First Time to Lombok

Where to Stay & What to Do in Lombok

Lombok’s natural beauty spans throughout its overland region, with fertile rainforests surrounding the Senaru Rinjani National Park. At its centrepiece is the active Rinjani volcano and its Segara Anak crater lake. There are over a dozen scenic waterfalls in these highlands. Down on the coastline, find Lombok’s collection of pristine beaches, with uniquely coloured sand, surfable waves and Lombok’s own Kuta Beach. Cultural highlights range from ancient royal water palaces to Sasak villages, where traditions live on.

Here are some of the best things to see and do on your next Lombok island-hop from Bali. For a complete list of Lombok’s attractions, read more.

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What to Do in Lombok

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.

Where to Stay in Lombok

Even though Lombok is considered more recently developed than Bali, you can find a good variety of hotels on the island. These range from budget bungalow-style lodgings to five-star villas that dot the popular beach resorts. In Mataram, you can also find city hotels providing all the essentials you need for this extension to your Bali holiday. For your consideration, here are some of our favourites, sorted by budget categories.

Best Luxury Hotels in Lombok

The Oberoi Beach Resort, Lombok

The Oberoi Lombok a hideaway with acres of tropical gardens, shimmering ocean and golden sands along a private beach.Lush Read More...

Hotel Tugu Lombok

Hotel Tugu Lombok is located on the pristine, miles and miles of virgin white sand beach of Sire, on the northwest coast of the Read More...

Sheraton Senggigi Beach

Situated on 4 hectares of landscape gardens on the north-western tip of tranquil Senggigi Beach.Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort is Read More...

Best Mid-Range Hotels in Lombok

Novotel Lombok Resort and Villas

Novotel Lombok is a 4 star resort located on the southern shore of Lombok, just 60 minutes from Mataram international Read More...

Jeeva Klui Resort

Jeeva Klui's tropical allure embraces quaint touches of traditional village life.Great care was taken to conceptualize a resort Read More...

Katamaran Hotel & Resort

Located in Senggigi, Katamaran Hotel & Resort is a 4-minute drive from Senggigi Beach and 7 minutes from Pura Batu Read More...

Best Budget Hotels in Lombok

Golden Palace Hotel Lombok

Located in Mataram, Golden Palace Hotel Lombok is a 4-minute drive from Mataram Mall and 7 minutes from Mayura Temple Read More...

Semilir Senggigi Inn

Located in Senggigi, Semilir Senggigi Inn is in the mountains, a 3-minute drive from Pura Batu Bolong and 7 minutes from Senggigi Read More...

Family Garden Homestay

With a stay at Family Garden Homestay in Senggigi, you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Senggigi Beach and Art Market Read More...

Tours & Activities in Lombok

Shared Speedboat: Bali - Lombok

Shared Speedboat: Bali - Gili Islands

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