Cool down and swim under the falls at one of Lombok’s many waterfalls, most of which are located on the north of the island. The most famous waterfall is Tiu Kelep, known for its size and the force of its water. To get there, visitors must follow a trail through a rainforest, first stopping at Sendang Gile, a smaller waterfall, before reaching Tiu Kelep.
Gangga Waterfall has three ‘stages’, a visit there is perfect for adventure lovers, as seeing the whole waterfall involves climbing and trekking between the three levels. Central Lombok is also home to Benang Stokel, a collection of five different waterfalls within a few minutes’ walk of each other. One is called Benang Kelambu, appropriately meaning ‘curtain threads’, as the water flows down a huge wall draped in vines.
Relax on Gili Air
Gili Air is the second largest of the three main Gili Islands and is a good choice if you want something a little more serene than neighboring Gili Trawangan.
It is also one of the best places to come if you want to try some diving in Indonesia as the visibility is excellent. You will find a range of spots off shore including pretty coral gardens that are the grazing sites of graceful turtles and elegant rays.
Take a scenic hike in mount Rinjani
Not only is Rinjani the second highest mountain in Indonesia, it is also an active volcano. Towering over the island at 3,726 meters high, a hike to its summit is a phenomenal multi-day experience that also takes in another wonder, the crescent-shaped crater lake Segara Anak. But if you do not fancy the long hike here, there is always Bukit Pergasingan, a hill that looks out onto Rinjani and the colorful patchwork quilt of fields below.
Visit a Pearl Farm
People may not realize that Lombok is famous for its pearl farms, and this is big business in the area, with some of the prettiest pearls in Southeast Asia cultivated here.
One place where you can see the pearls is the Autore Pearl Farm and there is a tour which is perfect for tourists that will fill you in on everything you want to know about pearl cultivation. There is also a showroom where you can buy some pearl products and support the local pearl farming business in Lombok.
Enjoy sunset at Kuta beach
Lombok’s Kuta is a smaller and more restful version of Bali’s beach of the same name. Though parasailing and banana boat rides are available, the main draw are the sunsets, which ignite the sea and sky with reds, oranges and golds. The center of Lombok’s backpacking scene, Kuta manages to maintain its village feel despite the range of eating and drinking establishments, giving the area an egalitarian atmosphere where everyone feels welcome.
Explore Narmada Water Park
Narmada Water Park is actually something of a misnomer as this is not an amusement park but actually more of a water palace. The park was built in 1727 under the sage guidance of King Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Karang Asem and is seen as an important religious and spiritual retreat by those who follow the Hindu faith. Make sure to check out the amazing architecture here as the park is built to mirror the shape of Mount Rinjani which is the highest peak on Lombok and also considered to be a sacred mountain.
The park is surrounded by lush gardens which are perfect for an afternoon stroll as there are natural springs here that give the park its water element. Narmada Water Park is not as grand as some of the more famous water parks in Bali but it is well worth a visit if you want to check out some ancient architecture in Lombok.