Visit Indonesia's tropical playground of Lombok Island

Immerse yourself in the amazing scenery, rich culture and incredible diversity of Indonesia's tropical Lombok island. Get off the beaten track as you spend time in rural villages, take a variety of transportation, meet lots of locals and discover the fascinating Sasak culture. From chilling out in cultural Ubud and the tranquil hill retreat of Tetebatu, to savouring views of the highly revered Mt Rinjani and relaxing on the magical Gili Islands - once you travel to Indonesia, you won't ever want to leave!


Start
Sanur, Indonesia
Finish
Senggigi, Indonesia
Country
Indonesia
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
TISL
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Lombok and the Gili Islands are less frequented than their Balinese neighbour, yet offer beautiful mountain scenery and pristine beaches

  • You still get a great taste of Bali, as your adventure kicks off in Sanur, home to one of the best Balinese night bazaars

  • Visiting the villages around Tetebatu and Senaru gives you an insight into local customs and culture

  • The clear waters around the Gili Islands make for an amazing day of snorkelling as you swim amongst turtles and reef sharks

Is this trip right for you?

  • Walking in the villages of Tetebatu and Senaru is on relatively flat ground; however, the terrain between villages and in the hills can be steep and, at times, slippery or muddy. It is best to take shoes with good grip that can get wet.

  • In Tetebatu you will stay in a small, basic, family-run hotel. Tetebatu is a small town with limited accommodation options, however the opportunity to interact with villagers and stay in these lush surroundings is more than worth it.

  • There is limited, or at times no Internet or wifi at our accommodation in Tetebatu and Senaru, due to their remote locations. Enjoy some time off the grid for a couple of days.

  • The snorkelling trip in Gili Air is a great chance to witness the sealife, but bear in mind you'll need to be a confident swimmer.

  • Lombok is more conservative than Bali, so it's best to dress conservatively while you're there, particularly in smaller towns and during village walks.

Itinerary

Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Bali. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards. Start your adventure in Sanur, with a quick taste of Bali. Sanur is home to one of best Balinese Night Markets.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by minivan from Sanur to the port of Padang Bai (approximately 1.5 hours). Then you'll take a fast boat that takes you from Bali to Lombok (1.5-2 hours). Then take a bus to Tetebatu (2 hours). The hill retreat of Tetebatu is situated in the centre of Lombok, at the southern base of Mt Rinjani, and boasts spectacular views.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Tetebatu - Gendang Blake Performance - IDR1500000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a guided walk through verdant rice fields and see how the farmers of this region have tended the land for centuries, still using traditional water buffalo ploughs. Climb a little higher and pass through clove and coffee plantations (walking time is approximately 2 hours). Visit the local village of Pringgasela to learn traditional weaving and enjoy a delicious Sasak feast. After returning to the hotel, you will travel to Masbagik village, which is noted for its pottery. Explore the village and see the process of pottery making, with the possibility to get down and dirty and try it for yourself. Then continue through the village and see the other products Masbagik is renowned for, such as tofu and soya bean.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masbagik - Village walk and pottery demonstration
  • Pringasella - Traditional weaving village walk and Sasak feast
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Travel by minibus around the spiritual centre and sleeping giant of the island, Mt Rinjani. Visit a market and local villages famous for their crafts, including bamboo weaving. (Total driving time is about 5 hours, but it will take most of the day to reach our destination at Senaru, as we stop a couple of times.) Senaru is a small, rustic village nestled between the base of Mt Rinjani and the edge of the jungle.

Notes: We do not include a Mt Rinjani trek on this itinerary, but we do stay in the vicinity with great views of the mountain.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Senaru - Guided Sasak Village walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Continue to the west coast today (approximately 2 hours). You will visit the spectacular Singang Gila waterfall. The Gili Islands (Tiga Gili) are an archipelago of three small islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Transfer by small boat to the Gili Air where you can take in the breezy atmosphere and stroll down stunning white beaches that rival those of the neighbouring islands. Your hotel is about a 15-minute walk from the port. Your bags can be transported by Cidemo from the port to the hotel.

Notes: Our accommodation on the island has private outdoor bathrooms, with a lockable external door.
Accommodation
  • Beach cabin (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Senaru - Waterfall walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you'll get amongst the marine life, with a snorkelling trip around the crystal waters of Gili Air. After being fitted for snorkelling equipment, head out on a motorised wooden around the Gili Islands. Swim out straight off the boat and catch colourful scenes of fish and sea turtles in the water. You will make a few stops at different spots around the islands. When it's over, you'll feast on a delicious dinner of local seafood.

Notes: This activity is subject to local weather conditions and may be cancelled due to rough seas.
Accommodation
  • Beach cabin (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gili Air - Snorkelling
Optional Activities
  • Gili Trawangan - Yoga class - IDR80000
  • Cooking class Gili Air - IDR385000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Take a short boat trip back to Lombok (approximately 40 minutes) and transfer to your guesthouse in Senggigi (approximately 1.5 hours). Ideally positioned to take in the glorious sunsets over nearby Bali, this renowned beach resort is the ideal place to relax and unwind. A great optional activity is to visit the Pura Batu Bolong, which is around 2.5 km south down the coast from the resort. This is an important local Hindu temple and also a lovely spot to watch the sun go down.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Senggigi - Pura Batu Bolong Hindu Temple - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Lombok trip comes to and end today. Perhaps extend your stay in Senggigi, or pre-book a departure transfer to Lombok Airport.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Boat, Minibus, Taxi, Van

Accommodation

Beach cabin (2 nights), Guesthouse (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Masbagik - Village walk and pottery demonstration
  • Pringasella - Traditional weaving village walk and Sasak feast
  • Senaru - Guided Sasak Village walking tour
  • Senaru - Waterfall walk
  • Gili Air - Snorkelling

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to 'Your Fellow Travellers' section of the trip notes for information on excluded nights and how to book.
2. FINISH POINT: This trip concludes in Senggigi, Lombok. There are departure flights operating from Lombok International Airport, or you can travel by fast boat back to Bali. Please allow sufficient time if you are planning to depart from Bali, Denpasar International Airport. Please refer to the finish point instructions for further information.
3. 2017 Departures: For departures from 1st January 2017 there are changes planned for this itinerary and the trip will conclude on the Gili Islands. Departure dates will remain the same, and you will be contacted with more details about itinerary changes before the end of the year. Please keep this in mind when planning onward travel.

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Reviews

Our Discover Lombok 2016 trips score an average of 4.67 out of 5 based on 58 reviews in the last year.

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