Exotic natural magnetism, historical sites and amazing beaches: Lombok is ready to ditch the spotlight as Indonesia’s next island darling.
Previously recognised only as Bali’s sister, Lombok is currently a full-grown destination using its own pair of discernable charms. Each year, more people are bypassing Bali to get Lombok’s pristine, unspoiled character. Some say Lombok’s exotic beaches remind them about what Bali seemed like decades ago — and this does not include the island’s most hidden, untouched stains still waiting to be discovered. Make sure you read Culture Trip’s greatest travel guide to Lombok until you book your flights.
A Debut to Lombok
Lombok is sandwiched between West Nusa Tenggara and Bali. Despite growing development and rising popularity, there is still natural place to discover in beyond all the mainstream spots.
Unlike whose population is Hindu-majority Bali, the residents of Lombok are predominantly Muslim. That religious heritage influences the island’s landmarks and culture, which makes Lombok more than simply ‘the other Bali’. Before Indonesian independence, Lombok was mainly ruled by chiefs of their native Sasak tribe, that dominates the neighbourhood inhabitants at about 85 percent.
Many local folks in Lombok make concentrated efforts to uphold their traditions, with strong adherence to cultural rituals. Other communities clinic a unique, fascinating mixture of Islam and animistic beliefs.
How to get there
Many Lombok travellers hail from Bali, which frees more international flights than almost anywhere else in the country. From that point, it’s possible to either board a connecting flight to Lombok International Airport (starting from USD 25 in low season) or visit Padangbai port to get a cheaper people ferry (less than USD 4 each individual any time). It takes about 30 minutes to attain Kuta beach in Lombok from the airport and an hour to Senggigi beach. The Lembar jack in Lombok is approximately an hour away from both points.
Public transportation only operates in larger towns in Lombok. Other than that, renting a car or motorbike is pretty much is the only choice, particularly if your itinerary entails investigating.
An intricate scheme of shifting buses and minivans may get you in the airport to the island’s major airports and destinations, but it isn’t the most time-effective method of getting around. Additionally, several transportations are run, working only at certain times which make them unreliable. Check with your accommodation to determine if they can organise airport transfers, which can make everything a great deal easier. While going to the island, either rent your vehicle or register for organised tours.
Things to pack
Expect tropical weather most times — in monsoon season Lombok has less probability of rain than Bali. Meaning light cushioned garments, sunglasses, sunscreen, sun hat, or whatever else which will defend you from the sun’s glare. Swimwear and flip-flops for your shore but maxi-coverage clothes for the towns, as Lombok is a Muslim-majority area.
A sarong may be utilised in more ways, so buying one in a neighbourhood market is always a fantastic investment. You may use the sarong to cover up when needed, and it makes a fantastic souvenir too.
Where to go
- Kuta Mandalika
The place has come to be significantly more crowded recently, with new hotels and institutions built along the coastline.
Kuta also functions as an ideal hub for some beach-hopping across the southern shore, which is home to a number of the most scenic beaches on the island. Tanjung Aan along with Batu Payung beaches are both less than 30 minutes from Kuta.
Senggigi isn’t like the rest of the island. Since Lombok’s oldest tourist hub, this area is relatively well-developed when compared with the rest of the island, dotted with fantastic resorts and bars filled with mainly foreign tourists. It is not hard for European travelers to get a comfortable, authentic dinner at one of those restaurants. The coastal region is also home to some beautiful shores to kick back and see the sunset.
Even the second-highest volcano in Indonesia is undoubtedly daunting to conquer, but the journey rewards you kindly. The view along the increase is unparalleled and the mountaintop Segara Anak lake alone is worth the three days toil. If you’d rather save that sort of experience for one more day, the park area in the bottom of this mountain has beautiful scenic hills and majestic waterfalls which make for a superb day trip.
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