Extreme Nomads’ Sports Guide to Lombok
Sandwiched between Bali and Sumbawa, Lombok is a breezy, tropical island bursting with potential for outdoor sports and adrenaline activities. Within the surfing community, Lombok already holds a reputation as one of the best surfing destinations in Asia. But big, badass waves are just the beginning of what the island has to offer on sea, land, and even in the air.
The rugged, rural north of Lombok is home to the sky tickling volcano, Mount Rinjani, and at its base lies dozens of tiny rural villages. Meanwhile, the southern portion of Lombok is where the typical tourist trail leads, with hotspots such as Kuta, Senggigi, and Tanjung Aan being the most popular haunts.
Though it wasn’t long ago that Lombok was isolated from the outside world, when life on the island danced to the tune of the local mosque bells and the early morning markets, modern Lombok is beginning to look a little different.
Visit Lombok today and you’ll still hear the prayers from the mosques echoing through the streets at sunrise; but you’re just as likely to catch a glimpse of some surfers tracking down the lip of a wave at Bangko Bangko; of families setting off to explore the underwater world of the Gili Islands; or digital nomads schlepping to their favourite cafe to set up shop for the day.
Lombok’s modern mishmash of culture is changing fast, and- with its tropical vibes, jaw-dropping scenery, burgeoning party scene, and outdoor adventure culture- it’s a pretty exciting time to get to know the island.