An off-the-beaten-track travel guide to Lombok Indonesia featuring the 25 best things to do on your trip. Summit an active volcano, day trip to magical jungle waterfalls, and unwind on white sandy beaches– this is Lombok Indonesia!
Lombok Island is a volcanic island surrounded by coral reefs and dotted islets within the Indonesian archipelago. It’s often referred to as Bali’s sister island, but I like to call it Indonesia’s adventure island.
There’s an abundance of incredible things to do on Lombok, offering raw and memorable travel experiences.
After spending six weeks on the island, I’ve compiled this huge Lombok travel guide to help you plan your visit. I’ve given you a rundown on how to get here, what to expect, where to stay, and of course, a massive list of what to do on Lombok!
- Quick Answer: Best Sightseeing Tours & Unmissable Experiences on Lombok
- About Lombok Indonesia
- How to Get to Lombok
- 25 Best Things to Do on Lombok Indonesia
- 1. Mount Rinjani Volcano Trekking
- 2. Visit The Lombok Waterfalls
- 3. Explore the Senggigi Coastline
- 4. Visit the Tete Batu Rice Terraces
- 5. Visit The Gili Islands
- 6. Discover the “Secret” Gili Islands
- 7. Gili Kedis Camping Trip
- 8. Lombok Pink Beach
- 9. Pergasinginan Hill Sunrise Hike
- 10. Bukit Selong Ricefield Viewpoint
- 11. Explore the Rest of Sembalun and Senaru – North Lombok
- 11. Malase Hill Sunset Viewpoint
- 12. Try Kopi Rachik (Spiced Lombok Coffee)
- 12. Lombok Monkey Forest
- 13. Explore the Sekotong Peninsula – (Lombok Hidden Gem)
- 14. Surfing at Kuta Lombok
- 14. Check Out the Best Beaches in South Lombok
- 16. Semeti Hills
- 18. Bukit Merese Viewpoint
- 19. Kuta Lombok Bat Cave – Bangkang Cave
- 20. Nambung Beach Waterfall
- 21. Mekaki Beach
- 22. Drive the Epic New Coastal Road
- 23. Malimbu Hill Viewpoint
- 24. Take the 4-Day Boat Trip to Komodo
- 25. Go White Water Rafting at Jangkok River
- Lombok Accommodation Guide – Where to Stay
- Lombok Indonesia Guide: Travel Tips & Info
- More Lombok Photos
- After Lombok Indonesia: More Things to do & Travel Guides
Quick Answer: Best Sightseeing Tours & Unmissable Experiences on Lombok
Below is a list of the most popular and worthwhile experiences that you can book on the island. If you're up for sightseeing on Lombok, don't go past these 3 must-dos.
- Gili Islands Snorkeling Trip - an epic small-group tour visiting the best snorkeling and swimming spots on the Gili Islands from Lombok
- Rinjani Volcano Trekking - the most epic adventure experience on Lombok is to climb to the summit or crater ridge of Rinjani Volcano
- Secret Gili Islands Boat Trip - get off-the-beaten-path and explore the Secret Gili Islands of Lombok
About Lombok Indonesia
Lombok is an Indonesian island located just east of Bali, across the Lombok Strait in Southeast Asia. While Lombok has its own international airport and solid tourism infrastructure, it is sadly often overlooked as a travel destination in favor its neighboring tourism powerhouse.
However, thanks to adventurers slowly making a drift to Lombok from Bali via the Gili Islands and Nusa Penida, more and more people are slowly starting to discover this hidden gem.
The island of Lombok is home to the indigenous Sasak people, some of the kindest and most welcoming people I've ever come across in my travels. They are very proud of their sacred mountain; Gunung Rinjani, which is an active volcano with hot springs and an incredible crater lake.
In the coastal areas, you'll find both volcanic black beaches with calm waters, and pumping surf hotspots with white sands and a laid-back vibe. Conversely, the central regions of Lombok is dense with tropical jungle and many impressive waterfalls.
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How to Get to Lombok
Where is Lombok Indonesia?
Lombok Indonesia is located within the Nusa Tenggara Barat province. This volcanic island is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, which is found just east of the popular tourist island of Bali. The sea separating the two islands is called the Lombok Strait.
Wondering how to get here? Your options usually involve either a flight or a ferry from neighboring Bal or the Gili Islands. To save time, I recommend checking out the options on BookaWay. Otherwise, below is a quick up-to-date guide on the best ways to get to the island.
