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17 Things to Do in Praya Lombok Indonesia

by Hindarko Luh Setyawanto

Praya, which is only a 30-minute drive from Lombok International Airport, is the capital of Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara. Most of Praya’s population live from agriculture. Nevertheless Praya becomes the center of economy and culture in Central Lombok.

To improve the welfare of the community, Praya government intensively build its tourism industry such as holding a cultural festival, following tourism promotion events, and improving the roads to the tourist attraction. Don’t you know there are many interesting places that can be explored in Praya? Let’s find out the best things to do in Praya Lombok Indonesia ..!

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1. Visiting Lombok Kuta Beach

Lombok Kuta Beach has a unique stretch of white sand that is different from other beaches. Here the sand has a shape like a grain of pepper that will give you a different sensation when you step on it. Walking along the beach accompanied by sea breeze will make you relax and grateful for the beauty of nature. The sea in turquoise blue is an impressive sight, Instagramable. With its big wave, you can surf or play windsurfing.

How to Get There

Lombok Kuta Beach is located in Kuta Village, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, about 45-minute drive from downtown Praya. There is no admission. You only need to pay parking fee which is Rp 5,000 for motorcycles and Rp 10,000 for cars.

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2. Visiting Selong Belanak Beach

Selong Belanak Beach is situated in the bay and is surrounded by hills that make the landscape is amazing. Selong Belanak Beach has a vast stretch of white sand that reaches 1 km long. Rows of coconut trees line up on the beach. The sea is blue and the waves are great for surfing. If you are thirsty, around the beach there are stalls selling fresh coconut ice. There are also surfboard rentals that cost Rp 50,000 for single use.

How to Get There

Selong Belanak Beach is located in Selong Belanak Village, West Praya, Central Lombok Regency, about 1-hour drive from downtown Praya. There is no admission. You only need to pay parking fee which is Rp 5,000 for motorcycles and Rp 10,000 for cars.

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3. Visiting Tanjung Aan Beach

Tanjung Aan Beach is situated not far from Lombok Kuta Beach, only about 15 minutes drive. Tanjung Aan Beach has a calm atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of tourists or hawkers. You can go for a stroll on its wide expanse of white sand without any hassles. The calm waves give a feeling of peace when looking at it. The sea with its gorgeous color gradations will definitely make you linger here.

How to Get There

Tanjung Aan Beach is located in Pengembur Village, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, about 1-hour drive from downtown Praya. There is no admission. You only need to pay parking fee which is Rp 5,000 for motorcycles and Rp 10,000 for cars.

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4. Visiting Seger Beach

Seger Beach, which is one coastline with Lombok Kuta Beach, has a stunning beauty. A stretch of white sand and wide blue sea will be the first sight you see when you step foot here. The breeze of the sea and the waves make the atmosphere on Seger Beach feel so serene. FYI, Seger Beach has the story of Princess Mandalika that is believed to happen on this beach.

The Legend of Princess Mandalika tells about the ballad of a beautiful princess. Because of her beauty, many princes competed for her hand. Not wanting to disappoint the princes and avoid the war, Princess Mandalika chose to plunge into the sea. The heartwarming story is immortalized by the Lombok people by building the Monument of Princess Mandalika on Seger Beach.

How to Get There

Seger Beach is located in Kuta Village, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, about 45-minute drive from downtown Praya. There is no admission. You only need to pay parking fee which is Rp 5,000 for motorcycles and Rp 10,000 for cars.

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5. Visiting Batu Payung Beach

Batu Payung Beach is a rising tourism object in Lombok. Different from other beaches, there is no sand here, only rocks and corals. The icon of the beach is a large rock, which at first glance has a shape like an umbrella. The bottom of the rock was crushed by the waves that hit it for a long time. With the background of the blue sea and the green hills, Batu Payung Beach is an instagramable spot that attracts many tourists.

How to Get There

To get to Batu Payung Beach, you need to go to Tanjung Aan Beach first. From Tanjung Aan Beach you can walk about 30 minutes to Batu Payung Beach. Or you can rent a boat (cost around Rp 300,000) to take you to Batu Payung Beach. The journey takes about 15 minutes.

