BUKIT MERESE HILL IN KUTA LOMBOK – BEST SUNSET VIEWPOINT

BUKIT MERESE HILL IN KUTA LOMBOK – BEST SUNSET VIEWPOINT

In the far South of Lombok, you’ll find a slice of paradise, to say the least! Bukit Merese Hill 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 accommodations.

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HOW TO GET TO KUTA LOMBOK

The most convenient way to reach Kuta Lombok is by plane. Direct flights to Kuta Lombok from Bali, for example, costs around $30. From Lombok Airport a taxi will cost you no more than 100,000 Rupiah and it takes 45-minutes to reach Kuta Lombok.

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If you are coming from the north after a Mt. Rinjani Trek, you can organise a driver and a van via your accommodation for the day which costs around 700,00 Rupiah. The drive from the north to the south is 3-hours drive direct. My friends and I stopped into Central Lombok to visit some waterfalls which I highly recommend on your way through.

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ARRIVING AT BUKIT MERESE HILL

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 Bukit Merese Hill and a parking fee of 5,000 Rupiah. You may also be haggled to buy beer, snacks and water by one of many local mobile vendors in the carpark, just a heads up.

The walk up to the viewpoint takes around 5-minutes. When you reach the top of Bukit Merese Hill 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 cliff’s edge. We decided to walk for a 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!

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT BUKIT MERESE KUTA LOMBOK

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 head to Tanjung Aan for lunch.

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OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR BUKIT MERESE HILL

PANTAI TANJUNG AAN BEACH

We rode east a short 5-minutes 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 stone’s 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!

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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KUTA LOMBOK 

Kuta Lombok has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places to stay in Kuta Lombok to suit budget backpackers and luxury travellers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Novotel Resort & Villas

Mid Range: Lavella Villas

Budget: Lara Homestay

For all other accommodations in Kuta Lombok, click HERE to search on booking.com

OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST IN LOMBOK

Things To Do In Lombok – The Ultimate Guide

Mount Rinjani Hike

Tiu Kelep Waterfall

Bukit Selong Sunrise

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