Central and Eastern Lombok are quiet areas with limited tourism but offer some incredible natural attractions to explore. The region provides small warungs and local eateries, with far less English spoken by locals.
Access the area by taxi or rent a car or motorbike to move as you wish. The small villages and quiet valleys entice travellers to explore the beautiful landscape; however, with limited accommodation and dining options, it is best to visit for a day trip. Drive from Kuta in the south, or stay a night or two in Tetebatu to unwind and enjoy the lush greenery. Visit the town's iconic viewing platform over the ricefields to witness scenic rice terraces and fields spanning out as far as the eye can see, with Tetebatu providing an incredible insight on the island's handicraft industry too. From the eastern port, you will be able to access from Labuhan Lombok, which is the port to reach Gili Kondo, Gili Kapal, Gili Bidara and Gili Lampu.
OYO 1732 Edotel Praya is located in Praya. All rooms feature a TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.
Guest rooms at the hotel include air conditioning and a wardrobe.
Speaking English and Indonesian, staff will be happy to provide guests with practical guidance on the area at the 24-hour front desk.
Secret Garden Bungalows is set in Bonjeruk and offers a garden and a terrace. The property is 49 km from Gili Meno, and complimentary private parking is featured.
The farm stay also has 1 bathroom.
Guests at the farm stay can enjoy an Asian breakfast.
Offering a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool, D'MAX Hotel & Convention is located in Praya, Lombok. The hotel has a barbecue and sun terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.
Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Enjoy a cup of tea while looking out at the mountains. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom equipped with a shower. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hair dryer. D'MAX Hotel & Convention features free WiFi throughout the property.
In central Lombok, take a journey to the stunning Benang Stokel Waterfalls, greeting you with five different waterfalls to discover. Whether you choose to adventure on your own or take a tour, the waterfalls are easy to navigate and can be reached by car. In the rainy season, the track can become very slippery; therefore bring shoes with a secure grip. On your journey, be sure to leave well before the sun goes down, as the trail can be dangerous in low lighting.
Take a short trek to both Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfall. After about a 10 minute walk from the entrance, you will first reach Benang Stokel Falls. Here you will find a collection of three separate waterfalls flowing into one very shallow pool. This overgrown area is a beautiful site to see; however, it is very shallow, making it hard to swim. Just nearby is the 'jumping spot' with an 11-metre waterfall into a canyon, however, pay attention to the abundant wildlife present here, with green tree snakes and other reptiles happily hiding. If you leave them, they will leave you. Before jumping, always do a depth check to ensure it is safe to jump.
Continue to Benang Kelambu waterfall, where you will see more freshwater flowing down the forest walls surrounded by, beautiful overgrown vines. This two-tier waterfall has a man-made pond that sits below it, perfect for a refreshing swim after your journey to reach the falls. Spend the day wandering through the gushing waterfalls, filled with luscious greenery and crystal clear freshwater; nature's playground.
Sukarara Village is home to many intricate and beautifully woven cloths, which forms a vital part of Lombok’s identity. Just a 30-minute car ride from Mataram will take you to the village, located in Central Lombok. On arrival into the town, locals will welcome you warmly, dressed in traditional Sasak clothing. The town specialises in Songket which is an intricately patterned woven fabric created by adding gold or silver thread through it. This thread stands out against the other colours, creating a shimmering effect. The motifs of the Songket are diverse; some will showcase a flower motif or chicken motif, each with a unique meaning. Woven items are created using cotton fabric, silver thread, nylon and silk. The dyes are made from natural materials like betel vine lead, bark, turmeric or tamarind. Weaving is by hand, and most locals spend their days creating. Anything from dresses, table covers, blankets, scarfs and cloth can be created. You will also have the opportunity to try weaving for yourself and learn about the complexities and processes. Most of the woven fabrics are made from home, with many gift stores selling them too.
Weaving has now formed a crucial part of Sukarara village’s tourism, as many visitors flock to see locals weaving and purchase their creations. Spend some time exploring Sukarara Village and its stunning woven threads.
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.