Located on the southeast corner of Lombok is a natural phenomenon known as Pink Beach Lombok, or Tangsi Beach. Apparently, there are only a handful (the exact number seems a little sporadic) of pink sand beaches in the world, a few of which are in Indonesia.
Pink Beach Lombok gets its pink tint from a natural mix of crushed, dead coral and white sand. Yes, the beach really is pink, and it’s worth checking out if you’re up for an adventure to Lombok’s remote east coast.
Where is Pink Beach Lombok?
As I mentioned, Pink Beach is a little far from the regular tourist beats of Kuta Lombok. In fact, you’ll find it tucked away in a small village locale of Sekaroh on the Ekas Peninsula.
Due to the remote location, getting here is a bit of a mission, but definitely possible on a DIY Lombok itinerary or through an organized tour.
Pink Beach Lombok Map
Below I’ve pinned the exact location to help you find Pink Beach Lombok.
How Do I Get to Pink Beach From Kuta Lombok?
Since most people visiting the south coast choose to stay in Kuta Lombok, I’ll include a brief guide from here.
In total, expect roughly 1.5 hours on the motorbike over a 55-kilometer stretch of both sealed and dirt road to get to Pink Beach from Kuta Lombok. You can rent a motorbike pretty much anywhere in Kuta Lombok. However, make sure you get a bike that can hold for the long journey.
We paid 50 000 Rupiah per day for a good scooter from the friendly owner of our homestay.
Google Maps has updated and correct navigation instructions for the trip from Kuta Lombok to Pink Beach. The correct location is pinned as “Pink Beach” NOT “Pantai Pink”.
Furthermore, I’d advise downloading the route beforehand since service is spotty on the way.
Begin the long ride by heading east on Jl. Senkol, the same road which leads to both Taanjung Aan Beach and the epic Bukit Marese sunset viewpoint. Instead of turning, you’ll continue on this road for roughly one hour to and around the coast of Awang Bay.
Eventually, you’ll reach a long, rocky road through the Peninsula of Ekas. Continue on the same bumpy road without making any tourns until you finally reach the Lombok Pink Beach.
Pink Beach Lombok Entry Price (2019):
As soon as you arrive, you’ll notice an old plastic tourism banner and a local fee-collector eager to collect your entry money. Currently, the Pink Beach Lombok entry fee is 25 000 Rupiah per person.
I thought this was a little too steep just to visit a beach. However, after the long trip, I wasn’t going to turn around.
TIP: If you’re arriving from the airport, I’d recommend booking a pre-arranged private transfer to town. This will save you having to pay ridiculous prices coming out of the airport gate.
Alternative Option: Pink Beach Lombok Tour
Of course, if you’re in a group or if you’d just prefer a guided tour, then you can also book a full day tour which visits the “Secret” South East Gili Islands and Pink Beach Lombok. Although I didn’t take the tour option, it’s actually one of the best-rated tours in Lombok with over 300 bookings.
For what you get, this tour seems like one of the best bang-for-buck options in Lombok.
What to Expect at Pink Beach Lombok
After reluctantly handing over the 25K, we continued down the rocky slope, where we caught our first glimpse of the Pink Beach.
The beach itself is quite small and forms a horseshoe bend of pink and aqua contrasts. The water here is incredibly clear, even at low tide.
However, unless you’re planning to spend an entire day here, I’d suggest visiting the beach during high tide. During this time, the beach is actually pinker, and the water is deeper for swimming and snorkeling.
Epic Eroded Cliffs
After relaxing after the long ride, we decided to check out the surrounding coastline cliffs. This was one of my favorite parts of visiting Pink Beach, and it reminded me more of Lagos in Portugal than anything I’d seen in Indonesia before.
I’d recommend walking around both sides to get a better view of the famous Lombok Pink Beach and for some amazing views of the nearby islands.
On the right side of the beach, you can walk all the way around to a hidden cave, which is hard to reach and involves a bit of swimming. There are also some small but epic jump spots into deep, clear water all around this side of the bay.
Immediately after climbing the left headland, I was filled with regret that I didn’t take a boat trip around this area of Lombok. This coast is scattered with amazing islands that left me drooling when I caught a glimpse of them from the drone.
Why is the Lombok Pink Beach “Pink”?
Like me, you might be wondering, “Why is Pink Beach Lombok Pink?” According to Rove.me, the pink tones on Tangsi Beach are caused by unique microscopic organisms in coral named Foraminifera. When the coral breaks down, these red organisms mix with the white sand, which causes the beach to have a pink tint.
The extent of how “pink” the sand actually is will depend on the angle of the sun and how wet the sand is. For this reason, it’s better to visit during high tide when the waves caress the shores.
So, is it Worth Visiting Lombok’s Pink Beach?
If you’re down for an adventure day trip and want to see a unique phenomenon that is only present in some parts of the world, then the answer is YES.
Admittedly, the road to Pink Beach Lombok is a little long and bumpy, I enjoyed the coastal road and seeing this other incredible side of Lombok that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.
WHERE TO STAY IN SOUTH LOMBOK – ACCOMMODATION GUIDE
MY ACCOMMODATION – Banana Homestay Kuta Lombok
For $9 per night, you can get a double-bed room with AC and free breakfast. The wifi here is fast and the owner is very friendly and accommodating. He gave me a free papaya every single day from his garden. Although it’s a little bit off the main strip, the owner will sort you out with a motorbike for 50K per day to help you get to all the beaches near Kuta Lombok.
BEST VALUE HOSTEL – Merendeng Hostel
If you’re looking for a hostel atmosphere then go no further than Merendeng Hostel. For only $6 a night you can find yourself with an air-conditioned dorm with Wi-Fi and views of the garden. The property is only 600m from Kuta Beach and is close to many restaurants and supermarkets.
BUDGET BUNGALOWS – Star Bungalow & Rooms
Another budget find is the STAR Bungalow & Rooms. This accommodation offers free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast. The bungalows overlook the garden and are situated in a quiet area. Kuta beach is only 2km away and there are many eateries and supermarkets close by. A night here costs $9.