Lombok Itinerary For A Magical Day Trip

Before heading to the final destination of my Indonesian Adventure, Ubud, I decided to take a detour to the island of Lombok, which is famed for having spectacular marine life and pristine beaches. You could easily spend a week or more on this beautiful island, but sadly I only had time for a Lombok day trip. This said, I made the most of my time, and have thus compiled a Lombok itinerary of all the best things to do on the island:

**Post Updated February 2020

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How to get to Lombok on a day trip- 

There are several different ways to travel to Lombok. For example, from mainland Bali, you could take a ferry for under £5, or catch a quick flight! However, if you want to visit Lombok on a day trip, it’s best to travel from the Gili Islands, as while a boat ride from Bali can take 3-4 hours, Lombok is only around 15 minutes away from Gili Trawangan (which itself is a must-visit).

Lombok Day Trip

My first look at Lombok from my boat from the Gili Islands

This means you’ll have maximum time to explore Lombok! Plus there are several different fast boat companies on the Gili Islands that will take you to Lombok for a very decent price… I decided it was most convenient to organise the journey through my hotel on Gili Trawangan: Villa Ombak.  The staff were amazingly helpful and even arranged for a local guide to meet me once I arrived! Most hotels will offer a similar service, so travelling to Lombok from the Gili Islands really couldn’t be easier.


More Information for your Lombok Itinerary  – 

Compared to Bali, Lombok flies relatively under the Radar. However, some actually say it’s Bali’s ‘unspoilt counterpart’. Less populated than the tourist hotspot, but around the same size, I would have to agree with this statement after my Lombok day tip.

Everywhere you look is spectacularly beautiful.  As soon as I arrived on the island I was blown away by the views… the coast is full of picture-perfect beaches, which are replaced by endless green rice fields, and towering mountain peaks as you head inland! Basically what I’m trying to say is that however you decide to plan your own Lombok itinerary, you’ll be treated to the most amazing scenery and the friendliest locals! But below are my top things to do…

 

Lombok Itinerary

Just some of the views waiting for you on your Lombok day trip.


Things to do on a Lombok day trip  – 

1) Visit a traditional Market –

On my own Lombok day trip, my first port of call was Ampenan Marketa traditional market selling: fresh veggies, spices, fish and so much more. The market wasn’t actually on my original to-do list, but my guide (Nurul) suggested a visit to get a taste of the island’s culture. And I’m so glad he did because after visiting I’d say that it’s definitely one of the best places to visit in Lombok.

SIDE NOTE: As previously mentioned, I hired a driver/guide to show me around the island. I’d suggest you do the same as Nurul was super passionate and had so much information to share about Lombok. There’s really no better way to get a sense of a destination than by talking to its locals.  Having a guide is really the perfect way to tour Lombok. 🙂

Things to do in Lombok: Ampenan Market

Things to do in Lombok: Ampenan Market

2) Trek to Tiu Kelep Waterfall –

Without a doubt, one of the best places to visit in Lombok is the Tiu Kelep Waterfall. Located near the small village of Senaru, the waterfall is quite a drive from the island’s main towns and coastal areas. However, even when you’re only spending a day in Lombok, you should make the time for the journey!! Plus, you can’t really complain as you get to see a lot of Lombok’s beauty on the drive!

Located within lush a forested part of the island, the Tiu Kelep waterfall is about half an hour walk from the road. But the path is well laid out, and pretty easy going! What’s more, about 15 minutes into the walk, you can take a detour to a smaller waterfall: Sendang Gile.

SIDE NOTE:  It’s free to visit Tiu Kelep Waterfall, but we did have to pay 10,000 IDR to park.

things to do in lombok: visit Lombok's Waterfalls

Sendang Gile Waterfall

Seeing this waterfall alone would have been enough, as it’s beautiful and so perfect that it almost looks man-made! However, my guide assured me that it’s nothing compared to the main sceptical, so we headed deeper into the ‘jungle’ to discover the wonders of Tiu Kelep 

Along the way, I discovered that there are several bridges and rivers to cross, as well as a bit of ambling over rocks. But, I wouldn’t let this put you off as I don’t believe the hike is something an averagely fit person would struggle to do.

