How To Get To Lombok And Mount Rinjani

How To Get From Bali To Lombok Island

There are 3 ways to get from Bali to Lombok: by Flight (40 minutes), by Fast Boat (1.5 to 3 hours), and by Slow boat (4 to 8 hours). Depending on where you are going in Lombok, you can choose the most suitable means of transport, most visitors will stay in Senggigi or Kuta Lombok. I will explain more in the article about where you might want to stay.

Bali to Lombok by Flight Or Air
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: $40-50
Flights from Bali will depart from Denpasar Airport and will land at Lombok International Airport in the south of Lombok. You can book flights from airlines including Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia, Lion Air, and Wings Air.

Denpasar Airport (also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport), is about a 30-minute drive from Kuta or an hour’s drive from Canggu. You can book a Grab or Go-Jek or Taxi ride to get here.

Lombok Airport (Praya)from here is just a 3 Hours or can be 3 and half Hour drive Senaru Sembalun, Lombok Airport just a 30-minute drive from Kuta. From Senggigi, it’s a 1.5-hour drive. From here, you can catch the Damri bus to the main destinations in Lombok.

Alternatively, you can also take a taxi from the airport to your accommodation in Lombok,
There are daily flights between Denpasar Bali and the capital of Lombok,Mataram. Lombok International Airport (LOP) in Tanah Awu, Central Lombok District is located about 30 km or an hour drive south east of Mataram & Airlines which fly to Lombok are Garuda,Lion Air,;Silk Air and Trans Nusa.

Bali to Lombok by Slow Ferry(Public Ferry)
Duration: 4-5-7 hours
Costs Around: $4-5
This is the cheapest means of transport that you can go from Bali to Lombok, but it also takes the longest, so it is suitable for those who want to travel on a budget. Slow ferries depart from Padang Bai and arrive at Lembar Port in West Lombok. The port is about 1.5 hours south of Senggigi and 1.5 hours west of Kuta, Lombok and 3 Hour To Senaru village

By Fast Boat
Blue Water Safari Express is one of the fast boat companies that will take you from Bali to mainland Lombok. There are 2 convenient departure points from Bali Serangan (just near the Benoa Harbour) and Padang Bai Harbour.You can also check
Ferry schedules from Padang Bai(Bali) to Bangsal (Lombok)
Semaya One: 9:15 – 12:15 (3 hours)
DPrabu Fastboat: 9:00 – 11:55 (2.5 hours)
Ostina: 9:30 – 11:30 (2 hours)
Eka Jaya Fastboat: 9:00 – 11:15 (2h15m) & 13:30 – 16:00 (2.5 hours)
BlueWater Express: 10:15 – 12:40 (2h25m)
Ferry schedules from Serangan Port(Bali) to Bangsal Harbour (Lombok)
Gili Getaway: 9:00 – 11:45 (2h45m)
BlueWater Express: 9:00 – 12:40 (3h40m)

Travel Tips
During disembark from Padang Bai or arriving at Lembar Harbour, do not let a local porter take your bags/luggage unless you have negotiated absolutely what you will pay before he puts his hands on your bags. Best to avoid the service completely if possible as it can be fraught with complications over prices.
The ferries used on the run between Lombok and Bali do not conform to many Internationally recognized safety and operational standards.
It is prudent to keep alert and be aware of your position and situation whilst on board and make yourself aware of the positioning of life preserving equipment.
If inside the main cabin or below decks try to ensure you orient yourself to the layout of the ships decks and emergency exits especially if travelling at night.
You should maintain a clear head and use caution at all times when embarking and disembarking as the decks and ramps can be slippery and the passengers can at times behave in a chaotic manner especially when disembarking.
Be aware that heavy vehicles as well as cars and motorbikes are moving onto and off the ships at the dock and will using the same loading ramp as the passengers. Be careful to keep track of your bags and watch out for pick pockets if in a crowd waiting to board or disembark.

Getting from Lembar Harbour
If you’re arriving in Lembar and need a transport, you’ll find the Lembar bemo drivers or local’s public transports hard bargainers.
If you want to be free from the hassles, you can pre-order a private transport /shuttle or taxi service (min. a day in advanced and then you can Contact Us for it)

Mount Rinjani National Park
Mount Rinjani forms the second highest volcanic peak in Indonesia, part of celebrated “Ring of Fire”. The dramatic landscape has been created over millions of year of cone – building, violent explosions, and erosion.

