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Best of Lombok: Tribe Villages, Traditions & Waterfalls

1. Best of Lombok: Tribe Villages, Traditions & Waterfalls

Immerse yourself in the north of Lombok, home to the Sasak tribe, on a full-day excursion that covers half of Lombok island. You’ll visit north, east, and central Lombok and your guide will include sites of particular interest to you. See traditional Sasak houses, the old mosque, Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls, a traditional market, the Summer Palace, and much more. Drive to the Narmada Summer Palace and Royal Garden, built in 1718. Continue the tour to Sembalun Valley, located at the foot of Mt. Rinjani. The valley is the main starting point for treks up to the peak of Mt. Rinjani. When you arrive at one of the area’s strawberry plantations, you’ll have the chance to pick your own strawberries. From here, it’s on to Mt. Rinjani National Park, where you’ll learn about the second-highest peak in Indonesia. After enjoying time in the Sembalun Valley you’ll visit the Bayan old mosque, which was the first mosque in Lombok. Then you’ll have a chance to admire the Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls, located on the north slope of Mt. Rinjani, about 600 meters above sea level. Feel the cold water, and take a shower there. Visit Senaru village, where mountain tribal life and the traditions of past centuries still exist. On the way back to your hotel you’ll make a final stop to see the sunset at Malimbu or Nipah cliff, with Mt. Agung Bali as the idyllic backdrop.

Lombok: 3-Day Mount Rinjani Summit Trek

2. Lombok: 3-Day Mount Rinjani Summit Trek

Experience an unforgettable journey to Mount Rinjani on the Indonesian island of Lombok. For the Sasak and Balinese people of Lombok, the volcano is revered as a sacred place and they believe the gods live at the summit of the mountain. This 3-day trekking package designed for advance trekkers takes you to the summit of Mount Rinjani. You will start in Sembalun and encounter steep ascents and descents on a fairly good system of tracks before ending in Senaru. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning and then you will transfer to Sembalun. You will register at the Rinjani Information Center (RIC) in Sembalun Lawang, meet your guide, and arrange the national park entry tickets. Your guide will give you a briefing with information on the route, local cultural traditions, and what you might see, as well as rubbish management and safety procedures. The trek starts from Sembalun Lawang with a walk up a gentle ascent through open grassland used by the local people for cattle grazing. You will take a short rest at Pemantauan (1,300 meters) before reaching Tengengean (1,500 meters) after 3 hours, where you can enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Rinjani summit. After a 1-hour ascent to Pada Balong (1,800 meters) you will start to climb amidst the pine-like casuarinas species, locally known as “cemara”. You may see wild pigs and the long-tailed grey macaque monkeys on the way to the campsite at the Plawangan II Sembalun crater rim (2,639 meters). Day 2: An early start at 03:00 is necessary for the hard 3-hour climb to the summit (3,726 meters). Once there, you can enjoy the proud feelings of satisfaction and the amazing views of the sunrise across the Wallace Line to Bali, Mount Agung, and Sumbawa. You will then return down the ridge passing numerous Bunga Abadi edelweiss plants to the crater rim camp for a well-deserved breakfast. After breakfast you will walk 2-3 hours down the steep trail to the crater lake. At the lake you can enjoy swimming or exploring the caves and hot springs, which are believed to have healing powers, while the porters prepare your lunch. After the lunch break, you will leave the lake and climb for 2.5 hours up to the campsite at the Plawangan I Senaru crater rim (2,461 meters). Enjoy dinner and stay overnight at the crater rim. Day 3: After breakfast you will descend down the long trail to Senaru village (601 meters), through thick tropical forests rich in flora, birdlife, and a variety of butterflies. You might see orchid and, if lucky, the rare black ebony leaf monkey known locally as “lutung”. You will take rest stops along the way, with village stories and local legends from your guide. Features include the Batu Penyesalan stone and Bunut Ngengkang banyan tree that looks like someone standing with their legs apart. After a 7-hour walk from the rim the trek ends at the Rinjani Trek Center on the road heading to Senaru, where a car is waiting to transfer you to the airport, Senggigi, or Gili Island harbor.

Lombok Airport Private Transfer by Car

3. Lombok Airport Private Transfer by Car

Experience a relaxing start to your Lombok visit with this private airport transfer service. Your personal driver will pick you up at Lombok Praya Airport and drive you directly to your hotel on the island. This service, priced for up to 4 passengers, saves you the hassle of negotiating for a taxi at the airport. The driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area, holding a card with your name on it. You’ll be assisted with your luggage, escorted to your vehicle and helped with currency exchange if necessary. Departure transfers, from your accommodation to the airport, are also available.

