Lombok is an island full of crazy adventures only an hour flight away from Bali. I spent almost two weeks on the island, exploring the best things to do in Lombok. I visited amazing waterfalls, trekked Mount Rinjani and explored the south coast near Kuta Lombok. I photographed and documented all of the adventures with four friends. I hope you enjoy Lombok as much as we did and find some inspiration for your travel plans on this amazing island.
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How many days in Lombok do you need?
You could honestly spend a month here and not have seen half of the waterfalls or hidden beaches. However, most travelers don’t have a full month on their hands. I stayed on Lombok for ten days and managed to fit in all of the adventures you can find below. The main things to consider is the different regions of Lombok. I spent time in the north where you will find some awesome waterfalls and base yourself when you trek Mount Rinjani. I then spent a day in central Lombok checking our rice field viewpoints and waterfalls but suggest at least two days for these activities. Finally, if you end up in the south anywhere from three days to a week would be a great amount of time to get a moped and explore up and down the coast. My suggested minimum time to explore Lombok is ten days but three to four weeks would be ideal.
How to go from Lombok to Bali
Senaru is in the North of Lombok. This is a small town most trekkers base themselves in before and after their trekking adventures. I arrived in Lombok via ferry and headed straight north with three other friends. You have a few options from the dock to get to Senaru. Our taxi cost 400,000 rupiah or $34 USD and wasn’t too bad to split but you could also rent a motorbike at the dock. The airport is further south and the taxi cost our friend 500,000 rupiah to make it up to Senaru.
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Where to stay in Lombok
- If you are visiting attractions in the north such as Tiu Kelep or Mount Rinjani you should choose one of the three accommodations in the ‘Northern‘ section below.
- If you are staying in the south to enjoy the beaches and surf in Kuta, Lombok you should choose one of the three accommodations in the ‘Southern‘ section below.
Where to stay in the northern region of Lombok
The northern region of Lombok is the perfect base for adventuring to Tiu Kelep waterfall or hiking Mount Rinjani. There are budget guesthouses and beautiful resorts available in this region. These are my three recommended options.
Jeeva Santai Villas – Luxury Villa: The first place I recommend is Jeeva Santai Villas and it is my recommendation for a few key reasons. Firstly, the location is great. You are right on the beautiful Mangsit Beach but also within driving distance of Tiu Kelep and Mount Rinjani. It is a location that offers the best of both worlds. To be honest I would prefer staying near the beach and then driving to Rinjani rather than staying in the mountains and being closer to Rinjani but having no beach. Jeeva Santai Villas is a 4-star resort with a beautiful pool, wifi and really relaxed vibes. It’s great for a couple or even a chill spot for a family getaway.
Hakiki Inn Bungalows – Value: The second place I recommend is the value pick called Hakiki Inn Bungalows. This accommodation is what Lombok is all about. Set on the edge of rice fields with the jungle feel but the comfort of a private bungalow. These huts are so damn cool with stairs up to the entrance and the curved bamboo roofs. It’s very close to the Selong Rice field viewpoint and also a good place to base while doing the Mount Rinjani hike. With breakfast included for just $26 for a private bungalow, you are cruising!
Blue Mountain Cottage – Budget (but also value): This is where I stayed. Blue Mountain Cottage was somewhere we just randomly booked but it turned out being really good for a few reasons. The room was very basic but it was comfortable enough with a (once again) basic private bathroom. The accommodation had a restaurant attached, which is always handy and the food was tasty and very cheap. The location of this place was awesome. You could walk to Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile waterfall entrance in about ten minutes. We also based ourselves here when we hiked Mount Rinjani. They let us leave our stuff in their office and looked after it. We also booked our Mount Rinjani trekking tour through Blue Mountain Cottage.
Where to stay in the southern region of Lombok
The southern region of Lombok is where people go to chill out, enjoy the surf and the beautiful beaches. You can expect smaller crowds here than Bali in what is still quite an underdeveloped area compared to mainland Bali, although there are lots of hotels and restaurants. These are the places I recommend to stay in Kuta, Lombok.
