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Gently float alongside turtles in crystal clear water, or feel the adrenaline hit of wakeboarding as you bounce against the waves. Whatever your idea of adventure is, Lombok provides an incredible choice of outdoor activities for you to explore.

The variety of water sports is endless with scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling, sailing, parasailing and kayaking, just to name a few. And of course, the swell brings surfers of all skill levels each year to experience Lombok’s consistent, peeling waves. On land, there are a variety of activities to fill your days with. Explore Lombok’s vast natural landscape made up of rugged coastline and lush tropical rainforest by trekking, canyoning, horse riding or cycling through.

Lombok brings a choice of adventures, suitable for all ages. The contrasting landscape made up of rock-faces rising above sandy beaches, and gushing gorges amid verdant rainforest, will leave you wanting to explore the incredible nature and outdoor activities on the island.

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Scuba Diving

Lombok's crystal clear waters leave travellers with several magnificent diving sites to uncover. The best time to plan your dive is over the dry season beginning in March until November, and water temperature ranges from 26 to 30 C (79 to 86 F).

Starting with the most famous site, The Magnet, which sits on the southern coast in Belongas Bay. It bears its name from the many big fish drawn to the site such as hammerheads, barracuda and eagle rays. The Magnet drops down to 80 metres and is for advanced divers only.

A short boat ride from the west of Lombok will take you to the stunning North Gili Islands, with some of the top diving sites. The North Gili Islands are home to Trawangan, Air and Meno and are popular amongst honeymooners and backpackers. Gili Meno is known for its underwater sculptures called 'The Nest', for you to encounter. Here you experience up close turtles, manta rays, reef sharks and more. Sitting to the west of Gili Meno is Meno Wall with an 18-metre drop. Encounter a mix of coral fish moving with the current, crabs, lionfish, wart slugs and nudibranchs as well as hawksbill and green turtles floating away. South of Gili Trawangan comes to life with Manta Rays in the wet season, and reef sharks and turtles inhabit the area all year round. The drop goes down to 40 metres, and the beautiful mix of marine life fits into the Malang Reef underwater canyons featuring blue-spotted stingrays, lionfish, white tips and spiny lobsters. While Shark Point sits east of Gili Trawangan and the morning is when this site comes to life with up to 24 metres of coral waters to explore. Here you'll find trivially, white tip reef shark, ribbon eels and mantas. Volker's Golf Course lays 500 metres from Shark Point and begins from 30 metres and down. Down in the depths, you'll witness sharks, doctor fish and mackerel but it sometimes also brings strong currents due to the distance of the sea.

Moving on to more remote waters in the south of Lombok, are Sekotong (mainland) and South Gilis - Asahan, Gede, Ringgit and many more, home to pristine, white sandy beaches and unspoilt reefs. Gili Ringgit is small, but an excellent place for beginner divers with cuttlefish and blue-spotted stingrays as well as coral gardens. For a more untouched diving experience, the southwest is where you'll find quieter dive sites. Here, the gentle currents create a perfect combination for those wanting to learn how to dive or brush up on their skills. Another popular site here are the Stairs of Medang, where the reef drops into a stairway looking shape down to 30 metres. Here you'll encounter turtles playing and fish trailing each other as you continue deeper on to manta rays and sharks.

Lombok has so many dive sites for you to explore. Add to your list Frog Fish Point, Hammerhead Sharks (a newer site with pristine coral and of course, sharks), The Cathedral, Nipah Slope, and Alang-Alang Wall (great for night dives), and you'll be sure to find an adventure to suit.

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Trekking

Depending on your skill level and experience when it comes to trekking, Lombok provides a variety of adventures. Choose from the many guided tours to experience the stunning landscapes and dramatic views across the island. Mount Rinjani would have to be at the top of most trekker’s list, while Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls sit in the centre of the island and are a magnificent day trip to absorb this magical island.

Starting with Mount Rinjani sitting high above Lombok, it is the second-highest volcano in Indonesia. An impressive 3,726 metres above sea level, the views across the landscape showcase the vast blue ocean and lush tropical forest below, a trekker’s paradise. Mount Rinjani is home to gushing waterfalls and wildlife like monkeys swinging from tree to tree, as well as daring views across the land. This journey is not for the faint-hearted, and the hike to the summit takes you on a trip across varying terrains. From rugged rocks to lush forest, it will take about two days to reach the crater. The trek begins with a 1,500-metre climb lasting approximately eight kilometres, and the steepest part of elevation starts in the second half of the stint, taking about four hours to complete. The terrain is not maintained, leaving a slippery, sandy path ahead. After a day of trekking, you will set down to rest; then later on in the evening, the next stint begins so that the summit can be reached before sunrise. With another 1,000 metres of elevation to go and a somewhat slippery trail, lots of will power will be needed, but the view from the top will be well worth it.

The volcano was last active in 2010 and has been named UNESCO Global Geopark. Due to the height, it will be cold at the summit, therefore pack adequate clothing and come prepared. Within the crater awaiting you is Lake Segara Anak, with hot springs surrounding to bathe in. The dry season is the ideal time to explore, which falls from April to December. Refrain from visiting in the wet season, as the climb is too risky due to the slippery trek, and most tours will advise against taking you on the journey.

An alternative adventure and something a little less challenging is a trek to Pergasingan Hill, which takes three hours each way and features views of the surrounding valleys and villages below. This 1,200-metre high vantage point will bring you glimpses of mountain peaks and volcanos in the distance. The flatfield awaiting at the top is a beautiful place to spend the night or take a rest after your trek. Sitting below in the range is Sembalun village surrounded by rice fields. Other adventure activities also take off from here, such as mountain biking and paragliding. This trek is an excellent introduction for those interested in taking on Mount Rinjani. Sendang Gile waterfall also sits on the edge of Mount Rinjani; it is easily accessible and brings an incredibly tropical feel.

Beyond Mount Rinjani, the island rewards explorers with dense rainforest and gushing waterfalls, leaving many trekking opportunities to explore.

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Surfing

Lombok's world-class waves bring surfers from all over the globe, with a mix of surf breaks along a stunning coastline suitable for all types of skill levels. 

Lombok's unspoiled beaches and quieter pace makes it a surfers paradise. Base yourself in Kuta Lombok, which is a popular choice for surfers, and just like in the rest of Indonesia, to reach the breaks, you'll need to either drive or take a boat.

If you're planning a surf trip, then south of the island is where you'll want to begin. The most famous breaks include Desert Point, Mawi, Kuta, Gerupuk and Ekas Bay. Desert Point, also known as Bangko Bangko Beach, has to be the favourite but be warned it's only for experienced surfers. On any given day, it is not uncommon to see surfers leaving the water with injuries. While for many, the risk is worth the 20-second barrel.

Beginners can ignite their love of surfing at Senggigi, Mangsit and the Gili Islands. With surf schools lined along the coastline of both Lombok and the Gilis, you'll be standing up and doing turns before you know it.

The best season for surfing is between April to October with south-west swell coming from the Indian Ocean. Kuta Lombok brings excellent waves, and with several surf breaks like Mawun and Mawi in Lombok, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring.