Foothills of Mount Rinjani, Lombok

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Lombok is a relatively untouched island which is growing in popularity. Find out the best things to do here, where to stay and what makes Lombok worth visiting.

Lombok is a volcanic island located east of Bali in Indonesia. Considered Bali’s “sister island”, Lombok offers many of the prized natural features of Bali – pristine beaches, excellent surfing, rich indigenous culture, amazing hikes – making it a popular tropical destination and one of Indonesia’s most worthwhile places to visit.

Lombok is a tourist destination of growing popularity, with visitors to Bali often choosing to come here for a more authentic experience, given there is much less development and fewer tourists. This island is a go-to destination for off-the-beaten-track adventuring and undiscovered natural beauty. It’s most famous for being home to Mt Rinjani, an active volcano and Indonesia’s second-highest mountain, which is the most popular of all things to do on Lombok. In fact many of the best activities here are to do with adventure and discovery - including exploring beaches, snorkelling,diving, hiking, surfing, swimming and learning about local Sasak culture. This is also a great starting point for a visit to the Gili Islands, which are found just off the northwest coast.

Getting to Lombok is relatively easy. From Bali, which is where most visitors arrive from, it’s as easy as taking a fast boat ride arriving at Lombok’s main port, the Port of Lembar. Another option is to come by plane, arriving at Lombok International Airport (Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International Airport), which is roughly 30 minutes from Kuta Lombok.

Once here, getting around is usually done with taxis, bemos (local trucks) or by renting a car or scooter. The taxi is an easy and affordable option we highly recommend, especially for those who don’t have experience on a scooter.

Lombok is divided into four main regions: North Lombok, known for its unspoiled beaches, lush greenery, and attractions like Senaru Crater Rim and Sendang Gile Waterfall; West Lombok, with beautiful Senggigi Beach, Lombok’s capital city of Mataram, and easy access to nearby islands like the Gili islands; Central Lombok, offering diverse landscapes from the cooler north around Mount Rinjani to the warm, pristine beaches in the south; and East Lombok, known for its natural beauty, traditional Sasak villages, and unique spots like Pink Beach, Tetebatu Rice Terrace, and the Eastern Gili Islands. Each area has its own charm and attractions, making Lombok a versatile destination.

Whilst not as filled with bars and restaurants as Bali, there are still plenty of great places to eat and drink on Lombok. Some of the best restaurants and bars on Lombok include The Hut Restaurant Kuta, Pasta Pojok, KRNK Bar & Restaurant and surfers bar Kuta Lombok.

Where is Lombok?

Lombok is an island in Indonesia. Lombok forms part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, and is located between Bali (to the east) and Sumbawa Island (to the west). It belongs to the West Nusa Tenggara province, of which Lombok’s largest city, Mataram, is the capital.  

Most visitors to Lombok travel from Bali. Lombok is reachable from Bali either by plane (30-40 mins), fast boat (1.5-3 hours) or ferry (4-6 hours).

Visual map of Lombok showcasing islands near Bali

How to get to Lombok from Bali

The most popular way to get to Lombok from Bali by boat is on a fast boat, which usually takes between 1.5-3 hours depending on sea conditions and your route. One of the benefits of Lombok’s proximity to Bali is how easy it is to organise transport between the two islands. There are three main ways to get to Lombok from Bali. The most popular way is fast boat (1.5-3 hours), though some travellers choose to go either by plane (30-40 mins) or by ferry (4-8 hours) Each mode of transport has its own advantages and drawbacks. 

Beautiful view of Padang Bai Harbour and Resorts, East Bali

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By fast boat (1.5-3 hours)

The most popular way to get to Lombok from Bali by boat is on a fast boat, which usually takes between 1.5-3 hours depending on sea conditions and your route.  

The main advantages of going to Lombok from Bali via boat is that it is cost-effective, trips leave from multiple ports across Bali, and the journey is relatively quick.  

On the downside, the boat journey to Lombok takes a little longer than by plane, luggage may be exposed to water, engines occasionally break down, and some travellers get seasick from choppy water.

By plane (30-40 mins)

Some visitors choose to get to Lombok from Bali by plane, as this is the quickest way – taking only 30-40 minutes. Flights depart from Bali up to 11 times a day.  

The main advantage of catching a flight from Bali to Lombok is that it’s fast and convenient. However, it is more expensive than catching a fast boat or ferry, and there is often a limit on luggage allowance.

By ferry

We generally advise against taking the ferry to Lombok from Bali due to the time it takes to travel (up to 6 hours) and the possibility of becoming seasick. That being said, the ferry is a cost-effective option for budget-conscious travellers.


Is Lombok worth visiting?

Sunny day on Lombok island shot from above

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Lombok is absolutely worth visiting, especially for those who already love Bali. Lombok has its own distinct features that make it a captivating destination in its own right. These features include unspoiled natural beauty, unique Sasak culture and abundant opportunity for adventure and exploration.

Lombok vs Bali

Bali and Lombok are islands of similar size, located In the Lesser Sunda Island chain of Indonesia. The distance between the two islands is about 35km, usually taking 30 mins to 3 hours to travel by plane or fast boat.  

The main difference between Lombok and Bali is their level of tourism development and infrastructure. Bali is Indonesia’s most popular island, whereas Lombok is underdeveloped and quiet – with fewer options in terms of transport, dining, accommodation and tourist attractions. 

Here's a breakdown of the some of the main differences between Bali and Lombok: 

Accommodation:  Lombok has fewer accommodation options compared to Bali’s well-developed hotel industry. That being said, their tourism industry is growing, so there is plenty of accommodation in Lombok, including resorts, hostels and guesthouses.  Many of Lombok’s accommodation options are located in Senggigi (the main tourist area) and the nearby Gili Islands. Homestay and guesthouse accommodations are much more popular and common in Lombok than Bali, offering visitors the chance to experience local hospitality. 

Transportation:  Lombok’s transportation options are more limited than Bali, but taxis, bemos (small covered pick-up trucks) and scooter rentals are still widely available. It’s relatively easy to organise tours with transportation as well. Lombok lacks ride-sharing services like Gojek and Grab, so it may be more challenging to find private drivers. 

Attractions and activities:  Lombok’s main tourist attractions tend to include nature-based activities, including hiking Mount Rinjani, surfing at Desert Point, and snorkelling at the Gili Islands, as well as exploring the local Sasak culture. Lombok doesn’t have as many parks, temples and shopping area s as Bali, but due to fewer tourists, Lombok’s main attractions tend to be less crowded than Bali. 

Dining and nightlife:  Lombok’s culinary scene is more limited compared to Bali but is steadily growing with everything from cheap eats to international cuisine and fine dining options for visitors. While Lombok’s nightlife isn’t as vibrant and widespread as Bali’s, its coastline is dotted with lively beach clubs, restaurants and bars, and Gili Trawangan (Gili T) and Kuta, Lombok are known for their open-air bars and nightclubs. 

Natural beauty:  Both Bali and Lombok are renowned for their natural beauty, however as Lombok has less tourism, these natural attractions tend to be more pristine and tranquil. Many who have visited both believe that Lombok’s waters are clearer with better visibility for snorkelling and swimming, and the panoramic view from the top of Mount Rinjani, Indonesia’s second highest mountain, is second to none.  

Religion and culture:  Unlike Bali’s Hindu-dominant culture, Lombok’s indigenous inhabitants, predominantly Sasak people, follow Islam, which shapes the local traditions and the culture of the island. In fact, Lombok is known as the island of 1000 mosques, with each featuring its own unique style and architecture.  One of the best ways to experience the Sasak culture is to visit a traditional village, where visitors can learn about their lives and customs, and watch their traditional weaving and pottery techniques.

While Bali and Lombok share some similarities, the main differences are that Lombok is less touristy and crowded, and offers a more tranquil island escape, especially in nature. Bali has a better tourism infrastructure and more choice for food, accommodation and activities for visitors. They each offer a different cultural experience with Bali’s Hindu influence, and Lombok’s Sasak heritage.  


Getting Around Lombok

Lombok’s transportation options are more limited than Bali, but it’s easy to get around with the main transport options of taxis, bemos (small covered pick-up trucks) and car or scooter rentals.

Taxi: Taxis in Lombok are readily available in Lombok and a surprisingly affordable way to get around the island. The two main taxi companies are Bluebird Lombok Taksi and Express Taksi, which you can book through your hotel or by calling directly. 

Bemo: Bemos are small, open-back vans with bench seats along either side, widely used by locals and ideal for short to medium distances. They are a cost-effective way to travel around places like Senggigi and Mataram.

Scooter or Car Rental: For those seeking more independence and flexibility, renting a scooter or car is a great option. However, make sure you have an International driver's licence for legality, and be aware that you'll be responsible for any potential damage to the rental vehicle. This is an excellent choice for confident drivers who want to explore the island at their own pace.

It’s relatively easy to organise tours with transportation as well. Lombok lacks ride-sharing services like Gojek and Grab, so it may be more challenging to find private drivers. 


Top 3 Activities in Lombok

1. Trek up to the summit of Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani Crater -  The crater lake of Gunung Rinjani volcano on Lombok Island, Bali

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Adventure seekers and hiking enthusiasts won’t want to miss the opportunity to conquer Mount Rinjani, Indonesia’s second-highest volcano! Sitting at over 3,700m tall, Mount Rinjani is located within the Rinjani National Park in North Lombok. Hiking is one of Lombok’s top activities, but the Mount Rinjani trek is one of the best thanks to the breathtaking panoramic views from the volcano summit, as well as the incredible blue waters of the crater lake, known as Sagara Anak. 

Most organised hiking tours span two or three days with camping overnight, and the trek usually starts at either Senaru Village or Sembalun Village. Local guides lead hikers on well-established routes that traverse dense forests as well as open, rocky terrain. Along the way, there are designated stops to rest, visit local villages, appreciate the awe-inspiring vistas, and visit the famous crater lake and hot springs. 

As popular as the trek is, it requires stamina and fitness. The ascent is often steep and occasionally challenging, with prolonged inclines and regular changes in altitude. However, the views from the summit of the active volcano of the crater lake, hot springs, and beautiful waterfalls will make the effort well worth it.  

The hike to the summit is recommended for those to moderate to experienced fitness levels. For a less advanced (but still challenging) option, book a trekking tour to the rim of crater lake. 

Mount Rinjani trekking is open from April until January, and it’s recommended to go in April and May when there is less chance of rain, and quieter trails. It’s advised to book an organised tour with a local guide, and there are options to include local porters who set up camping sites and organise meals.  


2. Visit the Gili Islands

Colourful umbrellas, bean bag chairs, and the beautiful ocean coast of Gili Trawangan Island, Bali, Indonesia

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While Lombok has no shortage of unspoiled beaches, crystal-clear water and vibrant coral reefs, it’s worth making the quick boat journey across Lombok’s northeast coast to the paradise of the Gili Islands. 

The Gili Islands are a group of three small islands – Gili Trawangan (Gili T), Gili Meno, and Gili Air – known for their crisp turquoise water, snorkelling and diving spots, white sand beaches and the fact that no motorised vehicles are allowed on land.  

Each of the Gili Islands offers something special and unique, and because they’re all so close together, it’s easy to experience the magic of each.  

Gili T is the largest and busiest of the Gili Islands and offers a vibrant and bustling atmosphere. Gili T is known as a party island and one of the best places for water activities, like snorkelling, diving and swimming with turtles. It has a wide range of restaurants, bars, and accommodation options to suit all budgets, and is the perfect place to experience the livelier side of island life.  

Gili Meno offers a more tranquil escape and is the perfect place to unwind, relax and enjoy the serenity of a slow pace. Gili Meno has become one of the best islands near Bali and Lombok for a honeymoon thanks to the pristine beaches, variety of water activities, and seclusion.  

Gili Air strikes the perfect balance between Gili T and Gil Meno and offers visitors the best of both: vibrant energy, tourist-friendly hotels and restaurants, as well as a laidback and relaxed atmosphere, and stunning beaches to swim, snorkel or read a good book. 

The Gili Islands are only 15 – 45 minutes from Lombok on a fast boat depending on the route you choose, and boats between the three Gili Islands are short and frequent, making it easy to visit one (or all three!) on the same day if you wish. We recommend spending a few days in the Gili Islands, but if you decide to do a day trip, be sure to keep your eye on the time – the last boats and ferries usually depart Gili T in the late afternoon or early evening but check the specific schedule and timings with each operator.


3. Hike to Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfall

The cascades of Tiu Kelep Waterfall, surrounded by lush greenery and rainforest.

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Two waterfalls in one hike? Don’t worry, it’s not as strenuous as it sounds. Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls are both located in the lush rainforest near the small village of Senaru in North Lombok and there’s only a short walking distance between the two.  

Both Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep are spectacular in their own right – despite Tiu Kelep being the most famous of Lombok’s waterfalls. Sendang Gile, whose name has been taken from a story about a prince being chased by a crazy lion, is known for its captivating cascade that flows down the dense vegetation to create a tiered effect into a pool of water. Take a moment to enjoy the serenity from the embankment or keep hiking for another 30 minutes towards Tiu Kelep. Translated to ‘flying water’, Tiu Kelep lives up to its Sasak name. As Lombok’s tallest waterfall at 45 metres, the water plunges powerfully in a single stream to the pools below. Lower down, smaller streams of water flow down moss-covered ocks to create a misty air - it’s not uncommon to spot glimpses of small rainbows. Enjoy a dip in the water but be careful not to get too close to the powerful waterfall!  

We recommend taking some water shoes, as you may find yourself ankle-deep in water when walking between the two falls. Definitely leave the sandals at home – the rocks are slippery, so shoes that are closed with a good grip will serve you well.  

For those heading to Senaru to undertake the Mount Rinjani trek, we recommend arriving a day earlier to have enough time to explore the sheer beauty of these rainforests and waterfalls. For those based in Senggigi, book a day trip tour to see  Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep – this usually covers the 2.5-hour journey as well as tour of Senaru village and the foothills of Mount Rinjani. The best time to visit Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls is during Lombok’s dry season (usually between April and October), when the weather is sunny, and the water level is lower – so there’s less chance you’ll be walking in knee deep water between the two falls! Aim for an early morning arrival to beat the crowds. 


Main areas of Lombok

Before making your way to Lombok, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the main regions and areas. Having an understanding of Lombok’s geography will help you plan your accommodation and map out your itinerary.  

Lombok is divided into four main areas: North, West, Central and East. 


North Lombok

Map of North Lombok Regency, Indonesia

The North Lombok Regency is a beautiful and quiet part of Lombok and is known for its unspoiled beaches, world-class surf breaks and the vibrant inland greenery. The landscape is defined by the towering Mount Rijani and the surrounding mountains, jungles and rainforests. A nature lover’s haven and one of the best areas in Lombok for hiking, North Lombok offers a peaceful escape and immersion in the island’s natural beauty. 

Main village/area of North Lombok: Senaru  

A local home surrounded by green ricefields and trees in Senaru in North Lombok, Indonesia

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The charming village of Senaru is located on the northern foothills of Mount Rinjani and is surrounded by verdant hills, lush rice fields and serene landscapes. High elevation contributes to its cool and refreshing climate. Senaru is known for its traditional Sasak culture and the warm hospitality that awaits visitors. Senaru is one of the main gateways to the Mount Rinjani summit trek and the Senaru Crater Rim, and is near the Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls. 

Things to do in North Lombok:  

Senaru Crater Rim: Located in Rinjani National Park, the Senaru Crater Rim is one of the stops along the trek to the Mount Rinjani summit and a popular hiking and camping destination. It offers hikers incredible views of the crater lake (Sagara Anak) and the majestic peak of Mount Rinjani, especially at sunrise. 

Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls: Concealed in the rainforests near Senaru Village, Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls are Lombok’s most popular waterfalls and are known for their powerful cascades, enchanting scenery, and tranquil atmosphere. Both waterfalls are easy to access, with only a short 20-30 minute hike to get from Sendang Gile to Tiu Kelep. 

Bangsal Harbour: Bangsal Harbour is situated on Lombok’s northwest coast and is the main gateway to the Gili Islands and Bali, and connects to other ports in Lombok, including Senggigi. 


West Lombok

Map of West Lombok, Indonesia

West Lombok is the most developed area of Lombok for tourism and is renowned for beautiful white sand beaches, coconut palm trees and turquoise waters that line the coast. Beyond the beauty of its own coast, West Lombok serves as an excellent and convenient base for exploring nearby islands, including Bali across the Lombok Strait and the hidden paradise of the ‘Secret Gili Islands’ (Gili Kedis, Gili Nanggu, and Gili Sudak) off the southwest coast. Although Mataram, the capital city of West Nusa Tenggara, is surrounded by the West Lombok Regency, it is administratively its own province. 

Main village/area of West Lombok: Senggigi

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The vibrant resort town of Senggigi is West Lombok’s lively hub, with a wide range of hotels, spas, restaurants, bars and amenities for tourists. Senggigi is a great place to relax and unwind at a beachfront resort, indulge at one of the many beachside restaurants and cafés, and enjoy the local nightlife.  

Things to do in West Lombok:  

Senggigi Beach: Located on Lombok’s west coast, the popular tourist spot of Senggigi Beach is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Boasting white sandy beaches and clear turquoise water, it’s a great beach to swim and snorkel through the colourful reefs, as well as kayak and jet ski. While it’s not known as Lombok’s best surfing spot, surfers have been known to catch some excellent waves at Senggigi. 

Sekotong Peninsula: The hidden paradise of Sekotong is found on the southwestern coast of Lombok, roughly two hours from Senggigi. It is home to some of the best undiscovered pristine beaches, incredible diving locations and world-class surfing spots on the island. Beyond the Sekotong’s own beauty, it is the gateway to a collection of 12 small ‘Secret Gili’ islands, such as Gili Nanggu, Gili Sudak and Gili Kedi, for a day of island hopping and snorkelling.  

Mataram: Mataram is the capital of West Nusa Tenggara and while technically not in West Lombok Regency, a visit to the west coast city to explore Lombok’s culture and history is a must! Take a stroll through Mayura Park in downtown Mataram, explore the Dutch architecture and waterfront promenade at old town Ampenan, and visit the Islamic Center Mosque to discover more about Lombok’s faith and culture.  


Central Lombok

Map view of Central Lombok, Indonesia

The Central Lombok Regency covers a vast area of Lombok, extending from Mount Rinjani up in the north down to Kuta on the south coast. This means that the topography and climate vary. For example, towards the island's centre, the landscape is cooler and receives higher levels of rainfall, creating a lush environment of rainforests, rice paddies, nature reserves, and coffee and tobacco plantations. In contrast, the southern region boasts a drier and warmer climate, and is characterised by remote white sandy bays, world-class surf beaches, and a picturesque coastline lined with tropical coconut trees. 

Main village/area of northern Central Lombok: Mt Rinjani 

Camping on Mount Rinjani Crater Rim at the First Night Camping on the Three Day Mount Rinjani Trek, Lombok, Indonesia, Asia

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Mount Rinjani is an active volcano (and Indonesia’s second-tallest volcano!) that sits at the northern end of Central Lombok Regency in the Rinjani National Park. Mount Rinjani is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lombok – especially for outdoor lovers and hiking enthusiasts – and is considered a sacred mountain for the local Sasak people. Beyond the difficult trek to its rocky black summit, Mount Rinjani is renowned for the lush forests and alpine meadows at its foothills, its diverse flaura and fauna, and the beautiful crater lake and hot springs. 

Things to do in northern Central Lombok: 

Mount Rinjani Summit trek: A multi-day trek for experienced hikers, the journey to the summit of Mount Rinjani is one that is as challenging as it is rewarding. The trail runs through lush vegetation and rocky terrain, offering incomparable views of Lombok’s stunning landscape and an experience in nature you’ll not soon forget. Star gazing while camping overnight, seeing the Segara Anak (crater laker) from above, swimming in the natural hot springs and watching the sunrise at the Senaru Crater Rim are just some of the highlights along the way. 

