On Lombok there are many options for day trips. The island has a lot to offer from small authentic villages to gorgeous sceneries and historical buildings.
We have some suggestions for you, but there is a lot more. Just ask the manager to talk you through the possibilities.
Here you will find sacred eels and the source of eternal youth.
This temple was built in 1714 and is considered the most holy on the island. From all over Lombok people come to this temple to bring offerings. The food is offered to the Gods out of gratitude and for the fertility of the land.
Families that visit the temple often stay for several days.
Narmada Park was built as a replica of Gunung Rinjani and the crater lake Segara Anak. It was laid out in 1805, when an old king was not capable to climb the mountain anymore to bring offerings so he had to make do with a fake mountain. In the park you will find the temple of eternal youth. Holy water (coming of real Mt Rinjani) flows into the building and gives eternal youth to the ones that wash their face with it.
You can end the visit with a short stroll through the surroundings. You will see gorgeous rice fields and the remnants of an aqua duct, built by the Dutch.
The south of Lombok has arguably the best beaches. Because they consist of tiny coralballs they are dazzlingly white. The beaches enclose beautiful bays with deepblue waters. This is the best spot on Lombok to surf. The bay of Gerupuk has waves for every level. Tanjung Aan beach has good snorkling opportunities and is perfect for swimming and reaxing as well. You can rent a surfboard if you wish and take a surfclass.
On the way to Kuta visit Sukarare, where the most beautiful traditional fabrics are woven and also drive to Rambitan, a village where many houses are still built in a traditional style.
A special trip to a part of Lombok that is still rarely visited: the most western “tail” of the island. In this area you find bays around a deep blue sea and really white beaches that are almost empty. The road leads along the coast through a rugged and arid landscape. With clear weather there are views of the mountainous inlands and the summit of Gunung Agung on Bali. A boat trip from Senggigi brings you to the almost uninhabited island of Gili Nanggu where there are great snorkel opportunities. At the end of the day you return to Senggigi.
This traditional nort coast area still houses many adherents to the old Wetu Telu religion live. It is rarely visited by tourists. Following the coast line you can drive to the village of Senaru on the slopes of Mt. Rinjani. If it is clear you will see its imposing summit during the ride. The surroundings of Senaru are fertile and lush. Here you can enjoy a nice and easy walk guided by an English speaking guide. On the way you visit villages where it's inhabitants still live according to ancient religion and traditions. You will see that the villagers are most happy to invite you in their homes. The walk goes through rice fields and ends at an imposing waterfall. This is at least two hours drive from Sengiggi, but the scenery and the view points are amazing.
The three Gili-islands that lay just off the coast of Lombok represent to many the ultimate image of a bounty-island: beautiful white beaches, a deep blue sea and a coral reef that starts just of the coast and stretches away for miles. Because there is no traffic on the islands (everything is transported by horse-car) and most accommodations are small-scale the islands have a very relaxed atmosphere. You will be transported to the harbour and have a boat at your disposal for the rest of the day. That way we can find the best snorkeling spots. There is a wide range of restaurants on the islands. At the end of the day you will return to Senggigi.
In East-Lombok the traditions of the Sasak, the original population, are still very much alive. During this trip you will witness a number of interesting and non-touristic handicrafts and maybe enjoy a real Sasak-lunch and see an original Sasak-dance. From Senggigi you can drive via a local colourfull market to East-Lombok. Here you can see how the famous Lombok-pottery is made. There are weaving villages where you can see how these colourfull fabrics are woven in the homes of the people. The drive back to Senggigi is around two hours.
Tetebatu is a small village on the south slopes of the powerfull Rinjani-volcano. Because of it's nice situation amidst rice-and tobaccofields this is a favourite startingpoint for strolls around the countryside. During this tour you can visit a local market where you may buy some fruit or can see the gaudy cidomo’s (horse carts) that are so typical of Lombok. From Tetebatu you can enjoy a beautiful walk of about three hours starting at a colonial hotel and walk through clove and- coffeplantations. The views of Mount Rinjani and it's deep valleys are fantastic. The last part will lead through bambooforests and jungle to a spectacular waterfall. This is a nice place to cool off under an ice cold shower.
This nice walk can be made form Senggigi. The startingpoint is near the summit of the Pusuk pass at around 800 meters. From here you have a beautiful view of Lombok’s northcoast and the Gili-islands. The trail climbs steeply at first but once you’ve reached the tops after about an hour, the rest is going down gradually. During the walk you have a fantastic panoramic view of Lombok’s low-lying plain and the coast with it's sweeping bays. If the weather is clear Gunung Agung on Bali is also visible.