Lombok provides a variety of attractions to explore across the island. Whether it's a trek up to Mount Rinjani to witness views from the summit, a swim in the many gushing waterfalls or wandering through the local handicraft villages. The vast nature and wildlife available to explore come as a refreshing experience for travellers.
To learn about local wildlife, visit the Lombok Wildlife Park for an opportunity to bathe with elephants and meet the resident orangutan. Continuing with wildlife conservation, take a boat across to the Gili Islands and experience the Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary. While the sanctuary is only small, it makes a big difference to the turtle population. It is an incredible and unique initiative with a focus on conserving the island's turtles.
Take a day trip and explore the waterfalls throughout Rinjani National Park, with Sendang Gile, Tiu Kelep, Benang Stokal and Benang Kelambu to explore. For a unique and spiritual experience, Pura Agung Narmada was once a temple belonging to a king and now offers a three-hectare park to explore, a very sacred site for Hindus. The park holds freshwater flowing from Mount Rinjani, and it is said to be the water of immortality.
Take on Mount Rinjani and endure a three-day hike up to the summit, passing by Lake Segara Anak and sweeping views across the valley. This hike is for experienced trekkers due to its challenging nature.
Lombok has many attractions to immerse yourself amongst the vast nature and wildlife surrounding. Plan your trip ahead to book a tour and learn about its cultural significance, or explore waterfalls and parks on your own for some time out in nature.
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Mount Rinjani, Indonesia's second-highest mountain stands tall over Lombok. Forming part of the earth's 'ring of fire', beyond a volcano, it also holds spiritual significance to local people. The volcanic soil brings luscious wildlife and stunning landscape with flowing waterfalls and green forest lining below it.
Following the crater rim is the stunning Lake Segara Anak. This sulphur lake sits six kilometres in length and considered to be a highly spiritual place. Within the waters of the lake stands Mount Barujari, which breathes clouds of smoke into the air, most recently erupting in 2016.
Mount Rinjani forms part of Rinjani National Park and is home to vast tropical fauna and flora. For those ready to take on an incredible feat, the climb to the top isn't an easy trail. However, the views from the above are worth it. It is considered to offer one of the best hiking treks in South East Asia. The three-day hike from Senaru to the crater rim is challenging. For the more advanced hikers, the option to continue to the summit of the volcano will complete the trek. There are many guided walks on offer, and the trail is not for novice hikers. The trek is available from April to January, as from then the rainy season begins and the path becomes far too slippery. Depending on the tour you join in on, there are a few tracks available - the journey to the crater rim, Lake Segara Anak, or up to Summit Rinjani. Porters join in on the trek however you are required to bring a daypack.
A sunrise climb is available on particular treks to see the incredible colours of the sky light up from the crater, kicking off with a 2.30am start and about three hours of trekking before you reach the summit. The typical climb to crater rim, summit and lake takes three days and two nights to cover. Trek durations are about 7 to 12 hours each day, with trekker's stamina and the weather conditions playing a part in the timeframe too.
Mount Rinjani is also home to several stunning waterfalls. Here you will find Sindang Gila, Tiu Kelep, Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu Twin Waterfalls which is suitable for more experienced trekkers. However, on your visit, often guides are lurking around the entrance, which are not officially sanctioned. Some of them can be quite demanding in terms of payment and to visit the primary waterfalls; a guide isn't required. Therefore do your research accordingly and ensure that your guide is pre-organised should you need one. There are fixed prices to access the waterfalls too. The Jeruk Manis waterfalls sit in Barong Panas village with a 40-metre drop of crystal clear freshwater. The story of this waterfall is that it is believed to cure various diseases, and a traditional ritual led by Pemangku (an indigenous elder) can be arranged. The pool below is shallow, and if you choose to climb to the top, be mindful of the slippery track.
Make the most of the stunning Mount Rinjani on your visit to Lombok. Explore the remarkable natural landscape on a hike, swim at the waterfalls or indulge in the view from the mountain, and see for yourself the dramatic scenery up close.
