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18 Fun Things to Do in Lombok 2024

18 Fun Things To Do in Lombok

Lombok is an Indonesian island, that offers visitors incredible natural wonders, from the impressive Mount Rinjani to the stunning beaches dotting most of Lombok’s coast, the sacred healing waters of Lake Segara Anak, and multiple impressive hiking day trips.

There’s a long list of items to see, do, experience, and share in Lombok, whether it is with your friends, a partner, or locals.

Situated next to the ever-popular island of Bali, Lombok can offer guests a similar experience, but less crowded, and still very visibly connected to its indigenous roots.

Let’s take a look at some of the fantastic sights and incredible things to do in Lombok, to hopefully inspire a few new ideas for your itinerary.

1. View the famed “Fountain of Youth” at Narmada Water Park

Narmada Water Park, Lombok

A beautiful stretch of perfectly designed gardens with local trees and native flowers, surrounding the pristine natural spring is a place that draws in devout Lord Shiva followers for prayer, as well as the curious traveler.

Narmada Water Park is a replica of Mount Rinjani and Sengare Anak Lake, originally created under the order of King Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Karang Asem in 1727 after he began to grow older, and could no longer continue visiting the summit of Mount Rinjani to pray.

Named after the name of a sacred river in India, today, visitors and Hindu followers come to this sacred space to pray, reflect, and appreciate the ornate gardens.

The park is open every day between 6 am- 7 pm and is a swift 30-minute drive from Lombok city center.

2. Learn the local culture at the State Museum of West Nusa Tenggara

State Museum of West Nusa Tenggara, Lombok

Located in Mataram, Lombok, the State Museum of West Nusa Tenggara is a museum that houses over 7,000 art pieces showcasing local traditions from Lombok and Sumbawa, a town located in the neighboring island of West Nusa Tenggara.

Offering a deep dive into local culture, the museum offers items such as traditional kris (an Indonesian serpentine style rigged sword), songket (a tenun fabric often sowed into silk or cotton with metallic threads in stunning designs), basket ware, local face masks and more.

Designed in an easy-to-follow format, the museum is a crowd favorite, and a place to stop by first to understand all the sights to visit and other things to do in Lombok.

Entrance tickets to the State Museum start at 2000 IDR.

3. Trek the majestic Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani, Lombok

Hiking in Lombok is a must-do for any first-time visitors. Rising over 3,000 meters in the air, Mount Rinjani marks its spot as the second tallest volcano in Indonesia, and the tallest peak west of the West Nusa Tenggara island.

Mount Rinjani is a popular hiking spot for many outdoor and hiking enthusiasts despite the challenging trek.

It is recommended that if you plan to hike the iconic mountain, to bring appropriate clothing, and shoes, and go at a slow pace because it can be a bit challenging if you don’t have the practice.

The trek can take around 5 hours to complete, but reaching the summit is the biggest reward.

View the sunrise over the ocean, and the mountains brightening up with the sunlight, revealing the snow and other natural details. If you’re a true hiker, adding this to your list of things to do in Lombok is a must.

4. Learn about Lombok’s indigenous culture at Sasak Village

Sasak Village, Lombok

Explore the indigenous Sasak Villages, divided into two main villages – Sade and Rembitan, dating back to the 14th century, and that to this day remain pretty much the same.

Exhibiting wooded huts with straw roofs, vendors selling textiles and other local products, and farmers making use of the fertile grounds to grow crops for the villages, Sade is the most popular of the two that travelers frequent.

Weavers and artisans are out and about in the streets, crafting and selling their pieces to travelers, while Rembitan is more relaxed, and to themselves.

Both villages welcome tourists and at a 13-minute drive north from Kuta Beach, travelers often take a taxi or rent a scooter to transport themselves.

A city tour is another great way to visit these villages, along with a guide to share more insight.

5. Try water sports at Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach, Lombok

Sand, sun, and beach in a little seaside resort town are just a few of the attractive factors that bring in people to Kuta beach all year round. Bask in the beach activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and surfing with over 8km of coastline to indulge in some of the best surfing available.

Currently, this site is undergoing a massive change, and soon the beach will include many more luxury hotels, resorts, shopping malls, and restaurants, further catering to travelers who want to reside on the beach and enjoy all the luxuries.

In the meantime, the best time to visit Kuta Beach is between the months of May-June despite the high humidity levels, as it is not the rainy season.

Enjoy dinner and coffee at the beachside eateries and cafes to begin enjoying the sunset.

6. Snorkel in the famous Gili Islands

Gili Islands, Lombok

Significantly relaxed and wonderfully attractive are the Gili Islands, offering travelers a moment of zero distractions with no motorized vehicles on the island, quaint and charming towns, and horse and carriage trotting around the islands.

