App
Download the App for Free
Help
Within Australia 1800 861 122 English: 24/7
Global Access Number +86 21 2226 8819 English: 24/7
EN
Languages
AUD
Top currencies
All currencies

Travel the World with Trip

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

TeddyBear0205
14 May 20195390

Travel lovers have undoubtedly heard of or even visited Bali at some point. Beautiful scenery, divine beaches, dramatic volcanoes, temples, and genuine people…there’s much to appreciate. In recent years however, over-commercialization, large crowds, and pollution have begun to detract from Bali’s reputation as a tropical paradise.

Table of Contents

1)Surfing Paradise
2) Indonesia’s Second Highest Volcano - Mount Rinjani
3)Magical Water Falls
4)Stunning Beaches
5)Island Hopping Experiences
6)Indigenous Culture and Heritage
7)How to get there?
8)When is the best time to go?
Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

In many ways Bali is a victim of its own success. What is an inspired traveller to do? Fortunately the answer lies not far from Bali. Separated by the narrow Lombok Strait is Bali’s sister island, Lombok. Travelers are attracted to the thrilling scenery and arguably even more therapeutic experience. What qualities allow Lombok to compete with the likes of Bali?

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

 

1)Surfing Paradise

One reason Lombok started to attract global attention is the excellent surfing conditions. Lombok is much less crowded than Bali, so one can easily surf big waves along nearly deserted white sand beaches. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced surfer, you will definitely be able to find waves on Lombok!

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

Many surfers flock to Lombok’s famous “Desert Point” located at the far western tip of the island. It was recently voted “Best Wave in the World” by Tracks Magazine. The giant waves, driven by the power of the Indian Ocean, challenge even the best surfers. For beginners looking to gain confidence, the sheltered bays and coves at Kuta located along Lombok’s southern coast produce smaller swells.

2) Indonesia’s Second Highest Volcano - Mount Rinjani

At 3,726 m, Mount Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, trailing only Mount Kerinci on Sumatra. It dominates the landscape on Lombok. The mountain and its neighboring rises are part of Mount Rinjani National Park - officially 41,000 hectares surrounded by a further 66,000 hectares of protected forest.

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

The park is hugely popular with hikers who climb up to summit rim, which looks out over a gorgeous crater lake. It’s a three day journey through challenging terrain, but you’re rewarded with an absolutely magnificent view. The easier Crater Rim Trek, which doesn’t go all the way to the summit, is a popular alternative for those seeking slightly less demanding hikes.

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

3)Magical Water Falls

While Bali is well known for its majestic waterfalls, Lombok’s waterfalls also shine. They are mostly concentrated in the northern and central parts of the island. In the north, there are Tiu Teja, Tiu Kelep, and Sendang Gile. While Benang Kelambu, Benang Stokel, and Jeruk Manis are centrally located. Most reviewers consider Tiu Kelep to be the most beautiful on Lombok.

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

It’s a huge wall of water with a large horizontal stream crossing over the smaller falls. The result is a picturesque view incomparable to anywhere else on Lombok. If you are someone who likes cliff jumping, Benang Stokel is worth a visit. Finally Benang Kelambu is a wall of water that appears from the bushes, giving the falls a magical feel. From Benang Stokel, it takes roughly 30 minutes to walk the distance to Benang Kelambu. You can hop on a motorcycle if you find yourself tired of walking.

4)Stunning Beaches

Lombok is home to many exquisite beaches with crystal clear turquoise water and fine white sand. And the best part? You won’t have to struggle to find a spot for yourself. At the main tourist area of Senggigi, on the western part of the island, you have the Senggigi Beach and Senggigi Harbour where you can catch boats to Bali and the Gili Islands. There are hotels and restaurants in the area providing all the services you need. Most of the stunning beaches are located along the lengthy southern coasts facing the Indian Ocean.

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

 You can choose from a plethora of options including Kuta Beach, Tanjung Aan Beach, Selong Belanak Beach, Mawun Beach, Pink Beach, and Kaliantan Beach. Each has its own unique features, but Tanjung Aan Beach arguably stands out as one of the most striking beaches on Lombok. Besides offering blue waters and white sand, there are hills you can climb for a panoramic view of the surroundings.

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

5)Island Hopping Experiences

Similar to Thailand’s Phuket, Lombok offers the chance to do some island hopping. Northwest of Lombok are the three famous Gili islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. These islands are frequently visited by honeymooners, party lovers, and divers. They are known for their white sand beaches lined with palm trees and their offshore coral reefs.

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

Resorts and hotels dot the islands meaning you can spend a few nights if you want. Gili has a reputation for being the “turtle capital of the world” and there are about 25 dive sites around the three islands. Gili is one of Indonesia’s top areas for scuba diving and snorkelling. You will find a variety of underwater features and an enormous amount of marine life. Travelers looking to visit less touristy islands can opt for Gili Nanggu, Gili Tangkong, Gili Kedis, or Gili Sudak located southwest of Lombok. These islands have no traffic, no crowds, and no vendors. You can enjoy the company of nature and the tropical fish.

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

6)Indigenous Culture and Heritage

Indonesia is a Muslim-majority country, and 85% Lombok’s 3.3 million inhabitants belong to the indigenous Sasak people. The Sasak are culturally and linguistically linked to the Balinese; but they tend to follow a localized Islamic faith and traditions. You can visit the Sasak Sade Traditional Village in East Lombok for a crash course in Sasak culture.

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

 The villagers there will welcome you with music, comedy, combat displays, and crafts. Some of these traditions might impart a sense of culture shock, however. For example, Sasak people have a custom of swabbing floors with buffalo poop. The belief is this helps ward off mosquitoes and evil influences. Known as the island of 1000 mosques, Lombok is home to many beautiful Islamic structures. The Masjid Bayan Beleq located at the northern part of Lombok is the oldest mosque on the island, reportedly dating to 1634. The Islamic Center Mosque in Mataram is one of the most beautiful mosques on Lombok.

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

7)How to get there?

To get to Lombok, there are only two options, airplane and boat. Flights operate from many cities in Indonesia. International flights arrive from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. You can also take a boat to Lombok from Bali, the Gili Islands, or Sumbawa.

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali

8)When is the best time to go?

Lombok has two seasons – wet and dry. The dry season runs from May through to September. The wet season runs from October through to April. Most people will definitely prefer visiting during the dry season.

Lombok Island: A More Authentic Bali
Disclaimer: This article has been used directly from the Qingqi Qiu Platform, the copyright belongs to the original author. If there is any discrepancy with the copyright please contact us directly and we will immediately delete the content.Index for Network Information Infringement Protection
Like

Related Hotels

Holiday Resort Lombok
4.5/5
111 Reviews
Vila Ombak
4.5/5
45 Reviews

Related Flights

Lombok
PerthLombok
7 Jun 2020-12 Jun 2020
Round trip

FromAUD136.08

Lombok
PerthLombok
28 May 2020-3 Jun 2020
Round trip

FromAUD261.51

Lombok
PerthLombok
2 May 2020-5 May 2020
Round trip

FromAUD329.78

Lombok
DarwinLombok
26 Apr 2020-3 May 2020
Round trip

FromAUD347.37

Trip.com is part of Trip.com Group Limited, one of the world's leading providers of travel services.
Ctrip Skyscanner Trip