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LombokIndonesia

An active volcano, dense forests and seemingly endless stretches of undeveloped coastline make this island a less crowded and more natural alternative to neighbouring Bali.

The volcanic island ofLombok lies in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago, just to the east ofBali. Though the islands are only 22 miles (35 kilometers) apart, there arestark differences between them. While tourism and development in Bali havecontinued unabated for decades, Lombok has been slower to develop. EnjoyLombok’s untouched lengths of coastline, quiet surf breaks, and rural towns andvillages that have changed little for generations.

Though often bypassed byvisitors keen to hit the beaches, the island’s capital, Mataram, hasrewarding attractions. Spend some time in the Mayura Water Palace, where18th- and 19th-century Balinese royals used to unwind, and Pura Meru, thelargest temple on Lombok.

Lombok offers some of thebest beaches and islands in Indonesia. Head north from Mataram to SenggigiBeach and enjoy laid-back resorts, the rich marine life of Senggigi Reefand the heavenly views from Pura Batu Bolong temple. Follow the scenicroad a little farther north to Bangsal, one of the access points to theincredible Gili Islands. Lying just a few miles off Lombok’s northwestcoast, these three tiny islands epitomise tropical perfection.

When you are looking foran alternative to sand and surf, trek to the highest point on the island, theactive volcano, Gunung Rinjani. If you’re not up for the climb, explorethe beauty of the surrounding natural park with an expedition through itsforests and villages.

Lombok is just a 25-minuteflight from Bali. The island’s international airport is a 40-minute drive fromMataram. There are also numerous fast boat connections between Bali and Lombok,some going directly to Senggigi Beach and the Gili Islands. Passenger ferriesconnect Lombok to the rest of the archipelago. Getting around the island iseasy and relatively inexpensive via tourist shuttle buses, private vans,motorcycles and even horse-drawn carts.

Being so close to theequator means Lombok is hot year-round. The best time to visit is during thedry season between May and September.

Lombok Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Lombok

Gili Trawangan, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Gili Trawangan

The stunning beaches and island views are just a few highlights of Gili Trawangan. Make a stop by Gili Trawangan Harbor or Gili Trawangan Turtle Hatchery while you're exploring the area.

Gili Trawangan
Gili Air, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Gili Air

Gili Air is popular for its beaches, and you can check out Gili Air Docks, a top attraction in the neighbourhood.

Gili Air
Senggigi which includes heritage architecture, tropical scenes and a house

Senggigi

A noteworthy feature of Senggigi is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Senggigi Beach and Art Market Senggigi.

Senggigi
Mataram showing a temple or place of worship

Mataram

You'll enjoy the gardens and monuments in Mataram. You might want to make time for a stop at Mataram Mall or Lombok Epicentrum Mall.

Mataram
Gili Islands showing boating, tropical scenes and a sandy beach

Gili Meno

Unique features of Gili Meno include the snorkelling and beaches. Make a stop by Gili Meno Harbor or Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary while you're exploring the area.

Gili Meno
Jimbaran Beach which includes a sunset and food

Kuta

Kuta is popular for its beaches, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Kuta Beach or Pantai Seger.

Kuta

Top hotels in Lombok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Lombok Resort and Villas
Novotel Lombok Resort and Villas
4 out of 5
Pantai Putri Nyale, Mandalika Resort, Kuta, Lombok
The price is £74 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Kuta hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Serenting and Torok Bare Beach and Kuta Beach. Pantai Seger and Tanjung Aan Beach are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (256 reviews)
A right choice for our stay at Kuta

"We had a wonderful stay at Novotel Lombok. It is a beautiful resort looking like a lost world with attractive sculptures . The staff is efficient in arranging tours for us. We had a wonderful dinner at the hotel restaurant. The breakfast was nice with lots of varieties."…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2020

Novotel Lombok Resort and Villas
Wyndham Sundancer Resort Lombok
Wyndham Sundancer Resort Lombok
4.5 out of 5
Raya Pandanan, Dusun Pandanan, Sekotong Barat, Sekotong

Nestled on the beach, this Sekotong Barat resort is within a 5-minute walk of Sekotong Beach and Elak Elak Beach. Marine Aquaculture Development Centre and Mekaki ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Great spacious rooms, clean pool and surrounding furniture, meals all good, all staff very friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

Wyndham Sundancer Resort Lombok
Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort
Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
Jalan Raya Senggigi Km. 8, Senggigi, Lombok

Nestled on the beach, this Senggigi resort is just steps away from Art Market Senggigi and Senggigi Beach. Pura Batu Bolong is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

4.4/5Excellent! (584 reviews)

"Outdoor pool is amazing."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort

Popular places to visit in Lombok

Senggigi Beach
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Senggigi Beach

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Senggigi Beach, a popular beach in Senggigi. Discover the area's beautiful sunsets and spas.

Kuta Beach
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Kuta Beach

4/5(6 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Kuta Beach, a popular beach in Kuta. You can seek out the surfing spots while in the area.

Gili Trawangan Harbor
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Gili Trawangan Harbor

4/5(20 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Gili Trawangan Harbor and enjoy other activities such as snorkelling in Gili Trawangan. Discover the area's beautiful sunsets and shops.

Pink Beach
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Pink Beach

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Pink Beach, a popular beach in Jerowaru.

Mount Rinjani
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Mount Rinjani

3.5/5(7 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Mount Rinjani during your travels in Sembalun Lawang. Discover the area's mountain views and waterfalls.

Selong Belanak Beach
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Selong Belanak Beach

4/5(5 reviews)

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Selong Belanak Beach during your travels in Praya Barat?

Top things to do in Lombok

One Day Trip to Gili Trawangan from Bali
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One Day Trip to Gili Trawangan from Bali

£96
Per adult
Gili Trawangan Island Full Day trip Departure from Bali
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Gili Trawangan Island Full Day trip Departure from Bali

£191
Per adult
2-Day Lombok Island Tour
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2-Day Lombok Island Tour

£386
Per adult
Lombok Tradition Sasak Village and South Beach Tour
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Lombok Tradition Sasak Village and South Beach Tour

£47
Per adult
Private Sasak Traditional Tour
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Private Sasak Traditional Tour

£55
Per adult
Bali to Gili Trawangan, Air, or Lombok, Fast Boat Round Trip
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Bali to Gili Trawangan, Air, or Lombok, Fast Boat Round Trip

£29
Per adult

Cities near Lombok

Mataram showing a temple or place of worship

Mataram

Senggigi which includes heritage architecture, tropical scenes and a house

Senggigi

Senggigi showing a sunset and landscape views

Mangsit