Batu Payung is known for its unique shaped rock looming over the beach. The rock has become a hotspot for photographers and travellers wanting to capture or witness the incredible sight. Batu Payung translates to "umbrella rock", and it has naturally formed from the water around the base of the rock, slowly eroding it. It is one of Lombok's natural attractions and worth visiting during your time on the island.
This oddly shaped rock sits at the tip of the beach. Here, the coast is made up of rocks and coral, and to reach Batu Payung; it is about a fifteen-minute walk from the shore. On the journey, expect to walk across the many rocks. Before visiting, check the tides and try to avoid visiting during high tide, as the rocks will be submerged making it difficult to walk.
The journey is about an hour by car from Mataram, or from Kuta, just a 20-minute drive. Batu Payung stands on the opposite end of the incredible Tanjung Aan Beach. Stop by at sunset to see the colours reflect off the rock, which is the most beautiful time of day to capture it. From Tanjung Aan Beach it is about a one-hour walk across the sand and the cliff edge, or alternatively, hop on a boat for 15 minutes to reach the site. Spend an afternoon exploring this beautiful part of Lombok, and don't forget to pack your camera to capture the gorgeous scenery surrounding Batu Payung.