If you are looking for an Indonesian adventure beyond Bali, use this 7 day Lombok itinerary to guide your stay on one of Indonesia’s most magical islands. Lombok is Bali’s next-door neighbor and an island that is often referred to as “Bali 20 years ago”. It is a hidden gem in Indonesia that has experienced a surge of tourism in the last few years due to people wanting to see its beauty and authenticity.
The tourism in Lombok is not even close to what Bali experiences, which makes it all the more enjoyable. The streets are not full of tourists, attractions haven’t become packed and unenjoyable, and the beaches offer a private, intimate experience. Lombok is the ideal place to escape to for a tropical and exciting getaway that is full of things to do! From the stunning, picture-perfect beaches to the magnificent waterfalls, to the stretching rice fields, Lombok is a gold mine of excitement.
Use this 7 day Lombok itinerary to guide your stay! Feel free to change some things around depending on your desires.
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7 Day Lombok Itinerary
Lombok Itinerary Day 1: Kuta
Day one in Lombok is all about exploring your home base for the next 4 days, Kuta. This is one of the main tourist towns in Lombok and one of the best places to set up a base during your stay in Lombok. Kuta is full of beautiful resorts, and restaurants, and is in close proximity to some of the best beaches on the island.
Best Places to Stay in Kuta
What to do in Kuta, Lombok
The main thing to do in Kuta is to walk the streets and explore. For the main tourist city, you may be surprised by how small it is, and seeing almost all of the city on foot will only take an hour or two. However, along the way, you will surely stop and admire the interesting surroundings, shops, and attractions. Lombok is very unlike Bali and if you are comparing the two you will really see the differences when walking around.
Kuta has quite a few shops in the main city center. These range from clothing stores, swimwear stores, natural beauty items, and more. A day in the city offers the perfect time to pick up a new clothing item or replace something you forgot.
The main beach that sits in front of Kuta is Kuta Beach. This is not the most amazing beach in Lombok but is worth a view while you are exploring.
Lombok has some amazing restaurants that serve a variety of different options. You can find authentic Indonesian food, healthy vegan, Italian, and more. The food is amazing and the prices are even better. You can get a complete meal for around 40,000 IDR (€2.5!)
Here are some of the best restaurants in Kuta:
- Kenza Restaurant
- Bamba Restaurant
- Milk Espresso – Kuta, Lombok
- Sapori Italain Restaurnt
Lombok Itinerary Day 2: Tanjung Aan Beach & Bukit Merese Sunset
Just a short distance from Kuta is Tanjung Aan Beach, one of Lombok’s most beautiful beaches. This is the ideal place to spend the day enjoying a magical, and private beach day experience. More so, besides the beach are the famous Bukit Merese Hills which are amazing to hike and for viewing the sunset from. With all this beauty and excitement a full day is required to dedicate enough time to explore and relish in the beauty of these two spots.
All about Tanjung Aan Beach
Getting to the beach
You can get to Tanjung Aan Beach either by scooter or by car. The best and most cost-effective way to get there is by renting a scooter from your resort. A one-day scooter rental costs around 50,000 IDR which is only around €4. With a scooter, it is best to use Google Maps to this location to direct your way to the beach. The roads are not the best so be prepared to drive slow while avoiding potholes and see some very interesting rural parts of Lombok.
There is also the option to hire a private driver for the day. This is a pretty popular option for tourists in Lombok if you have a full day planned and need to travel far distances. A private driver costs around 500,000 IDR (€30) for 8 hours. With how close Tanjung Aan is, a private driver is not worth it, unless you cannot drive a scooter.
There is an Entrance / Parking Fee of 10,000 IDR (€0.61).
Details about the beach
Tanjung Aan is most famous for its vivid blue waters, white sands, and picturesque views. It is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen and a must-visit for anyone in Lombok. The best thing about it is that it is huge and isn’t packed with people. You can easily escape down the beach and feel like you are all alone.
This beach offers sunbeds for rent for 25,000 IDR (€1.50) per sunbed. This also includes a cushion and an umbrella. However, you can also eat at one of the local restaurants like the Pink Swing Cafe or Turtle Warung and get a sunbed for free with your meal. And yes, there are restaurants on the beach and they are extremely tasty! The Pink Swing Cafe has some of the best Indonesian food ever and so many vegetarian options. A full meal costs around 30,000 (€1.80).
All about Bukit Merese Sunset Hills
Directly beside Tanjung Aan Beach are the famous Bukit Merese Hills. These are ideal for hiking and viewing the beach and surrounding areas of Lombok from above. The views are spectacular and you might even catch some cows and sheep grazing.
