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Discovering Indonesia: A Family-Friendly Adventure

Indonesia is the ideal destination for your first long-distance family trip. It’s safe, the distances are manageable, and it offers a perfect blend of culture and nature, including relaxing beach spots.

Many travelers pair a trip to Bali with Lombok, often visiting the popular Gili islands. However, this approach overlooks the unique charm of Lombok. Often described as the Bali of 30 years ago, Lombok’s tourism industry is still blossoming, making it an ideal time to visit. Here, you’ll discover stunning, secluded beaches, the infamous volcano, sprawling rice fields, and a jungle teeming with hidden waterfalls. We’ve had several memorable family holidays in Lombok, and I’m excited to share everything you need to know about visiting Lombok with kids!

Traveling from Bali to Lombok with Kids: A Comprehensive Guide

Planning a family trip from Bali to Lombok? You have two main options: by boat or by plane. Boats depart every hour from Sanur or Padang Bay, heading towards Lombok or the Gili Islands. Depending on the weather and the type of boat, the journey can take anywhere from 1.5 to 6 hours.

However, if you or your children are prone to seasickness, it’s advisable to avoid the boat journey. Even on the fast boat in calm weather, the 1.5-hour trip can feel much longer due to the constant motion. The plastic bags provided on the boat are often a necessity for many passengers.

If you’re traveling with young children, consider taking a plane instead. Not only is it a quicker option (approximately half an hour), but it’s also more comfortable and not necessarily more expensive than the boat. However, it’s important to research and choose a reputable airline. A recommended choice is Garuda Airlines, known as one of Indonesia’s best airlines, which operates regular flights from Bali to Lombok.

Traveling from Bali to Lombok by Plane

One of the most convenient ways to travel from Bali to Lombok is by plane. This method of transportation offers a quick and comfortable journey, allowing you to reach your destination in no time.

Flight Duration

The flight duration from Bali to Lombok is approximately 30 minutes, making it a quick and efficient way to travel between the two islands.

Cost of Flight

The cost of a flight from Bali to Lombok can vary depending on the time of year and the airline. However, on average, you can expect to pay between $30 and $50 for a one-way ticket.

Airlines Operating the Route

Several airlines operate the route between Bali and Lombok, including:

  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Lion Air
  • AirAsia

Flight Frequency

Flights from Bali to Lombok are frequent, with multiple flights operating daily. This makes it easy to find a flight that fits your schedule.

Arrival in Lombok

Upon arrival in Lombok, you will land at Lombok International Airport. From there, you can easily catch a taxi or arrange for a private transfer to your accommodation.

Traveling from Bali to Lombok by Ferry

Another option for traveling from Bali to Lombok is by ferry. This method of transportation offers a more scenic journey, allowing you to take in the beautiful views of the ocean and the surrounding islands.

Ferry Duration

The ferry journey from Bali to Lombok takes approximately 4 to 5 hours. While this is significantly longer than the flight, the scenic views and the opportunity to relax on the ferry make it a popular choice for many travelers.

Cost of Ferry

The cost of a ferry from Bali to Lombok is typically around $10 for a one-way ticket. This makes it a more affordable option compared to the flight.

Ferry Schedule

Ferries from Bali to Lombok operate daily, with multiple departures throughout the day. This makes it easy to find a ferry that fits your schedule.

Arrival in Lombok

Upon arrival in Lombok, you will dock at the port of Bangsal. From there, you can easily catch a taxi or arrange for a private transfer to your accommodation.

Exploring Lombok with Kids: A Comprehensive Guide

Planning a family trip to Lombok? Wondering how to navigate the transportation system with kids in tow? This guide will provide you with all the necessary information to make your journey smooth and enjoyable.

Getting Around Lombok with Kids

Lombok offers a variety of transportation options suitable for families. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Meter-taxis: Lombok has reliable meter-taxis. For longer distances, you can negotiate a fixed price.
  • Chauffeur service: You can arrange a chauffeur through your hostel or hotel. Remember to negotiate the price to avoid paying a premium.
  • Scooter rental: For a few euros per day, you can rent a scooter. This is a fun and flexible way to explore the island. Ensure your kids are comfortable and safe on the back of the scooter.

Regardless of the mode of transportation you choose, always prioritize safety and comfort, especially when traveling with kids.

Exploring Lombok, Indonesia

Indonesia’s Lombok Island is a paradise for travelers seeking a less crowded alternative to Bali. With its pristine beaches, vibrant local culture, and stunning natural beauty, Lombok offers a unique experience for every visitor.

Getting to Lombok

Reaching Lombok is straightforward. If you’re traveling by plane, you’ll land near Kuta, Lombok (not to be confused with Kuta, Bali). Alternatively, if you’re arriving by boat, you’ll likely dock in Senggigi.

