Situated in the heavenly blue waters of the Indian Ocean the island of Lombok is one of Indonesia’s fastest growing tourist destinations. Less well known than the nearby island of Bali Lombok has a rugged arid landscapeand is surrounded by smaller fertile islands offering a range of things to do. Discover the marine life lie back on untarnished sandy beaches head on a trek through the rainforest to the active volcano Mount Rinjani or simply explore Lombok’s many temples and villages.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Lombok
Mataram — The largest city on Lombok the port of Mataram has many beaches and is home to the mystical 18th century water palace Mayura Garden. Also nearby is Narmada Park. Beautifully landscaped the park homes an exquisite Hindu Temple and a fountain of youth which is said to grant long life to all who drink from it.
Gili Islands — The three small Gili Islands to the northwest of Lombok house a number of small resorts with beach huts gentle waves lapping at sandy shores and divine diving on the wildlife-rich coral reef. Cars are banned here ensuring that the Gili Islands remain as unscathed and remote as they always have been.
Senggigi — Lombok’s main tourist resort Senggigi is the ideal spot for a day of sun sea surf and sand with all the amenities you could need. For a break from the beach head to the nearby Hindu temple of Pura Batu Bolong. Teetering on the water’s rocky edge the sunset from here is quite breathtaking.
Mount Rinjani — The jewel in Lombok’s crown magnificent Mount Rinjani is an active volcano. Complete with a crater lake and blanketed by rainforests Rinjani offers hiking routes for many different experience levels. An experienced guide is strongly recommended however especially for those looking to explore the rim of the volcano’s caldera.
Things to See in Lombok
Discover the beautiful landscape of Mount Rinjani under the watchful eye of an experienced guide with a private Rinjani Mountain rainforest trek. See temples discover the flora and fauna of the rainforest and refresh yourself in the watery mists of the Gangga Waterfalls. You’ll also pass through local villages where you’ll witness ancient weaving traditions in action. Alternatively discover unspoiled desert island views with a private Gili Islands full day tour by boat.
Things to Do in Lombok
Further explore the Gili Islands with a private island tour and snorkelling experience. The coral reefs are completely unspoiled and the marine life is more beautiful and diverse than you could imagine. Don’t miss the sea turtle hatchery either where you might spot some of these adorable seafaring reptiles crawling towards the azure of the ocean. Finally for a taste of the local city culture book a private half-day city tour in Mataram. This will guide you through all the market stalls and alleyways of Lombok’s ancient capital where you’ll no doubt be able to pick up a special souvenir.