As of 2023, there's a new convenient fast boat service from Bali that goes to Lombok each day. This journey takes roughly 1.5 hours.
Instead, you could book a cheap fast boat to Gili Trawangan, and spend a day or two on Gili T, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. Then, take the shuttle boat or public boat from Gili T to Lombok ($1 USD). In my opinion, this is the best way to get to Lombok from Bali as it's cheap and allows you to see the coral reefs of the Gili Islands as well.
Lombok International Airport (LOP)
There are daily flights between Lombok and Denpasar, as well as many other direct routes within Indonesia and internationally (including direct flights from Perth). Airlines flying into Lombok include Garuda, Lion Air, Silk Air, and Trans Nusa.
You can compare the best flights across all of these airlines using CheapOAir for great deals.
25 Best Things to Do on Lombok Indonesia
Without further ado, let's dive into this epic list of the best things to do on Lombok Indonesia! I haven't ranked this list in any order. So, it'll be up to you to choose your own adventures!
Remember, at the bottom of this post, you'll also find useful information on where to stay during your visit.
1. Mount Rinjani Volcano Trekking
Usually, you'll find Mount Rinjani trekking at the top of nearly everybody's list of what to do on Lombok, and rightly so!
Trekking Mount Rinjani was hands down one of the most epic adventures we had on Lombok.
In fact, I believe that climbing Rinjani is one of the most incredible hiking experiences you can have in South East Asia. The volcanic rim is breathtaking and the spectacular views of the crater lake makes you feel like you're on another planet!
Most treks leave from Senaru, however, less-popular routes are also completed from Tete Batu and Sembalun. If you're chasing the summit, I'd suggest trying to negotiate with local trekking guides in Senaru or in Sembalun.
Otherwise, you can book a hike to the most epic attraction on Lombok Indonesia below.
2. Visit The Lombok Waterfalls
Just like Bali, Lombok has its own fair share of incredible waterfalls to visit– what do you expect, this is Indonesia!
The best part is that many are flowing year-round, despite the hot Lombok climate in the dry season. In my opinion, the natural beauty of Lombok is its primary attraction. And, checking out some of the waterfall trails is a sure way to experience it.
Some of my favorite adventures in Lombok were the waterfalls. Here are my top seven:
- Batu Santek & Tibu Bunter
- Benang Stokel
- Benang Kelambu
- Kilwun & Sesere
- Sendang Gile
- Tiu Kelep
- Mangku Sakti
Below I've outlined three of my absolute favorites from that list to get you inspired.
Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls
I'd put money on the fact that you've already seen the impressive Tiu Kelep waterfall before. This incredible waterfall amphitheater has made the rounds on social media and even across waterfall tour banners as far as Bali and Java.
Located in Senaru, in the north of Lombok, Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls are two falls on the same, short jungle hike. Out of all of the things to do on the incredible island of Lombok Indonesia, I'd place a visit to these two waterfall attractions near the top.
Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu Waterfalls
Another set of waterfalls that is value for time and money are Central Lombok highlights, Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu. Although they are located in the same geopark, the two waterfalls are vastly different.
Benang Kelambu is a curtain-like layer of flowing water and dense jungle plants. The other, Benang Stokel is a set of three plunging waterfalls in a wide jungle clearing.
Book in advance: Benang Kelambu & Benang Stokel Waterfall Trek (from Senggigi or Mataram)
Even if you have heard of these waterfalls before, you might be surprised to hear that there are actually another 3 hidden waterfalls here too.
Mangku Sakti Waterfall
Visiting Mangku Sakti waterfall ended up being one of my favorite things to do on Lombok Indonesia. Located in the north close to the trekking town of Sembalun, Mangku Sakti has several levels of fast-flowing rapids and a large main waterfall.
The best part about this one is that you can climb inside and behind the waterfall in a small rocky cave!
3. Explore the Senggigi Coastline
Senggigi was once the tourist capital of Lombok. However, the main tourist hub has now shifted from the west coast to the south (Kuta Lombok).
These days, you'll discover a chill beach vibe with plenty of small cafes and warungs. There's a main street wrapping along the coastline which is the perfect place to explore if you feel like beach hopping.
To see the best of Senggigi, I'd suggest renting a motorbike or scooter (with drop-off), which costs between 50,000-70,000 Rupiah per day and riding to all the beautiful beaches near Senggigi.
