Things to Do on Lombok with Kids or Without —Best Attractions in Lombok

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With so many things to do on Lombok, it’s no wonder that adventurous Bali regulars are looking more at the island neighbor to the east. We loved exploring what to do in Lombok with kids, but there are attractions in Lombok for every type of traveler. From luxury resorts to camping on tiny islands, the attractions in Lombok span a wide and fascinating array. Read on for our Lombok travel tips, including the best snorkeling in Lombok, the best surfing in Lombok, the best Lombok beaches and more things to do on Lombok island. 

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Things to Do on Lombok – Attractions in Lombok for All

If you love beautiful beaches and lush rainforests, then you’re going to have a blast exploring things to do on Lombok. We explored Lombok with kids, but all the Lombok attractions and activities we enjoyed would be great for just about any traveler type. You’ll find amazing snorkeling in Lombok, and Lombok waterfalls are some of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen. Below I’ll tell you about many of the great things to do on Lombok island, as well as other helpful info on visiting Lombok with kids or anyone else.

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What to Do in Lombok

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Looking for scuba diving in Lombok? Maybe a day of mellow snorkeling? Or perhaps after a few days on Lombok beaches, you’re ready for some incredible Lombok waterfalls? This island has it all. Like most of Indonesia, Lombok is volcanic, and with that comes lush jungle and fascinating wildlife, both in and out of the ocean. Surfing in Lombok is also a treat, and there are surfing lessons for every age and level. Below we’ll run through some of our recommended attractions in Lombok, which include surfing lessons, overnight mountain hikes, and more. If you know of other great things to do on Lombok that aren’t listed here, let us know!

Lombok Beaches & Sunsets

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As you’d expect, one of the best things to do on Lombok is simply relaxing with your toes in the sand. It’s easy to find great beaches in Lombok for kids, you’ll be able to find a variety of beach types. The Lombok beaches in Senggigi (west) and Kuta (south) are the most popular — and populated. Here you’ll also find lots of accommodation and restaurant options as well. 

Want a more isolated beach? No problem. This is an island, after all, so you’ll find a wide variety of Lombok beaches to choose from. There are white sand beaches straight out of a postcard. There are rocky beaches that look like an alien landscape. There’s even a beach with crushed coral content that makes the sand appear pink. Sunsets from Senggigi beach area are an exceptional thing to do on Lombok with kids. The Senggigi strip has a number of beach bars and restaurants where parents can sip a cocktail while little ones run around in the sand.

Island Hopping in Lombok

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When we look back at all the attractions in Lombok that we enjoyed, I think island hopping will be one of those things to do on Lombok that we still talk about often. Lombok is surrounded by hundreds of small islands called gilis. These islands vary in size and level of development. Some have juice bars, vegan restaurants, and five-star Lombok resorts. Others are barely an island at all. Some of the best Lombok beaches are on these Gilis. Same goes for snorkeling and diving in Lombok. Island hopping is what to do in Lombok, so plan at least one day for it. 

Gili Air, Gili Meno & Gili Trawangan

Just off the northwest edge of the island, these three islands are a must-visit when in Lombok. Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan (aka “Gili T) are the three largest and most developed mini-islands around Lombok. You could spend weeks on them and not eat, sleep or do something fun at the same place twice. In fact, they are more than just things to do on Lombok. They are a destination unto themselves. 

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These three islands in Lombok are just the beginning. The less populated southern and eastern Gilis are an incredible place for diving and snorkeling in Lombok. A local driver once told me “In Gili Air, you see the fish, in the other Gilis, the fish see YOU!” (He basically meant that you were surrounded).

We did one island hopping tour in the eastern Gilis and it was one of the top highlights of our trip. Easily one of the most memorable things to do on Lombok. There is amazing snorkeling in Lombok, and island hopping is one of the best activities in Lombok with kids or with anyone who likes a little adventure. We visited multiple gilis in a boat with a slide, went snorkeling and then stayed overnight on an island with a crew that included a cook and a porter. It was amazing and one of the best things to do on Lombok for anyone. 

The Southern Gilis

Many of the best places for snorkeling and diving in Lombok are found in the small islands off the coast of southern Lombok beaches. In fact, DiveZone/TwoFish Divers — the same outfit that trained our kids for PADI Junior certification on Gili Air — have an operation here. 

