Long overshadowed by neighbouring Bali, Lombok is blessed with exquisite beaches, a spectacular marine life, epic surf, a lush forested interior, stunning rice fields and the soaring Mount Rinjani volcano. With no shortage of attractions both in and out of the water, the alluring island of Lombok won't disappoint.
The coastal town of Senggigi is the main tourist hub of Lombok. With sweeping bays separated by towering headlands this sleepy resort is where you'll find a variety of hotels and restaurants as well as a handful of bars and shops. Senggigi Beach is also one of the island's surf spots, although the south west coast is where you'll find the big waves, particularly Desert Point. For those seeking a truly peaceful location to stay, look no further than enchanting Medana Bay with its pristine sands, backdrop of Mt Rinjani and picturesque views of the Gili Islands.
The aforementioned Gili Islands, or more specifically Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno, are a trio of coral-fringed islands, offering some of the region's best snorkelling and diving thanks to the extensive marine life that includes turtles, white-tip reef sharks, moray eels, angel fish and ghost pipefish. Just 30 minutes by boat the gorgeous Gili Islands are also known for their idyllic white sandy beaches, so perfect for some tropical island lounging.
As an alternative to the beaches, venture inland to discover traditional Sasak villages or for those with an adventurous streak the chance to visit Mount Rinjani should not be missed. The second highest volcanic peak in Indonesia, it is part of the 'ring of fire' and is considered a sacred place on Lombok. Around the slopes there are lush forests and waterfalls while within the mountain, 1968 feet below the crater rim, is a stunning crescent shaped lake.
GMT + 8 hours
There are no non-stop flights from the UK to Lombok. Flights from Bali take 35 minutes or alternatively a ferry between Bali and Lombok takes 2 hours.
While April to October is considered the best time, there is never a bad time to travel to Lombok, as it’s generally warm throughout the year. Although more rain tends to fall from November to March, it’s usually a short, tropical downpour.
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