Kencana Beach

Kencana Beach

A lazy day filler

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If you’ve got half a day to kill in Sumbawa Besar and don’t fancy a trip to Aik Renung and Liang Petang, you could do far worse than trucking yourself over to Kencana Beach for the day.
Travelfish says:

Just 11 kilometres to the west of Sumbawa Besar, the greyish-sand crescent offers some tempting shady spots, calm clear waters (with some patchy snorkelling -- don’t get too excited) and a relaxed vibe. On weekends hordes of locals descend on the beach for some R&R but on weekdays, you’ll more than likely have the beach to yourself. The same-named resort faces onto the beach and offers tasty food that we thought was well-priced given the location, and they also have ice-cold beer and we found the staff to be friendly to boot.

From the beach you can see Moyo Island out to your right. A Balinese temple sits on the eastern headland -- the parents of the resort owners are Balinese (they also own the Tambora hotel in town). Staff work hard to keep the beach clean -- almost as hard as many locals do on weekends to litter it -- so your mileage will vary day to day. The beach isn’t earth shatteringly beautiful, but if it is six hours sitting in the bus station or hotel foyer or six hours here, you know where you should be.

An ojek in Sumbawa Besar can bring you out here. If you are here just for the day, consider arranging a time for them to pick you up as it can be a bit tricky to find one here for the trip back into town.

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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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