When you think of Lombok, you think of surfing and beaches. Whether you are driving along the northern or southern coastlines of Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara, you are bound to come across some picturesque beaches you will immediately fall in love with.
If you choose to explore the northern shoreline, you will find beaches named Senggigi (arguably the most crowded and touristy), Mangsit (perfect for newbie surfers), Nipah (great for swimming), Pandanan (awesome views all around), and Sire (Mount Rinjani looks especially good from here). On the south, from Desert Point in the West to Ekas in the East, lies the variegated succession of bays, reefs, and rocky inlets providing the greatest number and quality of surf breaks. For those simply looking to unwind, the southern coastline provides you with Tanjung Aan Beach, Selong Belanak Beach, Mawun Beach, Kaliantan Beach, and — get ready for it — Pink Beach (yes, the sand is pink).
And don’t forget the three famous Gili islands off of Lombok’s northern coast: Trawangan, Air, and Meno. These are where you take holidaying to Lombok to the next level. With crystal clear water, it is said that you must be on a bad day to be unable to see a turtle while snorkeling or scuba diving here. The locals are friendly, and there are facilities for anything you may need while being away from the main island.
Another major feature of Lombok is Mount Rinjani. Indonesia’s second-highest volcano, Rinjani dominates the topography and quietly allures mountain buffs and trekkers. Go up its jungle-covered slopes to witness the island’s bountiful tropical panoramas. And once you are on the top, be prepared for breathtaking caldera lakes and an unforgettable sunrise. If you are easily worn out but would still love to experience a slice of Lombok’s leafy heaven, you can visit Alam Kerandangan Tourism Park, a home to waterfalls, creeks, monkeys, butterflies, and birds.