After camping on a live Volcano, “Mount Rinjani (link opens in new tab)”, I decided to chill off on some laid back beaches/town of Lombok. My trek to Rinjani completed in Senaru. A shared taxi from Senaru dropped me to another small town named, Sengigi. While I did not find beaches of Sengigi to be too attractive mainly due to black volcanic sand. Accommodation is Sengigi is also costly due to more beach resorts.
Pura Batu Bolong (Sengigi)
Batu Bolong is small beach side, Hindu temple in Sengigi. Nothing fancy about the temple. Temple itself is made of Black rocks created as a result of volcanic activity. There is no entry fees but a small donation is required to get a sarong. Most temples in Indonesia mandates wearing sarongs before entering. However sunset views were worth a watch.
Entry gate of batu Bolong
One of many Hindu deities
Beach side temple made from Black volcanic rocks
Golden Hour of photography
As sun starts setting hues of orange fill the sky
A panoramic view of the beach
I hired a bike from Sengigi and decided to do a day trip to Kuta, Lombok. Mawun Beach is very relaxing, quite and laid-back. I really liked it. As opposed other touristy beach of Indonesia, Mawun is still lesser know.
Mawun beach is in a shape of crescent moon sandwiched by hills on both sides. It looks more like a bay. Beach is very popular among swimmers and surfers. Since i visited just after monsoon, hills on both sides of beach were having amazing green color. Blue water of sea contrasts perfectly with green color of the hills. I climbed the nearby hill to watch the entire bay in glory. Hike is a bit steep but views are amazing.
View of the entire bay from nearby hill
Low tide reveal these small rocks. You may easily go far at time of low tide as water is shallow.
A local fishermen throwing his net to capture some fortune near Mawun beach
After spending entire day on Mawun beach i decided to head back to Sengigi.Since it was hot and humid, I stopped by Ashtari cafe to have my late lunch and a coffee. This place is very easy to miss if you are not actually staying in Kuta area. Best part about Ashtari is, it is built right on the edge of the cliff. Open air seating area is a lovely setup.I would have loved to spend the evening here but I had to leave as I was planning to head back to Gili Islands after Sengigi. I would suggest to stay in Kuta instead of Sengigi in Lombok. Kuta is the hub of all best places in Lombok mainland.
Entrance to the cafe
Mouth watering Spring Rolls
Views from the cafe
A traditional Indonesian marriage while on my visit to Kuta