Photo: Look at that coastline running east.

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Rontu Beach

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Way, way south of Bima, south of Teluk Waworada and facing out to the Timor Sea (next stop Australia, or perhaps Sumba if you catch a westerly breeze), Rontu Beach shows just how wild and beautiful Sumbawa’s beaches can be.

If you’ve spent much time in southern Lombok, the parallels will be obvious — both for the wilderness appeal of the place and the total lack of development. There is the ruined shell of what was apparently a government-built hotel abandoned in 2006, but otherwise, save a few shacks, there is zero development on the beach here.

Be great on a sunny day.

Be great on a sunny day.

Bookended by tall cliffs on both sides with farms running back from the beach, you can only really visit here on a long day trip from Bima. You’ll need to bring your own supplies as there is very little to buy. With a bag of snacks and water in hand, you could stay down here for a day relatively easily.

Best to bring your own supplies.

Best to bring your own supplies.

Rontu Beach is not well signposted and you’ll need either a guide or be ready to ask for directions along the way. Most of the road surface is good, though the last few kilometres are muddy and badly rutted. From Bima, the trip should take about 1.5 hours one way by motorbike or car. It is a very scenic trip.

The road ends here.

The road ends here.

There are other beaches along this same coast. Wane Beach in particular is supposed to be worth a look, but we were warned off there due to theft and hassles so didn’t visit.

Some work required.

Some work required.

Rontu Beach
About 1.5 hours south of Bima by motorbike or car.

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Location map for Rontu Beach

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