The famous Gili Islands are located in the Pemenang area. The Gili Islands are an archipelago of three small islands — Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air — just off the North-West coast of Lombok, Indonesia. The islands are a popular destination for Western tourists looking for a remote island experience.
Each island has several small resorts, restaurants and gorgeous clean blue water, white sand beaches. One of Indonesia’s top areas for scuba diving and snorkeling, with a reputation for being the ‘turtle capital of the world’.
The use of motorbikes and cars are not allowed on these islands, but you can cycle around, or catch a horse-drawn carriage and enjoy the fresh air, calm atmosphere of it. On face value they all look pretty similar, but each island has a distinct personality.
1. Gili Trawangan: “the party island”
Gili T is the largest of the three main Gili Islands and more built-up than the other two, so if you’re looking to do lots of shopping, eating and drinking it could be the best for you. Gili T is known as the “Party Island” and has traditionally attracted young travellers in search of nightlife, but if you want to escape parties, just stay away a bit from the main town.
2. Gili Meno: “the romantic escape”
The smallest and quietest of the three Gilis, Gili Meno arguably has the best beaches of the lot – swathes of white sand scattered with squat trees, fringed with crystal clear water. There’s a definite honeymoon atmosphere that you can sense as soon as you step off the boat and see couples canoodling on the beach, and thatched-roof huts for two lining the shoreline beyond them.
3. Gili Air: “the chill-out spot”
On Gili Air, the vibe is a little more subdued than Gili T and a little more lively than Gili Meno. There are beach bars and clubs if you want them, but there are also quiet spots to lie on the sand and watch the turquoise water lap the shore.
From Lombok, you can travel on fast boats from Teluk Nare/Teluk Kade North of Senggigi, or from Bangsal Harbour (where you can also go by public boats). From Bali to Gili Islands have several fast boat departure points, including Benoa Harbour, Sanur and Padangbai.
Senggigi may be one of the tourist hubs on the mainland of Lombok, located on the West coast, stretched out along several kilometers of the beachfront just to the North of the capital, Mataram. It takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes from the new International Airport.
Senggigi has numerous things to offer, you can find a variety of restaurants, cafes, bars line the colorful main beach road, money changers, souvenir shops and a range of accommodations.
1. Pura Batu Bolong: This is a Hindu temple, built on a rock and overlooking the beach of Senggigi. Nowadays, the Pura Batu Bolong, in addition to a temple with regular believers, has become a tourist attraction because of its legend, history, beautiful surroundings and views of the sunset.
2. Malibu Hill: A wonderful spot to capture the breathtaking scenery in the Senggigi area. A twenty-minute drive away from Senggigi on the main road brings you to the mountain. Allow about an hour to look at the views over the water and mountains. You may spot some monkeys looking for a free handout while you’re up there.
3. Snorkeling, scuba diving: Although the snorkeling and scuba diving discoveries are not as assorted as those found on the site on Gili Islands, the amazing corals and the tiny fish are astonishing and worth an underwater exploration. Depending on your luck, you will be captivated by the sea turtles swimming over the coral reef. On a rare occasion, the white tip shark also can be spotted.
4. Surfing: A perfect place to relax, Senggigi boasts a series of white sandy beaches and safe swimming areas. The point at central Senggigi has very good waves for surfers. Don’t worry if you are a beginner, there you can find many surf instructors to help you.
5. Exotic sunset: There is no word to describe the sunset at Senggigi Beach. The orange sky and blue water, perfectly paired with the shade of Bali’s Mount Agung, should not be missed. Lie down on a comfy lounge chair and slurp a fresh young coconut while enjoying the view.
Mataram city is the largest city in Lombok and also the centre of education, government and commerce of the West Nusa Tenggara province. Although 80% of the population is currently Muslims, Mataram still retains a large number of historical artifacts from Hinduism in the region. Similar to the other islands in Indonesia,
Mataram also showcases the colourful history of the Lombok area. The city has transportation, shopping facilities, banks and malls. The main square is used for art exhibitions, theatre, dance performances and traditional market where you can find amazing craftwork like basket ware, sarongs and great local foods.
Besides these, many historic buildings, a stunning 99 meter high Mosque, magnificent Hindu temples and parks are offered by the city of Mataram.