While you can catch a wave on a good day, the Senggigi beaches are more reserved for chilling, with calm, clear waters. Nevertheless, it's one of my favorite coastlines in Indonesia, and definitely worth an entry on your list of Lombok things to do and places to visit.
4. Visit the Tete Batu Rice Terraces
I've said it before but, Tete Batu is as close to Ubud as you'll get on Lombok. Complete with rice terraces, small cafes, waterfalls, and short hikes, Tete Batu is one of the most scenic Lombok tourist attractions.
Tete Batu is a small village that is the best place on Lombok to relax and unwind. Here, you'll also catch a great view of Rinjani but there are also plenty of opportunities for waterfall chasing.
Book: Tetebatu Rice Terraces Private Tour (includes waterfall and Monkey Forest)
5. Visit The Gili Islands
Since they're super easy to reach from Bali, The Gili Islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air are often mistaken for Balinese islands.
However, the Gili Islands are located on the northern coast of Lombok, which makes these islands a convenient transit location from Bali.
On the tiny island of Gili T, you'll find great snorkeling and scuba diving, abundant marine life, calm, white sand beaches, lively bars, night markets, and some magical sunsets.
Book: Best of Gili Islands Snorkeling Day Trip (from Lombok)
There are loads of day trips available to book from Lombok, which works out well if you want to cram as much adventure into your trip as possible.
6. Discover the "Secret" Gili Islands
Want island vibes but looking for what to do on Lombok that are more off the typical gringo trail? The "Secret Gili" Islands in the south of Lombok Indonesia will be your answer.
Many people are surprised to hear that Lombok actually has several islands all around its coast. The three I'd recommend are located off the quiet shores of Sekotong.
Book in advance: Secret Gili Islands Trip
There are several tours running here from Kuta beach, or you can make your way to Sekotong yourself and hop on a shared island-hopping trip to Gili Kedis, Gili Nanggu, and Gili Sudak.
7. Gili Kedis Camping Trip
One of my absolute favorite experiences on Lombok was a camping trip to the tiny sandbar island of Gili Kedis.
The island is so tiny that you'd almost assume it would disappear at high tide! We finished off a great island-hopping day at the "Secret Gilis" by playing guitar and cooking a fresh BBQ at our private sandbar campsite. If you're looking for a raw, off-the-beaten-path travel experience in Lombok, make sure to spend a night out on Gili Kedis.
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8. Lombok Pink Beach
One of the most unique beaches on Lombok is Pink Beach, wedged in the southeast corner of Lombok, in the Ekas Peninsula.
A visit to Pink Beach will mean that you'll get to see a rare phenomenon only possible in select parts of the world. The other Pink Beach is in Komodo, but you don't have to go that far to see one!
The water at Pink Beach Lombok is crystal clear, and there are some nice little jump rocks too.
This beach takes over an hour to reach from Kuta Lombok, so a visit will most likely be a whole-day trip. Even so, if you've got the time, I'd suggest making the effort. Even with the pink sand aside, this part of Lombok is one of the most scenic in terms of coastal landscapes.
Book: Pink Beach and Southeast Gilis Day Tour (from Senggigi, Kuta, or Mataram)
9. Pergasinginan Hill Sunrise Hike
Mount Rinjani isn't the only opportunity on Lombok for some epic mountain views. Another favorite hike is Pergasingan Hill, located in the mountain town of Sembalun.
The trek itself is quite steep, but shouldn't take more than a few hours for the return trip. I'd suggest leaving early since the sunrise views from the top are incredible!
You won't require a guide to reach the top of Pergasingan Hill. However, you can choose to camp at the top with the help of some local tour guides. This blog has some useful information for camping on Pergasingan Hill.
Or, Book locally: Pergasingan Hill Trek
10. Bukit Selong Ricefield Viewpoint
While we're on the topic of hikes and viewpoints why not consider the Bukit Selong viewpoint over the carpeted Sembalun ricefields?
Unlike the previous two, this Lombok viewpoint doesn't require much hiking, just a quick walk up the hill at the back of town.
Bukit Selong is a great place to visit for either sunrise or sunset, and even though it's not very high, the views are pretty spectacular.
11. Explore the Rest of Sembalun and Senaru - North Lombok
You may have noticed that many of the items on this list of epic things to do on Lombok have been in the north. In terms of adventure travel, the north of Lombok has plenty of variety and countless things to do.
