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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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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)
Chocolate Cake in The Corner French Bakery and BarThe Corner French Bakery and BarThe Corner French Bakery and Bar front

 

 

 

 

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;

 

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

Kuta Beach

June 2014 – Photo courtesy of momtraveler.com

Kuta Beach

June 2014 – Photo courtesy of tohercore.com

Looking West

Kuta Beach

May 2014 – Photo courtesy of limbonis.com

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June 2014 – Photo courtesy of momtraveler.com

Middle / Looking Out

Kuta BeachMay 2013 – Photo courtesy of theflowtrells.wordpress.com

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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!

Why Kuta, Lombok > Kuta, Bali

When you tell people that you’re going to Kuta they will wish you well, they will wonder if you are going to be surfing and, those in the know will ask you which one? Kuta is the name of two regions within twenty miles of one and another. Kuta, Bali is very different from Kuta, Lombok. If you will be traveling, it is important to know the difference.

Kuta, Bali

Kuta, Bali is a well-known, high traffic area for tourists looking to spend time on the Indian Ocean. This area is right near the airport and has some of the best surfing around. As this is a high tourist area you will find many bars, restaurants and kitschy shops. Kuta, Bali has a growing reputation as one of the best places to party for Australian tourists, backpackers and students.

Kuta in Bali is very congested. As this area has been a tourist spot for decades, many businesses, hotels and attractions have come to the area. Perhaps the influx was too quick for city planners, as a common complaint about Kuta, Bali is that it is congested, dirty and not well organized.

Even with all of the tourism there is still a strong religious aspect to Kuta, Bali. In the mornings you can do yoga on the beach. As you are performing your sun salutation you will see locals throwing offerings into the sea.

Kuta, Lombok

There could not be two places of the same name that were so different. Kuta, Lombok could be referred to as the hidden Kuta. This area retains much of its natural beauty. With white sand beaches, blue-green water and dirt roads that lead to Mount Rinjani National Park, you may feel as if you are in paradise.

Kuta, Lombok is just as fabulous for surfing as Kuta, Bali. Here you will find clean beaches and great surf. There are plenty of surf schools for novices who are looking to take on their first wave. Perhaps it is the love of surfing for the high end traveler which is drawing the luxury accommodations to this Kuta.

As Kuta, Lombok is less densely populated than Kuta, Bali there is plenty of room on the beach. Whether you are here to get in touch with your spiritual side or simply get a tan, these beaches offer visitors an amazing view. Spend a day on Kuta Beach or travel to one of the more secluded bays such as Mawun.

One thing that Kuta, Lombok will always have over Kuta, Bali is Mount Rinjani. When you want to see nature in all her glory, this is your destination. The second largest volcano in Indonesia, Mount Rinjani is currently an active volcano. There has been volcanic activity up to and including a recorded eruption in 2010. When it is deemed safe, visitors can make the trek up the volcano to see the ash, cockatoos, monkeys and Segara Anak crater lake.

Kuta, Lombok > Kuta, Bali

For the traveler looking to fly in, party hard then fly out, Kuta, Bali is your stop. With great surfing, local restaurants, beaches full of new friends to meet, surfing classes, yoga classes and culture everywhere you look, Kuta, Bali is a fine option.

For the high end traveler looking for a bit of paradise then Kuta, Lombok is your destination. This fishing village still harvests cinnamon, vanilla and coffee at the base of its extraordinary volcano. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the every day. Renew your sense of calm, get in touch with nature, surf, do yoga, and enjoy the view at Kuta, Lombok.

Top ten things to do on Lombok Island

A visit to Lombok Island is like a visit to paradise. With perfect weather and great beaches, there is nothing more relaxing. On Lombok Island you escape the hustle and bustle of Bali while enjoying the tropical oasis. When you book your stay at Sari Inn be sure to plan your itinerary so that you make a stop at one of these top destinations.

UPDATE: Check out our new article: Top Ten Things to Do in KUTA, Lombok

Life Underwater

Diving at the Gili Islands

Divers will be amazed at the variation in sea life when diving off the Gili Islands. From manta rays to hawksbill turtles, you will see a whole new world off the West Coast of Lombok.

Diving on Gili Trawangan

Take in the Tapestry

As one on vacation commonly likes to do, you may want to find something to take home with you. A trip to Puyung in central Lombok will put you in the heart of the weaving village. Here visitors will find the most beautiful sarongs, wall hangings and ikats.

An Ancient Art

For those that collect pottery a trip to Banyumulek, Penujak and Masgagik are a must. In these villages you will find some of the most beautiful handmade pottery in the region. Return home with a work of art.

Play the Back Nine

Take in a wonderful and relaxing day of golf under the sun when you make a visit to Lombok Kosaido Golf Club. Following the contours of the land, these 18 holes will challenge and delight golf enthusiasts. Just try not to stay too long at hole number 4, as you overlook the pristine white beaches.

Be a Part of the Ring of Fire

Trekking up Mount Rinjani

If you have the time and the drive to make it to the top, you should certainly lace up your sneakers and visit Mount Rinjani. This active volcano on Lombok Island rises to a peak of 3,726 meters. In the highlands of the mountain you will find underdeveloped forests. At the lowlands you will see the production of strong Indonesian crops such as vanilla, coffee, soybeans and cinnamon.

Camping on Mount Rinjani Rim

A Day in the Village

Senaru – Traditional Sasak Village – Rural Village

No one can help you understand daily life like a local. Visit Senaru Village and have a local take you on a walking tour. As the locals are the cultural guardians of Mount Rinjani you will learn the history and meaning of the mountain along with seeing the beauty that it brings to the area.

Let the World Fall Away

Lombok Waterfalls at Senaru, Benang Stokel & Kelambu Waterfalls (pictured below)

The Senaru Waterfalls are a thing of beauty. When you are walking through a rather isolated part of the island and suddenly a roaring waterfall beckons you to come near you truly understand the scope and power of nature.

Benang Stokel & Kelambu Waterfalls

A Truly Holy Spot

The island of Lombok is a deeply spiritual one. You’ll see that the people here make their religion a priority of their daily life. When you are here make a point to stop at Pura Lingsar and linger for a moment. This temple was constructed in 1714 and is still home to observances today.

A Summer Garden

For those that cannot make it to the top of Gunung Rinjani, visit Taman Narmada to visit the miniature replica of the summits crater.

Relax and Revive

Of course, with a trip to Indonesia you should not spend every day trekking from place to place. Spend a day on the beach at Kuta Lombok. The soft sands, beach breezes and stunning water will be enough to help you forget about the stresses of daily life. On this day, turn everything off and enjoy those that you are with and the beauty that surrounds you.

Mawaun Swimming Beach Lombok

The perfect place to chill, relax and enjoy the sun, swimming and surf is in Kuta, Lombok. If you need a place to stay, check out our Villa and House at Sari Inn.

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