Discovering Senggigi

Senggigi is a charming town characterized by a long street lined with quaint diners and shops. While there isn’t a plethora of activities, the main attractions are the stunning beach and breathtaking sunsets. We recommend staying at the Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort. This hotel also operates a turtle rescue center, where kids can occasionally participate in releasing a turtle back into the sea.

From Senggigi, you can easily travel to the famous Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno islands, or visit the waterfalls and the Rinjani volcano.

Beach Activities in Senggigi

On Senggigi beach, you’ll find locals offering day trips on fishermen’s boats to the nearby islands. If you’re lucky, you might even encounter a giant turtle. Don’t forget to bring your snorkeling set and ensure your kids wear life vests (even if they can swim), as the sea can sometimes be rough.

Scaling Mount Rinjani: An Unforgettable Volcano Adventure

Experience the thrill of climbing Mount Rinjani, one of Indonesia’s most spectacular volcanoes. This challenging trek is not for the faint-hearted, but the breathtaking views from the summit make it well worth the effort.

Embark on an Adventure to Rinjani Volcano and the Waterfalls of Sendag Gile and Tiu Kelep

Senaru and Sembalun villages are the starting points for thrilling trips to the Rinjani volcano and the breathtaking waterfalls of Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep. If your children are a bit older, consider the rewarding challenge of climbing the volcano. These hikes, which last 2 to 3 days, offer well-maintained paths, though they can be rough, cold, and steep. The reward is a stunning sunrise view. Many visitors opt for the 3 to 4-hour hike to Pergasingan Hill, where you can camp overnight and wake up to a sunrise over Rinjani.

Discover the Stunning Waterfalls: Sendang Gile & Tiu Kelep

Visiting the waterfalls requires a small entrance fee (less than a euro). While many guides are available, you can easily explore the waterfalls on your own. The first waterfall, Sendang Gile, is just a 10-minute walk away. The second, Tiu Kelep, requires a bit more effort but is well worth it. Expect a 30-minute walk and a climb over rocks and through small rivers – a true adventure for the kids.

Tip: Don’t forget to bring mosquito- and insect spray and water shoes for your adventure!

Discover Kuta and Sekotong

For lovers of stunning beaches, thrilling surfing experiences, and trendy dining spots, Kuta is a must-visit destination. However, don’t mistake it for Kuta in Bali! We opted for the serene Sekotong, where we stayed at the Silver Fern Beach Retreat. This modest yet charming hotel boasts a stunning beachfront view.

From here, you can embark on boat trips to the breathtaking islands of Gili Nanggu, Gili Kedis, and Gili Sudak. If you’re a fan of pristine beaches, snorkeling, or diving, this is truly the place to be!

Exploring Gili Nanggu, Gili Kedis, and Gili Sudak

From Sekotong, you can rent a boat and embark on a trip to the islands of Gili Nanggu, Gili Kedis, and Gili Sudak. These islands, untouched by mass tourism, offer a serene escape from the hustle and bustle. Despite the occasional day trippers, these islands are far from crowded. They are stunningly beautiful, resembling images straight out of a travel brochure. Spend your day snorkeling amidst vibrant coral, a variety of fish, starfish, and sea-serpents. It’s truly a wonderful experience!

Cost of a Family Holiday to Lombok

To give you an idea of the costs of a family holiday to Lombok, here’s a breakdown of what we spent:

  • Plane ticket to Bali: € 650
    Tip: Travel from Brussels during the May holiday for cheaper rates.
  • Hotel: € 200 per night
    The cost can vary depending on your preferences. We budgeted €200-€250 per night for a family of five.

Cost of Travel from Bali to Lombok

Planning a trip from Bali to Lombok? Here’s a quick rundown of the costs you can expect:

  • Boat or plane ticket from Bali to Lombok: €25

Food Expenses in Bali

Food in Bali is incredibly affordable. For just a few euros, you can enjoy a plate of rice with satay. Here’s what you can expect to spend on food:

  • Daily food budget: €10
  • Fine dining: €8-10 per person

Should You Take Malaria Pills When Visiting Lombok?

Lombok is considered a malaria-prone area according to the GGD. We chose not to take any malaria tablets but instead used Deet (at least 30%) as a preventive measure. However, this is a personal decision and you should make the choice that best suits your needs.

About the Author

This article, “Lombok with Kids: Everything You Need to Know,” is authored by Danielle. A mother of three children and a young Labrador, Danielle has a passion for travel and photography. She has explored some of the most breathtaking places on earth and had remarkable experiences, which she loves sharing with her children. From a young age, her kids have accompanied her on her travels and, fortunately, they thoroughly enjoy it. Their trips are a blend of luxury, boutique hotels, and infinity pools, combined with spontaneous adventures. This could mean dining at a local family’s home, eating at a simple beach hut, touring on a scooter, or sailing on a small fisherman’s boat. Follow all her adventures on Mom’s Travel Treasures and on Facebook.


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