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Escape To Lombok: Is It Worth Visiting In 2024? + Travel Guide

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Are you thinking of heading to Lombok during your travels to Indonesia? For sure you’ve heard of Bali, it might even be the reason you’re visiting, but what about the island Lombok, is it worth visiting too?

It’s the next island across from the world-famous Island of Gods, and although similar in landscape and climate, it feels like a completely different country! Why? Since Lombok is predominantly Muslim, the culture differs, creating a whole new experience for your travels.

While not as popular as its neighbour, Lombok is just as breathtaking. It’s less crowded, more affordable and has more nature. So the question doesn’t beg, is Lombok worth visiting, the question should be, when are you visiting?


Serenity Meets Adventure In Indonesia’s Lombok, But Why Is It Worth Visiting?

Find out if Mount Rinjani is Lombok is worth visiting.
Mt Rinjani in Lombok, is a very popular hike!

In this post, I’m going to discuss the reasons why Lombok is worth visiting. I’ll also include a full travel guide covering topics such as:

  • The best things to do in Lombok so you can decide if it’s the right place for you.
  • The pros and cons of visiting the island so you know what to expect.
  • Where to stay, where to eat and how to get to Lombok to help you plan your itinerary.
  • I’ll also talk about expenses, when the best time to visit is and include some useful travel tips so you can plan an epic trip!

🌟 Guess what ->> As travel experts, our experiences have led us to be great at planning travel itineraries, so much so that I offer a bespoke travel itinerary service to all my readers. Interested? See what it’s all about here on my custom itinerary page.


Why Is Lombok Worth Visiting?

While we were travelling around Southeast Asia, one of the best places we visited was Lombok. Not knowing what to expect but knowing it was time to leave Bali, we headed for this wonderful island.

In the end, we had an incredible (almost) 4 weeks of exploring Lombok. Although, in truth, we sort of fell in love with Kuta and stayed the majority of our time there! We spent most days learning to surf and relaxing by the beach; it was a perfect paradise.

Water Buffalo walking along Lombok beach make it worth visiting
To see water Buffalo walking along Lombok beach makes it worth visiting!

The island of Lombok is quieter and less populated than Bali but it offers fantastic beaches and scenery. Surfing in Lombok is fantastic and a popular reason why many people visit.

It’s also more affordable (if that’s even possible), dubbed by some as the “new Bali’, it’s reminiscent of what Bali was like 20 years ago. It’s got it all, breathtaking beaches, other smaller tropical islands, adventure, scenery, a friendly community and of course, luscious rice paddies and stunning waterfalls.

Lombok is definitely somewhere which is worth visiting and should seriously be considered if you’re visiting Indonesia!

❤️ Who will love Lombok? Lombok is great for those of you who love adventure and lazy beach days. If you’re someone who enjoys hiking, nature and water activities, you’ll love Lombok, but it’s also perfect for lounging by the beach sipping cocktails!

Is Lombok worth visiting? When the jungle meets the ocean at Lombok, Indonesia you will want to be there

The Pros & Cons Of Visiting Lombok

Before we dive into the best things to do in Lombok, I always like to make a note of the pros and cons of visiting a country. Since no place is perfect, we don’t like to sugarcoat destinations.

The most important thing when choosing your next holiday destination is: don’t have unrealistic expectations!

Pros: Why Lombok Is Worth Visiting Cons: Why Lombok Isn’t Worth Visiting
Lombok boasts some of the most beautiful natural locations including stunning beaches, waterfalls, and landscapes in Indonesia; including Mount Rinjani, the second-tallest volcano in Indonesia.Lombok is facing issues with pollution, particularly in urban areas and tourist hotspots. This includes plastic waste, water pollution, and air pollution, which can detract from the natural beauty of the island.
The island is known for its unique Sasak culture, which offers a glimpse into traditional Indonesian ways of life, art, and crafts.There is more of a language barrier in Lombok as English is not as widely spoken as it is in Bali, making it difficult for you to communicate and navigate.
Lombok is a prime destination for outdoor adventure, including surfing, diving, snorkelling, hiking, and mountain climbing.Lombok’s climate can be unpredictable, with heavy rainfall during the wet season from November to April, which can limit outdoor activities.
The island is a more budget-friendly option compared to Bali, with plenty of affordable accommodation, food, and transport options.Lombok’s tourism industry is not as developed as other popular destinations, meaning you will sometimes have to deal with basic facilities and limited options for dining and entertainment.
Unlike its busy neighbour Bali, Lombok has a more relaxed, natural and serene atmosphere, making it the perfect destination for those looking to escape the crowds.Lombok’s limited transportation system can be a challenge for travellers, as public transport options are limited and private drivers may be expensive.

