Lombok Travel Guide to make planning your Lombok vacation that little bit easier. Featuring how to get to Lombok, places to visit and things to do when you get there.
Lombok is located in Indonesia and forms part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, just east of Bali.
Map Of Lombok
Lombok Travel Info
There are a few things it’s important to know or do before you go to Lombok. Use our Lombok Travel Guide to get info on passports, visa’s, time zone, currency, ATM’s, transport, food and culture.
From vaccinations to general safety tips, our Lombok Health Information provides you with reminders of what to do before you go and some tips on how to stay safe and healthy on your Bali Holiday.
Best Time to Visit Lombok
To decide when is the best time to visit Lombok, you need to know about:
Generally speaking, the best time to visit Lombok is probably in the dry season, from May through to September. Although Lombok is a lot drier then Bali, so this makes its wet season that little bit more appealing.
Travel To Lombok
The options for getting here are predominantly by plane or boat from Bali. When we visited Lombok, we chose Boat. Still undecided if we made the right choice.
By speed boat, it can take about 2 hrs from Serangan and 1.5 hrs from Padang Bai, and cost us about $134 return for an adult.
By plane it takes about 30mins to get to Lombok Airport.
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Places To Visit In Lombok
Mataram is the capital of Lombok, and although its definitely worth a look, it’s not necesarily what attracts visitors.
Senggigi is a coastal town on the west coast of Lombok. This is probably the main tourist hub of Lombok. Here you can find nice beaches, a range of accommodation options and places to eat.
South of Senggigi, on Lombok’s south coast you will find Kuta. This is a popular area to surf, has pretty beaches and a few accommodation options.
One that definitely pulls the crowds to Lombok is the Gili Islands. The Gili Islands are made up of 3 very small islands just off the north west coast of Lombok – Gili Meno, Gili Air, and perhaps the most popular, Gili Trawangan. Gili Trawangan has a large backpacker scene, along with avid divers.
There are many ways to get around Lombok, so you should find something to suit your needs. From taxi’s to donkey drawn carts to hiring a driver, you should find something to suit your needs. Most options are relatively inexpensive too. Better yet, most areas of Lombok are free of the traffic jams you will find on Bali.
Accommodation In Lombok
There are a range of Accommodation Options in Lombok. From eco-freindly to Luxury Villas, from homestays to Luxury resorts. There is something for everyone, but it does depend where in Lombok you are.
Gili Islands now have an increasing range of accommodation. Once catering mainly for backpackers, now there are great options for families and romantic getaways too.
Senggigi and the surrounding area has the most range of accommodation options on the mainland, from budget to luxury, villas, homestays, hotels and resorts.
There are also homestays, bungalows and hotels in Kuta, Lombok, but not as vast a range as Senggigi. Other accommodation options are available throughout the island, but again with less options.
There are many things to do in Lombok, but it is much less developed and tourist driven then its neighbour Bali. The attraction for most people is to get away from the crowds and experience a slower pace. It gives you that Christopher Columbus experience. Unless you are going to the Gili Islands, where the attraction is either to party, dive, or spend time surrounded by beautiful waters and beaches.
From completing the Lombok Rinjani Trek, to surfing, to lazing on the beach and partying all night, there is something for everyone.
We loved Gili Trawangan. We could ride around the island in a couple of hrs and the beaches were so tempting that we would stop every 100m and go for a swim.
On the mainland, I loved the deserted feeling you got driving between towns and the landscape was so untouched it was unlike anything I had ever seen.
So for me, it wasn’t about man made attractions or ticking 10 things of your list each day to do. It was more about experiencing the natural beauty that Lombok has to offer.
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