Lombok is one of the most popular islands in Indonesia, along with Java, Bali, Sulawesi, and Sumatra. Lombok is located east of Bali and is especially known for the Gili Islands (Trawangan, Meno, and Air). The Gili Islands are typical fertile islands located on the west coast of Lombok, in the northern part of the island. Other popular spots in Lombok are Senggigi, the surfers’ paradise Kuta, and the Rinjani volcano. In addition, there are differences in religion, with Lombok being an Islamic culture while Bali is Buddhist. Depending on the location, this can be more palpable and should be considered.
1) Gili Island
Easily accessible from both Bali and Lombok, the Gili Islands are a must-see destination in Indonesia. When you think of the Gili Islands, white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, cozy bars, and numerous tours that allow you to experience the vibrant underwater world comes to mind. Gili Nanggu is one of the lesser-known Gili Islands. Located south of Lombok, it is separate from the three major Gili Islands, Gili Meno, Gili Air, and Gili Trawangan. This Gili Island is located to the north.
2) Kuta Lombok
If you like surfing, you should go to Kuta Lombok. This is a vast beach with beautiful waves when the wind blows hard. Lombok also has a resort called Kuta to the south, and the waves in Kuta Lombok are said to be better than those in Bali. So definitely go there. Want to relax? Then you can do that here too. Soak up the sun and quench your thirst with fresh coconuts and pineapples sold on the beach.
3) Rinjani Volcano
For the adventurous, take a trip from the coastal towns of Senggigi and Gili to Gunung Rinjani Volcano. It is a challenging adventure subject to wind and weather, but the views are spectacular. From the lookout, you can see a water-filled crater called Segara Anak.
This is a small village near Rinjani. Here you can take beautiful walks along rice fields and small towns. In this case, we recommend hiring a guide. They know how to find the best spots and can tell you more about the area. You can also see waterfalls in some places.
Senggigi is a cozy coastal town that may have a few more hotels and restaurants for tourists. You can buy good souvenirs such as silver, statues, wood carvings, and pearls. There are also several nice beaches and places for snorkeling. You can also rent a scooter for a nice ride along the coast.
How to Get To Lombok?
Most people first arrive in Denpasar, Bali. From Bali, you will take a boat to Lombok. It is either a slow or fast boat. Of course, the slower boat trip is less expensive, but your stay will be longer. For the fast boat, you will have to pay an additional Indonesian rupee. Flights to Lombok can often be booked wherever you are.
What Else Should I Do in Indonesia After My Lombok Vacation?
– Traveling from Lombok to Flores
Did you know that you can get from Lombok to Flores very well? This is the perfect place for a boat trip, and if you do so, you can sail to the Komodo Islands in 3 or 4 days. On this boat, you will often be with other travelers (usually backpackers), so you can enjoy the accumulation of fun days.
– Travel to the Nusa Archipelago
If you like the Gili Islands, you’ll love the Nusa Archipelago, just below Bali.
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