Mbalata Beach is in Kotakomba sub-district in East Manggarai, about 42km east of Borong, nicely framed by Mount Inerie to the east and by soft, hilly landscapes to the west. This spot is popular among locals as well as foreign visitors. You can go for an easy hike along the wide, grey-sand coast to the grazing land of Nangarawa Hill where you will be able to catch a beautiful view over the sea and the surrounding farmland.
If you like to do a little more in Manggarai Timur than just passing through in a rush, do not miss the opportunity to spend the night in unconventional, locally owned accommodation of which the beach is just one of the many special highlights.
At Mbalata Inn Beach Cottages, you are offered a unique experience of Florinese rural lifestyle. See how the farmers work the beautiful rice fields that surround you, supported by water buffaloes slowly trailing the ploughs behind them; or learn how the old local men get the palm sap from the aren palm to produce moke – the traditional Manggaraian liquor – in small huts near the cottage.
The management, committed to eco-friendliness, is truly implementing its concept: Every week, the inn’s team works together with primary school kids to clean up the beach. The children get school books in return. The vegetables for the inn’s own restaurant are freshly picked, and seafood is bought from the local fishermen.
The Mbalata Inn is located directly on the beach. It is equipped with its own restaurant.
How to get there
The beach and the cottages are situated close to the Transflores ‘highway’ between Ruteng and Bajawa. If you come from Bajawa, respectively Aimere, you will cross the bridge over the Wae Lengga River. After that bridge, look out for the sign to Mbalata Cottage Beach Inn on your left.
From Borong, it will take almost an hour to get there (about 20km). From this turn, also note that a white concrete gate serves as an entrance way. The gate reads you ‘Welcome to Mbalata Beach’, and leads you directly to a 300-meter-long stone paved road to the beach.