The Best Things To Do In Lombok

Okay, so we’ve established the pros and cons of Lombok but let’s dive a little deeper into all the reasons why Lombok is worth visiting in more detail

1. Visit Tropical Beaches

Who doesn’t love a tropical beach? If it’s a paradise you’re searching for, Lombok’s beaches are a stunning sight and offer some of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the whole of Indonesia!

The tropical beaches in Lombok make it worth visiting!
The tropical beaches in Lombok make it worth visiting!

You can expect to find pristine white sands, jungle all the way to the shore and sparkling turquoise waters; the perfect spot for any bonafide beach lover. 

There are so many to choose from and depending of how your feel will determine where you head. Check out Selong Belanak for quieter beach days surrounded by rolling hills or if you want a party, Kuta’s main beach/boulevard is always pumping with beachside bars and restaurants.

🌟 My top pick >> Why not try snorkelling while you visit the much-loved Pink Beach in Lombok? Lombok Pink Beach Boat Trip (Full Day + Snorkeling)

Kuta Mandalika boulevard

2. Try The Incredible Surfing

Lombok is known for its world-class surfing spots, attracting surfers from all over the world. The island offers a variety of waves, from beginner-friendly breaks to challenging barrels, and has a vibrant surf culture with plenty of surf camps, schools, and competitions.

Around the south of the island, which is where Jack and I spent most of our time, there are some fantastic areas for surfing in Lombok. One spot we loved which was good for us novices was Gerupuk; Gerupuk Inside to be precise.

👉 If you want more information on where to surf in Lombok check out this post: Surf Indonesia.

Pro tip >> If you’re looking to book a surf lesson then check out this Group Surf Lesson in Senggigi Lombok. You’ll learn with others at a great price!

Surfing in Lombok
Surfing in Lombok: Gerupuk Outside

Our Experience Surfing

I quickly just want to jump in here and tell you about our experience surfing in Lombok, this is good to read if you’re heading there for the first time as a surfer.

We had actually planned on surfing at a few beaches while making our way along the south coast of Lombok. As it turned out, it wasn’t as straightforward as we had hoped and we weren’t really able to do this.

It was mainly because we didn’t have our own surfboards and the scooters we had rented didn’t have a surf rack, therefore we were limited to beaches where surfboards were available.

Good To Know: Many of the spots for surfing in Lombok are hard to reach, as in really bad roads, with no or inadequate board rentals available! So, just keep this in mind if you are planning a surf trip to Lombok and don’t have your own boards.

Nevertheless, we did have a fantastic time surfing! One of the more well-known surf spots near Kuta is Gerupuk; with its inside and outside surf spots it’s good for beginners to advanced surfers. We surfed there for the whole month slowly improving our skills.

Is Lombok worth visiting? Surfing in Lombok: Gerupuk inside, will make you think so!
Beginner surfing in Lombok: Gerupuk inside

The Cost Of Surfing In Gerupuk.

Surfing in Lombok’s Gerupuk Bay turned out to be a little more expensive than surfing in other spots as to get there you need to catch a boat. This can be arranged on the day but prices vary drastically, however, if you’re willing to barter then there are deals to be made!

In total, a day of surfing at Gerupuk should cost around £7/$9 if in a group, or £13/$16 if alone! (Here’s the breakdown as of early 2022).

  • 2 hours on a local fishing boat (although they don’t seem too fussed if you’re out for longer) prices start at 150,000 IDR per boat; maximum of three people.
  • Additional persons will be 50,000 IDR p/p.
  • So, if there are three of you it’s 50,000 IDR each and if there’s one of you it’s 150,000 IDR.
  • Board hire is around 50,000 IDR per day, but you will have to haggle to get this price.
  • Scooter hire is between 30,000-50,000 IDR a day.
Is Lombok worth visiting? Surfing in Lombok will make you think so!
The calming of the ocean before a morning surf.

3. Hike The Scenic Volcanoes

Okay, so in complete transparency, we never made it to the top of Lombok’s most famous volcano- Mount Rinjani.

Mount Rinjani in Lombok birds eye view

This was for a few reasons but in all honesty, we were volcanoed out! We had just climbed Mount Batur in Bali not long after climbing Mount Ijen in Java and so decided to take a break from the heights and focus on the waves!

That said, Lombok is totally volcano country with a number of them dotted around the island. Mount Rinjani is the tallest, reaching a sky-high altitude of 3,726 meters and should definitely be climbed if you’re on the island!

Is Lombok worth visiting? Fields along the hike to Mount Rinjani are so beautiful you will want to visit

It’s an active stratovolcano but that doesn’t stop adventurers and nature enthusiasts from taking on its challenging hiking trails to experience the awe-inspiring panoramic views. Looking back, we regret not making the climb. Sigh.

Aside from Mount Rinjani, there are other notable volcanoes on the island, such as Mount Tambora, which caused one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history when it erupted in 1815!

👉 We love hiking and regret not climbing Mount Rinjani. Don’t be us! You can book a day hike or, for the ultimate experience Trek The Summit Full View Point 3726m ( 2Days 1Night )

4. Chase Stunning Waterfalls

Lombok is an unexplored haven for those of you who love waterfalls, it’s home to some of the most stunning cascades and picturesque landscapes in the whole of Indonesia.

Two twins waterfall, Lombok

If you’re seeking a trek into the wilderness, Lombok’s waterfalls are an obligatory destination that deserves a spot on your itinerary.

✔️ Several of the most popular waterfalls are Benang Kelambu, Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile waterfalls. Every one of these enchanting wonders possesses its individual ambience and allure!

5. Admire Impressive Temples

Lombok’s temples are just as awe-inspiring as Bali’s, and they’re steeped in a rich history that will captivate you. The island is home to countless temples that were constructed to honour their deities, and many of them are centuries old. 

They showcase intricate designs and fascinating stories and have become some of the most popular tourist destinations on the island.

👉 Check out the iconic Pura Lingsar and the majestic Pura Meru.

If you would prefer to take a guided tour, we’ve found this one which you might like the book: Lombok City Tour combination With Temple Tour

Temple in Lombok

6. Learn The Culture & Heritage

The island is a treasure trove of culture and heritage, with traditions and customs that are unique to the island. The local people have a rich history that’s reflected in their daily lives, including the traditional Sasak culture, indigenous to the island. 

Is Lombok worth visiting? Visit Lombok to learn about the Sasak Culture and it will be

Lombok is predominantly Muslim, but there are also significant Hindu and Buddhist communities on the island, which means you’ll have a chance to experience a variety of cultural practices and ceremonies.

While there, make sure you visit the traditional markets, check out the unusual architecture, and immerse yourself in the local communities.

This tour, Lombok Private Tour Waterfall And Traditional Village Including Beach includes a visit to the popular Sade Tourist Village. We’ve also found a Lombok Day Trip to South Beach & Culture tour!

Traditional buildings in Lombok

7. Relax With Wellness & Yoga

Lombok is an ideal location for seeking wellness and yoga, especially around the Gilli islands and Kuta. With its breathtaking natural scenery and tranquil environment, it’s a perfect spot to de-stress, unwind and reconnect with yourself. 

Is Lombok worth visiting?Waves, and pastel sunsets certainly make Lombok worth visiting
We had some of the most lovely sunsets in Lombok.

Pamper yourself at Hening Swarga Spa with a Relaxing Lombok Spa Treatment at Hotel Tugu Lombok Spa!