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6. Visiting Mawi Beach

Mawi Beach is only about 5 km away from Selong Belanak Beach. The beach, which is surrounded by hills, has a stretch of white sand, a clear blue sea and the waves that surfers love. Even with only word-of-mouth promotions, many surfers come to Mawi Beach. May – October is a good time to surf on this beach. In addition to seeing the surfers in action, you can also enjoy the beauty of Mawi Beach that is still natural.

How to Get There

Mawi Beach is located in Mekar Sari Village, West Praya, Central Lombok Regency, about 1-hour drive from downtown Praya. There is no admission. You only need to pay parking fee which is Rp 5,000 for motorcycles and Rp 10,000 for cars.

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7. Visiting Semeti Beach

Semeti Beach, which is adjacent to Mawi Beach, is a great destination for photography enthusiasts. On this beach you can find a unique landscape. There is a stretch of rock that resembles the crystals on the planet Krypton, Superman’s planet. The sea water trapped on the sidelines of the reef looks like an aquarium, containing pretty little fish. Once satisfied to take pictures, you can walk along the white sand. The quiet atmosphere of Semeti Beach will make you feel calm and peaceful.

How to Get There

Semeti Beach is located in Mekar Sari Village, West Praya, Central Lombok Regency, about 1-hour drive from downtown Praya. There is no admission. You only need to pay parking fee which is Rp 5,000 for motorcycles and Rp 10,000 for cars.

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8. Visiting Awang Beach

Awang Beach is situated in Awang Bay which is famous for its sea products. Not far from Awang Beach you can see rows of fishing boats leaning against the dock. Awang Beach has a natural beauty that has not been exploited by the tourism industry.

With its white sand, the refreshing sea breeze, the blue sea and the calm waves make Awang Beach the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of life. Here you can play water, swim, fish or just sit idly looking around. Awang Beach is located in Awang Village, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, about 1.5-hour drive from downtown Praya. It’s free entry.

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9. Visiting Gerupuk Beach

For the anti-mainstream adventurers, Gerupuk Beach is a must visit place. The beach is located far from the settlement so it’s free of traffic jams. With an atmosphere like private beach you can explore every inch of Gerupuk Beach without any hassle. Its white sandy terrain surrounded by hills produces a photogenic panorama.

There is also an inn with traditional Lombok house form clinging to the cliff. Really unique! With all the beauty of Gerupuk Beach, your photos here are guaranteed to get lots of likes on Instagram.

How to Get There

Gerupuk Beach is located in Gerupuk Village, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, about 1-hour drive from downtown Praya. It’s free entry.

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10. Visiting Mawun Beach

For you who like privacy, Mawun Beach is perfect for your holiday destination. The beach located at the southern tip of Lombok Island is still rarely visited by tourists. You can enjoy the beauty of Mawun Beach as much.

The stretch of white sand surrounded by hills, the stunning blue sea and the refreshing breeze of the sea give you a peaceful and soothing atmosphere. Although Mawun Beach overlooks the Indian Ocean, the waves are relatively small.

How to Get There

Mawun Beach is located in Tumpak Village, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, about 1-hour drive from downtown Praya. There is no admission. You only need to pay parking fee which is Rp 5,000 for motorcycles and Rp 10,000 for cars

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11. Visiting Benang Stokel Waterfall

Benang Stokel Waterfall is situated on the slopes of Mount Rinjani, which is in Geopark Rinjani. From the parking lot you need to walk about 15 minutes to get to the waterfall location. Benang Stokel Waterfall, which has an unspoiled beauty, consists of two adjacent waterfalls. In Java these waterfalls are called a twin waterfall. With a height of about 30 meters, Benang Stokel Waterfall has a quite heavy flow. It is said that whoever takes a bath in Benang Stokel Waterfall will stay young.

How to Get There

Benang Stokel Waterfall is located in Aik Berik Village, North Batukliang, Central Lombok Regency, about 45 minute-drive from downtown Praya. There are not many signboards along the way to Benang Stokel Waterfalls. Ask the locals so you don’t get lost. The admission is Rp 10,000 per person. The fee for guide services is Rp 50,000. Opening hours is 7 am-5 pm. So, let’s enjoy all the things to do in Praya Lombok Indonesia.

