Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. The provincial capital and largest city on the island are Mataram. It is somewhat similar in size and density to neighboring Bali and shares some cultural heritage but is administratively part of Nusa Tenggara Barat along with sparsely populated Sumbawa. It is surrounded by a number of smaller islands locally called Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air.
Lombok is a tropical island with pristine beaches, and fabulous waters for swimming, sunbathing, sailing, surfing, fishing and underwater activities. The North area is the place where Mount Rinjani is located. Mount Rinjani is one of the highest volcanoes in Indonesia with a height of 3,726 meters above sea level. Segara Anak Lake, located on Mount Rinjani, is also a must-visit spot.
Lombok is known to have many Gili or small islands. Among the more than 20 Gili there, there are three of the most famous Gili: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. These three small islands are most commonly accessed by boat from Bangsal. Many hotels and resorts offer accommodations ranging from budget to luxurious.
In Lombok, travelers can visit traditional villages and communicate with the Sasak Tribe to get a more authentic experience and see how daily life is, and even have the opportunity to learn how to make woven cloth by visiting the villages of Sade and Rambitan.
In West Lombok, travelers can relax on Senggigi Beach and meet wild animals in the Pusuk Monkey Forest which is located on the border between West and North Lombok. Since 2022, Lombok had an international racing circuit, the Mandalika International Street Circuit.
How to get to Lombok Island from Bali
There are 3 options to reach Lombok from Bali Island. First, you can use a flight from Denpasar Airport with 30 minutes transfer time. The flight is suitable for those of you who don't like a long transfer time. After 30 minutes of flight with domestic airlines, you'll arrive at Lombok International Airport and get a taxi or shuttle car to reach your hotel. Lombok International Airport is closer for those of you who want a vacation to Senggigi, Kuta, or South Lombok. But if you want to go to Gili Island, Mt. Rinjani, or another at North Lombok, using a fast boat may become the right option. But, if you still wanna use a flight, we can provide a private car to reach Gili from Lombok Airport at a cheap and affordable price.
The second option is by fast boat. Many fast boats serve a route from Bali to Lombok with a stop at Bangsal harbor and Senggigi. You also can choose the departure port based on your preference or the nearest port from your hotel. The boats will depart from Sanur, Serangan, Padangbai, and Amed. The transfer time from each port is different, the fastest one is from Amed to Lombok with only 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the sea weather and the slowest one is from Sanur due to the boats will stop at Nusa Lembongan to load another passenger first. If you choose Padangbai or Serangan, the transfer time will need around 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the weather. The advantage of using a boat from Bali to Lombok is you don't need to arrange your transport to reach the port. Fast boat operator already provides it free of charge ( on a certain area only ).
The third option is by slow boat or slow ferry. This is the longest and cheapest way to reach Lombok Island from Bali. The slow ferry departed from Padangbai harbor only. A slow ferry will depart each hour with a duration transfer time is around 4 hours depending on the weather, every day. The ferry will stop at Lembar harbor in West Lombok. If you travel on a budget or want to bring a car or scooter from Bali to Lombok, the slow ferry is a good option for you.
How to get to Lombok Island from Gili
Lombok can be reached easily from Gili Islands. The cheapest one is using a local boat to Bangsal. The boat will leave from Gili when the boat is already full of passengers. In peak season, it just needs 15 minutes to 30 minutes to wait for the boat until fully loaded.
Places to Visit in Lombok Island
- Mt Rinjani
- Tanjung Aan
- Kuta (Lombok)