If you are planning a Lombok tour, there is no doubt that it will be an unforgettable experience for you. From waterfalls and lush rainforests to perfect pristine beaches, it is the perfect alternative to the well known Bali.
Whether you are a backpacker or is traveling with your kids, there are plenty of things to do and lots of experiences.
Here are some of the top 5 things to do in Lombok.
1. Gili islands
Laying Northwest coast of Lombok is the Gili islands, one of the most popular destinations for tourists visiting Lombok. Gili Island consists of three coral isles each with snorkeling opportunities. The Gilis are not only known to backpackers as a party destination but also a great holiday choice with lots of activities to engage in like scuba diving.
Gili Trawangan is the most popular among the three and is often referred to as the ‘’Party Island’’. Gili Air is the closest to the Mainland making it a great spot for backpackers who want to get acquainted with the local culture.
2. Rinjani Mountain
Towering over the island of Lombok is the massive volcanic Rinjani Mountain. One of the best things to do in Lombok is climbing on top of this mountain 3.726 m height from sea level. Within it is the Segara Anak, a breathtaking crescent shaped lake 6 km wide.
Segara Anak is a spiritual place and this lake of sulphur is regarded by the local Wetu Telu people and Hinduism as a holy lake. If you have some time to spend, you can take a three days trek from senaru to the crater rim and down the crater lake an later to the Sembalun Lawang.
Apart from stunning white sandy beaches and the massive Rinjani Mountain, Lombok is also home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls that can be visited all year round. Being close together, the waterfall experience come as an ultimate Lombok tour package.
The most popular Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls are located about two hours rive from the Mataram city. These waterfalls are easily accessible thus ideal for people of all ages. Gangga waterfall is locate west of Mount Rinjani and is just 10 minutes walk away from the parking area around the rice fields and farms. Being one of the most spectacular sights on Lombok, these waterfalls are very worth visiting.
4. Mawun Beach
Mawum beach is one of the stunning beaches in Lombok ideal for relaxation. Shaped like a bow with a deep arch, it is a seclude bay consisting of pristine sand and crystal clear water. For those who don’t like water activities, you can choose to sun bathe or stroll around the beaches admiring the two green hills that flake the beach.
If you love adventure, there are many surrounding steep hills that you can climb and enjoy the stunning scenery from the shore line.
5. Senggigi Beach
Senggigi is the main and most developed tourism area in Lombok. This area is about 13 km Mataram City and only 45 minutes drive from the Lombok International Airport. As the tourist hub of Lombok mainland, Senggigi beach is dotted with several restaurants and bars and a marine life that is well protected by the reef.
The beach provides tourists with striking views of the sunset and Bali’s Agung Mountain. Making a trip to the beach, you can engage in fun activities like surfing, swimming, snorkeling, and even day trips to several interesting places around the town