8. Head For An Island Escape

Although Lombok itself is an island it’s also famous for its smaller Gili Islands, which are a paradise for island adventures. They have crystal-clear waters and pristine beaches, boasting relaxation and adventure.

You’ll find a laid-back charm in Gili Trawangan and idyllic solitude at Gili Meno, each island has its unique personality and attractions. 

Gili Nanggu bird eye

Snorkelling among the colourful coral reefs is popular, as is scuba diving and taking a surfing lesson on the hidden beaches. Whatever you’re looking for, Lombok’s islands are the perfect escape if you’re seeking a tropical paradise getaway.

Time to book your Gili Island Escape: Private Tour Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air (Depart Lombok/Gili T)

9. Enjoy Snorkelling & Scuba

The waters surrounding Lombok are a paradise for snorkelers and divers. The north and east coasts are particularly great spots for exploring the diverse marine life. With transparent turquoise waters and abundant sea creatures, diving in Lombok is a truly magical experience.

Green turtle

👉 If you’re new to scuba diving, Lombok offers a fantastic opportunity to learn. Check out this 8-day holiday to Lombok: Scuba Dive Certificate + Luxury Relaxation PADI OPEN WATER

10. Trek Rainforest Exploration

Lombok’s rainforests are some of the most pristine and untouched in the world. A visit to the rainforest is a must-do if you’re a nature lover and adventurer. You’ll explore hidden waterfalls, winding rivers, and lush vegetation as you trek through the jungle!

There are a variety of trekking options available, ranging from leisurely walks to challenging hikes.

✅ Some of the most popular rainforest treks in Lombok include the Rinjani trek, the Senaru jungle trek, and the Pergasingan Hill trek.

Birds eye of Lombok shore and rocks covered in vegetation

11. Admire The Colourful Sunsets

Lombok is renowned for its mesmerizing and vivid sunsets, which can be seen from many different locations around the island. We saw one of the most stunning sunsets while we were on Kuta Beach one evening and to this day, it’s not been beaten! 

Whether you’re on a beach, on a hilltop or on a boat, you’re bound to witness an unforgettable display of colours as the sun goes down as well.

✔️ The best locations to catch a sunset on Lombok include Tanjung Aan Beach, Gili Trawangan Island, Malimbu Hill, and the Batu Bolong Temple.

Is Lombok worth visiting?Stunning sunsets in Lombok make it worth visiting!
The most stunning sunsets in Lombok make it worth visiting!

Where To Stay In Lombok

Depending on your travel style and what activities you intend on doing, there are a number of areas to visit in Lombok. These are a handful of the most popular locations for you.

📍 Kuta

Kuta is a town located on the southern coast of Lombok Island, just a short distance away from Lombok’s international airport. It’s where we stayed and is the most developed area of the island.

You’ll notice loads of seafood restaurants along the main strip selling the catch of the day which they will cook up for you over the grill.

Is Lombok worth visiting? Discover the delicious seafood and fish stalls and decide for your self

It’s a popular spot where you’ll find a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including luxury resorts and backpacker hostels. It’s also famous for its cool cafes and restaurants, serving up a range of local and international cuisine.

👉 HOTEL SUGGESTION: Stay at Edelweiss Homestay. a charming homestay. It’s very small and intimate with six adorable bamboo thatched huts lining a clean and well-kept garden and pool area.

The pool and huts at Edelweiss Homestay

✔️This is where we stayed and we would recommend this guesthouse if you’re visiting Kuta, Lombok!

Gilli Islands

The Gili T Island

If it’s a 360-degree island vibe you’re after, head to the Gili Islands. They are a group of three small islands located off the northwest coast of Lombok in Indonesia. The islands, known as Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air, are popular tourist destinations known for their white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life.

You’ll love being encapsulated by the sunny and tropical vibe while feeling free to enjoy a range of activities on the islands. Explore the island by bicycle or swim with turtles at turtle point before strolling around the markets!

👉 HOTEL SUGGESTION:Stay at Manta Dive Gili Trawangan Resort. Breakfast is included in this hotel which is in an excellent location, close to the harbour.

Senggigi

Another popular spot on Lombok is Senggigi, it’s a coastal town located on the western coast of Lombok Island, Indonesia. Best known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and stunning sunsets, beach hopping the best Senggigi beaches is what it’s about!

The perfect tropical beaches at Senggigi
The perfect tropical beaches at Senggigi

Senggigi is also a great base for exploring the rest of the island, including Mount Rinjani and the Gili Islands. The town has a wide range of accommodations, from budget-friendly hostels to luxurious resorts, as well as a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops.

👉 HOTEL SUGGESTION: Stay at Cozy Cottages Lombok. Super close to Mangsit Beach, Cozy Cottages provides accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking and Breakfast included.

Sembalun

Sembalun is a village located in the foothills of Mount Rinjani in the eastern part of Lombok, Indonesia. It’s a popular starting point if you’re looking to hike up to the summit of Mount Rinjani.

Sembalun village in Lombok, Indonesia

The village is known for its beautiful scenery, including vast green fields, terraced rice paddies, and waterfalls. It’s also a great place to experience the local Sasak culture and traditional way of life.

👉 HOTEL SUGGESTION: Stay at Sembalun Kita Cottage. Breakfast included looking over mountains; it’s close to Tetebatu Monkey Forest too!

Other Areas of Lombok To Know

📍West Lombok (Bangsal, Lembar, Mataram, Senggigi).
West Lombok offers stunning beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and the popular Gili Islands.

📍Gili Islands (Gili Air, Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan).
Known for their incredible diving and snorkelling spots, as well as a lively nightlife scene.

📍North Lombok (Mount Rinjani, Senaru).
The northern part of Lombok is home to the renowned Mount Rinjani trekking trail, as well as stunning waterfalls.

📍Central and East Lombok (Praya, Labuhan Lombok, Selong, Tetebatu).
The vicinity features serene villages, unspoiled beaches, and ports for ferries departing to Sumbawa and Flores.

📍South Lombok (Kuta, Sekotong, Selong Beach, Tanjung Aan)
The heart of Lombok island is Kuta, the most developed region with stunning white sand beaches, trendy cafes, and amazing surf breaks.


Resources For Bali

Is it your first time visiting Bali? We’ve written lots of useful posts to help you plan your trip. You can check them all out on our Bali Page herebut below are some of our most popular articles:


What Are The Negatives Of Tourism In Lombok?

We mentioned some of the cons to visiting Lombok earlier, but what are the specific negatives of tourism in Lombok? The main problems are increasing issues of pollution and over-tourism in certain areas and loss of culture as the island develops.

Although the overflow of tourism from Bali can be a good thing for Lombok in some respects. The lack of education and government involvement to manage and dispose of tourism-led trash has led to a serious problem with pollution in Indonesia, including Lombok.

Over-tourism has become a concern, particularly in the south of Lombok where the increase in tourist developments has led to a change in the landscape. Crowded areas like Kuta and Senggigi can also suffer from traffic congestion and air pollution during peak hours.

Despite these challenges, there are still plenty of opportunities to experience Lombok’s natural beauty and vibrant culture in a sustainable way. There are also organisations and charities working hard to clean up and educate locals and visitors on sustainable tourism practices.

👉  Volunteering opportunities are also available for those interested in helping out with beach and river clean-ups, such as those offered by Sungai Watch.


How Many Days Do You Need In Lombok

Depending on your reasons for visiting Lombok and your budget, the amount of time you spend on the island will need to be considered. A lot of backpackers will head to Bali but skip Lombok, but we think it should be added to your itinerary, especially if you want to escape the crowds.

Lombok gazebo and beaches

Lombok is somewhere you could spend a few days to months. It’s a wonderful place to take a holiday since there are a lot of activities on the island to make any holiday to Lombok fun, exciting and relaxing. 

Here are some suggestions for the number of days you might want to spend in Lombok:

  • Backpacking trip – 5 days
  • Recommended for a holiday – 10 days to 2 weeks
  • Road trip in Lombok – 3 weeks

Overall, 10 days in Lombok can give you a good amount of time to explore the island, take a road trip and experience its various attractions. You’ll also have time to hike to the top of Mount Rinjani, visit nearby waterfalls and explore the culture and history of Lombok by visiting traditional villages.

👉 Related Posts: If you’re visiting Bali too, you might like to know about our Bali 5-day budget itinerary. Are you on a longer holiday? Check out our 3-week Bali itinerary. Or, if you’re up for an adventure, why not go on a 4-week Bali road trip?

The road to Gerupuk, Lombok

When Is The Best Time To Visit Lombok?

Depending on your reasons for visiting Lombok, you will want to make sure you check the weather to make your trip worth it. Lombok has two seasons: wet and dry.

High/Peak Season (DRY)

The high season runs from April to September, and during this time, the island experiences a dry season with minimal rainfall.

This is the perfect time to visit if you want to bask in the sunshine and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, or lounging on the pristine beaches. You don’t have to worry about sudden rain showers ruining your plans.

Lombok from Bali
Lombok Island in all its glory, its looks like a deserted slice of paradise in this photo!

Low Season (WET)

On the other hand, the low season runs from October to March. During this time, Lombok experiences a rainy season with more frequent rainfall.

However, this doesn’t mean you should write off visiting Lombok during this time! In fact, you may find that you can explore the island without the large crowds that visit during the high season. Additionally, if you’re a surfer, the low season can be a great time to catch some good waves.

Just after the rains the roads are wet in Lombok, Indinesia

How To Get To Lombok

Generally, island getaways can be hard, if not expensive, to reach, but if you’re already in Bali, then Lombok is super easy to get to. To get to Lombok from Bali, there are options to fly, speedboat or catch the ferry.

  • Flying is pretty simple, and since Bali has an international airport, you can fly directly to Bali. From there, catch a flight over to Lombok on the same day and transfer to your hotel from there.
  • Speedboats are the fastest way to reach Lombok if you’re already in Bali. Great if you’re heading to the Gili Islands.
  • The ferry is the cheapest option and also the slowest.
Sunset while coming into Lombok by ferry
View from the ferry just before reaching Lombok in Indonesia. We had some of the most colourful sunsets during our time there.

Since we were travelling to Bali on a budget, we decided to catch the slow ferry. For around 75,000 IDR p/p we were able to get the ferry from Padangbai Port in Bali to Lembar in Lombok. This included the ticket and a ticket card which we were told we needed (not sure that was true!)

Pro tip >> Keep in mind the taxi costs to get to and from the ports. As much as we tried we couldn’t find a local bus to take us all the way. So, our taxi from Canggu to Padangbai Port cost 260,000 IDR and the taxi from Lembar to Kuta cost 300,000 IDR. In total around £30/$37, still cheaper than either the speedboat or flight!


Where To Eat In Lombok’s Kuta

Spending four weeks on the island meant we managed to get some grasp on where to eat in Lombok, especially around the Kuta area!

Mie Goreng in Lombok
Mie Goreng at Loka is one of our favourite morning spots. Loca is also a gym so there are some really healthy food options here.

There are many places from local warungs, cafes and western-style restaurants to choose from. To make things even better many places do deals on certain nights of the week, plus most have happy hour around six every night!

Some of our favourite places:

  • Yogi Bar. Known for its relaxed vibe, live music, and delicious food and drinks.
  • El Bazar. Offers a diverse menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, with options for vegetarians and meat lovers alike.
  • Satu Lagi Cantina Mexican. serves up a delicious and authentic selection of Mexican cuisine, with a cosy atmosphere and friendly staff.
  • Loka Health Club. Is actually a health club and fitness centre but they have a great cafe!
  • La Cabana at Sikara Hotel Lombok. Part of Sikara Hotel, it’s an elegant restaurant offering a range of international and Indonesian dishes
Smoothie bowl at Yogi Bar in Lombok
Where to eat in Lombok: Yogi Bar do great bowls

Kuta’s Best Wifi Cafes

  • Gratitude Cafe – has the best signal closely
  • Bamba Capsule Hotel – a restaurant with large comfy sofas and delicious vegan laksa!

