16 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN LOMBOK: THE BUCKET LIST
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.
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.
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
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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
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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.
Mount Rinjani Trek
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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 day. 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.
We had porters to carry the supplies, tents, water, and food. This is standard procedure. We paid $100 USD for 2 nights and 3 days including all meals and gear.
Jorden created this vlog from our journey up to the summit of Mount Rinjani!
Bengang 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.
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
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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.
Batu Payung rock formation
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.
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!
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!