1. Islamic Center Mosque: The fabulous mosque building was beautified with a 99 meter high tower which was adjusted to 99 names of Allah (Asma’ul Husna). The tower building is opened as a tourism object to watch the face of the city of Mataram from a height both during the day and night. In addition, the other beautiful feature in the Islamic Center Mosque is its dome which is decorated by Sasambo motifs as typical of West Nusa Tenggara. Around the mosque there are many garment and wood craftsmen who make any kind of souvenirs like clothes, key chains, pens and many more. There is also batik sasak samawa mbojo (sasambo) Islamic Center motif, as well as other accessories.
2. Lombok Epicentrum Mall: The biggest and fanciest air conditioned shopping centre in Lombok, superb range of shops, cinema and eateries & coffee shops.
3. Pura Agung Narmada: Beautiful Hindu temple with a big park for relaxing and escape from city life. Fresh air, green views are absolutely stunning. Great place for retreat and family friendly.
4. Pasar Cakranegara: Popular traditional market, located in the middle of the city. If you want to immerse yourself in the culture of Lombok and want to buy some nice souvenirs, you certainly visit this large market. In addition to many goods and delicious food for the daily needs of the people here are also traditional dishes from Lombok to try and find all kinds of articles of artists and craftsmen.
5. Pura Meru: In Lombok there are many Hindu temples that have beautiful and unique architecture. One of the largest and oldest temples on the island of Lombok is Pura Meru. The Hindu temple was built in 1720 and its three ‘merus’ or multi-tier shrines are meant for three different deities: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Visitors to this temple are required to wear a sarong but if you do not own any, the caretaker often lends you one.
6. Narmada Botanic Garden: This botanic garden is a place to hide from the noise, a place to feed the eyes and relax the mind with the beautiful colours of nature.
7. Karang Bayan Village: Traditional village, located North of Narmada Park. This place is one of Muslim villages that have strong acculturation with Hinduism, image of the old tribe of the Sasak culture.
8. Ampenan Beach: After a full day sightseeing in Mataram city, this is the best spot for a relaxed dinner – where access the best local food selection, and admire the sunset. Located in Old Mataram City, this place used to be a pier but now set as a public place to spend time with family or friends.
9. Pura Lingsar: This temple will introduce to you the meaning of religious harmony. Very nice atmosphere and interesting history of both Hindu and Islam faiths. Located at the North end of the beach at Ampenan.
10. Seasot Forest: This wonderful place offers various forest and river walks. The forest contains a wide variety of animals and plants. There are plenty of very tame, friendly monkeys (grey macaques). Locals selling cheap eats and drinks are a welcome convenience.
11. West Nusa Tenggara State Museum: If you are interested in the history and culture of Lombok this small museum is definitely worth visiting. There are a number of nautical artefacts inside and in the garden outside the museum.
12. The Griya Art Gallery: An interesting stop for everyone who is interested in art and furniture, especially those made from recycled materials. Most of the artwork and furniture are for sale, so for avid collectors, can enquire with the gallery owner, Mr Theo.
13. Sangkareang Park: One of the public parks in the city center. Many exhibitions are held here. There’s also a playground, basketball court, tennis and football field. Perfect place to relax with family or friends.
14. Udayana Park: This Park, which was inaugurated in 1988, is a favorite park for the people of Mataram. The park is adorned with beautiful flowers and its lush trees provide a calm atmosphere.
15. Nirwana Waterpark: Nirwana waterpark is the first family waterpark in Lombok. Dedicate an entire day to this splash park so that you can fully experience the entire range of facilities on offer.
Tanjung area is located in North-West Lombok, it consists of the industrial area, Sasak culture and also a lot of wonderful natural attractions for example stunning forests, mountains. Lombok has a lot to offer, more so it’s undiscovered natural wildlife.
1. Lombok Wildlife Park: Housing over 45 species of 195 animals, Lombok Wildlife Park lets visitors interact with each and every animal through their various experiences and attractions. Get your photos taken with parrots, huge elephants, exotic reptiles, and all kinds of animals. The professional team are using specific methods designed to preserve, care and train for every single unique animal in the park. Their wellbeing is the park’s first priority.
2. Pantai Sire: The tropical white sands of Sire beach make for one of Lombok’s finest beaches, and if the weather is good, you can see Mt. Rinjani from a different angle. On this beach you can also do many interesting activities, such as canoeing, snorkeling, swimming or fishing.
3. Gardu Pandang Murkencong: This wonderful hidden gem provides an incredible view across the palm trees and mountains in North-West Lombok.
4. Pantai Jenggala: Beautiful, long local beach in Tanjung area. In the morning you can admire the sunrise and in the evening enjoy the sunset. Cozy beach waves suitable for family relaxation. The local community here is very friendly to new people, tourists as we are used to in Lombok.
