What’s on your mind when thinking about one of the top travel destinations in Asia i.e., the Lombok Island? The beaches and the beauty of nature surrounding you? If yes, then Lombok being a budget-friendly destination in Asia has so much more to offer to the international tourists. Right from holidaying at the exciting beach to trying some adventurous activities, from getting indulged in shopping to simply spending some time amid the lush green nature, a trip to Lombok will provide you a holiday experience to cherish for the lifetime. So what exactly this blog will help you with? Well, I have jotted down a list of the places to visit and things to in Lombok that might sound mainstream but are actually more fun to experience in Lombok. Here we go!
Being one of biggest of the three main islands, the Gili Trawangan is identified as one of the popular attraction on the Indonesian Tourist Island which is suitable to travel with family and friends. Visiting the island, you will come across options that will help you to get around the island by taking the old fashioned horse and cart. You can even enjoy walking or cycling around and admire the natural beauty. Also if you happen to visit the Gili Trawangan during the day time you can sit and relax on the white sandy beaches and take a look at the soothing clear water. For those with the love for night parties are surely not going to go disappointed as nightlife here is ah-mazing with the live music on!
Yes, the island Lombok is famous for its waterfalls but out of all the others the most popular attraction is the Tiu Kelep Waterfall which is surrounded by an emerald jungle. Plunging down over 45 meters, the waterfall provide the tourists a cooling mist of water. Nature lovers are surely going to fall in love with the place as it provides a wide variety of flora and fauna around. Located at the Senaru Village, this waterfall is an ideal destination for those up for some adventure, you can trek to the waterfalls which will be an experience in itself as you walk past the trickling jungle streams. Not just this but you can even enjoy swimming at the base of the waterfall.
While travelling to Lombok, make sure you visit the Pearl Farms which is yet another popular tourist attraction in Lombok and introduce you to some of the prettiest pearls in Southeast Asia. If you’re just like me who get fascinated by such things then I am sure you are going to love the Pearl Farm. Visiting Autore Pearl Farm you can get indulged in exploring a variety of pearls along with getting filled with the knowledge about the pearl cultivation. For those who love shopping, the good news is you can even buy some pearl products and support the local pearl farming business in Lombok.
Being yet another famous attraction on the Lombok Island, the Mighty Mount Rinjani is a also a still-active volcano. Being the second largest volcano in Indonesia it is a paradise for the adventure enthusiasts who can indulge in trekking (three days, two nights) to relish the awe-inspiring views of an azure lake. Tourists who have done hiking here are of the opinion that the Mount Ranjini have given them the best hiking experience in Indonesia. The only thing that needs to be kept in mind is that, as the grade of the trek is difficult, one needs to have good balancing capacity over the body. So if you are up for adventure holidays, then heading to Mount Rinjani would be an ideal choice.
Less of an amusement park but more of a water place, a visit to Narmada Water Park would take you to a serene water place which is considered to be an ideal tourism place on the Lombok Island. While visiting the beautiful place, don’t miss out on checking the amazing ancient architecture (constructed in the year 1727 by King Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Karangasem) that is truly praiseworthy. The park being surrounded by the lush garden gives the opportunity to perfectly relax or stroll during the afternoon. Even though the Water Park is not as grand as the other parks that are there in Indonesia, but the place has got some magic making the holiday experience of the tourist memorable for the lifetime.
Okay, if you are up to something different other than beaches or island, then head to the Tetebatu Village which is set amid the lush green nature, rice paddies and terraces, will take you to a place of tranquility. So if you are someone who is keen to learn about different cultures and traditions, a visit to Tetebatu Village will give you the opportunity to witness the culture of the people of Lombok, called the Sasak. Not just this but the village is going make the shopaholics excited as they can buy the traditional handicraft which they can take back home as mementos for the loved ones. Other than the rice, the village also focus on growing many exotic fruits, coffee, cocoa, vegetables, chili vanilla, macadamia nuts and a lot more.
Located in Central Lombok, the Semeti Beach is popularly known for the stunning volcanic formations. While visiting the beach you can witness how the place is surrounded by the volcanic rocks and with this small pools, bays and inlets can be seen which have been formed over the period of time. What appears to be a captivating sight is the dramatic scenery because of which the Semeti Beach is being thronged by a number of tourists every year. So if you are someone who have love for pools and climbing then heading to the secluded Semeti Beach will be a great place to explore. Tourists can even enjoy swimming here while admiring the beauty of the water.
Head to the thriving textile industry on the Lombok Island. While visiting the Sukarara Village you will come across how the textiles are woven by hand including tenun ikat which is a string woven fabric made by men and tenun songket which is made by women and is embroidered by gold and silver thread. Also, if you get fascinated by such activities you can even join a traditional weaving workshop that will help you develop knowledge about fabric and teaches how traditional pieces are made. The place is even good for shopaholics as you can pick some of the best pieces as souvenirs to take back home.
Just when you are roaming about somewhere on the Lombok Island, the idea of heading to the Gunung Tunak National Park will offer you so much more to see in just one go. When visiting the national park you will come across the stunning views of the local scenery and capture the beauty of the island in the mind. So what’s inside the park? Right when entering in the park you will witness the Butterfly Sanctuary where you will find butterflies all around which appears to be no less than a fairytale. Also, there is a tower which is located at the top of the Tunak Hill. Strolling inside the national park you will see a number of trails which lead you to an approximately three kilometres long trek that takes you to an old lighthouse on the cliff side.
