Lombok is an island full of crazy adventures only an hour’s 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.
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I photographed and documented all of the adventures with my group of mates as we explored Lombok. 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 do you need to explore Lombok
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 in Lombok for ten days and managed to fit in all of the adventures you can find below. The minimum amount of days I would visit Lombok is 5 days. The main thing to consider is the different regions of Lombok you want to visit.
If you are hiking Mount Rinjani, add three days to your itinerary straight away. My suggested minimum time to explore Lombok is a week but a couple of weeks would be ideal.
22 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.
The North is where you’ll find most of the mountain and waterfall adventures. Lots of travelers never leave the south, but I fell in love with the north of 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 wooden star seems to have been constructed just for epic photos and it was pretty corny but still fun to hang out on. A lot of tourists began to come after the sunrise so I’m glad we went really early even though we never even saw the sun. This was one of the less popular things to do in Lombok but well worth it for the views!
Sendang Gile Waterfall
Sendang Gile Waterfall is a stunning natural wonder located on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. The waterfall is situated in the foothills of Mount Rinjani, the second-highest volcano in Indonesia. The crystal-clear water cascades down from a height of 30 meters, creating a picturesque pool at the base of the waterfall. Surrounded by lush greenery and towering cliffs, Sendang Gile is a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts and easily one of the top waterfalls on Lombok.
Tiu Kelep Waterfall
Tiu Kelep is the most famous waterfall in 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.
Click Here: to read the full blog post about Senaru Sunrise, Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep.
Book a tour: Hire a driver for the day and visit Tiu Kelep Waterfall, Sendang Gile Waterfall, Mount Rinjani Viewpoints, and more on the North Lombok Day Tour. This tour is a great way to see the best attractions the north of Lombok has to offer.
Click Here: to read the full blog post about Senaru Sunrise, Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep.
Trekking up Pergasingan Hill
Pergasingan Hill is an epic viewpoint at the top of a steep 1-hour trail north of Lombok. The trail is suitable for most hikers and offers some of the best views in all 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.
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 the base of the mountains while the morning light created beautiful shadows in the creases of the sharp ridges on the mountains in the distance.
Contact Rinjani Dawn Adventures: If you would love to get in touch with Rinjani Dawn Adventures about trekking Pergasingan Hill or other hikes in Lombok you can do so by clicking through to their booking page here.
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.
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.
Embarking on a Mount Rinjani trek is an unforgettable experience that should be on every adventurer’s bucket list. The trek is challenging, but the rewards are worth it. The views from the summit are breathtaking, and the surrounding scenery is simply stunning. The trek takes you through lush forests, past beautiful waterfalls, and to the edge of a stunning crater lake.
Click Here: to read my full review about Trekking up Mount Rinjani with my mates
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.
Black Sand Beach near Senaru
The morning after our Senaru Crater Rim hike, we headed on a 20-minute drive down toward 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 than to the left to Pantai Greneng. The water was beautiful and there were zero other people at the beach.
Benang Stokel and Kelambu Waterfalls
Benang Stokel and Kelambu Waterfall are two spectacular waterfalls located in the foothills of Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. Benang Stokel is a twin waterfall, with water cascading down from a height of 20 meters into a crystal-clear pool. Kelambu Waterfall, on the other hand, is a bit more secluded and hidden away in the jungle. It is a multi-tiered waterfall with water flowing down from a height of over 30 meters.
Both waterfalls are surrounded by lush greenery and towering cliffs, making them an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Visitors can take a short trek through the jungle to reach these waterfalls and enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool water. With their natural beauty and serene atmosphere, Benang Stokel and Kelambu Waterfall are definitely worth a visit when exploring the island of Lombok.
Click Here: to read the full blog post about Benang Stokel and Kelambu Waterfall
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.
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
Bukit Merese Hill in Kuta Lombok is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to witness one of the most stunning sunsets in Indonesia. This natural hilltop viewpoint is situated on the southern coast of Lombok and offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the surrounding countryside. From the top of Bukit Merese Hill, visitors can enjoy a spectacular sunset, which paints the sky in hues of orange, pink, and red, creating a breathtaking scene. The hike up to the top of Bukit Merese Hill is relatively easy and offers visitors a chance to witness the natural beauty of Lombok up close.
Click Here: to read the full blog post about this sunset spot and why you should go back during the day!
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
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. One of the must-visit spots on Lombok.
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. One of my favorite things to do on Lombok was to simply get lost on Lombok.
Pantai Bilasayak – The Lombok 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. It’s probably one of the more sketchy things to do in Lombok.
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 Lombok 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!
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING LOMBOK
- What is the best time to visit Lombok? The best time to visit Lombok is during the dry season from May to September, when the weather is sunny and dry, making it ideal for outdoor activities and beach hopping.
- What is the currency used in Lombok? The currency used in Lombok is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). It’s recommended to bring cash, as some places may not accept credit cards.
- What language is spoken in Lombok? The official language spoken in Lombok is Bahasa (Indonesian), but many locals also speak Sasak, the local dialect. English is also widely spoken in tourist areas.
- What are the popular tourist attractions in Lombok? The popular tourist attractions in Lombok include Mount Rinjani, Gili Islands, Tiu Kelep waterfall, and Kuta Beach.
- Is it safe to travel to Lombok? Yes, Lombok is generally considered a safe destination for tourists. However, it’s always important to take necessary precautions, such as not leaving valuables unattended and being aware of your surroundings at all times. It’s also recommended to check the latest travel advisories before planning your trip.
WHERE TO STAY IN NORTHERN 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.
- Jeeva Santai Villas – Luxury Villa: Great location 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.
- Hakiki Inn Bungalows – Value: Set on the edge of rice fields with the jungle feel but the comfort of a private bungalow.
- Blue Mountain Cottage – Budget (but also value): This is where I stayed. The room was very basic but it was comfortable enough with a basic private bathroom.
WHERE TO STAY IN THE SOUTHERN REGION OF LOMBOK
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.
- Harmony Villas – Luxury: The beautiful 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.
- Martas Windows – Value/Luxury: This place is incredibly beautiful. Bungalow-style villas surround the modern pool at this amazing property. For less than $80 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 and has lots of chill spaces as well as lockers for your gear and blinds for privacy at your dorm.