Located right off the coast of Lombok, getting to Gili Islands is easily done via a ferry or boat tour from Lombok, which takes less than an hour total.

The best way to get around the islands is by bike, carriage, on foot, and occasionally an electric scooter.

The Gili Islands are divided into 3 separate islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno.

Travel throughout the islands, and visit Gili Trawangan for an incredible panoramic view of the islands, Gili Air for a quieter island experience, and Gili Meno for incredible snorkeling opportunities.

7. Savor and cook Lombok cuisine during a cooking class

cooking class in Lombok

Take a cooking class in Lombok, and learn how to prepare delicious local dishes such as Ayam Taliwang (flavorful spicy chicken), Satay Rembiga (seasoned grilled meat skewers with rice), and Bebalung (goat ribs served in a soup with rice), and so much more.

Learn the use of local ingredients, and expand your cooking skills with local techniques, flavor combinations, and spices you may have never heard of.

Ideal for any cooking level, take classes in central Lombok such as Anggrek Putih or at Sweet and Spicy Gili Cooking School.

Recognized as the world’s best Halal tourist destination, you’ll also learn about the religious practice of eating certain foods in Lombok.

8. Learn about the animal conservation efforts at Lombok Wildlife Park

Lombok Wildlife Park

Lombok Wildlife Park is more than a zoo, as it is a space described as a sanctuary that helps protect, heal, and harmonize a relationship between humans and animals.

Each staff member is continuously trained to be fit to treat animals with care and dignity, while also focusing on ways to make the visitor have an incredible experience.

Packed with different affairs, visitors can select from various experiences.

Select from meeting with elephants and learning how to feed and bathe them, explore the bird sanctuary and see birds of all different colors, or enter the world of reptiles, and see all the varieties inside the park.

Step into the Ivory restaurant or Forest cafe, and indulge in an afternoon cup of coffee or a delicious lunch in between animal encounters.

9. Take a dip at Benang Kelambu Waterfall

Benang Kelambu Waterfall, Lombok

Travelers and locals flock to the incredibly refreshing sight of Benang Kelambu Waterfall, and rent bikes to get around the park and to the waterfall as this one is particularly a bit further from the park entrance.

At the sight of the waterfall, visitors will find a pool formed at the bottom of the waterfall, creating the ultimate relaxing water reservoir experience to enjoy, so make sure to bring your swimsuit.

Water is flowing from every crevice, even the vines, so you can enjoy a refreshing swim or relax in the pool taking in the sights.

While walking around the paved trail surrounding the waterfall, make sure to watch your step as the path can get slippery.

Entrance tickets start at 30,000 IDR.

10. Relax and disengage at the Narmada Botanic Garden

Narmada Botanic Garden, Lombok

Located in Mataram, on Lombok’s west coast is the Narmada Botanic Garden, offering privileged views of beautifully manicured gardens with local flowers, trees, and even a pool for children to enjoy.

Spend a lovely afternoon learning about local botany, and even get a chance to speak with the owner of the garden, who is often caring for the plants.

The Narmada Botanic Gardens have an aura many travelers describe as useful to disconnect from everyday life.

The entrance fee is 5,000 IDR, and it is open Saturday-Sunday from 8 am- 7 pm. Previous travelers to the gardens recommend booking your tickets ahead of time to ensure your slot.

11. Get your surf on in the surf capital of Indonesia

surfing in Lombok

Lombok is the unofficial capital of surfing in all of Indonesia, simply for the fact that it is the only place in the country with consistent waves and weather perfect for surfing.

If you want to visit during the peak season and take advantage of the surfing vibe on Lombok’s beaches, then make sure to plan your trip to the island in April-October.

If you’re not a surfer already, Lombok is the perfect destination to pick up a few pointers, with countless local instructors and classes available ready to take on eager new students.

Some of the best surfing spots in Lombok are Desert Point, known for its impeccable waves and year-round surfing opportunities, and Mawi Beach provides mid-high tides that crash into the stunning white beaches, perfect for mid to expert surfers.

12. Visit the beautiful Tetebatu village

Tetebatu village, Lombok

Visit the small yet charming village of Tetebatu Village, named by many as the Ubud of Lombok, for its picturesque rice fields and cascades, yet still living a quieter lifestyle that is contagious to all who visit.

One of the main attractions of Tetebatu Village is the rice terraces, which are beautiful sights of misty green paddy fields.

Go in the morning to experience the mist grazing the tops of the paddy fields for a peaceful and relaxing experience.

Visit the Tetebatu Monkey forest, and look up above at all the monkeys in their habitat.

If you visit this incredible place, just make sure to keep an eye on your items and that they are secured, as monkeys can be a little sneaky, and purchase local bamboo braided products crafted by the locals.