For off-the-beaten-path travel, I'd suggest spending a couple of days in Sembalun to explore the waterfalls, rice fields, and epic hikes and viewpoints.
11. Malase Hill Sunset Viewpoint
Although not typically visited by tourists, Malase has both beaches and viewpoints worth visiting.
The coastal village of Malase is situated only a few minutes south of Senggigi center. To reach the Malase Hill (Bukit Malase) sunset viewpoint, you'll need to follow the winding roads up and behind the village.
Viewpoint 1: 8° 30' 51.81" S 116° 5' 29.796" E
Viewpoint 2 (Bukit Marese): 8° 30' 44.232" S 116° 4' 29.184" E
There are two great spots to visit where you can enjoy the sunset over the water. However, these aren't pinned on Google Maps. If you have a motorcycle or scooter, you'll have time to visit both viewpoints - just copy and paste these coordinates into Google Maps.
12. Try Kopi Rachik (Spiced Lombok Coffee)
If you make the short coastal trip from Senggigi to Malase, then I'd highly recommend stopping by at Henry's Warung, on Google as "Kedai Mamiq" for some lunch and coffee.
Here, you'll be able to buy great food at a local price and have the opportunity to taste Henry's secret spiced coffee recipe. Through Henry, I met some of my best friends on Lombok who taught me a lot about local culture and showed us some amazing spots.
I've written a full coffee article and made a video about the traditional coffee-making practices if you're interested in learning more about this unique cultural experience on Lombok Indonesia.
12. Lombok Monkey Forest
Similarly to Bali, Lombok has its own thriving populations of Macaque and also a few Javan Lutung (black monkeys). If you're planning to stay or make a day trip to Tete Batu, then you'll nearly be certain to spot a few macaques.
If not, then you could also visit the Lombok Monkey Forest, (Baun Pusuk) located roughly 45 minutes from the main beach at Senggigi. This is a relatively new Lombok attraction but one that is quickly gaining popularity. The road here is sealed and in good condition, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to stop and take some photos of the rice fields and local villages on the way.
The Lombok Monkey Forest can be found at the top of a mountain pass, with plenty of places to park a car or motorbike. Even if you're not that interested in the Macaques, the view from the top and the ride here is worth the effort.
13. Explore the Sekotong Peninsula - (Lombok Hidden Gem)
Although it's arguably one of the least visited regions of Lombok, Sekotong is a place full of adventure.
From white sandy beaches, thousands of islands with crystal clear water to explore, and one of the best coastal roads to drive on in Lombok, Sekotong should definitely be added to your Lombok itinerary.
14. Surfing at Kuta Lombok
Since it's one of the closest tourist hubs to the new International Airport, Kuta Lombok has become the go-to travel destination on Lombok. Since the southern coast of Lombok gets the best waves, the best things to do here usually involve surfing and water sports.
There are plenty of beaches and breaks that cater to both advanced and beginner surfers.
While Kuta Lombok beach on the southern coast is one of the most popular, I recommend checking out Segar, Gerupuk, Are Guling, Mawi, and Selong Belanak beaches for good breaks. You'll be able to rent a board for a few hours or even a week if you want at most beaches.
14. Check Out the Best Beaches in South Lombok
Even if you're not surfing, Kuta Lombok and the southern peninsula is still a treasure trove of epic beaches.
The best part is that most of the beaches aren't packed or busy. In fact, some of the best beaches on Lombok island that were only a short moped ride from Kuta Lombok were completely empty! d
16. Semeti Hills
The Semeti Hills, also known as Bukit Semeti, is a set of jagged coastal cliffs and natural pyramids on the south coast of Lombok. It's one of the most beautiful parts of the southern coastline and in my opinion one of the best Lombok tourist attractions worth visiting when in the south.
Visiting the Semeti Hills viewpoint is a great way to end a beach-hopping trip from Kuta Lombok, as it's a great option to watch the sunset. There's also a good little cliff-jumping spot around the corner, as well as a small beach cave.
18. Bukit Merese Viewpoint
In terms of sunset spots in Kuta Lombok, the Merese Hill viewpoint near Tanjung Aan beach is easily the most popular– and for good reason.
Bukit Merese only takes about 15 minutes to reach via moped from the main strip on Kuta Lombok. The viewpoint itself is actually several hills, each looking over the ocean, with views across the southern coastline.
