You might already know about the Kuta Beach in Bali, and while it’s all kinds of beautiful, it has nothing on the Kuta Beach in Lombok. Yep, there are two of them in the same area, and the one we’ll discuss today will get you mesmerized as soon as you see it. You’ll find it in the southern parts of the island.
It comes with a clean, glowing, enchanting coastline with the whitest sand in the region and reefs that will take any visitor’s breath away. I’m not exaggerating anything – this beach is truly worth your while, especially if you persuade some of your friends/relatives/family members to hop on this adventure together.
Along the beach, there are several hills that make the scenery look even more beautiful. One of the hills is known as the “Mandalika Hill”. According to the local legends, back in the day, a princess jumped from this exact hill and crashed into the ocean trying to escape the princes that wanted to take her innocence away. She knew that she couldn’t pick any of the princes because then the other two would be jealous and start a civil war of epic proportions.
So, the girl decided to take her own life to save the others. Today, it’s probably the best spot for taking pictures and/or selfies. The water in Kuta Beach Lombok is almost crystal clear, and from the top of the hill, you’ll be able to see through the water. The underwater life is captivating and you might find yourself gazing at the ocean for eternity.
Finding Your Passion In Kuta Beach
Ok, so, let’s see what Kuta is good for. Obviously, just like any other beach on planet Earth, it’s great for all kinds of water activities. Surfing, swimming, and snorkeling are the most popular things to do around here. At the same time, nobody’s stopping you from lying on the white beach and reading a journal, skipping through social media posts or just getting a nice tan.
The sunsets in Lombok are always beautiful, and this beach is no exception. By the way, the Seger beach is located just 2 kilometers to the east. And while it’s basically the same, the pros claim that it’s more suited for snorkeling and surfing.
The locals will have all the necessary equipment ready for you. The service is good, and they know their stuff. However, Indonesia is known for its overly greedy tour guides/business owners, which means you should try and drop the price as much as you can (30 percent off is definitely a good deal).
The reefs can be scary at first, but they’re not dramatic, and with the right equipment, you’ll be able to “conquer” the water in no time. If you want to go deeper into the ocean for a romantic trip, the local boatmen will help you out. They usually take 4-5 thousand IDR (Indonesian Rupees), but the rates change all the time, depending on the season and the year.
Embracing The Local Traditions And Festivals
In a religious place like Lombok, ancient traditions still play a big role in the day-to-day lives of the regular men and women. The biggest celebration in Kuta Beach takes place on the 19th day of the 10th month (according to the Sasak calendar, of course). Just remember that this fine festival usually comes to life between February and March.
The fishermen leave their homes and sail into the deep ocean, while the young people get together on the beach to have some fun, congratulate each other, and fool around. Sometimes, these casual nights turn into something much more meaningful and lead to new marriages.
The atmosphere in Kuta Beach Lombok at this time of the year is pretty riveting, and I’d highly suggest picking just the right day to arrive so that you can participate in this wonderful celebration. The white foam, the waves hitting the coast, and the happy people will make you forget about everything else and focus on enjoying your time on the island.
The rocks, the hills, the crystal-clear water, and the singing of the birds turn this beach into a tiny piece of Heaven, a place that you’ll want to come back to. That is why it’s one of the most popular tourist spots in Lombok.
The Difference Between The Two Kutas
In the beginning, I mentioned that there are two Kuta beaches in Indonesia, and they’re located pretty close to each other. They both have their pros and cons. Let’s take a look. Kuta in Bali is very close to the center of the town, while Kuta Beach Lombok is pretty far from Mataram.
In Bali, the beach is internationally-known and loved – has been for many years – while the Lombok beach is still less popular than, say, the Senggigi beach. Now, if you love everything about the local culture and want to know and see more, then Lombok is your best bet. The countryside there is populated by classic Sasak houses, and the locals still live like their ancestors.
They are great at fishing, farming, and breeding livestock. Plus, they know their way around pottery and weaving. Even the cafes and food stalls along the beach are nothing like what you’re used to in the US and the UN. Same goes for the hotels and bungalows. True, there are some modern-day, luxury-level hotels, but they also look very “authentic” and fit the overall picture.
The biggest “selling point” of Kuta Beach Lombok is the natural state of things. Mankind didn’t do much to change the scenery, and that is why it looks equally exotic and beautiful. So, if you want that “raw” island experience, make sure to visit this place.
Renting A Room And Having A Nice Meal
Now, despite the fact that this beach is all about keeping it natural, there is a wide range of offers when it comes to renting a place to stay. Even if you’re on a very modest budget, thanks to the huge difference in economic prosperity, you’ll be able to find an awesome hotel room for a low price. Same goes for the local restaurants and cafes.
My advice: make sure to scroll through the available options a day or two before you hop on that plane and arrive in Kuta Beach Lombok. That way, you’ll already know what to expect and the room will be waiting for you. Otherwise, you’ll risk overpaying for services you don’t really need.
There are almost always some solid offers for two that will cost you no more than 10 dollars a day. Plus, there’s Wi-Fi, a free breakfast, and many other “perks”. So, what’s your excuse for not visiting this wonderful place? Find an opening in your calendar, grab your partner, and let this beach/island show you what it really means to have a good time!
My final recommendation: please try to get to the beach early in the morning, because that’s when it looks totally captivating. The “pepper sand” is the most unusual thing, and it would be best to enjoy it while there are no tourists/locals around.
How To Find Kuta Beach Lombok
So, how do you get to the awesome Kuta Beach? Well, first of all, you’ll have to arrive at the village with the same name that’s located in Pujut. From there, it will take you no more than 20 minutes on a car to reach the beach. On the other hand, from Mataram, the capital of the West Nusa Tenggara Province and a city with over 400K citizens, you’ll need to drive for about 1, 5 hours (about 72 kilometers).
Traffic in Lombok is quite heavy, which means it might take you even more time to reach the destination. It goes without saying that hiking is not really an option unless you’re an Olympic champion. So, hop on a tour bus, or, better yet, rent a car/bike and enjoy the road.
Please keep in mind that there are no public transports available after 3 pm; try not to miss it the last one. Or, spend some bucks on a taxi – the choice is yours. On your way to the lovely Kuta Beach, you’ll definitely go through (or pass) the Sade Village, a traditional Sasak village. Make a stop there if you’re into the local culture and traditions.
The road will be much shorter if you land at the Lombok airport and head straight to the beach. It will take you approximately 30 minutes. The service might not be as cheap as you’d expect, but for a thrilling ride through the beautiful nature of the island, I’d say it will be worth it. After all, we travel to foreign countries for exactly that – fun!