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That’s right: Indonesia’s most famous island is only a short boat ride away. So is visiting Bali really an island-hopping adventure? Perhaps, technically, but it’s far from a day trip/ You’ll want to stay for a while, I’m sure. We love Bali, and there are a variety of boats that take you from Bali to Lombok and back. The ride takes anywhere from 5+ hours to less than 2, depending on what price you pay. 

Snorkeling in Lombok

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Like many places in Indonesia, the water off of Lombok beaches is teeming with life. Lots of places rent or sell snorkeling equipment, but a Lombok snorkeling tour is one of the best things to do on Lombok since it gets you closest to the most vibrant areas. You can set up snorkeling tours to the Gilis or elsewhere. That said, there is a lot of fish just offshore from the beaches in Lombok, so start there. That goes double if you’re in the south. Snorkeling in Lombok usually involves some island hopping as well, as the area around Lombok is dotted with loads of “Gili,” which is the local word for “little island.” More on island hopping in the section above. 

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PADI Scuba Diving in Lombok & the Gilis

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If you want to take it a step further than snorkeling, then try diving in Lombok. There are lots of diving courses in Lombok and the Gili Islands. Our kids got their PADI certification on Gili Air. We chose to take the PADI Junior course with DiveZone for our experience diving in Lombok. They had a good location and equipment, and great instructors. Their PADI instructor Kay knew how to make a two-day course full of lectures and quizzes interesting throughout for the kids, and they loved diving in Lombok and the Gilis. Easily one of their favorite things to do on Lombok.

Surfing in Lombok

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Anyone surfing in Lombok will find plenty of opportunities. There are lots of surfing schools in Lombok, and most are based in/near Senggigi Beach or Kuta Beach, as well as in the Gilis.

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, you’ll find surfing in Lombok a rewarding experience. Just make sure you sign up for the right kind of Lombok surfing class and let them know what level you’re looking for. In our case, we wanted something tame, but not too tame. Our kids have taken surfing lessons before in Santander, Spain and in the Canary Islands — so we didn’t want a total beginner class. We chose Lombok surfing lessons at Nayaka Surf School in Senggigi and had a great experience. The teachers knew how to handle teens and tweens, and went out of their way to make sure they were safe and looked after. One of the most thrilling things to do on Lombok that we enjoyed.

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Waterfalls in Lombok

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We like the beach, but I’d definitely say we are more “mountain” people. There are lots of great beach attractions in Lombok, but the mountains, lush hills, and jungles are beautiful as well. Hiking and trekking are what to do in Lombok, and the waterfalls in Lombok are spectacular. In our opinion, the best waterfall to see in Lombok with kids is Air Terjun Tiu Kelep in the north of the island. It’s a bit of a hike to get to, (stay or stop at the Rinjani Lodge on the way), but it’s easily one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Lombok.

There are a number of great tours that can take you to see some of these waterfalls in Lombok. You could choose Lombok tours that bring you there or jump on a scooter and drive there yourself.  Just keep in mind the distance and traffic safety. We visited half a dozen waterfalls in Lombok and felt like we were just getting started.

We rode scooters to Benang Kelam bu Lombok waterfall, a beautiful green wall with plunge pools nearby. It was stunning, but quite a long haul from Senggigi driving ourselves. It involved a 2.5-hour scooter ride…half of it on a very crowded road with a narrow shoulder and long-haul trucks barreling by. Hire a driver if you want to visit this Lombok waterfall from Senggigi. 

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Ride Scooters in Lombok

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One of my favorite things to do on Lombok with kids is just putter around on small 100-150cc scooters. We all love it, actually. Whether in Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, or Bali, we love riding scooters in Southeast Asia. It’s not really one of the top Lombok attractions, but the island is great for this.

One of the best places to ride in Lombok with kids is the coastal route from Senggigi to Bangsal harbor. There are several nice vistas to stop and soak in the view and some small, scenic Lombok beaches where mostly locals go. Ride away from the capital city of Mataram, and Lombok looks a lot like Bali. There are lots of small sleepy roads surrounded by rice fields that are fun to cruise through on two wheels. It’s what to do in Lombok when you want to leave the agenda open and just see where the wind takes you. 

