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.

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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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