13. Indulge in the secluded secrets of the South-Western Gili islands

South-Western Gili islands, Lombok

The South-Western Gili Islands are not to be confused with the Gili Islands of the northwest. The south-wester Gili Islands have been considered by many as the “Maldives of Indonesia” offering visitors stretches of land that has been left untouched by mass tourism, maintaining the purity of the local culture and nature as it was.

The sout-western Gili Islands consist of Gili Nanggu, Gili Tangkong, Gili Sudak and Gili Kedis. Easily accessible via local boats, visitors can explore each island, and the special activities available at each.

Gili Nanggu is known for incredible snorkeling experiences and tours, while Gili Tangkong is known for incredible untouched natural sightings.

Gili Sudak is best to explore the marine life on a swim, or diving. Gili Kedis is perfect for an isolated moment in paradise.

14. Plan a beach day at Tanjung Aan Beach

Tanjung Aan Beach, Lombok

Located in Kuta, Tanjung Aan Beach is a beach that does not disappoint any of its guests, as it receives everyone with warm, turquoise waters and soft/ powdery sand.

The perfect beach day awaits you at Tanjung Aan Beach not only for its pristine waters and sand, but also for the rows of restaurants serving local Lombok food, cafes, and places to purchase water, snacks, and even coconuts.

Take a seat at one of their swing chairs for the perfect capture, and after you’ve refueled and rested, check out some other water activities to participate in.

Beach activities include surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and of course, swimming and relaxing to take in the views.

If you travel with a scooter, you may have to pay a fee of 10,000 IDR.

15. Take your picture inside Bangkang Cave

Bangkang Cave, Lombok

Situated within the hills of Kuta, is a system of caves that house more than a few bats. Many of these caves are accessible to people and therefore are frequented by travelers.

Bangkang Cave is a bat cave that invites visitors to go down via the bamboo stairs, all the way to the interior of the cave.

Inside, you’re met with bats and burning coconuts that combined with the sun rays that pour into the cave, create a smoky, almost mystical experience.

Many travelers are lured into this cave simply because of the amazing captures you can get when the sun enters the cracks of the cave, creating a beautiful smoky effect.

If you want to capture the smoky snaps, go around 12 pm when the sun is fully shining.

The entrance fee for the cave is 60,000 IDR.

16. Challenge yourself to an adventurous rafting experience

rafting in Lombok

Get your adrenaline going by renting a raft and going down the raging waters of some of Lombok’s most iconic rivers in the most abundant rainforests and jungles.

Get a deeper appreciation for the natural landscape of Lombok, and be guided by professional rafters who will keep you safe throughout the rafting experience.

Perfect for a day out solo, or traveling with family. Raft through Karang Jangkok River, pass through the Sesaot Village, rice fields, and more.

Some rafting tours include ground transportation, a traditional Indonesian lunch, safety insurance, a guide, and equipment.

Rafting tours start at $52 USD, and tours are offered either half-day or complete days typically offering other activities in the package like hiking or swimming on the most beautiful Lombok beaches nearby.

17. Stand under the refreshing cascades at Benang Stokel Waterfall

Benang Stokel Waterfall, Lombok

Sitting at the foothill of Rinjani Mount is the magnificent cascade of two waterfalls called Benang Stokel Waterfall. Different from the neighboring Benang Kelambu Waterfall, this one is not apt for swimming in, simply because it’s too shallow.

However, it’s a great waterfall to walk under and let yourself be showered by some of the purest water.

Benang Stockel Waterfalls is open between 7 am- 6 pm, and if you’re in a rush and don’t want to worry about planning the trip yourself, make sure to check out a Benang Stokel Waterfall tour.

For 5-8 hours, the tour will take you to the Benang Stokel Waterfall, Benang Kelambu Waterfalls, and a few other surrounding waterfalls, for the day.

The tour includes the tour guide and air-conditioned ground transport.

18. See the Hindu and Wektu beliefs come together at Lingsar Temple

Lingsar Temple, Lombok

Built in 1714, the Lingsar Temple is a building that represents the mix of two religions – Hindu and Wektu Telu. The Hindu religion represents the religion practiced and brought from the Bali people, and Wektu Telu is a religion practiced by the indigenous Lombok group, Sasak.

The result is a potent cultural, heritage, and religious blend that is not only impressive to admire, but also one that brings together the Indonesian islands.

While the building is a representation of both beliefs, when visiting, travelers will see that the southern area of the grounds is for Wektu Telu worship, while the northern region is dedicated to Hindu practice.

To enter the temple’s interior, a sash or sarong is required to be worn, which are available for rent outside the temple. To get a detailed explanation of the temple, and the grounds, make sure to check out a walking tour in Lombok!

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