Kuta is the tourist hub of the island. So having spent nearly two weeks adventuring the south coast, here are our top 7 awesome things to do in Kuta Lombok.
Kuta Lombok is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and crystal clear water on the island.
Whether you’re backpacking or on holiday, hitting the beaches should be high up on your list of things to do in Kuta Lombok.
Kuta Lombok had some of the most beautiful, pristine coves and bays we’d ever seen, with shades of blue we didn’t know existed.
There are beaches for all kinds of people including hilltop views and sunset points, for sun-seekers to beach bums.
We love a variety of both, depending on what mood we’re in. You’re guaranteed to find a beach to your taste along the stunning coastline of Kuta Lombok.
From beginners to pros, Lombok is one of the best places in Indonesia for catching waves.
If you’re looking to start out and grab some lessons then Selong Belanak Beach is the perfect spot.
Or if you’re a seasoned pro then you’ll be looking to head out west to Mawi Beach.
Selong Belanak Beach is mainly for surf lessons although can be a good chill spot if you enjoy fresh fish – it’s a hub for local fishermen.
At Mawi Beach, the view of the ocean goes out for miles and the waves are pretty big so it’s known in Kuta that Mawi Beach is THE spot for the best surf in Lombok.
Either way, if you’re a water baby at heart then surfing in Kuta should definitely be added to your list of things to do in Kuta Lombok.
Sadly the beautiful Batu Payung collapsed on 31 March 2019 and is no more. The beach is still beautiful and worth visiting.
Batu Payung was home to one of the most unusual and amazing coastal landforms we’ve ever seen.
It was certainly a hotspot on Lombok amongst tourists, as well as a beautiful place to chill at low tide. So if you’re planning to visit make sure to check the tides before you go! Sunset on the beach is well worth it.
4. Bangkang Cave
Bangkang Cave is an underground bat cave like no other.
It is home to over a thousand bats of seven different species.
The cave is open from 9am until 6pm and there is a friendly guide to show around.
A spectacular sight that can be viewed from outside is the bats leaving the cave at about 6.30pm every evening when they go hunting until around 4am.
With bamboo stairs leading down and burning coconuts making for a memorable smell, the light rays that come in around midday will blow your mind!
Bangkang Cave, is a small system of caves on the hillside behind Kuta Lombok. This is one you certainly have to add to your list of things to do in Kuta Lombok.
It’s a seriously cool spot so why not swing by if you’re on the way to the beaches up the coast. It’s also only a quick 10-minute scooter ride up the hillside from the main Kuta strip.
5. Sunset At Merese Hill
Merese Hill, or Bukit Merese as it’s known by the locals, is the perfect place to catch sunset in Kuta.
Located just above Tanjung Aan beach this is a beautiful spot and definitely worth the short hike up the hill. (It takes about 10 minutes.)
With stunning views of the southern coastline, and epic lighting in the evenings, this spot is not to be missed on your things to do in Kuta Lombok list.
Either here or Semeti Beach were our best sunsets of Kuta!
6. Eat, Eat, Eat
So coming over from Bali we thought we’d been spoiled for choice. But as soon as we arrived there was one place in town that stood out and we just had to try.
Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and drinks, they offer a large selection of homemade food, including Western, Indonesian, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. (Take outs are available.)
Some of the favourite dishes are Nasi Goreng, Chicken Parmigiana, vegan wrap and Rendang. There is a also a choice of amazing juices to accompany your meal.
The staff are friendly and welcoming and this makes these eateries the perfect place to go to relax and enjoy amazing food and drink.
So whether you’re looking to replenish yourself with smoothie bowls or sit back and chill in the evenings these two are our pick of the bunch in Kuta!
Alternatively, if you want to stay local there are plenty of warungs on the main Street.
7. Benang Stokel & Benang Kelambu Waterfalls
Ok, so this one isn’t actually in Kuta but it’s only an hour and a half drive away and well worth a visit.
For a thrilling day out at some of the best waterfalls in Lombok, Benang Stokel & Benang Kelambu are awesome.
Breathtaking waterfalls and a cool trek through the jungle makes this a great day out. Take your swimwear as there are beautiful pools where you can take a dip to cool off in the cold and refreshing water.
If you’re unsure on visiting alone, or not confident with trekking, we recommend booking a Benang Kelambu and Benang Stokel Waterfalls Trek with a guide.
These waterfalls are a community based project providing a much needed livelihood for the very friendly locals.
We scootered up from Kuta and spent the day chilling and taking in the beauty.
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.