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Lombok

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.

Where to stay in Lombok

Senggigi showing tropical scenes, a house and heritage architecture

Senggigi

A noteworthy feature of Senggigi is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Senggigi Beach and Art Market Senggigi.

Senggigi
Mataram which includes a temple or place of worship

Mataram

You'll enjoy the gardens and monuments in Mataram. You might want to make time for a stop at Mataram Mall or Lombok Epicentrum Mall.

Mataram
Tanjung featuring markets as well as a large group of people

Tanjung

Beaches, spas and snorkelling are some highlights of Tanjung. Make a stop by Lombok Elephant Park or Sire Beach Golf Club while you're exploring.

Tanjung

Top hotels in Lombok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort
Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM392 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Senggigi resort is just steps away from Art Market Senggigi and Senggigi Beach. Pantai Kerandangan II and Pura Batu Bolong are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (585 reviews)
Beautiful stay friendly staff..great all over

"Sheraton Senggigi beautiful and quiet Hotel. Right on the beach. Staff extremely friendly and nothing is a bother. Meals and drinks slightly expensive but tolerable. My only small suggestion is the bathrooms are rather dated"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort
Pearl of Trawangan
Pearl of Trawangan
3.5 out of 5
West Nusa Tenggara, Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
The price is RM291 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Gili Trawangan hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Gili Trawangan Turtle Hatchery and Bangsal Harbor. Nipah Beach is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (589 reviews)

"The jewel in the crown of Trawangan. My partner & i stay here a few months ago. Beautiful setting, immaculate well appointed rooms. tastefully decorated , spacious rooms & very comfortable beds. Lovely pool & swim up bar. All features you would expect. This resort is well kept & staff very friendly. ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Apr 2020

Pearl of Trawangan
Katamaran Hotel & Resort
Katamaran Hotel & Resort
4.5 out of 5
Jalan Raya Mangsit Beach, Senggigi, Lombok
The price is RM379 per night

This Senggigi hotel is on the beach, 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Senggigi Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Pura Batu Bolong and Islamic Center NTB. Bangsal Harbor ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (318 reviews)

"We loved the pool with glass walls. We loved our room and its bathtub. We enjoyed dining at the restaurants but while some dishes were really very good, some dishes were underwhelming."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Katamaran Hotel & Resort

Top things to do in Lombok

Bali to Gili Trawangan, Air, or Lombok, Fast Boat Round Trip
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Bali to Gili Trawangan, Air, or Lombok, Fast Boat Round Trip

RM149
Per adult
2-Day Lombok Island Tour
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2-Day Lombok Island Tour

RM2,138
Per adult
Gili Trawangan Island Full Day trip Departure from Bali
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Gili Trawangan Island Full Day trip Departure from Bali

RM998
Per adult
Snorkeling Trip to Hidden Gili's in South Lombok
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Snorkeling Trip to Hidden Gili's in South Lombok

RM396
Per adult
One Day Trip to Gili Trawangan from Bali
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One Day Trip to Gili Trawangan from Bali

RM526
Per adult
Lombok Private Customize Tour
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Lombok Private Customize Tour

RM372
Per adult
Mataram which includes a temple or place of worship

Mataram

Senggigi showing tropical scenes, a house and heritage architecture

Senggigi

Senggigi featuring landscape views and a sunset

Mangsit

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