Since the area is quite spread out, it doesn't ever feel like a crowded sunset spot, even though at times it looks as if all of Kuta Lombok is there. Besides the wild monkeys, you'll almost certainly be able to watch the sunset in peace if you venture off to find a remote spot on the hill.
19. Kuta Lombok Bat Cave - Bangkang Cave
If you thought that you'd seen all the attractions and things to do on Lombok Indonesia, think again. Other than epic beaches, viewpoints, hikes, and tourist attractions, Lombok also has its very own cave systems too.
Although quite small, the Kuta Lombok Bat Cave is home to thousands of small nocturnal bats. Located only 10 minutes from Kuta Lombok, the bat cave is a perfect attraction stop on the way to some of the popular beaches like Pantai Mawun or Selong Belanak.
20. Nambung Beach Waterfall
Here's something a little unique yet again. Approximately an hour's ride from Kuta Lombok is a strange phenomenon that is famous amongst locals.
As the tide rushes out and waves pound the rocky shores of Nambung Beach, a natural "beach waterfall" appears. While it's not a freshwater waterfall, it's still a pretty cool spot to check out. If you do, make sure you bring a mask and snorkel, as there are literally dozens of turtles swimming around Nambung Beach!
21. Mekaki Beach
In my opinion, one of the best beaches in Lombok is Mekaki Beach. This beach reminds me a little of those on Nusa Penida, with thick, deep sand and jagged, Jurassic cliffs edged by amazing turquoise waters. I'm serious- the water here is seriously blue. However, it can get a little rough when the swell picks up.
Mekaki Beach is located on the southern shores of Sekotong, which requires a little long, but well-worth ride if you're staying in Kuta Lombok.
Even if you don't swim, checking out the beach is still one of the best free things to do on Lombok!
Related:How to Get to Nusa Penida (Best Ways)
22. Drive the Epic New Coastal Road
Just before the road to Mekaki Beach is a newly constructed, long, winding coastal road. Known as "the new road", it makes for one of the most scenic drives in Lombok.
The road is in incredible condition. This means you’ll be excused if you divert your eyes to enjoy the coastal views! There are plenty of opportunities to park your bikes and grab some panoramic shots from the mountains.
My advice is to take the road east after leaving Pantai Mekaki. Then, follow it all the way around before diverting North back to Lembar.
23. Malimbu Hill Viewpoint
If you're staying in Senggigi, then you'll actually get a better sunset than those in Kuta Lombok, since the sun will set right out on the ocean's horizon.
The best sunset viewpoint in Senggigi is Malimbu Hill. This is a small, barren headland with a few leaning palms and one of the best attractions in Lombok Indonesia for those searching for unbeatable sunsets. Like most of the places in Senggigi, it's usually pretty quiet, and the view is spectacular!
24. Take the 4-Day Boat Trip to Komodo
If you're traveling Lombok on an open schedule, and you've got some time in Indonesia, then I'd highly recommend taking the 4-day 3-night boat trip from Lombok to Komodo Island. This is definitely one of the best experiences you can have in Lombok and maybe even in all of Indonesia!
This trip was one of the most epic experiences I had in Indonesia, and was ridiculously good value for money. Costing only 2.3 million Rupiah, the boat includes accommodation, food, transport, access to all the Komodo highlights (including Padar Island and seeing the amazing Komodo Dragons) as well as all National Park fees.
You can book directly with Wanua Adventures, or, alternatively, let the guys at Feel Lombok organize it for you for the same price.
Read More: Lombok to Komodo Boat Guide
25. Go White Water Rafting at Jangkok River
Visiting Lombok during the dry season? You're in luck because this is the best time to go rafting at Batu Mekar.
This is a beautiful clean river running through tropical rainforest surroundings on a 6.5-kilometer route. The river offers class III rapids, meaning this is a fun and appropriate activity for beginners!
Lombok Accommodation Guide - Where to Stay
So, now that you've got some good ideas for things to do on Lombok Indonesia, why not save some travel cash by booking these accommodation options in advance?
I've broken this accommodation guide into sections for each area of Lombok Island so you can better orientate yourself. I've also listed several hotel and hostel options ranging from luxury hotels and resorts to budget dorms and guest houses.
However, each is close to the best Lombok attractions, activities, and hidden gems in each of the main Lombok tourist areas.
South Lombok is all about awesome surf spots and picturesque beaches. Here are the best picks.