5. Kosaido Golf Club: The only international 18 hole lombok golf, Par 72, 6245 m championship course in Lombok Island. Hole one to nine faces the sea which includes the signature hole number 4 which is adjacent to the white sandy beach. Holes 10 – 18 have the captivating mountain views including the much talked about Hole 12 with 540 m, Par 5, Handicap one. The views at each tee off will leave every golfer spellbound.
Bayan is one of the districts located in North Lombok Regency. Bayan has different uniqueness we need to know deeply. Bayan is known for its Wetu Telu tradition, Masjid Bayan Beleq (Bayan Beleq Mosque) and Sasak Bayan. For example, Wetu Telu – means Three Times. Bayan people do three times prayer per day and it’s quite different with other Muslim people who do five times a day.
Bayan Beleq the oldest Mosque in Lombok was built in the 14th century by the people whose graves surround the mosque. Now the mosque serves for traditional rituals. The door is very low because it symbolizes that we as human being need to obey God’s command and stay away from what’s restricted.
Apart from their unique culture, there are many natural wonders to be found in this area. Forests, waterfalls, mountains (one of the starting or finishing points for trekking Mount Rinjani).
1. Sendang Gile Waterfall: The area’s best known attraction is the Sendang Gile, the biggest waterfall in Lombok which attracts many thousands of Indonesian and foreign visitors annually. Located about 600m above sea level, the waterfall is an easy 20 minute walk down a beautiful trail and steps from Senaru village. A pleasant alternative return route winds along the edge of the steep valey.
2. Tiu Kelep Waterfall: For the more adventurous, “Senaru waterfall” Tiu Kelep is another hour’s walk upriver from Sendang Gile. The scramble over rocks through the tropical forest is rewarded by the beauty of the waterfall and a swim in its deep pool. It is said locally that every time you swim behind the main waterfall of Tiu Kelep you become a year younger. With access from the main road, Senaru’s “third waterfall” Betara Lenjang is strictly for rock climbers with a local guide and equipment.
3. Bayan traditional village: The traditional village of Bayan is a community of Sasak tribes who still adhere to their ancestral traditions. This can be seen from the form of houses, mosques, traditional ceremonies, and lifestyles that still maintain their ancestral heritage. Here is the oldest Mosque in Lombok, Masjid Bayan Beleq.
4. Senaru traditional village: Locally guided visits included opportunities to experience the villagers’ daily life, visit their thatched houses, prepare meals using local produce, and understand their traditional way of life. The town of Senaru is also the destination most people choose to stay a day before, and a day after, trekking Mount Rinjani and the famous waterfalls that’s mentioned earlier.
5. Pantai Dasan Krepuk: This is a popular location for the fishing fanatics, but if you just want to relax somewhere, get to know the supernice local people, try the local dishes in North Lombok, don’t miss this beach from your list.
Sembalun Regency is divided into six villages and one of them, Sembalun Lawang, has become more popular as the starting points before climbing to Mount Rinjani. All of the villages situated between 800 – 1200 meters above sea level, and surrounded almost entirely by a range of steep hills.
The temperature is notably lower here than in other parts of Lombok, which also makes it pleasant for hiking. As the Sembalun village lies at the base of the Rinjani volcano, the soil is rich and fertile, allowing for a booming agricultural industry which forms the economic backbone of the village.
On either side of the village lie huge fields where they grow rice, chili, carrots, cabbage and onions amongst a range of other foods, and almost all of the men in Sembalun are farmers. Sembalun is also the biggest producer of spices in West Nusa Tenggara.
1. Mount Rinjani trekking: Rising 3,726 meters above sea level, Mount Rinjani is the second tallest mountain in Indonesia and an active volcano with a wide range of landscapes and pockets of incredible natural beauty. The trip up Rinjani is definitely challenging, but you won’t regret it when you are perched on the island looking out over the edge of the ocean and to the volcanic peaks of neighboring Bali and Sumba rising above the clouds. From the top, you can see the sunrise over the entire island of Lombok, lighting up the gorgeous crater lake below, as well as the neighboring scattered along Indonesian islands Ring of Fire. Mount Rinjani National Park is open from April to January every year (it is usually closed in January, February and March due to heavy rains). There are many adventure packages, the most famous the 3 days trip or the more comfortable 7 days trip. You need a local guide.
