Lombok & Gili Islands in 2 weeks: travel route + tips

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Lombok and Gili Islands in 2 weeks - travel route + tips

Relaxing on the most beautiful white-sandy beaches, snorkeling with seaturtles, chasing hidden waterfalls, and hiking the active Mount Rinjani volcano… A trip to Lombok and the Gili Islands is a match made in heaven! This complete travel guide includes all the best tips and useful information for visiting Lombok and Gili Islands in 2 weeks. From a detailed travel itinerary of the route we did to the best hotels to stay at, our favorite places to eat and all the best things to do. And to make things easier, we put it on a map as well.

Tip: if you have more time, definitely add Bali or Flores to your planning!

Lombok in 2 weeks: an overview of our travel route

START Gili Trawangan | END Kuta

DURATION 14 days

METHOD OF TRANSPORT  Bus + boat

BEST TIME OF YEAR June-September

WHEN DID WE GO July-August

HIGHLIGHTS Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, Mount Rinjani, Sembalun, Kuta & the Secret Gili Islands

Lombok in 2 weeks travel route + tips

Gili Islands

After our Bali trip, we went to the Gili Islands by speedboat and started with a few nights on Gili Trawangan. Gili Trawangan is the most crowded island of the three Gili Islands with lots of great things to do. Even though it’s famous for its nightlife, it’s still knows how to keep its charming and relaxed atmosphere. We love this island as there are so many great dive centers, lovely hotels and amazing vegan restaurants. After Gili T, we hopped on a 20-minute boat ride to Gili Meno, which is the perfect place to relax with beaches all to yourself. No matter which Gili Islands you choose, you can expect the most bluest waters, white beaches, cozy bean bags on the beach, and incredible sunsets… Perfect to start or end your trip with!

Read also: Where to stay in the Gili Islands: the best hotels

Recommended stay

  • 3 – 5 days

Where to stay on the Gili Islands

Things to do on the Gili Islands

  • Rent a bicycle and cycle around the islands – around IDR 45.000 ($3) for a full day
  • Go snorkeling and swim with sea turtles or at the underwater sculptures of Gili Meno – IDR 600.000 ($40) for a private boat which you can share with others, 3-4 hours
  • Complete a dive course – fixed prices on all the Gili islands, starts from IDR 5.900.000 ($397) per person for a 3-day PADI Open Water Course (our favorite dive center is Trawangan Dive Resort where we completed our PADI Advanced Course)
  • Watch the sunset in a cozy beanbag and order a cocktail
  • Get a relaxing massage on the beach – prices starts around IDR 150.000 ($10) per hour
  • Watch a movie on the beach – check at Le Pirate & Villa Ombok on Gili Trawangan for the open-air movie nights
  • Visit Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno or Gili Air on a day trip – public boats are going 2 times a day, IDR 35.000 ($2) per person

Where to eat

  • Fat Cats part of Trawangan Dive (favorite dinner spot, cozy setting with tables on the beach, try the poke bowl, vegan burger or superfood salad)
  • The Banyan Tree (favorite breakfast and lunch spot, fresh & healthy food with many plant-based options and the best juices, try the mixed berry bowl, chocolate peanut bowl, purple wrap… so good!)
  • Scallywags (best place for a delicious BBQ on the beach, unlimited vegetable/pasta buffet)
  • Diversia (great lunch spot or if you need to wait for the boats, yummy veggie platter with tempeh and lots of great juices)
  • Sunset Kiss Beach Club from PinkCoco Resort (favorite sunset bar/restaurant with lots of yummy cocktails)

How to get on the Gili Islands

  • From Bali, by fast boat, 1-2 hours, prices are around IDR 290.000 per person. (we highly recommend Eka Jaya Fast Boats as a company)

Check the schedules and different options here

Kelapa Villas on Gili Trawangan
Lovers Lane at Kelapa Villas on Gili Trawangan
Gili Meno
Beautiful beaches of Gili Meno
Gili Trawangan
Cycling around Gili T
Gili Islands
Crystal-clear waters of the Gili Islands

Senaru – Mount Rinjani

Whether if you want to hike up the crater rim of the active volcano Mount Rinjani or just want to explore the beautiful nature and waterfalls in the north, Senaru is the perfect place to stay. It’s a very small local village with a few hotels and nothing really to do, but it’s the perfect getaway for hikers as it’s located at the base of Mount Rinjani. We stayed at Rudy Trekker and booked the Mount Rinjani trekking with them. They have a lovely swimming pool which is perfect to recover after your hike.

Recommended stay

  • 1-3 days

Where to stay in Senaru

Things to do in Senaru

Where to eat

  • Rudy Trekker (cheap and good local food)

How to get in Senaru

Tiu Kelep Waterfall Lombok
Tiu Kelep Waterfall
Senaru sunrise Lombok
Sunrise views in Senaru
View over lake and caldera Mount Rinjani
View from the crater rim of Mount Rinjani
Bukit Selong viewpoint Lombok
Bukit Selong viewpoint

Kuta

Kuta is our favorite spot in Lombok because of its super relaxed atmosphere and lovely surfer’s vibe. The town itself is not big, but there are plenty of cozy bars and great vegan restaurants. Only a short bike ride away, you’ll find some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches of whole Indonesia. If you love the vibes of Canggu in Bali, you’ll definitely love Kuta in Lombok too!

Recommended stay

  • 3 – 5 days

Where to stay in Kuta

Things to do in Kuta

  • Rent a scooter to visit the nearby beaches – IDR 50.000 ($3,4) for a full day
  • Visit the secluded Mawun Beach
  • Take a day trip to the Secret Gili’s: Gili Kedis, Gili Nanggu & Gili Gede – around IDR 800.000 per person for a day trip incl pick-up and snorkeling gear
  • Relax on the beautiful beach of Tanjung Aan
  • Walk around in the lovely town of Kuta and hop in one of the cozy bars and restaurants
  • Enjoy a happy-hour at the lounge and swimming pool of Bamba Capsule Hotel

Where to eat in Kuta

  • Kenza Cafe (our favorite restaurant in Lombok! Healthy food, lots of vegan options, an Instagrammable interior and a cozy atmosphere. Try the vegan green wrap, trio of hummus and the vegan chocolate cake, so yummy!)
  • El Bazar (a lovely Moroccon restaurant with a beautiful interior. Our fav picks: the green cauliflower, the vegetarian mezze platter, and the veggy kebab)
  • Krnk (spot with incredible good food and a trendy atmosphere, best burgers in town vegan proof! Try the vegan pizza & the gypsy burger, amazing!)
  • Bamba Capsule Hotel (lovely restaurant, bar and lounge with lots of healthy options and great asian food)
  • Milk Espresso (lovely place to enjoy a coffee or some cocktails & tapas on their rooftop deck, has a great menu with vegan friendly food)

How to get in Kuta

Search for transport from Bali to Kuta in Lombok here

Tanjung Aan - Kuta Lombok
Local vendors on the beach of Tangjung Aan
Tanjung Aan - Kuta Lombok
Beautiful beaches of Tanjung Aan
Day trip to Gili Nanggu
Day trip to Gili Nanggu
Tanjung Aan Kuta Lombok
Our favorite spot on Tanjung Aan beach

P.S. Are you leaving soon? Be sure to check out the following helpful websites for planning your trip.

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