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12. Visiting Benang Kelambu Waterfall

Benang Kelambu Waterfall is located in the same area as Benang Stokel Waterfall, in Geopark Rinjani. The distance from the parking lot to the waterfall location is about 30 minutes walk. Along the way you can see the green of the trees, hear the birds chirping and breathe fresh mountain air.

Benang Kelambu Waterfall has a flow of water that is thin and soft like a curtain. Under the waterfall there is a pool that you can use to soak to feel the freshness of the water. Benang Kelambu Waterfall is also believed to make you ageless. The entrance fee to Benang Kelambu Waterfall is made one with Benang Stokel Waterfall, so you don’t have to pay again.

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13. Visiting Merese Hill

Merese Hill is one of the best places in Lombok to enjoy the sunset. Merese Hill is next to Tanjung Aan Beach. The view of the green hill with the background of the blue sea will make you stunned. As far as the eye can see there is only a natural painting that shows the greatness of God. A breeze from the Indian Ocean makes you love to linger here. Quiet and peaceful.

How to Get There

Merese Hill is located in Kuta Village, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, about 1-hour drive from downtown Praya. There is no admission. You only need to pay parking fee which is Rp 5,000 for motorcycles and Rp 10,000 for cars

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14. Visiting Penujak Village

Penujak Village is the oldest pottery village in Lombok. Here you can see the process of making pottery ranging from forming, burning to finishing. All these processes are done in the traditional way. There is one unique product that becomes the flagship of Penujak Village. It’s a reverse kettle. To fill the kettle, water is poured through the bottom of the kettle. Even so when the kettle is placed on the table, the water remains in the kettle, not leaking. Amazing!

How to Get There

You can also buy pottery made here. The price ranges from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands rupiahs, depending on size and shape. Penujak Village is located in West Praya, Central Lombok Regency, about 30 minute-drive from downtown Praya.

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15. Visiting Sukarara Village

Sukarara Village is a village of woven fabric craftsmen. Here you can see the women weaving in the porch of her house. Woven fabric made in Sukarara Village has a variety of motifs such as triangles, rectangles, rhombus, flowers, birds and even geckos. The dyes used are natural dyes derived from plants. FYI, it takes 2 – 3 months to make one woven fabric.

In Sukarara Village you are allowed to try wearing this woven fabric that becomes the pride of Lombok people. You can also buy woven fabric directly from the craftsmen.

How to Get There

Sukarara Village is located in Jonggat, Central Lombok Regency, about 30 minute-drive from downtown Praya.

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16. Visiting Sade Village

Sade Village is a settlement of the Sasak tribe, the indigenous tribe of Lombok who still retains its customs. The house is still roofed fibers, everyday language is Sasak language, the women have a custom weave inherited from the ancestors, and the marriage is still following a festive tradition.

There is one unique custom in Sade Village. The villagers used to use buffalo dung to mop the clay floor in their home. It is said that buffalo dung is able to repel mosquitoes. Even so there is no smell of buffalo dung from the houses. Sade Village is located in Rembitan, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, about 45 minute-drive from downtown Praya.

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17. Visiting Aik Bukak Bath

Aik Bukak Bath is one of the popular tourist objects in Lombok. The bath is on the slopes of Mount Rinjani and surrounded by green trees. Its fresh water comes from the spring of Mount Rinjani. There is a pool for adults and a pool for the kids.

Aik Bukak Bath has been equipped with various facilities such as restaurant, lodging, meeting room and souvenir shop. Aik Bukak Bath is located in Aik Bukak Village, North Batukliang, Central Lombok Regency, about 30 minute-drive from downtown Praya. The admission is Rp 5,000. Opening hours is 8 am – 5 pm.

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Ok guys, now you know the best things to do in Praya Lombok Indonesia. No doubt Praya has the best Places To Visit in Indonesia with its beautiful nature. Let’s visit Praya Lombok Indonesia..!

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