Welcome to Bukit Merese – Kuta Lombok. In the far South of Lombok you’ll find a slice of paradise, to say the least! You’ll find a place that is incredibly popular for tourists and surfers from around the world. Kuta Lombok is a thriving coastal town with an abundance of cafes, bars, live music, markets, beaches and accommodation.
How To Get To Kuta Lombok
From Lombok International Airport a taxi will cost 100,000 Rupiah for a 45 minute drive. If you are coming from the north after a Mt. Rinjani Trek, you can organise a driver and a van for the day which cost us 700,00 Rupiah. The drive form the north to the south is around 3 hours drive direct. My friends and I stopped in to Central Lombok to visit some waterfalls which I would recommend on your way through. See my other post on the sunrise and waterfall adventures… here’s the link if you want to check it out:
Krisna Homestay was the cheapest accommodation we could find in town – only IDR 160,000 per night for a double a/c room, private bathroom and breakfast included. The owners can also help you organise scooter rentals for IDR 50,000 per day and taxi pick up and drop off. It is walking distance to shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and ATM machines.
Bukit Merese Hill is the best spot to watch the sunset in Kuta Lombok. It is a short 10-15 min scooter ride east from town. There is a carpark at the base of the hill and a parking fee of 5,000 Rupiah. You will be haggled to buy beer, snacks and water etc by one of many local mobile vendors in the carpark.
The walk up to the view point takes around 5 mins. It is a matter of picking your own headland to perch yourself on to watch the sunset. The most popular spot is where most of the crowd will be, standing around a dead tree on the cliffs edge. We decided to walk for little longer to a headland that reaches right out over the ocean and we had a grassy patch all to ourselves. The sky put on an incredible show for us displaying soft pinks and blues to then bright oranges and burning reds!
The next day we headed back to Bukit Merese to explore the area again during daylight. It looked so good during the sunset the night before that we had to go back. The sun was burning hot and the skies were bright blue on this day and surprisingly not another soul in sight. Around every corner and over every peak we found stunning beaches and fluorescent shallow reefs. It was so hot that we couldn’t resist to throw ourselves in the ocean. We spent 3-4 hours exploring several beaches and cliff tops then decided to find a spot to get lunch.
We rode east a short 5 mins to a beach called Pantai Tanjung Aan. Surprisingly, there was not a soul in sight once again! We had the entire beach to ourselves and ate at a beach side warung that was a stones throw from the waters edge. A $2 nasi goreng was an easy decision for lunch 😉
Right around the corner from Tanjung Aan beach is a field of coconut palm trees which is a great spot to shoot some photos. We mucked around here on the scooters, having way too much fun and feeling like a kid again!
If there is anything I missed in this post or you would like to know more about these spots leave me a comment below. Thanks for reading 🙂