SEKOTONG is one of Lombok Barat district located on south western of Lombok Island. It has long white sandy beach, protected bays, crystal clear blue waters magnificent coral and green mountains as a backdrop. Sekotong beach is being hailed as the "new" tourist destination for visitor to Lombok. Much of the area still relatively unchanged exhibiting beautiful, natural landscapes and simple, traditional life style. The only word that comes to mind is "peaceful". Weather it's taking lazy walk on the long white beaches, soaking in the exotic sunrises and sunsets or admiring the majestic view if Mt. Rinjani, Lombok highest peak, and Mt. Agung on Bali, you will be surprised at the sense of well being that will surround you in this delightful setting. The majority of population are Sasak people who are very friendly and polite. While strolling along the beach or just sitting back relaxing, you can watch the local bringing in the catch of the day, collecting shellfish and seaweed from the low water pools or the children happily swimming in the sea, don't forget to joint them they will really make you feel at home! There is also a small enclave of Hindu villagers and their temple is the beach area. And they make an important contribution here too. Daily local market available in Pelangan, you can find the locals market the wares and produce of the area. some interesting place are in sekotong you may visit:
Gili Gede is a small and isolated island with no electricity and peoples living from fishing. ( This may be correct a few decades ago but by now, most of them live from tourism as well and have generators and electricity.) As in the rest of lombok people speak mainly sasak as their is only a few tourists coming on the island, it might be difficult to find locals speaking english. Gili Gede (translates to big Island), West Nusa Tenggara is located on the south western tip of Lombok in Sekotong, its southern most tip approximately 550 meters off the port of Tembowong at the Lombok coast. It is the largest of the Sekotong Islands. GIli Gede, the best know of the 'secret Gili's' the cluster of small islands in this region, offers the broadest range of accommodation and tourist options. With a length of 4km by 1.6km at its widest point (the dog nose), the island is quite long and narrow. There is walking access around most of the island but some area are more easily reached by local small fishermen boats. It has a total area of 3.2km2 and three main villages with approximately 1000 inhabitants With close proximity to Desert point a surf break which is world renowned as being one of the longest left hand surf breaks in the world, and surrounded by famous dives sites such as Sekotong bay and Belongas bay, Gili Gede is a prime launching pad to enjoy diving and surfing.
The beaches are quiet and there are no beach vendors to bother you since this is a private island. It’s perfect for a snorkeling, diving or relaxing day trip. If you wanna take a time out and enjoy a few days relaxing among a tranquil South Sea atmosphere, this island is the right spot for you.on Gili Nanggu there is only one accommodation ( Gili Nanggu Cottages & Resort with bungalows directly at the beach) and one restaurant.
Gili Kedis is the tiniest island, It is probably not bigger than the size of a tennis court, and has the shape of a heart. You won’t find anything on the island, except from some trees in the middle. There are not so many fish around, but it is worth trying.
The island is a bit smaller than Gili Nanggu and known as the lunch island You will find a couple of warungs where you can order all kind of local food like Gado Gado, Nasi Goreng or local fish
Gili Tangkong is also a paradise, just like Gili Nanggu. Here you can also snorkel for a couple of minutes or hours, and get amazed by the beautiful coral and fish. On this island, you will also find a nice swing and some amazing photo spots
Gili Asahan, Gili Ringgit, Gili Poh, Gili Layar
Since 2008 lot of gold point founded on the hilly area of Sekotong and Pelangan that makes local people very busy doing traditional way gold mining with very simple tools. The life has been slightly change since 2 year pass by this activities, economic improved and run well. But their activities also impact to threatened environmental damage by the potential negative effects from the use of chemicals to separate gold ore from the rock. Accommodation for visitor to stay in Pelangan available at Permula beach, the name is Bola-Bola Paradise and Palm beach Bungalow, all at the front of beach
makaki beach a beautiful beach in Sekotong from local market Pelangan drive further to the south about 5km. The beach just soo white and wonderful views sweeping India ocean. The sea quiet wavy so should guided to go for swim. No accommodation available here but visitor can just stay in Pelangan and do day trip to this area or if you want to stay overnight here must arrange camping trip in advanced with your travel agent or contact us to arrange it
Elak elak Beach.
is located in sekotong area to the south lombok island,it is about 60 km from mataram,the capital city of west nusa tenggara province. from thr edge of this beach which is also a cape the visitor can cross it during low tide by walk to the small island name Gili penyu,what is special is you can see a lot of star fish scattered on the sea floor. It is a rare and amazing view.
GETTING to Sekotong
All Sekotong areas easy access either by car or Motorbike on well maintained Lombok Highway.Public transportation to Sekotong and Pelangan is by Bemo depart from Lembar Bemo station, turn left 100m before ferry terminal from Mataram direction.
Mataram / Cakranegara / Sweta to Lembar Bemo station ±30 minutes
Lembar to Central Sekotong ±30 minutes
Central Sekotong to Pelangan ±30 minutes
Central Sekotong to Tawun ±20 minutes
Pelangan to Mekaki Beach ±15 minutes
Tawun to Gili Nanggu by Boat ±25 minutes
1. Always use your right hand to point or offering anything to the locals
2. Risking to sound like your mother, we need to remind you to equip your self with sun protection.
3. Also bring a bathing suit and extra clothing
4. Carry enough cash of local currency (Indonesia Rupiah=IDR), no ATM and money changer available in this area
5. Shopping at small shop/market is fixed price, no need to bargain except shop in an art market/souvenir. You can try half price from their offer.
6. For comfortable trip use private transfers service rather than public transport or contact local travel agency to arrange a holiday trip package for you