When you first consider visiting Lombok, the beautiful Indonesian island, you get overwhelmed by the huge amount of must-see landmarks. Mount Rinjani, the lush forests, the enchanting waterfalls, the beaches…so much to see! Speaking of the beaches, I have to mention that while some of them are incredibly popular (like Senggigi or the beaches of the Three Gili Islands), the rest of them aren’t nearly as famous.
That is exactly why I decided to write this article – to introduce to you the lovely Nambung Beach. If you’re looking for a place with calm waves, a wonderful climate, and a breath-taking view of the ocean, this beach has got you covered.
Located in the southern areas of the island, this is what the locals call a “dream spot”. Without a doubt, the saltwater waterfall is what makes this landmark standout. Come on, just take a good look at the pictures! Even if you’re not a big fan of hanging out at beaches, this place will still be worth a visit to take a series of amazing selfies.
The super-clean water and the lovely sand turn the Nambung Beach into a lovely destination. I know I said that this isn’t the most popular landmark in Lombok, but the truth is, it’s becoming more and more crowded every year, and chances are, it will become the pride and joy of the island soon. It certainly does deserve that.
What The Nambung Beach Is All About
When you’re standing in the middle of this beach, it feels like the Indian Ocean is looking at you, watching your every move. That might sound a bit ridiculous, but you’ll change your mind once you find yourself facing it early in the morning. Nature in Lombok has a fascinating ability: it conquers your heart and mind right from the start and connects with you in the most amazing way.
If you check out the map at the bottom of this article, you’ll see that the Nambung beach is located in the “surfing zone” in the bottom left corner. It’s a known fact that surfers from all over the world visit that part of the island to enjoy some of the best waves out there.
Desert Point, for example, is considered to be the finest spot for improving your surfing skills and having some fun. Keep in mind, though, that if you prefer swimming and diving over surfing, this place isn’t really the best choice, as it’s less safe, especially if you’re traveling with your kids.
At the same time, I know numerous families that visit this spot just to relax, have something to eat and watch the professionals do their thing. The atmosphere at the Nambung beach is truly amazing, and you’ll get more “kick” out of lying under the tent and admiring the view than sitting in your office back home, and that’s the obvious truth.
Learning Your Way Around The Nambung Beach
Remember I mentioned the waterfall? It originates on the high cliffs, and when the waves of the ocean reach those cliffs, they create some of the most beautiful images I’ve ever seen. People that visit this place forget about their problems and responsibilities and never want to leave. One of its biggest selling points is, of course, the fact that you won’t find tons of trash on the surface.
The entire beach is nice and clean, which, again, makes it a very attractive spot for big families. The locals also love to hang out at the Nambung beach. The neighboring villages rely heavily on fishing, and the men get on their boats early in the morning.
Once you end up here, you’ll realize that this landmark represents everything you ever thought about a beach on a tropical island. Folks on the Internet discuss the waves and the crystal water on a daily basis, getting the potential tourists excited enough to visit it one day. The government is also doing everything in its power to turn this place into a world-class resort.
The bottom line is – if you’re in Lombok for 5-6 days, make sure to free a couple of hours for a lovely trip to the Nambung beach. I bet you’ll love it more than the more popular spots and will tell your friends about it. I know I did!
Having Fun And Enjoying The View
The locals know this beach as Tanjung Jagog. I gotta say that while most of the waves around here are calm, the rest of them are quite strong. For surfing, the steeper the waves, the better. But, as I mentioned earlier, for swimming, that’s not good at all. The shore is pretty vast, and it’s covered with big, beautiful hills.
If you want to get the best view, the best seat in the building, climb one of those hills. For a romantic getaway trip, this is one of the finest places to visit. The Gili Islands are located in the upper left corner, and you’ll be able to reach them on a boat in 10-15 minutes (once you end up at the closest beach, of course, which will take you an hour to reach). Do that if you’ve got the time – they’re pretty cool (check out my reviews to learn more).
When you take a good look around, you’ll see that there’s tons of seaweed in the area. The pond that’s “hiding” behind the huge corals is another interesting spot at the Nambung beach. It’s important to pick just the right time for the visit; ask the locals, they’ll help you with that.
Again, a picture is worth a thousand words, which is why almost all tourists you’ll see there will be taking pics and shooting videos on every step of the way. With the right equipment, you can do some snorkeling. Note: you won’t be able to rent any surfing equipment at the beach; so, bring your own. Fishing is also a popular activity in this part of Lombok. It’s just that I’m not a big fan of that.
What To Eat And Where To Stay
Thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of the lovely Nambung beach, you won’t have a problem finding a place to stay or a place to eat. The local business owners know exactly when the huge tourist flow will take over the island and do whatever it takes to make sure their needs are taken care of.
There are enough restaurants, cafes, and cute little food stalls in the area to satisfy your hunger. However, since this is a “virgin” beach, it’s not crowded with restaurants and hotels like Senggigi. So, you’ll have to do some walking before you reach the nearest accommodations and/or eating spots. Or, better yet, take some food and drink with you, because walking for miles just to get something to eat is not the most exciting thing to do.
As for the hotels/guest houses/bungalows, it’s always smart to check the available options before you land. The cost changes all the time, and during the high season, there might not be rooms available at your favorite hotel. Do everything in advance and you’ll be alright. Compared to Europe and America, the prices are very affordable, while the service is exceptional.
The best time to visit the beach is during the 18:00-9:00 period. That’s when the tides are low and the weather is comfortable. If you get there at 5 am, the views will take your breath away. And, that’s when it will be least crowded, giving you an opportunity to relax in solitude.
How To Find The Nambung Beach
If you’re in Mataram, the capital of Lombok, the ride will take you 1 hour 20-30 minutes. Please remember that public transports don’t go that way, which means you only have two options: hiring a taxi driver and renting a car/bike. During the tourist season, the drivers will charge you double (well, not double, obviously, but a lot more than usual).
So, renting seems like the more logical and obvious choice. From the Lombok Airport, the road is considerably shorter and will take you only an hour, depending on the traffic. The road to the beach is lovely 365 days a year, and you’ll have a great time driving through the villages on the way to your destination.
If you’re in Bali and love speedboats, rent one at the closest renting spot and have a blast riding the beautiful waves and feeling like one of the Baywatch members. It will a ery long ride, though, so, get yourself ready for it.
Renting is pretty cheap in Lombok, especially when you split the price between your friends. Ok, that’s it for my review! I hope I got you thrilled enough to want to visit the Nambung beach.