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Lombok
Travel Guide

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.

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Pearl of Trawangan
Pearl of Trawangan
3.5 out of 5
West Nusa Tenggara, Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
The price is AU$73 per night from 13 Apr. to 14 Apr.

This Gili Trawangan hotel is on the beach, 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Gili Trawangan Turtle Hatchery, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Nipah Beach and Bangsal Harbor.

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 AU$110 per night from 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.

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! (321 reviews)

"Very nice and clean resort hotel , with good restaurants and gym.. but beach is not pleasant due to not smooth surface with a lot of stones , hotel's tap water is salty , and very weak cellphone signals ."…"

Reviewed on 26 Apr. 2020

Katamaran Hotel & Resort
Jeeva Klui Resort
Jeeva Klui Resort
4.5 out of 5
Jl. Raya Klui Beach No. 1, Senggigi, Lombok
The price is AU$119 per night from 13 Apr. to 14 Apr.

Nestled on the beach, this Senggigi resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pantai Mangsit, Pantai Kerandangan II and Art Market Senggigi. Senggigi Beach and Nipah Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (118 reviews)

"Gorgeous property, welcoming staff who all go above and beyond, beautiful beach, had a great massage in the spa.....the property does need a refurb but all in all I didn't mind it too much. I'd stay here again as it's just so beautiful."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

Jeeva Klui Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
De'Coco Villa
De'Coco Villa
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Gili Indah, Pemenang, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Gili Air, Lombok
The price is AU$68 per night from 13 Apr. to 14 Apr.

Situated in Gili Air, this beach villa is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Gili Meno Harbor and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Bangsal Harbor.

De'Coco Villa
Villa Gili Bali Beach
Villa Gili Bali Beach
3.5 out of 5
Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan, Lombok
The price is AU$50 per night from 13 Apr. to 14 Apr.

Nestled on the beach, this Gili Trawangan villa is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Gili Trawangan Turtle Hatchery and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Gili Trawangan Harbor. Public ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)

"Upon arrival we were greeted “welcome home” by very friendly and helpful staff, they kindly carried our luggage and provided welcome drinks. Check in was quick and easy. We were staying at the bungalow by the pool, which was very clean, beautifully decorated, private, with amazing ocean view. Room ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2019

Villa Gili Bali Beach
A Villa Gili Air
A Villa Gili Air
3 out of 5
Gili Air, Pemenang, Kabupaten, Lombok Utara, Gili Air, West Nusa Tenggara
The price is AU$90 per night from 13 Apr. to 14 Apr.

Situated near the beach, this villa is 11.6 mi (18.6 km) from Nipah Beach, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Senggigi Beach and Art Market Senggigi.

4.2/5Very Good! (11 reviews)
Happy Aussies

"Friendly staff and always willing to help. Very comfortable and great service. Only bad point was no hot water but hey the weather was nice and warm and the lovely pool was close at hand👍👍"…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2019

A Villa Gili Air
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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