Kuta, Lombok – Your Guide all the Best Highlights
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Kuta, Lombok – Your Guide all the Best Highlights

Kuta is located in the southern part of Lombok, a neighboring island west of Bali. If you're familiar with the area, you may know Kuta on the island of Bali, which is where the airport is located. Kuta, Lombok is less touristy and less busy giving you more time and opportunity to soak in the natural beauty around you. Kuta Lombok is known as a surf town and a great spot to stay if youโ€™re a digital nomad. Here you'll find beautiful coastlines, beaches, vibrant local culture, and adventurous activities without the overwhelming crowds. And did we mention, affordable prices? Yes, its perfect for traveling on a budget.

If you are planning to explore around Lombok, check out these 5 best spots to stay. If you would much rather stay in one place, staying in Kuta as a home base to exploring the island, is also a great idea. Kuta has the highest level of tourism infrastructure on the island, allowing you to easily find restaurants and tours without a language barrier.

Don't have time to read the full article? Here is a list of helpful links:
๐Ÿ‘‰ Check out the best accommodations for your visit.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Start exploring the best tours around Lombok.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Book your flight to Bali and ferry to Lombok or your flight straight to Lombok.

How to get to Kuta, Lombok

Thru Bali

As several travellers visit Bali before going to Lombok, you can fly to Bali and then take a ferry to Lombok. The major ports of Bali going to Lombok are Padang Bai and Serangan. The journey usually takes about 2-3 hours, and once you arrive at the port, you can take a taxi or Grab to Kuta.

Fly straight to Lombok

You can choose to fly to the nearest airport, Lombok International Airport (LOP), which is about a 30-minute drive from Kuta. Many domestic flights from Bali and Jakarta land here, and there are also some international flights from neighboring countries.

Where to Stay

Luxury

Novotel Lombok Resort & Villas - Located on the beachfront, it offers luxurious rooms, traditional Sasak-style villas, and excellent amenities including pools, a spa, and various dining options.

Other recommendations: Harmony Villas, Lina Boutique Villas and Spa, and Batatu Resort - Adults Only

Mid-Range

Mana Retreat: This eco-friendly resort offers a serene atmosphere with beautiful gardens, yoga classes, and comfortable bungalows.

Other recommendations: Origin Lombok, Nativo Lombok Hotel and Puri Rinjani Bungalows & Hostel

Budget

Lara Home Stay: A family-run guesthouse offering clean, simple rooms and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Other recommendations: Mad Monkey, The Pondok, and Juandahomestay

Getting Around

Scooter

The most popular way to get around Kuta is by renting a scooter. Itโ€™s affordable and gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace. Most hotels offer scooter or rental.

Bicycle

For a more eco-friendly option, rent a bicycle. The terrain is generally flat and perfect for cycling. Easiest option for simply getting around town.

Taxi

For longer trips or if youโ€™re not comfortable riding a scooter, taxis are available and relatively inexpensive.

Grab. You might be tempted to book a Grab, but just a word of caution, Grab is mostly frowned upon by locals, as it is in Bali. Grab drivers are not allowed to pick up from the main town. They are however allowed to drop off passengers to the main town, like when you are from Senggigi or the airport.

Crowd gather at the top of the mountain and at the beach to see the sunset at Bukit Merese, Lombok

Top Attractions

1. Beaches

  • Tanjung Aan: If you ask a local of the best beach to visit, this would always come up and should be at the top of your list. Known for its crystal-clear waters and unique pepper-like sand, it is ideal for snorkeling and relaxing.
  • Mawun Beach: Another highly-recommended beach in Kuta is Mawun Beach. It is a more secluded beach surrounded by hills, offering calm waters and a tranquil atmosphere.
  • Kuta Beach: Just a few steps from the main town of Kuta. A stunning, long stretch of white sand beach perfect for swimming and watching sunsets, popular with locals.

