Lombok, often overshadowed by its much more popular counterpart Bali to the west, is home to some of the best beaches you’ll find in Indonesia. Lombok is vastly underrated and as an island of pure beauty, it matches Bali in every way. However, when it comes to beaches, Lombok is far superior to that of Bali!
While I spent many months living in Bali and being a digital nomad, I’ve spent a few weeks traveling in Lombok and it was life changing. The island is fast undergoing development and the main town of Kuta is home to so many cafes and restaurants that it’s becoming a mini Canggu of sorts.
Nevertheless, this post is all about the beaches of Lombok and where the best beaches in Lombok are. Lombok is a big island and is world renowned for the Gili islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. While these islands have fantastic beaches, I think the jewel of Lombok when it comes to beaches is in the south. Not only can you engage in some of the best surfing in Asia, but the beaches will undoubtedly take your breath away.
This list is purely my opinion of the best beaches in Lombok, but go visit them and I doubt we’ll have much to argue about!
Best time of year to visit Lombok
Lombok shares a similar climate to nearby Bali. The dry season in Lombok runs from April until November. During this time, you can expect frequent sun with few days of full on rain. Temperatures will be in the low 30s with night time temps in the mid 20s. There also isn’t as much wind during this time. It’s generally a very enjoyable time to visit the island.
The rainy season runs from November to April. During these months, you can expect to see storms throughout the day and few periods of consistent clouds and rain. Temperatures will be slightly cooler than the dry season but as it is a tropical place, there isn’t much variation.
Peak season months in Lombok are July and August so if possible, avoid traveling during these months as prices will be higher and the crowds much bigger. Nevertheless, Lombok is nothing like Bali and even during “peak season” crowds, it will be empty compared to Bali.
What to know about Lombok beaches
Lombok is unique versus Bali because of its insane collection of stunning beaches. While Bali is also home to amazing beaches in its own right, they cannot compare to the more idyllic beach setting of Lombok. I love the volcanic black sand beaches of Bali but I’m a sucker for the crystal blue waters and white sand beaches. It also doesn’t help that some of these beaches are devoid of tourists so you can really relax and appreciate the natural beauty of Lombok.
The beaches in Lombok are somewhere in between a Mediterranean beach like in Greece and a more traditional tropical beach like in Zanzibar. The color of the water is light blue to turquoise depending on the beach you go but the sand is always soft white sand.
South Lombok is littered with countless amazing beaches all offering the same beautiful topography. Lombok is the surf capital of Indonesia and probably in South East Asia so expect many of these beaches to be great surf destinations. The beaches on this list are all within 25 minutes scooter ride from Kuta which makes them perfect for a quick beach break from the town.
Few things to know about Lombok Beaches:
- Generally you’ll need to pay to visit or to park at the beaches. The price is 10,000 IDR. Sometimes, you won’t pay this if you buy lunch/drinks at the warung of the parking lot
- There are kids and adults selling bracelets and clothes everywhere. This can be annoying after awhile but they are trying to make a living. Simply say no thank you (a few times so they understand) politely and they will leave you alone.
- Most of the beaches have sun beds and bean bags for you to lounge on the beach. They also have a full restaurant and bar for you to get your drink on with nasi goreng. Coconuts are also my go to things to get at the beaches.
- None of the beaches are sunset facing unfortunately. That is perhaps the one and only downside of the South Lombok beaches. None of them face west so you won’t be able to have sunset drinks on the beach like in Canggu, Bali.
Without further ado, here are the best beaches in Lombok! Again, most of this list is in the south of Lombok!
Selong Belanak is probably one of the more popular beaches in the south of Lombok. Wide stretches of white sand and beautiful teal water surrounded by rolling hills makes this a great place to see the beauty of Lombok. This is also a popular surf destination and particularly good for those starting out. There are countless warungs that double surf shops on this beach as well for you to take cheap lessons.
I found this beach to be a bit too busy for my likings. There were too many warungs too closely packed together and it felt a bit more commercial than the other beaches. Of course, there is plenty of beach space away from the warungs but then you won’t be able to find any shade. Perfect if you just want to tan!
