Best Beaches in Lombok
Lombok’s most popular attractions are the three Gili Islands, just northwest of the main island. Each has its own set of characteristics, be it for partying or a secluded island getaway. On the mainland, beaches worth discovering include Tangsi aptly known as ‘Pink Beach’. Selong Belanak, on the southern coast, is favoured among surfers for its scenic hilly backdrops. To its east is the tranquil Mawun Beach, with blue waters and green hills overlooking the bay. Near Novotel Lombok is Kuta Beach, with its white-sand bay, which is the location for the Bau Nyale festival. Tanjung Aan, in the southeast, has two bays and hills where you can go paragliding for birds’ eye-views.
Best Natural Attractions in Lombok
Go on a trek into the highlands for the main attraction: Mount Rinjani and its Segara Anak crater lake. Two-night guided treks are available up the second-highest volcano in Indonesia, and the prize view at the top is very rewarding. Just north of the peak are the lushly set twin falls of Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep. In fact, Lombok has a great collection of waterfalls, including the Benang Kelambu waterfall, with pools that you can swim in; the ‘hidden’ Jeruk Manis waterfall, the Tiu Umbak waterfall, and the scenic Tiu Teja ‘rainbow’ falls.
Cultural Attractions in Lombok
Lombok is brimming with culture and history, with such sites as the Taman Narmada royal water park, a legacy of the Mataram kingdom. A similar historical water palace is the Taman Mayura, right in the capital city. For a truly unique sight, check out the Bau Nyale festival at Kuta Beach, held annually on the 20th day of the 10th month in the traditional Sasak calendar (roughly each February). Locals gather on the shore to harvest seaworms, which surface only around this time of the year. For local arts and handicrafts, visit the traditional village of Banyumulek for pottery, Sukarara for traditional weavings and Sade for well-preserved old traditional Sasak houses, where customs and traditions die hard.