Sukarara Weaving Village: Sukarara Village is located in the Jonggat District, which is roughly a 40-minute drive from Kuta in the south or an hour from Senggigi in the west. Sukarara Village is renowned its intricately handwoven fabrics and textiles, skillfully crafted by the women of the community. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Sasak people as you explore the traditional architecture featuring wooden structures, bamboo accents and thatched roofs, and learn about the age-old weaving techniques that have been passed down through generations.  

Benang Stokel Waterfall & Kelambu Waterfall: The dual waterfalls of Benang Stokel Waterfall & Kelambu Waterfall are in Aik Berik Village, southeast of Mount Rinjani, and are considered two of the most breathtaking waterfalls to visit in Lombok. Benang Stokel Waterfall (Air Terjun Benang Stokel) is a 20-30-minute hike from the entrance and is famous for the three falls that cascade down a wall of rock and vines into a shallow to create a fine mist. The pool is too shallow for a swim, but we recommend standing under the water for a refreshing shower! Afterwards, follow the path for about 15-minutes to reach Benang Kelambu Waterfall (Air Terjun Benang Kelambu), a two-tiered formation that has the appearance of a curtain of water flowing over rocks and hanging leaves. 


South Coast of Central Lombok

Water Buffalo walking on the white sandy shore of Selong Belanak Beach on the island of Lombok, Indonesia

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Main village/area of Central Lombok’s south coast: Kuta 

Kuta is the main hub on Lombok’s south coast - not to be confused with the area called Kuta which is in Bali. Known for its surfing conditions, pristine beaches, clear turquoise water and relaxing atmosphere. While not as vibrant and built-up as Senggigi, Kuta has a good range of budget to mid-range accommodation, including guesthouses and homestays, and offers tourists plenty of restaurants and warungs. It’s easy to hire surfboards and scooters in Kuta, and visitors are able to book a variety of tours to other areas of Lombok. Kuta serves as a great base to explore Central Lombok, as well as the nearby islands of Gili Kedis, Gili Nanggu, Gili Sudak, Tangkong, Layar and Rengit.

Things to do on Central Lombok’s south coast:  

Tanjung Aan Beach: Located just 15 minutes from Kuta, Tanjung Aan Beach is considered one of the most picturesque beaches in Lombok. Boasting soft white sand, calm turquoise waters, and a shore buzzing with sun lounges and warungs, it’s become a hotspot for swimming, snorkelling and family beach time. 

Selong Belanak Beach: Selong Belanak Beach is a 30–40-minute drive to the west of Kuta and is one of the best beaches in Lombok to learn how to surf. Protected from the open ocean, the small waves in the sheltered bay are ideal for beginners, and the calm water is perfect for swimming – especially for kids who want to jump off the huge floating raft that extends into the sea! For the adults, there are sun loungers and umbrellas to relax with a good book, and those who are still around at 5pm may be treated to a parade of Buffalo being led by one of the local farmers.  

Sade Village: Sade Village is only 15-minutes from Kuta by car and despite its popularity with tourists, it has preserved its traditional heritage and provides a fascinating insight into Lombok’s indigenous people and the rich Sasak culture. Visitors are able to explore the traditional thatch-roof buildings and homes, and watch as the women of the village create beautiful handicrafts like woven fabric, bracelets and necklaces while learning more about their daily life and culture. 


East Lombok

Map of East Lombok, Bali

East Lombok Regency, the largest district in Lombok, is known for its natural beauty, relatively underdeveloped tourism industry and being home to many traditional Sasak villages. The eastern part of the region boasts lush hills, fertile agricultural land, a cooler climate, and higher rainfall, creating a picturesque landscape, while the rugged coastline offers pristine white sand beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, and vibrant coral reefs. Despite being less visited and developed, East Lombok offers a unique opportunity for adventurous travelers to explore untouched landscapes, engage with local traditions, and experience the genuine warmth and friendliness of the local people. 

