Located in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, Lombok is an enchanting island with delightful beaches and marine life to discover just like its neighbor Bali.
One can take a flight from Mumbai or New Delhi to Lombok Airport or from one’s residing state to Bali (Lombok’s neighbor) and then a flight or a boat from Bali to Lombok. Some of the airlines flying to Lombok International are AirAsia flights, SilkAir flights, and Singapore Airlines flight.
When at Lombok, one can’t miss visiting The Lombok Islands, namely Gili Islands, located20 minutes away by boat. These islands are noteworthy for diving, snorkeling and partying. If one is lucky, turtles can also be spotted.
Mount Rijani, claimed to be the second highest volcano in Indonesia, is one of the highlights of Lombok. Multi-day, guided tours can be booked at convenience to the Crater Lake and to the peak of the Rinjani. Most people take the three-day two-night trek to climb the mountain and one can have a bird’s eye view over the island.
Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls
One will come across a lot of waterfalls in the hills of Lombok. The Sendang Gile Waterfall and the Tiu Kelep are the most sought-after ones. It will give you a scenic view of the luxuriant tropical jungle surrounding the falls.
Next up is Pemenang. Malimbu Hill 1 and 2 are one of the crowd seekers of this place.It provides a breathtaking view of the Malimbu and Nipah beach and of the Gill beaches.
Then one can arrive at Bangsal where the monkey forest is located, named after plenty of wild monkeys in the jungle and the streets.
Kuta is one of the prominent tourist hotspots which offer beautiful beaches and accommodations and restaurants. From here one can explore the beaches of Mawun, Tanjung Aan and Selong Belanak on a scooter. Mawun is a heavenly, deserted beach with soft white sands and turquoise water.
One can also visit the Pink beach located in the Ekas peninsula and you will be rewarded with a desolate, quiet beach with pink sands made of coral.
Mosques and Temples
A lot of mosques and Hindu temples can also be found.
There are numerous hotels in Lombok’s tourist areas from affordable to luxurious especially in Senggigi, Kuta, and places around them.
If one stays for less than 30 days then an Indonesian visa is not needed if he/she has an Indian passport.
Keep a check on your Indonesian currency. You might be handing out 100,000s instead of 10,000 if you’re not watching closely.
Indonesian food might taste a bit spicy, so check before ordering if you can’t handle the heat.
Indonesia is predominantly a Muslim country so dress modestly when in public.
It can get cold and rainy at times so make sure you are fit and well equipped while climbing.
The dry period from April to November is best suited for climbing Mount Rinjani.