SEMETI BEACH (PANTAI) IN LOMBOK – ADVENTURE DAY
Kuta Lombok is the hub for most tourists when they visit the island. We found a few cool spots around town like Bukit Merese Hill but wanted to head out west along the south coast in search of some real adventures. We ended up meeting up with local adventurer @zilmizola who took us out towards Semeti Beach and showed us the best spots in the west.. of the south.
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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 entry, which is standard for most beaches in Lombok. We then paid an old couple 5,000 rupiah to park out 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.
We walked away from the sandy Semeti Beach and towards the left, following a small dirt path. Our route led us towards 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 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.