Lombok is home to a diverse landscape. Stunning coastlines in the South are home to world class surf breaks, kite-surfing, fishing and crystal waters. Further North, near the base of Rinjani, land is more fertile, and you can explore lush rice paddies, jungles and swim in fresh waterfalls. Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu are a pair of such falls, nestled in the foothills just South of Rinjani. They are easily accessible and great day trip from Kuta or Sengiggi.
You can arrange this trip via most accommodation or tourist stands but if you want to try yourself, the waterfalls can easily be located on Google Maps and downloaded offline. It takes about 90 minutes and the road there is good, so hiring a scooter is a possibility. The views are beautiful so take time to stop and take pictures of the rice paddies and Rinjani. Around halfway there you'll start seeing signposts for the falls, that continue all the way to the main gate.
Park up and enter through the gate above. At the end of the street you'll find the ticket office. You can hire a guide, but entrance tickets cost just 50,000 rupiah (€3), and the path is pretty clear.
Follow a gentle path and some stairs down about 10 minutes to the first fall. The easy access means this is usually the busier one. You can swim under the falls here and it's possible to do some high jumps into a small lagoon if you're feeling brave!
This requires a bit more of a workout to get to (up and down a fair few steps for around 20-25 minutes) but it's definitely worth it. Wander through the jungle and keep and eye out for Ebony Leaf Monkeys jumping through the trees. There are small warungs dotted about selling pop mie, coffee and cold drinks.
You'll hit a car park where ojeks will drop you for 35,000k if you don't want to walk (hire them from the ticket office) and you can get one back to the main entrance if you're too tired on the way back!
Then you'll get to your final descent down to the falls (and a killer on the way back!) But you'll discover a shimmering cascade of water over giant jungle walls, and a secondary fall into a small pool, where you can relax in the fresh water and soothe your aching muscles!
When you've had enough, it's time to climb! Get back the way you came, or grab an ojek if you're tired.
Food and Drink
If you head off after a large breakfast, a few snacks and plenty of water will be enough to see you through a few hours. After all that walking, you should try out a gorgeous restaurant overlooking the rice paddies. It doesn't have a name but it's on the left hand side, around 5 minutes after you leave the Car park. You can't miss it! It's a warung with a huge fish pond, with several berugaks (bamboo shelters) dotted around it. Enjoy a hearty meal of local Ikan or Ayam Bakar (grilled fish or chicken) with an array of sides such as Beberok (A spicy bean and eggplant mix), Pelecing Kangkung (water spinach with sambal), Tofu and Tempe.