Articles 29 Apr 2024

Travel Destinations in West Nusa Tenggara, More Than Just Beautiful Beaches

Labuan Bajo and Gili are the two names that most frequently pop up when tourists talk about West Nusa Tenggara. Yet, this province neighboring Bali Island, has more travel destinations beyond its beautiful beaches that are equally stunning. Don’t believe it? Here is the list!

Sesaot Tourism Village

Sesaot Tourism Village is located in Narmada Subdistrict, West Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara. This area is a protected forest designated as a Sustainable Tourism Observatory (STO) by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.

The village's main attraction is the water attractions managed by the locals as a Community Recreation Center. These include natural springs, bathing pools (for adults and children), and water stairs. In addition to these three attractions, you can also enjoy trekking to admire the beauty of Mangga Hill, staying in traditional Sasak houses, and shopping for souvenirs at the MSME center.

Mandalika Area

Are you familiar with the name Mandalika? If so, you might be up-to-date with recent news or you are a fan of world motorcycle racing. But besides being the location of the Mandalika International Circuit—where the 2022 Indonesia MotoGP Grand Prix was held, the Mandalika Area also offers other interesting tourist attractions.

According to Kompaspedia, the Mandalika Area or the Mandalika Special Economic Zone also boasts green hill landscapes along its coastline. Moreover, in this area, there is also a historical monument erected for Putri Mandalika, who is an important figure in local legend. So, visiting this area can give you both natural and cultural tourism experiences. Exciting, isn’t it?

Merese Hill

Another natural tourist attraction in West Nusa Tenggara is Merese Hill. Located in Central Lombok, about 1.7 km from the Mandalika Area, this tourist spot offers gorgeous green hills, stretches of white sand, and mesmerizing blue sea. To enjoy all this beauty, you just need to hike up the hilltop with a 15-minute walk. The ideal time to visit this hill is in the morning or in the late afternoon before sunset.

Sade Traditional Village

Sade Traditional Village is another travel destination you should take advantage of when visiting West Nusa Tenggara. Located in Rembitan Village, Pujut Subdistrict, Central Lombok District, this village is the home of the Sasak People with their authentic houses roofed with thatch and straw and built on clay and rice husk foundations.

Besides the view of Bale—traditional Sasak houses, you can also see how the people in this village go about their daily activities. Typically, Sasak women work as weavers, and you can buy their woven fabrics as unique souvenirs from Sade Traditional Village.


If you are looking for a natural tourist destination with a cool climate, Sembalun could be the right choice. It is a subdistrict in East Lombok District nestled at the foot of Mount Rinjani. Visiting this destination will certainly awe you with breathtaking landscape views.

According to Good News from Indonesia, Sembalun offers views of blooming flowers along the Sembalun Nature Area. Not only that, but you can also enjoy the sights of scenic hills and vast green rice fields there. The cool air in this area adds to the freshness of the lovely landscapes offered by Sembalun.

So, those are some natural tourist destinations besides beaches in West Nusa Tenggara. Before rushing off on your vacation to the island, make sure to protect yourself and your family with Travel Insurance from MSIG Indonesia, which provides comprehensive protection for you and your family when traveling domestically or internationally. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your travel to West Nusa Tenggara now.

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