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Things to do in Lombok

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You have found yourself in paradise, a tropical island with a plethora of beautiful places to explore in and around Lombok.

There’s a reason we’ve chosen to call this island home and we love sharing it with all our valued guests. 

While we are sure your time at LMBK will be a highlight, this island and its surrounds has so much to offer. 

So, if you’re looking for some inspiration on things to do and places to visit before, during and after your stay with us, we’ve put together some information on our favourite adventures and locations.

Best things to do during your stay

Here at LMBK, our weekly program is designed to ensure that our guests get the most out of their stay with us. 

In addition to surf coaching, we also aim to make sure that you get a chance to enjoy the island we love so much. 

Here are our recommendations for things to do during your free time.

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Tanjung Aan

Tanjung Aan is one of the beaches we frequent at LMBK, particularly if the swell gets bigger. In addition to being a great surf spot, it is also a gorgeous place to spend some free time and is a short 15-minute drive from Kuta. 

Lined with Warungs that offer delicious local meals and cold drinks, time can get away from you in this little slice of paradise as you enjoy the magical combination that is the sunshine and sea.

Mawun Beach

Mawun Beach is a secluded and picturesque bay fringed by rolling hills that drop into turquoise waters located about 20 minutes from Kuta. 

Protected by headlands on either side, Mawun is a great spot for swimming and finding a quiet cove to drift off in.

Lombok beaches

Selong Belanak

Selong Belanak is a long stretch of white sand around 30 minutes west of Kuta and is a popular spot for beginner surfers due to the small and mellow waves that roll through. 

Rent a board and practice your new surfing skills or simply grab a sun lounge and a coconut at one of the warungs, lay back, and enjoy the views.

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Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu Waterfall

Central Lombok is home to a myriad of mesmerising waterfalls with two of the most stunning being Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu. 

An hour and a half drive from Kuta will find you in an adventure playground surrounded by lush jungle and running waters.

15 minutes along an easy trail and you will find yourself at a clearing that opens up to three separate falls that cascade down into a shallow pool. 

Take a natural shower in the fresh mountain waters and explore the area before continuing along the path.

A further 15-minute walk will see you descend to Benang Kelambu. A unique waterfall, Kelambu translated to “net” in English describes the intricate manner in which the water and flora weave through one another, gently falling into a swimming pool where you can immerse yourself while gazing up at the falling streams.

Talk to one of our friendly staff members at LMBK and they can organize transport and a tour of these natural wonders.

Best things to do before and after your stay at LMBK

The Gili Islands

The Gili Islands are made up of three small and idyllic islands off the coast of Lombok and make the perfect stopover. 

If you’re traveling to or from Bali by ferry, it’s a great way to break up the trip.

Gili Trawangan, more commonly referred to as Gili T, is the largest of the three islands and the most developed. It is known for being a social hub and if you’re a solo traveler looking to make new friends, Gili T is the island for you. 

There’s a party every night here and you’ll find many a friendly traveller there for a good time.

Turtles Lombok

Gili Meno is the smallest island with a circumference of only 5km. With its more quiet and more relaxed atmosphere, this is the perfect choice for couples looking for a romantic escape or travelers in need of a few days of tropical seclusion.

Gili Air is a combination of the two. It offers similar facilities to Gili T with a handful of restaurants, dive schools, and boutiques with a more peaceful vibe and fewer crowds. It’s also the closest island to Lombok with a mere 15-20 minute boat crossing.

Turtles and diving Lombok

All three islands offer crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, palm trees, and lively coral reefs. 

Laze on the beach with your toes in the sand or snorkel with the many turtles that frequent the island as well as visit the famous Gili Meno underwater statues. 

Underwater Statues Lombok

With the multitude of dive schools, the Gilis also offers a fantastic opportunity to get your open water certification.

Underwater Statues Lombok

Rinjani

Mount Rinjani or Gunung Rinjani as it is locally known, is the second tallest volcano in Indonesia reaching an altitude of 3,726m at the summit. It is a stunning two or three-day hike that offers epic views and scenery. 

While beautiful, this hike is not to be underestimated as it is also one of the more challenging treks in Indonesia.

Guiding companies typically offer a two or three-day option for this trek. 

On the first day, the trek covers a distance of approximately 11 km. 

It starts with a gentle ascent through open grassland and increases in steepness as you wind your way up through the forest until you arrive at the Crater Rim Sembalun campsite for the night at an altitude of 2,639m. 

It offers amazing sunset views over the lake and a glimpse at the somewhat daunting summit you’ll be tackling the next morning.

Rinjani

Day two begins at 2 a.m. as you commence your trek to reach the summit in time for sunrise. 

While it’s only a distance of about 3.7 km from camp, the final push is a challenging hike that involves steep terrain and loose rocks and scree that can make progress slow and difficult. 

At the top, your efforts are rewarded with breathtaking views of the lake, crater rim, and surrounding mountains. 

On a clear day, you can see all the way to Bali and Sumbawa. 

After about an hour of enjoying the summit, you’ll make your way back to camp for breakfast.

If you’ve booked the two-day trek, you’ll continue descending down the mountain from here. 

If you’ve opted for the three-day trek, you’ll make your way down to Segara Anak Lake where you’ll enjoy a well-deserved soak in hot springs and lunch by the lake. 

You’ll then ascend back up to your next campsite, Crater Rim Senaru. 

You’ll enjoy another sunset on the crater rim before the approximately 6-hour descent down to Senaru the next day.

There is also a four-day option which follows the same route as the three-day trek but takes it slower, and a two-day option which involves the hike up to the crater rim for one night and a descent the next day with no summit attempt for those looking for something less strenuous.

Komodo

A visit to Komodo and the surrounding islands is near the top of the bucket list for many travelers visiting Indonesia. 

Taking a four-day sailing trip to or from Lombok is a great addition to the beginning or end of your time here at LMBK. 

The gateway to Komodo National Park is a small city called Labuan Bajo located on the island of Flores, which is where the boat trip finishes or starts depending on where you are departing from.

Komodo Lombok View

These sailing tours include visits to the major attractions of the area. 

You’ll spend time on either Komodo or Rinca Island where you’ll get to observe the giant Komodo Dragons which made this area so well known.

You’ll visit Padar Island and hike to the viewpoint that has become understandably Instagram famous and enjoy the translucent waters at Pink Beach.

While each boat trip is slightly different and varies due to sea conditions, other stop-off points include Kanawa Island, Moyo Island, and Kelor Island. You’ll find no shortage of sparking clear waters or world-class snorkeling sites as you make frequent stops along the way.

Komodo Lombok

So, what are you waiting for?

Indonesia is an incredibly rich and diverse part of the world and there is no shortage of adventures to be had in spectacular locations.

While in no way exhaustive, this list provides insight on some of the best things to do and see in and around Lombok and we have no doubt they will prove to show just how special this place is.

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