Seger Beach

One of the most attractive beaches in south central Lombok, Seger is known primarily for its excellent surfing conditions, but its white sand beaches and cerulean waters are certainly worth seeing. Much like nearby Tanjung Aan Beach, Seger has two strips of beach separated by a rocky headland that juts into the bay. Seger Beach is also known for the unusual Bau Nyale Festival that occurs in the 10th month of the Sasak calendar. It’s located 2 miles (3.5 km) east of Kuta Lombok Beach in Central Lombok Regency, 40 minutes south of Lombok International Airport in Praya, and 38 miles (61 km) south of Mataram.

Seger Beach
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Currents can be strong here and the waves are large, so it's not the best spot for swimming. The clean beaches are ideal for sunning or strolling while admiring the picturesque scenery. There are warungs that serve cold drinks and local cuisine. The headland cliffs are an easy and recommended climb — also a great location to appreciate both the sunrise and sunset. From the headlands or the eastern beach, there’s great visibility of the surfers on the offshore reef break.

Seger Beach is a regular location for major surf competitions. It has a right-hand reef break that pumps all day, and beach waves ranging from 6.5 feet (2 m) at low tide to 26 feet (8 m) during late afternoon high tide. The waves are at their best in the smaller swells that occur during tide changes, and/or following big rains. This is the best option for surfing closest to Kuta, and a must-stop for any surf vacation on Lombok.

There are a series of statues on a rock base in the ocean that commemorates the legend of Princess Mandalika from the Tanjung Biru kingdom. According to legend, the Princess was caught between two warring suitors and elected to drown herself in the sea to end the violence. Her spirit was reincarnated as nyale (sea worms). This is the story behind the colorful Bau Nyale Festival. It is generally held in February when thousands of local villagers flock to Seger Beach to harvest the nyale at low tide. Those who are successful receive a blessing from the gods. The worms are cooked and eaten in celebration. Local women believe the worms gift them beauty, and some worms are placed in the rice paddies as a fertilization blessing. The festival features parades, seafood cooking contests, and musical performances.