There are as many things to do in Lombok and Gili Islands as those in Bali. Seashores are still the main appeal of the island, together with the nightlife and good restaurants. Read on to find out the best places you should go.
Located in West Lombok, Senggigi beach is known as a tranquil beach that is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The coastline is not so crowded that it has become a perfect place to get away from the city life.
Expand your travelling experience of Lombok and Gili islands by stepping into the village of pottery, Banyumulek (pronounced “bah-njoo-moo-lag”). This village is situated about 10 kilometers from Mataram, the capital of Lombok. In Banyumulek, you can find various kinds of earthenware produced for both household and ceremonial purposes.
Mount Pengsong is regarded as the best spot for watching sunset in Lombok. Not only it is surrounded by a gorgeous view of rice fields, the mount offers the sight of Bali’s Mount Agung from the top in clear weather. Climbing to the top does not take much time, anyway; you only need 10 to 15 minutes to reach there. Visiting Lombok and Gili Islands will be incomplete without trekking this route.
You will surely regret if you missed the Gili islands (i.e. Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air) of North Lombok as they are the most favorite places to visit in Lombok.
Gili Trawangan (or “Gili T” for the sake of simpler pronunciation) is regarded as having the most complete types of accommodations and other facilities. On the other hand, Gili Meno (pronounced “gee-lee meh-noh”) offers quieter environment with much humble accommodations. Gili Air, however, is the nearest from the harbor that you only need about 25 minutes to reach there.
While natural landscapes of the islands worth admiration, the local culinary will indulge your taste buds. There are many restaurants and cafes in Lombok and Gili islands that serve you delicious food and grills.