Any traveller looking for a less touristy and more laidback alternative to Bali need to look no further than Lombok, its neighbour to the east. With quiet, white-sand beaches lining its shores, fantastic surf conditions and snorkelling and diving spots, Lombok is Bali but 25 years ago. You can easily spend your days simply swimming, snorkelling or relaxing on this diverse island paradise, however, there is much more to uncover.
The very active Mount Rinjani is the second-tallest volcano in Indonesia, dominating the landscape and offering challenging yet rewarding trekking adventures. Sekotong is Lombok’s tropical gem, free from many tourists and home to clear waters and pristine beaches, as well as the lesser-known Gili islands. In the south, you’ll find tobacco plantations, villages and what feels to be endless tropical beaches with quality conditions sought after by surf fanatics, even one of the world’s few pink beaches! As the west is the island’s most populated area, you will have opportunities to discover much of the culture, while Senggigi is where you’ll find the luxury boutique beach hotels. Venture out to the three charming Gili islands to the northwest, offering contrasting ambiences. While they all still remain authentic, with no motor vehicles found on the roads, you can enjoy an array of accommodation options, watersports, memorable sunsets, quality food and diving.
Bali & Lombok Holiday Ideas:
Bali & South Sulawesi Explorer
Uncover the fascinating cultures and breathtaking scenery of both Bali and Sulawesi in two weeks.
Hidden Gems of Java and Bali
A fresh perspective on the magical islands of Java and Bali. Discover volcanoes, remote beaches and exotic culture.
Komodo Adventure & Magical Bali
Combine the wildlife and natural splendour of Komodo National Park, with the timeless, atmospheric beauty of Bali.
Essential Bali and Lombok
Combine the cultural and natural wonders of Bali with the idyllic white-sand beaches of Lombok.