A -Hello Mister!- attack from these happy little salesmen on the Tanjung Aan beach, who in no way will take a no for a no
Driving far south on Lombok you will eventually reach the small village of Kuta, about 54 km south of Mataram. This is the only area on the south coast which has some tourism of any significance, but must not be compared to Kuta on Bali. This place is much more quiet with only a fraction of the tourists and facilities, but there are some plans to continue to develop the southern coast with some large luxury hotels.
Kuta is great as a base for exploration of the southern parts of Lombok, here you find traditional Sasak villages (like Sade), remote and beautiful beaches, mountains and cliffs.
Nusa Tenggara, South Lombok. The southern coast of Lombok is not easily accessible with its high cliffs and lack of roads. This is south on the soutwestern peninsula (from helicopter). (Photo Bjorn Grotting)
South Lombok is the least populated and maybe the least accessible part of the island, except for the Kuta area which is more developed. The roads are often in a bad condition, especially in the wet season. There is not much public transportation here, it is best to have your own car with or without a driver. But if you like a challenge the southern coast can offer some of the best and whitest beaches on Lombok, located between high cliffs and mountains.
Bali, Badung, Kuta. Kuta Beach just before sunset. A fisherman tries his luck. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)
Kuta with it’s large assortment of hotels and restaurants in all price layers is without doubt the largest tourist area on Bali. Originally Kuta was just a small fishing village, but since the 1970’s it has seen a huge growth in tourism. The Kuta district today can be separated in four areas. Tuban is furthest south and just north of the airport, where there are some large hotels and shopping centers.