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Welcome to Lombok
Lombok is a small island located 45 km from east of Bali. This island is known for its beautiful nature, so that became one of the favorite destinations for divers, surfers and mountain climbers from all around the world. Besides, Lombok is rich in cultures and traditions, which is become homes to two cultures, including the Balinese Hindu dan the Sasak Muslim.
Lombok has an area of 5,435 square kilometers. Being the part of West Nusa Tenggara Province, Lombok is divided into five regions, namely North Lombok, Central Lombok, West Lombok, East Lombok and Mataram City as the capital. Each region has many interesting tourist attractions that certainly cannot be missed.
The North Lombok has many famous tourist attractions, such as Mount Rinjani, several waterfalls and hot springs, as well as Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Meanwhile, South Lombok is the paradise of beautiful beaches from very famous to nearly untouched. In this area, there are also various hotels, cafes and restaurants to support the tourists' experiences.
For tourists who want to vacation peacefully, come to Bangko-bangko Beach in West Lombok. Exploring Mataram City is also exciting, especially since there is Ampenan Old City which offers old city atmosphere.
Now, Lombok is as famous as its neighbor, Bali. This island is getting attention from the world for many reasons, such as the price for hotel rooms, food and attractions are often good deal cheaper than Bali. Moreover, Lombok has been designated as a halal destination area, so that this Muslim-majority island, offering a great holiday destination for Muslim tourists from across the globe.
Lombok Island has many stunning beaches. Located on the south coast of Kuta Beach, Lombok, tourist will find an incredible white sandy beach named Tanjung Aan Beach.
Here, the tourists are immediately greeted by a blue sea of the Indian Ocean with about 2 kilometers stretched coastline. Moreover, when setting foot on this beach, the sand texture is so unique. Unlike other Lombok beaches, the sand of Tanjung Aan Beach is shaped like the pepper.
Interestingly, the beach is also surrounded by several hills, including the famous Merese Hill. So, tourists can see Tanjung Aan’s beautiful landscape by head towards the top of the surrounding hills.
The best time to visit Tanjung Aan Beach is around February. At that time, the beach will be crowded with local and foreign tourist because there is Bau Nyale ritual ceremony. According to legend, the ceremony of searching of worms is related to the story of Princess Mandalika who jumped into the sea to stop the struggle of the princes who fell in love and wanted to marry her.
The local believe that Nyale worms that appear only once a year are the reincarnation of Princess Mandalika. So that, thousands of people will swarm the beach to catch worms for luck, then cook and eat them.
2. Mount Rinjani
Mount Rinjani is known among mountain climbers. This mount with second highest at 3,726 meters above the sea level offers magical scenery that can conjure anyone.
Also, Segara Anak Lake is another attraction. This 230-meter volcanic lake is located on Rinjani caldera and surrounded by forests. The color of the blue water resembles the color of the sea water. Because of its beauty, the area around the lake is often a favorite place for mountain climbers to camp.
Want to try other memorable experiences? Visit several natural hot springs around Segara Anak Lake. Tourists can soak as much as they like or dip tired feet in that natural bath.
Like Bali, Lombok also has the best surf spot. It is Bangko-bangko Beach or more popular as “The Desert Point”, which regarded as one of the best left-hand waves on the earth. This beach is infamous for its large waves and has a beautiful long concave wall. That is why Bangko-bangko Beach can attract experienced surfers from across the globe.
Besides surfing, the tourists can do other fun activities like swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling and diving. Done with those activities, the tourists can visit one of many small restaurants to eat delicious seafood.
Bangko-bangko Beach is located on the southwest coast of Lombok, where the location is still very isolated. So, if tourists are interested in seeing its beauty, use a rental car from Mataram City. The trip takes about 2 hours.
4. Sade Village
Sade Village is one of the tribe villages in Lombok. This village is home to indigenous Sasak people of Lombok who still maintain the cultural heritage from their ancestors until now. The people still live in traditional houses which made of wood and bamboo for its walls and thatched roofs.
Besides being able to see the life of the Sasak people close up, tourists can also go shopping for many tenun ikat and handicrafts that produced by Sade’s women in this village. Necklaces, bracelets, keychain and more can be obtained at an affordable price and good quality. The tourists can also learn to make tenun using traditional tools.
Sade Village is located in Rambitan Village, Pujut District, Central Lombok, or about 30 kilometers from Mataram City. The tourists can use a rental car to visit this village.
5. Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan is one of the most famous destinations as well as the largest of small islands in Lombok. This small island, which only a few kilometers from the northwest coast of Lombok and can be reached by boat, has a beautiful underwater life. Therefore, Gili Trawangan should be on your list of to do in Lombok.
