And no, we’re not talking about the Gili islands.
Lombok island, it’s just a (terrifying) boat ride away from Bali, however, it’s the total opposite to its popular neighbour. This is not to say I have anything against Bali, it’s our favourite destination. However, after spending months in Bali, it was nice to go somewhere where tourists are scarce.
There’s not as much nightlife, vegan cafes, infinity pools but the ‘back to basics’ vibe adds to the island’s beauty. Think wide-open spaces, herds of cows blocking the road & fish cooking on the side of the road.
What’s there to see?
Incredible waterfalls including treks through forests.
Clear, turquoise water.
And the best thing: The beaches are empty.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to climb Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia’s second largest volcano but it looks amazing in photos.
Hikes through the tobacco & rice fields are also popular & from our bike rides around the island, we can imagine how beautiful the hiking trails would be.