Top 3 Things to Do in Lombok
- Climbing the Mount Rinjani
Located at the northern part of the island, Gunung Rinjani stands proudly at 3,726m high, which makes it the second highest volcano in Indonesia. April to November is the best time of the year to climb. Most treks start off from Senaru or Sembalun Lawang.
A local guide is obligatory, as they are registered to Rinjani Trek Centres. As a National Park, Gunung Rinjani has a small admission fee (IDR 150,000). In exchange for your money and your efforts, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views from the top over the volcano’s crater-lake, Segara Anak. There are several glorious flora and fauna to be spotted on the road, from tropics fig trees to dangling green parrots and long-tailed grey macaques… it’s one of Lombok’s best adventures and is not to be missed!
- Hanging out in Tetebatu
Feeling worn out with trekked to the top of Gunung Rinjani? Take some time outside in the sleepy village of Tetebatu at the middle of the island, surrounded by rice terraces and clean air! Chill out in the colder climate, rent a motorcycle and explore the monkey forest, visit the scenic Jukut Waterfall and push through rice paddies to get a peek at rural lifestyle on the staircase.
If you’re feeling active, you may also head off on a jungle walk with a local guide who’ll take you to see waterfalls and swimming holes. The region around Tetebatu is also famous for local arts and crafts, and you’ll see traditional basket weaving, antiques and artisan goods. The natives here are extremely friendly and love to show off their regional culture to visitors.
- Visiting Lombok’s Neighborhood Markets
Located in Mataram, that is Lombok’s largest city, Cakranegara Market is one of Lombok’s best niches if you’re looking for garments, traditional jewelry or memorabilia. Pick up some regional Indonesian pottery while you’re there and take it home as a souvenir. Close to Lombok’s first mosque, Bayan Beleq, you’ll find Tanjung Traditional Economy that is also a fantastic place to pick up handicrafts. Don’t forget to test your haggling skills!