5 Places to Visit in Lombok: From Surfing Waves to Weaving Threads

Lombok Island, cradled within the Indonesian archipelago, is an enchanting haven that attracts both locals and expats in search of the perfect vacation. Located between Bali and Sumbawa, Lombok is growing in popularity with its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. It is a destination that seamlessly combines tradition and exploration, making it a magnet for all kinds of travelers.

Lombok’s allure as the ultimate vacation spot lies in its versatility. Whether you’re an avid surfer, a cultural connoisseur, or a nature enthusiast, this island has something to offer to everyone. With a serene atmosphere that stands in contrast to the bustling streets of Bali, it’s the perfect refuge for those seeking a more peaceful, laid-back experience.

Here, we’ll uncover the five best destinations and activities that make Lombok an unforgettable getaway.

1. Sade Cultural Village


Sade is a traditional village in Lombok, home to the Sasak tribe. This village has been standing strong against the force of modernization while embracing their traditionality, which has been maintained and cared for through 15 generations. In order to preserve the authenticity of the residents, Sade Village implements the one-family wedding custom, which means that Sade people cannot marry a person outside their tribe.

When you’re in Sade, you’ll be greeted by a local guide who will assist you by providing all the information about the village while you roam around and enjoy the beauty of the village.

In this village, you’ll see the Sasak women weaving spools of thread. For Sasak women, mastering the art of weaving is an obligation.Their handwoven fabrics, nensek, is a form of their authentic tradition. The price offered for one piece of woven cloth varies from IDR 50,000 to IDR 400,000.

2. Kuta Mandalika


Kuta Mandalika is a vibrant coastal town in Southern Lombok where you can indulge yourself in retail therapy; picking up unique souvenirs and handicrafts at the bustling local markets. Stroll along the pristine beaches, and when you’re ready for a break, relish a cup of aromatic coffee at one of the charming cafes. Kuta Mandalika is the perfect spot to unwind and immerse yourself in the island’s laid-back vibes

3. Gili Islands

A trip to Lombok is incomplete without a visit to the enchanting Gili Islands. Explore Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air, each with its natural charm, alluring anyone to dive in. Snorkel among colorful coral reefs, bike through car-free lanes, or simply laze on unspoiled powdery white sandy beaches.

You can snorkel right off the beach and encounter a colorful array of coral and marine life. The island’s shallow reefs make it an ideal spot for newbie snorkelers, and the gentle sea breezes create a soothing ambiance, perfect for unwinding.

Offering natural underwater beauty and ominous dive sites like Shark Reef, The Gili islands has become a popular destination for tourists looking for a remote island experience.

4. Sembalun


Sembalun is a perfect gateway to adventure in Lombok. Nestled at the foot of Mount Rinjani, you can embark on treks to witness stunning landscapes and experience the thrill of summiting the island’s highest peak.

From Sembalun, you can also visit the amazing Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or just starting, Sembalun has something for everyone, promising an adrenaline-pumping journey through lush landscapes.

5. Mt. Rinjani & Lake Segara: A Majestic Ascent

By Giorgi Shakarashvili via Unsplash

For the ultimate adventure, challenge yourself to conquer Mount Rinjani!
Standing tall at over 3,700 meters, this volcanic giant offers treks that challenge and inspire. What sets this experience apart is not just the climb itself, but the breathtaking view that accompanies your ascent.

But the pinnacle of this expedition, both literally and figuratively, is the sunrise view from the summit. As you descend into the caldera, you’ll encounter Lake Segara, a pristine, emerald-green crater lake.

The still waters of Lake Segara mirror the surrounding peaks, creating a surreal, almost dream-like atmosphere. It’s a place where you’ll find tranquility and a dip in its refreshing waters provides a welcome respite after the climb.This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with lasting memories!

After days filled with unforgettable experiences, the question becomes, “Where can I find a retreat that matches the magic of Lombok?”

At Bobocabin, you’re not just booking a place to sleep; you’re securing an extension of your adventure, nestled in the heart of Lombok’s untamed beauty. Bobocabin is the chapter where your adventures find a perfect ending – a place where you can cherish your memories, relish the serenity of the island, and dream of the Lombok that will forever stay in your heart.

If you’re planning a trip to Lombok soon, book your cabin via app and find serenity at Bobocabin Gunung Rinjani!

Writer: Dyani Patricia

Header image by: By Danny De groot via Unsplash



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