Bali competence be a apparent long-weekend choice for those in a segment from Singapore to Western Australia. But if you’re looking for some of that beachside and mountaintop peace though a open breakers and Eat, Pray, Love pilgrims, there are other options in a Indonesian archipelago (actually, thousands of them). For starters, we suggest a three-day bound to Lombok, a island usually easterly of Bali, with a brief road to a Gili Islands, 3 teardrops of land usually off a northwest coast. With approach flights to a Lombok collateral of Mataram operated by Singapore Airlines or a auxiliary SilkAir, we can be out of a city and onto a excellent beach you’ve ever seen in underneath 3 hours. Here, how to make a many of your escape.
Spend during slightest a night on Lombok correct before holding a 30-minute vessel float to one of a Gilis for a night of even some-more seclusion. In Lombok, make Kuta, a surfing city in southern Lombok that is many unequivocally not to be confused with a tourist-clogged, nightclub-lined Bali city of a same name, your base. You’ll notice some construction along a categorical widen of Kuta Beach—take it as a pointer that a island is changing fast as people find out alternatives to an ever-more-congested Bali. Get divided from a categorical drag by settling down during a Novotel Lombok Resort usually outward of city on a possess unreal territory of beach.
Day 1: Get a small lost
You’re here for some beach time, so get to it as shortly as we arrive. While Kuta Beach itself isn’t a many primitive around, it’s value a wander to get a feel for island life. It’s also where we can lease a motorbike, that should be your car of choice for a day of exploring Lombok’s southern coast. Go with an determined let emporium like Kimen Surf—a elementary involuntary scooter will run we around 50,000 rupiah (about $3.50) for a day. Get a feel for a scooter’s controls and afterwards conduct easterly for some beach-hopping. If you’re looking to get true into a H2O before exploring a island’s circuitous roads that extend from a seashore into a sprouting interior, start during Seger Beach, where you’re staying. It’s a frame of silt easeful by a cliff that offers epic views of a Indian Ocean. Quench your lust with a cold Bintang or some coconut H2O from one of a temporary warungs set adult on a sand. Make Pink Beach (or Tangsi Beach as a famous locally) on a southeastern tip of a island—so named for a organic paint of a sand—your finish goal, and get a small mislaid along a way. It’s half a fun, and you’ll find yourself stumbling on totally dull strips of sand, bustling kampungs, and street-side nasi goreng peddlers along a way. Need some help? English isn’t widely spoken, though pointer denunciation and correct nouns go a prolonged way, and locals will happily indicate we in a right direction. Loop behind to Kuta after a drop during Pink Beach, removing behind before dark. Freshen adult and conduct to El Bazar Cafe and Restaurant for Mediterranean food bolstered by locally held seafood.
Day 2: Hit a interior
It’s unfit to miss, a approach it juts from a core of a island, and you’d be blank out if we didn’t get tighten to it: Mount Rinjani is a second-tallest active volcano in Indonesia, commanding out during 12,224 feet. A hulk void lake sits during 6,600 feet above sea level, a H2O a low blue suggestive of a ocean, hence a name Segara Anak, or “child of a sea.” Climbing Rinjani is a critical endeavor—you’d need mixed days and some pro hiking skills—but a inhabitant park that surrounds it can be visited in a day, and you’ll get overwhelming views of Rinjani from a surrounding hillsides. If you’re feeling adventurous, lease a jeep and conduct towards Rinjani National Park on your own, mapping out stops during a Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls on a way. Tour operators like Adventure Lombok also offer guided day trips to a area, where you’ll not usually get implausible views of a volcano and a surrounds, though also expert-led treks in a area and stops during places of chronological and informative significance, including a Bayan Beleq Mosque, a island’s oldest (unlike adjacent Hindu Bali, Lombok is primarily Muslim).
Day 3: Get off a island…to another island
Just off a northwest seashore of Lombok are 3 white-sand-rimmed dots of land, reachable in usually over 30 mins by speedboat from a jetty during Teluk Nare. The 3 Gilis any have their possess personality, though all feel like a ultimate shun from a daily grind. (You won’t find any motorized ride on any of a islands—you’ll have to get around by foot, bicycle, or horse-drawn buggy.) Gili Trawangan, with a beachside bars, is for a full moon celebration throng and Gili Air has a series of dive shops that’ll classify trips to a best of a area’s untried reefs. But if you’re unequivocally looking to relax—and if you’re entrance from a hullabaloo of Singapore, we gamble we are—try Gili Meno (pictured during top), a slightest grown of a islands. There’s not most to do besides sip cocktails on mostly empty, white-sand beaches and maybe go for a discerning snorkeling journey if you’re unequivocally feeling wild. But that’s a kind of a point. Popular with honeymooners and families, Meno is quiet, gross by vital resorts (yet), and ideal for a day off a grid after hiking by Rinjani National Park. Spend a night during Mahamaya, a elementary though well-appointed hotel right on a beach, and conduct behind to Lombok a subsequent morning for your moody home.