A neighboring island of Bali, Lombok is one of the growing tourist destinations in Indonesia. It is surrounded by numerous islets which some are popular for its diverse diving locations.
Lombok is mostly famous with travelers who are looking for adventures different from what Bali has. In the recent years to the present, Lombok has been gaining attention to local and international travelers who want to explore the undeveloped and natural environment of the island.
Here’s a list of top 9 things to do in Lombok that is helpful in planning your holiday adventure to the island.
Visit Maldives of the East
Gili Islands, also known as Maldives of the East is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Lombok. Situated northeast of Lombok, it is famous to local and international divers who wanted to take a sight of their vibrant coral reefs. Besides diving, among the fun water activities that travelers enjoy in Gili Islands include snorkeling, swimming with sea turtles, sea kayaking, kite surfing, and more.
Besides water activities, Gili Islands is also famous for the night parties and their fantastic sunset view. And of course, don’t forget to get yourself a photo with the Datu Swing on Gili Trawangan (the largest of the 3 islands that made up Gilis). This famous ‘swing on the sea’ is considered as one of the most cherished memories for travelers in the island.
Climb Rocks At Krypton Beach
With stones which resemble the crystal box in Superman’s birthplace, Semeti beach also known as the Krypton Beach. These rocks have a unique shape, and some of them look like the pyramid of Egypt in the middle of the sea. It also has a unique natural aquarium located above the rock cliff where you can spot colorful coral reefs and small fishes. It also has extensive coral reefs and stones you can climb if you are looking for perfect spots and views. This unspoiled beach is not known to many people and is a perfect place to those who want to breath fresh air and relax with the beauty of nature.
Swim Under The Waterfall of The Sea
With a beautiful view of a pepper-shaped white sand, Nambung Beach is now one of the main attractions for locals and tourists in Lombok. It is one of the must-go places for surfing enthusiasts due to its waves suitable for this type of water activity. At the end of the coastline, you can also spot a small pool under a rock cliff that looks like a waterfall when the waters fall after being slammed by the waves. The pool under the sea waterfall is also a great place for swimming.
Trek to the Top of Mount Rinjani
For outdoor adventure enthusiasts, don’t miss this exciting activity of trekking to the peak of Mount Rinjani. It takes two to three days to finish this challenging hike so make sure that you have enough time and are fit for the journey.
This second highest mountain in Indonesia offers a unique and fantastic view for all climbers. You can see the ocean of clouds below while you are at the peak, a rare sight to experience. Aside from its panoramic view, you can also enjoy the surreal beauty of the volcano, rainforest, wildlife, lakes, and other sceneries the mountain offers.
Fo your Mount Rinjani trekking become possible and successful, it is advisable to arrange a hiking package with experienced tour guides.
Soak in a Hot Spring
Located 200 meters away from the camping site of Mount Rinjani, Aik Kalak Hot Spring is the best place to rest and heal your aching body with the volcano-heated waters. Besides being relaxing, the hot spring water is also believed to cure physical illness and skin diseases and reduce the aging process.
Learn Pearl Farming At Autore Pearl Farm
Pearl is among the world known products from Lombok and when you visit the island, visiting a pearl farm is a must-do. Located across the Gilis Islands, Autore Pearl Farm is among the various pearl farms in Lombok, but the only one that offers tour services to visitors. On your visit to the farm, you will not only see the cultivated and cultured pearls but will also learn how it is processed, and the various stages of its development.
The farm also offers personal lessons on how to choose the best pearl in the market.
After the tour, you can relax with the scenic view of the of the surrounding islands and the Rinjani mountain while having a refreshing drink at the farm’s floating cafe.
Get A Relaxing Sasak Massage
Like any other islands and beach destinations around the world, one of the things that Lombok offers to its visitors is their relaxing massage. The island is famous for their Sasak massage. This authentic Indonesian-brand massage will surely relax your muscles from days of exploring the island. Unfortunately, this calming and relaxing massage is not advisable to those who have heart problems, high blood pressure and pregnant.
Be Amazed At Benang Kelambu’s Water Curtain
About few minutes walk from the carpark at the foot of Mount Rinjani, Benang Kelambu is among the destinations to witness the spectacular beauty of nature. It has six waterfall spots which some of them stretches like a water curtain. The most popular attraction in the area is the 2-3 levels of waterfalls with super clean and fresh waters. You can get up close and go behind the waterfall but still visible due to the clear water.
Time Travel At Sasak Village
A community that has been living the same way since 5000 years BC, Sasak Village is a must-place to go to experience traveling back to the ancient times. While taking your time to explore the village, you will get to meet the local Sasak people, watch their performances and weaving practices, and learn about their culture and their tradition. One of the highlights of visiting the village is their unique marriage custom. For them to get married, their men have to kidnap and hide the girl they want to marry.
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