Where are you heading this holiday season? Places like Bali or Labuan Bajo may sit at the top of your listing, but only right around both of these islands lies Lombok Island. For international travelers, Lombok might just be a stopover before attaining Labuan Bajo out of Bali. From different areas in Indonesia, domestic flights to Lombok from Jakarta, Bandung, and Bali are available daily.
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Besides the beaches, there are actually a lot of other things to visit in Lombok. Here are a few areas to check out in your next Lombok excursion.
Senggigi may be one of the less hyped shores in Lombok and is now most popular with the older crowd and in which zen-seekers go. Most of Lombok’s best hotels can be found at Senggigi, and for anyone looking for a quiet, laidback, holiday on the shore, Senggigi’s light-sand coast and magnificent sunset will conquer your center.
Get to the Gilis
Gili Meno is mostly there for its quiet, romantic escape while Gili Air is designed for a more-relaxed traveler to cool and have a diving class. The most excellent and most popular, full of parties and affordable beer is Gili Trawangan. These three Gilis can be reached from Senggigi Harbor with a speedboat in around half an hour or so. Small cafes and beach bars line up on the shore. On the west side of the island in which the blood-red sunsets, luxury restaurants, and resorts offer beaches and champagne from the coast for a special treat.
Whatever route you take and whatever Gili you see, while in Lombok, do pay a visit to those little islands. Travel agents in Lombok provide day excursions to the three Gilis, typically done in eight hours, where visitors can island hop and enjoy the crystal clear water and tasty regional cuisine.
Many travelers just see Lombok as Bali’s shore neighbor, but really, the island hides some of nation’s best waterfalls. The most popular and largest waterfall in Lombok is your Tiu Kelep Waterfall. You will have to head north, only following Sendang Gile Waterfall at the base of Mt. Rinjani. However, the royal view of the falls, 45 meters down the cliff assembly the stones, is worth the trip.
The drops, 90 minutes from Senggigi Beach, stream down through the verdant greenery such as heaven’s door.