If you’re looking for a serene and secluded beach escape, Semeti Beach on the island of Lombok in Indonesia is the perfect destination for you. Located on the southern coast of Lombok, this hidden gem boasts clear turquoise waters, pristine white sand, and stunning rock formations that create a breathtaking backdrop for your beach vacation.
SEMETI BEACH (PANTAI SEMETI): VISITORS GUIDE
Unlike some of the more popular tourist destinations in Indonesia, Semeti Beach remains untouched and unspoiled, offering visitors a tranquil and peaceful experience that is hard to find elsewhere. In this blog post, we’ll delve into everything you need to know about visiting Semeti Beach on Lombok and what makes it such a special and unique destination.
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HOW TO GET TO SEMETI BEACH IN LOMBOK
We drove for just under an hour from Kuta Lombok to reach Semeti Beach. Kids at the entrance charged us 10,000 rupiah or 80 cents for entry, which is standard for most beaches in Lombok. We then paid an old couple 5,000 rupiahs to park our moped under their shade. They were lying in the same position on their bench when we came back four hours later but smiled each time they saw us. I’d say a scooter is the most common way to get here but a private driver will also be a good option.
MY EXPERIENCE AT SEMETI BEACH
After arriving at the main surf spot, we walked away from the sandy Semeti Beach and towards the left. Following a small dirt path, our route led us toward a rocky cove and when we emerged we saw an untouched landscape of islands, rockpools, and cliffs. There wasn’t another person in sight.
Clambering across the rocks we headed towards the main island, which disconnects from the mainland each day as the tide rises. Along the way, we found a few blowholes and other cool little coves.
By the time we got to the island, I decided it was time for a swim, although clambering back up the sharp rock walls was a challenge!
Our local mate, Ahmad showed us another trail that led up a small hill. This time we had epic views out over the bay. Jorden decided to scale another cliff so we could get a shot showing the scale of the whole area. It was pretty unreal to be out here right next to Semeti Beach without another person in sight in such a huge wide open area.
After our explorations in this area, we headed back to the real Semeti Beach. We walked through the farming fields before emerging from the trees to find Semeti Beach. Crystal clear water and a beautiful strip of sand was the perfect remedy for a cool-off after our morning adventures.
There is no-one selling food, drinks or souvenirs. In fact, there was only a couple of other people enjoying the beautiful beach strip.
We had some solid chills at Semeti but decided to head down the road to Mawi Beach, a popular surf spot, to grab some lunch. This beach was equally as beautiful but was quite busy with several lunch spots and the surf crowd hanging out here in between sessions.
WHERE TO STAY IN NORTHERN LOMBOK
If you are visiting attractions in the north such as Tiu Kelep or Mount Rinjani you should choose one of the three accommodations in the ‘Northern‘ section below.
- Jeeva Santai Villas – Luxury Villa: Great location on the beautiful Mangsit Beach but also within driving distance of Tiu Kelep and Mount Rinjani. It is a location that offers the best of both worlds.
- Hakiki Inn Bungalows – Value: Set on the edge of rice fields with the jungle feel but the comfort of a private bungalow.
- Blue Mountain Cottage – Budget (but also value): This is where I stayed. The room was very basic but it was comfortable enough with a basic private bathroom.
WHERE TO STAY IN THE SOUTHERN REGION OF LOMBOK
If you are staying in the south to enjoy the beaches and surf in Kuta, Lombok you should choose one of the three accommodations in the ‘Southern‘ section below.
- Harmony Villas – Luxury: The beautiful white theme throughout the property contrasts against the emerald green pool and plants. The villas are laid out impeccably and the best part about this 4-star villa is that it actually isn’t as expensive as it looks.
- Martas Windows – Value/Luxury: This place is incredibly beautiful. Bungalow-style villas surround the modern pool at this amazing property. For less than $80 a night, you can get yourself what would cost hundreds of dollars in most other countries at Martas Windows.
- Boogie Hostel Kuta Lombok – Budget: The Boogie Hostel is everything you ask for in a hostel. It’s super modern and clean and has lots of chill spaces as well as lockers for your gear and blinds for privacy at your dorm.