Trekking in Lombok 

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Hiking in Indonesia is fantastic. In fact, we loved trekking in Sumatra so much that we went back a second time.) There is some great trekking in Lombok as well. The most popular trip for trekking in Lombok is climbing Mount Rinjani. This is not an easy hike, so we recommend it for adults and older kids only.

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Another option for trekking in Lombok is through Rinjani Women Adventure in Senaru, northern Lombok. This tour company was founded by a very strong and charismatic local woman named Katni. She wanted to provide working opportunities to women in the area, as the Lombok trekking industry was male-only. She changed the paradigm in her culture. My son and I took a tour with her company and it was one of the most educational things to do on Lombok that we participated in. We visited a local Sasak village, took a dip in a river, and wandered some trails while our guide told us about the plants and traditions of the area. We also hiked through some beautiful rice fields and then ate lunch (included) with our guides before returning. Recommended.

Rafting, Canyoning & Tubing

Long-time readers of this blog know that we’re big fans of both rafting and canyoning. You’ll find these activities in Lombok as well. Canyoning should only be considered with older kids, but many rafting and tubing trips can be made with younger ones. Just make sure to see what the age requirements are before you book.

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Sea Kayak, Stand-up Paddleboard 

It’s hard to resist the pull of all the water sports activities in Lombok with kids. Sea Kayaks are great fun, but keep in mind that a kayak on the ocean requires more endurance than a kayak on the river. We enjoy both, but sea kayaking with kids may be one of the most strenuous things to do on Lombok. Stand-up paddleboarding is a great thing to do on Lombok but choose calmer beaches.

Massages & Spa Treatments

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Traveling to Lombok with kids can be stressful: the long flights, the uncomfortable airplane seating, the jetlag, etc. One great way to work out all the kinks of a long travel day is by pampering yourself at a Lombok spa. Lots of Lombok hotels and resorts have massages and other treatments available on site. On the other hand, you’ll also find plenty of spas and other wellness centers scattered across the Gilis and the main island. The prices can be quite reasonable. 

Cooking Classes in Lombok with Kids

Food is an important part of any family travel. With this in mind, we’ve found that cooking lessons can be a great way to learn about the history and culture of a place. We certainly enjoyed it in places like Mexico, Colombia, Thailand, and Vietnam

There are well-regarded cooking classes in Lombok for kids and adults alike. You’ll find some very professional operations, but don’t discount something locally done. We’ve had friends who took classes thrown together by the family who ran their guest house, and they found them immensely rewarding.

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Where to Stay on Lombok with Kids

Where to stay in Lombok hotels & resorts

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One of our favorite things to do on Lombok was to occasionally pamper ourselves after a night or two in a tent. There are plenty of great Lombok resorts, hotels and guesthouses to choose from. Whether you’re in Lombok with kids, traveling solo or with that special someone, there are Lombok hotels to fit your budget. Here are a few places to stay in Lombok that we can recommend.

Rinjani Lodge

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One of our favorite Lombok hotels is Rinjani Lodge. This small boutique hotel is perched over a valley in the northern part of the island. Large villas overlook one of their two infinity pools, and the food in their restaurant is first-rate. You’re also close to the famous Lombok waterfall, Tiu Kelep, as well as many of the trekking outfitters that climb Mount Rinjani. A few nights at Rinjani Lodge is what to do in Lombok and one of our top recommendations. 

Pool Villa Club

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One of the great Lombok resorts is Pool Villa Club in Senggigi. This is the best resort in Lombok for those who want excellent access, an exceptional pool, and some pampering. Our kids loved the pool here, and the villa was essentially a luxury apartment. It’s all steps away from the action of Senggigi Beach and many of the best things to do on Lombok. Yet it’s quiet and calm at night. They have a great breakfast buffet, and did I mention they serve cake and other snacks in the pool from 2 pm?

Vila Nipah

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If you are looking for a secret spot away from tourist chaos, Villa Nipah is where to stay on Lombok. These villas are located between Senggigi and Bangsal Harbor. The kids loved having a pool (and stereo system) all to themselves. We loved having some privacy and being a short walk to a local, less touristy beach and the restaurants that come with it. Staff can hire you a taxi if you want to head into town. There aren’t that many things to do on Lombok within walking distance, but with our own pool and a charming local beach nearby, that was fine with us. 

