Bali Lombok ?
Which is the better choice for you?
Bali Lombok – Both Indonesian islands have their own strengths and weaknesses but also are very similar in their own way. While Bali is renowned for it’s volcanic mountains, amazing beaches, picturesque rice paddies and coral reefs.. How does it compare to Lombok?
Where Bali is of a faster pace, time seems to pass slower on Lombok. The small Indonesian island is just a short hour by ferry from Bali, but in so many ways these close neighbours are worlds apart.
Lombok has a wealth of beauty just waiting to be found but to date it has only been the more adventurous traveller who has ventured there. Home to Indonesia’s second-highest active volcano, Mt. Rinjan, Lombok offers things that Bali simply can’t. If you love photography, go to Lombok.. If you love nightlife… Go to Bali.
Recently the construction of Lombok international airport, upgrading of roads and new luxury Hotels have finally signaled the coming of age for the island. Lombok will soon be competing with Bali for the tourist dollars. If you want to experience Lombok before the inevitable changes occur than now might be the time to do it.
Below we have compared various aspects of each island and rated them on a scale of 1 to 5… 5 being the best. We hope this post helps.. If you can, why not just visit both Lombok and Bali Indonesia?Don’t forget to like, share and comment. Have a great day…
Bali Lombok Which Is The Best And Why
Bali as we all know has been a hot tourist destination for many years now and so is geared towards tourists and tourism. With this being said it is understandable to see the prices slightly higher than in Lombok which is still pretty much virgin territory. As a world wide comparison with other tourist destinations, Indonesia is still very well priced and caters for all budgets. If you hunt around you can still find an acceptable room for under $35.
Lombok is definitely the winner in the budget department. For $10 you can get a comfortable hostel room or if you have a little more cash to flash you can upgrade to hotel class for around $30.
Bali beaches can be found all around the Island and vary from the beautiful white sand we all picture to a more black sand beach. Bukit on the South Peninsula has many spectacular beaches well liked by reef break surfers but the most recommended chillout beaches would have to be Seminyak, Sanur, Canggu, Nusa Dua and Kuta.
Lombok, on the other hand, has far less tourists and far more secluded virgin white beaches. Must visit beaches in Lombok are Ekas, Mawi, Mawun and Selong Belanak just to mention a few.
Island hopping from Bali gets you to Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. The most isolated island of the three, Nusa Penida, is perfect if you just want to get away and wind down. Nusa Lembongan is starting to be known as Bali’s little brother where nightlife is concerned so don’t expect to relax too much here. If you want to escape Bali for the day and just take in some snorkeling or visit a few temples then any of these islands are perfect.
Lombok island hopping takes you to the Gili Islands which are one of those postcard perfect paradises you only dream of. The Gili Islands are a motor vehicle free haven of beaches, snorkeling and scuba diving. There is plenty to see and do on this island it is well worth a few days.
Bali has a great hiking adventure to the now active volcano of Mt. Batur. When we did this trek we started at 5am and were able to catch the sunrise from the summit… truly amazing! There is also Mt. Abang and Mt. Agung for another hiking alternative.
Lombok is home to Mt. Rinjani – Indonesia’s second-highest volcano coming in at 3,726 meters. For the adventurous at heart you will have many days of hiking waiting you here. If Mt. Rinjani isn’t enough Lombok also has cascading waterfalls, a crater lake at the top of the summit with nothing less than it’s own hot springs.
Bali is definitely the Party destination. If you are into the clubbing scene then you will find most of the nightlife in Seminyak. Other great party locations are La Favela, Jenja, Potato Head and Ku De Ta to mention just a few.
Lombok is a lot more laid back and sedate when compared to the Bali Nightlife scene. But, if you are in the mood for some action then Senggigi is a good spot for some Live music and cold beer
When in Bali you must try Babi Guling or, as we say in English, roasted suckling pig. Bali has many good places to endulge in their traditional food. A few places we recommend are Secret Garden Restaurant at Lovina and Warung Sanur Segar in Sanur.
Lombok’s traditional dish is called Ayam Taliwang or, spicy grilled chicken. Lombok is a strongly Muslim island, thus pork and nightlife are hard to come by in these regions. Resturants we recommend in Lombok are Ruby’s Café in Gili Air and Ocean Breeze Gourmet Foods in Kuta.
Just remember, Indonesia has a food to suit all tastes. From satay and beef rendang to the typical betutu (steamed or roasted chicken or duck).
Bali Lombok – Lombok when compared to Bali, for the tourist is quieter and a little less developed. We found the Lombokian locals friendly enough but not quite as open as the Balinese..
The main tourist area in Lombok is Senggigi and there is plenty of accommodation to chose from.Senggigi is a collection of karaoke bars and sunburnt foreigners. If Lombok wasn’t 80% Muslim, the rest ok the Island would look just like Senggigi. Bali’s Hindu culture is far more welcoming to stray tourists wandering the streets in search of bikini contests and all-day happy hours. Lombok’s locals are not as liberated and it is this modest culture that keeps Lombok from becoming just another Bali. The locals are trying their best not to give way to the all mighty tourist dollar and lower their standards… But the writing is on the wall already..
Kuta Lombok and Kuta Bali are like day and night… Totally diffrent. Where Kuta Bali is active and in party mode, Kuta Lombok is totally relaxed and chilled.
I few people we have spoken to didn’t enjoy Senggigi beach… Black and not so great. Kuta Lombok , on the other hand appealed to these people. The beaches were more of their taste and the feel was relaxing and “rustic”. Everyone we have talked to has loved Gili Islands.