Bali is one of the most visited places in Indonesia, but not many know much about Lombok, which is a rare and hidden gem. The tourist inflow into Lombok is relatively lower than Bali. You won’t regret visiting Lombok for these six reasons.
Get close to nature
The picturesque destination, just 35 km east of Bali, is most well known for Mount Rinjani, also known as Gunung Rinjani, an active volcanic peak. In fact, it is the second highest volcano in the whole of Indonesia. Trekking to Rinjani is a popular activity. While at Rinjani, you should also visit the Segara Anak, the crater lake, and the hot springs, at the rim of the crater. Views of Bali, Mt Agung and the island of Lombok are spectacular and well worth the climb.
Head to the islands
Those head to Lombok go there for the beaches, largely unspoilt and picture-postcard pretty. You can also spot coral reefs at Gili Islands. There are three islands, Trawangan, Meno and Air. There is a mix of water sport, restaurants and rich nightlife on the three islands.
Explore Senggigi Beach
This is the most important tourist hub of all places on Lombok Island. The destination can be used as a base from where you can explore the rest of the island. The beach itself is a picturesque one and you can also take up snorkelling. There are many small handicraft shops that sell local wares here as well.
Learn all about local crafts
The village is an important centre of pottery making. Pottery of the Sasaks, the local community, is a reflection of the culture and heritage of the indigenous people on the island.
A pearl you want to hold on to…
Sekarbela village is located in Mataram, and you can scout for some pearls sold at affordable prices. These pearls are highly popular among tourists who visit the region. You can also get an idea of how pearls are farmed here.
A bit of history
The Mayura Water Palace was built in the 18th century, and has a temple belonging to royalty. The place is an important sport for the Hindus of Lombok. There is a huge pool and a pavilion which is called Bale Kambang.
Climate and accommodation
The climate is hot for a major part of the year in Lombok. If you plan on trekking, you should avoid the rainy season, which typically starts in November and goes on till April. If you wish to travel to Lombok, you could take a flight to Bali, and then take one of the many daily flights from there. Also, there are ferries between Lombok’s Lembar and Bali’s Padangbai.
Accommodation is not a problem and there are many hotels in Lombok to suit various budgets. There are also many resorts in Lombok you could opt for, apart from a range of homestays on the different parts of the island.