This photogenic 5-day trip takes you to some of Indonesia's best beaches. Spend the first few days exploring the island of Lombok, stopping to learn about Sasak indigenous traditions in a fishing village before going snorkeling in the aquamarine waters off Gili Nanggu. Then you'll jet over to Komodo Island and board a short cruise through Komodo National Park. Island-hopping through the park's island chain, you'll sunbathe on the famed Pink Beach, explore coral reefs on a snorkeling excursion, and spot Komodo dragons in the wild.


  • Cruise around the islands of Lombok and Komodo
  • Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters off Gili Nanggu
  • Observe Komodo dragons in their natural habitat
  • Sleep aboard a sailboat as you cruise between islands
  • Take in the ethereal beauty of rose-colored Pink Beach 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Ubud & Transfer to Lombok Senggigi, Lombok
Day 2 Experience Sasak Culture & Snorkel Near Gili Nanggu Senggigi, Lombok
Day 3 Explore Komodo Island on a Cruise  Komodo Island
Day 4 Cruise Around Padar & Spot Komodo Dragons Komodo Island
Day 5 Depart Lombok - End of Trip  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Ubud & Transfer to Lombok

Rice fields in Bali
Rice fields in Bali
Welcome to Indonesia! You'll arrive in Bali and transfer to the harbor in the coastal town of Padangbai. Board a ferry boat, then sit back and relax on the journey to the island of Lombok. Enjoy the scenic views and fresh air as the boat cruises across the clear waters. When you arrive in Bangsal, you'll transfer by car to Senggigi. Check in to your hotel and enjoy a free evening to relax and dine on Indonesian cuisine. Tomorrow, you'll discover the Gili Islands, a cluster of small islands near the coast of Lombok. 

Day 2: Experience Sasak Culture & Snorkel Near Gili Nanggu

Gili Nanggu
Boats in the clear water off Gili Nanggu
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Join your guide for a trip to the southern end of Lombok. Along the way, you'll make several stops to discover what daily life is like for the island's residents, many of whom are from the Sasak ethnic group. One of the first stops will be the colorful morning market in the village of Ampenan. Then continue to a traditional fishing village, where you'll have the opportunity to see Sasak women making earthenware pottery using the same techniques that their ancestors have practiced for generations.

After this insightful look into the Sasak culture, continue to the harbor at Lembar, filled with colorful motorized outrigger boats. Board one of these boats to travel to Gili Nanggu, part of the Gili Islands, where you'll snorkel and swim in the afternoon before returning to Lembar and then transferring back to your hotel. 

Day 3: Explore Komodo Island on a Cruise 

Cruises in Komodo National Park
Cruise vessels in Komodo National Park
Early this morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Lombok's airport. Catch a domestic flight to Komodo Island, then head to the port to board your cruise through Komodo National Park. The park consists of three main islands — Komodo, Rinca, and Padar — and several smaller islands. You'll stop at a number of islands along the journey. Off the shores of Kelor Island, go on a snorkeling excursion to see vibrant corals, seagrass, and diverse marine life. On Rinca Island, you'll have the chance to spot famous Komodo dragons on a guided nature hike. Then the boat will anchor near Kalong Island, where you'll have another opportunity to snorkel, swim, and explore. Enjoy views of the night sky before getting some rest in your cabin on the boat.

Day 4: Cruise Around Padar & Spot Komodo Dragons

Komodo dragons in the wild

Your sailing adventure continues today. Enjoy breakfast on the boat as you cruise towards the islands of Padar and Komodo. Today's plan features several opportunities for snorkeling — look for manta rays and turtles underwater — and chances to spot Komodo dragons while hiking. Explore the famous Pink Beach on Komodo Island, so named for the color of its sand: the hue is created by a mixture of crushed red and white corals. In the afternoon, accompanied by another ranger, you will go on a nature walk to discover other wildlife on the island, including lizards, wild pigs, and parrots. 

Day 5: Depart Lombok - End of Trip

Boats in the Bangsal harbor
The trip ends today. You'll transfer back to Bali to catch a flight out. Safe travels! 

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Map of Beautiful Beaches of Lombok & Komodo - 5 Days
Map of Beautiful Beaches of Lombok & Komodo - 5 Days