An active volcano, dense forests and seemingly endless stretches of undeveloped coastline make this island a less crowded and more natural alternative to neighbouring Bali.

The volcanic island of Lombok lies in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago, just to the east of Bali. Though the islands are only 35 kilometres (22 miles) apart, there are stark differences between them. While tourism and development in Bali have continued unabated for decades, Lombok has been slower to develop. Enjoy Lombok’s untouched lengths of coastline, quiet surf breaks, and rural towns and villages that have changed little for generations.

Though often bypassed by visitors keen to hit the beaches, the island’s capital, Mataram, has rewarding attractions. Spend some time in the Mayura Water Palace, where 18th- and 19th-century Balinese royals used to unwind, and Pura Meru, the largest temple on Lombok.

Lombok offers some of the best beaches and islands in Indonesia. Head north from Mataram to Senggigi Beach and enjoy laid-back resorts, the rich marine life of Senggigi Reef and the heavenly views from Pura Batu Bolong temple. Follow the scenic road a little farther north to Bangsal, one of the access points to the incredible Gili Islands. Lying just a few miles off Lombok’s northwest coast, these three tiny islands epitomise tropical perfection.

When you are looking for an alternative to sand and surf, trek to the highest point on the island, the active volcano, Gunung Rinjani. If you’re not up for the climb, explore the beauty of the surrounding natural park with an expedition through its forests and villages.

Lombok is just a 25-minute flight from Bali. The island’s international airport is a 40-minute drive from Mataram. There are also numerous fast boat connections between Bali and Lombok, some going directly to Senggigi Beach and the Gili Islands. Passenger ferries connect Lombok to the rest of the archipelago. Getting around the island is easy and relatively inexpensive via tourist shuttle buses, private vans, motorcycles and even horse-drawn carts.

Being so close to the equator means Lombok is hot year-round. The best time to visit is during the dry season between May and September.

Top hotels in Lombok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pearl of Trawangan
Pearl of Trawangan
3.5 out of 5
West Nusa Tenggara, Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
RM276
per night
12 Dec-13 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Gili Trawangan hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Gili Trawangan Turtle Hatchery and Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary.

4.5/5Wonderful! (491 reviews)

"excellent location and very service. Highly recommend stay this hotel"…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov,2019

Pearl of Trawangan
Novotel Lombok Resort and Villas
Novotel Lombok Resort and Villas
4 out of 5
Pantai Putri Nyale, Mandalika Resort, Kuta, Lombok
RM325
per night
17 Dec-18 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Kuta hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Serenting and Torok Bare Beach and Kuta Beach. Pantai Seger and Tanjung Aan Beach are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (238 reviews)

"Old but well maintained and part of its charm is its traditional style and setting. Room was lovely large and very comfortable. Staff very helpful. Delightful setting right on the beach."…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct,2019

Novotel Lombok Resort and Villas
Wyndham Sundancer Resort Lombok
Wyndham Sundancer Resort Lombok
4.5 out of 5
Raya Pandanan, Dusun Pandanan, Sekotong Barat, Sekotong
RM382
per night
25 Nov-26 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Sekotong Barat resort is within a 5-minute walk of Sekotong Beach and Elak Elak Beach. Marine Aquaculture Development Centre and Mekaki ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)

"Lovely looking resort with rooms set in hillside so they all have a view and give a sense of privacy. I had a room one level up from pool which was just perfect. The pool environment was lovely and clean with swim up bar and nearby access to dining area for breakfast and lunch. Plenty of pool towels ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct,2019

Wyndham Sundancer Resort Lombok

Popular things to do in Lombok

Tetebatu Monkey Forest
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Tetebatu Monkey Forest

3/5(1 review)

Travel through thick tropical forests, feed families of monkeys and enjoy stunning views over the North Lombok Sea to the Gili Islands and beyond.

Pura Batu Bolong
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Pura Batu Bolong

5/5(2 reviews)

Jutting out into Lombok Strait on a headland overlooking Senggigi Beach, sits one of Indonesia’s most striking Hindu temples.

Top activities in Lombok

Lombok Tradition Sasak Village and South Beach Tour
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Lombok Tradition Sasak Village and South Beach Tour

RM178

Discover the centre and south of Lombok island on a full-day guided tour. Visit a number of sites including Sade Village ( Lombok Tradition Village ), Kuta Beach , Tanjung Aan Beach and Banyu Mulek Village.

Gili Trawangan Island Full Day trip Departure from Bali
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Gili Trawangan Island Full Day trip Departure from Bali

RM966

Our Driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby at 6:30am to 07:00am then drive you to Padang bay the nearest port through Gili islands, Continue travel to Gili Trawangan island in 90 minute by fast boat, upon arrival at Gili Trawangan island at 10.

One Day Trip to Gili Trawangan from Bali
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One Day Trip to Gili Trawangan from Bali

RM501

Discover Gili Trawangan island in one day from Bali with private hotel transfers. Gili island is very well known as an exotic island in Lombok, on this excursion you will we will visit the turtle and most iconic statue on our snorkeling trip around Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno, then enjoy your lunch at the restaurant beach front.

Lombok City Tour
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Lombok City Tour

RM137

A half day tour covering heritages in Lombok such as Mayura Temple the royal floating palace (Bale Kambang) of the former Balinese kingdom which was built in 1714. Narmada Temple this historical place is used to be a palace of Anak Agung Gede Ngurah, which was built in 1805.

Snorkeling Trip to Hidden Gili's in South Lombok
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Snorkeling Trip to Hidden Gili's in South Lombok

RM206

Gili Nanggu, meaning ‘small island Nanggu’, is located in South Lombok. The lesser known small islandoffers a different experience to the other three gilis in North Lombok yet as breathtaking.

Lombok Private Customize Tour
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Lombok Private Customize Tour

RM73

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Lombok island, Jl. Raya Lembar, Mataram, Gerung Utara, Mataram, Kabupaten Lombok Barat, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 40116, Indonesia Your English speaking driver will come to pick you up at the hotel where you stay in Lombok at 9 am.