Whiterose Guest House

We loved this place so much that we returned twice. No, there’s no pool. And no, it’s not in the middle of town (more like 10-minutes south of Senggigi Beach). That said, what made this where to stay on Lombok was the building, the price, the people, and the internet. The owner is Bob, a retired fisherman and safety officer from England. He and Stef, his Indonesian wife, are incredibly helpful and funny. Bob designed the place himself, and the rooms were super clean, comfortable and efficient. Good AC, good water pressure, clean sheets, all of that. He and Stef also offer lots of freebies such as water refills, cup noodles, oatmeal, snacks, and fruit. Our kids took full advantage of it all.

What makes White Rose stand out even better is the excellent wifi. The best internet in Lombok and the Gilis that we had anywhere…much better even than the luxury resorts we stayed in. Bob and Stef went back & forth to Jakarta multiple times to buy the right routers and other gear just so they could have fast, reliable wifi. Their breakfast is also great. I found portions to be larger if you ordered the Indonesian option instead of the Western ones. We rented scooters from them and hired Bob or his staff for a number of pick-up/drop-off rides to Lombok airport and Bangsal Harbor.

Rumah Putih Abu Abu

This small accommodation is located south of the Senggigi strip and has only a few rooms. Our room felt like a stylish studio apartment, and the pool at the center of the compound was beautiful. The owner is a nice middle-aged Dutch/Indonesian guy who just hangs out by the pool most days. It should be said that he has a sweet dog that can be a little protective of him (minor barking when someone arrives). You’ll need a scooter to reach all the things to do on Lombok, but it’s worth it. 

Accommodation in the Gilis

We highly recommend hopping over to Gili islands while you are in Lombok. There are so many things to do in Gili island. When you do, don’t forget to check out our list of the best hotels for family.

Lombok Travel Tips

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Located near the center of Indonesia, Lombok is the island directly east of Bali. Expect lots of boat transport options going back and forth to Lombok from Bali and vice versa. There are three main places that travelers go in Lombok: Senaru (north), Senggigi (west), and Kuta (south). These are not the only good places to go in Lombok, but they have the most hotels, restaurants, and attractions in Lombok. Then there are the Gili Islands, which are off the coast of Lombok and an entire category unto themselves. 

Getting to Lombok

  • Bali to Lombok / Lombok to Bali: Direct flights take around 45 minutes, or you can take the ferry from Amed to Bangsal in about two hours.
  • Gili Islands to Lombok / Lombok to Gili Islands: Some ferries from Gili T stop at Gili Meno and/or Gili Air on their way to Bangsal harbor. The ride takes 45min to an hour.
  • Jakarta to Lombok / Lombok to Jakarta: Direct flights from Jakarta to Lombok International  Airport take around 2 hours. 
  • Kuala Lumpur to Lombok / Lombok to Kuala Lumpur: Direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Lombok take a little over 3 hours. 
  • Penang to Lombok / Lombok to Penang: Flights to Lombok from Penang take approx. 5 hours with a transfer in places like Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. 
  • Bangkok to Lombok / Lombok to Bangkok: Flights from Bangkok to Lombok take around 5 to 6 hours or more, usually transferring in places like Jakarta, Singapore or Denpasar.
  • Chiang Mai to Lombok / Lombok to Chiang Mai: Most flights from Chiang Mai to Lombok have at least two transfers. 
  • Taipei to Lombok / Lombok to Taipei: Flights from Taipei to Lombok take approx 10 hours, transferring in places like Singapore or Denpasar.
  • Ho Chi Minh City to Lombok / Lombok to Ho Chi Minh City: Flights to Lombok from Ho Chi Minh City take around 9 hours, transferring in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta.
  • Singapore to Lombok / Lombok to Singapore: Direct flights to Lombok from Singapore take less than 3 hours. Transfer flights average around 5 or 5.5 hours. 
  • Tokyo to Lombok / Lombok to Tokyo: Flights to Lombok from Tokyo take around 11+ hours and transfer in Singapore, Jakarta, or Denpasar.
  • Osaka to Lombok / Lombok to Osaka: Flights from Osaka to Lombok take approx. 10+ hours and transfer in places like Denpasar, Singapore, and Jakarta
  • Shanghai to Lombok / Lombok to Shanghai: Flights to Lombok from Shanghai take over 8 hours and transfer in the usual places seen above. 

