When we think about Lombok, the lush forests, the enchanting temples, and the picturesque waterfalls usually come to mind. However, that’s not all this island is famous for. Take the Tanjung Ringgit cape, for example. It’s located in the south-eastern part and offers one of the best views in the world. Some people think that it’s a beach, but that’s not really true.
Technically, there is a shore right below the cape, and it’s quite alright, but it’s the cliffs that turn this spot into a tourist magnet. Sitting there, on top of Tanjung Ringgit, and drinking something cold and fresh, you’ll feel like the king of the jungle. It’s one of those special places that make you fall in love the second you arrive.
The waves are calm at times, but usually quite aggressive. The green hills, the trees, the blue sky above it all – the scenery is truly fantastic and doesn’t really need anything else to be, well, perfect. The only sad part – you won’t find any restaurants or cafes around the cape, which is a pity, as it would’ve been great to sit there on top of the world, enjoy a delicious meal and watch the sun go down behind the ocean.
Speaking of the beach, I gotta say that the water there is crystal-clear, but you should be extra careful not to hurt yourself – the bottom of the ocean is full of rocks that can be quite painful and even traumatize your legs. Other than that, it’s a charmer.
What Is The Tanjung Ringgit Cape All About?
Important note: public transport doesn’t really go that way, which means you’ll have to rent a car/bike to get to Tanjung Ringgit. This part of the island is very beautiful and you’ll find something interesting on literally every step of the way. So, I encourage you to leave your rental behind and walk as much as you can.
There’s something humbling about a modern-day human being walking around on a tropical island! By the way, the world-famous Pink Beach is only 1, 1 kilometer away. On a bike, it will take only 5-6 minutes to get from point A to point B. On foot, you’ll have to spend approximately 17 minutes. I say it’s still worth it.
These two spots are totally different from each other and you should definitely check them both out while in Lombok. The Tanjung Ringgit cape doesn’t have any public facilities and/or warungs/guesthouses. Keep that in mind and make sure to put some food, drinks, maybe a mat, and a repellent in your bag.
That way, you’ll get to enjoy south-eastern Lombok without having to go back to “civilization” to get something to eat/drink. As for the Pink Beach, there are some tiny-yet-cozy restaurants next to it. So, if you’re ready to walk 1,1 kilometer, then get your provisions there. In any case, one should always come prepared.
Learning More About Tanjung Ringgit
For a place to let your spirit sing and your heart beat faster than ever, the Tanjung Ringgit cape is ideal. Give your mind an opportunity to rest and focus on connecting with nature and admiring the view. Since this is a tropical island, you won’t need any sweaters or anything like that – only shorts and light t-shirts. Historically, this is one of Lombok’s most ancient and significant landmarks.
There’s an old Japanese cannon close to the cape – make sure to check it out with your friends! It is very old and rusty but carries a strong historical value. The Japanese invaders used to rule these islands, but not anymore: Indonesia is a free country, and this cannon is a reminder of that.
For us, the tourists, Tanjung Ringgit is an opportunity to learn more about Lombok and its people. Ask any local you meet: they’ll all tell you something interesting about this area. If you wake up early in the morning and arrive at this destination while everyone else is sleeping, you might see some grey monkeys.
During the day, it’s recommended to put a hat on, since the sun is burning bright and might hurt the skin (especially if you’re not from a tropical island/city). Most people head from the airport straight to Mataram, the capital, and only then visit Tanjung Ringgit. While in the big city, don’t forget to buy that hat I mentioned (and maybe some comfy shoes as well).
What Is There To Do At This Cape?
Not much, really, apart from admiring the view and letting your head relax for a while. This cape is a fine place for a nice holiday getaway trip. I know some folks that had a wedding there, and it was a magical ceremony. Sometimes, the wind is pretty strong up there. When it’s windy, the temperature drops significantly, but you’ll still be ok with your light clothes.
If the sky is clear and there is no fog, it will feel like the Sumbawa Island is on the palm of your hand. Remember the Japanese cannon we talked about earlier? It’s aimed at the ocean, ready to attack the Allied ships. It’s 5-meters long and is one of the most popular backgrounds for a selfie.
There’s an ancient cave about 500 meters away from it. I encourage you to pay it a visit and learn even more about Lombok’s past. The Japanese soldiers invaded Indonesia in 1942, during WW2, but the locals fought back and protected their home. There are some tall trees near Tanjung Ringgit and they will shield you from the burning sun.
The entire place is surrounded by a forest that’s home to the local farmers. The Jerowaru district area is lovely and offers a different look at the island. From the cape, the Indian Ocean looks fantastic, and so do the other islands east of Lombok.
Some Tips Before You Buy A Ticket
Remember: the road to Tanjung Ringgit is very bad. I mentioned in the beginning that it’s probably the most secluded part of the island, and that comes at a price. If you rent an SUV, it should be more than capable of handling everything the path sends its way. Make sure it’s a 4-wheel car.
A mountain bike will also come in handy, but you’ll have to be a good driver to conquer the road on a two-wheel vehicle. From Senggigi, the most popular beach in Lombok, it will take you approximately 2 hours to reach this destination. Same goes from Kuta. Usually, when people get tired of the noisy and crowded spots, they crave for something more intimate, like Tanjung Ringgit.
By the way, I have to say that tourists usually visit the Pink Beach for that “magical” pink sand but get disappointed when they don’t find what they’ve been looking for (you need to arrive at a certain time to see the colored sand). So, they ask the locals about some other interesting places, and that’s how they arrive at this cape.
The place is quiet – it would be best to visit it with a big, noisy company. Or, if you’re all about solitude and meditation, bring a lot of suncream to protect yourself. For picnics, it is perfect. And since the place is pretty much empty in the morning, you are free to do whatever the hell you want (like act a fool and do all kinds of stupid stuff).
How To Find The Tanjung Ringgit Cape
Finally, let’s talk a bit about how we can get to Tanjung Ringgit. As we already learned, the road is quite a challenge, and only an off-road SUV/truck or bike will be able to handle it. From the one and only Lombok International Airport, the ride will take up to 2 hours, or more. The Jl. Raya Sengkerang route is the most popular one and will get you there in 1 hour and 45 minutes.
However, it’s usually traffic-heavy. If you’re looking for a detour with less traffic, choose the Jl. Sukaraga route. Even though it’s the longest one, you’ll probably get to the cape faster. Besides, it lies along the coastline and looks wonderful.
From Mataram, you’ll literally have to cross the entire island. The journey behind the wheel will take 2/2, 5 hours. It’s all worth it, though, as these parts of the island look amazing. The same theory concerning the different routes applies here as well.
Alright, that concludes my review. Tanjung Ringgit is a very special place – don’t miss your chance to stand on those cliffs and face the Indian Ocean while the sun is rising. I promise you: the experience is worth it.