Across Bali, on the Lombok Strait, is the Island of Lombok, a locale that catches the ear of travelers looking for something a bit different from Bali. Lombok is fully loaded with tropical attraction, blessed with superb white-sand beaches, impressive surf, and luxurious forests; with a splashing of hiking trails often ambling through tobacco and rice fields. Yes, Lombok is home to the mighty “Gunung Rinjani”, Indonesia’s second-highest volcano; its summit encompassing a hot springs and a dazzling crater lake. And much more, Lombok's southern coastline contains breathtaking turquoise coves, world-class surfing waters and massive cliffs. Plan to stop-over at the Gili Islands, while at Lombok. Three Gili Islands are home to the world’s cheapest and safest places to learn to dive, with abundance of reputable dive schools. Stroll the sandy perimeter of the island or partake in friendly ambiance, since the area is full of happy people, pleased to know one another. Although the social atmosphere here is a massive draw, diving, snorkeling, and sunbathing spots are more than enough to keep most people entertained. Cars are prohibited on all three Gili Islands, most commonly accessed by boat. Hotel and resort accommodations range from budget to luxurious; hence, the Gili Islands pampering both backpacker's and high class tourists.
Surfing at South Lombok is considered some of the world’s best, famous white sand beaches, largely deserted, and easy to reach. Surfers from around the world seek out perfect surf and diverse breaks. They say “all roads lead to the famous Desert Point”, the spot most surfers go, on Lombok. Or, for those beach lovers, try Tangsi Beach at East Lombok, revealing rare beautiful pink beaches. Good news is that the location of this beach is somewhat secretive. They say the beach is pink in color because sand grains made from red coral, reflect sunlight when mixed with seawater. If golf is your forte, two Golf Courses are available in Lombok: the uncrowded Lombok Golf Kosaido Country Club and Rinjani Golf Club. If you a history buff, then ancient temples are awaiting, (such as Pura Lingsar, a must see, large temple compound. Holiest in Lombok, it was built in 1714 by King Anak Agung Ngurah, and nestled beautifully in lush rice fields) or partake in Bertais Market at Mataram, the biggest fresh market on the island. This place buzzes every day as locals buy and sell exotic fruit, vegetables and animals. The heady scent of spices fills the air; even items like antiques and art and crafts can be found among the stalls, priced cheaper than you will find anywhere else in Lombok.
Komodo Travel offers custom guided tours in Lombok