Once known as surfer’s best-kept secret, Mandalika is now the center of leisure in Lombok. After designated as a special tourism economic zone by the government, the area is developed to be more vibrant and becomes the tourist’s, local and foreign, popular wishlist. Moreover, the area also features beautiful natures, from greenery mountains and hills to the enchanting coast. Curious about Mandalika? Here is our simple guide.
Mandalika stretches over 1,035.67 hectares of the southern coast of the island of Lombok. It is 17 km straight from Lombok International Airport and approximately 50 km from the city center of Mataram, the province’s capital. The iland was previously owned by Dubai, but in 2007 was sold back to Indonesia and inaugurated by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on 20 October 2017. In its development as a special tourism economic zone, Mandalika boasts a number of bars, nightclubs, racing circuits, water parks, luxurious hotels, golf courses, spas, and more. Mandalika is also located near some of Lombok’s southern part most mesmerizing and popular beaches, including Tanjung Aan, Gerupuk, Kuta, and Seger.
You can take a flight to Lombok International Airport. Flights are also available from various major cities in Indonesia, such as Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bali. From Jakarta, the flight will take about 2 hours, while from the nearby Bali, it will only take about 30 minutes. From Bali, you can also take a ferry from Padang Bai Harbor to Lembar Harbor in Lombok. From there you can take a bus or a taxi to Mandalika that will take about 2-3 hours.
Things to Do
With several beautiful beaches of the southern part of Lombok near Mandalika, you definitely have to experience beach-hopping here. From Kuta Beach with its daring waves, the festive Seger Beach, tranquil Serenting Beach, to breathtaking Tanjung Aan.
Known as the global surfer’s favorite spot, Mandalika surely has challenging waves that you need to experience. You can go to the world-class surf spots at Seger Beach, Gerupuk Beach, Ubrug Beach, Tanjung Aan Beach, Selong Beach, Kuta Mandalika Beach, and Mawi Beach.
3. Explore the villages
Lombok is also known for its rich culture which you can also experience in Mandalika by exploring the villages. You can go to Sade Village where you will be welcomed by its exotic charm and friendly residents. You can also visit Ende Village inhabited by Sasak sub-ethnic group who maintain and preserve their old tradition and way of life. The first thing tourists can do in Ende Village is to learn how to wave fabrics to create Sasak’s traditional fabric, Songket.
4. Commemorate Princess Mandalika’s Sacrifice
In the Seger Beach, there is a statue to commemorate the sacrifice of Princess Mandalika, princess of Tonjang Beru Kingdom. The history told that Princess Mandalika was a very beautiful young lady, gentle, warm, and kind. Princes from other kingdoms then trying to win her heart but none of them interest the princess. Hurt by the rejection, two of the princes then threatened Mandalika’s kingdom which made her had to choose one of them or her kingdom would be destroyed. To protect her kingdom and her dignity, Mandalika invited the princes to the hill then she sacrificed herself, in front of everyone there, by jumping off the hill to the sea. That’s the reason this area is called Mandalika and locals build her statue to commemorate that.
5. Hang out at the lively spots
Boasting with cozy cafes, restaurants with a view, happening clubs, and vibrant bars, Mandalika offers a memorable experience. You can enjoy the lively atmosphere and Mediterranean food as you browse the shops and eateries on the bustling main street of Kuta.
Where to Stay
It’s not difficult to find accommodation in Mandalika that suits your travel style. From homestays to world-class resorts, from budget hotels to splurge-worthy villas, Mandalika offers a vast array of lodging choices. Here are some of our picks:
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