How many days do you need in Lombok?
In order to discover the island’s main attractions and have some unique experiences, we recommend staying at least 3 or 4 days in Lombok. From epic waterfall hikes, volcano treks, and beach hopping, there are plenty of activities for everybody to enjoy on this beautiful island.
Top Things to do in Lombok: Discover the Best Beaches in Lombok
Kuta Beach: Best Beach in Lombok for Food & Drink
Kuta Beach is located in the main town of the island, Kuta Lombok, and is known for its beautiful white sand and crystal clear water. Located at the heart of the island, you will be able to find many local cafes and trendy bars here that are perfect for a sunset drink.
Tanjung Aan Beach: Best Beach in Lombok for Sunset Watching
Just a 15-minute ride from Kuta Lombok, Tanjung Aan Beach will welcome you with a spectacular view of turquoise-colored water and powdery white sand. Enjoy swimming in one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, get a suntan, and sip a coconut on a bean bag chair. This beach is also one of the best places to watch the sunset.
Bonus: if you are into surfing you can take a boat from Tanjung Aan Beach for 50k IDR per person and go to the nearby surf breaks.
Selong Belanak: Best Beach in Lombok for Surfing and Sun Bathing
Situated 20km west of Kuta Beach, Selong Belanak is one of the most popular beaches in Lombok for swimming, surfing, and chilling. You can rent a sunbed for 50k IDR and try some local food while basking in the beautiful scenery.
Mawi Beach: Best Beach in Lombok for Relaxing
This white sand beach is a 15-minute drive from Selong Belanak Beach and is the favorite of surfers as well as the beach bums. Swim in the turquoise water, lay out on the powdery sand, and enjoy a beach day with roasted corn in hand.
Semeti Beach: Most Picturesque Beach in Lombok
Just next to Mawi Beach, Semeti Beach is a must-see stop in Lombok. Unlike the other beaches, this one has dramatic rock formations that offer a picturesque view. Try cliff diving, take a dip in the glassy water, and be sure to stay for a magnificent sunset.
Visit Pink Beach: The Most Unique Beach in Lombok
Located in the southeastern part of Lombok, Pink Beach is a unique beach that gets its name from the rosy pink sand that comes from coral fragments. Get those coveted Instagram photos, enjoy the gorgeous scenery, and swim in the glassy water. Make sure to check out Gili Petelu as well. Just a 5-minute boat ride will bring you to this lovely tiny island known for its epic snorkeling spots that allow you to swim with starfish. There are package tours including transportation and snorkeling that start from 600k IDR and can be booked from your hotel or one of the tour agencies in Kuta Lombok.
Discover the Best Surf Breaks of the Island
Lombok is known for its great surf breaks that are perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers. Some of the famous ones are Kuta Lombok Beach, Gerupuk, and Selong.
In order to reach these surf breaks, you can take a boat from Gerupuk. Once you are there, you will see many local surf shops where you can arrange a boat, which costs around 50k IDR per person.
Don’t worry if you are a beginner — Lombok is one of the best places to learn how to surf as you will find relatively less crowded spots compared to Bali. You can arrange a surf lesson for about 300k IDR from one of many surf schools on the island and rent a board for 50k IDR on the beach from surf rental shops.
Hike Mount Rinjani
One of the top things to do in Lombok is hiking at Mount Rinjani. It is a 3,726m-tall (12,224ft) active volcano known for its epic hiking trail with spectacular views of a crater lake. In order to complete the entire trail, you need to join a 2-day tour that includes one night of camping on the mountain. This tour can be easily arranged by the tour companies in the center of Kuta Lombok or from your hotel.
For those who have limited time, another option is to join the sunrise day trekking tours. These tours start at midnight and after 5-6 hours of hiking, you will enjoy an epic sunrise from the top of the mountain.
Things to Do in Lombok: Waterfall Hunting
Lombok is home to many beautiful falls and waterfall hunting is one of the best ways to spend your time on the island. Make your way through the jungles, trek along amazing rivers, and capture photos of the spectacular scenery around every corner. Unlike Bali, these waterfalls are not overwhelmed with tourist crowds so you can have these waterfalls to yourself!
Tiu Kelepand and Sendang Gile Waterfalls
Located in the northern part of Lombok, Tiu Kelepand and Sendang Gile Waterfalls are 2 spectacular waterfalls that are 10 minutes walking distance to each other. They have different entrances but can be easily reached on foot. Since it takes around a 3-hour drive from the center of the island, Kuta Lombok, we recommend arranging a driver or joining daily tours. The private driver costs around 500k IDR and the guided tours start from 600k IDR. If you are planning to visit Mount Rinjani you can also visit these waterfalls on the way.