Where to Stay in Kuta Lombok
- Rascals Hotel - Adults Only - the 3-star hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, and terrace. It offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere being an adult-only hotel. With a great location, Rascals Hotel ticks the boxes for a great place to stay.
- Martas Windows - boasting authentic Indonesian bungalow villa-style rooms. This is any Instagrammer's dream place to stay. The rooms are large and the outdoor swimming pool is the perfect place to relax. Located in the heart of Kuta it really doesn’t get much better!
- Origin Lombok - Origin has a swimming pool with a sun terrace as well as lush gardens to relax by. This spot is centrally located and features an on-site restaurant. One of the best picks in Kuta Lombok for sure!
West Lombok is often a gateway to Lombok for travelers coming in from Bali or the Gili islands via boat. Senggiggi is often the best place to stay, with awesome resorts, hotels, and backpacker hostels dotting the coast.
However, if you're looking for a more remote location, you'll find great deals on accommodation in Sekotong.
Where to Stay in Senggigi
- Katamaran Hotel & Resort - those wanting a resort experience go no further! The Katamaran Hotel & Resort ticks all the boxes, boasting a swimming pool, wellness center, and on-site restaurant you won't ever want to leave.
- Cozy Cottages Lombok - this villa-style cottage accommodation screams relaxation. It is located just 600 m from Mangsit Beach and has an on-site restaurant. The outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by luscious gardens that provide a tranquil experience.
- Bale Mandala Villas - a great option for those traveling in large groups or families. The villas can sleep up to 10 people and some include a private pool. A fully equipped kitchen and beautifully designed lounge areas make this a perfect choice. It is a short 1.6km walk to Senggigi beach.
Where to Stay in Sekotong
Since this regency is a little tucked away. To save money on transport, I’d recommend staying in this largely unexplored part of Lombok Indonesia for a couple of nights to check out all the best things to do. Here are my top picks for budget accommodation.
- Cocotinos Sekotong Lombok - The property overlooks the incredible secret Gilli islands, has a large outdoor beachfront pool, a wellness center, and has its very own digital nomad video editing room. A great choice for those wanting a quiet location.
- Krisna Bungalows and Restaurant - located in Pelangan, not too far from Sekotong harbor. Each double room is equipped with a fan and bathroom and is conveniently located in a quiet area. You’ll also get a free breakfast.
- Silver Fern Beach Retreat if you’re looking for a place in Lombok Indonesia to escape the crowds, meet some great people and unwind by the swimming pool, then this is it. Breakfast is included and the owners can organize loads of tours and activities in Lombok.
The two main areas to stay in north Lombok are Senaru and Sembalun. These are two great places to stay for hiking, especially if you want to climb Mount Rinjani or Pergasingan Hill.
You’ll also find some of the best waterfalls in this region, including Tiu Teja, Sendang Gile, and Mangku Sakti waterfalls.
Where to Stay in Senaru
- Rinjani Lodge - the perfect option for those wanting a luxurious experience surrounded by mountains. Boasting 2 outdoor swimming pools and breakfast delivered to your room Rinjani Lodge sits at the top of the list.
- Pondok Guru Bakti Cottage - the homestay you didn’t know you needed! With incredible views over the mountains from the infinity pool Pondok Guru Bakti Cottage is a hidden gem with Tiu Kelep Waterfall just a short 1 km walk from the property.
- Tiu Kelep Homestay - This one is located literally across the road from Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile waterfalls. The owner is super friendly, offers free unlimited coffee and tea, breakfast, and can also organize waterfall, or Rinjani trekking tours. A double room is the cheapest in Senaru at only $7 per night.
Where to Stay in Sembalun
Sembalun village isn’t exactly the most touristy location on Lombok. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any great guest houses or hotels available.
- Bukit Tiga Lima Boutique Hotel - the location is hard to beat with impeccable views over the surrounding rice fields. The 3-star hotel features triangular rooms with BBQ facilities and an included breakfast. Perfect for couples wanting to relax away from the bustling center.
- Radiya Guesthouse - one of the best-value accommodation options in Sembalun. The rooms are small, but very clean and have everything you need. There’s unlimited free coffee and tea, as well as a free breakfast included.
- Sembalun Kita Cottage - set among the mountains the Sembulan Kita Cottage offers its guests incredible views from its rooms, hot water, free breakfasts, and the option of sleeping in a 100-year-old traditional Indonesian house.