SIDE NOTE: there’s no signage to Tiu Kelep and there are a few different forks in the path. I was lucky enough to have my guide with me who knew the way. You can, however, also hire a guide from the site’s entrance/carpark

Places to see in Lombok Tiu Kelep Waterfall

Tiu Kelep Waterfall

Colossal, yet seemingly gentle and all together breath-taking, the Tiu Kelep waterfall is certainly worth the hike, and it’s no doubt one of the best places to see in Lombok (maybe eve in Indonesia overall).

I spent the majority of my precious Lombok day trip (around 3 hours) exploring these two waterfalls. Although I could have seen more of the island, if I’d given the hike a miss, I have no regrets as seeing Tiu Kelep was something I’ll never forget and I would thoroughly recommend you add a visit to your own Lombok Itinerary.

3) Senaru Traditional Village –

After exploring the Tiu Kelep waterfall, I didn’t have long left of my Lombok day trip. However, I was able to tick one more thing off my list of things to do in Lombok: visit a traditional village.

 Senaru Traditional Village is only a short drive from the waterfall, and it’s situated next to the Rinjani Trek Centre. The village’s inhabitants are decedents of the islands indigenous Sasak people (who still make up about 85% of Lombok’s population today). For hundreds of years, these villagers have been seen as the cultural guardians of Mount Rinjani and its surrounding forest.

Only connected to electricity 5 years ago, this Sasak village has maintained its ancient structure, with the inhabitants still living in traditional thatched houses. In recent years however they realised that they can capitalise on their rich cultural background… At the village, you can step inside the villager’s homes, watch them prepare meals, and even learn ancient crafts such as weaving. All they ask for in return is a small donation when you leave!

The Sasak culture is fascinating and as a visitor, I definitely appreciated learning more about the people of Lombok.

4) Hit the Beach: 

Hiking isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Therefore, when you tour Lombok for yourself, you may wish to spend your time on one of the islands many beautiful beaches instead of hiking to the waterfalls. I quickly stopped at Senggigi beach on my way back to the harbour and I’d say that this soft sand beach, lined with palm trees, is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day in Lombok. It much reminded me of the stunning beaches you’d find in Sanur or Seminyak in Bali!

Lombok Itinerary

This said the island is also home to several other picturesque beaches that you may consider adding to you Lombok itinerary such as: Mawun Beach, and the so-called ‘Pink Beach’ located near to Ekas Peninsula, which surprise surprise has magical pink sand!

So when it comes to beaches, you’re really spoiled for what to do in Lombok!

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That pretty much summaries the things to do in Lombok in a day. Although I had a truly magical day (and one I’m not likely to forget) in Lombok, I did feel slightly cheated of time.

Amongst other things, I would have loved to have joined a trek up Mount Rinjani, (the second highest volcano in Indonesia) as there’s said to be the most breath-taking views the whole way up. There’s also hot springs, an exquisite crater lake, and the best sunrises in Indonesia.

Many say a visit to Mount Rinjani is probably the best of all the things to do in Lombok! However, the trek takes at least 3 days and it’s therefore not possible to do when you visit Lombok day trip.

Therefore, when planning your own Lombok Itinerary I highly suggest staying on the island for a few days. There’s simply so many amazing things to do and places to visit in Lombok that a day isn’t enough! But, if like me, a day trip is all you can squeeze into your trip then I hope this post helps you make the most of it!

Interested in reading more about Indonesia? Check out my two week Bali Itinerary!

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  1. September 9, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Wow how awesome is that trip!! The waterfall looks amazing! I went to Lombok to visit friends (at Gili Gede) and missed all of this! Would love to go back to do everything you recommend!

