The 3 paradise islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air.which seem tiny as compared to Lombok – are located just 20 mins away by using a boat.
The Gilis are very famous for scuba diving and snorkeling but also for swimming, relaxing, and partying. Backpackers and tourists visit particularly Gili Trawangan often. Over here you can feel the lively reggae-music-vibe.
Location: Northwest of Lombok Island
The second highest volcano in Indonesia is truly one of the highlights of Lombok! You could book multi-day, guided tours to the Crater Lake and even to the top of the volcano. You can see how beautiful it is on the picture.
On the foot slopes of Mountain Rinjani, it gets cold at nighttime, however as soon as the sun comes out, you’ll witnesses a scenic panorama revealed. Rice, garlic, tomato, chili, cabbage fields spread within the valley towards the background of an active volcano. The indigenous Sembalun community settling right here has the scarce area to live.
Location: East Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara
Most tourists arrive in Senggigi because many resorts are placed over here. It’s additionally brilliant for going out at night or eating. One of the most popular surf spots for locals and travelers alike is Senggigi beach.
At this beach, the vendors and locals aren’t pushy in any respect but you could have a nice small communicate if you like (especially about football due to the fact Indonesians love football).
Location: North of the capital
Taking a windy road thru a panoramic mountain landscape is the second option to get to Bangsal. It’s where you locate the so-called monkey forest, named after the numerous wild monkeys in the jungle and close to the road. Feed the hungry and annoying little bastards at the point if you like.
However be cautious and look for your bags, backpacks and such. You could go there by a scooter as well, however always “Hati Hati”, just like the Indonesian says.
Location: North Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara
After Senggigi, Kuta is probably the second tourist hotspot on Lombok. It offers stunning beaches as well and lots of resorts and restaurants. From here you could explore the dream beaches of Mawun, Tanjung Aan and Selong Belanak due to the fact they are very close. Even Kuta beach itself is worth a glance.
Location: South of the Island of Lombok
In comparison to Bali, Lombok and the rest of Indonesia are mainly Muslim. In fact, Lombok is known as 1000 Mosques Island, this is why you can see and in particular found mosques everywhere. And one of them is Islamic center which is one of the largest mosques in Indonesia. In case you book your accommodation in advance, you must tell yourself if it’s intently positioned to a mosque.
The Balinese minority on Lombok also got their temples like Pura Meru, Pura Lingsar, Pura Narmada or Pura Batu Bolong which are also worthy of the visit. Most of them are located in the western part of the island in and around Mataram/Cakranegara or Senggigi.
Lombok got numerous waterfalls, mostly in the northern part of the island. Amongst others, there would be Tiu Teja, Tiu Kelep or Sendang Gile. In the center of Lombok, you will discover a few good ones as well, for instance, the Benang Kelambu, Benang Stokel or Jeruk Manis.
There may be no fresher water than this! Drink it, swim or simply let the ice cold water hail you down.
The Sasak are the indigenous people of this island, which nowadays make approximately 85% of the overall population of Lombok. Their lifestyle is captivating and as a traveler, you definitely need to experience it, especially at Desa Sade.
Their food well-known for its spiciness, their handicraft, their music and dances, the typical Sasak houses or a Sasak wedding ceremony with (intense loud) street parade with “Gendang Beleq” musicians you need to revel in. There are mass wedding ceremony parades on Lombok, especially on the weekends.
Some of the Lombok natives still talk the Sasak language, specifically the older one. But the rest are speaks and is understand the official language Bahasa Indonesia.
Address: Rembitan, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara 83573
The markets are common Asian with fresh vegetables, spices, fish and so much more.
I recommend the traditional market in Ampenan. Once in a while, locals look in astonishment at a “Bule” (westerner) given that they don’t come often over right here. There’s no cheaper or fresher place to do food shopping even though as a “Bule” you would need paying more than a local. It is of advantage to speak a bit Indonesian.
For stuff like garments, jewelry or different souvenirs you must visit the Cakranegara market.
Address: Jl. Adi Sucipto, Ampenan Utara, Ampenan, Kota Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83511