not have to go far to find a taste of paradise. Along with the restaurants on the island the chef at Sari Inn can create all your meals for you. Stay in your room and have romantic one on one dinners every night of your stay. Along with our chef, some of the fine fare you may want to try includes a visit to:

  • Full Moon Café
  • Dwikis Café
  • Breeze Café

Romantic Island Getaways

While you should certainly spend a few days on the beach, there are many romantic spots on KutaLombok. Head underwater to find other worlds when you book a snorkeling tour. The shallows on the East Coast Beach have stunning aquatic life to explore. For a more grand adventure take a day trip to the Mayura Water Palace. This complex, covered in mangosteen trees is at once a sight to see and a bit of silence to behold.

Let You Honeymoon be an Adventure

A good mix of adventure and relaxation will fill your honeymoon with stories to share with friends and family as well as down time to connect with your new spouse. Try things you never have. Hike Mount Rinjani or go surfing for the first time. A honeymoon does not have to be all candlelit dinner and whispered conversations. You can be brave and you will have the perfect person there to hold your hand.

Exploring the Beaches

One of the best things about being on holiday is about sitting out on the beach, getting some sun. You have the perfect excuse to turn off all if your wireless devices; there is no service on the beach. Disconnect from work and tasks and reconnect with family and friends. All you need when you visit KutaLombok is some sunscreen, a good book and nice cold bottle of water.

The Best Beaches in Kuta

There are a myriad of places to set up your beach towel and let it all go. Whether you are looking to surf, looking for sea life or you are looking for a safe place to go with the kids, there is a beach for you. Some of the best beaches in KutaLombok include:

  • Bangko Bangko Beach
  • Gili Islands
  • Kuta Beach
  • Mawun Beach
  • Selong Blanak
  • Sindang Gila Waterfall
  • Tanjung Aan

The Best Beaches for Surfing

There are some stunning places to catch a wave in KutaLombok. While you could go surfing in Bali, Lombok offers a serene place to connect with the waves and a place to learn without being run over by masses of other surfers. One such beach which is terrific for learning to surf is Tanjung Aan. This white sandy beach has just the right size waves to begin to learn on. When you have the hang of the board go the place known as the Desert Point. Bangko Bangko Beach is much less crowded than the surf you will find in Bali and has been known to average 300 metre breaks.

The Best Beaches for Your Family

When looking for a safe place to visit with your family you will want a place to set up a picnic, a place with flat stretches of shoal or a place to look for starfish with the kids. Mawun beach has great big trees to sit under while you picnic and fresh coconuts to refresh you from the sun. When you are looking to explore the Gili Islands have wonderful places to snorkel. Spend time here with the kids and learn all about local biology while disguising it as fun. The kids will learn something new, explore new worlds and create memories.

The Best Beaches to Relax

Kuta Beach is one of the best beaches for taking a nice stroll at sunset. Search for shells during the day to preserve as mementos and talk about your future with your new spouse on your honeymoon at night. A bit further west from Kuta you will find Selong Beach. This stunning spot is very removed and open during the week. You can head here to meditate, practice yoga or simply listen to the waves.

A Romantic Escape

While you can rest and relax in any of these locations, it is important to know a romantic spot when on holiday for your honeymoon. The Sindang Gila Waterfall is a stunning spot. Watch the waters careen over the hill as you and your love walk underneath and wade in the water below. This is truly a space to stop and gaze into each other’s eyes.

The Right Beach for You

When planning a trip to KutaLombok there are not many places that will let you down. Almost anywhere you turn here in paradise you will find a lovely space to lay down your blanket. When you head out on holiday rest assured that all beaches are beautiful, you just need to find the one which will suit your activities.

Golfing in Kuta, Lombok

While some people are looking for a place to sit on the beach when on holiday, some look for a greener place. Looking for long stretches of green in Kuta, Lombok should lead you to some of the finest golf courses around. Not only will you be able to soak up some sun and see the stunning Mount Rinjani but you will be able to work on your game and get a hole in one. Golfing on holiday on Kuta, Lombok and having your best game will lead you to a whole new paradise.

A Challenge for All

Find out how much you can get your game under par when you take on the challenge at the Lombok Kosaido Golf Club. This 18-hole course was created by the amazing Michael Wolveridge and Perrett and Peter Thompson. The way that the green waves on the terrain will make you think that this space was man made, as everything flows together. Begin the course as you gaze out over the beach and end the game as you tackle the mountain of this course while looking up at Mount Rinjani.

Bring Your Family and Friends

One of the obstacles that golfers run into, besides the sand traps, is your family not wanting you to spend so much time on the green. However, at the G.E.C. Rinjani Golf Country Club you will be able to spend time out on this 18-hole course while your family hits the swimming pool and gazes out at Senggigi beach. When they fall in love with the amenities at this course you will be able to fall in love with the green designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Practice in the Sand

In your downtime from the fairway, practice getting out of the sand on the sand. As many of the beaches in Kuta, Lombok offer a place to stretch out during the week, you can set up your own sand trap. Bring your favourite club and head to Kuta Beach. Spend time working on your stance, your swing and keeping your shoulders over your hips. When you have spent time in the sand a normal sand trap at your courses back home will seem like a walk in the park, or on the beach.

Golfing in Kuta, Lombok

Golfing is a wonderful way to spend time. You are getting sun, exercise and letting the spreadsheets fall away. Listen to the green, listen to the waves and let your caddy be your guide.