Nestled between striking mountains, Sembalun Village sits in a valley and at the base of the Mount Rinjani. The village is three hours by car from Mataram, making a very scenic drive. The drive, however, can be a little bit challenging due to the steep climb. On your journey to reach the village, you will pass by lush green rice fields and tropical gardens. The fertile soil from the volcano helps agriculture thrive, which is the lifeblood of the community. Here you will find cabbage, carrots, chilli, rice and onions growing, with farmers playing a vital role in the village. Spices are also in abundance here and on your visit; you will have the chance to experience harvesting them on a traditional farm.
The local Sasak people share their culture and traditions through art and food. Amongst the people, there are eight different dialects across the island.
Traditional housing still stands where the first families in the village lived. Made up of mud-brick, the historical value of these homes within the community is very high, and to this day, the houses are still in use. Music also plays an essential role in the Sasak culture. Some of the popular instruments used include flutes, traditional Indonesian instruments like the Gamelan, and percussive instruments. Learning to play the Gamelan is a skill passed down through the family.
A visit to Sembalun Village is a chance to learn about daily life as a local. Whether you join in on the local communities harvesting, explore the original homes still standing or listen to the music of the local people, a visit will bring you further insight around Lombok's cultural identity.
Kuta Beach in the south of Lombok is home to pristine white sand and a rugged coastline. It is one of the more popular beaches in Lombok, with many travellers flocking to experience its sparkling water each year. With mountains to the west and rugged hills to the east, it makes a spectacular sight to witness. To reach the beach is easy, and it is the perfect spot to roll out your towel and sunbake all day. At 2.2 kilometres in the distance, this long stretch of beach is ideal for jogging or walking along too. A spectacular vantage point can be accessed from Madalika Hill to the east of the beach. The hill provides sweeping views across the bay with crystal clear water filled with coral below.
Kuta Beach is set 90 minutes by car from Mataram, with many transfers available. If you prefer your independence, opt to rent a car or scooter and explore for yourself instead. The beaches around Lombok charge a parking fee; so always bring small change with you.
There are many gorgeous beaches all just a stone's throw away from Kuta Beach, making it a great base to explore surrounding shorelines. Head to the east, and you will reach Seger Beach, which is recommended for snorkelling and surfing too.
The town of Kuta in Lombok is the most popular part of the island, leaving you spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation options. The roads surrounding Kuta Beach and to the east are mostly dirt paved or sealed, and in reasonably good condition, so it is easy to drive around and explore on a motorbike or by car. However should you choose to head west, the road becomes less maintained.
For the surfers, Kuta Beach brings both left and rights in the bay. You will also have the option to jump on board with one of the local boats, for a small fee and be taken out further to areas like Gerupuk Bay. Rolling straight out onto the Indian Ocean, Kuta Beach is not only perfect for surfing but swimming too. Many surfers make the trip to experience its incredible waves and variety of breaks.
Aside from surfing, Kuta Beach provides a choice of outdoor activities like snorkelling and stand up paddle boarding. As the day begins to fade away, watch the sky fill with colour as the sun goes down. Sunsets from Kuta Beach are an incredible sight, so be sure to stay until late afternoon to witness one.
Lombok's Kuta Beach brings travellers from across the globe to experience its world-class waves and pristine water. Base yourself near Kuta Beach to make the most of what the island has to offer. Enjoy the choice of water activities and accommodation options, and easily plan your stay in Lombok with restaurants, resorts and beaches all in close distance.
Tanjung Ringgit sits in the southeast corner of Lombok and is two and a half hours by car from Mataram city. The roads in this area are worn and require slow and careful driving, therefore to adequately see the area give yourself a couple of days to explore. Tanjung Ringgit is a coastline made up of limestone cliffs and stunning sandy beaches resting below. The crystal clear, warm water and dramatic scenery surrounding brings it a unique appeal. Quiet villages are scattered across the area, and weaving between them makes for a great day of exploring. In the distance sits Sumbawa Island and the water here forms part of the Alas Strait.
As you wander past the limestone cliffs, you will see several caves scattered throughout, which were once used by the Japanese soldiers in World War II as a defensive outpost.
