For those who are looking for a place for unforgettable vacation, Lombok can be put in your destination list. Located at across the strait of Bali, this island offers a lot of tourist attractions that are as good as its neighbor. You can also have a quieter ambience in these islands because this island is not as popular as its neighbor. After the opening of its international airport in 2011, however, there is a constant influx of tourists, both domestic and international, who travel to Lombok every year. This small island has several popular attractions that are almost similar as its neighbor, such as beaches, mountain, forests, temples, and culture villages. The most popular tourism spot is the beaches. A lot of surfers enjoy its wave, and many sun-seekers enjoy having a peaceful sunbath at beach.
This article will give some explanation about Lombok and the places that you can visit on your vacation in Lombok. The places that you can visit are listed below:
- South West Lombok: this area of Lombok offers the attractions of isolated islands, reefs, and unspoiled beaches. There are thirteen tiny islands named Southwest Gilis at southwest coast of Lombok. Hovering in the glistening turquoise water, Southwest Gilis are mostly unoccupied and most of them still remain unexplored, contrasting to the Gili islands at the northwest part of Lombok. Therefore, those islands are called “The HIdden Islands”. Not only sightseeing and sunbathing at the beaches, you can also go diving at Diving Zone within the sidewalk from Sundancer Resort. You can also do snorkeling to explore the lavish coral reefs resting just under the surface of the water.
- North Lombok: at the north, there is a snaking mountain road called Pusuk Pass. It offers magnificent sceneries of valleys and canyons, with rivers streaming through the villages and tropical forests. You can also go to Pantai Sira, a wonderful white-sand beach that offers a great snorkeling experience on the coral reef at the offshore. Another great tourist attraction in this area is Sendang Gile waterfalls, one of the most stunning waterfall in Lombok. To get to the waterfall, you have to climb down more than 200 vertical steps to be able to arrive below them.
- Senggigi: this is the key tourist attraction in Lombok. Senggigi beach is located in the middle of Senggigi as a large bay. Its major road is in line with the beach. For those who love snorkeling, Senggigi Reef will provide you a great snorkeling experience that you will never forget.
- The Cities: the major cities at Lombok: Cakranegara, Ampenan, and Mataram, offers an exciting trip, especially for those who like shopping. You can find a lot of shops selling pearls and gold easily. There are also some gold shops that sell 24K gold. You can also have a culinary trip around the street.
Those are several tourist attractions that are recommended based on Lombok map. There are still a lot of places that you can visit, which require more than a short vacation to be explored. But those places that are listed above pretty much represent Lombok especially if you only have a short vacation.