Bali is not the only place tourists can visit in Indonesia. Its neighboring island, Lombok, also has equally exquisite destinations to visit. No wonder that Lombok is now experiencing a surge in popularity among international travelers.
The Island of Lombok, which is a part of West Nusa Tenggara Province, consists of five administrative areas, which are:
Each of these areas has exceptional destinations to explore. Any travelers will never feel bored when visiting Lombok. Here is the list of 40 popular tourist destinations in each administrative area of Lombok:
List of Tourist Destinations in Mataram
Mataram is often listed as the major destination for anyone who visits Lombok. Popular tourist spots in this city include:
1.Ampenan Old Town
When you visit Lombok, never miss a chance to enjoy beautiful vintage buildings with classic architectural designs. They can be seen in Ampenan Old Town, which was used to be the liveliest town as well as the major port town in Lombok. Many of these buildings are still standing strong in Ampenan, as proofs of Ampenan’s busy past.
It is quite easy to enjoy the atmosphere of Ampenan Old Town, which is a part of Mataram City administrative area. You can depart from Lembar Port, which connects Lombok with Padangbai, Bali. A trip between Lembar and Ampenan only takes about 1 hour. Additionally, Ampenan has a lot of options for affordable hotels. Tourists can also access various destinations in Lombok easily from Ampenan.
2.Taman Mayura Temple
Ampenan Old Town is not the only area with classic charm in Lombok. Another historical spot in Mataram is Taman Mayura Temple, located in Cakranegara. This area has historical significance for locals because it used to be a colony of the Karangasem Kingdom in Bali.
Taman Mayura Temple is one of the relics of Karangasem royals. King Anak Agung Made Karangasem was especially associated with this temple. Taman Mayura Temple was built in 1744 and has exquisite architecture. The site has 3 hectares of size and is very famous among tourists.
You can reach this temple straight from the center of Mataram City using public transportation or taxi. Visitors only need to pay a very cheap fee, which is IDR 5,000, to enter the area. The entrance fee also includes guide service from the Taman Mayura Temple management.
Due to its past status as a part of Balinese Karangasem Kingdom, the numbers of Hindu people in Lombok are quite high. It is clear from the presence of Meru Temple in Cakranagera, which is the biggest Hindu temple in Lombok. The temple was built in the 18th century.
Tourists who visit this place can enjoy the temple’s beautiful, unique architecture. When you are walking on the temple’s path, you will immediately see a three-tiered meru that was made of ijuk (dried fibers).
Looking for a great shopping center in Lombok? You can go to Mataram Mall. This shopping center is located on Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, Mataram City. The shopping center consists of 2 buildings, Mataram Mall 1 and Mataram Mall 2, and you can find a lot of things to buy.
List of Tourist Destinations in West Lombok
West Lombok also has its interesting places to visit. Here are some of the most popular destinations in this area:
Senggigi Beach has always become one of the most popular destinations in Lombok. This beach is only about 50 kilometers from Lembar Port. Thanks to its immense popularity, tourists can find a lot of holiday facilities easily here, such as affordable hotels, transportations, guide service, snorkeling equipment rental, and much more. There are also various luxurious accommodations that directly face the beach.
Senggigi Beach is always bustling day or night. Visitors are not only locals but also international travelers. This is because the beach was one of the first spotlights that introduced Indonesian tourism to the world.
6.Batu Bolong Temple
If you are in Senggigi, the beach is not the only thing you can enjoy. While in here, you should not miss the chance to visit Batu Bolong Temple. This beachside temple looks like Tanah Lot in Bali, especially since the locations is also facing right to the sea. The temple also has a unique feature: a hollowed stone that is in the middle of the temple area.
Visitors must pay IDR 20,000 to enter the temple area. The best time to visit this temple is near sunset, which gives the temple an exotic atmosphere, with orange sunset sky as the background of the temple's silhouette.
Sekotong Beach is another great destination in West Lombok. The beach is about 60 kilometers from the center of Mataram City, and it has an amazing beauty that will charm any visitors. Lush, green hills surround the beach, and it is relatively quiet and untouched, making it pristine.
