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Written by Aditi Mittal
Co-written by Apple Chua, Candice Neo
Edited by Candice Neo
Often regarded as “the unspoiled twin of Bali” with its pristine beaches, hidden waterfalls and preserved indigenous villages, Lombok is a delightful place to unwind in, especially if myriad tourists in Bali make you woozy.
We all look for solitude at some point in our lives and these hidden attractions in Lombok promise every bit of it.
Ditch the regular tourist routes, and try these out for a change – you won’t regret it.
1. Marvel at the majestic view of Mount Rinjani: Taman Wisata Pusuk Sembalun
Want to see the majestic view of Mount Rinjani among the dreamy mist and clouds but don’t want to hike?
We recommend driving up to Pusuk Sembalun Tourist Park (Taman Wisata Pusuk Sembalun), where you can enjoy gorgeous unparalleled views of the mountain without much physical activity, at an altitude of 1,250 metres above sea level.
Although the road up is windy, you will be treated to beautiful views of the forest, hills, rice paddies and strawberry garden along the way. Once you’re up there, you can rest and bask in the beautiful scenery from the gazebos.
If you are bringing some food along to picnic, be sure to keep them away from the sneaky hands of the wild monkeys here!2. Out of a movie set – Bangkang Cave
Doesn’t this look like a cave straight out of an Indiana Jones movie?
This hundred-years-old cave is located in a local village that remains unexplored by tourists. Treasures and loot are long gone, but do have your fisheye or wide-angle lens to capture valuable photos!
This cave is also home to thousands of bats, and best time to visit is before sunset. You can witness the spectacular occurrence of thousands of bats leaving their nest and flying out of the cave at dusk.
But do open an umbrella or poncho – you won’t want to be caught in the rain of droppings!
3. Amazing bird eye view of Lombok and Rinjani – Bukit Pergasingan
This is one of the most poetic scenery of Lombok Island.
The rice paddy fields laying complementally next to each other makes them scintillating.
Here, you can catch a glimpse of a far stretching view with the almighty Mount Rinjani.
Pergasingan hill is also the alternative to hiking Mount Rinjani, with an altitude of 1700 metres above sea level and Sembalun village located at an altitude of 1100 metres above sea level. So you must conquer an altitude of about 600 metres.
The hike up is around 4 hours, it will take you some effort up the hill, and some parts of the slope is almost at an angle of 70 degrees.
It is recommended that you camp overnight, so you can catch the magnificent sunrise behind Rinjani.
4. A short 10-minute walk for endless panoramic views! – Bukit Selong
Catch amazing views of the surrounding mountains and vast rice fields from Bukit Selong. .
There are also various farm fields below you and they’ll turn your pictures bright and colourful.
There are two viewpoints at the hill – one higher than the other but both giving equally stunning vistas.
Best yet; you can relish on such views only by walking up to the viewpoint within a short 10-minute!.
5. Egypt Pyramids in the sea – Semeti Beach
You will feel like you are on another planet – Planet Krypton.
The many stones here resemble the crystal box in Planet Krypton where Superman is born, hence it is also called Krypton Beach. Semeti Beach has rocks that are shaped like pyramids and stand firmly in the middle of the ocean.
The path is extremely rocky and rough, so be sure to wear covered shoes that are slip-proof, as you might need to climb rocks as high as 20m to get to the other side of the rocks.
Behind the rock is where you can get the phenomenal view of Semeti Beach.
6. Rushing waters – Waterfalls of Lombok
Waterfalls have been cloaked in mystery and myth for as long as people have known about them.
Luckily for you, you don’t need to hop on a plane to Hawaii or Zambia to revel at some rushing water. Here the most gorgeous waterfalls you can enjoy in Lombok:
6-a. A nature art sculpture – Mangku Sakti waterfall
A natural art sculpture out of Antoni Gaudí collection – the gorge formation is impressive.
The natural erosion has carved a marble-like canyon that the water meanders gently through.
The river runs down from Lake Segara Anak (Mt Rinjani), and the water is milky because of the sulfur content and is believed to able to treat different kinds of skin diseases.
6-b. Stunning water curtain – Benang Kelambu waterfall
Made up of 6 ‘falls’ through the trees, similar to water curtains, that’s how Benang Kelambu waterfall got its name.
It is easily accessible from the carpark but well hidden in the rice fields.
This waterfall is located at the foot of Mount Rinjani, so you can get up close and personal by going behind the water.
It’s a 500m mountainous walk to the waterfall, so be sure to bring water and some snacks along. You can visit its twin waterfall, Benang Stokel, which is 1 km away.
6-c. Secluded jungle waterfall – Air Terjun Tiu Kelep
Mother Nature does have her way of keeping her most beautiful attributes tucked away in remote areas, ensuring that these stunning features are preserved and kept intact as much as possible.
If you wish to visit Air Terjun Tiu Kelep, you need to sacrifice some effort and time, allowing at least 3 hours to journey from Mataram.
The condition of the road to the waterfall is not well-conditioned, and is fraught with rocky paths, fallen tree trunks and swift currents. It is recommended to hire a guide provided at the entrance.
According to local myth, having a circulating bath in the waterfall will lead to eternal youth. The soft and flat pool bottom makes it suitable for visitors to swim in.
This waterfall is located in the area of Mount Rinjani National Park, with the source water coming from Lake Segara Anak at the peak of Mount Rinjani.
7. Majestic views at Gangga waterfall
This covert waterfall lies between the villages of Gangga and Kerta Raharja in North Lombok.
It is made up of three waterfalls. The ascent to the first fall may be a bit strenuous, but you will be rewarded by the picture-perfect views of rice fields and the distant sea.
The second fall is a hidden treasure inside a cave and is located just behind the first. The third fall is seldom visited by tourists as it is located some distance away from the other two.
You can also do soft trekking, and pass through trees of cocoa, matoa, rambutan, banana, coffee, and vanilla.
Or climb up a treehouse and enjoy the lush view from the top!
8. Revisit the Dutch colonial past: 84-year Old Suspension Bridge
Built in 1932, this hanging bridge (100m high) in West Lombok carries its own legacy. For instance, the solid iron used to build it was sourced from Australia, the experts who built it were brought in from Java, and it has been broken twice after being hit by a stream!
In its heydays, it played a pivotal role in connecting the remote areas before the roads came into existence. Today, it is only traversed by bikes and young people hanging out on a lazy evening.
Under the bridge flows the river that connects hamlets Kelebut and Nyurlembang. Don’t lose your balance while passing through!
9. Tears of Angel – Tanjung Poki
Don’t be swept away by the scenic tremendous waves – literally.
While being enraptured by this natural beauty, do remain careful and vigilant and not be hit by the waves. Waves at this spot are very huge and ferocious which create a blowhole effect. The waves can reach the height of tsunamis above 10 metres!
The big waves make it unsuitable to swim, but you can still fish here. This is a popular location for the local fishing fanatics, and they actually have a weekly competition.
There are other cliff rocks around the beach which provide photo-worthy opportunities.
Check out this video by Loetfi too! Definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Video by Loetfi