Selong Belanak Beach – Best Guide for first-timers

Water Buffalo on Selong Belanak Beach

My first visit to Lombok three years ago introduced me to the stunning Selong Belanak Beach. Known for its powdery white sand and clear turquoise waters, it was the highlight of the south coast. But with Lombok’s rising popularity, you might wonder, is Selong Belanak still a must-visit?

This guide will help first-timers navigate their way to and around Selong Belanak Beach, from getting there to finding the perfect stay.

Getting to Selong Belanak Beach

Leaving Bali was tough, but the thrill of exploring Lombok on smooth roads and enjoying sunset cocktails was too tempting. We debated between flying and taking a public ferry from Bali to Lombok, finally choosing to fly there for its efficiency.

If you’re coming from Bali, the easiest and fastest way to reach Lombok is by plane. It takes about 40 minutes, and there are daily direct flights from Bali to Lombok International Airport.

If you prefer boating there, the fast boat is a great option, especially from Serangan Harbor, near the airport and Bukit. The journey to Lombok is quick, about 2 hours, and you can easily arrange a taxi or a private driver from Bangsal Harbor to Kuta, which takes around 2 hours. I recommend booking transport ahead of time to avoid haggling with taxi drivers upon arrival.

Exploring Lombok and Getting to Selong Belanak Beach

If you’re based in Kuta Lombok, you’re in the perfect spot to explore Lombok’s best beaches and surfer vibes. Renting a scooter is the best way to get around. It’s affordable (around 70k a day) and allows you to explore the island easily. Remember to ask for a helmet and take photos of the scooter to avoid being charged for damages.

Finding Selong Belanak is straightforward. Drive west from Kuta for about 40 minutes, following the large signs. However, be cautious as unexpected obstacles like water buffalos or playing children can appear at any turn.

Selong Belanak Beach

You can also get a driver – for around around 500k a day – who can take you there and to any other places you would like to visit.

What to Expect at Selong Belanak Beach

Selong Belanak is breathtakingly beautiful, with lush hills contrasting against white sands and turquoise waters. While popular among beginner surfers, you can still find peaceful spots to enjoy the beach. The east side has bustling warungs, while the west offers quieter relaxing areas. The shallow waters make it great for families, and local hawkers sell everything from snacks to souvenirs. Remember, a polite “no thank you” is enough if you’re not interested.

Selong Belanak is one of my favorite beaches to watch the sunset in Lombok. I usually visit once or twice per trip. There’s no entrance fee, but parking costs 10k IDR per scooter.

Selong Belanak Beach on a Cloudy day

Learning to Surf and More

Selong Belanak is perfect for beginner surfers, with clear waters and gentle beach breaks. Surf lessons and board rentals are available from the warungs. For the best deals, look further from the entrance. I once enjoyed private lessons for 300k IDR.

The beach also offers fresh and tasty dining options. You can enjoy dishes like Mie Goreng, Nasi Campur and satay while lounging at the warungs. It’s a great way to meet other travelers and soak in the local atmosphere.

Satay in Selong Belanak warung

We ate at the Laut Biru Bar and Restaurant, which is bit more upmarket compared to the more surfer-hangout shacks found further down the beach. The restaurant has a very laidback vibe and sells some local dishes such as beef rendang and satay, the food was very tasty. So, if you’re looking for a good, clean beachfront lunch or dinner with good service, this is a great spot.

Where to Stay

While most visitors stay in Kuta, there are fantastic accommodations closer to Selong Belanak. For a serene experience, consider the Amber Lombok Beach Resort. Even if it’s a bit far from the center, it’s in my opinion the best part of Lombok if you’re happy to have peace, quiet and beautiful sunsets.

For those wanting something closer to Kuta and more upscale, try Pullman Lombok Merujani Mandalika, this hotel is absolutely stunning, comfy and luxurious, but book early especially in summer!

Is Selong Belanak Worth Visiting?

Absolutely. Whether you’re there to surf or soak in the beauty, Selong Belanak Beach is a must-see on Lombok’s south coast. It remains one of the most picturesque spots near Kuta, and while I have my personal favorites, it’s worth exploring to find your own.

Sunset with purple hues at Selong Belanak Beach

In conclusion, Lombok’s Selong Belanak Beach offers a blend of adventure, beauty, and culture, making it an essential stop for any traveler. With careful planning and an open mind, you’ll discover the unique charm that keeps visitors coming back for more.

Want to learn more about what Lombok has to offer? Read our 10 best thing to do in Lombok blog post. It will give you good ideas about what is worth seeing on this beautiful island.

FAQ about Selong Belanak Beach

Why is Selong Belanak Beach ideal for beginner surfers?

Selong Belanak Beach offers gentle waves and wide sandy shores, making it perfect for beginners to learn and practice surfing safely.

Can you find beachfront accommodations at Selong Belanak?

Yes, there are a variety of accommodations ranging from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxurious resorts located directly on or near the beachfront.

What are some must-try local dishes at Selong Belanak Beach?

Visitors should try local Sasak cuisine, including grilled seafood, ayam taliwang (spicy grilled chicken), and beberuk (spicy vegetable salad).

How do visitors reach Selong Belanak Beach from kuta?

By Scooter, finding Selong Belanak is straightforward. Drive west from Kuta for about 40 minutes, following the large signs. However, be cautious as unexpected obstacles like water buffalos or playing children can appear at any turn.
You can also get a driver who can take you there and to any other places you would like to visit.

Is there an entrance fee to Selong Belanak?

There’s no entrance fee, but parking costs 10k IDR per scooter.

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