If you are thinking of exploring Lombok then below you’ll find out all you need to know about getting there and traveling around.
Exploring Lombok and How to Get There
Lombok is an island in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. It forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west. Lombok has numerous smaller surrounding islands which are known locally as “Gili’s”. The most famous Gili’s are the three islands off the north west coast (Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan) and there are also the “Secret Gili’s” (Gili Asahan, Gili Renggit and Gili Gede ) of South Lombok near Seketong.
Exploring Lombok is now very easy and there are numerous access points and transfer options, the easiest way being to fly direct to Lombok’s International Airport (Banadara Lombok International; BIL or IATA code LOP). It is the only airport on Lombok so if you are searching for flights “Lombok” is just fine!
Lombok International Airport receives direct international flights from Singapore (5 times a week / Silk Air) and Malaysia (daily from Kuala Lumpur and 3 time a week from Johor Bahru both with Air Asia). Visitors arriving on International flights will need to pay US $35 for a 30 day Visa on arrival.
If you are already in Indonesia them Lombok International Airport receives flights from all major Indonesian cities with domestic airlines, including Jakarta, Bali (Denpasar), Surabaya, Makassar and Jogjakarta. The flight time from Bali is just 30 minutes.
Once you arrive at Lombok International Airport it is just 40km to the capital city of Mataram, around 1.5 hrs drive from Senggigi and 25 minutes from Kuta.
Here at Two Fish Divers we can take care of all domestic travel arrangements for you so you can relax and enjoy your holiday stress free. We’ll even meet you at the airport and take you to your chosen starting point for your Lombok and Gili scuba diving adventure!
Lombok is Bali’s neighbour and as such, travelling between the two by sea is also extremely easy. Boats depart from Benoa Harbour, Sanur Beach, Nusa Lembongan and Padang Bai. Ferry crossing times (around 4 – 5 hours from Bali or 2.5 – 3 hours from Nusa Lembongan) and prices vary according to the route and type of boat. For full details of all boat options, check our Lombok Travel Information page.
Getting to the Gili Islands
The three islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and GIli Air are within extremely close proximity and there are local boats crossing between them on a regular basis. The three islands are just off the north west of mainland Lombok and there are regular boats to the mainland. Our beautiful home island of Gili Air is the closest to the mainland and the least developed. Gili Air has retained its natural beauty and is an ideal destination for those who want to experience a remote tropical island vibe in comfort. There are no cars or motorbikes on Gili Air but that shouldn’t mean you miss out on exploring the island. To walk the circumference of Gili Air takes around two and a half hours or for those who prefer two wheels it is easy to rent bicycles. We encourage you to take a look around, meet the friendly locals and walk the kilometres of stunning white sand beach while you are here!
Gili Air is just 30 minutes by fast boat to our Two Fish Divers base in Senggigi and then around 2 hours by car to our South Lombok Dive Resort (for diving South Lombok, Secret Gili’s and Belongas Bay) or directly back to the airport. If you are heading back to Bali then why not stop off at our Nusa Lembongan Island dive resort to experience diving with manta rays? It’s just 2.5 hours by fast boat and from there you are just 40 minutes from mainland Bali!
Getting to South Lombok & the “Secret Gili’s”
Our Two Fish Divers South Lombok dive resort is located around 10km outside of Seketong which is our nearest town. We are just across the water from the most beautiful dive sites in the area which are packed around the islands of Gili Asahan, Gili Renggit and Gili Gede (the Secret Gili’s).
Accessing this area couldn’t be easier. We are just 90 minutes by car from Lombok International Airport , 2 hours from Sengiggi or, if you are coming to us from (or going to) our Gili Air Dive Resort, it will take around 30 minutes by boat to Sengiggi and then 2 hours by car. Wherever you are coming from or going to we can help arrange your transfers to ensure you get on the road smoothly and efficiently!
Be warned though, once you are with us in South Lombok you might not want to leave! Accommodation is right on the beach, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and overlooking the water and neighbouring islands. You’ll be diving some of Indonesia’s most pristine coral reefs, seeing incredibly rare and often endemic critters and just one hour away are the adrenaline pumping dives of Belongas Bay which are home to seasonal schooling hammerheads and pelagics. South Lombok is unspoiled by tourism and you’ll find the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere makes this the perfect place to dive and unwind amid stunning natural beauty.
Getting to Belongas Bay
During Hammerhead season we offer accommodation in Belongas Bay itself, outside of hammerhead season we stay at our South Lombok Resort and make Belongas Bay day trips. Belongas Bay is just a 60 minute car journey away and we pass through stunning scenery en route. If you’d like to dive Belongas Bay and are coming from our Gili Air Resort or Nusa Lembongan we’ll transfer you to Sengiggi from which is is 2 hours by road to our South Lombok Resort where you’ll stay overnight prior to making your incredible Belongas Bay dives the following day!
Exploring Lombok with us
Are you ready to explore Lombok with us? Why not join us for an epic adventure and dive all of our resorts in one trip? Find out more about the diving highlights at each of these world class locations from our Lombok Blogs:
Gili Island BLogs
Secret Gili’s & Belongas Blogs
Add in Bali
Are you planning to travel to and from Bali? Its only 1-2hours from Lombok by fast boat so you can discover Nusa Lembongan or Amed as well. Or why not make it a Bali, Nusa Lembongan & Lombok safari? At Two Fish Divers we love to explore and discover new dive sites. Our passion for diving and marine life means you’ll be diving some of the best kept secret dive sites in Indonesia!
Take a course
Want to take your next level of PADI course or travelling with a companion that needs to get certified while you are here? Not a problem – just let us know your requirements and we can take care of that too!