Getting Around Lombok with Kids

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Taxis or driving yourself on a scooter are the best options for getting to Lombok attractions or around towns like  Senggigi and Kuta. For anything over an hour, hired drivers are our recommended means of transport in Lombok. You can hire a driver through most hotels and guesthouses. 

From the Airport

When we first fly into Lombok, we’ve always hired a driver for airport pickup. It just makes things easier to get off the plane and have someone waiting for you. 

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Taxis in Lombok

As for taxis, stick to the Bluebird company (the cars are blue). Bluebird has the best reputation on the island. However, it’s still a good practice to make sure the meter is running. Most taxi drivers know the various Lombok attractions and how to get there.

Getting to Lombok from Bali

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Boat transport from Bali to Lombok and back is fairly straightforward. You can book tickets ahead of time or go down to Bangsal Harbor and other locations and buy them yourself. There is luxury transport to Lombok from Bali with air conditioning and a platform from the beach. Then there are cheaper option locals use, but that requires taking a few steps into the ocean to climb aboard. We’ve done both, and usually prefer to save a few bucks by taking the local boat.

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Getting Around the Gilis

Heading to the Gili Islands with kids? You won’t find taxis there. Or cars of any kind. Most Gili islands have no motorized transport. Instead, people walk, ride bicycles, or hire a cidomo, which is essentially a horse and buggy.

Internet and SIM cards in Lombok

Unfortunately, reliable internet and strong wifi are still in the works on Lombok, but we found a few exceptions. Prepaid SIM cards are fairly easy to get as there are stands in the airport and in most mid-sized towns. We didn’t get a SIM card for our phones at the airport, but you can if you’re in a hurry to connect. If we don’t already know which internet company is best in a place we’re visiting, then we’ll often wait to ask the staff at our accommodation after we check-in. They usually know which provider will be best for where you are going. At the time of writing, we found Telkomsel to be the most reliable prepaid SIM (also the most expensive). 

Eating in Lombok with Kids

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Food in Lombok is not as diverse or ubiquitous as Bali, Lombok’s island neighbor to the west. That being said, there is plenty of good eats around. If you need Western food, you’ll find it in populated areas like Senggigi, Mataram, and Kuta.

For us, some of the best food in Lombok was found at local warungs, the small, family-owned restaurants along major roads. Many of them are not much more than a hut with thatch roofs and walls of concrete or straw. Here you’ll find Indonesian staples like nasi goreng (fried rice) and mie goreng (fried noodles). Many of them also serve chicken, fish or other seafood. Lombok is a predominantly Muslim country, so don’t expect to find pork dishes. 

Food in Lombok: Slow & Spicy

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Two things you should know about eating at local restaurants in Lombok with kids: be ready for food to be spicy and for it to arrive after some time. Let’s talk about the slow part first. At many warungs and other Lombok restaurants, our food came well over 30 minutes after we ordered. Sometimes it’s because they start everything from scratch, and we ordered grilled fish. Sometimes it’s because they’re busy and just can’t cope. Other times it’s because they just don’t know what they’re doing. When I say “they” I’m talking generally about local restaurants. Be patient. Bring books or cards or other games. Plan it into your eating schedule.

Tidak Pedas

If you like spicy stuff (like me), then you’ll really enjoy food in Lombok. On the other hand, if you can’t handle chile peppers (like my kids), then practice the phrase “tidak pedas” — “not spicy” —right now. Say it every time you order. Say it respectfully but repeatedly. It still may arrive too spicy for you, but be considered mild by locals. In that case, you either eat as is or order white rice. Sorry…they tried.

In our experience, food is either very spicy or plain. For example, I love my fish doused in the local fiery marinade. Yet when the kids ordered “tidak pedas,” their fish arrived well done but not even salted. If this happens to you, smile, thank them and then ask for kecap (sounds like “keh-CHAP”). It’s a sweet, dark soy-based sauce that goes great with just about any Indonesian food.

Things to Eat in Lombok with Kids

If you’re in Lombok with kids who are picky eaters, you’ll be able to find pizza, burgers and other familiar food near resorts. If you want to try local food, however, here are a few things you’ll find all over and that can usually be ordered non-spicy (“tidak pedas”) if needed.

  • Nasi Goreng: Fried rice
  • Mie Goreng: Fried noodles
  • Ayam Goreng: Fried chicken
  • Bakso: usually a meatball soup, but there are many variations
  • Ikan Bakar: Grilled fish
  • Tofu & Tempeh: Deep-fried fermented soybeans — similar to tofu
  • Gado Gado: A mixed veggie dish with peanut sauce
  • Satay: grilled chicken skewers with peanut sauce
  • Soto: a soup usually made with chicken, noodles and/or rice. Salty, but usually not spicy

There are many other Indonesian foods to try with children, but are more prevalent and have the best chance of getting without being doused in chiles. But always ask.

Places to Eat in Lombok with Kids

After a long day snorkeling and surfing in Lombok, it’s time for some grub. Here are a few recommended places to eat in Lombok with kids

Food in the Senaru Area

Senaru is in the north and where most of the trekking in Lombok happens. One of the best waterfalls in Lombok is in Senaru as well. 

Rinjani Lodge

We stayed at the Rinjani Lodge and had an amazing time. Their restaurant is open to the public even if you don’t stay, and the menu is excellent. Besides, you have access to one of the infinity pools if you eat here. The area was hit hard in 2018 by an earthquake and the lodge had to shut down for a long time for repairs. Now they’re up and running and the place looks as beautiful as ever. 

Food in the Senggigi area

Senggigi is the main beach resort zone and where many of the most popular things to do on Lombok are located. For instance, much of the best surfing in Lombok for beginners takes place here. You’ll also find some of the best snorkeling in Lombok and beautiful Lombok hotels and resorts. 

Warung Jawa

On the northern end of the Senggigi strip, this warung fixes more local-style food at super cheap prices. We ended up eating here a few times. Good juices, too, but if you order the dragon fruit juice, be warned: they’ll put chocolate syrup in it unless you tell them not to. Their sister store (Warung Jawa 2) is in Kuta and highly rated as well.

Kedai Setia Pak Jenggot (map)

A little fancier than the usual warungs, this has a nice wooden seating area and English menus. We ordered takeout from here a few times. 

La Chill

This place on Senggigi Beach is a little overpriced, but a prime spot for the sunset, which is what to do in Lombok. Come early, have a few drinks and let the kids frolic in the sand.

Ares Warung (map)

Walking distance from Rumah Putih Abu Abu, this local warung fed us three nights in a row. Grilled fish, local veggies (bean sprouts & eggplant in a peanut sauce, along with a soup with corn), and tempeh. Fried rice, too.

The Cicak Restaurant (map)

This Lombok restaurant is located at about 10 min south of Senggigi Pool Villa Club. We rode by this place several times and wondered if we should try. Glad we did. It’s run by a Swiss guy with an Italian fellow in the kitchen, and their pizza was quite good. They have a nice garden to sit in. And a pool table. Be sure to bring bug repellent. 

Food in the Gilis

You can see our tips for where to eat in the Gilis here.

Bali vs. Lombok

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While Bali is predominantly Hindu, Lombok is mostly Muslim like the rest of Indonesia. One of Lombok’s nicknames is the “island of a thousand mosques,” and you’ll hear some of them when it’s time for their call to prayer. Lombok is much less developed than Bali. That said, there is a thriving tourist infrastructure. When it comes to dining and accommodation in Lombok, options range from budget to luxury. Like Bali, Lombok has a large volcano in the northern part of the island surrounded by spectacular waterfalls.

The Sasak People

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The indigenous residents of Lombok are called the Sasak people. The Sasak have their own language, food, culture, and traditions. One of the most educational things to do on Lombok is taking a tour that stops by one of their villages. Especially if you visit the northern part of the island.

Conclusion: Things to Do on Lombok

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I hope that this post has given you a better idea of all the great attractions in Lombok. Do you know other great things to do on Lombok? Do you know what to do in Lombok but don’t see it here? Let me know! Have you been to Lombok with kids? Where did you go? What did you do? Tell me about it in the comments, or contact me directly!

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  1. Tonkin-Travel Vietnam says

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