Lombok Travel Guide

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Lombok Overview

Only a short boat ride from the west coast of Bali, the island of Lombok is a travelers paradise, boasting mesmerizing beaches, a magnificent volcano, traditional coastal villages, picturesque countryside and bags of character. When popular islands of Indonesia and Thailand become overrun, Lombok is the place to be, offering great surfing, unsurpassed diving, superb hiking trails, cultural enlightenment and more opportunities to relax than you can shake a stick at.

 
Thought of as the Bali that once was, the island of Lombok is dominated by the soaring MountRanjini and peppered with time-honored mountain villages and coastal towns. Spend a few days at Senggigi, the prime tourist location on the west coast, sampling exquisite seafood dishes, exploring the isolated northern beaches and the breathtaking sunsets. Head south to the serene surfer’s community of Kuta, alike its Balinese counterpart yet without the party mayhem. Jump back to the northern side and hop over to the Gili Islands, an unspoilt paradise famed for its scuba diving and lack of motorized transport.
 
It is easy to get to Lombok, with the islands capital Mataram being the main transport hub. Ferries arrive to and from Mandalika Terminal for Denpasar, Jakarta, Surabaya and Yogyakarta. For the Gili Islands, speedboats run directly from Bali and, if already on Lombok, from Bangsal and Senggigi. Lombok has an extensive bus network to whisk visitors from town to town and, for total independence, bikes and cars are readily available for rent.

Things to do in Lombok

Gili Islands - Located off the north-western coast of Lombok is the ultimate in paradise getaways and for years a backpackers heaven, where life seems to continue as it always would have. With pristine beaches and crystal clear waters, snorkelling and scuba diving are popular activities, although the true order of the day is relaxation. Of the islands Gili Meno is the most serene, Gili Trawagan is the place to party and Gili Air is somewhere in between. Ask around for the best budget beachside accommodation or splurge at a luxury resort.

 
Senggigi - The prime beach resort on Lombok is typically blessed with an alluring stretch of far-reaching beach backed by great value hotels and laidback seafood restaurants. Head north and find any number of deserted bays then take a seat beachside and marvel as the sun drifts down over Bali. Be sure to check out the impressive Pura Batu Bolong, a collection of pagodas and a Balinese temple perched on a rocky headland, a popular local picnic spot and another great sunset lookout.
 
Mount Rinjani - Active volcano rising out of the island at 3726m making it the 3rd largest in Indonesia and dominating the landscape of Lombok in all directions. Part of a national park, it is a popular hiking location, with 3 and 4-day treks starting at Senaru and staying overnight at the many mountain villages. Hikes reach the spectacular crater rim before heading back down to the impressive crater lake.
 
TamanNarmada - Peaceful and pristine gardens located 11km east of Mataram that was once used as a place of relaxation by the King. The park is based upon the summit of MountRinjani, with a large pool representing the volcanic lake. Interesting areas of the park include Pura Kalasa, a temple used during the Balinese celebration of Pujawali, and the Youth Fountain, whose water is felt to bring a long life to those who drink it.
 
Museum Negeri Nusa Tenggara Barat - Small and contemporary museum thats worth a look for the geological, historical and cultural displays relating to Lombok. Theres a good shop selling masks, kris (traditional knives) and other handicrafts.
 
Lombok Surfing - If you havent come to Lombok to relax then chances are you are here to surf. A favourite spot for Australian surfers, Lomboks beaches offer clean 3-8ft waves and far less populated waters than at Balis beaches. KutaBeach and GerupukBay are excellent spots, both on the islands south coast. Beginners can find equipment and lessons at Surf Camp.
 
Lombok Nightlife - You wont find the levels of partying that goes on at Kuta, Bali, however there are a decent amount of laidback watering holes at Senggigi. Check out the local reggae band at the Happy Café, chill out to electronic lounge at the gay friendly Sugar Café, or let your hair down at Tropicana.

Hotels in Lombok

Budget Hotels Lombok

Tao Kombo Travel Lodge - Peaceful and personal resort right on the beach of Gili AirIsland. Tel (62) 81 237 221 74.
Villa Karang Hotel - Another small and tranquil resort on GiliAirIsland set in a tropical garden, Tel (62) 370 637328.
 
Midrange Hotels Lombok
Hotel Bulan Baru - Excellent value hotel, north of Senggigi and a short walk from a secluded beach. Tel (62) 370 693785.
Puri Saron Senggigi Beach Hotel - Stylish suites and bamboo bungalows overlooking SenggigiBeach. Tel (62) 370 693424.
 
 
Luxury Hotels Lombok
Grand Legi Mataram - Great luxury hotel, friendly staff and wonderful pool. Tel (62) 370 636282.
The Oberoi Lombok - Stunning resort with private beach and all the luxury trimmings, Tel (62) 370 6132444.
Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa - Great beachfront resort with superb sunset restaurant. Tel (62) 370 693023.

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This page was last modified on 23 Jan 2011 by NomadJack