The traditional Lombok craftsmen’s village of Banyumulek is famous for its pottery. Throughout the village streets, you will see various galleries and workshops showcasing the works of art, some in plain earthenware tones and others in colourful hand-painted motifs. Smaller items make great souvenirs and range from vases, lampstands, jars and many other kitchen utensils. Prices start from IDR 20,000 per piece, and vary according to size and complexity.
- Location: Jalan Wisata Banyumulek, Kediri, West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
Bau Nyale Festival
The Bau Nyale is basically a festival where locals gather on the southern coasts to harvest Palolo seaworms, which inhabit the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The worms are a high-protein delicacy among the Sasaks and make their short-lived appearances annually around February and March, when locals scoop them with nets and sieves. Local legend tells of the seaworms being the embodiment of Princess Mandalika, who threw herself into the sea to avoid forced marriage. Expect the festivals to take place around the southern beaches of Kuta, Tanjung Aan and Selong Belanak.
- Location: Kuta, Pujut, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
Benang Kelambu and Benang Stokel
The Benang Kelambu and Benang Stokel falls are twin falls in the central Lombok highlands, around an hour’s drive from the capital of Mataram. The road leading to the site is well paved, and the surrounding area features local roadside stalls selling souvenirs and refreshments. Then, to reach the falls, you will need to descend around 500 meters. First, you’ll reach Benang Setokel, which features two 20-metre cascades that drop into a clear freshwater pool. Benang Kelambu is another kilometre away on foot, with highlights including local tropical fruit plantations along the route.
- Location: Aik Berik, North Batukliang, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
It is easy to see why Lombok's most popular tourist destination is the Gili islands. Meaning ‘Small Island’, this cluster of three islands has escaped the trappings of modern life, with their undeveloped, pristine sandy beaches and lush tropical vegetation. No cars or motorbikes are on the islands, instead the sounds of the rolling waves and Read More...
Jeruk Manis Waterfall
Jeruk Manis is a 30-metre-tall waterfall in the village of Kembang Kuning in East Lombok, found at the end of a 15-minute trek down nature paths. Along the way are several gazebos that offer resting points where you can take in the cool mountain air and scenery. At the last gazebo, you can take in the whole view of the forested valley, with the sight of the cascading water nearby. You can then dip your toes into the small rocky pools while enjoying the immersive sensations of the site.
- Location: Kembang Kuning, Sikur, East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
Situated between Sumbawa and Flores, the Komodo Island is quite barren – a fact which makes the giant lizard, stand out all the more. These monitor lizards are indigenous to the region and grow up to three metres long (making them the world's largest living lizard).
Feeding on goats and deer, the people live in the Read More...
Not to be confused with Bali’s Kuta Beach, this is Lombok's very own surfer's paradise with virginal white sand and turquoise waters, fringed by a hilly terrain.
This is the best-known place on the south coast, relatively lively and atmospheric; the area is one held in deep affection by its returning visitors and instantly wins over the hearts of the first-timers.
A 90-minute drive from Senggigi, Kuta is a great daytrip opportunity, one that should be enjoyed by all visitors.
The capital city of Lombok is comprised of four towns, Ampenan, Mataram, Cakranegara (Cakra) and Sweta. It is the hub of government administration. For art exhibitions, puppet shows or theatre be sure to head to the Mataram main square, which is about as busy as the whole island gets. Ampenan has the Negeri Nusa Tenggara Barat museum, which gives a good overview of the culture of Lombok.
A ‘hidden’ one in Lombok’s collection of beautiful beaches, Mawun Beach is in a small cove on the southern coastline, between scenic hills at both ends of the bay. Being remote, it’s quiet most of the time, and you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming or strolling along the white sand. Some parts of the beach are great for swimming but, like most of the remote beaches in Lombok, there aren’t any lifeguards around. For great views at sunset, you can try climbing up the hills for a sweeping view over the cove.
- Location: Jalan Pantai Mawun, Tumpak, Pujut, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
In many respects Mount Rinjani is what separates Lombak from her sister Indonesian islands. The chance to visit a volcano is one that 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. The highlands near the volcano are undeveloped and forested, while the lowlands are highly cultivated with fertile soil where rice, tobacco, cotton and soya beans are produced.
Protected by National Park status, visitors can attempt the three-day Rinjani Trek route from Senaru to the crater rim (Plawangan), down to the stunning crater lake then on to Sembalun Lawang. This is considered one of the best and most challenging treks in Southeast Asia.
Home to the famous 'Youth Fountain', thought to rejuvenate a person’s appearance, Narmada Park is situated 10 km east of Mataram, and is modeled on the basis of Mount Rinjani's pinnacle.
Known as the resting place of the King of Lombok, this park has a Hindu temple and a small pond replicating in miniature the Crater Lake at Gunung Riniani. The Balinese Pujawali festival takes place here every year.
The name Pink Beach is meant literally, in this case – the sand is actually pink! Locally referred to as Tangsi Beach, Lombok’s Pink Beach is in the south-eastern district of Jerowaru, and is about a two-hour drive from the island’s capital of Mataram. The only thing to be aware of when visiting this beach is that there aren’t as many activities or water sports available here – good news, if you’re here just for the tranquillity and scenery.
