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Bangkang Bat Cave In Lombok – A Complete Guide

Bangkang Cave is an underground Lombok bat cave like no other. With light rays that will blow your mind, here’s a guide to visiting.

How To Get To Bangkang Bat Cave

Bangkang Cave, or Goa Bangkang Prabu as the locals call it, is around a 10 minute drive from Kuta.

Kuta is the main tourist area in Lombok and there are plenty of fun things to do in the area.

We always choose to rent scooters when exploring Lombok. Which start at around 50,000 IDR per day.

These can usually be rented from your accommodation, or they will at least be able to point you in the right direction.

Another option is to rent a driver, which is pretty popular for day trips around Lombok.

Drivers start at around 500,000 IDR per day (8 hours).

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Bangkang Cave Entrance Fee

Entrance: 60,000 IDR per person.

Bangkang Cave Opening Times

Monday – Sunday: 7:30am – 9:30pm.

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The stairs down to Lombok bat cave are pretty stable but still be careful

Best Time To Visit Bangkang Cave

The driest months on the island of Lombok are July and August, although the weather is pretty good all year round with a mix of wet and dry as the climate moves towards the drier season.

The peak season for tourists is between May and October and it does get pretty busy.

Although it’s not one of the most popular tourist destinations in Lombok, Bangkang Cave is still worth checking out for a unique and cool experience.

You probably won’t want to spend too long in the cave because the heat and smoke gets a little too much.

Don’t wear your best clothes as the smell from the cave lingers and you may also get hit by bat droppings!

The best time to catch the perfect sun rays is around 12pm. Although it is pretty warm in the cave at this time of day.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Lombok bat cave looks pretty scary from the top but it’s pretty damn cool inside!

What To Expect At Bangkang Cave In Lombok

We’d only seen a couple of photos of Bangkang Cave online and knew it was somewhat of an undiscovered destination on Lombok. So we decided to try and find it.

Our mission began from Kuta at around 11am. We headed west following ‘maps.me’ to a location appropriately named ‘Mystical Neverland Bat Cave’.

If you don’t keep your eyes peeled it’s easily missed. From the road it appears to be just a pile of rubble.

Luckily we spotted the ‘Mystical Neverland Bat Cave’ sign and from there a local lead us down to the bat cave.

Considering we only paid 10,000 IDR for Kelingking Beach (one of the most touristic spots in Bali), 60,000 IDR per person to enter Bangkang Cave seemed a bit steep.

However, we couldn’t miss this unique experience and went ahead and paid it!

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Heading down into Bangkang Cave

Inside The Lombok Bat Cave

Inside the cave was somewhat smokey as the locals burn coconut husks in order to accentuate the sun rays that beam down into the cave.

The sound coming from all the bats was also quite eery but the magical bamboo stairway leading down and the incredible rays of light shining into the cave were pretty spectacular.

There were thousands of bats in the cave along with quite a lot of smoke coming from the burning coconut husks. So we shot photos and made videos until we couldn’t take the humidity and smoke any longer.

Although it’s not one of the most popular tourist destinations in Lombok, Bangkang Cave is still worth putting on your Lombok itinerary, for a unique and cool experience.

We’ll never forget the incredible sun rays and the smell that took weeks to get out of our clothes!

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Sunrays pouring through at Bangkang Cave
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The Lombok bat cave had the best sunrays we’ve ever seen in our life!
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Sharing a magical moment at Bangkang Cave

Where To Stay In Kuta

Luxury

Mana Yoga Retreat

Boasting a year-round outdoor pool, Mana Retreat offers an accommodations in Kuta Lombok.

The hotel has a sun terrace and a spacious area with wooden flooring where guests can take daily yoga classes with a surcharge.

Free private parking is available on site. All units have a seating area with views of the tropical garden.

Every room comes with a private bathroom and a bidet.

There is a shop and a vegetarian restaurant at Mana Retreat. Guests can also enjoy a movie in the evening, 4 times a week.

Mid Budget

Puri Rinjani Bungalows

Offering an outdoor swimming pool and an on-site restaurant, Puri Rinjani Bungalows is a beachfront property located in Kuta in Lombok.

Free WiFi access is available in public areas.

This holiday park is only about a 2-minute walk from Kuta Lombok Beach and Lombok International Airport is reachable within 30 minutes by car from the property.

The bungalows at Puri Rinjani come with air conditioning and a flat screen TV with satellite channel, a wardrobe, and a safety deposit box. The private bathroom features shower facility.

There is also a terrace with seating area overlooking the lush garden and pool.

Budget

Kebun Homestay

Located 11 miles from Selong Belanak Beach, Kebun Homestay offers a garden, a terrace and air-conditioned accommodations with a patio and free WiFi.

There’s a fully equipped private bathroom with bidet and free toiletries.

The family stay offers a continental or à la carte breakfast.

Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at Kebun Homestay.

Kuta Beach is a 12-minute walk from the accommodation, while Tanjung Aan Beach is 6 miles away.

For more places to stay in Kuta, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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