Harmony Villas – Luxury: These villas are so stunning and picturesque you may not want to leave to go explore. The white theme throughout the property contrasts against the emerald green pool and plants. The villas are laid out impeccably and the best part about this 4-star villa is that it actually isn’t as expensive as it looks. Definitely check out Harmony Villas if you are looking for a luxurious villa in Kuta, Lombok.
Martas Windows – Value/Luxury: This place is incredibly beautiful. Bungalow-style villas surround the modern pool at this amazing property. I love the high roofs in the bungalow villas and how they have made it luxury but with the bamboo vibe. For less than $65 a night you can get yourself what would cost hundreds of dollars in most other countries at Martas Windows.
Boogie Hostel Kuta Lombok – Budget: The Boogie Hostel is everything you ask for in a hostel. It’s super modern and clean, has lots of chill spaces as well as lockers for your gear and blinds for privacy at your dorm. It is just a really relaxing vibe for travelers and only costs $7 a night… with breakfast included.
16 Adventurous things to do in Lombok
I’ve split up the things to do in Lombok by region so you can plan your itinerary accordingly and I’ve also linked the full blog posts on certain adventures so you can get more detailed information, maps and check out the photos from each of the things to do in Lombok.
Bukit Selong Rice Field Viewpoint
Bukit Selong Rice Fields viewpoint is a patchwork of farm plots viewed from various mountain tops. We had seen a ton of photos but couldn’t find a set location. Arriving before sunrise we managed to find a designated viewpoint without a big climb. There are more epic spots but this is the most accessible and simplest way to get a cool view of the fields.
A variety of different colored crops create a contrasting patchwork quilt, covering the entire valley. There is a flat viewpoint, which gives you a great view of the whole valley but there is also a higher viewpoint. We climbed up the hill, still with heavy legs from trekking up Rinjani and sat under the wooden star while it began to rain.
The next three things to do in Lombok can all be done on one big daily adventure. Wake up early and head down to the entrance of Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfall. Here you will find a path that leads along the ridge and looks out over the rice fields. The sun rises directly opposite you. We just sat out on the hill chatting and watching as the rice fields slowly lit up. This is also where you begin the Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep adventure so you can just add it to your daily itinerary.
Sendang Gile Waterfall
Sendang Gile was an unexpected addition to our plans. We knew we wanted to visit Tiu Kelep waterfall but on the way discovered that the trail actually takes you to another waterfall. Sendang Gile was an incredible attraction in its own right although it will probably always be outshone by Tiu Kelep, which is around the corner. Sendang Gile is an epic two-tiered waterfall that booms down into a shallow river. It was definitely one of my favorite, unexpected things to do in Lombok.
Tiu Kelep Waterfall
Tiu Kelep is the most famous waterfall on Lombok. From Sendang Gile you follow the river for fifteen minutes, often walking through the water and making several crossings along the way. You will arrive in an incredible amphitheater with mist blowing everywhere. It is one of the most magical places I’ve ever been and definitely up there with my favorite things to do on Lombok. Waterfalls pour out of the wall and then a huge diagonal gushing flow pours down with extreme force over the top of them all. Be careful swimming beneath the falls as some people have gotten into trouble being sucked into the extreme pull of the waterfall impact zone.
Organize a tour: Visit both Tiu Kelep Waterfall and Sendang Gile Waterfall on a short trekking tour (Don’t worry this isn’t a long trek). This tour is a great way to see the best attractions the north of Lombok has to offer. You can really pack a lot into one day with the help of your local guide. Click Here to book the top-rated north Lombok tour by booking online.
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Trekking up Pergasingan Hill
Pergasingan Hill is an epic viewpoint at the top of a steep 1-hour trail in the north of Lombok. The trail is suitable for most hikers and offers some of the best views in all of Lombok! It is best done for sunrise or sunset and you can even camp at the top with the help of a trekking guide.
Pergasingan Hill is in Sembalun, which is right near Mount Rinjani. In fact, you pass by the launch-off spot for the Mount Rinjani Trek and the big volcano looms in the background on the other side of the valley throughout the Pergasingan Hill Trek. It’s important to note that the local name for this trek is called Bukit Pergasingan, which means Pergansingan Hill.