There are many things you can do on this beach. The crystal-clear water will invite anyone to explore its underwater beauty. You can also bring families or friends to do island hopping, exploring dozens of small islands that are located near Sekotong Beach, such as Gili Asahan, Gili Layar, Gili Tangkong, Gili Gede, Gili Sudak, Gili Nanggu, and much more.
Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air are not the only beautiful islands you can visit in Lombok. Gili Sudak and Gili Kedis are now among the most popular tourist destinations. Both small islands are located in Central Sekotong and have an atmosphere that feels like private islands.
In Gili Sudak, you can enjoy pristine white sand that surrounds the island. There are rows of pine trees that act as natural decorations. You can also enjoy amazing underwater heaven that is teeming with life.
Reaching Gili Sudak is not too difficult. You only need to embark on a 1-hour road trip from Mataram to Central Sekotong. Afterward, you can continue the journey with a boat that has the capacity of 6 people. The boat takes you directly to Gili Sudak.
Gili Kedis has even more interesting atmosphere than Gili Sudak because this island is smaller. You only need 7 minutes to travel around the island by walking. Because of the size, there are no any facilities for tourists on the island. Therefore, you need to prepare some provisions if you want to spend some time in Gili Kedis. If you want to stay overnight near the beach, you should head to the nearest accommodation, available in Gili Sudak.
If you are the type who prefers the natural beauty of a forest, West Lombok offers you Sesaot Forest. The forest is in Sesaot Village, Narmada District, in West Lombok. This place is especially great for those who travel with family. You can take children to camp in the middle of the forest. No need to worry about safety, because during the holiday season, Sesaot Forest becomes a popular spot for outbound activities.
Furthermore, Sesaot Forest is also a great place to witness nature. There is a natural spring that flows from Mount Rinjani. Children can also learn about local culture directly from members of Sasak Tribe who live in Sesaot Village.
List of Tourist Destinations in North Lombok
North Lombok is a popular destination among tourists, mainly because this Regency is the location of Gili Trawangan. However, Gili Trawangan is not the only place you can visit. Here are more popular destinations to explore in North Lombok:
Gili Trawangan is often the first place that comes to mind when people plan to visit holiday spot in Lombok. This island offers a lot of fun activities. You can enjoy beautiful underwater paradise, pristine white sand, and amazing sunset view. You can also visit other small islands near Gili Trawangan: Gili Air and Gili Meno. If Gili Trawangan is bustling and alive with beachside feasts, Gili Meno and Gili Air offer quieter atmosphere.
You don’t need to spend much money to enjoy a nice holiday in Gili Trawangan. Transportation to the island is available with affordable prices from Bangsal Port or Padang Bai in Bali. You can also find many cheap hotels if you want to stay on the island, with prices that range from IDR 200,000 per night.
Gili Air is a small island that is located near Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno. Thanks to its diminutive size, you can walk around the whole island in just about 90 minutes. Never fear of getting lost, since all walking paths in this island always lead to the beach.
Access to Gili Air is available from various places, such as from Gili Trawangan, Bangsal Port, Senggigi Beach, and Padang Bai Beach in Bali. However, there are fewer boat schedules that head to Gili Air than to Gili Trawangan.
The third from main small islands in Lombok is Gili Meno. This island is the quietest compared to the nearby Gili Air and Gili Trawangan. Gili Meno is also the smallest among its neighbors, with the total population of just about 400 people. However, you can still find places to stay on this island. The cost of staying is not too expensive, starting from IDR 100,000 per night.
Transportation to Gili Meno is available from various places, such as Gili Air, Gili Trawangan, Bangsal Port, Senggigi Beach, and Amed Beach in Bali.
14. Bangsal Port
This port is the main starting point if you want to travel to Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air, and you can reach the port in 40 minutes from Senggigi Beach. Tourists can find boats that regularly travel to the three famous small islands. The crossing fee to the islands is affordable, only less than IDR 20,000 per person.
Please note that crossing schedules to reach each island are different. Boats to Gili Trawangan are available between 8 AM and 5 PM on local time. Meanwhile, boats to Gili Meno are available between 9 AM and 2 PM. If you prefer a quieter island, boats to Gili Air are available between 8 AM and 11 AM.