One of the unique sights in this area is the Pink Beach sitting in Temeak Bay. Visit in the morning or late afternoon to see the pink colour at its most vivid when the light softens. Another beach nearby is Pantai Segui made up of white sand and a popular place for snorkelling.
In the area, there are both luxury and budget accommodation options available. On the eastern side of the peninsula, there is a high-end beach camp option. Otherwise, for lower budgets, Ekas Bay provides cheaper accommodation alternatives. It is also considered to be the surfing hotspot in the area. Tanjung Ringgit is a quiet escape from Lombok’s busier cities in the south and is a beautiful way to retreat and relax.
Senggigi Beach connects on to the port for the Gili Islands and in the dry season boats moor onto the beach. The beach has many swimming areas as well as different breaks for surfers. Marine life is present in the area too, and canoeing is a popular activity for visitors.
The town of Senggigi used to be the main tourist strip in Lombok. Nowadays it isn't as popular for travellers, with many opting to visit Kuta in the south or the Gili's instead. Surrounded by sweeping bays and beaches, Senggigi Beach is made up of white sand, sprawling out onto the coral reef. Depending on the time of year you visit, the sand colour changes and can be affected by the boats as well as the season.
With many accommodation options nearby from homestays to more extravagant options, you will find even more luxury stays in the north around Mangsit.
The best time to visit is at dusk to enjoy the view from the beach or one of the many restaurants lining the water. The outlook across the water showcases Bali and Nusa Penida in the distance, and at sunset, the light outlines the island's frame.
In the area, there is a mix of Western-style dining as well as Indonesian warungs to grab a bite to eat at, with barbecued corn available across the headland (popular street food in Indonesia). Senggigi is a favourite for locals, and on a Sunday you will notice the crowds pick up.
Senggigi Beach is a comfortable place to stop through on your journey to the Gili's. With its choice of restaurants lining the water, spend a day relaxing in the sun.
Gili Trawangan, affectionately known by travellers as Gili T, is the largest and most famous of the three islands. Just a short thirty-minute boat ride from Lombok, boats depart directly from the northwest coast.
Gili T brings together the best of pristine, white sandy beaches and vivid nightlife. The island is home to bustling bars, restaurants, guesthouses and diving schools and you will find a mix of both backpackers and travellers searching for a party paradise. Due to the resort-style accommodation, it also caters well for families, with bungalows, villas and hotels on offer. Across the Gili Islands, motorised transport is not allowed, so rent a bicycle or take a horse cart to move across the land.
Just a two-hour wander on foot will take you around the entire island. There are two main beaches; North Beach, perfect for snorkelling and underwater life and Goodheart, being the main stretch. Many travellers visit Gili T specifically to learn how to dive, with a choice of dive centres along the shoreline and 18 dive sites surrounding the Gili Islands. Throughout the islands, there are 63 biorock structure projects set up, which help to preserve the coastline and regenerate reef and marine life
Gili T is an excellent base for exploring between the islands. By day, enjoy snorkelling, diving and stunning beaches and by night get involved in the nightlife scene with bar hopping and lounge bars coming to life. Plan your trip to Gili Trawangan to make the most of the island’s beach life, nightlife and activities.
Gili Kedis sits in the southwest of Lombok and is a tiny island surrounded by colourful reef and active underwater life. It is the smallest of the surrounding islands and only about the size of a tennis court. From above, the island looks like a love heart; it is covered in sand with only just a couple of trees.
Enjoy swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on the beach of this beautiful remote island, like something out of a movie. The seawater is so clear that standing from above you can watch the fish playing in the water below. If you plan on spending the day on Gili Kedis, be sure to bring your own water and food, as there are no shops or inhabitants on the island. The most beautiful time to visit is at sunrise and sunset when the colours of the sun paint across the sky.
There is a choice of two boats that will take you to Gili Kedis; one from Lembar port, which takes about 60 minutes in total, and another from Tawun, which is just a fifteen-minute ride. Visit Gili Kedis for a relaxing and remote day trip during your stay in Lombok and to get a true taste of island life. The pristine beach and playful fish swimming in the water are a beautiful way to visit one of Lombok's smaller and lesser-known islands.
