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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok

October 20, 2017
20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Gili Nanggu in Lombok, Indonesia

Despite its proximity to Bali, Indonesia’s most popular tourist island, Lombok is still relatively untouched. There are vast stretches of undeveloped coastline covered in coconut trees and edged with white, black, and even pink sand beaches, pristine rainforest, and a large national park. Lombok has been described as how Bali looked 20 or 30 years ago before a concentration of resorts, vegan restaurants, and souvenir shops created traffic-congested streets. While we loved both Bali and Lombok, we appreciated how easy it was to feel like you were on a remote island in Lombok. We split our time in Lombok between Senggigi and the small surf town of Kuta in the south, taking plenty of day trips to see as much as the island and the surrounding waters as we could. If you are wondering whether it’s worth the trip, here are 20 reasons to visit Lombok, Indonesia. 

The Secret Gilis: Gili Nanggu and Gili Kedis

Gili simply means ‘little island’ in the Sasak language, and there are tons of tiny islands just offshore of Lombok. If you hear someone talking about visiting the Gilis, they are most likely referring to the three islands on the northern side of Lombok, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Though these Gilis have excellent snorkelling just off shore, especially if you are hoping for turtle sighting, we opted to visit some lesser known Gilis, often referred to as the “secret” Gilis. These Gilis also have amazing snorkeling right off their white sandy beaches, though we didn’t spot any turtles. The draw for us is that these Gilis are hardly developed at all; Gili Nanggu has a few cottages and one restaurant, and tiny Gili Kedis just has a little snack hut. We wanted to enjoy them before the crowds come and while the beaches are still pristine. They did not disappoint!

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Boat to Gili Nanggu | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Gili Nanggu in Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Gili Nanggu in Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Gili Kedis in Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Gili Kedis in Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

Waterfalls Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile 

We spent a decent amount of time in Bali chasing waterfalls, so we at least had to see how a few of the waterfalls on Lombok compared. The waterfalls Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile are located near the base of Mount Rinjani on the northern side of Lombok. It takes about 45 minutes to hike to both waterfalls, part of which includes trekking through the river.

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Waterfall Tiu Kelep in Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Waterfall Sendang Gile in Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

Mawun Beach

Most of Lombok’s coastline is white sandy beaches. Mawun looks like a large cove with hills closing in on both sides, so the water is calm and great for swimming.

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Mawun Beach in Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Mawun Beach in Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

Selong Belanak Beach

Selong Belanak is the place to go for beginner surfing. I spent two mornings here taking lessons (again). The waves are nice, soft rolls, perfect for building your confidence!

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Selong Belanak Beach in Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Selong Belanak Beach in Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Surfing in Selong Belanak Beach in Lombok, Indonesia

Senggigi Beach

Senggigi Beach is the tourist heart of Lombok, with most large resorts in this area. One of the coolest experiences there was participating in a turtle release with the Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort.

Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort on Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Turtle Release at Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort on Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

 Kuta Beach

If you’re heading to Lombok to surf, Kuta is a great home-base as most of the best surfing spots in Lombok are along the southern coast. Aaron spent a day surfing at Gerupuk Bay, which actually has 5 different surf spots depending on the tide, and where you have to get pulled out by a boat to reach the reef break. Other popular surfing spots near Kuta include Are Guling, Seger Beach, Mawi, and Ekas Bay. Kuta Beach itself (shown below) isn’t great for surfing, mostly fishing, but most of the accommodation along the southern coast is concentrated in this little town.

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Kuta Beach, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowls

If there’s one thing I could eat all day every day from Lombok, it would be anything with dragon fruit, especially these smoothie bowls!

Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

Rice Paddies

Lombok has its fair share of rice paddies, and you’ll see plenty with a drive along the northern coast.

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Rice Paddies in Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

Coconut Coast

I loved how there was still so much undeveloped coastline in Lombok, with long stretches of just sand and coconut trees.

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Lombok | Coast in Lombok, Indonesia | Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

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12 Comments

  • Reply Shannon October 21, 2017 at 12:03 am

    We absolutely loved Lombok. Visited many of the same places as you! Great pictures.

    • Reply Kelly Barcus November 4, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Awesome! These seem to be some of the best spots on the island. 🙂

  • Reply Daphne October 21, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Nice photos!! I have just been to all these places too! I loved Lombok and will definitely recommend it to others. So much more beautiful than Bali!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus November 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      How cool! I really loved them both for different reasons, but I definitely think more people will be visiting Lombok soon.

  • Reply Michelle Joy October 21, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I’d love to go swimming in some of those waterfalls! Your photos are amazing!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus November 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      It’s one of my favorite things! And these waterfalls in Lombok were incredible.

  • Reply Lindsey October 22, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    It just looks soooo beautiful! I have SE Asia on my list for sure and hoping that next year will be the year! You’re just adding fuel to my travel fire haha

    • Reply Kelly Barcus November 4, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      It’s been so long since we visited the area, we were so excited to go back!

  • Reply Janelle October 23, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Wow this looks absolutely incredible!!! Your photos are amazing!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus November 4, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks so much Janelle!

  • Reply Valerie Wilson October 23, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Wow! I’m loving these photos! The beach is breathtaking!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus November 4, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      The beaches we visited in Lombok were so clean and beautiful!

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