Scooter drive through the Indonesian countryside, meeting incredibly friendly locals and arriving at the surreal place called Pink Beach. That is what I call a perfect day trip on Lombok Island.
What is Pink Beach
Pink Beach (also called Tangsi Beach) truly is a unique place in Lombok. Although the south of the island around Kuta has plenty of beautiful white sand beaches, this is the only one with a pink hue. It gets the colour from thousands of coral pieces and shells in the area.
Luckily, Pink Beach doesn’t have a tourist infrastructure with concrete and air-conditioned restaurants. It has a local Indonesian vibe and offers basic amenities. Warungs are made of bamboo and instead of sunbeds they have gazebos to offer shade
Where is Pink Beach
South of Lombok Island is a beach heaven. Pink Beach is the farthest beach from Kuta at the very southeast corner of the island, and the easternmost point of the Tanjung Ringgit peninsula. For some reason, google maps show Pink Beach correctly but when I typed Tangsi Beach, it showed the beach on the northern part of the peninsula.
Indonesia has 2 pink sand beaches, the other one is on Flores Island.
What to do at Pink Beach
Relax and snorkel. Most people come for snorkelling but you need to go further from the shore. As with most Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia also has a lot of washed up garbage on the beaches. An unpleasant surprise for us was to see many plastic cups and plastic bags floating in its turquoise waters.
Given that we’ve heard about this as a popular tourist spot, there were only a very few people on the beach when we came. We enjoyed the quietness, sipping coconuts, watching fishermen or running monkeys, a short walk to the cliffs, a delicious lunch in the warung (small local eateries in Indonesia) and admiring the pink sand beach changing its hue depending where the sun was.
How to get to Pink Beach
We based ourselves in Kuta to be close to all the beaches but Pink Beach is 55 km away. It took 2,5 hours on a scooter to get there. Main roads are very smooth and well maintained but the last 10 km stretch on the peninsula was broken concrete with parts of dirt road. This was the most difficult part because it was very bumpy. We also had several stops to take photos and greet all the waving kids along the way.
I suggest you download an offline version of Lombok map from google, use gps or use the old fashioned ‘ask along the way’ for directions.
If you don’t feel quite comfortable on a motorbike, you can go from Kuta by taxi or a shared ride and I’m sure your accommodation can give you tips about this transportation. Another option is to go by boat. Several tourist agencies offer this trip starting from Kuta which lasts the whole day and includes lunch.
Tips for visiting Pink Beach:
- Every beach in the south of Lombok has an entrance fee (which should go towards the maintenance of the beach), Pink Beach entrance costs 50,000IDR (3,50USD) per person
- You can rent a kayak on the beach but there is no rental of snorkelling gear
- Local fishermen can take you out to great snorkelling spots
- Beware of the monkeys running around, they seem to be scared of people but they were stealing water from the tank so they might take your food if you leave it unattended
- Warungs on the beach offer several dishes, the main one being Nasi Goreng, fried rice with egg or meat, a staple food in Indonesia. They also have fish, snacks and fruit.
- If you’re driving a scooter, keep in mind Lombok is a Muslim part of the country and it is recommended to wear a shirt and shorts out of respect to locals, and not drive around half naked or in your swimwear. Visitors should always respect the rules of the country they’re visiting to show their humanity.
Do we recommend a visit?
Yes!! Although we didn’t snorkel and were surprised a pink beach actually exists, the best part for us was the journey to get there. Local kids we’ve met along the way were the sweetest and everyone was greeting us with a wave and a huge smile (something that wouldn’t happen if we went to Pink Beach by car or on a boat tour). Interaction with local life was the most enjoyable experience of the day.
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