also known as Putri Nyale Beach. Kute Beach on the South Coast
of Central Lombok is one of the most scenic and unspoiled
beaches in this part of Indonesia. Each year, on the 19th
day of the tenth month of the Sasak Lunar calendar when the
Nyale Fish come to the sea's surface, Kute Beach is the site
of great festivities.
Fisherman sail out to the sea while young men and women gather
along the beach to join in the marry making, tease each other
and perhaps meet to build a more lasting relationship.
The southern beach of Lombok, like Kute, Seger, Mawun, Tanjung,
Grupuk, and Kaliantan Beach, with the waves that often hit
the cliffs, appeared different on that morning. Crowds of
people visited the beach to conduct the traditional Bau Nyale
The Sasak tribe on Lombok Island mainly lives from farming,
and rigidly hold onto their customs, in particular those that
relate to the forces of nature that act upon life and farming.
Unfortunately however, sometimes nature is not too friendly.
Long draughts often upset the eco-system on Lombok Island,
in particular South Lombok. With the result that rice fields
dry out and harvests fail.
Since long before, agricultural fields on Lombok Island largely
depend on the rainfall. To capitalize on this, much labor
and time is needed. This tiring work certainly requires intermezzos
and entertainment, among others by conducting the Bau Nyale
ceremony (catching Nyale).
Nyale itself being a sea worm that lives only in rock bestowed
beaches, like along the southern beach of Lombok. The purpose
of the Nyale catching tradition being to implant a solidarity
amongst the people in realizing unison and unity.
The locations that are much visited are the Pemongkong Village
at Kalianten Beach, in the Regency of East Lombok, and Kute
Village at Seger Beach, in the Regency of Central Lombok.
The ceremonies are held between the 19-20th of the tenth month
on the Sasak calendar, usually coinciding with the month of
February, and is marked by the emergence of the star Rowat.