A gem of a travel destination, Indonesia is among one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Featuring breathtakingly beautiful sceneries and a unique culture, Indonesia also ranks among the most fascinating countries and has long been a favourite destination for travellers.
This vast archipelago nation composed of over 17,000 islands has many hidden gems and bewitching attractions that promise a holiday like no other.
Plan a getaway to the beautiful Lombok Island, one of the most popular destinations in West Nusa Tenggara. Relax on its beautiful beaches or take a dive into the pristine waters to discover spectacular marine life.
If you are so inclined, you may take a hike up Mount Rinjani, one of the highest volcanoes in Indonesia. Its summit rises to 3,726m above sea level. When you reach the top, you will be greatly rewarded by a scenic view at Segara Anak Crater Lake.
The Sasak people are the dominant ethnic group on this island. While you are here, do visit to the traditional villages to experience their daily life for a taste of local culture in the weaving village of Sade and Rambitan.
For a spot of adventure, explore more of the south coast, such as the famous Tangsi “Pink” Beach.
You may also trek to the amazing Senaru Waterfalls and Benang Kelambu Waterfalls. Here, there are over 20 “gili”, which means “small island” in the Sasak language. Among theses, the hot destinations are Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.
Gili Trawangan, or Gili T, offers a laid back atmosphere during the day and moonlit beach parties. You can also enjoy scuba diving and circle the island on a bicycle ride to catch the most incredible sunset.
Meanwhile, Gili Meno is known as a popular honeymoon destination. Defined by its long stretch of pearly white beaches with a secluded feel, you can find accommodation ranging from unique bungalows to luxurious resorts overlooking amazing panorama for a truly romantic getaway.
To enjoy the best of both worlds, Gili Air is a cheerful mix of the two vibes – enjoy parties in hip hangouts or find a peaceful nook and enjoy the ocean breeze. Families love to explore the island on horse-drawn carts or swim in the low tides before sundown.
Once a surfer’s best-kept secret, Mandalika located along the south coast of Lombok island has emerged as the island’s capital of leisure.
Visitors will be greeted by a long, wide stretch of beautiful white sand beach facing the glistening Indian Ocean against a background of lush green hills and mesmerising landscapes.
The special tourism economic zone boasts something for everyone, from vibrant bars and nightclubs, thrilling racing circuits and exciting water parks to luxurious hotels and resorts, fascinating golf courses, rejuvenating spas and more.
A melting pot of tourists from all over the globe, the tourism industry fuses seamlessly with the unique and colourful culture of the local people that has been well preserved for generations.
Mandalika is also conveniently located near some of Lombok’s most outstanding beaches, which include Tanjung Aan, Kuta, Gerupuk, Serenting, and Seger Beach. From the top of the Merese Hill and Batu Payung Beach, you can catch an amazing panorama of Lombok.
All kinds of fun water sports activities are available at Kuta Beach, while those who enjoy swimming, surfing, and fishing can head to Gerupuk Beach. For peace and serenity, you have Serenting Beach.
For a unique cultural experience, head down to Seger Beach during the annual Bau Nyale Ritual and join in the festivities.
By air: There are daily flights between Denpasar, Bali and the capital of Lombok, Mataram. Lombok International Airport in Tanah Awu, Central Lombok District is located about 30 km or an hour’s drive south-east of Mataram. Airlines which fly to Lombok are Garuda, Lion Air, Silk Air and Trans Nusa.
By ferry: The public ferry travels between Padangbai (Bali) and Lembar (Lombok) multiple times daily. The trip takes around 4-5 hours. Motorbikes and cars can be taken on the ferry. If you are prone to seasickness be warned that the trip can be rough. Ferries travel between Labuhan Lombok and Poto Tano on Sumbawa multiple times a day. The trip takes one-and-a-half hours.
By fast boat: Blue Water Safari Express is one of the fast boat companies that will take you from Bali to mainland Lombok. There are two convenient departure points from Bali: Serangan (just near the Benoa Harbour) and Padang Bai Harbour. You can also check Gilibookings.com for more options and information around transport or accommodation in this scenic island.
From Singapore and Malaysia, you can take a direct flight to Lombok International Airport. Flights are also available from various major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bali. From Jakarta, the flight will take about two hours, while from nearby Bali, it will only take about 30 minutes.
From Bali, you can also take a ferry from Padang Bai Harbor to Lembar Harbor in Lombok. From there you can take a bus or a taxi to Mandalika that will take about two to three hours.
This article is brought to you by Indonesia Tourism Board. For further details on Lombok and Mandalika, please visit indonesia.travel.