Lombok: 6-Hour City and Pengsong Countryside Biking Tour

4. Lombok: 6-Hour City and Pengsong Countryside Biking Tour

This tour starts with pick-up at your hotel lobby around 7:30 AM, then escorting you to the starting point at City Garden Penas then slowly start paddling to Tempos agricultural Village. Bike along the peaceful terraced rice paddies with chilly atmosphere and rural view, the route is much like valley as it is surrounded by small hill with rustic countryside landscape. Stop by at traditional honey production house operated by local or else you may also visit traditional morning local market. Out from Tempos then goes to Kebon Ayu village passing through a "Jembatan Gantung" means a drawbridge where the bridge was built in Dutch colonial era in Indonesia and still being one of main bridge for local activity. Arrive at Kebon Ayu then take a break at Kebon Ayu Agro-Tourism spot where melon is their main product, you may test it by directly picking up melon from the tree, taste raw of traditional foods provided by the local people serve on traditional way, most of the food are traditional natural dietary such as Lupis, Serabi, Banget, etc. Enjoy occasional local performance traditional music "kedodak" or traditional stick fighting "Presean" at every weekend. From Kebon Ayu then stop by at the hand weaving village of Penarukan to look at closely how the local people make Saroong. Our last destination is Mount Pengsong to see one of the oldest Hindu's temple in Lombok at the top of the mount. Meet with your driver, ready for you to drive you back to your hotel at the end of the trip.

From Mataram: Sendang Gile Waterfall & Senaru Village Tour

5. From Mataram: Sendang Gile Waterfall & Senaru Village Tour

Discover Lombok’s best kept secret, the majestic Sendang Gile Waterfall. Start the day by traveling along the coast of Malimbu, from where you can see the Gili Islands and Bali's Mount Agung. Stroll past spectacular rice terraces and forests, and ascend 600 meters above sea level to arrive at the foot of Mount Rinjani. The walk will be rewarded with cool fresh air and the clear falling water of the Sendang Gile. After a swim in the falls and a break for lunch, visit Senaru Village, and see how their tribal mountain life has been intertwined with Islamic influences. You'll also visit the Bayan Old Mosque, a Muslim heritage site that dates back to the 16th century.

Lombok Rice Field Walking Tour

6. Lombok Rice Field Walking Tour

Hotel Lobby Pick up at 7.30 am then drive you to the starting point. Experience the Endut traditional Morning Market where you can taste fresh fruits and local products, then visit deeper side of village to see villagers making baskets and other housewares from rattan and trees with a traditional technique. The rice field walk starts from here, when walking with us get the real scoop directly from best local tour guide who passionately share the village culture and nature, the way Lombok irrigation, local plants, Sasak rustic house design and historical temples. The guide will lead you through the terraced rice paddies, discover the rich-green-lush countryside, get interact with the real Sasak people who work in fields, try out the way they harvest or plant the rice seed (occasionally). After having rice field walking then goes to "Pura Lingsar" the oldest temple in Lombok as the last destination, was built by the Balinese Prince Anak Agung in 1491, as harmonic symbol for two tribes with different religion (Moslem & Hindu) performing their religious ceremony where the temple acted as holy site for both side. After enjoying the Lingsar temple we will drive you back to your hotel.

Countryside Bike Ride to Golong Village and Lingsar Temple

7. Countryside Bike Ride to Golong Village and Lingsar Temple

Be picked up at 7.30 AM from your hotel in the Mataram or Senggigi area and depart for the starting point around a 1-hour drive away, where you will begin biking. Make a stop at a local villager, making unique traditional food from jackfruit and other local delicacies. Proceed to a handicraft village, to see how local people craft huge cow bells for racing through a traditional practice. Admire the rural landscape of rice fields and mountain areas and pass two different tribes, living together harmoniously in one village with the religious symbols of Hindu Temple and Mosque located in the same area. Continue exploring the area and arrive in a Hindu village, passing more rice fields on the way. At the next resting point, taste some local food and cool off at the Ranget Natural Spring to restore your energy for the coming stage. Bike along the river and rice fields and brace yourself for a 15-minute uphill ride before reaching the downhill trail at Praba Village and Endut village, passing local villagers, who make handicrafts from grass. The bike ride will end at Lingsar Temple, where a local guide will take you to explore the temple before you are transferred back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Mataram

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 50 reviews

We had great communication with this company nearly the whole time. We hired an airport pickup, however; when we missed our flight and emailed them to tell them we would be a few hours late we did not hear back. Our next flight was delayed by an hour, and we hadn't heard back from our driver, so we were sure we would need to hire a new driver, but once we landed there he was! Very pleased that even though plans had changed, we were still picked up

Great discoveries!

We had a great day thanks to our guide Edy who was just great. Edy communicated his love for Lombok to us and made us discover Indonesian life and culture without forgetting the magnificent landscapes that illuminated our excursion. Thank you very much Edy for this unforgettable day.

The guide was very attentive and pointed out curiosities of Lombok. The visits were interesting and the visit to the waterfall highly recommended! Tip: wear suitable footwear to walk through the river and wet stones

Excellent tour, really good guide and driver who have been able to explain the traditions of Lombok. Fantastic landscapes.

We loved this trip, the waterfalls were beautiful and our tour guide gave so much information it was very educational!