- Location: Sekaroh, Jerowaru, East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
Pura Lingsar is a sea temple situated at the far north end of the beach at Ampenan, Mataram. Built in 1714, Pura Lingsar is a spiritual center for both Balinese Hinduism and the Wektu Telu religion, with temple buildings dedicated to both faiths.
You can feed hard-boiled eggs (available for sale outside) to holy eels in an enclosed pond dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The best time to visit the temple is December.
Sade Sasak Village
This Sasak village in central Lombok is where you can get up close and personal with well-preserved Sasak culture. Sade is also famous for its local weaving and textiles, especially a form of tie-dyed ‘ikat’ cloth, which come in striking natural-dyed colours and unique motifs. Some of the sashes you can find here can be tailor-made to spell out your name. Other highlights of the village include regular traditional dance and music performances, particularly an ensemble that plays the local drum known as ‘gendang beleq’. Sade is around a 30 km drive northeast of Mataram.
- Location: Rembitan, Pujut, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
Selong Belanak Beach
Selong Belanak is a beautiful kilometre-stretch of white sand on the southern coast of Lombok, which curves in a crescent-like form with green hills at each end and with the blue waters of the open Indian Ocean in between. A fishermen’s village takes up almost a quarter of Selong Belanak’s length, with plenty of traditional wooden boats dotting its shoreline. Swimming and other water sport activities can be enjoyed on the beach’s northern side, and the waves are generally calm throughout the year.
- Location: West Praya, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep
As one of Lombok’s scenic twin waterfalls, Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep in Senaru, at the foot of Mount Rinjani, are reachable by nature trails through the lush and scenic rainforests of this highland region. The falls are around a 2.5-hour drive from the capital of Mataram, and both are around an hour’s trek apart via moderate stairs and pathways. Besides the spectacle of the cascading falls, you can enjoy shallow rivers and clear pools to soak your feet in.
- Location: Senaru, Bayan, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
15 minutes south of Mataram is the little settlement of Sukarara- Lombok’s capital. Famous for its unique handicrafts, in particular its hand-woven textiles, it is incredibly beautiful and the small village portrays the quaint lifestyle of the islanders. Each area of Indonesia has a unique style of batik and, true to plan, this island's main attraction is indeed its textile production.
Take a trip and witness the production of this art form and the extent of the work and overriding quality belonging to each item produced. The whole experience is completed by the incredible views of the surrounding mountains and looming volcanic backdrop.
This historical landmark that’s close to Lombok’s capital of Mataram dates to the 18th century, during the reign of the late king, Anak Agung Made Karangasem, when Lombok was still under Balinese royal influence. The site offers great sightseeing opportunities, with its water gardens and vast pools. Taman Mayura comprises two sections: the main royal water gardens and an adjoining temple complex. You are free to roam the site, which is both scenic and tranquil, as the site is well-kept and its gardens are manicured.
- Location: Jalan Purbasari, Mayura, Mataram, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
The bay of Tanjung Aan is home to one of Lombok’s most beautiful stretches of white sand. The beach has soft grains and spans 2 km along the island’s southern coast. Some sections of the beach have calm waters and are ideal for swimming and snorkelling, with gear rental readily available. As the tide builds up in the late afternoons, it often becomes a favourite surf spot. Much developed, when compared to Lombok’s many hidden beaches, Tanjung Aan features rows of restaurants serving various cuisines and refreshments, complemented by the great seascapes. The coast is also one of the main sites for the annual Bau Nyale festival.
- Location: Kuta Beach, Pujut, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
On this long, meandering black beach, inhabited by mainly fishermen Buginese migrants from South Sulawesi, you can experience Indonesia’s old-world charm and observe the simplicity of the fishermen’s life. Popular with surfers, it is set on the southeastern coast of this island. A visit to this port will be an enjoyable experience. At low tide the locals take to the beach to collect shells while the fishermen go about their day-to-day business.
Literally “rainbow waterfall” in the local tongue, Tiu Teja is in the northern highland village of Santong in north Lombok and features twin cascades of equal volume. When daylight shines over the site, its ideal position makes for the formation of colourful spectrums in its mists – hence its name. The falls are around 50 metres tall and 10 metres wide, set against a lush green rock face with huge boulders at its base. You may catch glimpses of rare wildlife in the surrounding forests, including grey long-tailed macaques and black-furred monkeys in their natural habitats.
- Location: Pendua, Kayangan, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
Tiu Umbak Waterfall
This waterfall in the northern area of Lombok is one of the island’s hidden natural gems, and is slightly more challenging to access compared to the many other waterfalls in its collection. From its starting point in the village of Gumantar, it’s around an hour’s walk down a forested trail to get to the main site. The magnificent 50-metre waterfall lies at the end of the trail, with large boulders at its base surrounding a small freshwater pool, where you can take a dip and cool down.
- Location: Gumantar, Kayangan, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara