Lombok is a very special place – I think you already know that if you’ve been keeping up with my reviews. This island never seizes to excite even the hard-boiled tourists, not to mention the regular visitors. It’s got everything a big-city person might ever dream about, including lush, green forests, enchanting waterfalls, ancient temples, and, of course, heavenly beaches.
Have you ever heard about the Bangko Bangko beach? It might not be as popular as, say, the beaches of the Gili Islands, or the Senggigi beach, but I can tell you with certainty that it’s got enough “kick” to get you thrilled. I personally know some folks that think this is the best spot on the island, period.
If you take a look at the map of Lombok, you’ll see that it’s pretty much covered by beaches. And, they all have something unique to offer. So, what’s so special about this one? Does it even deserve a visit from you? No doubt! As I just said, it’s not the most popular spot; however, it will take you a glimpse to fall in love with it.
Nature at the Bangko Bangko beach is simply perfect, and the climate is just right, which means you’ll be able to enjoy the sand, the water, and the sun while sipping on something sparkly and cold. Remember: the beaches in Lombok are one of the biggest generators of income, and the local do everything in their power to make sure we have a great time.
Having Fun At The Bangko Bangko Beach
So, what is an average fella/gal to do at this spot? Just lie down in the sand, read a relaxing book and listen to the waves? Well, that’s one way to spend your day, and there’s nothing wrong with that. On the other hand, if you’re an active person, surfing might be a great pick. For people that prefer to go “all in”, this is probably the best sport on the island.
Fishing is also an option, but I don’t remember seeing any foreigners catching fish at this beach. Come on, you don’t visit a tropical island to do that, right? Bangko Bangko is a very popular beach among the surfers, that’s for sure. Not only the tourists but also the locals like to conquer the waves around here.
The white sand stretches along the mighty coast, making you feel like you’re in the “Lost” TV series. Early in the morning, while everybody else is sleeping, the fishermen go back from their hunt. This is a sight for sore eyes, and I’d highly recommend taking a couple of pictures. The water is nice and clean, and that means you can take a dip and not worry about getting dirty.
The locals say that before Bangko Bangko became popular, this water used to be something of a trash dump. Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore, and even a number of international organizations confirmed that it is ok to swim and surf there. Good news for us!
Surfing, Fishing, And Eating Fresh Seafood
Again, this beach is great for surfing. That’s because the waves in this area are long and large, which makes surfing easier and more enjoyable. So, while the regular tourists might not know about this place, the fans of surfing often call it a dream-spot. Even if you’ve never tried this before, the locals are always ready to give you the necessary equipment and teach you the basics.
Yes, surfing in Bangko Bangko is a business, and the instructors here are top-class professionals. In the coastal area, you’ll be able to catch some big, tasty fish. And while that’s not really fun for most of us, the opportunity is still there.
The fishing enthusiasts even rent boats from the locals (usually at the Ampenan beach) to go deeper into the ocean and catch larger fish. I don’t like fishing, but I am a big fan of eating seafood. If you’re just like me, don’t be shy to buy the super-fresh and delicious fish from the fishermen near the beach.
The prices are more than fair, and you’ll instantly feel like you’re on a tropical adventure. Snorkeling/scuba diving is another activity available at the Bangko Bangko beach. The waves around here are feisty, best suited for surfing. At the same time, some of the waves are calmer, and they are great for swimming and snorkeling.
Getting Inspired By The Bangko Bangko Beach
Now, if all those activities aren’t really up your alley, the sight of the sun rising or setting at the beach is worth a million words. It has a very calming effect and makes all the money, time, and energy you wasted on this trip worth it. For the fans of hiking, instead of swimming/surfing, I can suggest the wonderful Bangko Bangko forest.
There, you’ll find a whole bunch of exotic (and rare) plants and animals, which can be quite exciting. If you go a bit further and reach the cliff, you’ll come across an ancient fort in ruins. It has been around since the Japanese invasion so many years ago. The cannon, by the way, is also still there, reminding the locals of the past.
At the end of the day, this beach is one of the finest landmarks in Lombok. It’s perfect for a nice getaway trip with your family and/or close friends. As I always like to say, you gotta pick a place that suits you best. I liking swimming, but I’m not really a fan of water activities.
For me, watching others surf and fish has always been a more calming and satisfying routine. The Bangko Bangko beach has something in store for all of us. Important information for the conquerors of waves: the best time to visit the beach is the May-October period, as that’s when the waves reach their peak in height.
The Verdict For Bangko Bangko
Alright, that’s pretty much everything I wanted to say about this place. I could go for hours describing the various marine organisms that live in the water, the rocks, and the breath-taking sunsets. But I think you already get the idea from this review. If you love tranquility and peace, the Bangko Bangko beach will be great for you.
However, folks that want to be where the action is will be a bit disappointed by the slow pace of this spot. For them, I’d highly recommend visiting Gili Trawangan. It’s not that far away and hosts some of the wildest parties in Lombok. Craving for some of that drink-all-night kind of leisure? Gili T has got you covered!
The government of Lombok is investing big bucks into this place, trying to take it to the next level. But the locals aren’t that happy about this, because they claim that this land belongs to them. On one hand, if they let the Lombok officials transform the beach, it will turn into something of a resort town/village for the tourists.
On the other, there’s no telling whether the locals will gain from this or not. This “dispute” has been going on for quite a while now, but that doesn’t prevent us, the foreigners, from enjoying our trip to the Bangko Bangko beach.
How To Find The Bangko Bangko Beach
Oki-Doki, let’s see how we can get to this beach without any hassle and trouble. It’s located in the far “left” corner of the map, right next to Desert Point, one of the most popular surfing spots in the world. The famous Gili Islands are located to the “right”, and there’s a lot of activity in this area. The exact location is Batu Putih, Sekotong, West Lombok.
From the Lombok Airport, the ride will take you 2+ hours. The road is 82-83 kilometers long, and for that, the taxi drivers will charge you 500-600K IDR, which equals 35-40 dollars. Public transportation is always a bad choice on this island because it’s not reliable at all, not to mention the heat in there will kill you.
The Bangko Bangko beach is best to be reached on a taxi, that’s for sure. You could rent a car, or, better yet, a motorcycle, but a 2-hour-long ride will probably get you mighty tired, and you don’t want to be “out of juice” at the beach. This trip should be all about having fun; so, again, don’t be greedy and pay a personal driver to get you there.
From Mataram, the ride will cost a bit less and take 1 hour 45-50 minutes, which is basically the same. A speedboat from Bali is also a great option. It’s not that expensive and will take away all of your frustration and confusion. Don’t go with public ferries, because they’re just as boring and slow as the buses.