Lombok is an Indonesian island east of Bali and west of Sumbawa. It is probably most famous for the Gili Islands, located off the west coast. Lombok is a lot less touristy than Bali, with many wonderful places to visit; it was my favourite of the two islands! A highlight of my week in Lombok was a 4 hour hike along beautiful rice paddies with the chance to swim in the Tetebatu waterfall halfway through.
The walk takes you through lush green rice fields at the bottom of the second tallest volcano in Lombok, Mt Rinjani. The best time of day to visit this stunningly picturesque place, is early morning when the sky is clear. You are also more likely to avoid rain during the rainy season if you get up early.
The walk itself, is long but flat. At the end there is a small chunk of up-hill, but this is rewarded with possible monkey sightings, so keep an eye out!
Duration: roughly 4-5 hours depending on water and drink stops as well as swimming
Difficultly: Suitable for all ages. Incline at the end but mostly flat. Easy 🏃🏼♀️. The age range of our group was 16-65 so very doable.
The waterfall is only small but it is swimmable! Be prepared for cold temperatures though; it’s not quite like the beautiful ocean surrounding the island. It is however a wonderfully refreshing dip during a very, very warm walk!
What to bring:
Water (lots of it!)
Poles if you use them
Swimming costume and towel
Don’t forget to document the swimming in the waterfall with a selfie – classic solo traveller alert!
I hope everyone is staying safe and making the most of this situation as best they can.