2. Bukit Pergasingan: Start your hike up to the top of Pergasingan – known as one of the best spots for soft trekking in the region. The flat field at the top of the hill is perfect for building a campsite and taking a break over a delicious local lunch. The stunning natural scenery, rice fields, the foggy Sembalun village are enhanced by the view of Mount Rinjani. Pergasingan hill is located on a hill north of the Sembalun Village with 1,700 meter above sea level.
3. Bukit Selong: This amazing viewpoint is one of the best things to do in Sembalun if you’re looking for a great sunset behind Rinjani or sunrise point include the view out to the magical rice fields without much of a hike involved. It’s just a short 10 minutes walk from the car park.
4. Sembalun traditional tour: You can explore the farm and taste the organic vegetables, walk through the beautiful green of bamboo garden, see how the local people make the clothes manually, and see the beauty of the heritage building as the first house in Sembalun Village.
5. Mangku Sakti Waterfall: This short 4 km trekking is fun, but for those who want to avoid tiredness, they can ride a motorcycle instead – be careful, though, as the route is a little bit slippery. Once arriving at the site, you can see the stunning waterfall right away, the height is about 20 meters. Aside from relaxation and photography, another recommended thing to do is to take a refreshing bath on the pond or the river located near to the falls.
Sekotong area is located in the South-West corner of Lombok Island, Indonesia. Getting to Sekotong is relatively easy whether you are coming from Senggigi, Kuta Lombok, Lombok International Airport or even Bali.
Although only a short hop from popular Senggigi and Kuta Lombok, Sekotong is relatively untouched by tourism. Sekotong makes up a large section of the South-West region and has some unique coastlines and epic islands to explore.
Almost everybody who travels in Southeast Asia knows the famous 3 Gili Islands, but there are even 12 more tiny or even large Gili Islands to discover. Besides that, super surf spots and beautiful beaches can also be found in this area.
1. Secret Gili Islands: Explore some of the 12 extra, magnificent Gili Islands. The biggest island is Gili Gede with a wide variety of hotels and homestays on it. Most of the smaller ones are uninhabited, but some like Gili Asahan, Gili Layar, Gili Nanggu or Gili Sudak offer accommodation too and beautiful white sand beaches with amazingly turquoise water. Sekotong Islands offer excellent conditions for a relaxing snorkeling holiday. These islands are famous for healthy, colorful coral reefs and huge turtles, fishes.
2. Surfing – Desert Point: World-famous surfing beach. Desert Point is regarded as one of the best waves in the World, legendary for 20-second barrel rides, long open shoulders, and pristine surfing conditions. Hazards galore, from sharp shallow reef to fast hollow waves make Desert Point unavailable to beginner or intermediate surfers. If you are a beginner surfer, you can find the perfect waves for you on the nearby Bangko Bangko beach.
3. Mekaki Hill + Beach: You wouldn’t want to miss out on top attractions like Mekaki Hill with views over palm tree forests and ocean. Try out the paragliding from this awesome hill and enjoy the views, a gentle gust up the hill, a few steps forward and suddenly you are soaring like a bird. Mekaki Beach is just 5 minutes ride away from the hill. The crescent-shaped beach has rather calm waters because it is protected by hills on each side. It means that you can either swim or snorkel.
4. Elak Elak Beach: Sekotong area invites you to unveil the hidden gems such as Elak Elak Beach, a beautiful white sand beach with coconut trees along the beach. Explore the full length of this stunning beach and enjoy swimming and sunbathing.
5. Pura Goa Landak: This is a magnificent Hindu temple, around quiet beach and a hill in the form of big wave. Underneath Hindu shrine, there is a cave used to be inhabited by porcupines hence the name “Goa Landak”. A visit to the cave will be subject to tide condition.
Lombok still has a million other natural tourist attractions that are waiting for you, one of them is Jerowaru area, located in South-East corner of Lombok. Among others, here you can enjoy the snorkeling, pretty beaches and gorgeous viewpoints.
1. Pink Beach: It is one of only two in Indonesia pink sandy beaches. When viewed more closely, the original color is actually white sand beach, because it is mixed with crushed pieces of pink coral, natural procession along the reef and flake fragments are then fused and formed into pink color, especially when exposed to sea water and sun, so that its pink color is obvious. Besides sand beaches distinctive pink color, this beach also has a very impressive natural scenery.
