Not far from the island of the gods Bali, makes Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) as one of the increasingly popular and growing tourist destinations. Similar to Bali, Lombok also offers beautiful natural scenery with beaches, islands, hills and even the second highest volcano in Indonesia.
From the cultural side, Lombok is no less competitive with the Customary Villages whose citizens still undergo ceremonial rituals and preserve their culture until now. Make sure Lombok goes into your vacation plans this year, along with a review of 5 essential destinations that you must visit while in Lombok.
1. Tanjung Aan Beach
This beach in the south of Lombok has a unique sand texture that is unique to pepper seeds. The surrounding area is surrounded by lush trees and hills that you can climb to see the beach area from a height.
Besides climbing the hill, you can also do various activities such as snorkeling, relaxing by the beach, and even surfing.
If you come here in February, you can witness the Bau Nyale ritual. That is looking for sea worms that are believed by the surrounding community as the reincarnation of Princess Mandalika.
2. Mount Rinjani
One of the natural tourism icons in Lombok which is the second highest volcano in Indonesia with an altitude of 3,726 meters above sea level (masl). Even though the track is quite heavy, don’t be afraid because there are many tour operators who can help you climb Mount Rinjani and see the beauty of this mountain.
Along the way, your eyes are spoiled by the expanse of rainforest trees and vast savanna complete with Edelweis.
On the way to the summit, you can also rest in Lake Segara Anak whose water is bluish in color and sparkling in the sun.
3. Merese Hill
In contrast to Rinjani, it doesn’t require much effort to pass a difficult track to get to the top of the hill and enjoy the stretch of beach that can be seen from here.
Simply walk up a short hike and you can immediately see the view of the Tanjung Aan coastline to Batu Payung. Sitting on the grass with the sound of the waves and the breeze. Guaranteed to make you feel comfortable for long here. Moreover, Bukit Merese is one of the best spots to wait for the sunset in Lombok with its exotic nuances. It could be an unforgettable experience!
4. Sade Village
Are you satisfied admiring the natural scenery in Lombok?. There is another wealth of Lombok that is the culture of Lombok which is still preserved today in the villages of Sade and Sasak. You can see traditional houses that still use wooden poles for support. Dry reeds are used as roofs and bamboo walls.
The house is inhabited by native Sade Village people who are still of one descendant because they are intermarrying between siblings. One of the livelihoods of villagers is to sell woven fabrics that are traditionally made. Weaving starts from spinning dry cotton to be used as yarn and then coloring the yarn with natural materials.
You can buy woven fabric that is ready and learn to make woven fabric using traditional tools.
5. Gili Trawangan
Want to relax or party, Gili Trawangan is the right destination to cover your trip in Lombok. This island without a motorized vehicle and white sand has become one of the main attractions when visiting Lombok.
There are many activities you can do here, from tasting fresh seafood, sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, seeing turtles, canoeing, kayaking, to restaurant hopping.
You can spend the night at various inns available, ranging from hostels, glamping, cottages to resorts that have a private beach.
On Gili Trawangan, you can also take diving courses provided by various diving operators who have training pool facilities to equipment and diving boats.
That is a review of 5 essential destinations when you visit Lombok. You haven’t felt Lombok as much as possible if you haven’t been to all the places above. So, are you ready to explore Lombok?