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The two absolute best beaches on Lombok

3. February 2016

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Girl enjoying the view at Tanjung Aan Beach, Lombok

A perfect beach to me has white sand, palm trees, turquoise water with no seagrass or reef, almost no other people and some kind of a food and drink vendor. I know that is kind of high criteria, but these two beaches come darn close. Actually the south coast of Lombok has quite a few beaches that tick these boxes, Tanjung Aan and Mawun being my definite favorites.

Tanjung Aan
Located around 5km east of Kuta you’ll find the most incredible white sandy beach, consisting of two bays, by the name of Tanjung Aan. On our last visit to Lombok in 2014 the roads leading to the beach were more potholes than actual road. To our surprise this time it was mostly fixed, which made the drive out much more pleasant and kept our butts free from bruising.

There are many entrances to the beach, some are free and at some you have to pay a little for parking. At the first large parking, you’ll see they ask around 10k for looking after your motorbike for the day. If you want a sun lounger and some drinks you can drive down the little dirt road right before the parking. It’ll take you to two different warungs, Warung Turtle at the end. I think they ask around 5k for using the road.

The sun loungers at Warung Turtle is free as long as you by something to drink or eat. Be sure to climb to the top of the big rock next to the warung, to get the most amazing view of the beach. There is also a viewpoint in the middle of the two coves you should check out for a great 360 degree view. You’ll find a couple of warungs, that I can’t remember the name of, on the other side of the beach and some being built as we speak. We’ve had this place almost to ourselves on every visit, which I can’t believe since it’s the most picturesque of all the beaches I’ve seen on the island. It’s definitely a must visit, my favorite of all Lombok beaches.

The incredibly beautiful Tanjung Aan Beach LombokView of the eastern cove

The best beach on Lombok, Tanjung AanTanjung Aan Beach - The two beaches in Lombok you can't miss

Tanjung Aan Beach Warung TurtleView of the western cove, towards Warung Turtle

Girl at Tanjung Aan Beach Lombok TravelTanjung Aan Beach - The best beach in Lombok

Tropical Fruits Tanjung Aan Beach Lombok

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If you’re staying in or close to Kuta south on the island, as you should, it will take you around 25 minutes on a motorbike to reach Mawun beach. If it’s your first time in the area I would expect it to take a bit longer, as you will probably want to stop quite a few times along the way to get some photos of the incredible views. Sometimes you’ll have to pay a small fee to park in the shade at the beach, sometimes not.

The turquoise and almost circular bay is sheltered by two headlands which makes for mostly calm waters perfect for swimming. Enjoy some yummy local food at one of the warungs or a sweet baby pineapple the locals will proudly cut for you. We only got a couple of hours here as I per usual got sunburned straight away, despite of my regular spf30 applications. But anyways, definitely my second favourite beach on Lombok.

View of the beautiful Mawun Beach Lombok

Sunbathing at Mawun Beach, South Lombok

Explore Mawun Beach Lombok

Taking pictures at Mawun Beach LombokEveryone wants a photo with the pale girl

Having lunch at Mawun Bech Lombok, Beach hairThe two Lombok beaches you can't miss! Mawun and Tanjung Aan

Having some Nasi Goreng for lunch at Mawun Beach Lombok

Pineapple at the beach. summer vibes

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Have you ever been to Lombok? What’s your favorite beach on the island?


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  • Reply Maria 14. January 2017 at 16:32

    Tack för inspirationen och de vackra bilderna! jag och en vän funderar på att resa till Lombok nästa vinter, och just dessa två stränder är på min lista!

    Din blogg är verkligen jättefin!

    • Reply Charlotte 15. January 2017 at 13:20

      Tusen takk Maria! 😀 Dere burde absolutt ta turen til Lombok, før alle andre gjør det også! Det er et av mine favorittsteder i verden!