Although hiking the hills and viewing Lombok during the day is beautiful, the real specialty comes during sunset. This is one of the best places in Lombok to watch the sunset as it descends into the water. The viewpoint is spectacular and gives you a show like no other. What’s also great is that, unlike most sunset spots in the world, this one has very few people and you can enjoy the sunset intimately.
Lombok Itinerary Day 3: Tetebatu Rice Terraces
People from around the world go to Bali to see the infamous rice terraces, but what they don’t know is that there are rice terraces in Lombok that are even better. What makes the rice terraces in Lombok so much better is that they are real and actually used by the Tetabatu community as the main rice-growing fields to feed the village. While in Bali they are just set up for tourists to view. Seeing the real fields and getting to view them and learn about them from a local perspective is very special.
All about Tetebatu Rice Terraces
The rice terraces at Tetebatu cannot be explored on your own. You have to have a local guide bring you around. This is mainly because they actually use the rice that grows in these fields and they don’t want people ruing them, and because getting around them is quite complicated and someone who knows the area is needed. My tour guide’s name was Roonie and this is his page on TripAdvisor for you to check out.
You not only get to see the rice terraces here but also learn about them. The tour guide will explain the growing process, the irrigation process, the different types of rice, and more! This experience goes beyond just seeing something beautiful but also learning and immersing yourself in their way to life. Along the way, you will also stop at a waterfall that you can swim in and a black monkey forest. Plus, the people of Tetebatu grow fresh cocoa, vanilla, tomatoes, chili beans, and banana and you will get to see these fresh products along the tour.
At the end of the tour, you are able to purchase some of the locally grown spices or locally made products to take home. This is a great idea for a souvenir but also to support the local economy.
Lombok Itinerary Day 4: Pink Beach
Pink beaches are rare, with only a few in the whole world. Luckily, one of them is located in Lombok just a short distance from Kuta. This is not as private of a beach as Tanjung Aan as people are drawn to see the pink-hued sand that is so rare. But private or not, it is still an amazing sight to see and well worth a day’s visit during your 7 day Lombok itinerary
All about Pink Beach
How to get to pink beach
Pink Beach is located quite a distance from most of Lombok’s attractions but making the journey is well worth it. You can get here either by a private driver or by a scooter. The drive is around 1.5 hours, so use your best judgment when deciding on the mode of transportation you prefer. With a private driver, you can have a more enjoyable journey and can even stop along the way if anything catches your eye.
Things to know
As mentioned the pink beach is not as private as Lombok’s other beaches as it is a very popular tourist spot. The beach has an entrance fee of 50,000 IDR (2.91€) which is rare for Lombok but is still worth the visit. The vibrance of the pink of the sand depends on the time of day. In the morning the pink is more bright and vibrant and it gets less as the day goes on. Keep this in mind when planning your drive over.
Lombok Itinerary Day 5: Waterfalls
Indonesia is a waterfall paradise and Lombok holds some of the best. The waterfalls in Lombok are huge and untouched by tourism and exploring them feels like a jungle adventure. The waterfalls in Bali are also beautiful but they don’t hold the same untouched and raw feeling that the ones in Lombok have. The main waterfalls are located in Northern Lombok and are called Northern Lombok and called Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile.
The next stop on this itinerary is the Gili Islands which is also located in Northern Lombok. Therefore, it is best to pack your bags and move to a new accommodation in Northern Lombok to avoid traveling back and forth the next day.
Best Places to Stay in Northern Lombok
All about the waterfalls
How to get to the waterfalls
Since you will be moving all your luggage the best way to get to the waterfalls is with a private driver (500,000 IDR (€30)) for 8 hours. With this option, they can bring you to your new accommodation and to the waterfalls and back.
Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile are two huge waterfalls located near the small town of Senaru. Once you arrive in the town there are signs leading to the waterfalls. If you get lost you can ask a local for help, or book a tour so you can have a guide to bring you to them with ease. During your 7 day Lombok itinerary you will fall in love with the natural beauty of the island.
Lombok Itinerary Day 6-7: Gili Islands
The Gili islands are some of Lombok’s most famous islands. People often take speed boats over from Bali to visit these islands and spend a night or two enjoying their beauty. The most popular Gili islands are Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. They are most famous for their stunning blue waters, beautiful beaches, and amazing snorkeling spots. To really enjoy the islands it is best to find new accommodation on one of them and spend the night.
Where to stay on the Gili Islands
The best island to stay on for a lively nightlife is Gili Trawangan and the best island to stay on for a relaxing stay is Gili Air.
How to get to the Gili Islands
The best way to get to the Gili islands is by taking the public ferry from Bangsal. The tickets cost 10,000 IDR (€0.58). The ferries leave at random times and finding a seat can sometimes be a challenge. Be sure to arrive early so ensure you can catch one of the ferries and arrive at your destination. If all else fails you can go to Teluk Nara and pay for a fast boat from there (this is the more expensive option).
