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Lombok Attractions

Calmer and quieter than neighboring Bali, this island is home to little villages and misty waterfalls around a towering volcano, with all the pristine wilderness and sandy beaches an adventurer could ask for. From the broad avenues of Mataram to the tiny fishing communities along the southern fringe, you're in for some quality time in paradise. Get acquainted with a warm, breezy corner of paradise as you explore the exciting things to do in Lombok and check out all the beautiful sights that await you.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Lombok

Mataram

Once the center of power for Lombok's king, the island's largest city is a showcase of local history in a charming, laid-back setting. A trio of distinct townships make up the city: the stately home of government in Mataram proper, the historic port city of Ampenan, and the bustling commercial center of Cakranegara. Its parks and gardens once served as royal retreats, and a network of modern roads serve a thriving, multi-ethnic community.

Gili Islands

A string of islets off the northeastern coast, between the Lombok Strait and Bali Sea, the "Three Gilis" host a collection of resorts and villas surrounded by unbroken rings of beaches. Gili Trawangan is the largest and most popular among tourists, and Gili Meno is the smallest and most relaxed, while the local community is centered on Gili Air. Motor vehicles aren't allowed on the islands to preserve the scenery for backpackers, bicyclists, and horse-drawn carts.

Kuta

A far cry from the Balinese resort town of the same name, this beachside community along the southern coast features a sleepy traditional village and some of the best surfing on Lombok. Little clusters of thatched-roof bungalows and narrow roads lined by tropical trees mark this as a peaceful retreat with great waves and spectacular views.

What to See in Lombok

Nature still rules on this gem of an island. One of Indonesia's highest volcanoes takes up most of Lombok's northern third, with a crater lake standing just below the clouds and a paradise of hot springs and cliffside waterfalls filling the sights of Gunung Rinjani National Park. Little villages dot the island's interior, where you can get to know the Sasak people amid some terrific views of the central plains, and the streets of Mataram are lined with museums, shows, and art exhibits that show off the wealth of heritage around you.

Sightseeing in Lombok

Some of Lombok's best attractions involve its incredible scenery, and you can find some friendly hosts to show you the most magnificent sites. Join a guide for a tour of Mataram that shows off the most historic landmarks along with the lively public markets, visit a pair of waterfalls amid the lush inland jungle, or get to know the unique and colorful style of the Sasak people on a tour of the island's villages.

If you're understandably inclined to get out into the water, there are plenty of boats waiting to carry you out for a cruise. You can motor out on a day trip that features an up-close look at the reefs around the Gili Islands, spend the night relaxing on Gili Trawangan, or dive into the waters off the famed Pink Beach to go snorkeling with the sea turtles and brightly colored fish.

Things to Do in Lombok with Kids

There are lots of outstanding experiences in Lombok that the whole gang will enjoy. Here are some of the top family friendly experiences around.

Free Things to Do in Lombok

They say the best things in life are free. Be sure to explore the following around Lombok:

Pura Lingsar - Gain an insight into the local faith at this place of worship.

Pura Agung Narmada - Whether you can distinguish your lilies from lilacs, you're sure to find beauty in this attractive display.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Lombok

Gili Trawangan

The stunning beaches and island views are just a few highlights of Gili Trawangan. Make a stop by Gili Trawangan Harbor or Gili Trawangan Turtle Hatchery while you're exploring the area.

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Gili Air

Gili Air is popular for its pristine beaches, and you might make a stop by Gili Air Docks, a top place to visit in the area.

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Senggigi

Swim, snorkel, shop for art and enjoy the sunset views from a stunning seaside temple at North Lombok’s favourite resort beach.

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Mataram

With water palaces, temples, markets and museums, Lombok’s laid-back capital has plenty to rewards travellers who choose to linger.

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Gili Meno

Unique features of Gili Meno include the snorkeling and beaches. Make a stop by Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary or Gili Meno Lake while you're exploring the area.

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Kuta

Kuta is known for its pristine beaches, and you can make a stop by Kuta Beach and Tanjung Aan Beach while in the area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Lombok on a sunny day?

Take advantage of the nice weather (and get some exercise as well) with some of these outdoor experiences:

Are there cheap things to do in Lombok?

If you want to make your travel savings last a while, join a Private Standard Car: Lombok Port - Lombok.

What can you do in Lombok for free?

You could even leave your wallet in the hotel safe for the day, because these top attractions won't cost you a thing:

  • Kuta Beach
  • Pink Beach
  • Mataram Mall
  • Bangsal Harbor