- Published by Anu
It was one of those usual, pretty-boring Wednesday afternoons when the day seemed to never end.
I was at work struggling to keep up with deadlines while my mind was wandering off into imagination, trying to fancy how my upcoming holiday trip would be like.
Although I knew without a shadow of doubt that it's not just a midweek crisis that goes on in my head, it's an all week crisis, a battle I fight everyday trying to focus on work than on travel plans.
(BTW I have a knack of constantly making travel plans in the back of my mind almost anytime anywhere :P).
However, I sneaked in a small break from work to Google some drool worthy images. As I typed in the search for beaches, few images popped up for beaches in Lombok. They were incredibly amazing and fittingly ended up on my trip itinerary.
Couldn't wait to put on those flowvy beach prints, get on some cool shades and prance around the shores.
On getting there I realized the vistas had a hidden significance, greater than what is first apparent from the portrayed images.
Perfect panoramas with turquoise blue waters glistening under the sunlight, softest white sand squishing under our feet and lush green tress on mountains to complement the blues.
Maintaining its rustic charm and untouched by commercialization, it was truly sublime.
Nevertheless, enough of my jibber-jabber, lets dive straight into 5 fabulous beaches of South Lombok.
#1 Tanjung Aan Beach
This beach is one of the most pristine beaches in Lombok and my favorite one as well.
Tanjung Aan beach is split into two crescents which lie on either sides of a small hillock. This hillock acts as a vantage point for the beaches and the view is like a blue overdose. Everywhere you look you will find different shades of azure blues. Although not quite a surfing spot, local kids are seen learning to surf here as the tides are perfect for beginner surfing.
#2 Seger Beach
Seger beach is another beauty close to Tanjung Aan. This beach is a lot less calm in terms of the tidal waves than Tanjung Aan thus a very famous spot for some great surfing.
#3 Kuta Lombok beach
This quaint coastal town and beach retains its sleepy dreamy charm. Take a pit stop here to grab some food, unwind to get some tan or just float on the waves and bask in the sun. Most of the accommodations and restaurants are located in this area. So if you are planning to stay back in south Lombok, look out for accomodation here.
#4 Mawun Beach
Generally most of the beaches I have visited elsewhere tend to have a very long coastline which stretches for miles. Only an aerial view can give you a glimpse of the entire coastline from the beginning till the end. But for the beaches here the entire coastline is visible from a little distance and from the ground itself. It feels like viewing a full-fledged panorama while the landscape seems to be zooming in and out on you.
Mawun is so beautifully set within its location, that it literally took my breath away.
#5 Selong Belanak
As the sun was making its way down, we reached Selong Belanak beach in time just before sunset. I wondered how much better can the beaches get. But every beach we hopped onto turned out to be more outstanding than the previous one and Selong Belanak was no exception. The chilled vibe, watching the local kids playing some intriguing games and the hue changing skies all started to sink in. It turned out to be the perfect place to end a perfect day.
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So be prepared to be smitten by pristine beaches. Forget sipping martinis or colas on the beach and treat yourself to nature's raw beauty instead, because that's all you are gonna find here.
There is more to the island than meets the eye, where the ocean's pulse, the subtle waves, harmonize with our own heartbeats and form a rhythm which intertwines with our soul.
The WHERE and the HOW :
Where is Lombok?
Indonesian archipelago has 18,307 islands in all, whereas they are sub categorized into 6 major main islands. Lombok is an island in Indonesia which lies to the east of Bali and comes under the main island of West Nusa Tenggara.
How to get to Lombok?
Head over to my previous post My First Impressions of Lombok to know everything about this island and how to get there.
How to travel in Lombok?
The perfect way to explore these beaches on your own sweet time is by renting bikes or mopeds. The fun transcends to a completely different level altogether when you have you own vehicle at your disposal letting you explore the unnamed secret beaches or ride through little intricate back alleys.
Nevertheless it is only possible if you manage to obtain a driving license in Indonesia. The entire process seemed pretty non-hassle free so we hired a car along with a driver instead.
A private AC vehicle/car is available at a cost of 3000 to 4000 INR (Indian Rupees) for a day for approx. 10-12 hours inclusive of parking charges if any. (Make sure to cross check if parking charges are included in the quotation provided. Also make sure to bargain as much as you can). It can be booked from any tour operators available in Senggigi.
I decided on a self planned customized itinerary as per my comfort. Personally I had a great experience in booking my travel and transport on the spot from Lombok Travel Asia in Senggigi. Would definitely recommend you to try out travel options with them suitable to your needs if you happen to visit Lombok.
(PS : The recommendation is completely based out of personal experience and is not associated in any way with Travel Lombok Asia.)
Have you been to south Lombok yet? Do you know of other beaches in Lombok?
Any suggestions are welcome. Say hello in the comments below.
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