15.Tiu Teja Waterfall
Tiu Teja Waterfall is a relatively new travel destination in North Lombok because its existence was previously hidden beneath the forest in Mount Rinjani. It is not surprising that only a handful of tourists recently found out about this place. This waterfall is unique because the feature makes it look like twin waterfalls.
Reaching this waterfall is not too difficult. Tiu Teja is in Santong Village, Kayangan District. If you want to visit the waterfall, you must travel for 60 kilometers, or about 2 hours on the road, from Mataram City. However, your trip will be paid off with the beauty of this waterfall, which is often called "rainbow waterfall."
16. Tebing Beach
North Lombok has a unique beach called Tebing Beach, which has just become recently popular among local tourists. This beach features a cliff that extends to 50 meters of length, making the beach unique. Visitors often take pictures with this cliff formation as a background.
Tebing beach is in Luk, Sambi Bangkol Village, Gangga District. However, most locals know this beach as Luk Beach. Access to this place is not difficult. You can reach the beach by private car, rental car, or public transportation.
If you drive a car or use a rental car, you need to travel for 42 kilometers from Mataram City. Meanwhile, if you prefer public transport, you can go to Mandalika Terminal as the starting point. From there, you can find public transports that go to Tebing Beach with only IDR 25,000 of fare per person.
17.Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile Waterfalls, Senaru
Visit Senaru Village in Bayan District, North Lombok, and you will be treated with the view of two beautiful waterfalls, Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile. These waterfalls are breathtaking, and the atmosphere is very refreshing. The temperature around the waterfall area is cool, because both waterfalls are located 600 meters above the sea level. Interestingly, the waterfalls are believed to have various healing properties, although there is no scientific proof to support the belief.
Senaru Village, which is the home of the waterfalls, is located 60 kilometers from Mataram City. Please note that no public transportation can take you directly to the village, so the only solution is driving or renting a car. After arriving in Senaru Village, you still need to walk for around 30 minutes before reaching the waterfalls.
Located not far from Senggigi Beach, Nipah Beach is another potential destination that you can add to your itinerary when visiting Lombok. The trip to the beach only takes around 20 minutes. The trip will be a pleasant experience because you can feast your eyes with green hills that become the background of the road.
The atmosphere of Nipah Beach is very different from Senggigi. While the latter is, lively and crowded, the former is quiet and having fewer visitors. However, the scenery in Nipah Beach is no less beautiful, and you can enjoy amazing sunset view, just like in Senggigi Beach. You don’t need to spend money to enter the beach, but you need to pay a little parking fee.
19.Kerta Gangga Waterfall
Another amazing waterfall to visit in Lombok, Kerta Gangga Waterfall is in Kerta, which is a part of Genggelang Village in Gangga District, North Lombok. In this area, you can enjoy not only one waterfall, but three. The waterfalls are called Kerta Gangga 1, 2, and 3. You can play and take a bath in those waterfalls, but be careful, since the base of the waterfalls can reach 2 meters of depth.
Ticket to the waterfall area is very cheap, only IDR 5000 per person. This affordable ticket price already includes parking fee.
List of Tourist Destinations in Central Lombok
Central Lombok has a lot of interesting tourist destinations. Here are some of the most popular destinations in Central Lombok:
20.Kuta Beach, Lombok
Located in Kuta Village in Pujut District, around 50 kilometers from Mataram City, Kuta Beach can be a great destination for your next holiday trip. This beach is located on the southern coast of Lombok, and it is very close to other popular destinations such as Tanjung Aan Beach, Sade Village, Seger Beach, Selong Belanak Beach, and Putri Nyale Beach.
Kuta Beach in Lombok is as beautiful as Kuta Beach in Bali. The sand is very white, pristine, and wide. Lombok Kuta Beach has a long coastline, which extends to 7.2 kilometers. The water is clear, tempting every visitor to swim in it.