Lombok Indonesia Guide: Travel Tips & Info
I hope you enjoyed that long list of epic adventures and attractions on Lombok. Before you head out and explore the island, check out some of the useful travel tips and information below to better plan your visit.
When is the Best Time to Visit Lombok?
The climate in Lombok island is distinguished by two primary seasons; the dry season and the rainy season. It has a tropical climate meaning temperature stays relatively the same all year round.
While Lombok is Bali's sister island, it doesn't receive as much rainfall and is generally drier.
Dry Season: April to October
Locals refer to this period as "summer" even though it is technically in the southern hemisphere. That's because the weather is generally drier and more beach-friendly.
Rainy Season: October to March
The best time to explore Lombok if you want to get the most out of the epic waterfalls! The weather during these months are a little sticky and humid but enjoyable!
The best time to visit Lombok would fall between July and August. However, this is the peak travel season, so visiting in the shoulder season of October and March is also a good idea!
Getting Around on Lombok
Lombok is generally quite easy to get around. I choose to rent a motorbike because it is cheap and this is how most of the local people get around.
However, you can also rent a car, pay a taxi driver, arrange a private driver for the day, or book organized day tours to the best places on the island. Unfortunately, there is a lack of bus transport on Lombok Indonesia. But, thankfully renting a bike or car is quite cheap.
If you'd prefer to book organized tours, I recommend searching Get Your Guide and Klook. They are the two most trusted booking sources on Lombok and since the pandemic, they offer free cancellations on all bookings.
Is Lombok Worth Visiting?
If you can't guess my answer by now, then I'll assume you've skipped the article altogether. Yes, of course, Lombok is worth visiting! In fact, I'd recommend it over Bali and other famous Indonesian islands for a few reasons.
- Lombok is still somewhat a hidden gem - there aren't crowds of tourists yet
- The people of Lombok are some of the friendliest on earth
- Lombok is one of the best surf destinations in Indonesia
More Lombok Photos
Did you enjoy this guide to visiting Lombok? It's one of my favorite adventure travel destinations on earth. Here are some more Lombok photos that I've captured during my visit.
After Lombok Indonesia: More Things to do & Travel Guides
I really hope that you've enjoyed this comprehensive travel guide to the best things to do on Lombok Indonesia! My goal as always is to inspire you to adventure and make the most of your trips.
If you have any suggestions for epic adventures in Lombok including more attractions, activities or hidden gems, or if you have any questions about visiting Lombok, then make sure to leave them in the comments below.
For now, why not check out some of my other travel guides and blogs for Indonesia below?
Wednesday 4th of January 2023
Excellent reading thankyou!,
I am looking for the best places in Lombok to snorkel (i Freedive). Do you know where I can snorkel from shore on Lombok? Thankyou
Wednesday 4th of January 2023
Hi Sarah, check out the Secret Gili Islands! Read more here: https://www.weseektravel.com/secret-gili-islands-kedis-nanggu-sudak/
Thursday 30th of June 2022
Hey there - super thorough blog post! I wanted to ask what the animal treatment is like there? I've traveled to some islands around Thailand before where the dogs have been so badly abused and treated and it is just not something I can handle. Would be great to know your experience.
Thursday 30th of June 2022
Lombok has a street dog population but I didn't witness any abuse or mistreatment. My perception is that the people of Lombok are kind to animals.
While I can't speak on your experience in Thailand, I've also traveled here extensively and even volunteered at an animal rescue in Thailand. While there are definitely animals and street dogs that need help, I've never witnessed any terrible animal abuse there. A common misconception by travelers looking in from the outside is that these struggling street dogs are "abused" by their owners due to problems like mange and malnutrition. The thing is that they don't have any owners to give them medicines or treatments. In the west we treat our pets like humans. It's a different attitude and one that arises from the privilege of comfort and an expendable income.
Again, I can't speak on your experience, but I'd say that "animal abuse" is equally prevalent in the west, it just happens behind closed doors. Think puppy mills etc...
There are plenty of animal shelters in Lombok that volunteer their time and do their very best to reduce the street dog population and help the ones that need it.
Friday 22nd of November 2019
Nice article! Love your photos, especially the drone footage is great. I’m missing Lombok ? Thank you very much for linking to our Tetebatu post. Much appreciated.
Friday 22nd of November 2019
No problem Marcel, thanks for writing great guides!