Kondo Island is a beautiful uninhabited stretch of land to explore, exposing you to pristine marine life and crystal clear water. It forms part of the Three Islands (Tiga Pulau), which are Gili Kondo, Gili Bidara and Gili Petagan in the Sambelia subdistrict. Set off the east coast of Lombok in the Alas Strait; the island is a perfect day trip for honeymooners and families.
Kondo Island can be accessed from two ports - the port of Pelabuhan Kayangan just 45 minutes by boat or from Sambelia Transat coast in 25 minutes. From Mataram, it is a two and a half hour drive to reach the Pelabuhan Kayangan port.
Kondo Island is one of the less popular tourist destinations, and what attracts visitors to the island is its remote, untouched beauty. Most travellers visit just for the day. However, if extending your stay on this gorgeous island appeals to you, consider camping for the night to truly indulge and connect with nature. Make sure that you come prepared and bring your own food and water.
Many different tours will also take you to Kondo Island, so you can spend the day in the sun, savouring the white sand and open water without having to plan a thing. Visit Kondo Island to see where the very best of nature comes to life and experience one of the quieter, more pristine islands off Lombok.
Gili Air is considered to be the perfect balance between Gili Trawangan's nightlife and Gili Meno's slow-paced, relaxed lifestyle. The island sits closest to Lombok, and is fringed with stunning white sandy beaches and crystal clear water; perfect for snorkelling in. The name 'Gili Air' means small water island in Sasak. This is due to it being the only one of the three Gili Island's to have a natural source of fresh water.
The small, five kilometre island can be explored on foot or by bike within two hours. Along the coastline, you will see bungalows and restaurants all making the most of the ocean views. Accommodation options bring a variety of choices, from upscale luxury resorts to cosy guesthouses. Close by to the port of Gili Air is where there is a choice of dining and nightlife options and further north the island becomes more remote and isolated. Indulge in the Gili Air’s mix of beach bars and cafes, as well as some small shops throughout, perfect for solo travellers, groups and families. Gili Air's idyllic beaches are also a top pick for snorkellers and divers, to observe colourful marine life up close.
Boats connect daily between the other Gili Islands, departing in the morning and afternoon for you to jump on. Otherwise, group travellers can charter a boat and explore the area at a leisurely pace.
Whether you choose to relax and unwind, or make the most of entertainment and nightlife on the island, Gili Air brings a variety of activities for all types of travellers.
Gili Layar sits off the southwest coast of Lombok. This small island is a beautiful day trip and a quiet retreat, with its isolated and tranquil environment. Enjoy your time snorkelling, relaxing in the sun, or making the most of the colourful, burning sunsets. To reach Gili Layar, take a boat from Sengiggi in Lombok, which is a two and a half-hour ride, or from Taun Harbor that is just a 15-minute ride.
The island is a popular destination for both locals and travellers to explore, and with just one accommodation option, it is a great way to disconnect and retreat. If you plan to spend the night here, ensure you pre-book your accommodation due to the limited options. The reef sits just off the shore, and the current is gentle enough to make the most of snorkelling in the water. Often in the early morning, turtles can be seen fluttering about too. The beach is quiet, and due to the intense heat of the sun, usually between 10am and 4pm, there are not many people around. As the sun goes down, watch the stars light up the night sky and listen to the sound of the ocean. If you plan to spend the night here, ensure you pre-book your accommodation due to the limited options. During your stay, make the most of discovering other surrounding island like Gili Gede, Gili Rengit and Asahan.
While Lombok is known for its famous Gili Islands in the west, in the east you will find a cluster of beautiful, lesser-known tropical islands. Part of that is Bidara Island (or Gili Bidara, Gili meaning ‘island’ in Sasak), which is one of the quieter and untouched havens surrounding Lombok. Nearby you will find Gili Kondo, Gili Kapal and Gili Lampu, which are all set on the Alas Strait. Bidara Island is the only one that is currently inhabited, home to families who have lived on the land for years. Across the island, you will also find sweet potato fields owned by the locals, which are a vital part of the island’s industry. While the island is only small, it is filled with stunning beaches to explore. The underwater life is worth seeing up close and a popular place for divers and snorkellers, with colourful fish and coral throughout. The view from the beach overlooks onto Mount Rinjani, and its outline sits boldly in the distance tracing out a beautiful sight for spectators.