Located southwest of Mount Rinjani National Park, Benang Stokel is a beautiful park that is home to 3 scenic waterfalls. Walk 15 minutes from the entrance and you will see 3 identical waterfalls side by side. Enjoy trekking along lush green paths, take a dip in the waterfalls, and be sure to have your camera with you to get some incredible shots!
Benang Kelambu is one of our favorite waterfalls in Lombok that offers the opportunity to dip into the refreshing water and enjoy scenic views. Hiking lovers can use the path from Benang Stokel and reach Benang Kelambu in 40 minutes. The trail is suitable for all levels and you’ll have plenty of photo ops along the way. Arrange a local guide to accompany you for around 200k IDR or take a driver for 500k from Kuta Lombok, and visit Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu together.
Try the Cuisine: Best Restaurants and Cafes in Kuta Lombok
This beautifully decorated cafe has so many tasty breakfast options such as avocado toast, smoothie bowls, salads, and burgers. Take your friends for a coffee or a delicious meal and enjoy the friendly atmosphere with some good tunes.
Offering tasty burgers, homemade pizzas, and delicious cocktails, KRNK is one of the best places to go in Lombok for lunch and dinner. The Dirty Burger and their artisan pizzas are a must-try. Follow their Instagram account to stay updated on their regular drink promotions.
This cute cafe is our favorite for starting the day. They have delicious croissants, mouthwatering pies, and excellent coffee. Pick one of many bakery products from the stall and take a seat in the nice garden area.
Jiang Nan Lombok
For Chinese food fans, this place is the best in town. Homemade noodles and dumplings are a must-try. It also has a garden area surrounded by lush green plants and large tables which are perfect for gatherings and group dinners.
Top Things to do in Lombok at Night: Explore the Nightlife in Kuta Lombok
This cute bar is a great place to start your night, especially on Friday nights when you can expect to see the whole town here. They offer delicious meals and cocktails and have some special food deals for steaks and fish for 150k IDR. Follow their Instagram account to stay updated on their events and promotions.
Gecko Kuta Lombok
This is a nice restaurant and bar where you can have a good time whether you go during the day or night. They have a great selection of cocktails — our favorites are the Mojito and Raspberry Spritz. On the weekends they host live DJ events which can be followed on their Instagram account.
Beach parties at Surfer’s Bar are the most famous on the island. They have a live DJ on Friday nights and you can expect to mingle with a fun crowd. Grab your mates, take a shot, and enjoy dancing barefoot on the sand to some good music.
Watch Sunset from a Cliff Top
If you are a fan of cliff top views you should definitely pay a visit to Siwa Cliff to see one of the best views on the island. Jump into the infinity pool, sip on a tasty cocktail, and enjoy a sunset session with some good tunes. They also have DJ events during the weekends for those who feel like dancing.
Go Scuba Diving in Lombok
Did you know that Lombok not only has the best diving spots in Indonesia but also in the world? If you are a scuba diver and have a PADI or SSI certification, you can join daily diving tours to discover the best diving spots in Lombok. These waters are famous for seeing scalloped hammerheads, mobula rays, tuna, barracudas, sea snakes, and more. For those who want to learn scuba diving, you can visit one of many dive centers on the island and do your first discovery dive which will enable you to learn the basics and dive up to 5 meters.
Snorkeling in The Gili Islands
If you are a snorkeling fan, hop on a boat and discover the spectacular underwater world in the Gili Islands. The Gilis are known for their diverse marine life that gives you the opportunity to swim with sea turtles, lionfish, sea snakes, and many more colorful sea creatures. You can easily rent snorkeling gears from the surf shacks on the beach for around 25k IDR.
Hop on a Boat to The Gili Islands
Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air are three stunning small islands located off the northwest coast of Lombok. Just a 30 minute 10k IDR boat ride will bring you to the Gilis. Gili Trawangan is a backpacker haven, famous for its thriving party scene. Join a boat party, pub crawl, live music sesh with a bonfire, or one of many happy hours at a beachside bar.
For those looking for a more chilled vibe, head to Gili Air to enjoy the pristine beaches with a cocktail in hand. Gili Meno is the quietest island among the Gilis and the choice of couples, honeymooners, and those who want to have a laid-back holiday.
Join a Yoga Class
In Kuta Lombok, you will find many yoga schools that are surrounded by spectacular landscapes. Our favorite yoga school is Ashtari Yoga which has an amazing yoga shala overlooking the ocean. Drop-in classes are 100k and there is a plant-based restaurant to enjoy healthy dishes after your class.
Mad Monkey Insider Tips:
- Lombok’s peak season is between April and September. If you are planning to travel in this period, make sure to book your flight/ferry tickets online in advance before your holiday.
- October to March is the rainy season in Lombok. You can expect more rainy days but you can enjoy the island without the crowds and get better deals on accommodation.
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