Detour: Lombok, Indonesia

On a whim (and a tip from a friend), we redeemed a handful of SQ miles and hopped over to Lombok, Bali‘s beautiful, but neglected, step-sister. Lombok has been marketing itself as the “next Bali” for a while now, but it seems few have noticed.

He spent hours snorkeling in the shallow waters near our hotel; I caught up on a month’s worth of back issues of the New Yorker. (Hey, you can take the girl out of the City, but you can’t take the City of the girl.)

We are already plotting our return to Lombok, to explore the Gili Islands and to, one day, to climb Gunung Rinjani, a 12,224 foot high volcano and Indonesia’s second-highest peak.

o o o o o

The photographs below were taken on Klui Beach, a coral-studded lagoon with views across the Indian Ocean to Bali, Nusa Penida, and Lombok’s Sekotong Peninsula.

Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok, Indonesia

If you go: Go soon! Lombok’s new international airport is opening on October 1, 2011, and the race is on to develop an unspoilt southern coastline into a resort and luxury residential community.

7 responses

  1. Oh, I absolutely love Lombok. Pity it is getting a little too commercialised. Yes, you have to go Gunung Rinjani. It’s gorgeous. :) I haven’t been to Gili Islands, but I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about them.

  2. I used to work in a publishing company and got to know about Lombok. A place that I have yet to visit and would really want to visit real soon. Beautiful shots captured.

  3. Lombok and Gili Islands are very popular destinations among the expats in Jakarta, but I am yet to try. I need to go there during our stay here! I’m glad you had a chance to go. Beautiful shots!