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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

Senggigi
Mataram which includes a temple or place of worship

Mataram

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

Tanjung

Tanjung

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
RM276
per night
2 Apr-3 Apr

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! (563 reviews)

"Room looks smaller than in photo."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Pearl of Trawangan
Novotel Lombok Resort and Villas
Novotel Lombok Resort and Villas
4 out of 5
Pantai Putri Nyale, Mandalika Resort, Kuta, Lombok
RM343
per night
1 Apr-2 Apr

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! (253 reviews)

"Fantastic location, not “overbuilt”, it works nicely with the local environment and doesn’t overpower it. By far my greatest compliment is to the staff. From the super friendly breeze bar staff, to reception, management and the cleaners the service was universally excellent. To name a few (although ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2020

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

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! (6 reviews)

"Great spacious rooms, clean pool and surrounding furniture, meals all good, all staff very friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

Wyndham Sundancer Resort Lombok

Top activities in Lombok

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

RM198
Per adult
Gili Trawangan Island Full Day trip Departure from Bali
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Gili Trawangan Island Full Day trip Departure from Bali

RM965
Per adult
One Day Trip to Gili Trawangan from Bali
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One Day Trip to Gili Trawangan from Bali

RM514
Per adult
Lombok City Tour
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Lombok City Tour

RM203
Per adult
Snorkeling Trip to Hidden Gili's in South Lombok
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Snorkeling Trip to Hidden Gili's in South Lombok

RM228
Per adult
Private Full-Day Lombok Island Tour (Deactive)
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Private Full-Day Lombok Island Tour (Deactive)

100% of travellers recommend
RM858
Per adult