Any traveller looking for a less touristy and more laidback alternative to Bali need 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, snorkeling 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.