The south coast of Lombok surely rates as being up there with the best. South Lombok has beaches that ispire photographers from around the world nad draw crowds to bake on blindingly white sand, swim in the crystal clear oceans and challenge some of the best surf breaks in Indonesia.
Kuta is the main town and centre of tourism development on the south coast of Lombok, and is the hub exploring the fantastic southern beaches and the many points of interest in the region. Located around 60 km south Mataram and about one and half hour’s drive from Senggigi, Kuta makes for a wonderful day trip from other point in Lombok, or alternative holiday destination for travellers exploring Lombok. Kuta is an unpreprossessing town- a small haven of hotels, home-stays and bacpacker’s hotels that cater mainly to the thousands of surfers from around the world who are drawn to the area every year.
Kuta and the surrounding beaches have gained an international reputation some of the best surfing destination in the southeast Asia. It is here that the gentle waters surrounding Lombok meet the current of the Indian Ocean, forming great swell and surf break. Kuta attracts thousands of visitors every year for the great surf locations nearby and it’s easy to hire a board and surfing guide from here to learn surfing or, for experienced surfes, to access the more challenging surf breaks in the area.
The drive down to the south coast is an interesting rural tour of small villages and farming communities. Fields of tobacco, corn and peanuts line the roadsides and farmers till the fields using antiquated plough pulled by large water bufallo. Just before arriving in Kuta, the road passes two traditional sasak villages Sade and Rambitan, a village that caters to tourists and has authentic clusters of thatched Lumbung, or traditional rice barns.