Lombok is the next Island to the east of Bali, if offers fantastic photographic opportunities. This guide only covers the southern tip. Hopefully I will get the chance to revisit and see the rest of this fantastic Island. The Island has white isolated beaches, beautiful seascapes, local villages and markets. The people are friendly and in most cases love to have their pictures taken.
We were even invited into a local wedding. The local kids and even some adults ask to have their photo’s taken.
Special Photographic Features
We stayed at the Novatel Hotel near Kuta Beach ( Kute Beach) (same name as the Bali beach).
Within easy walking from the hotel there are several beaches, with interesting headlands.
To the east walk cross over the old bridge and along the road to a local surfing beach.
To the west there is another beach, with monkeys in the trees in the hill at the end.
Directly in front of the hotel is a lagoon with very interesting headlands at each end. The tide varies greatly during the day and the seascape is changing constantly.
Further to the west is village of Kuta. Don’t miss the local market day and watch out for the horse drawn carts.
Check out the local fishing village at the end of the street near the markets.
Hire a car and driver and within an hours drive there are some fantastic isolated white sand beaches.
There is also a great cafe of top of the mountain overlooking Kuta Beach which offers great vegetarian food and great views.
The only night shoots I took was the full moon raising over the lagoon and night shoots around the hotel
A Tripod is handy, filters etc…
A super zoom is handy to capture the surfing shots. We had problems with the humidly fogging up our lens and cameras in the early morning.
Best Time of The Day
Sunrise as always great, the sun rises over the local rice fields and the sun sets over the ocean.
Lombok is a short flight or long boat trip from Bali. We stayed at the Novatel Hotel near Kuta Beach (same name as the Bali beach). This is a short trip in a car from the main airport. The Novatel is very nice with it’s own beach , villas and pools. It has specials on from time to time and is not too expensive, the rooms range from private villas with pools to cheaper hotel rooms. There are other hotels cheaper around Kuta Beach. The main roads on Lombok are not to bad, but leave the main roads and they are very rough.
You can either hire your own motor bike or hire a car with a driver . just walk outside the hotel and a car will appear.