  • Reply Joana 19. April 2017 at 06:38

    Your blog is very beautiful !!! Thank you so much for your little report. Your informations are very helpful for us. We are staying at the moment at gili air but looking forward to go to lombok for a couple of days. Have you also been at Java? Greetings from Indonesia

    Joana ( Instagram @foodreich) )

    • Reply Charlotte 19. April 2017 at 10:23

      Thank you, Joana! I’m so happy to hear that you’re going to Lombok. Remember the south coast is where you’ll find the gorgeous beaches. No, unfortunately I haven’t been to Java yet, hoping to go soon though 🙂 Happy travels!

  • Reply Sarah Sim 2. June 2017 at 04:18

    Lombok is amazing. I love Bali and Gili T is super fun but Kuta lombok is special. The beaches are phenomenal. The lack of super hip hipster hippies (for now, anyway) is a huge plus and makes for a Much more authentic experience than a visit to seminyak/canggu. Thanks for sharing your pretty pics and adventures.

    • Reply Charlotte 2. June 2017 at 23:19

      Thank you for commenting Sarah! I know, the south coast of Lombok is amazing. Probably one of my favorite places in the world 🙂

  • Reply Anne-so 19. June 2017 at 11:42

    Hello! thank you for your report! one question please, do you think that we can take an hotel near senguigui on the west coast and go to the south beaches in a day? How far it is by car or scooter? Thank you!

    • Reply Charlotte 19. June 2017 at 11:51

      Hi! You can go by car it took us about 2 hours and 15 minutes with a driver. I would not recommend going by scooter as the roads were quite chaotic and confusing some places. That said I wouldn’t stay in Senggigi, the beauty of Lombok is inland and on the south coast away from the larger cities. I found Senggigi to be quite dirty and there were pushy sellers everywhere. Not somewhere I would ever stay again 🙂

  • Reply Anne-So 19. June 2017 at 21:07

    Ok! Thank you very much!!!

  • Reply Anne-So 20. June 2017 at 17:21

    Hello Charlotte!
    I wrote you an email yesterday about my travel.. If you could give me your point a view, I would be most grateful to you for this! 🙂

  • Reply Nikolas Kosigin 7. December 2017 at 17:29

    Great Holiday Vacation In Indonesia

  • Reply Gabi 27. January 2018 at 11:04

    Hi there! I’m looking for the perfect beach (lol). I’ll be travelling with parents (72 years old). I’d like to swim/snorkel where we can see marine life not too far from shore.. plus the white sand (of course)). Most of the reviews for these beaches in trip advisor say they are so full of garbage you can’t even swim.. what do you think! So far I’m between these, the Gilis (which u don’t like that much I know), Nusa Lembongan and Karimunjawa in Java.. (I don’t like it when the beach is between cliffs like Nusa Penida). Aaaaany idea is so highly welcomed, I’m pretty lost! I’ve already been in the South of Thailand, Cambodia, North Sumatra and Vietnam.. and to be honest nothing has beaten the GBR in Australia yet! Thank you so much and sorry for such a long mssg!

    • Reply Charlotte 29. January 2018 at 15:52

      Hi Gabi! For white beaches, snorkeling and your 72-year-old parents, Gili Meno would probably be your best bet out of the Nusas and the Gilis. The last time I was there the water/beaches were still free from plastic and the atmosphere much calmer than Gili T and Air. While in the water you’ll most likely see many turtles and different, colorful fish and coral. But I don’t know if it will beat the GBR as it, of course, is a much smaller area. Meno is a beautiful island, though pretty small and sleepy. Which is why I don’t like going there by myself or with friends, but if I were bringing my parents it might be perfect. As for Karimunjawa I’ve heard great things about picturesque beaches and turquoise waters, but I haven’t visited yet myself. From what I know it’s harder to get there because the fast boat service only operates on certain days of the week and there are only about 10 plane tickets available for each flight.

      I hope you’ll have a great holiday wherever you decide to go 😉

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