Kuta is the tourist hub of the island. So having spent nearly two weeks adventuring the south coast, here are our top 6 awesome things to do in Kuta Lombok.
7 Best Things To Do In Kuta Lombok – The Ultimate Guide
Getting Around Lombok + Tips
Check Out The Beaches
Hit The Kuta Surf
Sunset At Merese Hill
Eat, Eat, Eat
Benang Stokel & Benang Kelambu Waterfalls
Where To Stay In Kuta
What To Pack? We’ve put together our Ultimate Travel Packing List for every type of trip.
Getting around Lombok couldn’t be easier.
Before we start, if you’re looking for transfers from the airport to your hotel, you can secure a cheap and easy Lombok Airport Private Transfer by Car here.
We always choose to rent scooters, which start at around 50,000 IDR per day, and explore ourselves. These can usually be rented from your accommodation or they will point you in the right direction.
Another option is to rent a driver, which is pretty popular for day trips around Lombok, and they 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.
Book your Lombok Tours: Lombok: Top Tours & Activities
WHAT TO PACK
DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 90D
Tripod: Zomei Z666 Tripod
Day Bag: Manfrotto Manhattan Mover-50
Sunscreen: Banana Boat Sunscreen SPF-50
Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Rain Jacket: Columbia Lightweight Rain Jacket
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, from hilltop views and sunset points, to sun-seekers and beach bums. Not forgetting the prime surf spots too. Selong Belanak Beach is great for the beginners and Mawi Beach is fun for the big wave riders.
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.
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.
Bangkang Cave is an underground bat cave like no other.
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 and 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.
Merese Hill, or Bukit Merese as it’s known by the locals, is the perfect place to catch sunset in Kuta.
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!
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.
Kenza Cafe, and their sister eatery El Bazar, serve up some of the best food on the island. 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!
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.
If you’re unsure on visiting alone, or not confident with trekking, we recommend taking a guide which you can book in advance here.
We scootered up from Kuta and spent the day chilling and taking in the beauty.
Book your Benang Kelambu Tour: Benang Kelambu and Benang Stokel Waterfalls Trek
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 here.