Although situated just 21 miles off the east coast of bustling Bali, Lombok has managed to remain relatively untouched by those who flock to Indonesia’s myriad of mesmerising islands, despite being just as beguiling and beautiful as its better-known neighbours. This only adds to Lombok’s appeal though; the island offers those who are lucky enough to visit a sense of uncovering somewhere ‘undiscovered’, hidden away from the world, and rewards those who take time to explore with unspoilt beaches and spectacular volcanic landscapes.
On the west coast, Lembar provides a wonderful first glimpse of Lombok’s outstanding natural beauty;[ReadMoreMob] this quiet town is surrounded by a gorgeous panorama of verdant valleys and inviting azure inlets that tempt those who arrive via the island’s main port to explore further.
From Lembar many of Lombok’s main attractions are within reach. An exploration of the west coast for example can include time at Senggigi, with it’s glorious beaches; a stop at Mataram, the island’s capital, to marvel at impressive temples and flora-rich gardens; or even a visit to Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia’s second highest volcano and a haven for wildlife such as birds and monkeys.
Enjoy a holy experience at Pura Lingsar - this large temple is the holiest in Lombok, built in 1741. The complex includes a temple for Balinese Hindus and one for followers of Wetu Telu, a syncretic form of Islam that is the traditional belief of the indigenous Sasak people of Lombok.
The stunning Narmada Park is inspired by both Mount Rinjani and the Segara Anak crater lake. Within the water park, the Bale Petirtaan (Fountain of Youth) is a wellspring at the confluence of three sources, and the water here is considered to be sacred by Hindus.