Things you must do on Lombok
There is a lot to do and see on Lombok island. We give you a few examples but there is more….
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Snorkeling Gili Gede
With a jetty that allos you to skip you past the shallow waters during low tide, swimming & snorkeling off the beautiful beach is easy, and allows you to explore the stunning marine world just below the surface of the clear waves.
The second highest volcano of Indonesia is definitely one of THE highlights of Lombok! You can book multi-day, guided tours to the Crater Lake and even to the top at all touristy spots.
Most tourists arrive in Senggigi because many hotels are located over here. It’s also great for going out at night or eating. One of the most popular surf spots for locals and tourists alike is Senggigi Beach.
Pusuk Monkey Forest
Taking a winding road through a breathtaking mountain landscape is the second option to get to Bangsal. It’s were you find the so-called monkey forest, named after the numerous wild monkeys in the jungle.
The Gili islands
3 paradise islands – which seem tiny compared to Lombok – are located only 20 minutes away by boat: Gili Trawangan, the main island, Gili Meno and Gili Air.
Mosques and Hindu temples
In contrast to Bali, Lombok and the rest of Indonesia are mainly Muslim. That is why you can see and especially hear mosques everywhere. From architecture they are beautiful buildings.
Lombok got numerous waterfalls, mostly in the northern part of the island. Among others, there would be Tiu Teja, Tiu Kelep or Sendang Gile. In the center of Lombok you will find a few decent ones as well.
The Sasak are the indigenous people of this island, which today make about 85% of the total population of Lombok. Their culture is fascinating and as a visitor you definitely need to experience it.
The markets are typical Asian with fresh veggies, spices, fish and so much more. I recommend the traditional market in Ampenan. You have to visit one of these markets.
Mataram, Ampenan and Cakranegara
Counting around 420.000 inhabitants, Mataram is the capital of Lombok and the province Nusa Tenggara Barat. Close by you find places like Ampenan and Cakranegara where you can still find some old Dutch colonial style buildings.