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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.

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.

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.

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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