If enjoying the beauty of Kuta Beach is not enough for you, head to the neighboring Seger Beach. This place is very close to Kuta Beach, which is around 4 kilometers to the east. Once arrive, you can see the amazing sunset from atop the hills.
Aside from the sunset viewing spot, Seger Beach is also a favorite place for visitors who love surfing. The high waves invite experienced surfers to come and challenge the wave. You do not need to buy a ticket to enters the area, and you only need to pay IDR 10,000 for the parking fee.
22.Putri Nyale Beach
Once you leave Seger Beach, take some time to visit Putri Nyale Beach, which is very close to Seger Beach. The beach also has beautiful white sand, and the atmosphere is quieter than some other popular beaches in Lombok. This is a perfect sanctuary for those who prefer quietness when going to the beach.
One thing that is unique about the beach is the popular folklore that inspired the beach’s name. Putri Nyale Beach is famous for a local legend about a princess named Mandalika. The beach even has Putri Nyale Monument that describes the legend, located right in front of the beach. The area also has a unique tradition related to the folklore, which is called Bau Nyale.
In this tradition, locals compete in hunting worm-like sea creatures that they call nyale. Legend says that the animal is the transformed Princes Mandalika, who chose to jump to the sea rather than being married to a prince.
The next place that you can visit from Kuta Village is Sade Village. Here, you can see the daily life of the members of Sasak Tribe, who are the natives of Lombok Island. The villagers in Sade always strive to keep their traditional culture intact, which is something that has been passed down from generations to generations.
In this village, which is located 6 kilometers from Kuta, you can also see traditional houses that the villagers still live in. They still use traditional methods and materials to construct and build the houses, such as wooden posts, roofs from dried grasses, and bamboo walls.
Another interesting aspect of life in this village is the habit of Sasak people of using water buffalo’s waste in daily life. Traditionally, buffalo waste is used to clean the house. Sasak people in Sade Village believe that water buffalo’s waste can get rid of bugs and even black magic attack.
24.Tanjung Aan Beach
Your trip to beautiful beaches around Kuta Village is far from finished. Next, you can visit Tanjung Aan, a beach surrounded by lush hills. Among the hill formations is another famous tourist destination called Merese Hill. It only takes 12 minutes of driving from Seger Beach to reach Tanjung Aan.
Tanjung Aan Beach is popular among tourists. Its unique feature is the sand structures. Unlike many other beaches in Lombok, sand in Tanjung Aan Beach consists of large, pepper-like particles. Aside from the unique view, there are many activities you can do on this beach, such as swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or simply walking on the beach and enjoying the view.
If you visit Lombok, do not skip a trip to Merese Hill. This area is close to Tanjung Aan Beach, and it is accessible by both motorcycles and cars. When you arrive at the top of this hill, you can see beautiful, breathtaking scenery. Some people even mentioned that the view from the top of the hill is almost otherworldly.
You can also see buffaloes grazing on the grassland on top of the hill, and the view to Tanjung Aan Beach in the distance. There are few things to do in this place, but you can have some quiet time and take photos to upload to your Instagram while waiting for the sunset to arrive.
26.Selong Belanak Beach
Another amazing beach in Lombok is Selong Belanak Beach, which is located 19 kilometers to the west of Kuta Beach, right on the same route. Access to the beach is very easy. You can drive for 30 minutes right from Lombok International Airport.
The beach location is rather hidden and flanked between two hills. Selong Belanak has quite a long coastline, up to 1 kilometer in length. Soft sand and gentle waves create very refreshing scenery.
Many people who come to this beach do not skip the chance to learn surfing. To support this activity, there is surfboard rental facility and surfing class in the area.
27.Benang Kelambu Waterfall
Located at the foot of Mount Rinjani, Benang Kelambu Waterfall is also a great spot to visit, especially if you look for a location to snap Instagram-worthy photos. Any photos with this curtain-like waterfall as a background will look spectacular.
This waterfall is in Aik Berik Village, North Batukliang District, Central Lombok, and its beauty has been renowned in the area. The water flows from several springs as its source. However, since plants mostly cover the streams of the springs, they give the appearance that looks like curtains.
