Bukit Merese is one of the most popular spots on Lombok Island to explore rolling grass hills, swim at deserted white sand beaches, and marvel at the amazing view overlooking Kuta Lombok.
I have put together this complete guide to Bukit Merese Lombok including how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect when you arrive.
HOW TO GET TO BUKIT MERESE?
If you have a set of wheels, it takes approximately 15 minutes to reach this from the main tourist town of Kuta Lombok.
You can rent a scooter in Kuta Lombok for as little as 50,000 IDR per day and explore south Lombok at your own pace. Your accommodation should be able to sort you out with some wheels if not, there are many scooter rental stores dotted around Kuta Lombok.
Alternatively, if you like long strolls on the beach, it will take you around 1 hour to walk here from Kuta Lombok.
ARRIVING AT BUKIT MERESE KUTA LOMBOK
There is a parking lot at the jump-off point and the parking fee is 5,000 IDR. If you like, you can buy beer, snacks, and water from one of the many mobile vendors in the parking lot.
The walk up to the viewpoint takes around 5-minutes where you will see the idyllic features of rolling grass hills, and several small beaches and coves.
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Exploring the headland
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WHAT TO EXPECT
When you reach the top of the hill, it’s a matter of picking your own headland to perch up and watch the sunset. The most popular viewpoint is where most of the crowd will be, standing around a dead tree on the edge of the cliff.
We decided to walk a little further to a headland that stretches right out over the ocean and we had a grassy patch on top of Bukit Merese Hill all to ourselves. The sky put on an incredible show for us displaying soft pinks and blues to the bright oranges and burning reds!
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An incredible sunset
Marveling at the view
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The following day we decided to head back to explore the area again during daylight. Bukit Merese Lombok looked so good during the sunset the night before that we just had to go back for more.
The sun was burning hot and the skies were bright blue on this day and surprisingly not another soul in sight.
Around every corner and over every peak we found stunning beaches and turquoise-colored reefs.
It was so hot that day that we couldn’t resist taking a dip in the ocean. We spent 3 – 4 hours exploring several beaches and cliff tops then decided to continue on to Tanjung Aan Beach for lunch.
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Exploring the headland
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
From here, I recommend driving east to a beach called Pantai Tanjung Aan. Surprisingly, there was not a soul in sight during our visit to this stunning paradise.
You can grab a bite to eat at one of the beachside warungs, just a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge. A $2 nasi goreng was an easy decision for lunch with a view.
Right around the corner from Tanjung Aan Beach is a field of coconut palm trees which is a great spot to shoot some photos. We mucked around here on the scooters, having way too much fun and feeling like a kid again!
Under the palms
Tanjung Aan Beach – Photo: The Sunshine Seeker
WHERE TO STAY IN KUTA LOMBOK
Kuta Lombok has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Novotel Resort & Villas
Novotel Resort is one of the best luxury accommodations overlooking white sands and turquoise waters. Featuring 3 swimming pools, a private beachfront, table tennis, darts, foosball, and 2 restaurants with bars. The rooms are modern and fitted with air conditioning, a large comfortable bed, spacious living, flat-screen tv, mini bar, private ensuite, and ocean views. Buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Great place to stay for couples, families, and friends!
Mid Range: Lavella Villas
Lavella Villas is the best value pick for couples, friends, and families with a central location near the best beaches in Kuta Lombok. Featuring a restaurant and bar, a swimming pool, an outdoor terrace, nice gardens, a shared lounge, and free wifi. There are poolside bungalows and apartment rooms to choose from, each with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, a fridge and kettle, a private bathroom, large comfortable beds, and pool views. A continental breakfast is also included.
Budget: Lara Homestay
The affordable pick for solo travelers, friends, and couples on a budget. Lare Homestay is centrally located in Kuta Lombok town and within walking distance to some of the best beaches. There is a shared kitchen, 24-hour front desk, free wifi, and massage services. Choose from a double room or a triple room to share with friends, each with air conditioning, modern interior, large comfortable beds, wardrobe, private bathroom, and seating area. Continental breakfast is also included for all guests!
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HOW TO GET TO KUTA LOMBOK
The most convenient way to reach Kuta Lombok is by plane. Direct flights to Kuta Lombok from Bali, for example, costs around $30.
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From Lombok Airport a taxi will cost you no more than 100,000 IDR and it is a 45-minute drive to reach Kuta Lombok.
If you are coming from the north of Lombok after trekking Mount Rinjani, you can organize a driver and a van for the day which costs around 700,00 IDR.
The drive from the north to the south is around 3 hours. However, we stopped in Central Lombok to visit some waterfalls, so the journey took us an entire day but I highly recommend visiting these waterfalls on your way through.
Mawi Beach Kuta Lombok
GETTING AROUND KUTA LOMBOK
I spent 3 days in Kuta Lombok exploring along pristine coastline both east and west of the central hub, seeking out the best beaches in Lombok.
It’s as easy as renting a scooter for 50,000 IDR per day and choosing which direction to drive in!
There are plenty of surf breaks to choose from and many surfboard rental shops in town that can sort you out if you are willing to get some waves. Be sure to rent a board from in town as there are no rental stores at the beaches.
WHAT TO PACK FOR LOMBOK
When visiting Lombok, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Lombok sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
MORE LOMBOK GUIDES
- Lombok Guide: 15 Things To Do In Lombok
- Mount Rinjani: Mount Rinjani Hike
- Bukit Selong: Bukit Selong Sunrise
BALI TRAVEL GUIDES
- Bali Travel Guide: 2 Week Bali Itinerary
- Bali Waterfalls Guide: 7 Best Bali Waterfalls
- Bali Beaches Guide: 11 Best Beaches In Uluwatu
- Nusa Islands Guide: Complete Nusa Islands Guide
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