Lombok

Travel Guide
Gili Islands showing a sandy beach and tropical scenes

Enjoy the relaxed island lifestyle of Bali’s less developed neighbour and find unspoiled beaches, incredible coral reefs, an active volcano and magnificent temples.

Lombok is a volcanic island in the centre of the Indonesian archipelago, neighboured by Bali to the west. Known for its pristine stretches of coastline, secluded surf breaks and rural villages that have remained near unchanged for decades, Lombok is a breathtakingly beautiful and laid-back island.

Lombok and Bali have only 35 kilometres (22 miles) between them, but the two islands have stark differences. Bali has seen huge tourism and development over decades, whereas Lombok has enjoyed a much slower growth over the years. Lombok’s capital, Mataram, is often bypassed by visitors heading to the coast, but offers plenty of attractions of its own. Visit the Mayura Water Palace, a meeting place for 18th- and 19th-century Balinese royals, and Pura Meru, Lombok’s largest temple.

Lombok features some of Indonesia’s most scenic beaches and islands. Travel north from Mataram to Senggigi Beach to find luxurious resorts, abundant marine life among the corals of Senggigi Reef and awe-inspiring views from Pura Batu Bolong temple. A scenic route, dotted with villages, continues towards Bangsal. Here, find the gateway to the Gili Islands, three tiny islands off Lombok’s northwest coast, which offer a genuine and relaxing tropical island lifestyle.

For a break from perfect beaches and rolling surf, hike up the magnificent Gunung Rinjani, an active volcano and the island’s highest point. The base of the volcano is also an exciting destination, with its beautiful surrounding forests and villages.

Lombok can be reached in just 25 minutes by plane from Bali. Lombok International Airport is a 40-minute drive from Mataram. Enjoy a quick passage with one of the many boat operators that connect Bali to Lombok, Senggigi Beach and the Gili Islands. Passenger ferries also operate between Lombok and the rest of the archipelago. Explore the island easily and reasonably inexpensively with tourist shuttle buses, hired vans, motorbikes and charming horse-drawn carts.

Lombok’s proximity to the equator makes it warm year-round. Enjoy the island’s dry season between May and September.

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Where to stay in Lombok

The KOHO Air Hotel
The KOHO Air Hotel
3 out of 5
Gili Air, Gili Indah, Pemenang, Kabupaten Lombok Utara, Gili Air, Lombok
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The price is NZ$29 per night from 8 Nov. to 8 Nov.
Situated in Gili Air, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gili Air Docks, Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary and Gili Meno Harbor. Bangsal Harbor is 2.6 mi (4.2 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Beautiful new boutique hotel, lovely welcoming staff, spotless, accommodation spacious and all with direct pool access. Situation couldn’t be better, 2 minutes walking from port but secluded from the main island road . Accommodation is very basic on this island but this property is exceptional."

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

The KOHO Air Hotel
Lombok Astoria Hotel
Lombok Astoria Hotel
4 out of 5
Jl Jendral Sudirman 40 Rembiga, Mataram, Mataram, ID
The price is NZ$55 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Situated in Mataram, this spa hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Mataram Mall, Mayura Park and Pura Meru. Islamic Center NTB is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.
4.5/5 Wonderful! (50 reviews)
"Kkebersihan kamar,menu sarapan"

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2021

Lombok Astoria Hotel
Harmony Villas Lombok
Harmony Villas Lombok
3.5 out of 5
Jalan Raya Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Lombok
The price is NZ$83 per night from 23 Oct. to 23 Oct.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kuta Beach, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Pantai Seger and Seger Beach. Serenting and Torok Bare Beach ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (30 reviews)
Fabulous breakfast
"It's always difficult to review hotel properties when they aren't getting the usual through flow due to the pandemic. But based on the experience I had I was a little disappointed. The room could have done with a good clean, only cold water was available but a cold shower was useful as the air conditioning ..."

Reviewed on 5 Apr. 2021

Harmony Villas Lombok
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De'Coco Villa
De'Coco Villa
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Gili Indah, Pemenang, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Gili Air, Lombok
The price is NZ$39 per night from 23 Oct. to 23 Oct.
Situated in Gili Air, this beach villa is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Gili Meno Harbor and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Bangsal Harbor.
De'Coco Villa
Villa Gili Bali Beach
Villa Gili Bali Beach
3.5 out of 5
Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan, Lombok
The price is NZ$49 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Gili Trawangan villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gili Trawangan Turtle Hatchery and Meno Wall Dive Site. Public harbour ticket office ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (9 reviews)
"Upon arrival we were greeted “welcome home” by very friendly and helpful staff, they kindly carried our luggage and provided welcome drinks. Check in was quick and easy. We were staying at the bungalow by the pool, which was very clean, beautifully decorated, private, with amazing ocean view. Room ..."

Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2019

Villa Gili Bali Beach
Luxury Villa Bhuvana
Luxury Villa Bhuvana
3 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan, Gigi Trawangan
The price is NZ$412 per night from 23 Oct. to 23 Oct.
Situated near the beach, this villa is within 2 miles (3 km) of Gili Trawangan Turtle Hatchery, Gili Trawangan Hill and Public harbour ticket office. Gili Trawangan ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Relaxing stay in beautiful villa
"The villa is so beautiful, really perfect for our short island getaway. The pool and garden is so relaxing. The villa is very close to the beach, great for snorkeling and sunset. The staffs also very friendly and helpful, we just love our stay!!"

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2019

Luxury Villa Bhuvana
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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