Forested slopes rising directly from the sea create their own weather pattern and act as water – collectors for the whole of Lombok. Mount Rinjani is an active volcano on Lombok, Indonesia. It rises to 3,726 m (12,224 ft), making it the third-largest volcano in Indonesia. The first historical eruption occurred in September of 1847.

The volcano, and its sacred, Segara anak crater lake, are protected by a national park in 1997. The 6 km by 8.5 km oval-shaped caldera is filled partially by a lake known as Segara Anak.

The eruptions of 1994, 1995, and 1996 have formed a small cone in the center of the caldera and lava flows from these eruptions have entered the lake.

The highlands are forest clad and mostly underdeveloped. The lowlands are highly cultivated. Rice, soybeans, coffee, tobacco, cotton, cinnamon, and vanilla are the major crops grown in the fertile soils of the island.

For the people of Lombok, Sasak and Balinese alike, the volcano is revered as a sacred place and abode of deities. Segara Anak crater lake is the destination of thousand of pilgrims who place offerings in the water and bathe away disease in the hot springs.

The endemic duck Belibis is found here and several species of fish are recorded. Mt. Rinjani, one of the over 40 National Parks throughout Indonesia, was established in 1997.

Over 20 villages surround Rinjani and there are many routes up the mountain, but the main access is from Senaru in the north and Sembalun Lawang to the east.

The challenging three-days or four-days Rinjani Trek route from Senaru to the stunning crater rim (Plawangan), down to the stunning crater lake then on to Sembalun Lawang is considered as one of the best treks in south East Asia.

Those heading for the summit usually prefer to start from Sembalun Lawang.
A model for ecotourism in Indonesia, the community based activities are focused on the Rinjani trek Center in Senaru, the most popular starting point for the tough trek.

Why Should You Visit Mount Rinjani in Lombok?

Should you Visit Mount Rinjani when in Lombok? When checking the list of things to do in Lombok, Rinjani trekking might be included as one of the best experiences you should try in Lombok. Of course, mountain trekking is not for everyone, especially because Rinjani trekking is not easy at all.

However, once you think that you can handle this hard journey, you will understand why trekking Mount Rinjani can be a memorable experience for you in Lombok.

Different Terrain Experiences

If you are into mountain trekking, Mount Rinjani trekking will give you a special experience because you will go through different terrain along the journey. You will follow the path through the tropical forest, but after a while, the path will change into savanna grass. You will also find pebbly ground, prolonged steep climbs, and even loose stones.

Following these varied paths will give you different backgrounds for spectacular photos, for sure. Yet, you might need to push your body to the limit to finish the trek. That is why you need to prepare everything properly before starting your Rinjani trekking journey.

Magnificent Lake Segara Anak, Waterfalls, and Hot Springs

Many people think that the summit must be the ultimate goal of mountain trekking. However, you will find it different when trekking Mount Rinjani. The view of Lake Segara Anak makes the journey extraordinary. You will not only be able to enjoy the view of Lake Segara Anak from above but you can also get closer by camping right on the shore of the lake.

Since it is a crater lake, you will be amazed by its blue color which looks like seawater. Do not forget about Mount Barujari which grows from the middle of the lake. Various activities can be done near the lake. Fishing is a must if you are fishing mania because the lake is the house for a lot of fish. 

Swimming can also be done on the lake or the pool under the waterfall. Yes, there are waterfalls not far from the lake. You can even find hot springs where you can dip your body to help your muscles relax.

Spectacular Summit Views

The main goal to Visit Mount Rinjani for many people must be to reach the summit. The summit is not only the symbol of a successful mountain trekking, but you want to get to the summit because you can enjoy spectacular views from Mount Rinjani summit.

You will start the journey to the summit from the campsite in the middle of the night to catch up with the sunrise view. From the summit, you will see the entire island of Lombok because the mountain is located in the center of the island. You can also get a glimpse of Bali Island, gilis, and even Sumbawa island from the Rinjani summit.

The Second Highest Mountain in Indonesia and an Active Volcano

Mount Rinjani trekking is a must if you love mountain trekking because it is the second-highest mountain in Indonesia. Your mountain trekking journey will not be completed before you follow this trekking journey. It will be a great achievement for you because this mountain is still an active volcano. It means that the view of the mountain might change in the future due to its volcanic activities.

Great Location

Mount Rinjani trekking will not be the only grand experience you can try when in Lombok because this mountain is not far from Bali Island, as well. After completing the mountain trekking, you can continue the journey by exploring Lombok Island or hopping to the famous Gili islands. Of course, you can feel free to Visit Mount Rinjani after taking a tour of Bali Island or continue exploring Bali Island after the Rinjani trekking tour is done.

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