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Lombok Holidays: An Overview

Sitting just to the east of famous sister island Bali, Lombok is undoubtedly Indonesia's up-and-coming beach destination. The island is dominated by Gunung Rinjani - Indonesia's second highest volcanic peak - and fringed by powdery beaches and coral atolls, included the white sand droplets of the Gili islands.

If you are looking for light sandy beaches without the crowds, Lombok is the perfect choice, and the island is blessed with a growing collection of class boutique hotels. Relax on its picturesque shores, snorkel and dive vibrant reefs, surf the breaks just off shore, and enjoy the freshest seafood, straight off the boat.

Heading inland, Sasak villages, many of which expertly create pottery and textiles, sit within lush forests, tobacco and rice fields. There are beautiful temples to explore, alongside cascading waterfalls, and the fertile slopes of Gunung Rinjani. Climbing to the crater rim of this active volcano is possible too, where the reward is a breath-taking view of the turquoise crater lake, 'baby' volcano, and even straight across to Bali on a clear day.

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Lombok Itinerary Ideas

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Explore the ‘Secret’ Gili Islands

Escape the crowds and visit some of Indonesia's best kept secrets, the Paradise Islands. These three small islands, Gili Nanggu, Gili Sudak and Gili Kedis, show very few signs of modern development. Spend a day hopping from one island to the other, exploring local villages, enjoying the clear blue waters and white sand beaches with snorkelling, swimming and plenty of relaxation.

Sasak house in Lombok
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Visit Sasak Villages

The Sasak people make up the majority of Lombok's population so while here spend time discovering their unique culture. Explore rural villages and watch locals use ancient techniques to make textiles in the same way they have for generations. Visit the Mayura Water Palace to learn about the spiritual beliefs of the Sasak and admire the grounds and design of the palace, with its mix of Hindu and Islamic architecture.

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Trek to Waterfalls

Venture deep into the heart of the island and trek through the dense Suranadi Woodlands, where you may come face-to-face with wild monkeys. Admire the 130ft-high Benang Setokel Waterfall, which means 'ball of thread' in the Sasak language as the water gives the appearance of threads of string. Next visit the Benang Kelambu waterfall, which looks like a giant net of water up against the mountainside.

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A Note on Price

A combined beach and cultural holiday in Indonesia is really great value for money, and starts from £2000 per person for two weeks, including flights.

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