Located in the Kuta area and about 7 km from the famous Kuta Beach is Mawun Beach in Lombok, Indonesia. It is an inviting little bay with calm and quiet waves. Mawun Beach is shaped like a crescent moon wedged by two hills. The surrounding hills and their rugged hill-scape add to the beauty of the area. The sight is very picturesque, especially when the hills change color from lush green during the wet season and golden brown during the dry season.
The clear calm waters and occasional ripples make Mawun Beach a favorite destination of swimmers, snorkelers, and sunbathers. There are rows of big trees that offer a cool shade for afternoon picnickers and swimmers who are taking a few minutes off to get dry. Long-term vacationers also love it here since it is very calm and peaceful, unlike most beach destinations in Southeast Asia. Mawun Beach is very relaxing and laid-back.
The sands are unique. In the middle of the bay are small grains but they get bigger moving farther south. A number of dark rocks are scattered along the southern part of the beach, creating a dramatic contrast with the white-sand shoreline. Not far off are the hills on which tourists can climb to get a spectacular view of the azure waters. For the more adventurous tourists, one of the hills is quite high and requires a steep climb. The climb to the top of this hill is definitely worth it as visitors are rewarded with a stunning view of the bow-shaped shoreline and the hilly borderline of the sea.
Mawun Beach is just one of the five major beaches in the Kuta area. The most famous one is Kuta Beach, which many refer to as a surfer’s paradise. It is known for its sunsets, amazing surf, white sandy beach, and the Bau Nyale Festival that takes place on the beach in February or March. The yearly event involves rituals, feasting, and the catching of tiny colorful sea worms called “nyale”, which, according to a local legend, are supposed to be manifestations of a beautiful princess who sacrificed herself and perished in the sea. The other beaches are Tanjung A’an, an unspoiled white-sand beach just like Mawun, Selong Blanak, and Novotel Beach, which is named after the 1st class Novotel Hotel located in the area.
In addition to its beaches, Kuta is often visited for its local residents. The traditional fishing village is drawing in tourists who want to experience authentic island living without the trimmings of modernism and urbanization. The locals fish for food and cook their catch using wood fire while the children play by the beach and climb the trees without a care in the world. The villagers are very friendly and accommodating. They typically offer a glass of local Lombok coffee and invite visitors into their porch (beruga), although not many can speak English.
Foreign tourists whose first destination in Lombok is Kuta will find it very easy to get here and see Mawun Beach. At Lombok airport’s arrival area are chartered taxis that take visitors to all the major destinations in the island. Fixed taxi fare to Kuta is Rp 225,000. Coming in from the capital city of Mataram is a bit trickier. It involves a bus ride to Praya, then a bemo (local minivan) to Sengkol, and finally another bemo to Kuta.