Southern side of Lombok are famous for its white sandy beaches, but The Batu Payung beach an exceptions. It is a rocky beach with a crystal clear water and a sandstone standing tall as the mascot. The travelers call the stone as Batu Payung.
In Sasak -local language of Lombok- Batu Payung means an umbrella stone, it’s because of the formations of the sandstone look like an umbrella. The stone also is the only place to hide from the heat of sun or the rain near the beach.
The beach is located at Pujut of Central Lombok. If you are had to go to Tanjung Aan beach, it will be easy to find Batu Payung beach because the position is hidden behind the hill at the east part of Tanjung Aan.
Today Batu Payung is well known amongst the tourists as a good photo or selfie point. Hike up the hill behind it and enjoy the magnificent view over the bay.
This umbrella-shaped rock is just a short drive over from the Sunset point, or a long walk, if you prefer. You can also take a little boat ride from the beach which takes 10 minutes or so, or you can park your scooter closer to the rock and walk over the rocks and along the tide pools.
Batu Payung can be visit from the sea via Muluq beach at the east of Tanjung Aan. From that place, we can across the hill about 30 minutes. However there is a unique way to go to Batu Payung beach by on foot if the sea is going to lessened. However, the sea is lessened according to sea wave. It is can be at the morning or in the afternoon.
Meanwhile the other way is by using sea transportation. We can charter a boat from Tanjung An beach. There are a lot of boats we can rent with prices about Rp 150.000 up to Rp 350.000 depends on amount of passengers.
But when the wave is too high, a lot of fisherman cannot through it. It also same when the sea is lessenend, we cannot using a boat. For your additional information, it is better to go to Batu Payung beach at the noon. Happy holiday guys ! (LPG)