If you ever decide to visit Indonesia, please include Lombok in your itinerary. You won’t regret it!
Lombok is an Indonesian island located east of Bali with pristine beaches, a pink beach (yes, you read that right) and has the second highest volcano in Indonesia, Gunung Rinjani. Great for hiking with rivers and waterfalls, while its summit – complete with hot springs and a dazzling crater lake. Everyone has heard of Bali and is uber popular around the world but Lombok is less untouched.
And did I mention the beach? With coral reefs around the island, take scuba lessons or surfing lessons or snorkelling!
Take a long hike up and enjoy the views, just be warned that Lombok is a hilly and rocky island.
Put your worries away, take a breather and relax here.
Then take a dip in the turquoise water, do a spot of snorkelling and enjoy the warm sea.
And relax in the evening and enjoy this beautiful sunset from your pool!
Top things you have to do here:
1. Pink Beach (Tangsi Beach)
Visit here before 8 am or after 4 pm to see the beach becomes pink due to the coral organisms as I have been told but use your imagination slightly cause it looks pretty white during the day.
2. Gunung Rinjani
Travel up here to check out the views, the hot springs, and the unmissable waterfalls such as Benang Kelambu waterfall located at the foot of Gunung Rinjani. (Oh and Gunung translates to Mountain)
3. Bukit Pegasingan (view the colourful rice fields)
This is one of the highlights of a hike up Mount Rinjani. The Bukit which means hill in Indonesian has a viewpoint overlooking a valley of colourful rice fields which is quintessentially Indonesian.
4. Gili Island
If you have time, head over to Gili Island and relax at Kuta beach – and swing on the water swings!
5. Try the local delicacies
While you are here, it’s a sin not to indulge in Indonesian food. Go for the variety of Sate (Chicken, beef or lamb) with Lontong, Gado Gado, Soto Ayam and the sweet fruits like mangosteen, rambutan, jackfruits and if you are feeling adventurous – the king of fruit, Durian!