Lying to the east of Bali, Lombok has wonderful beaches, enchanting waterfalls, Indonesia’s second highest volcano, unspoilt forests and stunning landscapes. In addition to its natural beauty, Lombok has a rich and endearing culture, with its indigenous Sasak people being one of the many unique attractions of the island.
Lombok is an ideal place for those looking for a private holiday away from the hustle and bustle of a normal tourist destination. Nothing happens quickly in Lombok and visitors who are stressed from their daily lives find Lombok a delightful place to unwind.
Though less developed than Bali, in recent years Lombok has begun to appeal to many visitors seeking an alternative to the crowds and expectations of Bali, especially now that it is so easy accessible with daily fast boats direct to Lombok. The resort area of Senggigi in West Lombok now has an extensive choice of accommodation to suit all budgets, along with some of the best restaurants and bars on the mainland.
Southern Lombok attracts surfers and beach-bums alike, all looking for that perfect ride or deserted pristine beach, while Central and East Lombok boasts rice paddies, tobacco growing areas and some established tropical nature reserves.
To the north lies the impressive Mount Rinjani with its crater-lake and breath-taking views; on a clear day you can even see Gunung Agung on Bali to the west over the sparkling sea. And if the mainland isn’t enough, you can always escape to the paradisical Gili islands.
Lying just off the north-west coast, this group of three small islands - often described as ‘pearls in the ocean’ - offer pristine waters, great diving, snorkelling opportunities, affordable accommodation and laid-back charm.