The main charm of this island is pollution free because various motorized vehicles are not allowed here. It means tourists who want to get around Gili Trawangan have to walk, rent a bicycle, or grab a cimodo (horse-drawn cart).
In Gili Trawangan, tourists can also do plenty of exciting activities, such as swimming, soaking up the sun, exploring the island, snorkeling, scuba diving, and enjoy stunning sunsets. The tourist facilities are also quite complete. Various hotels, luxury villas and resorts are available to pamper tourists.
Therefore, spend some of your time here to feel the nightlife on this small island. There are a few bars, restaurants and a beach club right by the sea, where you can party or drink and chat till late at night.
6. Tetebatu Village
Want to feel a different experience in Lombok than the beach? Try to make a day trip to enjoy a calm atmosphere amidst the lush green nature of Tetebatu Village. If interested, this village can be reached using a rental car complete with a driver because there is no public transportation available here.
Tetebatu Village is a tourist village located in the south of Mount Rinjani National Park. This village is located at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level, so the air is fresh and pollution-free. Every visitor will feel welcome to linger there because there are several tourist attractions can be visited, such as Jukut Waterfall and Otak Kokok Waterfall or Joben Waterfall around the area.
Another charm offered by this village is the green expanse of rice with a background of the Mount Rinjani. Because the natural landscape is similar to Ubud Bali, Tetebatu dubbed as "Ubud Lombok". However, the rural atmosphere is much thicker and quieter making it as a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
7. Tiu Kelep Waterfall
Besides having many beaches and gilis (small islands), Lombok is also famous for its beautiful waterfalls. One of the most famous is Tiu Kelep Waterfall in Senaru Village, Bayan, North Lombok. Not only looks dashing, the water and the surrounding landscape are also still natural.
Tiu Kelep Waterfall has a height of 45 meters. From a considerable distance, tourists can feel the cold fog and splashes of water droplets flying in the air. From this phenomenon, the name of Tiu Kelep came. In Sasak language, the name of tiu means water and kelep means flying.
Besides, Tiu Kelep Waterfall has a depth of about 1 meter so that visitors can be safe for swimming. However, the access to the waterfall is quite challenging because hidden deep in the lush forests.
Tiu Kelep located 60 km from Mataram City. Because the distance is far enough, it is recommended to use a rental car to visit this amazing one. From the gate, visitors have to trek for 45 minutes to reach the bottom of the waterfall.
Traveling Around Lombok by Car
Lombok has chosen as one out of 10 islands that Indonesian government is focusing on for major tourist development. For years, its white sandy beaches have attracted millions of tourists.
Therefore, the most convenient way to explore various Lombok attractions is with a car rental. Besides being able to prevent tired due to driving alone, a car rental driver is native people who already know the ins and outs of the area and memorizes tourist spots that are frequented by tourists. This four-wheeled vehicle is also able to accommodate many people so that a vacation with family or friends will be more enjoyable.
Recently, many car rental services in Lombok are available. However, to be more practical, tourists can use the online system to find the right car rental. One of them is through Traveloka, which offers a complete choice, easy to access, fast, safe and the cost is affordable.
Traveling Tips By Car in Lombok
To make your holiday more enjoyable, follow the following car hire tips in Lombok:
Choose the type of car as needed. When you go on vacation with family members or friends, choose the latest model of car and has large capacity to ensure all-day trip comfortable.
Consider a fuel efficient and large engine car for covering long distance driving.
Book in advance if you want to travel in the holiday season. This tip is important to get the rental car you want.
Choose a good credibility rental car provider. Do not be exposed to problems later on.
Learn the terms and conditions of the car rental carefully, including the cost details. Make sure also book a car with local drivers because he is familiar with the area.
It is a good idea to confirm your reservation a day or two in advance.
Save the number of car rental provider in your phone to anticipate various kinds of things that might happen, such as car breaks down.
The Best Time to Visit Lombok
So, when the best time to visit Lombok? Look for the answer below:
The best time to visit Lombok is during June to September. In those months, Lombok would be the dry season, so that the weather is hot and days are sunny every day. Unfortunately, that is also become the peak season, which means more expense and more people.
The rainy season runs from November to March. Despite the rain, it is way less crowded and cheaper too.
If tourists are planning of doing a trek to Rinjani, then the dry season is still the best time as there is less chance of rainfall.
For professional surfers who want to conquer the malignancy of Lombok waves, the best time is during April to early November. Usually, winds and waves on various beaches are large enough to support surfing activities.
To enjoy various interesting events in Lombok, come around the middle of the year. Tourists can enjoy the Pesona Senggigi Jazz in August and Senggigi Festival in September.