2. Tanjung Bloam: The appeal of Tanjung Bloam is the stunning rock beauty. Two rocky cliffs flanked over the exotic beach of Tanjung Bloam. On the left side, the cliff is shaped like a “bak pau cake”. While on the right side, the cliffs are irregular and jutting toward the beach. The yellowish cliff color combined with black color makes it look very contrast with the color of the blue sea water. Also, Tanjung Bloam is a turtle conservation area that habituates around the cliffs and along the coastline stretching from the southern and northern ends.
3. Tanjung Ringgit: Here you can see the beautiful panorama of the Indonesian Ocean, and also a popular spot for sunrise lovers. This promontory offers a very attractive natural scenery to be enjoyed, with height topographic of the cliff that has exotic structure as a result of natural formations and unique cliffs with interesting shades.
4. Meriam Jepang: Tanjung Ringgit Beach is also recognized for the history. According to the locals, the beach became a secondary base used by the Japanese Army during the World War II. No wonder, some reminiscences of the Nippon reside in the location including the cannon and hiding caves. These historical objects are located in the north part of the beach, actually. The thing is that it takes several minutes to get to the location. Despite the effort, witnessing those objects would be worth the experience.
5. Gili Petelu: There is one more lovely snorkeling spot in Lombok, crystal clear water, untouched and natural tiny uninhabited island. Located pretty close to Pink Beach, you can get to this island by small local boat.
Kuta is a village on the island of Lombok in the Indonesian province West Nusa Tenggara. Kuta is the tourist hub of the island. There are plenty of opportunities to create great holiday memories.
Beautiful paradise beaches all around Kuta, mesmerizing hills, unique traditional villages, and great cafes, bars. Beside these, from beginner to pro surfers, Kuta Lombok is one of the best place in Indonesia for catching waves.
From all around the World you can take a flight to Lombok International Airport, which is located very close from Kuta Mandalika. Flights are also available from various major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta and Bali.
1. Surfing: South-Lombok is a famous surfing spot with many cool beach to choose from. If you’re not already a surfer, Kuta area is also a cool place to take some lessons and have a lot of fun. If you’re looking to start out and grab some lessons then Selong Belanak Beach is the perfect spot. Or if you’re a seasoned pro then you’ll be looking to head out west to Mawi Beach.
2. Tanjung Aan Beach: If you’re a beach lover, I can’t imagine you won’t be bowled over by the natural beauty of Tanjung Aan. Large white sand beach, turquoise blue water and the calm water also make it a great swimming beach and perfect snorkeling spot. You can go for a walk on the hills to the right of the beach, the view from up there is really awesome.
3. Mawun Beach: This beach is another stunning beach near Kuta Lombok. The color of the water is so unreal and there are surprisingly few tourists. You can rent sunbeds and umbrellas close to the entrances in the middle of the beach or walk to one of the sides where it is calmer. The location of Mawun beach can be said to be located between Kuta beach and Selong Belanak beach.
4. Dusun Sade: Traditional Sasak Village, located near to Kuta. The village is built in the traditional Sasak style. The shops in Dusun Sade have a large range of woven fabrics as well as necklaces, bracelets, jewellery boxes, and many more accessories. If you pay attention you’ll notice many designs incorporate a lizard motif – this is because lizards symbolise fortune in Sasak culture.
5. Bukit Merese: Merese Hill is the perfect place to catch sunset in Kuta. With stunning views of the southern coastline, and epic lighting in the evenings, this spot is not to be missed on your things to do in Kuta Lombok list. From a distance, it kind of looks like a daunting climb to get up there but it’s actually an easy 15-minute walk to the top.
6. Seger Beach: A beautiful little beach, located just a short 15-minute drive from Kuta Beach. There’s one more sunset viewing point in Kuta. Pantai Seger point is close to the town and therefore you get a better view of Kuta itself before the sun disappears behind the headland.
7. Cafes/Restaurants: Get to Kuta Mandalika for epic brunch with selection of coffee specialities, later try the island-inspired cuisines for lunch/dinner and of course the all-day tropical cocktails. Many quality restaurants can be found here, included – local, western, asian and vegan friendly restos.
8. Batu Payung Beach: Sadly the beautiful Batu Payung (Payung rock) has collapsed on 2019, but the beach is still stunning and worth visiting.
Lombok International Airport (Bandar Udara Internasional Lombok) is the main airport on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. The airport started operations in October 2011. Lombok Airport is located 40 km from Mataram, the capital city of Nusa Tenggara Barat region and 55 km from Senggigi, a popular tourist area in West Lombok.
The airport consists of one terminal for both domestic and international flights. Airlines operating at Lombok airport include Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Wings Air, Citylink and AirAsia.