Lombok Island- An Indonesian Paradise
I am a person who loves to travel, even if it means a quick getaway. Any chance to see the world, I’d jump at that opportunity. Last year, I had the chance to visit Lombok, an island located adjacent to the popular tourist destination Bali. I was stoked as it was my first time travelling to Indonesia.
I’m very much into nature, and Lombok had everything to offer, from the stunning beaches to the jungle treks in the forest and crystal clear waterfalls. It was a real escape from reality and routine of my day to day life.
My friends and I flew in via AirAsia from KLIA 2 and landed in Lombok International Airport. Our tour guide Gibran Travels (I highly recommend their service) picked us up at the airport, and we drove to our hotel in Senggigi. We stayed in Kila Senggigi Beach Lombok Resort. It was a 4-star hotel with excellent rooms and amenities. It’s a villa style chalet, and it’s located two mins away from the beach. The next day, we had breakfast by the pool, and the restaurant offered a variety of food from European cuisines to local Indonesian food.
We then prepared our gear as we were going snorkelling and visiting a few beaches off the mainland. We set off in a speedboat, and the journey took us approximately one hour. Picture this- the wind blowing across your skin, the sound of the engine roaring, waving motion of the boat and the stunning view of the deep sea that has no end- it was truly a wonderful experience!
There we spent the day at a few places including the Kambing Island, Tiga Island and Pink Beach.
Pink Beach is one of only 10 pink sand beaches in the world. Indonesia boasts two beautiful pink beaches – the other is on Lombok’s neighbour island, Flores. The waves bring millions of dead red coral fragments to the beach, blending them with the white sand and giving it its glorious pink tint. The calm waters of Pink Beach are perfect for swimming. My friends and I then took a hike up the cliff for some breathtaking view which overlooks the dreamy turquoise sea. It felt like a postcard picture, indeed!
The next day, we set off to visit the Monkey Forest located in Malimbu Hill. I have an honest confession to make. I am petrified of monkeys due to almost being attacked once. My friends were happily feeding them, and I tried to stay as far as I could.
After that, we trekked up to visit the ever famous Sendang Gila and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls. The hour-long journey to the waterfall took us through a lush forest and across running streams. It could get extremely slippery when stepping on the submerged rocks. Luckily, we had the guide who lent us a helping hand as we trekked through the rivers. As soon as I saw the waterfall, the feelings of exhaustion disappeared. The panoramic view of the gushing water cascading 45 meters down the cliff was simply breathtaking. It triggered a sense of awe and respect for Mother Nature and reminded us of how powerless we are as human beings.
The very next day we visited Vila Hantu, a deserted villa located on top of the cliff in Senggigi. Folklore believed many committed suicide from this place, hence why the name translates to Ghost Villa. But don’t let that scare you! The best time to visit the villa is during sunrise or sunset as it offers a gorgeous view of the entire island. A definite must for travel enthusiasts like me!
Later on, we packed our bags and headed off to Gili Trawangan, an island off Lombok. It’s a popular destination for party goers as it had an excellent nightlife. Gilli Trawangan was filled with tourists from all over the world, and to be honest, I find the island to be commercialised as everything seemed superficial in nature. We stayed in Hotel Ombak Sunset, a 4-star hotel, offering villas and deluxe rooms that are inspired by traditional Indonesian art. This hotel is home to one of the most popular swings in Gili, a favourite spot for Instagrammers.
That night, we had a seafood dinner by the beach and walked around to explore the island. We found a gelato parlour called Gili Gelato. Do try the gelato ice cream if you’re ever there. It was yummy! After that, we walked around and did a bit of shopping however prices were exorbitantly high, so I do recommend shopping for souvenirs in mainland Lombok.
On our last day before heading off to the airport, we made a stop at the Tanjung Aan beach which is located on the West Nusa Tenggara. The beach was covered in pristine white sand. With its iconic swing dotted around the bay, I can firmly say Tanjung Aan is one of the best beaches on the island.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience, and I would love to visit Lombok again in the future.
On this note, I would like to say a prayer to all the lives that have been lost and affected by the recent Earthquake and Tsunami that shook Indonesia in September. Thousands of families are struggling to survive with their houses destroyed, and with continuing aftershocks that have taken place. The UN Refugee Agency in Malaysia is helping rebuild the community there. If you would like to support the cause, you can click on the link here to donate. Even a small contribution goes a long way 🙂
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Signing off for now,