We are intrepid travelers who love to get off the beaten track to explore. Remote Lands did a great job of arranging our trip to some of the less trodden parts of Indonesia.
Compared to lush, equatorial Bali, which lies 40 miles (65 kilometers) away, Lombok is drier and more rugged. The inhabitants of Lombok are 85 percent Sasak, a people similar to the Balinese who practice Islam, 10 to 15 percent Balinese, with the Chinese, Arab, and other Indonesian populations comprising the remainder of the population. Lombok is mostly mountainous, unspoiled, and provides a wealth of opportunities for outdoor activities, particularly diving, snorkeling, and surfing.
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Visit the earthly jewels in Lombok's crown: the volcanic Mount Rinjani, which rises to 3,726 meters (12,224 feet), making it the third highest in Indonesia, and the volcano's crater lake, Lake Segara Anak. Alternatively, take a helicopter to the top and circle the crater.
Visit Tanjung market, a new market in the north of Lombok, where locals sell and buy various items on the island's antiquated barter system. Try bartering in the market and visit with families in the village.
Pondok Perasi Fishing
Go fishing in the pristine waters around Lombok with native anglers from the village of Pondok Perasi. Pondok Perasi is a traditional fishing village comprised of 750 families that have subsisted on their daily catches for generations. There are over 200 species of fish to be caught here, so a morning's catch will vary depending on how far you go from the shore.
Drive to Mount Rinjani and see Sendang Gila, a massive waterfall on the northern slopes of the volcano. According to Indonesian folklore, the waters here have healing powers and this magnificent sight was unknown to man until a lion that they were hunting led them to it.
The waterfall is about 102 feet (31 meters) tall and said to possess healing powers. Visitors may swim at Sendang Gila if they wish.
The three Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok are inviting and beautiful. The islands are remote and feature transportation by foot, on bicycle, or via horse drawn carriage. This is Indonesia at its most austere and authentic, with little trace of the outside world.
Surfing & Diving
Water-related activities include world-class surfing at Banko Banko’s Desert Point, and the varied scuba destinations at Sekotong.
This 4-day itinerary offers experienced trekkers an unforgettable journey through the spectacular landscapes of Mount Rinjani and Segara Anak crater lake.
Spend the day in a hammock on the beach, the evening dining in an open-air pavilion, the night in an ocean villa with a private pool - thus is life at the Oberoi, on Lombok island, Indonesia. The very definition of indulgence and relaxation, this luxury resort sprawls over 24 acres of lush gardens and a grand infinity pool, overlooking Medana Bay and Bali’s volcanic Mount Agung. Guests stay in luxury pavilions and villas that overlook either lush green or sparkling blue, many with their own private pools for total privacy. All three on-site dining options - Lumbung Restaurant, Sunbird Café, and Tokek Bar - are located in open-air, thatched spaces, taking advantage of the sea breeze and spectacular view. With private beach access, guests can spend their days frolicking in the surf and sand, relax in the spa, or explore the hotel’s incredible surroundings.
Breathe in the peaceful air and tranquil atmosphere of Lombok - a small island just a twenty-minute flight from Bali - with a stay at Tugu Hotel Lombok. This small boutique hotel is located on the white sand beach of Sire on the northwest coast of the island, surrounded by thatched roofs, lush green fields, and a beautifully-landscaped 18-hole golf course. Decorated as a pseudo-museum featuring Indonesian art and cultural antiquities, the hotel itself is an experience: guests can spend their time exploring the art pieces scattered throughout the hotel, dine around the property, from a bamboo bed on the beach to the reconstructed Sang Hyang Barong Temple, and indulge in a spa treatment or yoga class while listening to waves crash on the beach. With some much to do at the hotel, guests will have a hard time being lured away, though diving, snorkeling, surfing, and a sunset horse-drawn bendi ride have their appeal!