Another unique characteristic of Benang Kelambu Waterfall is its three-tiered form. The first tier is 30 meters high, while the second and third tier each has 10 meters and 5 meters of heights.
Semeti Beach is a hidden beach in North Lombok, which makes it invite to explore. Since the location is a little hard to reach, the beach is still pristine and peaceful, and few visitors come to the area. However, you can witness amazing natural beauty in this beach. You do not even need to swim far to see underwater paradise. You can enjoy the view simply by walking along the shallow part of the beach, where reef formations grow natural habitats for various sea creatures.
Semeti Beach is in Prabu Village, Pujut District. It is about 60 kilometers from Mataram City, and you can reach it in two hours. Semetic Beach is also close to Selong Belanak Beach. The distance between the two beaches is just about 5 kilometers.
Batu Payung Beach is one of the favorite locations in Lombok for making unique traveling photos. In this beach, you will find a distinctive giant rock with a shape that looks like an umbrella, hence the name Batu Payung (Umbrella Rock). However, there are other appeals in this beach, aside from the rock. You can enjoy soft, white sand under your feet. The beach also has amazing rock formations. Most visitors come to this place to take pictures with the rock as background.
Reaching Batu Payung Beach is not difficult. The beach is close to Tanjung Aan Beach. You can walk for about 30 minutes from Tanjung Aan to reach Batu Payung.
List of Tourist Destinations in East Lombok
East Lombok is no less rich in tourist destinations compared to other regencies in Lombok. Tourists even have very diverse options for places to visit. Here are the most famous tourist destinations to visit in East Lombok:
30.Mount Rinjani National Park
Mount Rinjani National Park is a perfect destination for the most adventurous souls. Mount Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, after Mount Kerinci. You can also see the beauty of Segara Anak, located right in the caldera of the Rinjani.
If you want to climb Mount Rinjani, you need to confirm with the national park management. You can directly visit the office of Balai Taman Nasional Gunung Rinjani at the address of Jl. Arya Banjar Getas Lingkar Selatan in Mataram City, or send an email to . There are two starting points for climbers in Sembalun and Senaru Villages.
Sembalun Village, which is located 90 kilometers from Mataram City, is not just a starting point for climbers who want to conquer Mount Rinjani. This village is also a great tourist destination on its own. Since Sembalun Village is in higher terrain, you can enjoy very cool and fresh air. You can also see beautiful natural scenery that surrounds the village. Wherever you look, you will only see lush, green paradise. No wonder travelers often spend much time in this area, even just for taking pictures.
If you do not have much time to climb Mount Rinjani, Pergasingan Peak is a nice alternative to conquer the height. This is a hill that is in Sembalun Village, which stands 1,700 meters above the sea level.
When you stand on the hilltop, you can see unique views. There are vast areas of rice fields that belong to Sembalun villagers, and all have various shades of colors. If you want to witness the natural and rural beauty from Pergasingan Peak, you need to pay IDR 15,000 per person to enter the area.
33.Sembalun Bamboo Forest
Sembalun Bamboo Forest is another great place to visit when you are in Sembalun Village, especially if you love forest views. Here, you can witness the beauty of bamboo forest that the locals manage. This forest management program is done to attract more tourists to visit Sembalun.
Once you arrive in the bamboo forest, your eyes will immediately feast on the exquisite scenery, especially if you love taking a selfie and posting it to Instagram. Taking pictures with this bamboo forest as the background is a great way to create memorable selfie!
34.Mangku Sakti Waterfall
East Lombok is a location of Mangku Sakti, another beautiful waterfall with a unique shade of water and amazing view. The waterfall is in Sajang Village, Sembalun District, East Lombok Regency. This place is located around 60 kilometers from Mataram City. To reach the waterfall, you can use ojek (motor taxi) and pay IDR 50,000 for round trip.
The motor taxi fare may seem expensive, but reaching the waterfall is not an easy task either. The path is difficult because you must go through a rough path in the forest area. Also, the motor taxi needs to go through additional 3 kilometers of distance before reaching the waterfall. Plus, the motor taxi rider also acts you’re your guide and porter.
