What do you know about Lombok tourism other than Gili Islands, Senggigi Beach, and Mount Rinjani? There are absolutely lots more. While many say that Lombok is the twin counterpart of Bali, Lombok actually offers distinctive charms that will impossibly be found on Bali. Lombok is like a kaleidoscope of natural beauty that provides mixed experiences hard to forget.
Take a look at the following hidden gems of Lombok that I have explore during my trip there:
Pergasingan Hill: Poetic View over Lombok and Rinjani
Besides the summit of Mt. Rinjani, the foothills below the volcano features just as magnificent. The best spot to enjoy the panorama is definitely Pergasingan hill in Sembalun village. It’s located not so far from the hamlet to the east and all you need to do is trekking up as high as 600 meters.
The view up there is truly something. Rice fields lay beautifully next to each other, forming a colorful, scintillating nature carpet. You’ll also be amazed with the jaw-dropping landscape of rolling hills running as far as the cost. To the west, the bird’s eye view of almighty Rinjani turns to be magical when the sun rises from and set to just right behind the back of the mountain. And what is the best way to celebrate the view other than paragliding over the highland.
Pergasingan is an alternative spot for both soft hike and practice before the real hike to Rinjani. From Sembalun, the climb takes about 4 hours with mostly easy trail and superb scenery. The only part that takes some effort is the sloppy hills at the start with an angle of approximately 70 degrees. Another one hour hike from Pergasingan is a spacious meadow which gives favorite camp ground for those who want to join in “sunrise attack.”
Semeti Beach: A Piece of Krypton Planet on Earth
Photographers, this beach will sure to give you dramatic view to capture. There are stones forming remarkably like the crystal box found in Planet Krypton, the homeland of Superman, scattering along the shore. And beyond, some rocks resembling Egypt pyramids stands firmly in the middle of the sea. Semeti does remind us about the planet, hence people popularly call it the Krypton beach.
Semeti is located in Central Lombok and only a few kilometers away from the already known Selong Belanak beach but it’s still a secret place hardly visited by tourists. The road there is mostly bumpy dirt road that will get worse during rainy season. But with the blend of that dramatic view and the peaceful situation, you won’t regret each effort you attempt to get there.
The best spot to get the whole view is climbing the rocks nearby the shore. Make sure you sport proper covered shoes as the path there can be rough and you may need to hike as high as 20 meters boulder.