(photo credit to wisatablog.com)
Lombok has a quite a lot to offer . You can choose to explore the idyllic beaches, dense rainforest, soak yourself in cold isolated waterfalls and explore a traditional artisan village or even check out some deserted island, if you dare.
Lombok's gem is towering Rinjani volcano, which if you like jungle trekking, it will be a challenging three-day trek that will however, leave you breathless in every sense. For the wannabe surfers, world class surfing can be done on the south coast, fabulous snorkelling and scuba diving or immerse yourself in traditional rural life in a colourful Sasak village.
Senggigi is a little town set on a lovely generous bay that provides magnificent views of a blood red sunset over neighboring Bali. The view of this amazing sunset is best enjoyed relaxing with a drink at one of the beach cafeterias or on a hill overlooking the bay
Mount Tambora (picture credit to
Maluk Village (picture credit to lombok-sumbawaoverland.blogspot.com)
Sumbawa Besar is the main town of West Sumbawa. The Dalam Loka (Sultan’s Palace) is the main tourist attraction here. It was built in 1885. Visit the remains of this imposing palace which covers almost an entire block.
Life in Sumbawa is slow compared to other places. The locals are predominantly Muslim but traditional beliefs and practices also continue to influence daily life.
There are two main cultural groups on Sumbawa, the Tau Samawa in the west and the Dou Mbojo in the east. In parts of Sumbawa, traditional ways of living continue today. Many of the ritual events of old ways are still performed such as water buffalo racing and berempuk – a ritual boxing match.
The surf at Hu’u and Lakey beach in East Sumbawa also attracts surfers from around the world. The best surf is usually June and August.
Another notable place to visit would be the Liang Petang cave which is located in the village of Batu Tering Kecamatan Moyo Hulu about 29 km from the town of Sumbawa Besar. Liang Petang is a natural cave in which there are human like - stone, halls (Pantar), loom, and also filled stalagmite and stalactites. Not too far from this cave, there is also a bat cave (Liang Bukal).
It is rumored that this cave is the center for the spreading of Islam in the island of Sumbawa, because they have inhabited cubicles. The stalagmites and stalactites there is a sight to behold, so check out the fascinating natural phenomenon.