However, when you arrive in Mangku Sakti Waterfall, all your efforts and time will be paid off. You will witness amazing greenish-blue watery wonder. You can also follow the water stream from Mangku Sakti to find the second nearby waterfall, which is called Mangku Kodek.
35.Purba Lian Tree Park
Imagine if you can find a place in Lombok that looks like a set from The Hobbit movie, complete with giant trees that dwarf your figure. That place is Purba Lian Tree Park in Menanggabaris, Gunung Malang Village, Pringgabaya District. You need to drive for 2.5 hours to reach this place from Mataram City, but your efforts and time will be paid off with what you can see in this unique natural park.
The main attraction of this place is a row of centuries-old lian trees, which are exceptionally tall and wide. The story said that the trees had stood there since Dutch colonial era. The lian trees have 5 meters of trunk diameter and 50 meters in height. Speaking about The Hobbit, standing next to the trees will make you feel as small as a hobbit.
36.The Pink Beach
Tanjung Aan, the beach with pepper-like sand particles, is not the only unique beach that you can see in Lombok. There is also a unique, popular beach called Pink Beach, located in Sekaroh Village, Jerowaru District. As the name suggests, this beach has pinkish-colored sand. The color appears because the sand is mixed with particles from red corals. The reddish or pinkish shade will look very prominent when the sand is wet, especially if you see it under the bright sun.
Pink Beach location is quite far from Mataram City, which is about 90 kilometers. You need to drive for 2 hours to reach the beach. However, once you arrive, the beautiful scenery will pay off your efforts and time. You can also visit other interesting places that are located near the Pink Beach such as Tanjung Ringgit, a Japanese cave, and Tanjung Beloam Beach.
Tanjung Ringgit is one of the places to stop by if you visit Pink Beach. Both are in Jerowaru District, East Lombok. You can just walk to travel between the two places since the distance between Pink Beach and Tanjung Ringgit is just about 1 kilometer.
Once you arrive in Tanjung Ringgit, you can see beautiful rock cliff formation that any photography lovers will covet as amazing natural objects. The rock cliff will look even more impressive when you manage to find a good spot for taking its pictures. The area is also quiet, so you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and taking photos with more ease when visiting.
There is a Japanese cave located in Tanjung Ringgit, where you can see the remains of Japanese occupation-era troop base that once stood in this place. One of the most eye-catching objects in this area is cannon. This area is a proof of the cave's importance for Japanese troops, especially when they defended themselves from the attacks of the Allies during World War Two. The cannon is quite well-maintained, with impressive 5 meters of length and 27 centimeters in diameter.
39.Tanjung Beloam Beach
Tanjung Beloam is another beach you can also visit when you come to the Pink Beach. Tanjung Beloam Beach location is very close to both Pink Beach and Tanjung Ringgit, and there is a hotel near the area that is called Jeeva Beloam Hotel, perfect as an alternative to getting accommodation nearby.
Tanjung Beloam view will make anyone stand in admiration. Large rock cliffs surround the beach, and there is also a small area of pristine, white sand. You can also jump from the rock formation and swim in the clear water.
Few people know about the existence of Cemara Beach in East Lombok. The beach is indeed hidden and quite remote, in the easternmost area of Lombok. The beach is located near Tanjung Ringgit, in Pemokon Village, Jerowaru District. There is another Cemara Beach that is in West Lombok Regency, not far from Lembar Port.
As a hidden beach, this place offers quiet spots for relaxing. The scenery is beautiful, with green grasses and lush pine trees. Most of the visitors in this beach are locals, who come to enjoy various activities such as having a picnic, fishing, swimming, or even herding cows.
Of course, all these 40 tourist destinations are only fractions of what you can see in Lombok Island. This is added to the fact that access and transportations in Lombok are easier to obtain. There are access routes and transportations through the air, the sea, and on the land.
With all the conveniences, it is unfortunate if no one can enjoy the beauty of Lombok, especially for domestic tourists. Furthermore, Lombok has earned a name as one of the most beautiful islands in the eyes of the world. Some even said that Lombok is equal to Hawaii. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your suitcases and travel to Lombok!