The trek up Pergasingan Hill takes about 1-hour but it was halfway up that the light flowed into the valley and the conditions were just prime. Fog covered the farm fields and base of the mountains while the morning light created beautiful shadows in the creases of the sharp ridges on the mountains in the distance.
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Full Blog post: TREKKING PERGASINGAN HILL IN NORTH LOMBOK
Camping on Pergasingan Hill
When I camped on Pergasingan Hill, I came from the backway in a small village and instead of an hour up, it took 2.5 hours to wind our way around the ridge. You will only find this private access point at the back of houses with tour guides.
The porters carried the tents, food, water, equipment and we carried our personal belongings much like on Mount Rinjani. At the summit, the guides set up the camp and cooked the food. It is luxury camping and didn’t we know it. It was great though as it gave us time to enjoy the views and explore a bit.
We had a bonfire at night and an epic sunrise in the morning. If you do have the time to camp here it is a great place for an overnight stay. There are lots of little areas to explore and an awesome experience. My first hike was great but camping was 10x better.
Full blog post: TREKKING & CAMPING ON PERGASINGAN HILL IN NORTH LOMBOK
Mount Rinjani Trek
Trekking Mount Rinjani was one of the most epic journeys of the year for me! We endured three days and two nights led by our guide and two porters to the summit of Mount Rinjani, an incredible 3,726 meters.
Mount Rinjani trekking opens from April until January. After January the rainy season kicks in and Mount Rinjani trekking can get quite dangerous. April and May are the quietest months of the year for trekking and actually, have some of the best views as the landscape is incredibly green. The best time to climb Mount Rinjani would be in May to enjoy the best views and quieter crowds.
Trekking Mount Rinjani is a pretty enduring few days. Camping in tents, carrying your gear, and walking for up to 15 hours a day means this is for the adventurous souls out there. It was also one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had on my travels and one of the most epic things to do on Lombok.
t’s best to book in advance for your trek up Mount Rinjani, so that you can take advantage of the free pick-up and drop-off from the airport or ferry. I also found that booking with GetYourGuide gives you the option of free cancellation but still uses a completely local company. They offer one-night, two-night and three-night treks up Mount Rinjani. I did the three-night trek and recommend that one as you get to hike around the crater rim rather than just up and down from the summit. Their porters carry the camping and cooking equipment and prepare your meals while up on the mountain.
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Jorden created this vlog from our journey up to the summit of Mount Rinjani!
Camping on Senaru Crater Rim
During the earthquakes and often during variable weather, hiking to the summit of Mount Rinjani is closed. However, the Senaru Crater Rim hike is usually open. It is very safe with no real drop-offs. You walk up through the jungle on a mostly shaded trail. It is incredibly steep and a real leg-burner. The hike to the crater rim takes about 6-8 hours.
When you arrive at the campsite for the night, you are right on the rim of the volcano crater. So you essentially see everything you would from the summit anyway… from just a little lower. You can see all the way into the crater, out over the horizon to Mt Agung and you are above the clouds for sunset.
If you want a shorter hike than a 3 or 4-day expedition or not up to heading all the way to the summit. Hiking Senaru Crater Rim is a great option but be warned, it will still destroy your legs.
Black Sand Beach near Senaru
The morning after our Senaru Crater Rim hike, we headed on a 20-minute drive down towards the coastline. There aren’t too many beach names but this whole stretch is amazing with black sand beach and coconut trees. On a clear day, you even look back up to Mount Rinjani from the beach. You can type in Pantai Greneng on google maps but I headed right from the little port there rather to the left to Pantai Greneng. The water was beautiful and there were zero other people at the beach.
Benang Stokel and Kelambu Waterfalls
After the sunrise at Bukit Selong (mentioned above), we drove south, eventually ending up in Central Lombok after a 2.5-hour journey. Our end goal was to visit Benang Stokel Waterfall. What we didn’t know about Benang Stokel Waterfall was that there are actually five waterfalls.