Kuta’s Best Burger Joints

  • Rocksalt – for the best oyster mushroom burger
  • KRNK Bar and Restaurant – for naughty dirty burgers

Kuta’s Best Mediterranean Dishes

  • Sapori Italiana – do a great thin-crusted pizza
  • Markisa – for a delicious Mediterranean dish

Where To Go In Lombok For Drinking:

  • Surfers Bar – is a fun bar with good music
  • Rasta Bar – for chilled vibes overlooking the beach
Cocktails at Satu Lagi in Lombok
Drinks at Satu Lagi, a great Mexican-themed restaurant in the heart of Kuta.

Visiting Lombok Travel Tips

  • Plan for the weather: The best time to visit is during the dry season from May to September. It can be more crowded during this time. Be sure to pack appropriate clothing and gear for the weather conditions.
  • Respect local customs: Lombok is home to the Sasak people, who have their own unique customs and traditions. It’s important to respect their way of life and dress appropriately when visiting religious sites.
  • Rent a scooter: Renting a scooter is an affordable and convenient way to get around Lombok. Especially if you’re planning to explore different parts of the island. 
  • Try local cuisine: Don’t miss the opportunity to try some of the local dishes. Some popular options include ayam taliwang (grilled chicken), nasi balap puyung (rice with spicy shredded chicken).
  • Explore beyond the beaches: Consider visiting the traditional villages, hiking Mount Rinjani, or learning about the local arts and crafts. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone!
Temples and beach at Lombok, Indonesia

Is Lombok Less Expensive Than Bali?

While Bali can be done on a budget, it’s easy to overspend due to the development of luxury resorts and fine dining. 

On the other hand, when comparing Lombok to Bali, Lombok can be considered cheaper in terms of prices for accommodations, food, and activities. However, prices may vary depending on the season and the type of activities and accommodations chosen. 

Despite this, Lombok still offers a range of cheaper options. If you’re looking to explore Indonesia on a budget, it is an excellent alternative to Bali for those of you looking for a more laid-back and less touristy experience.


Is Indonesia Worth Visiting?

With all this in mind and although Lombok is becoming a popular and interesting destination, it’s only a small part of the larger country of Indonesia. Indonesia is a vastly unexplored part of Southeast Asia with a unique and rich culture. It’s a huge country comprised of over 17,000 islands!

In our opinion, Indonesia is a fantastic and worthwhile destination if you’re seeking adventure and diverse experiences. Did you know that the Komodo National Park is in Indonesia? Find out if Komodo Island is Worth Visiting.

At the summit of mount Ijen in Java.
At the summit of Mount Ijen in Java.

Why Is Lombok So Popular?

Hopefully, by now, you know why Lombok is so popular. To summarise, Lombok’s popularity stems from its unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and welcoming locals.

Its pristine beaches, baby blue waters, and majestic mountains attract travellers seeking an unspoiled paradise. It has a unique traditional Sasak culture offering a fascinating glimpse into Indonesia’s lesser-known heritage.

Lombok is easily accessible from Bali and the affordable prices make it an increasingly popular destination among budget-conscious travellers. If you’re seeking a quieter, less touristy alternative to Bali, without sacrificing quality experiences or accommodations, Lombok is it.

All of these factors contribute to Lombok’s rising popularity and reputation as a must-visit destination in Indonesia!


Conclusion: Is Lombok Worth Visiting?

Jack and I really loved Lombok and certainly feel it’s worth visiting. We enjoyed spending the month there even though we got a bad case of food poisoning! (I haven’t recommended the place).

The island of Lombok in Indonesia is perfect for those wanting to get away from the world. It’s super easy to reach Lombok from Bali and as far as an island getaway. It’s quiet enough to feel like you’re on an island, but it still has all the amenities to make it comfortable.

Surfing in Lombok was unreal. It’s not as busy as Bali, and it’s great for all levels! I wish we had more time to explore the whole island!

👉  Read Next: After Lombok why not head to North Sumatra and visit the orangutans at Bukit Lawang?

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