All about the Gili islands
The Gili islands are stunning and a great place to end your Lombok adventures. Gili Trawangan is the biggest Gili island and is packed with beaches, is great for snorkeling and admiring the vibrant marine life, and is the best place for partying. Gili Air is the second-largest and a great place for relaxing and snorkeling amongst the coral.
When to visit Lombok
The best time to visit Lombok depends on weather conditions, water activities, and your personal preferences. Here’s a breakdown of the seasons in Lombok:
- Dry Season (April to September): The dry season in Lombok is considered the peak tourist season. During these months, you can expect warm and sunny weather with minimal rainfall. It’s an ideal time for beach activities, snorkeling, diving, and exploring the island’s natural beauty. The sea is calm, making it perfect for water sports and boat trips to the Gili Islands. However, keep in mind that this is also the busiest time, so popular tourist spots can be crowded.
- Wet Season (October to March): The wet season in Lombok brings higher chances of rainfall and occasional storms. While it may rain more frequently, it usually doesn’t rain all day long, and you can still enjoy some sunny periods. The advantage of visiting during the wet season is that the island is less crowded, and accommodation rates may be lower. It’s also a great time for surfers, as the waves can be larger and more consistent.
- Shoulder Season (April, May, September): The months of April, May, and September are considered the shoulder season in Lombok. During this time, the weather is generally pleasant, with fewer crowds compared to the peak season. It’s a good compromise between enjoying decent weather and avoiding the high tourist influx. You may find better deals on accommodations and have a more relaxed experience exploring the island.
It’s important to note that weather patterns can vary, and unexpected rain showers can occur even during the dry season. It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before your trip.
Ultimately, the best time to visit Lombok depends on your preferences. If you prefer sunny and dry conditions, the dry season is the ideal time. If you don’t mind occasional rain showers and want to avoid crowds, the shoulder season can be a great option. Regardless of the time you choose, Lombok’s natural beauty and warm hospitality will leave you with incredible memories.
Lombok Travel Tips
- Plan your itinerary: Lombok offers a variety of attractions, from beautiful beaches and waterfalls to traditional villages and the famous Mount Rinjani. Plan your itinerary in advance to make sure you can cover the places you want to visit and allow for some flexibility.
- Choose the right time to visit: Consider the weather and your preferred activities when deciding on the best time to visit Lombok. The dry season (April to September) is popular for outdoor activities and beach time, while the wet season (October to March) is great for surfing and enjoying fewer crowds.
- Pack accordingly: Pack lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for the tropical climate. Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, and comfortable walking shoes. If you plan to hike Mount Rinjani, be sure to bring appropriate gear and warm clothing.
- Respect local customs and traditions: Lombok is predominantly Muslim, and it’s important to respect local customs and dress modestly when visiting temples or conservative areas. It’s customary to remove your shoes before entering mosques or homes, and it’s polite to ask for permission before taking photos of locals.
- Stay hydrated and take precautions: Lombok’s climate can be hot and humid, so it’s essential to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Avoid tap water and opt for bottled water instead. Take precautions against mosquito bites by using repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants, especially during evenings and in rural areas.
- Explore the Gili Islands: Lombok is known for its proximity to the stunning Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno). Consider spending a few days exploring these beautiful islands, famous for their crystal-clear waters, coral reefs, and laid-back atmosphere. You can reach the Gili Islands by speedboat from Lombok.
- Try local cuisine: Lombok offers a delicious range of local dishes. Don’t miss trying Ayam Taliwang (grilled chicken with spicy sauce), Plecing Kangkung (water spinach salad), and Sasak-style grilled fish. Explore local markets and street food stalls for authentic flavors.
- Bargain at local markets: Lombok has vibrant markets where you can find handicrafts, textiles, and traditional artworks. Practice your bargaining skills to get the best deals. Remember to be respectful and polite during negotiations.
- Be cautious with water activities: While Lombok’s beaches and waters are beautiful, it’s important to exercise caution during water activities. Swim in designated areas, follow safety instructions for snorkeling or diving trips, and be aware of currents and tides.
- Learn basic Indonesian phrases: Although English is spoken in tourist areas, learning a few basic Indonesian phrases can go a long way in communicating with locals and showing respect for their culture. Simple greetings and polite phrases are always appreciated.
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This 7 day Lombok itinerary is packed full of all the best the island has to offer. With only a short time to spend in Lombok, you have to make the most of it and see as much beauty and magic and you can. Use this itinerary to guide your Lombok adventures and enjoy it!
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