    • September 10, 2017 / 6:53 pm

      The waterfall so so amazing! I feel like I need to go back too so see you there 😉

  2. September 10, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    I visited Bali fir 2 weeks and had so many activities planned that I never made it to Lombok or Gili.
    Judging by the pictures quite a shame. That waterfall would make an awesome instagram shot! 🙂

    • September 10, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      That’s the problem simply too much too do… I’ve already posted it haha

  3. September 10, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    It looks like a perfect holiday destination. Would love to go below this waterfall 🙂

  4. September 13, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    When I plan my trip to Indonesia, I am definitely adding this to my travel list. That waterfall is so magical, loved reading the minute details.
    Cheers!
    Shreya | https://mymagicaltrunk.com

    • September 13, 2017 / 3:55 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comment!! The waterfalls amazing right, hope you enjoy your trip as much as I did 🙂

  5. September 13, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Wow! That’s so beautiful. I love the advice of hiring a local guide. I love having a local to show me around 🙂

  6. September 13, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    I also had never heard of Lombok before! But from your picture it looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ll make sure to pay it a visit when I do go to Indonesia! (On my bucket list haha!)

  7. Jewels
    September 13, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    I love all of the waterfalls you found! I’m heading to Ubud in a few weeks and was looking for day trips to take. Thanks for this great guide!

    • September 15, 2017 / 10:29 am

      I love Ubud too! Have an amazing trip 🙂 Thanks for reading x

  8. September 13, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    “Before touching down in Indonesia I had never even heard of Lombok.” I also had never heard of Lombok! Until reading your blog post, that is! It looks and sounds like a really neat place to visit. Hope I can make it there myself sometime. Thanks for sharing your insights!

  9. September 14, 2017 / 2:51 am

    🙂 This is such a beautiful place! You could spend the morning at the market and enjoy a picnic at the waterfalls!

  10. September 14, 2017 / 5:02 am

    I’ve also heard that Lombok is like an untouched Bali! For that reason alone it piques my interest! I can just imagine spending laid back days that turn to months here…

  11. September 14, 2017 / 11:09 am

    Lombok seems like a perfect place! I am going to Bali very soon but unfortunately only for 5 day so I won’t have time for any day trips! But hopefully Ill get to go there one day for longer! I love those waterfalls! They look amazing!

    • September 15, 2017 / 10:26 am

      You’ll have an amazing time in Bali anyhow… Just add it too the list haha 🙂

  12. September 14, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    I’ve never heard of this place before! The markets look amazing. I wish we had true markets in my town.

  13. September 14, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    Wow, this place is stunning! I’ve heard so much about the area but I’ve never really looked into it. I’d love to hit those markets with all the fresh fruits and vegetables. Obviously, I could spend all day at the beaches and waterfalls. Great place to relax and unwind.

  14. theusoftay
    September 15, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Great guide! This is definitely on my bucket list. Awesome pics btw too! 🙂

    Taylor
    http://www.theusoftay.com

  15. September 19, 2017 / 5:19 am

    Omg what a traveler’s dream to visit such a place! I’d love to roam through the market, looking at all the veggies and fresh fruit.

  16. November 1, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    Wow! Lombok seems astonishing and really worth visiting. Thanks for the inspiring post and detailed itinerary! When’s the best time of the year to go there?

    • November 2, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      Thanks for reading 🙂 I visited early June and think that is the perfect time! Its just after the rainy season so the humidity is so intense!!

  17. Jynn Ng
    March 29, 2018 / 5:43 am

    Hi, can you intro your local tour guide for me? 🙂 It seems amazing to have a local guide around when travelling 🙂

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      Author
      April 6, 2018 / 11:25 am

      Unfortunately, I don’t have his contact details, but I’m sure you’ll be able to find your own guide if you speak to your hotel/a tour company!

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