Beyond its own natural beauty, East Lombok serves as a gateway to the Eastern Gili Islands and Sumbawa Island. 

Main village/area of East Lombok: Sembalun

Foggy morning view of beautiful patchwork fields and Sebulan villages., with mountains in the background

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Sembalun is a quiet village located at the foothills of Mount Rinjani and is a popular place for hikers to stay before trekking to the summit. This quaint and beautiful area is known for its patchwork valleys, strawberry fields and coffee plantations. The serene environment is perfect for nature lovers, and adventure seekers are able to explore a variety of activities from Sembalun Village, including visiting local Sasak Villages, hiking to Pergasingan Hill, and watching sunrise from the Bukit Selong ricefield viewpoint. 

Things to do in East Lombok:  

Pink Beach: The secluded wonder of Pink Beach (Tangsi Beach) is hidden away in the small village of Sekaroh on the Ekas Peninsula. As the name suggests, Pink Beach is famous for its pale pink sand, a phenomenon created when crushed coral mixes with the white sand. While some visitors arrive disappointed with sand that doesn’t look that pink, it’s worth knowing that the depth of colour will be affected by how much sunshine there is, and how wet the sand is, so aim to arrive at high tide for the full impact. Pink Beach isn’t the easiest to get to – by road, anyway. Pink Beach is about 1.5 hours from Kuta, and the 55 kilometre road is known to be unsealed in parts and difficult to drive, so it’s recommended to visit Pink Beach and some of the other surrounded islands on a boat tour.  

Tetebatu Rice Terrace: Located in the serene village of Tetebatu at the southern foothills of Mount Rinjani, the beautiful Tetebatu Rice Terrace is often compared to Ubud’s rice fields. The main difference? Due to less tourism in Lombok, the paddies are less crowded and more serene. Take a guided tour through the vast fields and climb up to the top for the stunning views with Mount Rinjani in the background. After the rice fields, make sure to take the short hike to the Tetabatu Waterfall – the water may be too cold to swim in, but the views are incredible! 

Gili Lampu, Gili Sulat, Gili Lawang: Collectively known as the ‘Eastern Gilis’, the islets of Gili Lampu, Gili Sulat, Gili Lawang are located off the northeast coast of Lombok.  These small, uninhabitated islands are renowned for their diverse coral reefs, making them a popular destination for snorkellers and divers. On land is no less beautiful, with mangroves and untouched beaches for swimming, picnicking and exploring the local fauna and flora.

Accommodation in Lombok

Lombok offers a myriad of accommodation options catering to every budget and preference. From luxurious resorts to cosy hostels tailored for backpackers, finding the perfect place to stay in Lombok is a delightful journey in itself. To help you choose the perfect place for your stay, here are some of the best hotels in Lombok:

Area 1: North Lombok

Area 2: West Lombok

Area 3: East Lombok

Area 4: Central/South Lombok

Where to eat and drink in Lombok

Rice dish with sides spread on bananas leaf served in Lombok restaurant at Jeeva Klui Resort

North Lombok Restaurants

West Lombok Restaurants

East Lombok Restaurants

Central/South Lombok Restaurants


Leaving Lombok - Where to next?

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Lombok to the Gili Islands

For an idyllic island escape, hop on a boat from Lombok to the Gili Islands. Just a short boat ride away, each of the Gili Islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – offers something unique, but they are all famous for their white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, colourful marine life and laid back atmosphere. The most popular of the islands is Gili Trawangan, an island which offers a perfect blend of chill atmosphere and nightlife. Gili Trawangan is a popular island to visit after Lombok because it is located just off the northwest coast. 


Lombok to Komodo

For the more adventurous travellers, take a boat trip to Komodo Island from Lombok. Hike through the legendary Komodo National Park and encounter the captivating Komodo Dragons, and venture onwards to Padar Island to see the famous three coloured beaches - one with a white sand, one with a black sand, and one with pink sand. 


Lombok to Bali

Looking for your next adventure after exploring Lombok? Alternatively, make your way across the Lombok Strait to Bali.  

For more info, read our article on Things to Do in Bali