Despite the fact that the Indonesian island of Lombok is not as popular as the other tourist destinations of the country such as Bali, many locals prefer to spend their vacation in this serene location. And for good reason. compared to Bali, prices at Lombok, from accommodations to shopping items are a bit much lower. Add to that the fact that natural attractions in this stay that way – that is, natural – virtually unperturbed by modern developments. Recently, the island has already caught the attention of international travelers, and a host of accommodation providers specifically offering their services to international visitors on a Lombok tour have put up facilities on the island.
Highlights of Lombok’s natural attractions and tourists’ activities are as follows:
Rising at a height of 3726 meters above sea level, Mt. Rinjani is Indonesia’s second-highest mountain. It is actually a volcano that boasts of a panoramic crater lake. Within the crater lake, itself is a smaller volcano. Mt. Rinjani is a popular venue for trekking activities, despite the steep angles that make trekking in the area rather difficult. Shorter treks are offered for tourists whose level of physical fitness does not permit them to participate in the full trek.
Mayura Water Palace
Built in 1744 and used as a place of meetings and as a court of justice during the reign of the Balinese kingdom in Lombok, the Mayura Water Palace is comprised of a floating pavilion in a large man-made lake. A raised footpath connects the pavilion to the shoreline.
Just about twenty minutes to an hour of crossing off Lombok’s northwest coast are three beautiful, small islands collectively known as the Gili Islands, comprised of Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan. The islands are renowned with water sports enthusiasts from all over the world because of their exquisite natural beauty, with beautiful beaches and underwater treasures that are almost intact and unspoiled by human activity. Gili Trawangan is particularly recommended for diving and snorkeling, being also the largest of the islands at 300 hectares. The islands prohibit any kind of motorized traffic, and the only form of transportation allowed is by the traditional pony carriages known as cidomos.
Museum of Mataram
The Museum of Mataram is home to collections and artifacts related to the history of the people of Lombok, and a visit to it will give an exhaustive exposure to the local cultural traditions. Exhibits include various written materials and documents, in addition to tools and implements, local craft products, weapons, and utensils. Exquisite models of the traditional Sasak houses are also on display, and the majority of these items are labeled in both Indonesian and English.
If you are after an exhilarating adrenaline rush, then Senggigi is the right spot in Lombok for you. A variety of thrilling events can be had in this beautiful beach spot, including surfing, canoeing, and swimming. The southern side of the beach produces wave currents that is perfect for surfing while the front side has a calmer character that permits canoeing. Snorkeling is also a perfect adventure with the underwater world of Senggigi’s calm sea.