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
Countries
Indonesia
Themes
Explorer
Code
TISL
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
162kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Stroll along Sanur's picturesque beachfront walk
  • Discover Sasak culture and cuisine
  • Visit rustic craft villages
  • Soak up views of smouldering Mt Rinjani
  • Chill out on the secluded beaches of Gili Air
  • Discover a vibrant underwater world in the Gili Islands

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.
Travel by minivan from Sanur to the port of Padang Bai (approximately 1.5 hours). Then you'll board a ferry that takes you from Bali to Lombok (4–7 hours). The ferry is a huge multi-level boat brimming with food hawkers offering interesting snacks, plus plenty of local passengers to meet. Although this journey is long, the ferry ride and the arrival into Lembar port can be quite an eye-opener, as both the scenery and culture of Lombok are very different to that of Bali. Take a bus to Tetebatu (3–4 hours). The hill retreat of Tetebatu is situated in the centre of Lombok, at the southern base of Mt Rinjani, and boasts spectacular views.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Lombok trip comes to and end today. Perhaps extend your stay in Senggigi, or pre-book a departure transfer to Lombok Airport.
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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport
Boat, Ferry, Minibus, Taxi, Van
Accommodation
Beach cabin (2 nights), Guesthouse (3 nights), Hotel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Gili Air - Snorkelling
  • Masbagik - Village walk and pottery demonstration
  • Pringasella - Traditional weaving village walk and Sasak feast
  • Senaru - Guided Sasak Village walking tour
  • Senaru - Waterfall walk

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