You will need to do a bit of negotiating. The locals quickly grab you and lead you into the office and try and lock you into a guided tour for 80,000 rupiah or $7 USD. The board at the entrance say 30,000 rupiah entry fee which is just over $2 USD. In the end, we managed to let them head in for just the entry fee to their disappointment. You will definitely not need a guide to visit all the falls but if you prefer one it isn’t too expensive, just a few dollars extra.
Organize a tour: Visit both Benang Stokel and Kelambu Waterfall on a short trekking tour. This tour is a great way to see the best attractions in central Lombok. You can really pack a lot into one day with the help of your local guide. Click Here to book the top-rated north Lombok tour by booking online.
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Once inside you will only have to walk for about 15 minutes until you reach Benang Stokel Waterfall. It’s actually three beautiful waterfalls flowing down into a shallow pool. Around the corner is the jump spot, where you can find an 11-meter jump, which landed in a canyon.
The last spot we visited was Kelambu Waterfall which is a huge wall of vines and greenery with multiple cascades spread throughout the wall. It’s one of the most magical sites and makes you feel lost in the wild.
We finally made it to South Lombok which is the Kuta region after our north and central adventures and decided we needed a chill day. Seger beach was our first stop and we had the whole place to ourselves. We hung out in a beach hut drinking coconuts, chilling out and swimming. The water isn’t the best on Lombok but it’s a great spot for a chill session. To the left side of the bay is a viewpoint that looks out over Seger Beach surf point, which is technically a different beach but still takes the same name.
Seger Beach Surf Point
From Seger Beach, you can make the 10-minute trek over the hill to the surf point or you can drive directly. More huts line the beach and the vibes here couldn’t be any more chill. It’s a really nice break but has some shallow reef. You will need to rent your board in Kuta Lombok town before arriving at Seger Beach as there are no rentals available at the huts. Surfing is one of the most popular things to do in Lombok, especially in the south.
Sunset Point Kuta Lombok – Bukit Merese Hill
We had heard about Bukit Merese Hill and decided to jump on the moped from town and make the 15-minute journey out to the hill. When we arrived we had to pay $1 to bring the moped inside and then parked at the bottom of the hill. You can grab a water, a coconut or a beer in the parking lot before beginning the climb.
Be sure to walk all the way to the headland and sit out on the edge with views down the coast in both directions. We laid out here, took some photos and marveled at the endless ocean as the sky turned a fiery red.
The next day we decided we had to see the sunset hill point in the daylight. The beaches had looked insane during the sunset the night before. Our predictions were correct and Bukit Merese Hill was even more impressive in the morning sunlight.
Each time we topped another hill a whole new cove would appear. There was not a single tourist around and we explored the hills and the coves as if it were in the middle of nowhere, despite being only 15 minutes drive from Kuta Lombok town.
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On our Project, Lombok trip was lucky enough to get to try Paragliding up on Prabu Hill. The view from the hill itself was incredible and that only got better once we were in the air. I had never done paragliding before but in case you don’t know what it is, you essentially sit in a harness attached to the guide/professional! You do a little jog down the hill and then the wind picks up your sail/parachute and all of a sudden you are in the air. It’s not a high adrenaline activity and is actually quite relaxing as you float up and down the coast with great views.
Compared to skydiving, bungee, and other adrenaline activities this one is actually great for the whole family. If you want to inquire about making a booking you can contact our guides on Whatsapp: +62 823 4083 2043 or Instagram: @dodiparagliding
Batu Payung rock formation
*Update: It fell down! But I’ll leave this up on the blog post out of respect to this epic rock that once was. You can see the pile of rocks now from Bukit Merese. Nature is a powerful force.
Batu Payung is a pretty crazy rock formation on the edge of the coast. Erosion over thousands of years has shaped the rock, which somehow still manages to remain standing. We hiked up the hill to take in the views but you can also access the rock formation by walking along the coastline all the way from the beach.
Tanjung Aan Beach
Lombok was extremely quiet when we visited during November, and that was no exception when we went for lunch at Tanjung Aan Beach. Mango smoothies and Nasi Goreng were on the menu as we enjoyed the entire beach, restaurant and sun beds to ourselves. It’s not often you pay $3 for lunch and get your own private beach.