Being the only largest city on the Lombok Island a visit to Mataram will offer you plenty of things to do and see that will help you make the most out of your trip to Lombok. When in Mataram, make sure you visit the important places including Epicentrum Mall, Islamic Center Mall, Pura Agung Narmada, Batu Payung Beach, West Nusa Tenggara State Museum, Lingsar Temple and a lot more. Other than this, Mataram has also become the center of education, commerce, government. So when in Lombok make a visit to the Mataram where you can shop and try out the delicacies that would make your trip exciting and unforgettable.
If you choose not to hike up to Mount Ranjini, then trekking to the Bukit Pergasingan which is yet another popular hiking and camping destination would be an ideal choice. The scenery that surrounds the place is surely going to fill your heart with joy as the place has some magic which soothes the soul by giving a unique experience. So, standing at the height one can take a look at the patchwork of the fields of different hues.
What could be more relaxing than just lying on the long strip of golden sand beside a pristine beach when the cool breeze touched the body. Yes, if you want to experience the same, then heading to Selong Belanak Beach would be an ideal choice. Being one of the prettiest beaches on the island and unlike the other islands the beach remains less crowded and littered. Other than this, you will get the opportunity to have an eye on the local stalls where you can enjoy scrumptious noodles and rice dishes with fresh coconut water that is just so refreshing! Also, if you are up for some adventure activities, then you can even rent a surfboard to get a thrilling experience.
Nicknamed as the Tangsi Beach, the Pink Beach on Lombok which is also known as the best destination for couple will give an opportunity to adore the fine sand and bliss that you can experience in the atmosphere. What fascinates me more about the Pink Beach is that unlike in other beaches, the sand here is of a strawberry-blonde shade. Simply relaxing and enjoying the sunbath or even going for swimming are some of the reasons to visit the Pink Beach. Other than this, trying Snorkelling and Canoeing is a must-do.
Being one of the best trekking spots on the Lombok Island, Tanjung Ringgit is a place that you just cannot leave without hiking if you are bitten by the adventure bug. As Tanjung Ringgit is covered with lush fields, it allows the enthusiasts to enjoy mesmerising views. Not just this, but as you trek along the coastline, you can even witness the Mount Rinjani towering in the background. Lucky enough you are, you’ll get the opportunity to spot a turtle or two surfacing in the ocean into the breaking water waves. In short, your trek to Tanjung Ringgit is going to be peaceful as it will have the balance of adventure and nature.
Would you like to get a unique experience, other than relaxing on the beach side or trekking and hiking? Then a visit to the caves at Bangkang, would be perfect for you. This is a thing to do on Lombok Island which shouldn’t be missed by adventurous traveller. While visiting the cave you will come across the vast caverns below the ground giving you a feeling of being in a different world. Other than this, the caves at Bangkang are also home to thousands of bats. The recommended time of the day for visiting the caves is during the sunset when you can make the most out of it.
The Kuta beach in Lombok is different from the ones that are here in Bali. The Kuta in Lombok is comparatively small and quiet in size which makes it a perfect destination to chill while sipping coconut water. Tourists who would like to explore Kuta Beach can either hire a motorbike to explore the long coastline. Meanwhile tourists can even stop at the inlets and buy stuff that might be fascinating.
Located in the Rinjani Caldera, the Lake Segara Anak is surrounded by forests making it a great place to camp. The caldera creates a natural barrier for the light production giving the tourists the opportunity to get a beautiful sight of the stars. Surrounded by lush vegetation, Lake Segara Anak is something that is not to be missed. You can simply gaze at the beautiful turquoise water which is truly mesmerising in the moonlight.
If you are up for trekking to the Mount Rinjani, then stopping at the Air Kalak Hot Spring, will offer you an opportunity to celebrate the beauty of the place and get soaked in the sun. The water at Air Kala Hot Spring is supposed to be rich in medicinal properties. Just in case, if you would want a soothing end after hiking to Mount Ranjini, then unwinding yourself at the Air Kalak Hot Spring would be an ideal choice.
Here’s the good news for all the foodies out there. Visiting Lombok you can try out a lot of local delicacies and the most preferred one is the Sate Rembiga which is a spicy beef dish. You can even try other popular delicacies including the Plecing, Nasi Puyung and Ayam Taliwang which again is not supposed to be missed. It is a delicious spicy grilled chicken dish that you can find almost everywhere on the island. What adds magic to the dish is the mixture of the garlic, chilli and shrimp paste sauce which is applied on the grilled chicken to give it a final touch. So treat your taste buds with the local delicacies and make the most out of your visit to Lombok.
If you have had enough of strolling on the beaches of Lombok then trekking to the Benang Kelambu Waterfall would be an ideal option. The area being covered with the gorgeous lush green plants is simply breathtaking. Once you are done trekking to the Benang Kelambu Waterfall, you can enjoy swimming in the pool at the base of the waterfall. So don’t miss the chance of getting your next social media profile picture being clicked behind the curtain of the water that gushes of the tumbling cliff before crashing in the pool.
With its tropical climate all round the year, a trip to Lombok Island can be planned at any time of the year. But considering the dry season i.e., between May and September will be an ideal choice as the Islands appear to look even more beautiful.
So the list of the places to see and things to do on the Lombok Island ends here. The place is a perfect destination for the international travellers of all kind, giving the opportunity right from trekking to cycling, fishing to diving, eating to simply relaxing on the beach side. Get ready to escape to Lombok and trust me you aren’t going to regret it. I hope the travel guide to Lombok has got you covered on your Lombok Trip.
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