To reach Gili Bidara, access the port from Sambelia in Lombok and then take a boat directly to the island. Camping on the land is the best option with limited accommodation options. You will find a pavilion for shelter, which you can set your tent in, and be sure to bring your own food and water.
For a tropical escape, and an alternative to the busy Gili Islands, visit Bidara Island to relax and reconnect with nature.
The walk up Mount Rinjani will take you past the scenic crater lake Segara Anak (Lake Segara). Formed in 1257, this blue lake is made up of volcanic water with hot thermal pools sitting within it. To reach the lake, you'll need to join in on one of the many hiking tours up to Mount Rinjani, with an accompanying guide.
Lake Segara sits cradled between the rugged peaks like a refreshing retreat tucked away from the elements. This crescent-shaped lake is set 600 metres below the crater rim of Mount Rinjani.
The hike up to the lake takes about two days and one night, and it will bring you past a diverse range of landscapes; from lush rainforest to rocky terrains and dare dropping cliffs. Waterfalls run directly from Segara Anak, and there are four natural hot springs within the lake. These healing properties are enough to encourage locals to climb up the mountain solely to experience these waters. While high altitude brings colder temperatures, the lake's water isn't as cold as expected. The water temperature sits at between 20 to 22 degrees Celsius, which is much higher than the mountain's average of 14 to 15 degrees. Researchers have found the warmer temperatures are linked to leaks from the magma chamber seeping into the water of Segara Anak. The water is composed of sulphate, potassium, chloride and sodium, which is then thinned by rainwater entering the lake.
Each year, the Balinese visit Segara Anak, which is considered to be a very spiritual place and a ceremony is performed. While local Wetu Telu people visit the lake every full moon and pray.
Lombok Wildlife Park is an incredible way to encounter wildlife up close. Set in the north-west of Lombok's island, it is just a short drive from Senggigi, and two hours from Kuta.
The park is home to 195 animals and 50 different species, and their wellbeing is the top priority. This unique experience will allow you to encounter orangutans, elephants, colourful birds and reptiles all in a day's visit. Learn about the different animal species with talks on orangutans and why they are considered one of the most charismatic creatures. Take the opportunity to bathe with elephants as they play together and enjoy the water. You will also be able to join in on the elephant meet and greet available at certain times throughout the day. Continue to the exotic bird park, to see colourful birds stretch their winds out and glide above you.
The park also provides a choice of facilities on offer including a restaurant, cafe, gift shop and picnic area should you wish to sit down for a rest. No food or drink from outside is permitted to bring into the park, therefore packing a picnic isn't an option. Lombok Wildlife Park is open 365 days of the year from 9am to 5.30pm. Spend a day exploring Lombok Wildlife Park for a close encounter of a vast range of wildlife. From orangutans to elephants, reptiles to birdlife; a visit to the park is sure to be a memorable experience perfect for families, groups and solo travellers.
Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary was initiated to help preserve the turtle wildlife on the island. Turtle breeding is a unique process and unlike any other, yet with this comes many newborn deaths. The sanctuary’s focus is to protect the turtles by allowing them to grow in a sheltered area. Once the turtles are fully grown, they are released into the water on their own (which only happens every few months). To be a part of the release a small fee is required which is donated back to the turtle sanctuary.
The sanctuary is a tiny patch of beach and relies on donations to keep it alive. Don’t be confused by the name; it is a private initiative and just a small area off the beach. Several shallow pools stand with turtles divided according to their age. The turtle sanctuary can easily be missed, with a sign under corrugated iron pointing you in the right direction. However, even though it is a small initiative, it makes a big difference in the turtle population. Your support and donations keep the sanctuary alive and help feed the growing turtles so that they can then be released into the wild. During your stay on Gili Meno, take a wander down and visit the Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary to learn about these beautiful creatures.