Lombok Travel Guide plus the Gili Islands

Your Lombok travel guide to the emerging next top destination of Indonesia as it lies just to the east of Bali. Lombok also boasts pristine beaches, crystal clear blue seas, diving spots and surfers nooks, but without all the tourist crowd of Bali.

Visit Lombok for is powdery white sand beach, dive into deep sea that is filled with corals and marine life, and hike up Mount Rinjani that stood majestically over Lombok’s villages rich with culture, history and people.

Just off the coasts from east Lombok is Gili Islands which is not too far west from Bali. Smack right in between this powerhouses, Gili Islands is the last remote islands you can get around here. There are no motorized vehicles allowed on these islands that are made up of three islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. It goes without saying you can find nature’s best here, untouched and unspoilt, therefore explore away on land and dive deep into the uncharted seas.

Lombok Travel Map

Places to Visit in Lombok

Lombok – with its own famous circle of independent travelers enjoying for years since its beautiful beaches, diving spot and volcanic mountain, Mount Rinjani that was a favourite of many hikers.

Kuta, Lombok – not to be mistaken for the famous Kuta in Bali, this place is in contrary not overrun by tourists or overdeveloped. It maintains its natural beauty with coastal cliffs and mountains, and friendly local people. It also boasts some of the best surfing in the world.

Top 10 Best Beaches in Lombok – here’s our list of the best beaches you can find in Lombok.

Senaru Waterfalls

Sengigi Beach


Lombok’s Activities

Trekking Mount Rinjani, Lombok – The second highest volcano in Indonesia, which promises a breathtaking view after an adventourous hike.

Top 10 Things to Do in Lombok

Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok beach, Indonesia. Photo by Tanti Ruwani

Where to Stay in Lombok

Best Accommodations in Lombok

Booking.com is a good choice becuase most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility.
Agoda.com is another good alternative because they have the most extensive hotel listings in Asia.

Most people stay around Senggigi beach area in Lombok, with its variety of accommodation choices as well as restaurants. Another choice would be to stay at Mangsit beach, where there are many choices in from mid-range to budget. If you want to go for more hype than the upcoming place is Kuta, Lombok.

-> Read Best places to stay in Lombok

Fishing Boat in Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia

Fishing Boat in Gili Trawangan, Lombok. Photo by Walter-Wilhelm

Gili Islands Travel Guide

The Gili Islands are the archipelago of three islands which is Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Locally it is known Tiga Gili (means three Gilis) or Kepulauan Gili (Gili Islands). They are nestled in between Bali and Lombok, these islands are the answer to those who seek remote island experience, which is so rare nowadays. Small huts and resorts sprawled sporadic across non-motorized streets, this place is a paradise.

Must read – Which Gili Islands is for you?

Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – check out the travel guide to these islands with what to see, things to do, where to stay, what to eat and how to get there.

Gili Air travel guide – Find out all about Gili Air, the smallest island of the trio. There are many things to do, great places to stay and more!

Gili Islands Activities

Top 10 Things to Do on the Gili Islands

Where to stay on Gili Islands

As the demand is higher than the supply here, the prices tend to be higher than its counterparts of Bali and Lombok. The choices are you usual backpackers inns and guesthouses.Also do pre-book during peak season too, which are July-August and December-January.

Gili Trawangan

Most of the good hotels to stay are on Gili Trawangan * as it is also the largest and the most popular. Here are few of the best ones:

-> Read our guide to Gili Trawangan Accomodations, hotels and resorts

Gili Meno

For somewhere quieter yet not too quiet, Gili Meno is where you want to stay *. It is like a mix in between the vibrant Gili Trawangan and the serene Gili Air.

Gili Air

If you are looking more of a local bungalow style and homestay kind, then stay at Gili Air * where you can find the ultimate peace and quietness of a village life.

If you are looking for the famous swing at the sea of Gili Islands, it is located at Ombak Sunset resort hotel * at Gili Trawangan.

The swing at Gili Islands at Ombak Sunset, Indonesia

The swing at Gili Islands at Ombak Sunset resort hotel *. Photo by Dennis Keller

Travel Tips to Lombok and Gili Islands

Daily travel budget for Bali and Lombok
Weather in Lombok – When to go
Best way to get from Bali to Gili Islands
Lombok or Gili Islands?

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