Lombok is a gorgeous Indonesian island that is often overlooked by Bali, its neighbouring island. This hidden gem is less visited with next to no tourist crowds, so you can enjoy an authentic travel experience here. The laid-back island boasts beautiful beaches, colourful marine species, a melting pot of cultures, natural wonders and year-round colourful festivals. Lombok is particularly renowned for its surfing… There are surf breaks to suit everyone here, from beginners to experts. Experienced surfers normally head to Desert Point which is considered to have some of the best waves in the world, and Selong Belanak is popular with learners who regularly take lessons here. Trekking is another renowned activity in Lombok; Gunung Rinjani, the second-highest volcano in Indonesia dominates the island with a number of scenic slopes amidst tropical settings, with various trekking options. The breath-takingly beautiful Segara Anak crater lake is set at the volcano’s summit. You can also trek to Tiu Kelep Waterfall in Lombok, which is surrounded by tropical jungle, flora and fauna and has a natural pool at its base - perfect for a refreshing dip after a hike in the heat. Brightsun Travel offers great value holidays to Lombok.
Lombok is a cultural island with a number of traditional villages, many of which are home to the native Sasak tribe. Tetebatu Village is worth exploring; it’s set amongst lush green forests and rice paddies, similar to Ubud in Bali and has been inhabited by the Sasak for a long period of time, so is an ideal place to learn about this traditional culture and witness locals conducting daily activities. Beleq Village is also very immersive with a rich history, home to lots of traditional Sasak homes. This village introduces you to the Sasak way of life with local villagers often showcasing their talents, including music, dance and art. To learn more interesting stories about Lombok’s cultural heritage, visit the West Nusa Tenggara State Museum which displays indigenous artefacts and the Autore Pearl Farm, which educates you on Lombok’s pearl farming culture. The farm has a shop on site selling genuine pretty pearls which you can treat yourself to. Finally, a massive bonus of Lombok is its proximity to other islands. The Gili Islands are a popular daytrip option which boast some incredible diving and snorkelling sites. Book a holiday to Lombok with Brightsun and look forward to an array of unique travel experiences.
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