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 Sendang Gile, 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.