I came here right after Selong Belanak to continue my beach hopping tour. Mawi beach is for pro surfers but is also home to one of the most remote and least visited beaches in South Lombok.
You know you’re in for a treat when the road to get to this beach is strictly dirt and rocks. Be prepared for a bumpy 2km ride from the main road to this beach but it’s well worth it.
The beach is absolutely stunning with even clearer waters and more secluded beach real estate. The main beach is home to just one warung with no beach chairs. If this beach is too much for you, you can climb the small cliff to the other side of Mawi beach for a completely untouched and unpopulated beach. Absolutely breathtaking.
Pantai Lancing is located a few minutes away from Mawi Beach and caught my eye as it was visible from the main road. The water looked stunning and the beach looked secluded.
There are a few local warungs on this beach and the water is absolutely breathtaking. The best part of this beach was the lack of people trying to sell me bracelets and sarongs. I was able to relax and just chill on the beach in peace.
Mawun, which means pretty in Bahasa Indonesian, is a great description for this beach. Located next to Pantai Lancing and about 15 minute from Kuta, this is one of many beautiful beaches nearby.
There are a few warungs to buy food and drinks, as well as beach chairs to relax and spread out. There were lots of kids trying to sell me things which was annoying but no different than the other beaches. Overall, I think this beach is worth visiting but not better than the final beach on this list!
Saving the best for latis Tanjang Aan beach. Tanjang Aan beach is located just 15 minutes east of Kuta town and it quickly became my go to beach. The water here among the most beautiful of the beaches with the deepest shades of turquoise. This is because there is a wider flatter strip of white sand versus the other beaches on the list.
Tanjaag Aan also has numerous warungs that have restaurants, beach chairs, and surf boards for rent. It’s not as quiet as other beaches on the list like Mawi or Lancing, but it has just enough atmosphere to make it fun.
A lot of the surf shops in town will take you to Tanjaan Aan beach to start your surf session in addition to Gerapuk which is on the other side of the bay. Alternatively, you can just rock up to any of the warungs on the beach and ask for surf lessons which will generally be less expensive.
My daily schedule consisted of surfing in Gerapuk or Tanjaag Aan, followed by an afternoon beach session just chilling in one of the warungs in Tanjaan Aan. What paradise it is!
Pink Beach is a unique and stunning destination on Lombok Island due to its pink-hued sand, which sets it apart from other beaches in the region. The pink color of the sand is a result of the combination of white sand with crushed fragments of red coral, creating a mesmerizing rosy tint.
As you approach Pink Beach, you’ll notice the sand gradually shifting from white to pink. The vibrant coral fragments blend with the white sand, giving the beach its distinctive pink hue. The intensity of the pink color can vary depending on the sunlight and tides, creating a dynamic and picturesque setting that mesmerizes visitors.
To get here, you’ll need to drive all the way to the far east of Lombok. From Kuta, this is a 1h scooter ride with the last stretch on questionable roads. I actually came to this area for diving and saw the beach for myself. Sadly, as of 2023/2024, the beach is no longer as pink as it used to be. If you’ve been to Komodo National Park and the pink beach within Komodo, this will not impress you. Nevertheless, it is still a stunning beach that sees very little visitors!
Senggigi Beach is one of the most popular and well-known beach destinations on the island of Lombok, Indonesia. Located on the west coast of the island, it is easily accessible from Lombok’s main cities and serves as a gateway to explore the rest of the island. Senggigi Beach offers a mix of natural beauty, vibrant beachfront atmosphere, and a wide range of amenities, making it a favorite among both tourists and locals.
Senggigi Beach stretches over several kilometers along Lombok’s western coastline. The beach features soft golden sands, swaying palm trees, and clear blue waters that are perfect for swimming and water sports. The gentle waves make it an ideal spot for both experienced and novice surfers, and you can often see surf schools providing lessons to those eager to ride the waves.
One of the highlights of Senggigi Beach is its spectacular sunset views. As the sun starts to set over the Indian Ocean, the sky transforms into a canvas of warm hues, creating a magical ambiance.
