Sekotong is a southwest Lombok province with some of the highest tourism potential I’ve ever seen, especially in terms of Sekotong Beaches and islands! Although largely unexplored by tourists visiting Lombok, Sekotong has some of the most pristine and diverse beaches on the island, including Elak Elak Beach, Mekaki Beach, Sekotong Beach, and the incredible Gili Nanggu.
If you’d prefer empty, white-sand beaches and local warungs to overpriced cocktails and tourism touts, then definitely make your way to Sekotong.
Best Sekotong Beaches
We spent just over one week in Sekotong, where we explored the coast by motorbike and did a two-day island hopping and camping trip to Gili Nanggu and Gili Kedis Islands with Feel Lombok.
Since Sekotong doesn’t have the tourism infrastructure of its surrounding coastal neighbors, it’s a little trickier to get a motorbike. For this reason, I’d suggest staying at Krisna Bungalows, since you can hire a motorbike next-door for 60 000 Rupiah.
While it’s certainly possible to rent a bike in Sekotong and explore the beaches yourself, you could also book a cheap, private tour of all of these beaches online. This includes pick-up and drop-off from other popular areas of Lombok.
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1. Elak Elak Beach
Elak Elak Beach, also referred to as Pantai Elak Elak in Bahasa, is an incredible white-sand beach on the northern shores of Sekotong. It’s located on a sharp coastal point with an adjacent sandbar and mounded island.
To get here, it’s only a short 15-minute scooter ride from Sekotong Harbor. To get here, you’ll just have to drive west on the sealed coastal road until you see the turn-off sign for Elak Elak Beach. The Google Maps pin is called “Pantai Elak Elak”.
Once you arrive, you’ll undoubtedly have the entire beach to yourself. The water is shallow with a sandy bottom, which is perfect for swimming and chilling.
During low tide, you can even walk over to the tiny Gili Milu Island through knee-high water. From here, you’ll be greeted with views of Elak Elak Beach, the Sekotong coast and some smaller sandbar islands in the distance.
2. Sekotong Beach
Of course, a list of the best beaches in Sekotong wouldn’t be complete without the beach that shares the name. Sekotong Beach is a wide stretch of sand on a calm coastline dotted with local boats and the occasional beachside restaurant.
If you want a quick place to swim or chill, then Sekotong Beach is a good bet since you won’t have to travel far to reach it. Keep in mind though, that long sections of this beach is made up of hard rocks and corals. If you walk around, however, you’ll find several sections with soft sand for swimming.
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3. Gili Nanggu
For most people that visit Sekotong, Gili Nanggu is a highlight destination. To get here, you’ll have to jump onboard an island hopping tour. You can arrange these from your accommodation in Sekotong, or alternatively book online.
Gili Nanggu is known for its incredible snorkeling without the hectic Gili T vibes. Here, you’ll find healthy coral and huge schools of fish. Visiting Gili Nanggu is a must-do for anyone looking for the best beaches in Sekotong.
If you book a Gili Nanggu boat tour online, it actually includes a car transfer from Senggigi or Kuta Lombok. If you haven’t yet arrived in Sekotong, then this is a great deal since you won’t have to pay for a car to get here, and you can arrange the tour operator to drop you off at your new accommodation in Sekotong or back to other parts of Lombok.
4. Mekaki Beach
My personal favorite beach in Lombok is Mekaki Beach. This one is located on the south coast of Sekotong and requires a 30-minute scooter ride through the villages and mountain roads that make up central Sekotong.
For detailed information on how to get to Mekaki Beach, you can read the full guide here.
Mekaki Beach stretches all the way around Mekaki Bay and ends at a jagged cliff line. You can easily spend hours exploring the beach, walking from one end to the other and swimming in the clear, turquoise water. The sand is incredibly soft, and there is even a fairly good surf break here.
In my opinion, if you’re only going to visit one of the best Sekotong Beaches, Mekaki Beach is the best! It’s also located in reachable distance to another hidden gem: Nambung Beach Waterfall, which is a saltwater waterfall phenomenon worth checking out!
Sekotong Lombok Accommodation
Where to Stay in Sekotong
Since this regency is a little tucked away. To save money on transport, I’d recommend staying in this largely unexplored part of Lombok Indonesia for a couple of nights to check out all the best things to do. Here are my top picks for budget accommodation.
MY SEKOTONG ACCOMMODATION: Krisna Bungalows
Krisna Bungalows and Restaurant is located in Pelangan, not too far from Sekotong harbor. Sekotong Beach is only a step out of the room’s door. Each double room is equipped with a fan and bathroom and is conveniently located in a quiet area. You’ll also get a free breakfast and there is a motorbike rental next door to help you explore all the best things to do in Sekotong yourself!
BUDGET HOMESTAY: Pelangi Homestay
Pelangi Homestay Bungalow has both a sun terrace and a garden, along with a private beach area. There is Wi-Fi throughout the property and there is a free breakfast included. Pelangi Homestay Bungalow also offers snorkeling trips to the surrounding islands. This is a great place to stay and costs $17 a night.
SEKOTONG RETREAT: Silver Fern Beach Retreat
If you’re looking for a place in Lombok Indonesia to escape the crowds, meet some great people and unwind by the pool, then this is it. Breakfast is included and the owners can organise loads of tours and activities to check out in the area.