Lombok has many beautiful beaches but not many of them have a combination of white sand, turquoise water, palm trees, sun beds and warungs made of bamboo, water activities and is still uncrowded. I’m talking about Tanjung Aan Beach, the best beach in Lombok.
If you love beaches and also would like to stay active during your holiday, head to the south of Lombok and stay in town Kuta (and forget about the overcrowded neighbour Bali). Kuta has a wide variety of accommodations and restaurants but still keeps its local charm untouched by mass tourism. Forget about chain hotels or congestions on roads. Lombok is still a quite paradise.
For more info about how to get to Kuta, accommodation costs, and activities, read our post:
For a full list of 12 beaches in Lombok, including pink and black sand beaches, read our post:
Where is Tanjung Aan Beach
The most beautiful beach and the closest to Kuta is Tanjung Aan Beach. It’s east of Kuta, only 15 minutes ride by scooter on a paved road. Even though there’s no road sign where exactly to turn for Tanjung Aan Beach, friendly locals always pointed us in the right direction.
You also take the same turn when visiting Bukit Merese Hill, a very popular sunset spot where locals sell beers and coconuts.
The nice paved road becomes a dirt road with potholes. If you’re e beginner, it might take you a little while but I promise the ride is worth it. There is a new roundabout and the improvements on the roads are still in progress.
We rented a scooter for 50,000IDR/day at our guesthouse and everyone in Kuta has the same price foa r rental. If you’re too worried, you can ask a local driver for a ride. Your accommodation will help you out finding a transport.
There are usually locals who charge 10,000IDR (0,70USD) per scooter (and will also give you a receipt). We found out from an expat living in Kuta that they use the money to either clean the beaches or provide shaded parking spots (in most cases). Nevertheless, this is nothing new and all the beaches around Kuta have an entrance/parking fee.
After paying the fee you can choose your parking spot wherever you like. Tanjung Aan Beach consists of two bays and most people hang around the first one.
Amenities at Tanjung Aan Beach
The beach is lined with many warungs (small eateries) offering cooked food for lunch or fresh fruit. The staple in Indonesia cuisine, Nasi Goreng which is fried rice with egg or meat, costs 20,000IDR (1,50USD). I think it’s a very budget friendly price for a fulfilling meal.
I enjoy coconuts the most. They are refreshing, full of delicious water and usually, the pulp fills me up as well.
There are plenty of sun beds and umbrellas which were included with our lunch at the warung. Swings are also popular among the visitors, especially during the low tide when you can actually swing without being submerged in the water.
Unlike other beaches, this one has toilets as well. I didn’t pay any fee but there most likely is one when all the toilets are working properly.
The quite local vibe of the Tanjung Aan Beach is probably going to change in the next few years. There’s already construction of a big hotel very close to the beach. So visit as soon as possible!
What you can do at Tanjung Aan Beach
This is an ideal spot for beginners and intermediate surfers. We are beginners and therefore went surfing with Whatsup? Lombok surf school. We met at their shop at Kuta Beach in the morning, drove to Tanjung Aan Beach where we hopped on a boat and took us a few hundred meters from the shore.
Stand up paddle boarding
While you can go for a SUP session at Kuta Beach (when the tide is high enough), you can’t beat the views of the Tanjung Aan Beach. You can rent a stand-up paddleboard directly at the beach for 100,000IDR (7USD) per hour. I wish I had the strength for SUP after the surf session but my arms were about to fall off so hopefully next time.
Since all the surfers are far enough for their surf session, you can swim undisturbed in the most turquoise water. Some beaches around Kuta have shallow waters and are not ideal for swimming because you can cut yourself on the reef. We found the Tanjung Aan Beach is perfect for swimming and you can clearly see the reefs and avoid them.
That’s what most people do at the beach. As you might already know, lying on the beach all day is not for us so we’re mentioning what to do for active travelers. Anyway, when you’re wiped out from the surf session, fuel up at the warung and relax in the bamboo shacks.
Beach walk to the viewpoint
There is a small hill between the two bays of Tanjung Aan beach. You get nice panoramic views of the beach and the ocean from there.
If you arrive early enough not to be fried under the Indonesian sun, the sand at Tanjung Aan Beach is compact for a nice barefoot beach run. The only other place good for running would be Selong Belanak beach but because it’s overcrowded, I’m not recommending you to visit and rather go to Tanjung Aan.
Have you seen a more beautiful beach in Indonesia than Tanjung Aan Beach? Let us know in the comments below.
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