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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

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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 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

 

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.

The Wonders of Kuta, Lombok

Kuta, Lombok is something of a hidden gem. People come here rather than Kuta, Bali to get away from it all. When you are looking for stunning beaches, great surfing and a calm place for holiday, this is a dream destination. Additionally, with the new Lombok International Airport which has come to town not only is getting here easier, but there are a few more amenities.

Bringing People and Places

The new airport in Lombok not only makes it easier to get here on holiday, but there is now an increase in business. Where once there may have only been one restaurant or warung on the Main Street side of Kuta, there are now quite a few places to dine and shop. For those that like to take an afternoon off from tanning this is a pleasant turn of events.

However, do not expect the bustling streets of Kuta, Bali. The restaurants still keep that local feel. The introduction of neon lights and revolving doors may be many years off. For now enjoy the increase in plates from local chefs, increase in vendors of bracelets and linens and an increase in traffic from guests of local homestays.

More Development in the Works

While Kuta, Lombok may never be like Kuta, Bali you can expect to see more and more development. The airport will surely bring an increase in revenue. The possible plan for development could be raised from the Bali Tourist Development Corporation and the Pacific Asian Travel Association. In the works there are whispers of golf courses, underwater parks and even a race track. This beautiful area has much to offer and you can be sure that when the developers see it, they will want to be a part of it.

Though Change May Not Be Quick

There is a simplicity about Kuta, Lombok that people like. The beaches being swept in the morning with the help of cattle, store signs being hand drawn on surfboards and local fish being smoked and then sold from large laundry style baskets are what gives this area a certain charm. People come here because it is not Kuta, Bali. The visitors here are not interested in shopping for hours and then partying at the bar. The people who come here are interested in the drowsy attitude which makes Kuta, Bali what it is. To transform the area into one which is already known for the hustle and bustle of a big city would be a shame. This family destination is perfect for those with many kids or those thinking of starting out.

Come to Kuta, Lombok with ease thanks to the new airport and rest easy on the many stunning beaches.

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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