2. Surfing

  • Selong Belanak: Great for beginners with its gentle waves and surf schools.
  • Gerupuk Bay: Offers a variety of breaks suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced.
Drone shot of several surfers catching waves and surfing in Kuta, Lombok
Surfing in Kuta, Lombok

3. Cultural Sites

  • Sade Village: A traditional Sasak village where you can learn about the local culture, traditional weaving, and architecture.
  • Banyumulek Village: Famous for its pottery, where you can watch artisans at work or even try making your own pottery.

4. Nature and Adventure

  • Bukit Merese: If you are only spending a few days here in Kuta, make sure you donโ€™t miss this spot. It is a 30-min scooter drive from the main town and a short hike offering panoramic views of the coastline and surrounding hills, perfect for sunrise or sunset.
  • Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu Waterfalls: Located in the interior of Lombok, you can find these two waterfalls just a short hike from each other. You will fall in love with plenty of stunning waterfalls in Indonesia and Benang Kelambu is one of the most unique we have ever seen. Benang Kelambu is named after itโ€™s curtain-like appearance.
  • Gili Petelu and Pink Beach - a secluded calm beach with pink sands and pretty water color, gradients of blue.
Crowd gather at the top of the mountain and at the beach to see the sunset at Bukit Merese, Lombok
Bukit Merese, Kuta, Lombok
Man standing in waterfall like a curtain called Benang Kelambu, Lombok
Benang Kelambu, Lombok

5. Take day trips to other parts of Lombok

If you choose Kuta to be your home base to exploring Lombok, this is a great idea as several stunning spots of Lombok are accessible through Kuta.

At the top of the list is a multi-day trek to Mount Rinjani, trip to the Gili Islands and visit the pink beach of Lombok. If you are planning to stay in Gili T, this guide will be helpful.

You can also take a day trip to Lombok's Arabica region, Sembalun and visit several waterfalls such as Sendang Gile, Tiu Kelep, and Mangku Sakti Waterfalls.

Where to eat in Kuta, Lombok

  • Warung Bude: If you are looking for authentic local dining, this is the place for you. Every time we passed by it's always packed with locals and tourists. They have great food, amazing serving and affordable prices.
  • Rumah Makan Doa Ibu (Padang Traditional Food): Padang dish is the cuisine of the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra in Indonesia. And one of the Padang dishes you should try is rendang, a savory and spicy meat stew.
  • Cozy House: We found this place after craving some sweets for dessert. They offer fluffy souffle pancakes, and healthy breakfast bowls.
  • Boom Burger: You can find this burger place close to Kuta Mandalika. Aside from burgers, they also serve traditional Indonesian dishes such as nasi goreng and mie goreng.
  • Warung Turtle: Located at Tanjung Aan beach, offering delicious traditional Indonesian dishes such as nasi goreng, mie goreng, and satay at affordable prices.
  • El Bazar Cafe & Restaurant: Known for its Mediterranean-inspired dishes, relaxed atmosphere, and excellent coffee.

Practical Tips

  • Currency: The local currency is Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Itโ€™s a good idea to carry some cash, as not all places accept cards. Also, most affordable places do not accept cash.
  • Language: While Bahasa Indonesian is the official language, many locals speak basic English, especially in tourist areas.
  • Safety: Kuta is generally safe, but like anywhere, keep an eye on your belongings and avoid isolated areas at night.
  • Apps and tips: Download essential apps such as Google Lens, WhatsApp and Grab before your trip. We have prepared a guide to helpful apps for Southeast Asia.

Final Thoughts

And that's a wrap! Kuta, Lombok, is an ideal destination for those seeking a blend of relaxation, adventure, and cultural experiences far from busy and touristy areas. The stunning coasts, friendly locals, and diverse activities will surely leave a lasting impression. Pack your bags, rent a scooter, and get ready to explore all that Kuta, Lombok has to offer! If you have any questions, feel free to comment or send us a DM on Instagram.

If you are exploring more of Lombok, check out these 5 best spots to stay. Seeking your next travel destination? Check out Coron and El Nido, Palawan, in the Philippines.

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