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Why you MUST visit Lombok

A perfect eden-like island paradise...

Posted on 12 June 2018

What’s a Lombok?

Good question. Lombok is an island based off the east coast of Bali. Although not as popular as its neighbour, Lombok is a perfect island paradise getaway for those looking for a quieter yet remarkably gorgeous experience. Lombok offers plenty of empty, stunningly isolated beaches, astounding culture, and unscathed environments.

Beautifully diverse Lombok. Photo taken by: gili-islandtransfers

Here is our list of MUST-VISIT places when you’re at Lombok:

Gili Islands

Gili Islands or ‘Gilis’ comprises of 3 serene eden-like islands that offer peaceful, stunning and unforgettable experiences for all its visitors. These islands are Gili Trawangan (the main island), Gili Meno, and Gili Air.

3 Paradise Islands. Photo taken by: indonesiad

Snorkeling and scuba-diving is very popular here at the Gilis for its amazing marine life and crystal clear waters. If you’re lucky you may even encounter some sea turtles!

See some sea turtles. Photo taken by: ingili

Other than exploring the myriad of marine life offered by the Gilis, you may find it equally as pleasurable relaxing on the impeccable beach - laying down on the soft, white Gili sand, listening to the calming waves. So simple yet too awesome to be discounted.

Gili beaches. Photo taken by: gilibookings

Don’t forget the parties. At the Gilis you can enjoy a nightlife like no other. Entwined and immersive, the party-loving culture of the Gilis is truly unrivaled. 

Fiery party. Photo taken by: andreiverner

Gili islands are a mere 20 minutes boat ride from Lombok so a visit to the Gili islands should be on the top of your list. We guarantee that you will not regret spending plenty of time here on these gorgeous islands.

Mount Rinjani

The second tallest volcano in Indonesia, Mount Rinjani is definitely a highlight of Lombok. You can hire a guide to help explore the surrounding nature of the volcano and find yourself adventuring into the stunning depths of Mount Rinjani.

‘The hardest climbs lead to the best views’, this is very true when you find the stunning views at Mount Rinjani's peak. Just look at this majestic beauty. Just wow...

Stunning views at Mt Rinjani. Photo taken by: erohisms 

Take some epic photos too! Photo taken by: adventureinyou

Pusuk Monkey Forest

Pusuk means the peak, Monkey Forest Baun Pusuk offers a beautiful and natural forest area as part of Rinjani. Traveling up Baun Pusuk forest roads is a wonderful journey up, the winding hilltop views of lush protected forests accompanied by sounds of purest nature shall invariably rejuvenate you.

Monkey friends. Photo taken by: rentbikelombok 

There are plenty of monkeys to be found here. Be cautious but you need not be afraid of them. The monkeys are used to visitors so they will not be startled but do not purposely disturb them by any means. Do so at your own peril!

Feed them, don't annoy them! Photo taken by: flickr


Our favourite beach must be the Mawun beach. Plenty of times, you may find this beach almost entirely emptied for you to enjoy and relish in the beautiful ocean breezes. Your own private beach if you may. But even if you had to share this stunning beach, the silky smooth white sand and awe-inspiring turquoise waters are far too gorgeous for anyone to care.

Mawun beach. Photo taken by: clozette

Tanjung Aan is also another beach that makes it to the top of our list for its mind-boggling seascape-worthy beach of white sand and crystal clear waters. You can even climb a rock to enjoy the breathtaking views over the two bays and beaches of Aan. A must-view!

Tanjung Aan, right side. Photo taken by: lombokandbeyond

Tanjung Aan, left side. Photo taken by: thetripguru

The Pink beach is also a must visit! It may be a little difficult to get here through the Ekas Peninsula (where this beach is located) but it is certainly worth the journey. A quiet, and luxurious beach of pink sand with sky-blue waters. Absolutely awesome.

Pink beach. Photo taken by: pinterest


Waterfalls in Lombok are mostly found in the north these include: Tiu Teja, Tiu Kelep, Sendang Gile and many others. There are some very nice ones in the center of Lombok too like the Benang Kelambu, Benang Stokel or Jeruk Manis. All are undamaged and provide fresh COOLING waters that massage and are an absolute treat to observe (and even to DRINK!).

Tiu Kelep. Photo taken by: idbackpacker

Sasak culture

The majority of people in Lombok are Muslim and almost everyone can speak the national language, Bahasa Indonesia. There is a vast diversity of culture and heritage in Lombok even though there is a majority of Sasak people that make up 85% of the total population. Surprisingly they are also the indigenous peoples of Lombok.

Rattan fight. Photo taken by: agungwangsa

You can explore the fascinating culture of Sasak people. Their welcoming nature, spicy foods, their thoughtful handicraft and their music and dances are an adventure of exploration in and of itself. The typical Sasak wedding is very loud with ‘Gendang Beleq’ musicians playing passionately. Frequently, there are plenty of these weddings all over Lombok so it is not difficult to find one nearby; and it is undoubtably a must-see, must-experience for any visitor to Lombok!

Sasak wedding. Photo taken by: apwtour

An Island Paradise NOT TO BE MISSED

If you’re like us and you love an island paradise that is virtually untouched and provides a serene and relaxing experience, with plenty to explore - you do not want to miss a visit to Lombok.

Click here to find out more about booking your perfect adventure in Lombok!

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