Just a 20-minute flight from Bali, or a pleasant two-hour boat journey, Lombok is Bali’s considerably quieter little sister.
As part of a larger trip, the two islands complement each other very well; you’ll experience the style and culture of Bali teamed with the rugged seclusion and solitary beaches of Lombok. Very little of Lombok is developed, leaving its unhurried rural landscape of rice paddies, towering palms, sporadic and dense jungle, all under the imposing Mount Rinjani, blissfully untouched.
Lombok also boasts of some of Indonesia’s most beautiful beaches. Suri beach in the north and a number of white sandy bays in the south are favorites, far from touristy Senggigi or the capital of Mataram.
The three Gili islands, with only bicycles and horse cart as transport, are within easy reach and promise some of the best diving and snorkeling in the region. Private boat trips can be arranged to discover secluded beaches at your leisure.
Come between May and October to avoid the rainy season.