You could easily spend a lot of time in Lombok doing a whole lotta nothing and drinking a whole lotta Bintang. But if you do fancy getting active, we've a few suggestions below. Later on in this blog we'll go into some of these trips, and more, in more detail!
Surfing & Watersports
Well of course! South Lombok is famed for it’s variety of breaks and uncrowded waves. You’ll find beach, seaweed and reef breaks suitable for surfers of all levels, most no further than 30 minutes drive from Kuta. Although there are some breaks such as Desert Point that are well worth a day trip to for advanced surfers. If the wind conditions are suitable you can also go kitesurfing. For a more gentle water experience, rent out some SUP boards and paddle around some of the various bays. You can contact us for lessons, camps and guiding, or advice on the local spots.
Sendang Gile & Tiu Kelep Waterfalls
Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Mount Rinjani, in Senaru, lies a pair of waterfalls that are well worth the 2 hour drive from Kuta. Located on the main road through the town (look for the signs) You can just pay 10,000k for entry, or take a guide for 250,000, which may be advisable to reach the second fall - the path is tricky.
The first of the pair, Sendang Gile will see you descend a fair few steps to get to, around 15 minutes from the parking area. But Tiu Kelep is a good 30 minute clamber through tunnels (optional), jungle and slippery streams. It really is worth the effort though to view this impressive force of nature come into view surrounded by lush forest. Take a dip in it’s crystal waters or just take some time to take in this natural phenomenon.
There are countless snorkel spots off the coast of Lombok. Head to Sekotong in the South West and grab a boat around the lesser known ‘South West Gilis’ - Nanggu, Tangkong, Sudat, and a bit further South lies Gede, Layar and Asahan. The coral reef in these areas is abundant with colourful marine life, and most of the islands are uninhabited, although you’ll find simple beach cottages on the larger Gede, Asahan and Nanggu if you fancy staying the night.
On the East side of Lombok, head to the famous fish market of Tanjung Luar and hire a boat which will take you to even more uninhabited islands and stunning reefs, with a stop off at the famous ‘Pink Beach’ where you can grab a simple bite to eat.
Tetebatu is another jungle paradise if you fancy getting away from the beaches. Surrounded by rice paddies and rich farmland, its cooler climate is ideal for trekking around the base of Rinjani, and visiting other waterfalls such as Jeruk Manis. You'll also find traditional Sasak villages where you can witness traditional hand weaving or stick fighting. A guide is advisable to ensure you get the most out of your trip.
Benang Stokel & Benang Kelambu Waterfalls
If you're not quite up to the trip to Tiu Kelep, you can visit another pair of falls just an hour or so from Kuta and with a lot less 'off the beaten path' trekking. The first fall is only 10 or so minutes from the parking area and also gives you the opportunity for some 'cliff' jumping into a large pool. The second fall is about 20 minutes walk further on, and it is definitely worth continuing. Here you will find falls cascading over jungle vines, into a smaller pool where you can swim and stand underneath the water. It's a popular one with locals, so try and avoid weekends.
Like it’s notorious sister island Bali, Lombok is becoming popular for yoga enthusiasts searching for a new oasis of peace and tranquility, and where better to find it? Mana Yoga is a gem in Kuta, it’s open air studio nestled amongst a tropical garden offering a range of classes for all levels. With friendly and welcoming teachers, an on-site cafe offering vegetarian and vegan snacks, and a dedication to lowering their impact on the environment and supporting the community - they have a huge thumbs up from us!