Many beachfront bars, restaurants, and resorts provide the perfect setting to enjoy the sunset with refreshing drinks and delicious food. This is one of the things that sets Senggigi apart from the beaches in the south. While it’s not as beautiful as beaches like Tanjang Aan and Mawan, it offers sunset views which the beaches in the south do not.
The Gili islands are the three most famous little islands in Lombok. Not to be confused with Bali but the Gili islands are part of Lombok. Located on the northeast of Lombok, these three islands often make for a combined trip with Bali.
Gili Trawangan, or Gili T is the most party focused of the three islands. It’s also very much focused on budget diving so you’ll find the younger dive and party crowd on this island. Nevertheless, you can avoid the crazy tourists simply by going to the west of the island where the beaches are serene.
Sunset Beach (Pantai Sunset): Sunset Beach on Gili Trawangan is a magical place where travelers gather each evening to witness one of nature’s most stunning spectacles—the sunset. As the sun slowly descends towards the horizon, the sky becomes a canvas of vibrant colors, creating a picturesque backdrop against the turquoise sea.
The beach is lined with cozy beachfront bars and restaurants, where you can sink your toes into the soft sand while enjoying refreshing drinks and delicious local cuisine. As the day ends, the beach comes alive with bonfires and live music, making it an excellent spot to relax, socialize, and revel in the island’s vibrant atmosphere.
South-East Beach (Pantai Timur): South-East Beach is a hidden gem on Gili Trawangan, offering a quieter and more secluded experience compared to the busier west coast. This charming beach is a paradise for water lovers, with its crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life.
Snorkelers and divers will be delighted by the colorful coral reefs and various fish species that call this area home. The calm and shallow waters make it an excellent spot for beginners or those looking to simply wade in the sea. Surrounded by swaying palm trees and lush vegetation, South-East Beach provides a serene escape for those seeking tranquility away from the island’s main bustle.
Gili Meno is located in between Gili Air and Trawangan. It is often referred to as the honeymoon island and lays in sharp contrast to the party vibes of Gili T. The beaches here are more beautiful in my opinion simply because there are way less people here.
Turtle Point Beach (Pantai Meno): Gili Meno’s Turtle Point Beach is a treasure trove for marine enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The beach earned its name due to the frequent sightings of majestic sea turtles gliding gracefully through the clear waters.
Snorkeling around this beach is an unforgettable experience, as you may encounter these gentle creatures up close in their natural habitat. The serene atmosphere of Turtle Point Beach, coupled with the sight of these magnificent animals, creates a deep appreciation for the wonders of the ocean and the importance of conservation efforts to protect endangered species.
North-West Beach (Pantai Barat Laut): North-West Beach on Gili Meno is the epitome of untouched beauty. Far away from the island’s main harbor and crowds, this beach offers a tranquil and pristine escape.
The soft, white sand and gentle lapping waves create a soothing ambiance, perfect for a leisurely stroll along the shore or basking under the tropical sun. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful spot for meditation, yoga, or simply a quiet moment to connect with nature, North-West Beach provides an idyllic setting to unwind and immerse yourself in the island’s unspoiled charm.
Sunset Beach (Pantai Air): Gili Air’s Sunset Beach is a favorite among visitors looking for a laid-back and romantic setting to watch the sunset. The beach’s western location provides unobstructed views of the sun sinking below the horizon, casting a warm, golden glow over the landscape.
It’s a popular gathering spot for travelers who come together to share stories, laughter, and the joy of witnessing nature’s beauty. The atmosphere is relaxed, and you can sit on bean bags or hammocks while enjoying the view. As the last rays of sunlight disappear, the beachfront transforms into a starlit paradise, offering a memorable evening under the night sky.
West Beach (Pantai Barat): West Beach on Gili Air captivates visitors with its postcard-perfect scenery and calm waters. The beach is well-suited for swimming and snorkeling, as the gentle waves make it easy for even beginners to explore the underwater world.
The coral reefs close to the shore harbor an array of marine life, from colorful fish to fascinating sea creatures. You can rent snorkeling gear nearby and set off on an adventure of discovery, marveling at the vibrant marine ecosystem beneath the surface. West Beach is an ideal spot to spend a leisurely day, alternating between soaking up the sun, exploring the waters, and savoring fresh seafood at the beachfront cafes.