As beguiling, beach-blessed and downright blissful as its neighbour Bali, Lombok Indonesia is a whole lot greater than merely a surfers’ paradise.
It had been Western surfers that awoke to the excellent appeal of Lombok, supplying the germ of today’s tourism. And it is the island’s southern coast they were drawn to. From Desert Point from the west to Ekas from the east, this variegated succession of bays, reefs and inlets supplies the greatest number and caliber of breaks in Lombok. Unlike Bali, when browsing peaks in the rainy season (Apr to October), Lombok’s breaks are usually at their best throughout the wet (roughly Nov to March). Kuta, halfway along the coast, is the natural base for wave-pursuing.
Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia’s second-highest volcano, dominates Lombok’s topography, also can be a magnet for trekkers. Winding up its jungle-clad slopes (which takes a couple of times ) reveals an ever-changing succession of fecund tropics vistas. Once on the summit, the sight of sunrises and calderas, and a feeling of conquering the whole island, are benefits for the weary. Green trekking initiatives like pathside trash removal make it feasible to give something back to this genuinely awesome, active volcano, sacred to both Sasaks and Hindus. It’s also possible to while away a couple of pleasant hours hiking in little-visited Taman Wisata Alam Kerandangan.
Apart from the backpacker-friendly hubs of Senggigi and Kuta, Lombok’s party landscape is not technically on the island at all, but in its miniature offshore satellites, the Gilis. And one Gili particularly, Gili Trawangan, is internationally renowned for beach parties, raucous pubs and blissful beachside cocktail joints. While there’s much more to Gili T than layback beverages and excitable twentysomethings, it is apparent what many come here seeking.The barely clad young things which throng its streets, hung-over but talking what’s going down later that night, is all the confirmation needed.
A less considered way to research Lombok’s briny school is to take a guided fishing excursion. No matter in case you talk your way onto a traditional outrigger boat, or proceed with the larger boats or stronger safety record of a modern sport-fishing outfit, you may anticipate bottom and deep-sea fishing for tuna, trevally, wahoo, mackerel, sailfish and a good deal of other species. With reefs, sea walls and deep channels surrounding the island, there are many diverse spots to sink a line, depending on what you’re pursuing. Bangko Bangko (Desert Point), the Lombok Strait to Bali and the sea wall beyond the Gilis are great areas.