If you have been to Indonesia but visited only the island of Bali without passing by the nearby island of Lombok, you should come again just to see it. Lombok is as pristine and inviting as Bali but without the overcrowding of tourists. It is like Bali several decades ago, so you should come now before it gets too popular and overly urbanized. There are a number of beaches in Lombok that you should check out too and one of them is Seger Beach in Kuta.
Now since Lombok is way more backward than Bali, there is only one airport in the entire island and it has yet to be serviced by major international airlines. The only direct flights from outside Indonesia are from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. To get to Lombok, Western visitors must pass through Jakarta, Bali, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. Bali vacationers find it very easy to cross over to Lombok since there are several ferries and minor domestic flights going to Mataram City, Lombok’s capital.
Lombok’s most important tourist attractions are the looming Mount Rinjani (a candidate UNESCO World Geopark) and the Gili Islands off the northwestern coastline; the major spots are Mataram (commercial center), Praya (second largest city), Senggigi (tourist hub), the tiny city of Tanjung (gateway to Mount Rinjani), Lembar (commercial port) and Kuta (where Seger Beach and five other major beaches are located).
Situated south of Lombok is the town of Kuta. It is very scenic with all its cliffs, mountains, hills and coastlines. Its white sand beaches are Kuta Beach, Novotel Beach, Tanjung Ann, Mawun Beach, Selong Blanak, and Seger Beach, also known as Pantai Seger. Considered to have the best waves in Lombok is Kuta Beach, called by many a “surfer’s paradise”. Bali has its own Kuta Beach that is as stunning and popular. The only and main difference, however, is that Kuta Beach in Lombok is unspoiled and tranquil. Meanwhile, Novotel Beach is for wealthy tourists. The beach is named after the 4-star hotel, Novotel Lombok.
Seger Beach is not far from Kuta Beach, only about 3.5 km to the east. Farther away by about 2 km is a huge rock that is very picturesque, and still farther going east is Tanjung A’an, which is a beach that is well known for being unspoiled. Compared to the very crowded beaches in Bali and the Gili Islands, the beaches in Kuta Lombok are much more peaceful and almost abandoned on some days. There are also very few hawkers to pester tourists, sometimes none at all. Still farther away from Tanjung A’an are the traditional fishing villages of Gerupuk and Awang. Tourists are welcome in these villages, especially on Tuesdays, which is market day in Gerupuk.
To reach Seger Beach and the other attractions in Kuta without getting on a taxi, travelers may take a bus going to Praya, then a bemo (minivan) to Sengkol, and finally another bemo ride to downtown Kuta. From there, one could simply hike to Seger Beach to enjoy some of the best waves in the island. Seger is best enjoyed for surfing, not swimming since the currents are very strong. Another attraction is a climb up a nearby hill to see the most beautiful Indonesian sunset.