Tanjung Aan Beach
If you like your tropical paradise beaches with crystal clear turquoise water, minimal reefs and seagrass, and almost no people, this is the place for you. Tanjung Aan is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on Lombok. Its 1.2 miles (2 km) of curved shoreline is in a bowl-shaped bay split by a hilly headland with spectacular views. Other than a few hawkers and warungs, it’s still a pretty quiet town, although massive development is looming in the not-too-distant future. Tanjung Aan is 3 miles (5 km) east of Kuta in West Nusa Tenggara, East Lombok district, about 1 hour south of Lombok International airport.
The west side of Tanjung Aan has brilliant white sand beaches on the half of the bay called Aan. Pedau, to the east of the headlands, has yellow-white peppercorn-like sand, similar to what you find on Kuta Beach. The bay is good for swimming — you can see large waves breaking on rocks farther out. The eastern bay sometimes has a strong current, so use caution. Tanjung Aan is best for lazy relaxation and long walks with postcard views. There will be intermittent hawkers offering sarongs and such, but there are plenty of spots to find peace, quiet, and solitude. Climbing the hills in the headlands offers breathtaking vistas in all directions, and is a great place to enjoy a stunning sunset.
Surfing here is best at Aan in the late afternoon when the tide rises and waves get bigger. Aan has a fairly exposed reef break with unreliable waves and no particular seasonal pattern. The majority of the surf here is a groundswell, with an ideal swell angle from the south-southwest with a north wind. It’s a right-hand reef break that is unlikely to be very crowded, even when the surf is prime. Local vendors do not rent surfboards, so bring your own gear, and watch out for rocks. You can rent snorkeling equipment, and vendors are happy to point out the best reef locations.
Beach chairs and umbrellas are available to paying customers at restaurants on the western end of the beach. There are a few local warungs and casual beach bars scattered about both sides — just enough to keep Tanjung Aan feeling mostly deserted. Some recent construction heralds the coming of a large resort, so enjoy this paradise while you can.