Tanjung Aan Palm trees
There are coconut trees all over Lombok so this area is nothing extraordinary. However, it is right next to the beach and we decided to cruise around on our bikes taking some photos and messing around in amongst the coconut palms.
Pantai Bilasayak – The Tower
Our crew jumped on the mopeds and powered towards Pantai Bilasayak. It was a solid drive from Kuta Lombok maybe more than an hour! However, we wanted to check out a tower on the coast we had heard about. What we didn’t know was that it was $10 entry because it is inside an environmental park. As it was almost sunset we managed to convince the guard to let all four of us in for $10.
The beach was once again entirely empty and we parked the mopeds and began heading along the coast. From the beach, you can see the tower and all it takes is a 10-minute trek up the hill along some epic cliff faces. The tower is rusted, pretty tall and would definitely fall into the sketchy category. Right up my alley.
From the top of the tower, we had views up and down the whole coast. Even from the top, we couldn’t see a single person in any direction. Be careful if you think one of the things to do in Lombok you want to give a crack as it is a bit of a sketchy activity.
Bumbang Beach sunset reflection pools
After you scale the tower jump back on your mopeds and cruise back to the entrance gate of the environmental park. Stay in the park but take a different route that will lead you to Bumbang Beach. Surprise, surprise another stunning, deserted beach. We made it just in time for sunrise and the tidepools and colors in the sky put on a show for us!
From Kuta Lombok, we decided to head west and check out some of the beaches and surf spots down this scenic side of the island. Our first stop was at Semeti Beach. It was a pretty epic spot with lots of small islets, coves, caves, and blowholes. We spent way too long adventuring around and checking out viewpoints and different areas at Semeti Beach. It isn’t somewhere you will find any tourists and we shared it with nobody on the day we went.
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Just around the corner is another beach, supposedly also called Semeti Beach. These two may have different local names but I couldn’t get anything other than Semeti out of the people I spoke to. Visiting Semeti was one of the most chill things to do in Lombok. We hung out at the sandy Semeti beach area for a while, enjoying a dip in the crystal clear water and sending up the Dji Mavic for some fun shots.
Mawi Beach is one of the most popular surf spots on the island. Bamboo huts line the beach, keeping surfers cool in the shade in between sessions. The waves weren’t huge on the day we went but big enough for a few of the surfers to catch some nice rides. This is a beach you can hang out all day at. You can buy lunch, coconuts, and snacks in between surfs and swims although the prices are a little bit more expensive than Kuta Lombok as it is a bit more isolated. If you are a surfer this is one of the best things to do in Lombok for you!
Secret Gilis Island Hopping Tour
When you hear about ‘The Gilis’, an immediate reaction is to think about the three popular islands Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. These three islands have become popular snorkeling, party and relaxation spots – a getaway from the over-crowded Bali. However, there are more Gili’s than you know. In fact, there are 26 different Gili’s near Lombok. While on Lombok, I did the ‘Secret Gili’s’ tour. While the islands are far from secret they are beautiful and a something new to explore with great marine life, tiny sandbars and a lunch-stop on the shore of a remote island.
Full blog post: THE SECRET GILIS ISLAND HOPPING TOUR IN LOMBOK
Sunset on the west coast
After chilling at Mawi Beach all afternoon we decided to head further down the coast. Our aim was to find a clifftop for sunset but we never find one that we thought would be simple enough to climb. We drove for 30 minutes past Mawi Beach and finally just pulled in at a random beach and it was pretty amazing. The entire stretch of beach, which was several kilometers long, was untouched. There aren’t many places in Asia you get to watch the sunset on a long stretch of sand all to yourself. This was our last night in Lombok and a perfect send off!
I hope this bucket list gives you some inspiration for some of the adventurous things to do in Lombok. If you have anything I should add to the list for my next visit to Lombok write it in the comments below!
MORE LOMBOK GUIDES
Mount Rinjani Trekking Guide: MOUNT RINJANI TREKKING REVIEW
Tiu Kelep Waterfall: SENDANG GILE AND TIU KELEP WATERFALL IN SENARU
Benang Stokel Waterfall: BENANG STOKEL WATERFALL IN LOMBOK